Writings focused on paedophilia and murder

CHO SEUNG-HUI’S writing was so disturbing he was referred to the university’s counselling service.

His plays, which touched on paedophilia, murder and rape offer glimpses into the twisted mind of a killer-to-be.

One play plunges into the darkness of paedophilia and murder while the other features a group of students plotting to kill their rapist teacher.

Richard McBeef and Mr Brownstone sprung from the mind of the 23-year-old Korean student who gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech before committing suicide.

The plays, written for a university English course and signed Seung Cho, were posted on an AOL blog by Ian MacFarlane, an AOL employee and former Virginia Tech student who was a classmate of Cho.

“When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare,” wrote MacFarlane on the blog. “The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of... we students were talking to each other with serious worry about whether he could be a school shooter.”

Richard McBeef revolves around a 13-year-old boy named John who is plotting to kill his stepfather, a failed football player named Richard McBeef.

John accuses McBeef of molesting him and murdering his father.

McBeef kills John in the end.

“I hate him. Must kill Dick. Must Kill Dick...you don’t think I can kill you Dick? You don’t think I can kill you? Gotcha. Got one eye... got the other eye,” says Cho’s John, while in his bedroom throwing darts at an image of McBeef.

Mr Brownstone, titled after a Guns n’ Roses song of the same name, tells the story of three students, John, Jane and Joe, who plot the murder of their teacher at a casino where they win the jackpot.

Mr Brownstone raped the three students in school.

“Such an old constipated wicked man,” says Joe.

“I wanna kill him,” says John.

“I wanna watch him bleed the way he made us kids bleed,” says Jane.

In screenplays Cho wrote for a class last fall, characters throw hammers and attack with chainsaws, said a student who attended Virginia Tech last fall.

“We always joked we were just waiting for him to do something, waiting to hear about something he did,” said classmate, Stephanie Derry. “But when I got the call it was Cho who had done this, I started crying, bawling.”

Cho — who arrived in the US from South Korea in 1992 and was raised in suburban Washington DC, where his parents worked at a dry cleaners — left a note, found after the bloodbath.

A law enforcement official described it as a typed, eight-page rant against rich kids and religion.

“You caused me to do this,” the official quoted the note as saying.

Cho indicated in his letter that the end was near and that there was a deed to be done, the official said. He also expressed disappointment in his own religion, and made several references to Christianity, the official said.

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