More info found on two murderous vermin, 2 years after their crimes
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mental health records for Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho that were missing for more than two years have been discovered in the home of the university clinic's former director, according to a state memo shared with victims' family members.This is downright disturbing, that crucial info was removed. Was the director trying to hide something?
Cho killed 32 people on April 16, 2007, then committed suicide as police closed in. His mental health treatment has been a major issue in the vast investigation of the shootings, yet the records' location had eluded authorities.
They were revealed by a lawyer involved in a lawsuit filed by two families of Cho's victims against the former director, the university and several other parties, claiming gross negligence in failing to prevent the massacre.
A memo from the university to Gov. Tim Kaine's chief legal counsel and shared with victims' family members says Cho's records and those of several other Virginia Tech students were found last week in the home of Dr. Robert C. Miller. The memo was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The memo said Cho's records were removed from the Cook Counseling Center on the Virginia Tech campus more than a year before the shootings, when Miller left the clinic.
Kaine said a Virginia State Police criminal investigation was under way into why the records disappeared. Removing records from the center is illegal, he said.
Massengill said Cho's records could be critical to understanding the rampage, depending "on what the records say, what they reveal."Indeed, the varsity was acting irresponsibly, and I think they should be held accountable.
"To have any documentation reflecting or giving an understanding of what actions Cook Counseling took was certainly what we were looking for," he said.
Massengill said the records "should give us a better understanding of what actions the university did or did not take."
Next up, I found some info from the Salt Lake Tribune that details more about the murderer at Trolley Square's shopping mall (via FOI Advocate):
When 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic walked into Trolley Square and opened fire on shoppers, he was returning to a childhood hangout, according to newly-released FBI documents.Oops, this is where they screw up big time. In fact, now that I think of it, Debbie Schlussel once found that the police did not act responsibly and resorted to denial tactics. They're going to have to be confronted about this hazing job they're pulling, because by concealing the deeper details, they're being offensive to the scum's victims.
Talovic and his family used to live one block from the mall, and one person told agents Talovic played there with his sisters as a child. Another said Talovic was at Trolley Square "every day," and that the mall "was the only place he went." Someone also recalled Talovic once got into a physical fight with someone at the mall over a video game.
The documents provide the first possible explanation for why Talovic, a Bosnian immigrant who came to the U.S. at the age of 9, chose the mall as the site of his rampage. They also detail racist, violent statements made by Talovic -- among them that he planned to shoot white people like Serbs, had been a member of the Klu Klux Klan, and shot someone in a drug deal gone bad.
The FBI wrote that Talovic in 2001 or 2002 "made a statement that he was going to shoot white people, like Serbs." The nine people Talovic shot at Trolley Square were white.
Two people went to Talovic's house a few weeks before the shooting and smoked marijuana there, documents say. One of the people later told the FBI Talovic said he liked white supremacist music.
"I don't like black people," Talovic reportedly said. "That's why I was in the KKK."
One person interviewed by the FBI quoted Talovic as saying: "You don't know how I really am. I am a crazy mother------." The same witness told the FBI Talovic said he hated "faggots" and was smoking opium and crystal meth.
The FBI found people who admitted selling marijuana to Talovic or smoking marijuana with him. Salt Lake City police, in a 2008 report on the shootings, said Talovic tested negative for drugs and alcohol in a postmortem examination.
Talovic wore a necklace containing a miniature Quran during the attacks, documents say, and FBI agents asked many people about Talovic's Islamic faith. Family told agents Talovic once attended a mosque for prayers every Friday but stopped when he left school and began working. Co-workers did not observe Talovic praying during the day. The FBI found no evidence his religion was a factor.