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Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Ceres Death Ritual (Series) Part II

“Sacrifice to Ceres at the Black Mound of the Virgin?”
[thanks to Ellis Taylor]

Having made a connection between the goddess Ceres, her April festival, and locations of interest bearing her name (with more to follow), I must now turn my attention to the astrological symbol of the dwarf-planet that is also under her sphere of influence. The broken symbol of Venus, chosen for it's sickle-like appearance, it is used to represent Ceres.

It's resemblance to a question mark is striking, isn't it? During the week proceeding April 16th , 2007. I was having numerous synchromystical experiences with question marks. Specifically, the “question mark” known as Seung-Hui Cho. I was struck by the constant and mystifying reports circulating about Cho's alter-ego “Question Mark”.

Fellow students described Cho as a "quiet" person who "would not respond if someone greeted him." Student Julie Poole recalled the first day of a literature class the previous year when the students introduced themselves one by one. When it was Cho's turn to introduce himself, he did not speak. According to Poole, the professor looked at the sign-in sheet and found that, whereas everyone else wrote out their names, Cho wrote only a question mark. Poole added that "[w]e just really knew him as the question mark kid."
"The 'loner' behind campus killing", BBC News (need date). Retrieved on 2007-04-17.

Andy Koch (former roommate) described two unusual incidents, including one where Cho stood in the doorway of his room late at night taking photographs of him (Koch) and a second incident where Cho repeatedly placed harassing cell phone calls to Koch as "Cho's brother, 'Question Mark,'" a name Cho also used when introducing himself to girls with whom he was allegedly obsessed. Koch and Eide searched Cho's belongings and found a pocket knife, but they did not find any items that they deemed seriously threatening to them.
Making of a Massacre", Newsweek, April 30, 2007.

The first stalking incident occurred on November 27, 2005.[48] After the incident, according to Koch, Cho claimed to have sent an instant message online to the female student by AIM and found out where she lived on the campus. Koch also stated that Cho then visited her room to see if she was "cool," adding that Cho remarked that he only found "promiscuity" in her eyes.[49] Eide added that, when Cho visited the female student, Cho said, "Hi, I'm Question Mark" to her, "which really freaked her out."
"Virginia Tech killer a self-described 'question mark'", CNN, April 18, 2007.

While researching, I was being led to a relatively obscure comic book character known as The Question (1967 Charlton Comics, who would later become part of the DC {District of Columbia?} universe when DC bought out Charlton in 1986), and his doppleganger Rorschach from Alan Moore's cult phenomena Watchmen, a parallel mind-fuck of an earlier Charlton pantheon of characters. Both heroes are “faceless”, mask-wearing loners. Was Cho a fan? Had he come to identify himself with these two characters. Lack of information as to the contents of Cho's dorm-room makes this impossible to know currently. (Why exactly has the media gone silent on this case over the past month?).

The more I looked, the more synchronos relationships began to develop between Seung-Hui Cho, and The Question/Rorschach.

1.Both comic book incarnations are writers/journalists. Cho fancied himself a writer, and was an English major at Virginia Tech.

2.Cho's verbal/and writing skills (or lack thereof) were called into question by family members, peers, and teachers alike. This is echoed dramatically between Cho and Rorschach. Least we forget how the media dwelled on Cho's plays “Richard McBeef”, “Mr. Brownstone”, as well as his Manifesto (which was more or less entirely disregarded as the deluded ramblings of a madman).

“In middle school and high school, Cho was teased and picked on for his shyness and unusual speech patterns. Some classmates even offered dollar bills to Cho just to hear him talk.”

“According to Chris Davids, a high school classmate in Cho's English class at Westfield High School, Cho looked down and refused to speak when called upon. Davids added that, after one teacher threatened to give Cho a failing grade for not participating in class, Cho began reading in a strange, deep voice that sounded "like he had something in his mouth." "The whole class started laughing and pointing and saying, 'Go back to China.'"

“When speaking with others, Rorschach's speech pattern is very clipped and direct. He speaks largely in sentence fragments, often omitting linking verbs, adverbs, and articles entirely. His writing is somewhat more grammatically structured (perhaps because he views his journal as being for posterity, while speech is transient), but often shares the very blunt, emotionless style of his verbal communication. During the course of the story, it seems as though Rorschach's writing becomes less complex, and becomes more like his speaking pattern.”

3.In the animated cartoon Justice League Unlimited episode entitled “Flashpoint” The Question/ Rorschach merge (an ongoing story line in DC's The Question), and we see a synchromystical reference that mirrors Cho's own legacy.

“the injured Sage (The Questions secret identity Vic Sage) without his mask, with bruises and injuries to his face similar to those suffered by Rorschach during his capture and imprisonment by the police. He notes that Huntress was right when she said "he had to be the ugliest man in the world" to wear his faceless mask; Rorschach, since childhood, had been teased and bullied because of his appearance.

4.The sanity/mental state of all three are in doubt.

Rorschach’s actions and journal writings display a belief in moral absolutism and objectivism, where good and evil are clearly defined and evil must be violently punished. He has alienated himself from the rest of society to achieve these aims.

During fall 2005, Cho told Koch and Eide that he had an imaginary girlfriend by the name of "Jelly," a supermodel who lived in outer space and who called Cho by the name "Spanky" and traveled by spaceship. Koch also described a telephone call that he received from Cho during the Thanksgiving holiday break from school. During that call, Koch said that Cho claimed to be "vacationing with Vladimir Putin," with Cho adding "Yeah, we're in North Carolina." [What an interesting claim by Cho...] In response to Cho's claim, Koch told him "I'm pretty sure that's not possible Seung." Because of Cho's troubling behavior, Koch and Eide, who had earlier tried to befriend Cho, gradually stopped talking to him and told their friends, especially female classmates, not to visit their room.

"The Question of the DC Animated Universe is a completely obsessive, darkly comic loner — skeptical, eccentric, paranoid, antagonistic and unpredictable, often given to believing in various odd conspiracy theories. Claiming to have Apophenia he is the Justice League's best detective. He's been shown humming pop songs while breaking into a building, claims the motives and purpose of aglets (the plastic caps at the end of shoelaces) are "sinister", and believes in ominous links between boy bands and global warming, the Girl Scouts and the crop circle phenomenon, and fluoridated toothpaste and spy satellites. He also believes there was a literal 'magic bullet', forged by Illuminati mystics to hide 'the truth'. In recent investigations, he also discovered that Baskin-Robbins in fact has thirty-two flavors of ice cream, and is concealing the thirty-second for dubious reasons. He expressed a belief that these and many other events are tied to a single, vast conspiracy by a hidden cabal dating back to ancient Egypt, which has supposedly ruled the world from the shadows for millennia, aided by the common man's ignorance of it."

Although I have several other instances to which I could refer, a discovery made just today sent chills down my spine. In The Question Issue #4 Vol. 1 (released May 1987, almost “20 years ago, today” in reference to the Crowley/Sgt. Pepper connection) entitled “The Sacrifice” there is a direct reference to Genesis 22: The Story of Ishmael. Is this the missing link to Cho's esoteric uses of “Ax Ishmael”?

“Hatch meets Myra upstairs and orders her to dress Jackie in a new suit of clothes. He expects her to be ready by midnight. Myra asks why. Genesis 22, replies the Reverend. He walks out of the room to instruct his men on where to place an altar.
Outside the Spot Bar and Grill, two policemen find an empty place where their car once was. Coincidentally, Vic Sage drives through the front gates of the Mayoral estate, claiming he's been sent for to take the detoxing Mayor Fermin to the hospital.
Jake crouches in the darkness downstairs, his face lit by the blowtorch he uses to crack the safe. Donny keeps lookout, and sees Myra walking down the hall. She heads to teh library where she pulls a copy of the Bible to find Genesis 22: the chapter where God calls for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. "Hatch! bastard!" she yells.
Sage parks his car behind the Mayor's house and transforms into the Question. Hatch has Myra bound, as she tries to talk him out of his plan: "The Lord was only testing Abraham...he stopped Abraham from killing his son. The cracked theologian replies: "To be precise, an angel stayed Abraham's hand -- and if an angel appears tonight, my hand will likewise be stayed. Barring that unlikely event..." and he shows Myra a long, sharp knife. “

Was the Virginia Tech massacre a ritual to Ceres (although human sacrifice has not been linked to Cerealia, pigs were and I will be coming to that in installments to come), carried out by The Question/Rorschach incarnate? Or was Seung-Hui Cho mind-controlled, with his trigger implanted in the pages of these comics? Or...

On March 9th, 2007 it was reported at that a secret still frame had been embedded in an R-rated trailer for Zack Snyder's film “300” (which includes the Persian King Xerxes...Handel's Opera "Serse" was first performed April 15th, 1738 and also tells a tale of King Xerxes). The still in question is of none other than Rorschach, taken from a screen test for the upcoming film version of the Watchmen, directed by who? Zack Snyder. Had Cho seen this trailer online? or the feature film released on the same day as the above report? We'll probably never know the answer to these questions but they could really give us some insight into exactly what was going on in Blacksburg, Virginia. What we do know is that Police records show that Cho purchased his first gun exactly one month to the day prior to the release of "300". The second gun, four days after on March 13th, 2007.

The End Part II



Eric said...

The irony of all of this is that it sounds like something the Justice League Unlimited version the Q? would come up with! Thanks for including my Question website as a source....

FilmNoir23 said...

And that is a problem (or simply ironic) why?

Maybe The Question has more on the ball than we give him credit for. That people like him (or myself even) are marginalized for looking beneath the surface for the answers to some of these questions that are bigger than ourselves.

You are VERY welcome. Thanks for making your info and knowledge available to people like me and others. It helps, and I really want to give credit where it is due. Thank you for giving my article a read.

Unknown said...

Worth noting that The Question was created by comic artist Steve Ditko, who had a major hand in the creation of interesting Marvel characters Spider-Man and Dr.Strange. Ditko is big proponent of the philosophy in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead". Also check out Ditko's character Mr.A who may have even more to do w/ the character of Rorschach then Vic Sage.

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