Posted by: L | April 22, 2007

Cho’s Reading Material, Email Accounts

This is a PDF file of the contents found from the search of Cho’s room.

I missed this early morning report from AP on Forbes.com in which ebay denies that Cho bought a gun through it (I think eBay is referring to an earlier report saying he ordered the gun through the internet and then picked it up later from a pawnshop, a report I have cited in earlier posts. I will check if that’s the one that is now being refuted, and if so, will correct it).

“During the past 24 hours some news outlets have erroneously reported that Mr. Seung-Hui Cho may have purchased on eBay (nasdaq: EBAY news people ) ammunition used in his crimes. To be perfectly clear, guns and ammunition are not permitted on eBay. Mr. Cho did not purchase guns or ammunition on our site,” the company said in a statement.

eBay said Cho did purchase empty ammunition clips and a gun holster from the site, noting that the unregulated items can be legally purchased and sold on the site and in retail stores in the United States.

This from AP. Not only did Cho purchase empty ammo clips from a vendor in Idaho through eBay, he also

Quote:
“used the eBay account to sell items ranging from Hokies football tickets to horror-themed books, some of which [3] were assigned in one of his classes.

A search warrant affidavit filed Friday stated that investigators wanted to search Cho’s e-mail accounts, including the address Blazers5505@hotmail.com. Durzy confirmed Cho used the same blazers5505 handle on eBay.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said investigators are “aware of the eBay activity that mirrors” the Hotmail account.

One question investigators hope to answer is whether Cho had any e-mail contact with Emily Hilscher, one of the first two victims. Investigators plan to search her Virginia Tech e-mail account.

Experts say that when the subject of an investigation is a loner like Cho, his computers and cell phone can be a rich source of information. Authorities say Cho had a history of sending menacing text messages and other communications — written and electronic.

On March 22, Cho bought at least two 10-round magazines for the Walther P22. A day later, he made a purchase from a vendor named “oneclickshooting,” which sells gun accessories and other items. It appears that he bought three Walther P22 clips in that purchase, but the seller could not be reached for comment.

Cho sold tickets to Virginia Tech sporting events, including last year’s Peach Bowl. He sold a Texas Instruments graphics calculator that contained several games, most of them with mild themes.

“The calculator was used for less than one semester then I dropped the class,” Cho wrote on the site.

He also sold many books about violence, death and mayhem. Several of those books were used in his English classes, meaning Cho simply could have been selling used books at the end of the semester.His eBay rating was superb — 98.5 percent. That means he received one negative rating from people he dealt with on eBay, compared with 65 positive.

“great ebayer. very flexible,” the buyer said of his Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl tickets, which went for $182.50.

Andy Koch, Cho’s roommate from 2005-06, said he never saw Cho receive or send a package, although he didn’t have much interaction with the shooter. Students can sign up for a free lottery on a game-by-game basis, and the tickets are free.

“We took him to one football game,” he said. “We told him to sign up for the lottery, and he went and he left like in the third quarter, and that was it. He never went again. He never went to another game.”

Cho sold the books on the eBay-affiliated site half.com. They include “Men, Women, and Chainsaws” by Carol J. Clover, a book that explores gender in the modern horror film. Others include “The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre”; and “The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense” by Joyce Carol Oates — a book in which the publisher writes: “In these and other gripping and disturbing tales, women are confronted by the evil around them and surprised by the evil they find within themselves.”

Books by those three authors were taught in his Contemporary Horror class.”

End of Quote

My Comment:

The Lovecroft and Oates are pretty standard fare. I don’t know the other book. I fed myself a steady diet of horror stories, including Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and Stevenson, in my teens. But I expect there will be some ranting about what is taught in English departments.

It will be interesting to see what people can find on eBay with Cho’s handle on it.

CHO ON EBAY

This is what’s on eBay:

blazers5505

(64Feedback is 50 to 99)

Feedback Score: 64
Positive Feedback: 98.5%
Member since Jan-19-04 in United States

Shipping methods: Media Mail/Ground | Ships from: Blacksburg, VA

And this:

Half.com Item
Item #: 340169354660
Item Category: Books
Price: $5.25
Buyer: ravenwolfie
Seller: blazers5505

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:pLzHLl4kNnUJ:cart.half.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll%3FAnonymousTransactionDetail%26transidentity%3D340169354660:327589492+blazers5505&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&lr=lang_en&client=firefox-a

This is Cho on a page rating another eBay buyer imabiddy22

 

Good buyer

 

Seller
blazers5505(64Feedback score is 50 to 99)

  Jan-16-07   200043065708  

This page also contains a seller, jellyfromctown. Jelly was a name that Cho is supposed to have mentioned at one time- an imaginary girl-friend.

 

Seller
jellyfromc-town(369Feedback score is 100 to 499)

  Nov-20-06

http://myworld.ebay.com/imabiddy22/

Here he is rating newyorkjetsfan4lif, also on eBay MyWorld:

 

Good

 

Buyer
blazers5505(64Feedback score is 50 to 99)

  Oct-21-06  

Here he is selling Microfiction on Half.com on eBay:

rice Seller
(Feedback)
Comments Shipping Ships From

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:U2V2twR3nWcJ:product.half.ebay.com/Micro-Fiction_W0QQprZ155305QQtgZinfo+blazers5505&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=us&lr=lang_en&client=fi

refox-a

And here he is selling the Oates book on Half.com on eBay again:

Price Seller
(Feedback)
Comments Shipping Ships From

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:tzSuu1cWTPIJ:product.half.ebay.com/The-Female-Of-The-Species_W0QQtgZinfoQQprZ45574750+blazers5505&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=11&gl=us&lr=lang_en&client=firefox-a

This is a page with several books. Not having sold on eBay, I would like clarification if these are all books he had for sale, as it looks to be. Clicking on the pages, finds most are not available. Will go through them again.

blazers5505

(59Feedback is 50 to 99)

Feedback Score: 59
Positive Feedback: 98.4%
Member since Jan-19-04 in United States

Shipping methods: Media Mail/Ground | Ships from: Blacksburg, VA

 Add to Favorite Sellers

 View seller’s items for sale on eBay

Books Books
15 items

Sorted by: Bestselling Sorting by Bestselling | Price | Alphabetical | Publication Year

 Best of H.P. Lovecraft: H. P. Lovecraft
(Paperback, Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, 1982)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Great condition. More info…

$8.00 buy

 Cathedral: Raymond Carver
(Paperback, 1989)

Condition: Brand New
Seller Comments: Brand new More info…

$6.00 buy

 Hell House: Richard Matheson
(Paperback, 1999)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Great condition. More info…

$9.00 buy

 Fiction Writer’s Workshop: Josip Novakovich
(Paperback, 1998)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Great condition. More info…

$6.00 buy

 Ten Little Indians: Sherman Alexie
(Paperback, 2004)

Condition: Brand New
Seller Comments: Brand new More info…

$3.99 buy

 John Donne’s Poetry: John Donne
(Paperback, Authoritative Texts, Criticism, 1991)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$9.00 buy

 Jean-Paul Sartre: Stephen Priest
(Paperback, Basic Writings, 2001)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$19.00 buy

 Playwriting
(Paperback, 1997)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$29.00 buy

 Micro Fiction
(Paperback, An Anthology of Really Short Stories, 1996)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$8.14 buy

 The Female Of The Species: Joyce Carol Oates
(Hardcover, Tales Of Mystery And Suspense, 2006)

Condition: Brand New
Seller Comments: Brand New More info…

$4.49 buy

 Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Carol J. Clover
(Paperback, Gender in the Modern Horror Film, 1993)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Great condition More info…

$25.00 buy

 A Guide to the Norton Reader, Tenth Edition: John C. Brereton, Linda H. Peterson
(Binding Unknown, 2000)

Condition: Brand New
Seller Comments: Brand new More info…

$9.99 buy

 Feeding the Ghosts: Fred D’Aguiar
(Hardcover, 1999)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$1.25 buy

 Sabbath Night In The Church Of The Piranha: Edward Falco
(Paperback, New And Selected Stories, 2005)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$2.50 buy

 Exploring Poetry: Frank Madden
(Paperback, Writing and Thinking About Poetry, 2002)

Condition: Like New
Seller Comments: Like new More info…

$5.49 buy

And here is a report with a second email account – SC2@vt.edu, which was his school account.

Other Information on Cho’s Records:
1.Blazers5505@hotmail.com was the account used to purchase the gun and was used last in February, according to a police affidavit.

2. Emily Hilscher, one of Cho’s first victims (7:15 am 4/16 in West Ambler Johnston Hall) had the following e-mail address, epixie@vt.edu. Police are investigating whether she had a connection with him.

3. The affidavit states that Cho made regular calls home on Sunday evenings. The police are checking the records for any announcement of his actions on Monday.

(Note from LR – I have moved the autopsy findings to my post on More Oddities. Sorry, some of this material needs to be reorganized on the posts).

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Responses

  1. […] UPDATE: another blogger has posted pictures https://lilarajiva.wordpress.com/2007/04/22/chos-reading-material/ […]

  2. Thanks.
    I wanted to make sure the google cache url and the actual page is visible, just in case in all the scurrying material disppears. Some of those buyers/sellers may want to remove any connection with Cho. Just as thought.


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