Thursday, April 19, 2007

US - killer's multi-media manifesto emerges

Paranoid, psychotic and violent, these were just some of the descriptions given to Cho Seung-Hui‘s behaviour as seen in a video he himself released to the media. The 23 year old South Korean had apparently left the first crime scene after killing two victims and recorded a video of himself before heading out to kill again. But prior to his second excursion he had the forethought to mail the video and a number of photographs to NBC television. It had a date stamp of 9:15 indication he had posted the package after his “message from beyond the grave”. Amongst the items were photographs showing Cho Seung Hui posing with a number of weapons; guns, knives and hammers. In the video Cho is heard reading a rambling manifesto which is peppered with expletives and anger against his unnamed enemies described only as ‘you’.
"You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today” he is heard saying…But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off." reported that Cho also discussed "martyrs like Eric and Dylan" apparently referring to Columbine High School gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 13 people and themselves on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado. In another tract he says, "You had everything you wanted. Your Mercedes wasn't enough, you brats. Your golden necklaces weren't enough, you snobs. Your trust fund wasn't enough. Your vodka and cognac weren't enough. All your debaucheries weren't enough. Those weren't enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs. You had everything." These statements are only part of a significant package which consisted of 27 Quicktime video files, an audio file and 23 photographs as well as an 1,800 word statement. Police Col. Steve Flaherty said the material "may be a very new critical component of this investigation.” However, the killer’s multi-media ‘manifesto’ will do nothing to ease the pain for the victims, their families and friends. The disclosure of the material by NBC was swiftly picked up by news broadcasters. It became the top story on BBC News 24, Sky News and CNN. Even CCTV9 and al Jazeera English broadcast extracts. Sky News specifically looked at whether Cho may have copied scenes from a South Korean film ‘Oldboy’. There are certain similarities between a still taken from the film and one of Cho holding a pistol to his head, but this may prove to be a coincidence. It has been suggested he repeatedly watched the film which in the US was rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language. Oldboy (Hangul:올드보이) was directed by Park Chan-wook and is based on a Japanese manga of the same name, written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya.

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