Letter From NY Killer Forecast Slayings

Ashamed of his English, writer couldn't accept his 'poor life'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 6, 2009 6:02 PM CDT
Letter From NY Killer Forecast Slayings
Tina Nguyen, second from left, prays with relatives of shooting victims Lan Ho and Long Huynh outside the American Civic Association on Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Binghamton, New York.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The man who opened fire in an immigrant center, killing 13 people before taking his own life, felt he was persecuted by police, couldn't accept his "poor life" and was intent on killing himself and at least two other people, according to a letter mailed to a television station the day of the massacre. Part of the letter, which could not be verified right away, reads: "I am Jiverly Wong shooting the people."

The letter was dated March 18, more than 2 weeks before the shooting. It included photos of Wong with two guns, a gun permit, and his driver's license. "I am sorry I know a little English," the letter reads. It ends with him saying he can't "accept my poor life," that he is taking on the job of a judge, and will "cut my poor life." He writes "at least two people with me go to return to the dust of the earth." (Read more shooting stories.)

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