Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
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Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in trench coats at Columbine High School in the video Hitmen for Hire
Who were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold? Why did they do what they did? Together these young men came to the world's attention when they laid siege to Columbine High School the morning of April 20, 1999. Before that day, they were just a couple of normal middle class American high school seniors just two weeks away from graduating... at least, that's what people who knew them thought.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold met sometime around the 7th or 8th grade at Ken Caryl Middle School. They shared many interests, including making and testing explosives, German industrial music and playing first-person shooter games such as Doom on their computers. They also had several mutual friends, including Brooks Brown, Klebold's friend since first grade and a neighbor who rode the same schoolbus as Harris, and Nathan "Nate" Dykeman, another boy from Ken Caryl, and Chris Morris, a member of the Trench Coat Mafia they worked with at Blackjack Pizza. All attended Columbine High School together.

For well over a year before the shooting, Klebold and Harris were making plans to attack their school. It started with playing-acting school shootings in their video projects, writing essays about similar attacks, and playing destructive pranks. Eventually this behavior crossed over into real-life terrorist plotting, including assembling an arsenal of weapons and constructing hundreds of bombs.

According to what they said in the hate-filled webpages, diaries, and videos they left behind, the pair wanted to take revenge on the people they accused of snubbing them and irritating them. More than that, though: They wanted to destroy the school. They wanted to punish the world for not giving them the respect and deference they felt they deserved.

While we will never know answers to all of the questions left in the wake of the tragedy, below you'll find a collection of documents, reports, photos, videos, diaries, and other info about the gunmen that will help. These files shed light on what happened before, during, and after the grim events of one of the world's worst school shootings.

The links below lead to detailed information about each of the Columbine shooters.

* Many people have asked me about the pictures of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold dead in the library. Yes, I have seen them. No, they are not on this website. Their families made it clear they find the pictures hurtful, so the images have never appeared on this site and never will. The images are available out there. If you really want to find them, you can search Google images.