Virgina Tech Gunman Sent writing, photos, and videos to NBC

That's what it was?

A really bad case of frustrated writer going for an extreme "Now that I've got your attention...?"

The real tragi-comedy of things like this is that the dead are so often achievers, people with a lot to offer to the world, and the reason, such as it may be, for the shooter to remove them from the world is either never spoken, or if known, a response so out of proportion to the offense as to be beyond insane, i.e., Dan White, after shooting Mayor Moscone, on why he shot Harvey Milk -- "He smirked at me."

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By MATT APUZZO AP National Writer

April 18,2007 | BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech gunman sent photographs, videos and writings to NBC in New York before he died in the massacre that left 33 people dead, authorities said Wednesday. NBC said that a time stamp on the package indicated the material was mailed in the two-hour window between the first burst of gunfire and the second.

"This may be a very new, critical component of this investigation. We're in the process right now of attempting to analyze and evaluate its worth," said Col. Steve Flaherty, superintendent of Virginia State Police.

NBC said it immediately turned the package -- containing what the network described as a "lengthy diatribe" -- over to authorities on Wednesday.



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