Seung-Hui Cho was the murderer who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech College (USA) in 2007 before killing himself.
He did this after being rejected by a hooker and getting a restraining order from police for writing a love note on a girl's whiteboard.
Rejection by escort[edit | edit source]
Seung-Hui Cho hired an escort named Chastity Frye a month before the shooting, but he got rejected after he touched her. The escort said that Cho was nervous. His nervousness might have been caused by his previous rejections.
"He was so quiet. I really couldn't get much from him. He was so distant. He really didn't like to talk a lot," Frye said in a interview. "It seemed like he wasn't all there."
Cho called the escort service she worked for and hired her to meet him for one hour at a Roanoke motel, about a 30-minute drive from Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus.
About 15 minutes into the performance for Cho, Frye said it appeared that he had no interest.
"I danced for a little while and I thought we were done because he got up and went to the restroom and began washing"
Frye told the news station WSLS that she told Cho she was going to leave, to which he responded that he had paid for a full hour and she had only performed 15 minutes.
When she resumed dancing, Frye said that Cho touched her and tried "to get on" her before she pushed him away. Cho then apparently respected her wishes.
Frye said she thought Cho looked familiar when she saw his face in the coverage of the Virginia Tech killings. She got a call from the FBI, which she said tracked her down through Cho's credit card receipts. Frye said that during a weekend interview, investigators asked her to describe Cho using three words. She chose "dorky," "timid" and a "little pushy." She also called Cho "creepy."
Incident with professor and class[edit | edit source]
In a email complaint by him, Cho complained about one of his professors, Nikki Giovanni, at Virginia Tech possibly because he perceived her as a bully. Cho wore sunglasses to class to cover up himself, possibly in response to the perceived bullying.
His sunglasses made Giovanni perceive Cho as the bully.
Giovanni became angry at Cho for not taking off his sunglasses, her anger might have been interpreted by Cho as bullying.
So she confronted him about the dark sunglasses and maroon cap he would wear in class and the darker poetry that he would write.
“You can’t do that,” she told him, referring to the “intimidating” poems.
“You can’t make me,” he replied.
“Yeah, I can.”
Her next step was to lobby the department head, Lucinda Roy, writing a letter requesting he leave the class, she told CNN. And she was ready to go all the way.
“I was willing to resign before I would continue with him,” she told CNN. “It was the meanness.”
In his email, Cho said "You can't make me" because in the beginning of the semester the professor said that "it would be nice to take off your hats but I won't make you." Cho only said that because he really believed the professor can't "make him" because she said that earlier. His professor might have misconstrued Cho's response as an act of rebellion against her.
Cho filmed Giovanni, possibly to expose her contemptuous behavior towards Cho. However, a few female classmates complained that he was filming them. One female said that he was filming her legs. Cho was kicked out of class due to the complaints.
However, there was no real evidence whether Cho really did film his female classmates, or that Cho had filmed his professor (to expose her behavior) which had been misconstrued into filming female classmates. Even if he filmed his female classmates, it might not be sexual. Cho might have thought that the whole class is seeing him being bullied and he might have been filming the whole class to expose their indifference towards him.
After the shooting, Giovanni wasn't surprised that it was Cho. "I knew when it happened that that's probably who it was. I would have been shocked if it wasn't."
Stalking allegation[edit | edit source]
Cho had written these words on a whiteboard outside the room of a female classmate , who had exchanged messages earlier:
By a name
I know not how to tell thee who I am
My name, dear saint is hateful to myself
Because it is an enemy to thee
Had I it written, I would tear the word.
Cho probably intended it to be a poem to show his interest. But the girl was creeped out. Then the police filed a restraining order against Cho. Cho then became depressed and wrote to his roommate that he wanted to "kill himself". He was put into a psychiatric ward for one night.
Analysis[edit | edit source]
Stalking was legal in the USA until the 90's.
The first state to criminalize stalking in the United States was California in 1990 as a result of numerous high-profile stalking cases in California, including the 1982 attempted murder of actress Theresa Saldana, the 1988 massacre by Richard Farley, the 1989 murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and five Orange County stalking murders, also in 1989.
Section 264 of the Criminal Code of Canada, titled "criminal harassment", addresses acts which are termed "stalking" in many other jurisdictions. The provisions of the section came into force in August 1993 with the intent of further strengthening laws protecting women.
Every Australian state enacted laws prohibiting stalking during the 1990s, with Queensland being the first state to do so in 1994.
The first anti-stalking laws were written in response to several murders of famous actresses by stalkers.
Before the 90's, when stalking was legal, stalking didn't seem more prevalent. Stalking is also subjective. Virtually any "unwanted" contact between two persons is considered "stalking." "Stalking" does not need to be sexual. For example, a heated conflict could be considered "stalking" if one party walks away and the other party continues to argue.
Emily Hilscher felt "stalked" which led to a restraining order against Cho. The restraining order against him is probably the reason Cho shot Hilscher in the dorm room. There was a similar case of a restraining order leading to a shooting.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mobbing And The Virginia Tech Massacre
- Suicidal Mass Murderers: A Criminological Study of Why They Kill By John Liebert, William J. Birnes
- Mobbing And The Virginia Tech Massacre