April 18, 2007

Return Address: Ishmael


NBC News President Steve Capus said the network received the package in Wednesday morning's mail delivery and immediately turned the material over to FBI agents in New York. The FBI is assisting Virginia State Police in the investigation.

The package included a long, "rambling, manifesto-like statement embedded with a series of photographs," Capus said. The material is "hard-to-follow ... disturbing, very disturbing — very angry, profanity-laced," he said.

It does not include any images of the shootings Monday, but it does include "vague references," including “things like 'This didn’t have to happen,'" Capus said in an interview late Wednesday afternoon.

One of the photos.


It shows Cho with the murder weapons, the Glock 19 in his right hand, the Walther P22 in his left.

And in a related article:

Among the materials are 23 QuickTime video files showing Cho talking directly to the camera, Capus said. He does not name anyone specifically, but he talks at length about religion and his hatred of the wealthy.

I'm watching the coverage on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams as they discuss the case. The return address was "Ishmael," as written on Cho's arm. Cho's comments spoke of himself in the past tense.

I'm not sure what to say about this at this point.

Update: Ace glibly notes, "It really would have been a good idea to lock the campus down after the first shootings, eh?"

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 18, 2007 05:37 PM

Well, now we can figure it probably wasn't a bulletproof vest he was wearing. Looks more like the ones I saw in Banana Republic in the late '80s.

Posted by: Jeff at April 18, 2007 06:16 PM

Not that there's any need at this point, but there's ocular confirmation that an extended mag isn't sticking out of that Glock.

Posted by: See-Dubya at April 18, 2007 06:17 PM

Look carefully at the return address on that envelope. He wrote A. Ishmael, not Ismail

Posted by: crosspatch at April 18, 2007 09:19 PM

Question: Accdording to Islamic tradition, was Ibrahim asked by god to sacrifice his son like Abraham?

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at April 19, 2007 08:02 AM


islam's Ibrahim and the Abraham you speak of are one in the same.

Posted by: Greg at April 19, 2007 03:08 PM