Perhaps he should have considered that something like this would impact his chances of pursuing his chosen career. Be it an academic, corporate or any other kind of environment, there are political games to be played and inexplicitly stated standards of conduct and expectations.
That said he’s young, probably impulsive and, like most teenagers, more keen on figuring out how to get laid or get his rocks off instead of spending his idle time ruminating on how putting his gun-toting-necrophile dreams down on paper would influence his long term career plans.
He probably found it funny - and just because someone *doesn’t* express themselves violently in writing it doesn’t mean that they *won’t* be a raving psychopath once you give them a bit of authority, some guns and ammo and send them overseas, all hopped up and ready to do some damage.
My main criticisms of the boy’s work are that it’s a bit too stream of consciousness and the fact that his handwriting sucks – he should have typed it.
The violent content doesn’t bother me. I write violent and sordid stuff and yet I haven’t taken an axe to anyone’s head, lopped it off and then rubbed it all over my naked self, cooing like a pigeon….but maybe it would be funny if I did.
PS.: I don’t remember whether Ted Kaczynski’s (quiet lad, high achiever, good mathematician, educated to a postgraduate level, looked like real marriage material on paper) manifesto was explicitly violent. If I recall correctly (and maybe I do not) it was unreasonable more than anything else and not very convincing. Yet he still blew the heck out of a few people.
If I get arrested for anything I wonder whether they’ll make something out of the fact that there’s a copy of his manifesto somewhere on my computer? An electronic copy of TK’s manifesto – oh the irony.
Dahmer had his black altar, but you could argue that some teenage goths do too (with out the real human bones)
and as far as I know, they don’t get drunk, go to work at the Ambrosia Chocolate Factory (now sadly closed) come home and eat people.
If anyone’s interested, I hear that Charles Ng is looking for pen pals to pass the time while on Death Row at San Quentin.