I guess now we know what we has doing at that hotel. Awkward to the last:

“I’m just so shaken by this, I don’t know what to say.”

Chastity Frye says she spent an hour, all alone, with Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui last month…

Frye works for an escort service. She says, Cho hired her, and the two met at a Valley View motel.

She says “I danced for a little while and I thought we were done because he got up and went to the restroom and began washing. And I said, ‘well, do you want me to go? I’m going to go ahead and go’. And he’s like, ‘I paid for the full hour, you’ve only been here for 15 minutes,’ and then he came back in the room. And I started dancing and that’s when he you know, touched me and tried to get on me and that’s when I pushed him away.

They don’t give a date or a specific location but it’s easy enough to deduce from this NYT piece published over the weekend. He was at the Mainstay Suites on Valley View Boulevard in Roanoke on March 28, just a few days before he started shopping for “supplies.” The same piece says he stayed at another hotel, the Hampton Inn in Christiansburg, on April 8; employees suspect he took some of the photos of himself there that later appeared in his “manifesto” because the lamps in the rooms have gold extension cords. I speculated last week that some of the photos in the manifesto might have been shot in a hotel because the striped wallpaper would be unusual for a dorm room. And whaddaya know — from page 21, as posted on the MSNBC website:


The Times piece also places him outside the Roanoke shooting range on March 22, where several employees spotted him videotaping himself in the back of a van that he’d rented. From the NBC video:


One more timeline tidbit, once again from the Times piece. This one is potentially very important. As far as I knew until now, the first anyone had seen of Cho on the day of the shooting was when his roommate, Karan Grewal, ran into him in the bathroom at or shortly after 5 a.m. But I was wrong:

It was not yet 5 a.m. on Monday when Joe Aust, a sophomore who shared Mr. Cho’s room, heard his rustlings. He was already crouched at his computer, where, from his copious music downloads, he liked to repeatedly play “Shine,” a song of spiritual longing from the Georgia alternative rock band Collective Soul.

Why is that important? Well, as I wrote in the last update to this post back on April 17, there was a post at Planet Blacksburg alleging that an item had been posted to the 4chan bulletin board on the morning of the shooting that read, “hey /b/ I‘m going to kill people at vtech today in the name of anonymous.” Again — this was April 17, the day after the shooting, before anyone knew any solid details about the timeline. The Planet Blacksburg post has since been deleted, but Robert from Alphabet City took a screencap of the cached page. Here’s the 4chan posting in its entirety according to PB:


4:49 a.m. That’s a remarkable coincidence time-wise. Then again, remarkable coincidences do happen.

Exit question: Is it possible to be too forgiving?