April 18, 2007
The Virginia Tech gunman, 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui, reached out from the grave in a final tirade. He mailed video and other materials to NBC headquarters in New York. The package took a while to arrive because Cho wrote the wrong zip code and address.
Authorities say the time code stamped on the envelope shows that Cho sent the package between his first and second shootings.
In one excerpt from the video confession, Cho said, "You had a hundred billion chances and ways to avoid today."
NBC said the package contained an 1,800-word diatribe and 29 photos. Eleven of them show Cho aiming handguns at the camera. NBC said much of what Cho says in his video is incoherent and laced with profanity. Cho also railed against hedonism and Christianity.
Former roommates of Cho Seung-Hui say that he was very quiet and shy, and police say he had been previously accused of stalking two female students at Virginia Tech.
One of Cho's roommates recalls one incident where he confronted a female student.
"I went back to my room one night and there's a policeman in there and apparently what had happened was he'd gone up, well he started talking to her online first, he found where she lived started talking to her on AIM. Then he went over there, he was using the name "question mark" said hey I'm question mark and that really freaked the girl out. He found out everything about her first," said Cho's former roommate.
Police say he stalked two female students at Virginia Tech and had been taken to a mental facility in 2005 after an acquaintance thought he might be suicidal.
Police documents filed today say that they searched Cho's dorm room yesterday and found a folding knife, a digital camera, a chain and a padlock. The front doors of Norris Hall had been chained shut from the inside during the shooting rampage.