Talk about dropping the other shoe. For months we heard nothing about NIU gunman Stephen Kazmierczak or what his motive was. Now Esquire magazine is saying something that should not surprise me in the least but yet it does.
I originally thought that Kazmierczak was just a victim of an undiagnosed mental problem but as it turns out he was something much more familiar.
According to Esquire Magazine while Kazmierczak did suffer from mental illness it also turns out that he was nothing more than a copycat of Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui.
The story includes Kazmierczak’s fascination, chilling in retrospect, with Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech student who shot and killed 32 people before killing himself in April 2007.
“He was interested in what was going on in the mind of Cho, and why it was so successful, and how someone could do it, how they could pull it off,”‘ reporter David Vann writes, quoting a friend he identifies only as Kevin.
And his mental health history wasn’t exactly unknown either. Kazmierczak was drummed out of the Army after they discovered that he lied on his application about mental history. He held back about his history of suicide attempts, psychotic episodes, and hallucinations.
Just further proof that as a society we’re more concerned with the rights of the dangerously crazy than we are with the welfare of others.