NBC Says It Received Mail From Cho

The big news to break just now out of the latest Virginia Tech press conference is that NBC News has turned over to law enforcement a communication it received from Cho Seung Hui, the student who killed 32 people and himself on Monday.

NBC News said it received "a long and rambling communication and video about his grievances," according to a story on MSNBC.com. The network said it had turned the material over to the FBI, and would not disclose more specifics, pending the bureau's review. According to the Associated Press, the "package was sent to NBC News head Steve Capus."

MSNBC said that Cho had sent the package to NBC sometime after the two killings in the dormitory on Monday morning, but before the shootings in the Norris Hall classroom building. Authorities have said there was a break of roughly two hours between the two. More from the AP: "The package included digital images of him holding weapons and a manifesto that 'rants against rich people and warns that he wants to get even,' according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case. MSNBC said that the package included a CD-ROM on which Cho read his manifesto."

In his blog on MSNBC.com, anchor Brian Williams said Cho sent a "multimedia manifesto" to the network. Williams: "We are still going over our own copy -- its a lot of material -- we are talking with law enforcement, our own standards people -- and Pete Williams, our Justice Correspondent, will join me live on the broadcast to go through the material."

Virginia State Police superintendent Colonel Steve Flaherty said at the news conference that the package received by NBC "may be a very new, critical component of this investigation."

Stay tuned for updates.

By washingtonpost.com Editors |  April 18, 2007; 5:26 PM ET  | Category:  Latest News
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this man was insane! I hope this package will give the families insight into what happened and why it happened. I also would like to say that while we are focusing as a nation on gun control and other political issues there are grieving families out there and this is not the time for that kind of discussion.... I just want to ask people to back off and let the families grieve!

Posted by: tiffmadlock | April 18, 2007 05:11 PM

The kid may have been a high functioning schizophrenic.... It's a damn shame he wasn't involuntarily committed.

Posted by: cunnipa | April 18, 2007 05:13 PM

High-functioning schizophrenic? Some people will go to any lengths to paste a stigmatizing label on a person. Cho was a regular guy that a lot of people picked on.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 18, 2007 05:31 PM

I've heard people tried to be nice to him and were ignored by him. Who picked on him? He was not a regular guy by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by: aabbcc | April 18, 2007 05:34 PM

blasmaic sounds like a scientologist

Posted by: smutsboy | April 18, 2007 05:44 PM

I've heard no evidence of him picking on people either. But I have heard that he stalked people, and I have heard that he scared his classmates enough that they didn't show up for class. Do some reading, blasmaic.

Posted by: mike | April 18, 2007 05:48 PM

***The kid may have been a high functioning schizophrenic.... It's a damn shame he wasn't involuntarily committed.
Posted by: cunnipa | April 18, 2007 05:13 PM*** Where you gonna put him, the nation went out of the mental illness business long ago and is forced to put them in prison or back on the street.*** **high functioning schizophrenics** put on drugs often lose their ability to cope by themselves and can end up worse than before if disturbed. Was Cho given any drugs?------------------ Thank God for Loners, Rambling Messages and FBI Profilers! Could the **Manifesto** have been fabricated by the FBI to lay the groundwork for still another attack on our Civil Rights?
MOnte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Posted by: mchaun | April 18, 2007 05:51 PM

Now that he is dead and the university is facing multi-million dollar lawsuits, it is imperative for the university to keep the focus of blame on the individual. If they allow the topic to stray to things like appropriate responses, emergency procedures, and campus safety, then that will only cost them more millions. With 33 dead and even more than that wounded, it is strictly a money game for the leadership.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 18, 2007 05:55 PM

Cho was never arrested for stalking or any other bad behavior. Now that he is dead, the university wants him to be evil incarnate. Why? The university wants to avoid blame for the massacre.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 18, 2007 06:03 PM

Instead of blaming a student, where were the police who supposed to protect others?

We are in a war against terrorism, in what way, can we say police will protect us from next terrorism?

if we couldn't even protect those students in Campus, I'm not sure if I want to go to public places.

Posted by: bwxjc | April 18, 2007 06:09 PM

Cho was in his last semester at Tech. He was part of the Tech community for years. Now that he has killed 32 and himself, everyone is saying it is all his own fault. We don't even believe that when prosecutors say it about gang-bangers. We may believe they are guilty, but we do accept that they too are victims of their the violent world where they live. There were so many warning signs. So many missed chances.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 18, 2007 06:54 PM

Tech's hands were largely tied by the fear of lawsuits from Cho if they were to dismiss him or seek forced commitment to an institution for a protracted period of time. Also, there was a bill recently passed into law in Virginia which prohibits colleges from taking punitive action against students who have previously exhibited suicidal tendencies.

Hopefully, in the wake of this horrific tragedy, some laws will be changed for the better to protect future generations of students from errant madmen in their ranks.

Posted by: vuac | April 18, 2007 07:28 PM

"Instead of blaming a student, where were the police who supposed to protect others?"
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How can you not blame him? It was this crazy, deranged student that killed 32 innocent people. It was not the University, the Police, the parents, or the U.S. Constitution that murdered these people. It was this student. Please put blame in the correct place.
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bwxjc, this was a senseless crime that could have happened anywhere; a college campus, an office building, the mall. If you want to live your life in fear, go right ahead. Or perhaps you should go move out to the middle of nowhere and not interact with people ever again. It's this type of event that reminds me to live every day to the fullest.

Posted by: lagriesbauer | April 18, 2007 09:49 PM

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