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NBC news has released certain portions of Cho’s “Multi-Media Manifesto” (nice alliteration there, to whatever news geek came up with that). I stand by my original characterization- creepy.

Portions of those videos and pictures can be found here.

You are forewarned, this is disturbing and disgusting. Proceed with a strong stomach. Insanity like this is hard to watch.

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I wanted to avoid any further comments on this but the facts surrounding the man behind the tragedy seem to get crazier by the moment.

1) He had an actual order for psych evaluation placed against him. This is huge news. It means several people took his insanity seriously enough to go to the magistrate and try to have something done. Moreover, the magistrate complied and issued the order.

2) Like any good nut it now appears that Cho sent a package to NBC outlining why he went psycho. He also had the words “Ismael Ax” written on his arm. What does it mean. Who knows at this point, but maybe the package will provide an explanation. Making this more detestable, the package was sent between the shootings. Think how many people probably saw this guy on his way to the mailbox.

3) He actually had stalked two separate girls. Unfortunately, both declined to press charges. Who knows if it would have made a difference though. I just hope those two girls don’t beat themselves up over their decision not to press charges.

4) Lastly, he wrote plays disturbing enough that his teachers were scared. Now that is crazy! The text of his plays, available on-line here, is quite disturbing.

How odd this whole story has become. Still, I am not sure, anything could have been done to stop this guy. He seems to have been determined to kill and to kill as many as possible. I am just glad he spared everyone the pain of a trial by killing himself.

The most important thing I take from all this new information is this- he was insane. Knowing that, we now are freed from trying to use our rational brains (brains which function normally) to try and figure out why he did what he did. Only his irrational brain knew why he committed these acts- and he has provided that information to NBC news. When that information is disclosed we will get a peak into a psychotic mind. A mind we can barely hope to understand.

The news broke not long ago of a shooting spree on the Virginia Tech campus. the news reports quickly evolved from one dead to twenty-one dead (and twenty-two injured)- many of them young students.

Each one leaves behind a family (some of them may even leave behind young children) who must now deal with this grief. I can imagine little pain deeper than losing a child of only eighteen or so years old. A child whose parents no doubt struggled with their son or daughter’s departure for college in the first place.

May God bring comfort to these families in this, their hour of need. If anyone who reads this blog knows of any charities set up over the next few days to help the families please leave a comment with all relevant information.

I also ask all the devoted prayer warriors who read this blog to take a moment to pray for these young men and women who died, those who were injured, and the families and loved ones left behind.

UPDATE: The new reported death toll is 32+ people.