One of the stories I had saved got lost in the shuffle and I was looking at it yesterday pondering, delete or keep? I kept it and I am so glad I did because I suddenly found a most interesting interview with author Peter Levenda ( another interview on his trilogy of books here) on the subject of my saved news story.
Note to Peter @ ECBS: Synchronicity?
The story and interview are on the Virginia Tech shooting
Surprise, surprise-some oddities?
-Virginia Tech officials locked down some administrative offices and warned their own families more than an hour and a half before the rest of the campus was alerted
-Students who were initially locked down at West Ambler Johnston residence hall, where the first two victims were killed, were later released from the building by the police and allowed to attend their 9 a.m. classes. Two of those students then went to class in Norris Hall, where they were killed by the gunman.
-University officials failed to contact the family of the gunman’s first victim, Emily Hilscher, until after she had died, even though Ms. Hilscher survived for three hours and was taken to two hospitals before her death. (I can't even imagine how her family feels about that)
-The timeline in the new report suggests that officials were reluctant to spread the news about the first two shootings. (odd)
Examples given- At 8:45 a.m. on the day of the shootings, the report says, “A Policy Group member e-mails a Richmond colleague saying one student is dead and another critically wounded. ‘Gunman on the loose,’ he says, adding, ‘This is not releasable yet.’ ”
-At 8:49, the report adds, “The same Policy Group member reminds his Richmond colleague, ‘Just try to make sure it doesn’t get out.’ ”
There is more, you can read it all at the link to the original story.
Onto the interview;
Give it a listen. I found it most interesting. The analysis of the shooter and of course criticism of the media coverage and some stuff I had no idea of.
P.I.D. Radio 4/29/07: Peter Levenda — What Made Cho Kill?
"Simply put, Peter is as bothered by certain details of the Virginia Tech massacre as we are, and he’s concerned that the major media’s superficial analysis of the case is leading us to accept Cho Seung-Hui as nothing more than the latest in a long line of lone gunmen."
As always share your thoughts!