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Tales From the Darkside (Virginia Tech) by Peter Levenda

Tales From the Darkside (Virginia Tech) by Peter Levenda

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I suppose I am expected to comment on the past week’s notorious Virginia Tech massacre. It seems that there has been enough media coverage of the event that for me to add anything would be entirely superfluous and unwelcome. Be that as it may, there are some angles to this event that need examining. If you are a student at VT, though, you are encouraged to surf somewhere else. You don’t need the aggravation.

I have not been able to see the documentation that Cho sent to NBC, beyond whatever has already been broadcast which , of course, is partial and heavily edited. Therefore, there is a lot I cannot address as yet. I did read the famous play, in which he accuses a stepfather of abusing him and then eventually winds up killing him after attacking him with a variety of weapons. I also read in the same play references to the Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon assassinations: events I cover in Sinister Forces. That Cho, at twenty-three years old, would even care about these last two events is in itself surprising. (I know a lot of twenty-three year olds who would not know the relevance or the make the connections.) In that same play, there is language reminiscent of the writings of Sirhan Sirhan in the days prior to his assassination of Bobby Kennedy (Kill! Die!) which made me think, for a moment, of Cho as a programmed killer. But sometimes the difference between deliberate brainwashing and what occurs in our society naturally is very fine, very thin.
I suppose I am expected to comment on the past week’s notorious Virginia Tech massacre. It seems that there has been enough media coverage of the event that for me to add anything would be entirely superfluous and unwelcome. Be that as it may, there are some angles to this event that need examining. If you are a student at VT, though, you are encouraged to surf somewhere else. You don’t need the aggravation.

I have not been able to see the documentation that Cho sent to NBC, beyond whatever has already been broadcast which , of course, is partial and heavily edited. Therefore, there is a lot I cannot address as yet. I did read the famous play, in which he accuses a stepfather of abusing him and then eventually winds up killing him after attacking him with a variety of weapons. I also read in the same play references to the Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon assassinations: events I cover in Sinister Forces. That Cho, at twenty-three years old, would even care about these last two events is in itself surprising. (I know a lot of twenty-three year olds who would not know the relevance or the make the connections.) In that same play, there is language reminiscent of the writings of Sirhan Sirhan in the days prior to his assassination of Bobby Kennedy (Kill! Die!) which made me think, for a moment, of Cho as a programmed killer. But sometimes the difference between deliberate brainwashing and what occurs in our society naturally is very fine, very thin.

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Tales from the Darkside
By Peter Levenda
I suppose I am expected to comment on the past week’s notorious Virginia Tech massacre. It seems that there has been enough media coverage of the event that for me to add anything woud be entirey superfuous and unwecome. Be that as it may! there are some anges to this event that need examining. If you are a student at VT! though! you are encouraged to surf somewhere ese. "ou don’t need the aggravation.I have not been abe to see the documentation that #ho sent to $B#! beyond whatever has aready  been broadcast which ! of course! is partia and heaviy edited. Therefore! there is a ot I cannot address as yet. I did read the famous pay! in which he accuses a stepfather of abusing him and then eventuay winds up kiing him after attacking him with a variety of weapons. I aso read in the same  pay references to the %ariyn %onroe and &ohn Lennon assassinations' events I cover in
Sinister  Forces
. That #ho! at twenty(three years od! woud even care about these ast two events is in itsef surprising. )I know a ot of twenty(three year ods who woud not know the reevance or the make the connections.* In that same pay! there is anguage reminiscent of the writings of +irhan +irhan in the days prior to his assassination of Bobby ,ennedy ),i- ie-* which made me think! for a moment! of #ho as a programmed kier. But sometimes the difference between deiberate brainwashing and what occurs in our society naturay is very fine! very thin.The association with the &ohn Lennon assassination is starting! for it brings to mind the circumstances surrounding his kier. %ark avid #hapman was married to a woman of &apanese ancestry from /awaii0 he was a menta patient for awhie0 he carried a copy of +ainger’s
The Catcher in the Rye
 with him when he went to assassinate Lennon. /e identified with /oden #aufied in the nove! a young man who was obsessed with what he caed 1phonies’' the insincere peope he met at his schoo and in his environment generay. I think we can see that #ho aso identified with this idea when he castigated his schoomates as rich! decadent individuas.2 generation of us growing up in the 3456s and 3476s aso identified with /oden #aufied. The ongoing popuarity of +ainger’s nove is evidence that this identification has not waned with the  passing of time. 8hat worries me is that #ho wi become a kind of pop icon in the years to come. &ust as #hares %anson has his own groupie foowing! a website! recordings of his songs for sae! and some oya 9amiy members sti supporting him! #ho wi become as strong in the underground due to his media(savvy approach to his own egend. /e produced a muti(media package of photos! writings! and video that he sent to $B# in the two(hour period between the shootings. It is said that he aso was infuenced by a famous ,orean fim!
The Old Boy
! which I watched ast year on V. %ore about that ater.#ho ived within a vioent fantasy! this much is certain. /e purchased handguns and then fied off the seria numbers )for what possibe reason: id he intend on kiing peope! then dumping the gun somewhere to avoid detection and prosecution: $ot ikey. /e wanted the notoriety and the attention.*. %y impression is that he was foowing a scenario earned from teevision or fim. If one is a bad(ass kier! one fies off the seria numbers of one’s gun. +impe as that. 2 ritua! not a strategy.2s a ,orean iving in the ;nited +tates who emigrated to this country when he was eight years od he woud have fet aienated and aone for awhie! especiay as it seems he was not part of a oca ,orean community or cuture. This aienation seems to have continued ong past its expiration date! though. id he bame his parents for bringing him to the ;nited +tates: Possiby! which woud account for his accusations of chid(abuse )if! indeed! he was not actuay abused*. There were other 2sian students at Virginia Tech0 <uite a number of them! actuay. /e did not seem to have formed any reationships
 
with them. =f course! there are many different cutures and ethnicities in 2sia and it is possibe he found no one particuary compatibe. =r vice versa.The stories we hear about #ho from roommates and other students fits the profie we have come to expect of the cra>ed! one gunman' the Lee =swads and +irhan +irhans. The %ark avid #hapmans. /e is being described in the media as a oner who did not tak! did not sociai>e! and who was sick! insane! twisted and a the other terms we ordinariy do not use of the mentay i anymore but which are acceptabe when we describe someone who has been responsibe for the worst mass murder in 2merica’s recent history )that is! if we don’t count the &onestown massacre of 34?@ or! dare we say it! the attack on the 8ord Trade #enter in A663*. #ho identified with the #oumbine kiers in his writings! two young men who panned after their shootings at the high schoo to hiack a pane and fy it into the 8ord Trade #enter.8e now have to reai>e that we are deaing with a specific type of event and a specific demi(monde. 9rom /oden #aufied to %ark avid #hapman! to #oumbine! to Virginia Tech! among others not so we(known or so famboyant in their acts of vioence. 8e have created a word of the disenfranchised and the probem is we don’t recogni>e this eve of spiritua poverty since we are binded by materia weath. 2s our country moves sowy into a deeper and deeper state of fascism! we wi be eaving  behind those chidren who are not foowers! who are not oiners! who are not ocks! who do not 1fit in’ with the socia stereotypes we have come to expect. #hidren are naturay crue to other chidren0 young aduts can be! too. But when the overa environment the
habitus
 as Pierre Bourdieu woud say emphasi>es uniformity and cas it 1patriotism’! and denigrates differences of opinion and cas it 1treason’ or! at best! 1misinformed’! then we are creating more and more #hos and #hapmans.8hen +ainger was writing in the 3456s! his was the handwriting on the wa. It was the era of the man in the grey(fanne suit! the corporate ad(man! the ranch(stye home! 2rrow shirts and #ame cigarettes! +u>ie /omemaker and
 Leave It To Beaver 
. 2nd the #I2 )#I2 was apparenty recruiting at VT*. 2nd the #od 8ar. /oden #aufied was the archetypa aienated teenager! but he was unarmed. /e went insane! instead. /ad a nervous breakdown.#ho was being treated for the /oden #aufied disease. 8ith drugs. That’s a we know how to do anymore. Cither that! or r Phi. But #ho had one thing /oden did not' access to a Dock nine miimeter and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. /oden wanted to
be
 the #atcher in the Eye0 he wanted to save the chidren. #ho wanted to ki them. #ho says! basicay! that time has run out. In this! he is oined by another subcuture! another demi(monde' that of the suicide bomber.These are chidren who strap exposives to their chests and commit mass murder! and they do it in the name of the disenfranchised. They do it in the name of peope they know! peope they grew up with!  peope they have seen arrested! tortured! murdered in the streets. 2nd their names and photos ater adorn posters! coectibe cards! and other media as they! too! become pop icons. I am not trying to morai>e about this! or point fingers! or say who started it! who fired the first shot ( who is right and who is wrong. %y concern is not with being a god(ike observer on a hi! ooking down and parting the Eed +ea Eegardess of who has poitics and history on their side! chidren are dying. The suicide(bomber expresses a form of soidarity with the disenfranchised through the vioent act of murder. To those who do not have access to teevision stations! podcasts! and newspaper pubishers! a gun and a bomb are cheap! efficient aternatives. Their despair is twofod' despair at the inhumanity and horror they have witnessed! and despair that they are unabe to stop it! to cure it! to hea the wounds. They can’t even hod a press conference! or appear on tak shows. +o instead they choose the next best thing to make their point.#ho! however! did not witness anyone being murdered! tortured! dragged off the street to face an uncertain fate. /e grew up in 2merica.

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