Columbine shooters | Videos and tapes | Hitmen for Hire
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The home videos
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made prior to the shootings of April 20th, 1999
, have captured a lot of attention. There are several that have been identified, though not all have been released. The Basement Tapes
are the most notorious of the unreleased videos:
They don't even stand a chance of being made public until 2026
(JeffCo has claimed that they destroyed all copies of the tapes, so they will never be released). Apart from that video, I find Hitmen for Hire
one of the most intriguing because it looks, to me, almost like a dress rehearsal for what they did at Columbine High School that day.
In the gunmen's Hitmen for Hire
video, the boys played the part of hitmen-for-hire, the men in black that geeks, outcasts, nerds, and other picked-on souls could turn to in order to take care of bullies who were harassing them and making their lives hell. In the film, Dylan and Eric run around protecting the weak - dressed in their trenchcoats and wearing cool sunglasses - and taking out the 'bad guys', the bullies. The video is reminiscent of Pulp Fiction
but I can't help but see 4-20 in the film -- particularly since it was filmed in
Hitmen for Hire
- Full video.
Driving around Denver
- Additional footage.
Dylan: We've got to SAVE this RETARDED BOY!
The following lines are all part of one scene, wherein a picked-on student is talking to the 'hitmen', Dylan and Eric, getting information about hiring them to protect him.
Student: I'll pay anything!
Eric: All right. It's twenty dollars a day in school. You know we can't have any weapons on school grounds.
Student: Th-that's fine! I'll-- I'll get 'em off the property!
Eric: All right. We'll protect you on school [sic]. Take away any bullies that are pickin' on you. Whatever. And off school grounds we could relocate this person. That'd be a thousand dollars.
Student: Thank you SO much!