- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. | The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center thought police had harassed him for years, even spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently was intent on killing people before returning “to the dust of the earth,” according to a rambling letter in broken English mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.

The letter's authenticity could not be verified Monday, but the city of Binghamton said it was reviewing the material as “evidence in the investigation.” The letter was mailed to News 10 Now, in Syracuse, and postmarked Friday, the day Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong stormed into the American Civic Association and went on a rampage before killing himself.

“I am Jiverly Wong Shooting the people,” the letter begins.

The letter was dated March 18, more than two weeks before the shooting. It included photos of Wong smiling with two guns, a gun permit and his driver's license. The envelope carried three stamps: two Purple Hearts and a Liberty Bell.

The letter 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.”

Police speculated Wong was angry over losing a job and frustrated about his poor English skills. “I am sorry I know a little English,” the letter reads.

It indicates a delusional man obsessed with unidentified police he says taunted him and tortured him. The letter says police stole money from his wallet and stopped their cars in front of him 32 times in efforts to make him crash into them.

The city of Binghamton said it was reviewing the letter but would release no further comment about it until a press briefing scheduled for Tuesday.

Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told the TV station that police would ask mental health professionals to analyze the letter. He said behavioral experts from the FBI suggested “something like this might happen.”


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