The unauthorized release of thousands of documents related to the April 2007 Virginia Tech massacre has given new voice to killer Seung Hui Cho, who e-mailed regularly with professors in the years prior to the shootings and whom they reached out to repeatedly as it became clearer that he was a deeply troubled, even obsessive, young man.
The documents, including dozens of e-mails between Cho and his instructors in Virginia Tech's English Department, were posted Thursday on the Web site of the Collegiate Times student newspaper. They had been made available previously to victims' family members and were scheduled for public release in February. Collegiate Times editor in chief David Grant said the newspaper did not hack into the university's computers to obtain the material, but he declined to offer additional details.
Most profound among the documents are the e-mails between Cho and his professors.