This comes via GameAlmighty.com (thanks for the heads up email). Here’s the letter everybody’s favorite attorney mailed off:
Chief Wendell Flinchum
Virginia Tech Police Department
Blacksburg, Virginia Via Fax and e-mail
Dear Chief Flinchum:
The news story in yesterdayâ€™s Washington Post proves correct my prediction to your Department Monday that Cho, whose identity was not even know to me at the time, would be a video gamer trained to do what he calmly did on a violent shooter video game.
I went on the Fox News Channel Monday and even identified the game, Counterstrike, obsessively played by Cho, which was also used by Robert Steinhaeuser to author what is now the second worst school shooting in world history in Erfurt, Germany, which he also concluded by killing himself. These are not coincidences; these are patterns.
Further corroboration that this is â€œlife imitating art,â€ or more accurately â€œdeath imitating toxic entertainmentâ€ is what is now coming to light as to Choâ€™s copycatting of a certain violent movie as well. This is generally the case: movie + shooter games = massacre.
I have seen it all before in the Paducah school shootings, where I represented the families of the victims of Michael Carneal, a teen gamer who trained on Doom and was inspired by the Hollywood movie The Basketball Diaries. A Yale psychiatrist said so.
I went on NBCâ€™s Today Show and predicted Columbine one week before it happened, identifying the above two specific move and game entertainment products that Klebold and Harris were also obsessed with.
If your Department really wants to get to the bottom of this, you need to talk to me now. Talk also to my dear friend, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who was singled out by President Clinton as â€œthe one man America should listen to as to why Columbine happened.â€ Grossmanâ€™s book, On Killing, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He and I have addressed national television audiences, state and federal governments, and law enforcement officers about the direct causal nexus between what happened on Monday and violent entertainment consumed by young people, who are then consumed by it.
Personal regards, Jack Thompson
Wow. See GameAlmighty.com’s full writeup on the piece here: ClickityÂ
I’d comment, but I’m sick of talking about Jack Thompson. I’m not tired of posting about him, however, because it’s great material for scoring hits and possible ad clicks. Expect more JT posts, less JT talk.