The Mind of Cho Seung-Hui
Tucker Carlson -- "This is like pornography. Should we even air this?" FBI expert: "We're going to live this guy's fantasy for him. I don't like it."
NBC reports that none of the images or videos are of the earlier shooting, and only contains vague references to them -- "this didn't have to happen," and so on. It's mostly a rambling, profanity-laced manifesto about how Cho hated the world.
The return address name was "Ismail" or "Ishmael".
He started compiling this package last week. It makes it clear that he premeditated this, and he didn't just freak out after the first shooting. Cho also apparently hated Christianity, and that makes the Ismail Ax reference more likely to be the James Fennimore Cooper theory that Hot Air noted.
Captain Ed's observations are like a coda you can hear behind the main theme. Cho may be the first serial killer to fully understand that the media must always form part of the calculation of the crime. During a trip to Basilan some months ago, the counterterrorist cops told me that Jihadis always took video of their attacks. It didn't matter if they did any damage, as long as they got good visuals.
Today we get visuals from the dead. Part of the package of those who set out to be shaheeds is they get free complimentary video coverage of their farewells to friends, before they embark on the sweet and gory passage to Paradise. In Cho's case, Islam does not seem to be involved -- so far -- but the same kind of psychological dynamic appears to be in play. He lived in his own conspiracy world, the kind that that Bill Whittle wrote against. It was peopled with figures, not necessarily from the Koran, but of all the detritus of popular culture.
There are those who will argue that "guns kill people"; likely the same people who are going to air Cho's video over and over on prime time. Well alright. After all, nobody was to blame. Cho did everything but construct a neon sign outside his dorm announcing he was a psycho but fell through every crack in a system curiously full of rules but empty of responsibility. Everyone did his bit, but nobody put it all together. Even now, putting things together is altogether unsafe.