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FAILED LIFE FOR KILLER 'COWARD'; Lunatic behind Binghamton massacre...

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  1. JBond

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    FAILED LIFE FOR KILLER 'COWARD'; Lunatic behind Binghamton massacre...


    The lunatic behind the Binghamton massacre was a pathetic, gun-loving coward who got divorced, lost his job and was driven to depression because he could barely speak English after many years in the United States, officials and people who knew him said yesterday.

    His life in the pits, Jiverly Wong, 41, became a regular at Gander Mountain, a sporting goods store, in the six months leading up to the rampage, buying and returning as many as six guns after firing each a few times.

    Wong -- who has a daughter in California, according to a coworker -- would get agitated when staffers had trouble with his broken English.

    "He would get frustrated," Dave Henderson, who taught a class at the store, told the Press & Sun Bulletin of Binghamton. "There was times I wouldn't even talk to him anymore."

    It was not clear if that was where he bought the two guns found on his body after Friday's massacre: 9mm and .45-caliber pistols.

    His former co-workers at the ShopVac vacuum-cleaner assembly facility were equally frustrated by his communication problems, and were worried about his gun-loving ways.

    On Mondays, when asked about his weekends, Wong routinely replied, "I went to a shooting range," said ex-colleague David Carrico, 18.

    "He liked shooting guns. I was worried he would come into work one day, get angry and shoot us all."

    It wasn't until five months after his November firing from ShopVac that he finally did snap -- but he directed his rage elsewhere, at the language school from which he essentially flunked out.

    Wong on Friday picked up a pair of guns, hoisted a bulging sack of ammunition and marched maniacally into the American Civic Association, killing 13 people before turning the gun on himself. Another four victims remain hospitalized, but are expected to survive.

    A clearer picture emerged yesterday of Wong's tale of woe before his grisly end.

    The last 10 years of his sorry life included cocaine addiction, a bank-heist plan that never came to fruition, a divorce and lost jobs in New York and California.

    Wong -- who at one point changed his last name to Voong, and also sometimes went by the name Linh -- was born in Vietnam to an ethnic Chinese family.

    He came to the United States in the early 1990s with his family and became a naturalized citizen.

    Wong quickly wound up in trouble, as court records in Los Angeles show that he was charged with forgery in 1992. It's not clear what became of the case. His family finally settled in Binghamton.

    He got a gun permit in the mid-1990s.

    New York officials investigated him in 1999 after an informant said that he was planning to rob a bank and had a "crack or cocaine" habit, Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said. Nothing came of the allegations.

    A couple of years later, Wong left for California, where he got a job driving a delivery truck for Kikka Sushi and lived in a cheap Inglewood motel. At the fleabag pay-by-the-month joint -- near the airport with bars on the windows -- all he had in his room was a bed and a 52-inch TV, fellow tenant Eric Sherman told The Post.

    "All he would do is sit inside his apartment and chain-smoke," he said. "He didn't talk much and I just thought he didn't talk because he didn't really speak English."

    Los Angeles court records also show that Wong was married. He was divorced in July 2005.

    That was quickly followed by his abrupt departure from Kikka Sushi -- and the West Coast altogether.

    Wong complained he was disgruntled at the company, where he made $500 per week.

    Back in Binghamton, Wong was able to hold down a steady job at ShopVac until he was laid off, but was again upset over his low pay.

    "I work so hard, but they only pay me $8 an hour," he complained to colleague Donald Ackley.

    He was also tormented by some coworkers and sat alone in the lunchroom.

    "Sometimes they picked on him a little bit," he said. "They would say, 'It's wrong, it's Wong, it's wrong, it's Wong.' "

    Depressed and angry, he tried to better himself in the area where he was most vulnerable: his lack of English skills. He enrolled in an intermediate-level class at the association.

    But once again he failed by hardly bothering to show up.

    "His attendance was so erratic, he was dropped," said Elisabeth Hayes, his English teacher, who was out on vacation on the day of the massacre. Her substitute, Roberta King, 72, wound up dead.

    "This was a nasty act of irrationality. Why did he have to do that?" Hayes asked. "We could have been there for him if he needed support. The class was kind to him.

    "It's a true American nightmare."

    In his final months, Wong -- who wore a hearing aid, according to driving records -- was miserable, surviving on $200 in unemployment benefits and living in his parents' gritty home.

    By the time he was ready to commit his cold-blooded crime, the only place he found solace was at a gym, a pal said.

    "He seemed a little depressed," said Son Quach, a grocery-store owner who had worked out with him at the Court Jester gym in nearby Johnson City.

    He also griped about a recent break-up with his girlfriend, but would not elaborate.

    Wong was inconsolable and often whined about his "bad luck."

    "We picked up that apparently people were making fun of him and he felt that he was being degraded because of his inability to speak English and he was upset about that," Zikuski said.

    The police chief said Wong's suicide was his final act of failure.

    Police believe Wong planned to go out in a blaze of glory in a gunfight with cops, but got cold feet when he heard sirens and put a bullet between his eyes.

    "He must have been a coward," Zikuski said.

    "We speculate that when he heard the sirens, he decided to end his own life. He was heavily armed, had a lot of ammunition on him and, thank God, before more lives were lost, that he decided to do that."

    Additional reporting by Tori Richards in Los Angeles, Josh Williams and Brad Hamilton in Binghamton and AP
  2. theogt

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  3. TheCount

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    Who wrote this article? Geez, how about a little respect for the dead?
  4. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    I have little respect for people who do these kinds of things. If you're talking about the people who were killed, then I'd understand a bit more, even tho the article isn't about them.
  5. TheCount

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    I'm talking about the victims, yes. The entire situation deserves more respect thank this story reflects.
  6. Rogah

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    I have to say I never understood the logic that if someone is dead, we are supposed to talk about them in a nicer way than if they were alive. If a guy is a P.O.S. in life, that ain't going to change when he dies. And anyone that would do what this guy did is a 100% P.O.S.
    Fair enough, but I don't see anything in the story that is disrespectful towards the victims.
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    Neither did I.

    Unfortunately when these cowards take their own lives after doing such bad things, we have to get articles to "explain" why because they're not here to tell their own story.
  8. TheCount

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    It's not about that. It just happened, you think people want to hear their loved ones were ruthlessly murdered by some "pathetic" guy because he was having trouble with English?

    It reads like some TMZ tabloid report, I think it's disrespectful.
  9. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    These things never make sense. Unfortunately, every massacre that's happened lately, there are no tried and true signs or reasons why these people have flipped.

    Do you think it would've made them feel better that even tho this guy killed their loved ones, most everyone around him thought of him as a "good" guy and would've never suspected he was having problems?
  10. ShiningStar

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    On this i agree with the Count. But for other reasons as well.

    I personally think its rude that we have to know all we can about a murderer while the victims have to do this. On the scale of knowledge i think we can wait while the victims go thru this.

    Two, this piece looks like its written more to get rid of guns and his gun loving ways vs anything else.

    Poorly written as if up against a deadline and just wanted words on paper.
  11. sbark

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  12. TheCount

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  13. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    .....and then you have DKos making jokes about it..........


    from TommyChristophers left wing blog..
    I have to say that DailyKos frontpager Dana Houle and Kos himself have earned my “Unbest Individuals Upon the Earth” award (patent pending). So badly have they made me sick to my stomach that I am resigning as a DailyKos diarist and reader.
  14. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow! Zone Supporter

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    That guy had a lot of bad things happen to him and he obviously didn't handle it well. Very depressing story all around.
  15. Temo

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    Heh, Count... welcome to the NYPost, which is more or less a Tabloid. It's not a "real" newspaper, but they are famous here for their sometimes snarky and occasionally hilarious headlines.
  16. vta

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    It is schlock journalism and pretty much unnecessary.
    We don't ned to be told this garbage; if the guy ended up being deported, instead of going on a killing spree, he and his problems would have been trumpeted as a symptom of how bad our nation is and he'd have a gang of supporters.

  17. TheCount

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    I know you're trying to make this a red vs blue thing, but what you just said made no sense.
  18. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Uhhh, no I'm not.
    But thanks any way.

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