Virginia Tech killer's profile grows clearer

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Virginia Tech killer's profile grows clearer

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As the investigation into the Virginia Tech massacre goes on, the picture grows clearer of the killer’s motivation and the day’s events. A postal stamp shows he mailed a package in between his two attacks.

“On April 16th, 2007 at 9.01 an express mail parcel was presented for mailing at the Blacksburg Post office station at 118 North Main Street,” US Postal Inspector David Mc Ginnis said.

A video in the parcel, sent to NBC television network, adds chilling details to fellow students’ descriptions of Cho Seung-Hui.

There are clear signs of paranoia. He admires the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre, yet portrays himself as a defender of the weak.

“You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands,” he said in the video.

In 2005 he was accused of stalking female students and taken to a psychiatric hospital. A court in Virginia declared him mentally ill and said he was a danger to himself and others. Despite this, he was allowed to stay on campus and live with other students.

As the number of floral tributes and messages at makeshift memorials grew, police handling the investigation expressed their disappointment that the US media had decided to air the killer’s video.

But NBC defended the decision saying it showed what went on in the shooter’s mind.

The question remains whether anyone could have picked up the signs before the attacker killed 32 of his classmates and teachers.