Wisconsin 15-year-old Holds School Hostage, Shoots Self

The summary: The 15 year-old male excused himself to the restroom. He used the excuse to fetch a duffle bag containing ammo and a gun. He held 23 classmates and his teacher hostage for several hours before firing three shots. Police entered the room at that time (after long hostage negotiations) and the teen shot himself in the head. He was later pronounced dead. No one else was injured.

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Twin Sisters in Suicide Pact Contacted Brooks Brown

A pair of twin sisters from Australia traveled to Colorado to commit suicide because of their appreciation for Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. They were 29 years old. Old enough to have a little more sense and understanding of the permanency of suicide and how it affects those who are left behind.

According to news reports, the sisters wrote to Brooks Brown several times about how they respected him for not judging the shooters. And while the surviving sister claims that she didn't care about the Columbine massacre and that it "happened a long time ago", the sisters were found in possession of the Time cover "The Monsters Next Door" (a magazine all about the Columbine shooters) at the time of their joint suicide attempt and they went all the way to a Colorado shooting range to do it. The news hasn't named the range but has said it's about 20 miles away from Columbine High School. About the same distance from Columbine as Rampart Range, the shooting range Eric and Dylan practiced firing the weapons they would use during the massacre.

More here: http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=164970&provider=top

University of Texas shooting

A gunman fired shots in the library this morning before turning the gun on himself. He died. No one else was injured. As of this writing police are still searching the campus for a possible second suspect. One person on the scene described the gunman as wearing a dark suit and ski mask, and that he was carrying what looked like an assault rifle that he was firing randomly.

Read more about the developing story here.

Harrises Meet with Mausers

This was published earlier this year but I missed it up till recently when a reader sent me the link (thanks!). The Harrises agreed to meet with the Mausers in 2009 - and have expressed interest in meeting with any of the families that didn't sue them following the shootings. The following link leads to an article detailing out the first meeting between the families. It's interesting though I didn't find it terribly surprising. I'm sorry the Mausers didn't find it as satisfying as they had hoped. The sad truth of this event is there is no closure. No answer to the long-standing question "Why?". The people who knew the answer to that are dead and nothing they left behind that definitively states what made them handle a situation so many go through in a way so few would.

Read Dave Cullen's article: The Last Columbine Mystery

Stephen King on Columbine

I've been reading Stephen King's On Writing - his memoirs on what made him the successful author he is. I've found a couple of interesting sections that I thought I'd share.

"At the time we're stuck in it... high school seems the most serious business in the world to just about all of us. It's not until the 2nd or 3rd class reunion that we start realizing how absurd the whole thing was."


"I never liked [the character] Carrie, that female version of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. But through Sondra and Dodie [two bullied girls he went to high school with] I came at last to understand her a little. I pitied her and I pitied her classmates as well,because I had been one of them once upon a time."

Carrie, if you're not familiar with it, was written in 1974 and was about a teen girl who was the subject of much abuse and ridicule both at home and especially at school. Toward the end (spoiler alert) she goes to the prom with a boy who's pretending to be interested in her. She is crowned homecoming queen. It's all one big elaborate plan on the part of the teens who've been bullying her all along... They get her up on stage for her cerermonial crowning and they dump pig blood all over her. Every teen in the gym laughs at her, including her "date". Pushed over the edge, Carrie throws a hell of a psychic fit, destroying the school and injuring/killing just about everyone who every gave her grief.

I've been a King fan since I was a tween, first of his books and later, his films. I read Carrie and saw both incarnations of the film. Before reading the above, though, I'd never really thought about it in relation to Columbine. Now the parallel's painfully obvious. It also reinforces to me something I've thought all along: Everyone who has ever been to school - regardless of country or culture - has been on some side of the same situation. Either they were a bully, someone who was bullied, or someone who stood by and watched as someone was being bullied. We all know what that world feels like. We are all Columbine.

Back, mostly

I'm still recovering - septoplasty is no small operation! - but I'm starting to feel more myself again. Still having a little trouble breathing through my nose and I've been fighting with headaches but I'm only at 2.5 weeks healed. By the end of the full 6 weeks I expect to be feeling right as rain again. For now though it's still up and down; some days I'm feeling great and others I just want to stay on the couch as much as possible.

More Off-time

I will be offline again starting Wed. 28. I'll be offline for at least 2 weeks as I am having septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery. Basically they're reshaping the inside of my nose so I can breathe normally. My septum and right sinus passages are all kinds of misshapen. It was interesting to see the CT scans. I now know what the inside of my head looks like.

Anyway the doctor said the first 2 weeks after the surgery will be "a nightmare" but that the entire healing time is about 6 weeks, if everything goes without complication. So I'm planning to sleep as much as I can through those first 2 weeks. I'm guessing I'll be back online around the mid-3 week mark but it really will depend on how soon I'm feeling like sitting up in front of a computer. As soon as I'm able I'll post an update. I definitely won't be mailing CDs between July 28 and August 23rd so please wait till after that time to donate if you're planning to.

Best of luck to all of you students who are returning to school around this time.

Summer Trip

I will be largely offline and away from my computer from June 29 to July 19 and will be unable to ship archive CDs during that time. As of today all CDs already requested have been mailed. Any new requests that come in before Monday will be shipped Monday. Requests that come on or after Monday will be shipped when I return. Have a safe summer.

2-Time Copycat Foiled Again

For the second time in 3 years, Christopher Franko (who just turned 18) has been stopped in the act of trying to copycat the Columbine shootings at his former high school. This time he's accused of conspiring with Dana Saltzman, 16, to kill the security guards outside the school then enter the school where they would shoot as many students as they could. When police arrived they planned to shoot it out with them before committing suicide a la Eric and Dylan. The pair tried to purchase guns at a sporting goods store but neither was 18 at the time. Franko intended to return today to buy them, since he had turned 18. Since the first threat he posed to the school, officials have kept him on their proverbial radar. Franko is being held without bail and is barred from contacting anyone associated with the school.

Read more here

Rare Video Footage

I've added some links to the Video / Sound Archive. One of this site's regular readers tipped me off to the links which are here - news footage & interviews shortly after the shootings, including an interview with Tiffany Typher (Eric's date to the prom); here - news & interviews, this one including interviews with Dylan's aunt, uncle and the rabbi who presided over his funeral; and here - a quick video taken inside the Harris home while it was vacant.


2010 -- 11 years later...

It's coincidence that my mp3 player is playing some of the darkest songs right now - I have it on random play. Since I sat down to make this year's memorial image I've run through The Vines' cover of "Paint it Black", PWEI's "Ich Bin Ein Auslander" all the way to now: When I opened up this file to edit the text here and Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay" cycles on. Not a single one of the more upbeat songs is playing though there are plenty on there. I'm almost surprised something by KMFDM hasn't come on.

So anyway.. Here it is, 11 years later. Amazing how much has changed in that time, and how much hasn't. It's actually been so long that I'm now seeing emails from folks who were 4 and 5 when the shootings happened and have only now heard about the subject, either at school or because of some song they heard. In just a few short years there'll be people writing who weren't even born when it happened. Think about that for a moment, if you're old enough to remember the day it happened. Think about how much you've done since that day. Does it seem that long to you?

Stay safe, folks. And if you're thinking about doing something that might hurt yourself and/or other people, please go talk to someone who can help you steer clear of that choice. It won't be worth it if you pull it off. Either you'll be dead and unable to enjoy your 'success' or you'll be alive and more miserable than before. It isn't worth it. Really.


Another year. Wow. They roll by so fast, don't they? If they'd never gone through with their plans, the shooters and most of their victims would have been nearing their 30th birthdays. So much time to have missed out on...

I've tidied up some of the broken links on the site (thanks goes to those of you who've pointed some of them out to me) and got the Search feature up and running again. The service switched their billing procedures and I was forced to let the paid end of it lapse for a bit till the site took in some money to pay for a year's worth of service. We were going month-to-month at a much lower price monthly price but the good news is that this larger cost is only going to happen once a year rather than monthly so it'll be uninterrupted, ad-free service for a whole year. Cheers.

Littleton Middle School Shooting

When I read the headline that there had been a school shooting in Colorado, my heart sank into the pit of my stomach. "Not Columbine again!" I thought desperately.

No, not Columbine. Deer Creek Middle School. The shooter was once a student at the school but he's no kid. He's not even a teen. He's a 32-year-old man who never graduated high school. Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, the shooter, is an unemployed ex-ranch hand with a criminal history that dates back to 1996 covering a range of crimes including assault, domestic violence and DUI. It's been reported that he may have a history of mental issues as well.

At this time Jefferson County has no motive for the shootings but they are praising a teacher at the middle school (which is less than three miles away from Columbine High School) with putting a quick end to the violence. Dr. David Benke, a math teacher at Deer Creek, was in the parking lot when the shooting began. After Eastwood injured two students Dr. Benke noticed the man having trouble with his hunting rifle and dove into action. Benke later told MSNBC.com that he wasn't sure if it was courage or stupidity that made him jump into the fray but he said that he knew that the shooter's moment of distraction was an opportunity that he had to take.

Benke tackled the shooter, who fired his weapon once more before Benke and bus driver Steve Potter were able to pin him to the ground. Benke credits school drills with his quick action - in the wake of the Columbine massacre, all of Denver's schools (and in fact most public schools in the USA now) have regular drills to prepare students and faculty in the event of such an attack.

Eastwood is in jail with bail set at $1 million cash. He is facing 2 counts of attempted murder. He said nothing during his hearing.

More on this story

Alabama Professor-Gone-Shooter

I know I'm weighing in a bit late on this subject but recovery from surgery and switching to a new computer have me a bit behind the times. Still, I felt compelled to mention this incident because it's just so weird. The shooter herself defies what we have come to know as the archetype for a school gunman: She's a 44 year old woman, a college professor who others described as incredibly smart and terribly geeky. She opened fire on her colleagues during a biology department meeting where her tenure was up for consideration.

If this wasn't unusual enough, when the layers of history are peeled back we see someone who, in 1993, was investigating as a suspect in a matter where someone sent a bomb to someone Bishop worked with. Before that she shot and killed her brother in December 1986. Amy was born in April 1965. That would have made her 21 when she killed her brother. According to Amy, she'd had an argument with her dad and she went to her parents' bedroom, got a 12-gauge shotgun there and loaded it. The gun went off in the bedroom then she went downstairs to the kitchen where her 18-year-old brother and her mother were. It's reported she "accidentally shot her brother" right in front of her mother before running out of the house, still carrying the shotgun. However, when police questioned the family several days after the shooting, there were discrepancies in their accounts. Her mom said Amy asked her to help her unload the gun and it discharged. Amy, however, told police she'd asked her brother for help and shot him when she turned around suddenly and accidentally fired on him. The case was deemed an accident and closed.

The current police chief in Braintree, Mass, where Amy and her family lived, worked in the department during the investigation and criticizes it. Chief Paul Frazier believes Bishop got in a fight with her brother, her not dad. Interestingly enough, the case file has been missing since 1988. The 1993 probe never led to charges against Bishop but, sandwiched between current events and prior ones, it's not hard to believe she might have been responsible for it too. It seems a very thin coincidence anyway. I also found it interesting that, during the 1993 investigation, police found a story on Amy's computer about a woman who shot her brother and decided to devote her life to science as a form of redemption. Police are now asserting that they believe the most recent incident was sparked by Bishop's tenure situation, that the shootings were an act of revenge when her tenure was denied.

If that's true, then Bishop already had reason to believe she wasn't going to get tenured as she had the gun at the very meeting where her tenure was being discussed. The woman she killed, one of 3 victims who were murdered, had spoken about Bishop to her husband before, describing her as eccentric and a professor who'd received complaints from students because Bishop couldn't explain complicated subject matter in layman's terms and gave tests on subject matter that she hadn't fully taught her students.

Families of the victims are now wondering how a woman with Amy Bishop's checkered past obtained a position at the college. I have to say I wondered the same thing when I read about her. Did they do a background check? Was the "accidental" shooting not seen because it had been labeled an accident? What about the bomb investigation? Did the school not hear anything about that from her former employer when they called for references? Or did they not call at all, trusting that Bishop's resumé was honest? Though only an idiot would ever put "suspect mail-bomber" on their credentials.

A day or two before the shootings her husband and she went to a shooting range. As far as he knew, she'd never been to one and she never told him why she had developed a sudden interest in target shooting. I'm wondering: Did he know her history with shooting her brother? If he did, it's my impression he might be a tiny bit concerned by her sudden interest. Self-preservation if nothing else, because she's admittedly so lousy with guns she accidentally killed someone blood-related to her. That's not someone I would want ever holding a firearm near me. The fact that she was investigated for an attempted bombing also seems like ample reason to at least ask her why she's taking up hobby shooting.

He knew she had a gun but doesn't know where she got it, he says. Again I'm just wondering about this. He finds out she has a weapon and never bothers asking her basic things like "Where'd you get it?" or "When did you get it?" or "Why did you get it?". Maybe I'm missing something but this just doesn't seem right. It seems a lot like Amy Bishop has had people covering up her random acts of violence all her life, in fact, up till this point where she can't be coverered.

Even still she's trying to hide behind denial. Her last words before she was taken in were: "It didn't happen. There's no way. They are still alive."



Came through the surgery just fine, though I'm talking like I have a golf ball in my mouth and am restricted to a smushy-to-liquid diet. What's happening is this: Up till recently I had an adult tooth that was stuck in one of my sinuses that never came down. I'm also missing an adult tooth (congenital condition that's quite common). As such I never lost 2 of my baby teeth. Well, the adult tooth finally decided it wanted out and the baby teeth weren't letting it. This resulted it being impacted over the baby teeth and one of my adult front ones. Increasing pain and deformation of my bite led me to the point where I'm at now. They've extracted one of the baby teeth and cut away some bone to expose the buried tooth from the inside of my pallet. After that heals, they're going to chain it to some braces and straighten the whole mess out. The process is going to take about 2 years. If it weren't medically necessary you can bet I wouldn't be doing it. The antibiotics are making me sick so I'm going to find out if I really need to keep taking them. Vomiting 14 times a day is not how I want to recuperate.

Anyway, I'm still not up for sitting at the computer for very long so I will be slow getting back to email. Please be patient. I do have someone who can run CDs to the post for me so those'll get off in a timely manner. I'll be back on the email wagon once I can eat something and keep it down for more than a half hour. Thanks for the well-wishes.

I will be undergoing oral surgery tomorrow. It's a Phase IV difficulty, which means it's really tricky for the surgeon and orthodontist involved. Which basically translates into lots of pain for me. So for the next few days I will be offline, trying to sleep away the pain. I will post an update on Friday. I do not have any CDs left to ship: the last one headed off to Ireland today. If you wish to donate, please wait until after Friday's update. Thanks and take care of yourselves.

Welcome to 2010

Does it feel like the future yet? Or the "year we make contact"?

Here's hoping we see a better year this year than the past couple.

Fort Hood Massacre

Posted an update to a Virginia Tech site about the shootings at the Fort Hood military base.

Update: Columbine Report

Got a local copy of the Columbine Report uploaded and linked, replacing the now-defunct site that used to be linked there.

Another Would-be Copycatter

Monroe, New York, USA
A 15 year old boy has been taken into custody for plotting a Columbine-like attack on his school. His planned attack against the school he attended, Monroe-Woodbury High School, was dated for April 20th of next year. When police searched his home, they found 4 bottles of gasoline, a torch, a machete, 3 propane tanks, items that could be used as fuses and several other electronic devices. They also seized a black trench coat and 2 computers. The boy's parents say they had no idea he had amassed the arsenal. The boy told police he had been trying to acquire a military assault weapon that could hold as many rounds as possible. He also said that he had a lot of hatred toward his school and that he had been bullied at the school and told that he looked like Eric Harris.

The would-be mass-murderer is being charged as a juvenile and faces 2 felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Read more here.

O Magazine Publishes Susan Klebold's Essay Online

O Magazine now has all 7 pages of Susan Klebold's essay about what happened April 20, 1999. It's a real heart-breaker but how could it be anything but? I really appreciate Oprah's putting this essay out for the world to read, free of charge. I only wish the Harrises would share their side of the situation. I know a lot of folks around the globe wish them well and would like to know how they're doing.

More on Sue Klebold's Oprah Essay

More on the pending November issue of O Magazine... Columbine families are having a positive and receptive reaction to the essay Sue Klebold wrote. You can read some more excerpts from the essay at the magazine's website (article is here). You can also see a never-before-published photo of Sue and Dylan Klebold at Dylan's 5th birthday on that page. You can buy the magazine at newsstands now to see the whole story.

Susan Klebold Essay in "O" Magazine

After turning down repeated requests for interviews over the years, Susan Klebold has written an essay for Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine. In it she describes the morning of April 20th, 1999, before her son Dylan left for school. She says she had no idea how sick and suicidal Dylan was until she read his journals after her son's death. Below is are excerpts from Sue's essay:

"Early on April 20, I was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open the front door. Wondering why he was in such a hurry when he could have slept another 20 minutes, I poked my head out of the bedroom. `Dyl?' All he said was `Bye.' The front door slammed, and his car sped down the driveway. His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because he'd had to get up early to give someone a lift to class. I had no idea that I had just heard his voice for the last time."

"For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused. I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son's schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love."

The essay will appear in November's issue of O. There are no plans for the Klebolds to appear on Oprah's show. You can read more about the essay here.

Bavaria School Shooting

Ansbach, Bavaria
On Thursday, 17 September an 18-year-old launched an attack on his school armed with Molotov cocktails, knives and an ax. Shortly after classes started Thursday morning the teen (whose name is being withheld due to German privacy laws) entered an 11th grade classroom in the school where he threw Molotov cocktails and attacked the students with the ax. Several people were injured including a 15-year-old female who was hit in the head with an ax and remains in critical condition.

What impressed me about this event was that 11 minutes after the attack began, the police were on scene following the activation of a smoke alarm when a student smelled smoke. The attacker was shot 5 times in the process of the police detaining him, resulting in his falling into a coma which he has just woken from. Pretty amazing timing - and efficiency on the parts of the police.

Read more about this event here.

Would-be Copycat Columbine Shooters

Denton, Greater Manchester
Two teens are currently standing trial for planning to copycat the Columbine shootings at their own school. Matthew Swift (18) and Ross McKnight (16) of Denton, Greater Manchester are facing charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. According to journals belonging to the would-be shooters, they planned to blow up Crown Point North shopping center and then assault Audenshaw School where McKnight was a student and Swift had attended school. They were arrested in March after a female friend of Swift's reported a phone conversation she had with him where, while drunk, he told her of his and McKnight's plans for April 20, 2009. You can read more here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/8233964.stm

Alvaro Castillo Trial

School shooter Alvaro Castillo is standing trial is standing trial for shooting his father to death and then driving to his former high school, Orange High, with a horde of weapons where he opened fire on August 30, 2006. Two people were injured before a school faculty member convinced Castillo to put down his gun. Castillo has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. On Tuesday 11, 2009 his mother testified at Alvaro's trial, saying that her son was so meek he couldn't even stand up to his dad when his mother was being abused in front of him. She also testified that she'd called her son a coward for letting his younger sister intervene instead. Alvaro's mother described his father as domineering, controling and abusive both verbally and physically toward the family.

Around the age of 15 Alvaro became obsessed with death and suicide, according to his mother and sister. He was particularly fascinated with the Columbine shootings and even visited Columbine High with his mother at one point. Castillo made a failed attempt at suicide on the 7th anniversary of the Columbine shootings after which he started spending a lot of time alone in his bedroom, making secret journals and videos about his obsessions and plans to copycat the shootings of April 20, 1999.

Alvaro's sister said that their mother had found a gun in her brother's room but they allowed him to keep his weapons so long as he had no ammunition. Castillo's mother said the teen would often sleep with his shotgun like it was a teddy bear. He was put on medication for depression but his mother said the drugs seemed to worsen his condition; he told her once that he was feeling nothing at all - that he was losing his feelings.

The trial is currently ongoing. For more about this highly messed-up story, see here.

Back again

I'm back. CDs have been mailed. Updates forthcoming as I get life back in order at home. Weird how fast things fall apart in just two weeks.

Summer migration

I will be traveling from 7-15 to 7-30. If any contributors donate between those dates, they can expect their CDs to ship between 7-31 and 8-1. Me, I'll be passing through some old ghost towns and spending a night in a historic "haunted" hotel. Should be an interesting trip.

Mark Taylor Update


A video update on Mark Taylor. If you have trouble viewing the embedded video, try watching it at YouTube.

Iran Condemnation

In the strongest message yet from the U.S. government, the House voted 405-1 to condemn Tehran's crackdown on protest rallies and the government's interference with Internet and cell phone communications. The Senate followed suit later in the day. (source)

405-1. There's always got to be one devil's advocate in the crowd.

I never thought much of Twitter. I have an account (here if you're curious) but haven't done much with it. This place is my blog so I don't really need things like Twitter apart as a road sign to point to this place. But hearing about how it's been so helpful in getting info out about what's happening in Iran, I must admit I look at it with new respect. Apparently the Iranian government can't successfully block Twitter, tweets or reading, since you can access it without having to go to the website. Folks can read/write from several 3rd party websites, through browser plug-ins and even through cellphone texting. The people there will not be silenced and for that I give props to Twitter. Tweet on.

Still working on the Virginia Tech website. Check there for the latest about development there.

Dylan's Journal

A reader pointed out one of Dylan's journal pages got left out. I've tucked it back into order and while I had the Columbine Documents out I triple-checked what was already posted and found a few wording errors - mostly words I hadn't been able to identify before that I was able to decipher this time. A couple of the phrases that were fixed have new meaning so if you've already read them, I suggest reading them again. The entry that got skipped is pretty intense. Worth reading through to see it in context. For those who've donated in the past who received CDs with the old version of the journal and missing page, I've put Dylan's updated journal into a zip file that you can download here.

In other news, I'm still working on the Virginia Tech site. There's still not much there to look at yet but I have moved the site to its own host now and am quickly pulling together info to get it up and running. It won't be nearly as thorough as this site for a while to come yet... As Rome wasn't built in a day, neither was this website. Eventually it'll get there though.

Lost in Translation

I have discovered that the Babel Fish translator code doesn't like this main page. I tried taking out competing code but that didn't fix it so for now I've removed the translator box from the sidebar. It does seem to work properly on the sub-pages so I've left it up there. I'll sort out the main page issue later, after I've gotten more done on the Virginia Tech site.

Email: I have mostly caught up now - I'm just a few days behind so if you emailed me a while back and I haven't gotten back to you, feel free to write again.

V-Tech Update

As promised, I've started digging into getting the Virginia Tech info site up and running. Right now all I've had time to do is make a basic layout. This isn't necessarily how it will end up looking when it's finished but it's a good place to start for now. More coming as I get the time.

In other news, I just heard about the death of Johanna Justin-Jinich, a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Apparently the man accused of shooting her to death (Stephen Morgan, age 29) allegedly had a composition book in which he'd written things like: "Kill Johanna. She must Die.". In the book he also talks about "seeing all of the beautiful and smart people at wes" and "I think it okay to kill Jews and go on killing spree at this school". The composition book was found in a computer bag in the basement of Broad Street Books, along with a laptop computer that listed Morgan as its admin. Johanna Justin-Jinich was shot in the same bookstore. She was Jewish. She also had filed a harassment complaint against Morgan in 2007 when they were taking the same summer course at New York University. When he was arrested, Stephen Morgan gave police a Colorado address. The mayor of Middletown suggested the connection between the two people may "go back to Colorado" but no further details were given.

More at CNN


Almost finished with catching up on email. If you have written and haven't heard back from me yet, you should by the end of tomorrow. If you still haven't received a reply by Friday please write again as your email may have gotten lost in the pile.


On April 20, 2009 this site saw over 61,000 different people stop by to remember Columbine. So far this month, the total of unique individuals to have visited (this doesn't count repeat visits) is over 160,000. The site has been visited over 4,700,000 times in April alone. I just have to say: Thank you, everyone, for remembering Columbine this year. I'm glad I could help you in your quest for information.

On another subject, I've been getting quite a bit of email about Dave Cullen's new book "Columbine". My copy just arrived yesterday so I haven't had time to read it yet but it's definitely on my to-do list. It's a pretty dense book so it'll likely take me a bit to read it all. When I have I'd be happy to discuss it with you. I'll post here when I do get finished. I'd like to congratulate Dave on getting his book written and published, and to thank him for including a link to this site in his bibliography.

April 20, 2009

Here it is 10 years later. I'd like to say something profound, to try and capture what I'm feeling and what I've experienced these past years but it would take far too long. Let me just say thank you to everyone who has bothered to stop and think about what happened 10 years ago today. And thank you everyone around the world for your emails and for sharing your life experiences with me. Thanks, everyone who's contacted me who was there that day or who know people who were. Thanks to all you reporters, armchair detectives, teachers, law enforcement, parents, students... thanks, everyone, for showing me just how accurate the words "We Are Columbine" really are.

April 20, 1999 - roughly 30 minutes before the shooting begins

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold record their last home video. In it, they are in the family room of the Harris home. Eric is filming Dylan, who is wearing a black baseball cap backward, exposing a "B" embroidered in white - the Boston Red Sox logo. He's wearing am untucked plaid shir and black BDUs (military-style pants) tucked into military-style boots. There are several duffel bags on the floor.

Eric: "Say it now."

Dylan: "Hey mom. Gotta go. It's about a half an hour before our little judgment day. I just wanted to apologize to you guys for any crap this might instigate as far as (inaudible) or something. Just know I'm going to a better place. I didn't like life too much and I know I'll be happy wherever the fuck I go. So I'm gone. Good-bye. Reb..."

Dylan takes the camera then and begins filming Eric. Eric's also wearing a plaid shirt and he has on a white t-shirt on underneath.

Eric: "Yea... Everyone I love, I'm really sorry about all this. I know my mom and dad will be just like.. just fucking shocked beyond belief. I'm sorry, all right. I can't help it."

Dylan: (interrupts) "We did what we had to do."

Eric: "Morris, Nate, if you guys live, I want you guys to have whatever you want from my room and the computer room."

Dylan adds that they can have his things as well.

Eric: "Susan, sorry. Under different circumstances it would've been a lot different. I want you to have that fly CD."

Eric: (eventually) "That's it. Sorry. Goodbye."

Dylan: (sticks his face in the camera) "Goodbye." The tape ends with a brief glimpse of a sign on the wall of Eric's bedroom. It's the letters "CHS" along with a drawing of a bomb with a lit fuse and, written in bold black letters, the word "clue".

April 20, 1999 - early

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold skipped their first class of the day: bowling, which usually ran from 6 AM to 7:15 AM. It's likely they missed their 2nd period class as well, considering Eric Harris was caught on tape at 7:56 AM making a purchase at a convenience store. He and Dylan also skipped 3rd period, which was unusual since they were having a test in that class that day. The last pages of Dylan's journal are filled with quick notes regarding their plans of attack. Dylan and Eric also missed 4th hour. Police now know they were busy gearing up and making last minute preparations for what would soon happen at Columbine High.


I went to feed my kids' fish this morning and it was dead. Why today, of all days?

10th Year Video Tribute

Due to the massive amount of bandwidth, the 10th year tribute video has run its online course. You can still see it on the CD-ROMs I send to folks who donate to help cover the costs of the website.

April 19, 1999

During 3rd hour, around 9:30 AM, Eric and Dylan made a video with friends Eric Jackson and Dustin Gorton. In the Columbine Report, this is described as a "looking video assignment" and a set up video. It was to be used on the school's morning in-house television broadcast and featured the foursome driving up to Burger King in Gorton's 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle. Dylan was sitting in the front passenger seat, Dustin was driving, Eric Harris was a passenger in the back seat. They bought their breakfast and drove to Columbine's student parking lot where they ate and ended the video.

Eric and Dylan skipped creative writing class (2nd to last class of the day) with Brooks Brown and Becca Hines. Brooks and Becca went on to McDonald's where Dylan and Eric were to meet up with them after a side-trip to Eric's house. Eric and Dylan didn't return to school that day, skipping their last class, psychology, as well. A man hanging wallpaper next door said he heard glass breaking and other explosive sounds from the Harris garage that day.

Dylan wrote about 8 pages in his notebook, the first of which read: "About 26.5 hours from now the judgement will begin. Difficult but not impossible, necessary, nervewracking and fun. What fun is life without a little death? It's interesting, when I'm in my human form, knowing I'm going to die. Everything has a touch of triviality to it." His last journal entry read: Walk in, set bombs at 11:09, for 11:17 Leave, set car bombs. Drive to Clemete [sic] Park. Gear up. Get back by 11:15 Park cars. set car bombs for 11:18 get out, go to outside hill, wait. When first bombs go off, attack. have fun!

Eric asked Mark Manes to buy ammunition for him, though he - Harris - was old enough to purchase it himself. Mark bought 100 rounds from a local Kmart for $25 and gave it to Eric later that night. When Mark asked Eric if he was going to use the ammo to go target shooting that night Eric told him no; that he needed it for the next day.

I am still a bit behind in my email so if you've written and haven't received a response yet, please be patient. I will get to you I promise. Tomorrow morning I'll be posting a tribute video here, commemorating the 10th year. Also as a reminder: The site will be blacked out starting at 11:15 AM on the 20th and lasting until 12:05 PM. Please bookmark a page other than the main one if you wish to access the website during that time.

April 17, 1999

Debbie Wilde and her husband, who lived 2 doors down from the Harrises, noticed there were sounds of breaking glass and power saws from the garage over the weekend. They noticed Dylan's BMW parked in front of Eric's house on Saturday the 17th, when the noises were loudest. Police now know that the teens were making shrapnel for the pipe bombs they would use on Tuesday.

The 17th was Columbine's prom night. Posters around the school announced the prom: "It's coming! 4/17/99" On several posters the number '17' had been crossed out and replaced with a '20'. Twelve kids, including Dylan Klebold and Nate Dykeman, went by limosine together to the prom. Dylan's date for the night was Robyn Anderson, who boasted to another male friend shortly before the prom: "I convinced my friend Dylan, who hates dances, jocks and has never had a date let alone a girlfriend to go with me! I am either really cute or just really persuasive!"

Nate said Dylan's attitude that night was normal, like any guy going to his senior prom's attitude might be. Everything went "perfect" -- friends described Dylan as seeming very upbeat and was making plans to stay in touch with folks after leaving for college. Nate said that Dylan talked happily about a positive future in Arizona attending college; that he sounded like that was what he really planned to do with his life.

Rachel Scott - who would just days later become a victim in the shootings - attended the prom with Nick Baumgart.

Eric Harris didn't have a date that night, though not for lack of trying. People who knew him said he asked a few different girls, all of whom turned him down. He ended up making plans with Susan DeWitt (a girl he'd talked to the night before at Blackjack Pizza). She went to his house where they watched movies. Eric invited her to go to the after-prom party but she declined. She went home and Eric met his friends at the party, still alone.

April 16, 1999

Staff Sergeant Gonzales left a message on voicemail at the Harris residence for Eric Harris to call him but never received a call back. Gonzales said that he had no further contact with Harris and was therefore unable to inform him that he would not be eligible for entry into the Marines.

April 15, 1999

Staff Sergeant Mark Gonzales met Eric Harris and his father at the Harris residence. During a casual conversation between Gonzales and Dwayne Harris about Eric's future with the military Eric's mother came downstairs and joined the conversation. She asked if Eric would still be eligible if he were taking an anti-depressant. She then showed the Staff Sergeant one of Eric's prescription bottles and he copied down the name of the drug prescribed: Luvox®. Gonzales said that he would check on the eligibility status and would call them back.

Dylan Klebold wrote an entry in his personal journal musing on the assault that would occur in five days.


I'm feeling better though still not 100%. I've posted several updates below, to catch up on what I would've posted had I not been sick. I'm working through backlogged email today so if you've written recently, you should have a response soon. All donation gifts were mailed this week on Monday and Tuesday, to avoid the tax rush on the post office but due to extra load the post office packages may be delayed a few days.

In regards to the upcoming 10th "anniversary" of the Columbine tragedy, I have a video montage tribute in the works. On April 20th this year the main page of this website will be temporarily altered in memory of those who died. The change will be in effect from starting at 11:15 AM (when the massacre began) and will last until 12:05 PM (when the last shots were fired). All other pages of the site will still appear as normal so if you want to access the full site during that time you'll want to bookmark a page ahead of time as no internal links will be posted on the main page at that time. The website will return to its normal state after the time of observance is done.

April 14, 1999

Staff Sergeant Mark Gonzales met Eric at Blackjack Pizza to confirm his appointment for the home visit.

April 11, 1999

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made "Reb's Tape" - one of the Basement Tapes marked evidence item #298. In it they discussed their plans and how the event would impact their parents and the people who cared about them. While they expressed regret for the trouble it would cause their families they appear dedicated to and even proud of their "two man war against everyone else".

Greek student shoots 3, kills self

Athens, Greece
In a note Dimitris Tachmanidis, 19, said that he was tired of being mocked by fellow students at Hellenic Manpower Organisation's (OAED) vocational school. Friday morning he walked into the school he attended armed with two pistols. He headed for the classrooms but ran into another student on the stairs and fired shots at the 19-year-old. The gunman turned to leave at that time but was confronted by 2 men who worked in a factory nearby. He shot at the two men before running across the road and shooting himself in the head. He died during medical treatment later.

More info

Dove Creek High School shooting plan foiled

New Mexico, USA
Two teens were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. One, 16 years old, planned to shoot the principal of Dove Creek High School in Colorado where the teen attended classes. He also planned to shoot the undersheriff and use that man's weapons to continue the shooting spree. Deputies confiscated 7 rifles, shotguns, and an M1 carbine from the 16-year-old's home as well as 3 more weapons when the teens were arrested. The other teen, 19-year-old Cody Barr, is the one who disclosed information about the plot. The teens were wanted in Colorado on warrants for 3 felony burglaries, including a burglary at the home of the 16-year-old's grandparent where they stole thousands of dollars and 10 weapons. The 16 year old had showed up last fall at his school wearing a trenchcoat and white face paint. He wasn't allowed on campus at the time and didn't return after.

More info

April 8, 1999

Custodian Jay Gallentine arrived at Columbine just before 5 AM and found the locks of all the doors leading into the high school glued shut. Gallentine heard voices and footsteps on the roof, then silence. He called the police and set to replacing the locks. Inspection of the roof found someone had spelled the word 'seniors' in duct tape across the large glass skylight. Later that day, Jefferson County sheriff's deputy Neil Gardner (resource officer assigned to Columbine who would exchange fire with the shooters on April 20) reviewed video taken that morning by the school's outside security cameras. The tape showed two male suspects in dark clothing, including gloves and masks or hoods of some kind but they were never identified. However, Eric mentioned on his website that he and Dylan epoxied locks in their neighborhood as a prank and Brooks Brown says something similar in his book, No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine.

April 5, 1999

Eric Harris showed up for his scheduled Marine Corp test on time, driving a car with a Rammstein sticker in the back window. He was wearing black pants, black combat boots, and a black t-shirt with the word "Rammstein" on the front. He scored average on the initial screening test. At the end of the interview he told the recruiting officer that he wanted to think about enlisting and that he also wished to talk the matter over with his parents.


I have been diagnosed with an extreme pulmonary infection bordering on bilateral pneumonia. Basically this means I'm dead-dog sick. I'm receiving medical treatment and will know more on Monday after I talk to the doctor again. I have someone taking care of shipping donation gifts Monday so if you've contributed over the weekend, your gift will be shipping then. Updates to the website will be entirely dependent on my health until I kick this stupid infection. Talk about a rotten couple of months.

April 3, 1999

Eric writes his last handwritten diary entry. The content is posted below, unedited.

Months have passed. Its the first Friday night in the final month. much shit has happened. Vodka has a Tec 9, we test fired all of our babies, we have 6 time clocks ready, 39 crickets, 24 pipe bombs, and the napalm is under construction. Right now I'm trying to get fucked and trying to finish off these time bombs. NBK came quick. why the fuck cant I get any? I mean, I'm nice and considerate and all that shit, but nooooo. I think I try to hard. but I kinda need to considering NBK is closing in. The amount of dramatic irony and foreshadowing is fucking amazing. Everything I see and I hear I incorporate into NBK somehow. Either bombs, clocks, guns, napalm, killing people, any and everything finds some tie to it. feels like a Goddamn movie sometimes. I wanna try to put some mines and trip bombs around this town too maybe. Get a few extra flags on the scoreboard. I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don't fucking say, "well thats your fault" because it isnt, you people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no. no no no dont let the weird looking Eric KID come along, ohh fucking nooo.

April 2, 1999

Eric Harris spoke with Staff Sergeant Mark Gonzales about joining the Marines. During the interview Eric indicated he's thought about college but that he was more interested the Marine Corps. After sharing some personal details with the Staff Sergeant (including his plans after graduation and telling him that he had never done drugs), Eric was scheduled for further interview and testing.

Virginia Tech website

I don't do April Fool's so don't worry; this isn't a joke. I've secured a domain and space for the much-asked-for site about the Virginia Tech shootings. You will find it at aVirginiaTechSite.com. I won't be putting full attention into it until after the 10th April 20 is over but check back after that for updates.


Been busy. I found a few deeply nested pages that I'd missed when I converted the site and fixed those. If you see any pages that don't display right please email me with the URL and I'll fix it. I've also added a bumper sticker to the list of gifts you can choose if you contribute to this website. I plan to add a t-shirt as well in the next few days, commemorating the 10th year following the tragedy at Columbine High School. More info coming soon.

Also: Guestbook. It was brought to my attention that it was full. In the past it used to auto-delete the oldest entries but I guess they've changed that. I've deleted the oldest ones so you can post to the guestbook again. Sorry for not catching that sooner, folks.

March 25, 1999

The whole Klebold family (Dylan, his brother Byron, and their parents) drove to Tucson to visit the University of Arizona where they paid a deposit for what was supposed to have been Dylan's dorm room when he graduated from Columbine High in April. His family later said that he genuinely seemed to be looking forward to college life. Friends said that he had been talking about going to U of A just a week before the shootings.

Things have settled here in the wake of my friend's passing. The funeral was nice, if heart-breaking. I'm getting caught up on email now. I received an email from the community theater director at Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, MD, USA. They'll be performing the play Columbinus throughout April this year. If you would like more information about the performances or the play, please check out the theater's website for Columbinus.

March 15, 18 1999

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold record one of the "Basement Tapes" in which they vent their anger at the world and at specific people. They gloat about their upcoming plans and how clever they were in obtaining the gear they needed to carry out their "Mission". They explain their reasons, condemn victims by name, thank accomplices and apologize to their families and friends. They laugh off the Brady bill; all of their guns were obtained illegally. In the video they give a tour of "Reb's room" and the illegal items they've collected there. They say they want to "kick-start a revolution". They detail out their plans to blow up the school and discuss the munitions they plan to use. They speculate on people's reactions to what they intend to do.

This video tape, evidence item #265, has not been released to the public. It has been viewed by an employee at Time magazine and the families of the victims. While there has been much debate on whether the tape should be released, at this time it is still being withheld by the courts, possibly for another 17 years or so. You can see a partial transcript of this video here. It's the closest you'll likely come to knowing what was on the tape until such a time as the court decides to release the Basement Tapes.

Grim Day

By now most of you already know about the Alabama shooting spree from yesterday, and you likely know as well about the tragic shooting today in Winnenden, in Germany. I plan to provide more details at a later point and my sympathies go out to the individuals involved who are picking up the pieces. Today though I got word that someone I've known for over 14 years has died from an overdose. He was like family and I'm going to be busy helping with the funeral arrangements the next few days. He was 31 years old. Addiction is an ugly, ugly thing.

Rest in peace, Sam. And everyone else who died today.


I was contacted a bit ago by writer/director Adam Kargman who was kind enough to share his short film, Reunion, with me. You can see a trailer for it below. The movie is not yet publicly available but the person who sent me a copy said he's willing to do the same for anyone who wants to email him at info@roundhaygarden.com. You can read more about the film here and at the filmmaker's website.

I found the film very touching; an interesting look at what might have been -- and what likely was lost on April 20th, 1999. It was difficult at times for me to watch because of how plausible it seemed. The end, of course, was the hardest. It's very much worth a watch, especially since it runs only about 12 minutes. For the amount of time it takes to watch, it really packs a big emotional punch.

March 6, 1999

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Rampart RangeSaturday, March 6th. Armed with a video camera, two sawed-off shotguns, a pistol, an automatic rifle and a TEC-9, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold headed off to Rampart Range dressed in their trenchcoats and wearing their baseball caps backward. They, together with Mark Manes (who sold them the TEC-9) and Mark's friend Jessica Miklich, took turns firing the the weapons at trees and bowling pins, joking as they hit and missed their targets. For Eric and Dylan, it was practice with a purpose. They were imagining what the bullets would look like in someone's brain. They were preparing for their final "Mission" - the massacre at Columbine.

Photos and excerpts from the Rampart Range video

New Email

The site now has a new dedicated email address. I've already made the changes to the site so that when you click the email link it'll send you to the new one. For those who have my old email address saved, please update it with the new one: acolumbinesite @ gmail . com (remove the spaces). I will be checking the old address periodically but for the fastest response, use the new one.


The site search feature seen on every page is a paid service. Up until this month the place that hosts it was charging per month. They've switched over to a by-the-year-only service, which costs quite a bit more but only has to be paid once a year. Thanks to several kind readers who generously sent in contributions during this tough economic time, the service has been paid for through next year. What's more, all the tacky ads and branding are gone for good as well. All you'll see when you do a search is the relevant results this site hosts. Thank you very much to everyone who's sent in donations. It's greatly appreciated.

I've had several folks ask me what, if anything, is going on in Littleton when the 10th year strikes in April. I haven't heard too much about what's going on there this year. I know the folks behind the Columbine Memorial are hosting a get-together. You can find out more about it by clicking the link there. If you live in the area and know of anything, please let me know and I'll post it up here.

In other news, after countless requests I am beginning the slow process of putting together an information website dedicated to the Virginia Tech shooting. I've thought before about doing it but time is something I'm already short on. However, I have received a lot of emails about the prospect of my hosting such a site and it is an important and relevant subject that should have its own niche out there on the web. It will be slow going but it will be. I've already secured the web address: aVirginiaTechSite.com. If you have anything you'd like to contribute to the subject of the site, feel free to contact me at the email address on this site about it.

YouTube has gone on a crusade against videos related to school shootings after the BBC found videos hosted on the video portal that glorified the shooters and the violence they committed against their schoolmates. Since the BBC brought the matter to their attention, YouTube has stripped virtually everything to do with school shootings from their site, even the legitimate news clips and such. I haven't had videos on the site in over a year and after this, I never will. The video files I have that are too large to host from my site will be available on CD until I have the time and resources to find a way to host them. In an unrelated move, they've also figured out a way to disable audio for clips that have soundtracks that are copyrighted and used without permission. That's progress for you.

Welcome to 2009

CDs have been shipped. Continental US residents should see them within the next 10 days. Overseas will be 2-6 weeks, depending on your location and local customs officials.

This year marks the 10th year following the Columbine High School massacre. Ten years. Hard to believe. Where were you ten years ago? What was your life like? How different is it now?

1000 spankings = 8 year old murderer?

I will be visiting relatives out of state until the 1st. CD requests will be taken care of on my return. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Despite following it closely, I've refrained from posting anything about this case up till now because of how unusual it is and how many things we can't know due to court gag orders and such. Today however I read an article that put a bit more perspective on the case. The article was titled "Child vowed 1,000th spanking would be limit" and postulated that the 8 year old St Johns boy may have kept track of spankings in a ledger and might have vowed that the 1000th spanking he got would be his last. Now while the news says that he was given a spanking the day before the shootings over a missed class assignment, it also says that no such ledger was found in the evidence they took from the boy's house. Only a sheet of paper with spelling homework.. and blood on it.

What really snagged me though was what his grandmother told the police. Shortly after hearing that the 8 year old had confessed to the double murder, she was reported by an officer in attendance as saying in a loud, angry tone: "I knew this would happen. They were too hard on [the boy]! I knew [he] did it. He spent the night in my bed cuddling up to me. I had a feeling he did it. If any eight year old boy is capable of doing this, it's (him)." His grandfather was likewise unsurprised by the confession.

It would seem that this boy was being abused. It would also seem that his grandparents knew it and allowed it to continue. If the story about 1000 spankings is true, that would be 1000 that he'd kept track of. That wouldn't include all the ones that happened before he got upset enough to keep count, or how many times he was hit before he was old enough to count. If all of what little we've heard about this case is true, it's no wonder the kid hurt someone. The only surprise is that he did it when he was 8 and not when he was 18.

Violence breeds violence. Reap what you sow and all that. It's just really sad that at a mere 8 years old this kid's life is so screwed up. Just think what he'll be like in 10 years if he spends them growing up in juvenile hall. Someday this boy will be a man, one shaped by violence and fear and pain. What a life to look forward to.

Happy Haunting

Happy Halloween! Be safe, eat candy and remember the people you've known who aren't alive to enjoy this holiday. That is what Halloween's really about, after all: The dead.

The links on the donation page are fixed now, btw. Sorry about that.

4 Suspects in University of Central Arkansas Shooting

Conway, Arkansas, USA
Last night the University of Central Arkansas was in lockdown following the eruption of gunfire near Arkansas Hall. As of this posting, Arkansas police have 2 suspects in custody and are still searching for 2 more, which they say they have "good leads" on. The 4 suspects are not students at the university but are from the area. 2 of the people they shot have died, a 3rd - who is also not a student at the school - was injured. No motive has been established for the shootings -- police say it's unclear whether the shooters knew their victims and that the shootings appear to be random.

A little over 10 minutes after the shootings the school's automated system sent out e-mails to staff and students advising them to stay inside with the doors locked. The system was put into place shortly after the Virginia Tech shootings last year and was the first time the school used it.

CNN.com has the developing story.

Eric Harris' Journal

As I was tidying I finally got around to organizing Eric's writing page. I moved all the writing links to the left navigation area (where the columbine flower is). Eventually I'll do Dylan's the same way. I also got the first 39 scans of Eric's journals posted, along with the typed (and therefore legible) transcripts of the same. Organization feels good.

Happy Halloween Month

Halloween is my favorite holiday -- I prefer to celebrate the whole month rather than on just the last day. I heard someone on the radio call it Halloween Month the other day. It's nice to know other folks out there feel the same way as I do. I figure if the merchandisers can start promoting Christmas in August, then I can observe Halloween all through October. It's a worldwide holiday so I figure there's plenty to celebrate.

In site news, I discovered that Firefox doesn't show my site quite the way IE does. Since I use it a lot and, from the stats, so do the viewers who come here, I'm working to get things set up so that the site will display properly. It means lots of redundant code but in the end it'll all look better for it.

Kauhajoki school shooting

Kauhajoki, Finland
This comes a little late as I only just heard of it today. On September 23, 2008, culinary student Matti Juhani Saari took a Walther P22 Target semi-automatic handgun to the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences where he shot and killed 10 people and injured several others before shooting himself in the head. He died a few hours later. This shooting occured two months before the first 'anniversary' of the tragic Jokela shooting in Finland last year and was more deadly.

This shooting was particularly heinous: After shooting several people in one exam room, he set the room on fire. One of his victims managed to make it out of the burning classroom before they died in the hallway. Saari also started several other fires during his rampage. One of his victims, a female, was shot in the head but after two operations was upgraded to "satisfactory condition". At least 10 other people were treated for minor injuries. All of the victims were thought to be classmates or in the same year as the shooter. Of the 10 that died, 8 were female students, 1 was a male student, and the last was a male staff member. It's believed that the male student had been a friend of Saari's.

Saari bought his weapon from the same gun shop as Pekka Eric Auvinen, the Jokela shooter who killed 8 people last year. Local authorities have said it's likely that Saari and Auvinen knew each other, perhaps from the internet. Saari told a friend of his that he had been bullied in secondary school. He called this same friend from the university shortly after the shootings, before he turned the gun on himself. He left behind hate-filled notes and videos on YouTube (posted under the username Wumpscut86), and was reported to have expressed admiration for school shootings in the USA. He had footage of the Columbine High shooting saved under his YouTube Favorites. His account has since been suspended

Ironically, Finnish police had searched Saari's apartment the day before the shootings (Monday 22) after they received an anonymous tip the previous Friday about the threatening videos Saari had posted. While they did find a .22 caliber pistol, he had a weapons permit and no prior criminal record, so they found no reason to arrest him.

You can read more here.

Dylan Klebold's Journal Posted

It's taken a while but with the help of a couple of folks and after many, many hours of coding I've gotten Dylan Klebold's journal entries coded in HTML for ease of reading. The journal entries are typed, transcribed as accurately as possible, triple-checked and enhanced with images taken from the pages they appear on. You can see the actual pages in the Columbine Documents, pages 26385-26427.

Update: Brian Anderson

A friend of Brian's (Dewayne Johnson) was kind enough to send me the following update about victim Brian Anderson, the boy who was trapped between the double glass doors with teacher Patti Nielson when Eric Harris opened fire on the entrance.

Being trapped in the library and shot in the chest, 26 yr old Brian Anderson has moved on with his life, now owning his own trucking company in the Littleton Colorado area. Brian says he still tries to make sense of that fateful day at Columbine High School. To this day he has not stepped one foot into any library nor does he like the sound of helicopters or fire alarms. Brian also lost his good friend and classmate "Corey Depooter" in the shooting at Columbine and said there are times when he thinks of him and all the fun times they had in school. Recently Brian said he would like to go back to Columbine and see the new library and there he hopes to find more closure. Brian still lives in the Jefferson County area. He would like to thank all those who pitched in with a helping hand during the whole ordeal at Columbine. Brian also states that there is one person that means a lot to him and will always have a place in his heart because in his eyes she is a HERO and that is teacher Patti Nielson.
Brian Anderson - 2008


Some of the Amazon ads at the tops of the subpages were causing Internet Explorer to crash for me. I don't know if anyone else has had this happen but if you have, you shouldn't be seeing it anymore as I've replaced them. Still working on the W3C compliance. Lots and lots of pages to convert but it's coming along pretty quickly, all things considered.

I have a friend in Baton Rouge who is without power, one of 800,000 in Louisiana by itself. My thoughts are with the folks who're in the hurricane zone. Let's all hope Hanna and Ike give the coast a huge miss.


I just finished expanding the section regarding the Injured Victims. Instead of one incredibly long page it's now broken into six different pages. I hope this will make it easier to load and read. Also, I'm sending out CDs today for those who donated after 8.26. I wanted to get this update done before I made the CDs so you'd have the new layout. You should see your CDs soon.


The Aftermath pages are all updated now, code-compliant and what-not. I finally got around to moving the more recent info from 2006 and 2007 from this page to their respective pages in that section.

As promised...

Dylan Klebold's page has been updated. More to come later.

Just another update

Got Eric Harris' page straightened up and W3C compliant. I also fixed some dead links, moved the navigation strip and added some info that's located in other sections of the site but relevant to what's on that page. I'll be tackling Dylan's next. It's minor stuff, really, and I only mention this because the two pages look differently and I didn't want anyone thinking that something was wrong with the site.

More obvious update

As you can see (if you've been here before), I've updated the main layout. A bit of trivia: The header image you see above is the first full-size header image this site has ever had in the 9 years it's been around. When I started this site I wanted the primary focus to be on the content. I saw a lot of Columbine-oriented sites in my time and never wanted to be one that had a lot of irrelevant graphics. The layout has always been very streamlined (I've heard some say "spartan" or "barren") and not just because of the reason named above. From 1999 to 2001 I was on a free host, which meant I had very little storage space and bandwidth. I wanted to devote the site's resources to the pictures that mattered so I set those up in internal galleries (that are still present) and skipped the bells and whistles.

Today, I have a very spacious website with a lot of bandwidth so in the interest of making the site a little less text-book, I plan to add content-specific images where appropriate as I continue to get the site up to W3C standards. Perhaps someday I'll be able to afford a site that can host all the video clips I have.


I updated the Movies, Books, and Films page. It looks spiffy now and I added a couple of things to it that somehow managed to get left off. I've still got some books to add so hold off mentioning them to me till I've posted another update. After that if you notice something's still missing, feel free to let me know what it is.

12 year old brings loaded gun to school

Queen Creek, Arizona, USA
Just two weeks after the shootings at SMCC, a 12 year old boy was taken into custody after bringing a loaded gun to his school. After he showed the weapon to teachers and students, a teacher was able to take the gun from the boy. The boy told police he'd brought the weapon to school because another student was picking on him.The school was not evacuated and there were no shots fired. The boy, whose name has not been released on account of age, is being sent to a juvenile detention facility.

SMCC Shooting

South Mountain Community College shooting7.24.8
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
The police have released the name of the shooter, one Rodney Smith (22). Apparently he entered the computer lab around 4 PM and picked a fight with the 19 year old victim, with whom it seems he had a long-standing feud. After shooting the victim he then shot the other two, though it would seem they were random targets before the shooter left. The last two are in stable condition currently. The 19 year old male is still in critical condition.

You can read more details on this story here.


Right now police are on-scene at South Mountain Community College at the scene of a shooting that occurred around 4:00 PM local-time. It involves, at the latest report, 3 victims (ages 17 [male], 19 [male], 20 [female]). 2 are in very critical condition. All three were shot multiple times. The shooting occurred in the Tech Center next to the visitor parking lot. The news just said the the shooter is a man who is "well known on campus" and that the shooter's father is the person who turned him in. He is in custody.

Update: Patrick Ireland

Still slowly improving the site behind-the-scenes. In the meantime I wanted to share so update information about victim Patrick Ireland. He's doing very well for himself these days. He's got a great career as financial rep for Northwestern Mutual and wife, Kacie. Pat also has a very friendly associate named Nicole who was kind enough to provide the site with this happy update on his life. Way to go, Pat!


Yes, I'm behind on email again. With the kids out of school for the summer, we're getting into our hot-months routine so I'll be a little slow for a bit longer. If you have an urgent matter, please email again and put the word "URGENT" in the title so I'll be sure to read it ASAP.

And please, don't email me asking me to send CD sets to you for free. I don't respond to those emails and here's why: The CDs are offered as an incentive to get folks to help me cover the cost of the site's bandwidth, web address, and hosting. The CDs cost me money to make and mail. To send them "free" is not free; it costs money. Asking me to send them to you is asking me to give you money out of my pocket and no... I won't do it. I can't afford it anymore than the next guy. The moneys collected from the CDs go directly back into the site when someone sends a donation but most of the time I'm paying for this place myself and it isn't cheap. Please enjoy what's available but don't ask me to pay you to read it. I won't answer.


April 20, 2008. Remember Columbine.

Nine years. I actually had to count twice to be sure I wasn't mistaken but it really has been nine years. I get emails often now from teens who were in middle school when the shootings happened, from people telling me about how they were too young to have even heard about the shootings. Quite often these folks heard about Columbine in an off-handed form, such as hearing someone at school saying something about "going Columbine" or "pulling a Columbine" and, out of curiosity, hopped on the net and looked up "Columbine".

When I first set out to make this site an information repository, I thought about this group and the ones who would come afterward: The ones who were too young to have lived through the media storm. I wanted to be sure that, if they did come looking, there was at least one source out there for them to turn to where they could find an honest attempt at gathering the truth and the evidence together so that the event and its tragic outcome could be studied and learned from to the hopeful benefit of the future. The emails I've received have let me know that this work is indeed helpful to that end - for the younger generation and from all the living ones before who've written me. While I no longer have time to answer every email I receive I do appreciate them. Thank you.

LiveLeak Double Standard

I think it's interesting that when Bhutto was assassinated, LiveLeak had multiple videos of her getting shot in the head, on the front page no less. I know because I went there and clicked on at least two at the time. But if you upload a video that features a man showing reporters around a fully renovated, shiny new Columbine High it gets rejected within 5 minutes of being posted. I guess they value bloody headshots above video footage of healing and hope. Go figure.

In case it wasn't obvious from the above comment, I will not be hosting videos through LiveLeak. My apologies for not being gorey enough for LiveLeak's high standards. Unfortunately this means that all the video footage will have to remain on the archive CDs till I can find someplace that also believes that Columbine is something that should be remembered.

Also: I've fractured my wrist so updates will be slow until it heals, unless something major happens between now and then. Which I really hope it won't.

Teen Beating Taped

You've probably heard about this one already: 16 year old girl beaten by cheerleader classmates. The six girls beat her with the idea in mind of taping it and posting it to the internet. They were completely unremorseful when they were arrested, joking that they "might" miss cheerleading practice the next day (a week later they're still in custody). Not only do I find this sort of callous behavior idiotic (Oo. Big tough cheerleaders, attacking someone 6 on 1!) but I was also appalled at the fact that they beat the girl unconscious and when she woke up, started doing it again. Obviously they haven't read about the people who've died after being knocked unconscious in a fight. Or are such heartless bitches that they don't understand how killing someone's kid for fun can hurt the families and friends of that person as well as the person themselves.

All that aside, I was especially pissed off when the girl being beaten didn't try to defend herself. Or escape. I saw the video. She was standing right next to the front door with about 4 feet between her and the nearest person. Why didn't she try to leave? None of the girls attacked as a group; they were all taking turns while one held the camera. Yet whenever one hit her, she just covered her face and curled up. They weren't swinging like boxers. Or even like girls who'd been in a lot of fights. They were swinging like (forgive the sexism) girls. And yet the victim just stood there and took it. When they would stop to yell at her, she'd lower her arms in a "Whaddid I dooooo?" sort of way and cry at them. Again, no attempts to leave. And then a girl would start punching her and she'd curl up, still standing.

Did her parents give her no advice on how to handle things when shit gets stupid? I'm sorry but in today's world, you HAVE to tell your kids that it's okay to hit back if someone's attacking them. That reasoning with people who want to hurt you won't work. To LEAVE the scene if things get ugly. To make it home at all costs. To scream for help. To call 911. To do something pro-active to make sure you come out alive!

I do not endorse or support folks doing anything like what happened at Columbine. But there's a big difference between shooting up a school and defending yourself on private property when you're being attacked - regardless of why it's happening.

CNN video

Charlton Heston Dead at 84

Charlton Heston

Last night, well-known actor Charlton Heston passed away in his home. He was best known for his starring roles in movies like El Cid and The Ten Commandments. Though the cause of his death has not been released, it is known that Heston suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Heston was demonized in Michael Moore's fakeumentary Bowling for Columbine when that director used statements made by Heston at an NRA meeting in Denver out of context to support the opinions the film tries to pound home. The most memorable: "..from my cold dead hands." (the statement which the picture above goes to).

Rest in peace, Mr Heston.

Minor Update

I've started work on the videos section in preparation for uploading the videos that disappeared from YouTube. I've taken down all links pointing to YouTube (I think - if you find one, let me know) and am getting the pages converted to the WC3 standards of HTML coding. Boring work but it has to be done.


I've gotten a LiveLeak account set up and will be uploading videos as I get the chance. This is not an April Fool' joke, despite being posted today.

In other news I'm still getting the site HTML 4.01 valid. It's a huge task but in the end things will be better for it all around.

As anyone who knows anything about Columbine already is aware, it's coming up on That Time of year again. I hope all of you keep safe. If you're thinking of trying to stage your own Columbine I seriously recommend you put your plans aside and go talk to someone. Talk to a teacher you like. Talk to the parent of your best friend. Talk to someone who can help you not make the biggest mistake of your life. Put the negative energy you've got stored up into something that will change things for the better, not for the worse. Eric and Dylan are dead. They have been for 8 years now. They didn't get to see the millenium turn. They never knew about the twin towers. They aren't doing anything for or against this world any longer. It's only when we are alive that we can impact the world, one way or another.

Video Troubles

So I just discovered that YouTube's suspended my account that I've had with them for the past 5 years. They did it without warning or explanation so I don't know how long it's been down. I'm going to take a guess that some well-meaning idjit took offense at the Columbine-related materials posted and complained. I know that YouTube - like many large websites - automatically suspends accounts that anyone complains about. The reasoning: It would take too much manpower to investigate every claim so they just take the easy route and destroy what they can't police.

Anyway. Until I get a new account set up somewhere to host the videos that were posted to YouTube, there will be a few broken links in the Media section. If you really need to see them, you can find them on the CD-ROMs I send to folks who help pay the bill to host this website. Information can be found here.

Technical Update

After three hours I've gotten the main page of this site HTML 4.01 compliant. For accomplishing this task, I got a nifty little badge to put on the website (see below). Eventually I'll get the whole site shifted to 4.01 but it's definitely going to take time. The annoying part: You'll never even notice the difference, most likely. Nothing like the prospect of hours of work that no one will see to brighten the day. Blah. Oh, well. Such is the price of living in the future.

Oxnard Update

Lawrence King, the 8th grader who was shot in the head at E.O. Green Junior High School earlier this week has been taken off life support. The reason for the shooting has been released: Lawrence was shot because he wore 'feminine attire' to school. The boy who shot him has been charged with premeditated murder and prosecuters want him tried as an adult.

NIU Update

Update @ 7:51PM MST

NIU gunman Stephen Kazmierczak Steven Kazmierczak used the same web site to purchase gun accessories as the Virginia Tech shooter (Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people last April before shooting himself). TGSCOM Inc., the company who sold the accessories to both gunmen, released a statement that verified the connection.

All of the weapons that were used in the NIU shooting have been identified now. Kazmierczak bought a Sig Sauer 9mm handgun in August 2007 and then a High Point .380-caliber handgun on December 30, 2007. The shooter purchased a Remington 48 shotgun and a Glock 9mm handgun Saturday, February 9, 2008 from the same store he got the first two from.

More details


Update @ 2:00PM MST

The gunman responsible for the shootings at Northern Illinois University has been identified as former student Steven Kazmierczak. Kazmierczak carried four weapons with him during the assault, two of them identified as a pump-action Remington shotgun (which he carried onto campus inside a guitar case) and a Glock 9mm handgun, both of which were purchased legally in Champaign less than a week ago. Kazmierczak was enrolled at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The other two weapons were traced to the same Champaign gun shop but ATF is still trying to determine when Kazmierczak purchased them. The shooter had a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card, required in Illinois for people who buy or possess firearms. Steven Kazmierczak was supposed to be taking medication but had stopped taking it sometime in the past few weeks. His behavior had become erratic in the days before the shooting.

DeKalb County Coroner Dennis J. Miller corrected information released earlier today, saying that there are six dead, not seven: Five students and the gunman. There is still no motive known for the attack. No suicide note or other explanation for the rampage has been found as of yet.

The victims who died were: Daniel Parmenter, 20, of Westchester; Catalina Garcia, 20, of Cicero; Ryanne Mace, 19, of Carpentersville; Julianna Gehant, 32, of Meridan; and Gayle Dubowski, a 20, of Carol Stream.


Six people are confirmed dead in the university shooting, including the 27-year-old gunman. Only one victim has been identified at this point: 20-year-old Dan Parmenter, who was in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a business major at NIU.

NIU shooting crime scenePolice have identified the shooter but have not released his name yet. He was a former grad student but did not attend the class he attacked. He had received his undergraduate degree in sociology at NIU but was most recently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign. School records at NIU indicated he was a "stellar student" according to an NIU spokesperson. NIU honored the gunman with a dean's award in for his work in sociology. According to news sources, he was an authority on prisons and self-injury within them. He had been the vice president of the Academic Criminal Justice Association chapter at NIU. Police are saying his name will be released in a 9:00 AM press conference today.

NIU is a campus of roughly 25,000 students. There were about 165 students registered in the class the gunman entered. Cole Hall, the 200-seat lecture hall where the shooting occurred, was hosting a geology class that was nearly over when the gunman burst out onto the room's stage armed with a shotgun and a Glock (and perhaps one other handgun). Witnesses said that everyone thought it was a joke until people started getting shot. People in the room say that the shooter looked calm and said nothing as he fired into the area of the lecture hall where the greatest concentration of people were. Some said it appeared like he was targeting specific people; others say he looked like he was shooting randomly.

Local officials were very quick to respond to the situation: A half hour after the first shots were fired the school had an alert on the campus and all classes were cancelled indefinitely. An hour after, law enforcement was able to declare the gunman was no longer a threat. Two hours later the scene was completely secure and an investigation was underway. Medical response teams had people to hospitals within minutes. This is, perhaps, the brightest side to this situation right now.

- CBS Chicago's video coverage Includes a timeline of events
- WBBM Chicago Details about the shooter

5 Dead in Northern Illinois University Shooting

DeKalb, Illinois, USA
A gunman dressed in black shot 22 people from the stage of a large lecture hall before turning the gun on himself. Four of the victims died and of those who were injured, at least six are in critical condition. Little is known about the gunman at this time and there has been no motive established. He doesn't appear to have been a student in the class he attacked.

Full story

Oxnard Update

The boy who was shot was identified this morning as Lawrence King. The most recent reports say that he is alive but has been declared brain dead. Full story.

Oxnard Student Shot

Oxnard CA school shooting2.12.8
Oxnard, California, USA
A 14 year old 8th grade student at E.O. Green Junior High School shot another 8th grader (age 15) in the head in a classroom at the school. Police are saying that the incident was a personal matter between the two boys. The suspect fled the campus after the shooting but was later arrested and remains in custody. Early news reports held that the victim died from his injuries but local law enforcement are saying he is in the hospital in serious condition in ICU.

Full story


I've gotten the corrections done. Thanks a lot to the folks who wrote. Your help is greatly appreciated. In other update news, I'll be tackling the Music section soon. I'm going to be redesigning the layout so it'll be easier to browse. I'll also be adding the songs you readers have mentioned to the list. Thanks for the suggestions.


February's shaping up to be a violent month. In Baton Rouge a 23 year old woman entered a classroom at the Lousiana Technical College where she shot and killed two women students before turning her gun on herself (more). Over in Gardner, Kansas, four students at Gardner Edgerton High School stood by and watched as 16 year old Dakota DeRemus was beaten so badly by another 16 year old at the school that he later died. One of the witnesses even recorded it with his cellphone. During court proceedings that have followed, Dakota's family said that the boy had been bullied for over two years before he was killed. (more)

Not the happiest start to the new year.

In other news, I'm working on some of the corrections folks have been kind enough to point out to me. Thanks for the emails. I really do appreciate it as I don't see the site from the perspective of the reader. Things sometimes slip by my radar.

School Shooting at Ohio Elementary School

Portsmouth, Ohio, USA
A teacher was shot this morning in front of Notre Dame Elementary School. The suspect: Her husband.

After shooting his wife on the Catholic school's front steps the man left the school campus. As of the last update this morning the man had barricaded himself inside his house with several weapons. Police were waiting for the arrival of a SWAT team.

There was another shooting in the city around this time that appeared to be related to the teacher's shooting but there's no information available on what that might be. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Full story at WLWT Cincinnati.

New Year, Old Faces

I've been working behind the scenes on the site this whole time but I completely forgot to post anything to the front page. Go me. Mitchell Johnson, Jonesboro shooter now 23 years oldAnyway, I was reading the news and to my surprise I saw a familiar face: Mitchell Johnson, now aged 23 and being arrested again. If you don't recognize the name, Johnson was one of the two Jonesboro shooters (Andrew Golden was the other). He wasn't shooting at schools this time, though the charges do involve guns.

Johnson was pulled over and found in possession of marijuana. He had a 9mm pistol with him when the pot was found, as well as a 20-gauge shotgun. Friends said Johnson had the guns with him because he felt like there were people after him (which, considering his past, is probably true). A law in Arkansas that deals with simultaneous drug and weapons possession means Johnson - who has been out of the penal system for just two years - may go back to prison for 10 more years.

Read the full story here.

End of the Year

Welcome to the end.
The end of the year, that is. Yes, it's been another year in its entirety. For me, it seemed to fly by thanks to having way too much to do and not enough time to do it in. 2007 has seen a number of interesting events and many unfortunate, sad ones. I can only hope 2008 will be a bit less gloomy. On the bright side: I have finally caught up on my email. If you wrote and haven't received a reply, please write again as the email never reached me.

On a related note, by now you have probably heard that Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan People's Party) was assassinated, if you follow politics at all. This tragic event threatened the future of democracy for Pakistan but her 19 year old son Bilawil Zardari has stepped up and said he is going to attempt to fill her shoes. At 19, he is taking on a role that got his mother killed. I feel a great deal of respect for this young man who is stepping into a very difficult future. It's a bit odd knowing that he's the same age as many of the shooters that I've written about on this website over the years. How much difference circumstances can make for a life.

Anyway, if you want to know more about the situation, see CNN's latest.

Have a safe turn of the new year.

Mother of Mall Shooter Apologizes for Son

When asked today what she would say to the families of the victims, Maribel Rodriguez, mother of Omaha shooter Robert Hawkins, told ABC's Good Morning America: "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm deeply devastated with you."

She went on to say: "If you want to hate Robert, then hate Robert. You don't need that pain. You absolutely don't need that type of pain in your heart and mind. Because it destroys your soul."

Hawkins spent four years in group homes, treatment centers and foster care after he'd threatened to kill his step mother in 2002. Just before the shooting Robert had been fired from his job and had broken up with his girlfriend.

"He was without hope," his mother said. "He was without faith. He was without courage. Because you don't do that to other people. You just don't do that to other people."

In regards to herself and what people should think about her son, she said: "I'm not perfect, I know that. But you tell me: What could I have done differently? I did my best."

Source: Associated Press

More on the New Life Church Shooting

Police are now saying that though Matthew Murray was shot "multiple times" by volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam, he died from a single shot he fired on himself. Writings online that are being attributed to Murray are reported to carry a strong resemblance to things written by Eric Harris before the shootings at Columbine.

According to KUSA-TV in Denver, Murray wrote online: "You Christians brought this on yourselves. All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you ... as I can, especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world."

The Denver Post reported the following regarding the text that was posted Sunday during the time between the two shootings:

A diatribe was posted at 11:03 a.m. Sunday on a website devoted to people who have left religion. Investigating authorities believe it was left by gunman Matthew Murray. With the exception of two minor changes, some rearranging and the final paragraph, the text was originally written as a manifesto by Columbine killer Eric Harris. Some expletives from the Harris version were replaced by Murray with symbols. Other expletives were removed for publication, where noted.

The final paragraph comes from lyrics from the song "Anarchy" by the band KMFDM.

Read the actual content here.

Shooting at Colorado Missionary Training Center and Church

Sunday two violent shootings staged 12 hours and 65 miles apart have led to the death of four people and that of the gunman, 24 year old Matthew Murray. Five others were wounded. Home-schooled and raised in a deeply religious household, Murray was kicked out of the Youth with a Mission program and had been sending hate mail to the heads of the program during the past few weeks. Murray, clad in black, targeted Youth with a Mission training center and then the New Life Church, where the gunman was shot by a security guard. He fell and when the guard ordered him to drop his weapon, he made a move to grab something that "may have been a grenade" so she shot him again, killing him. The mission training center had an office at the 10,000-member church.

Read more here.

Just a note...

Due to the holidays and a huge pile of work, I'm behind in my email once again. If you've emailed me in the last 2 weeks and haven't received a response yet, please know that I will get to it as I have time. If you have an urgent request that's time-sensitive, please put URGENT in the subject. I am not behind on CD fulfillment -- CD requests via Paypal go to another account entirely so those of you who have ordered them, they are being shipped out same- or next-day and will continue to be as I don't include personalized correspondence in the packages; just an instruction sheet. I will get to email as I have time. Thanks to those of you who have sent in corrections that need fixing and general kudos. I appreciate it.

Omaha Mall Shooting

Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Photo by Nati HamikTwo suicide notes and a will were found at the home of 20 year old Robert A. Hawkins, who opened fire on a shopping mall in Omaha, killing at least eight people and injuring three others. In his writings he said he was "going out with style". He went on to say that he'd never amounted to anything in his life but that after today he would be famous. Witnesses to the shooting said Hawkins appeared to be firing randomly. Hawkins was described as having a military-style haircut, was wearing a camouflage jacket and was carrying a black backpack.

Hawkins was recently homeless till friends of his took him into their house. He had gotten a job at McDonald's and, according to the family he was staying with, had been showing positive signs toward getting back on his feet. However, Wednesday Robert called the owner of the home he was staying at. She described him as sounding "very upset" and he told her he had been fired after the fast food restaurant accused him of stealing $17. The home owner told WOWT-TV that Hawkins ended the call with these words: "I love you and I'm sorry for any pain I've caused you."

Read more about this tragic event here.

Jokela High Shooting

Tuusula, Finland
"Revolution! Smash everything!" the 18 year old gunman cried as he stormed through his school.

Armed with a .22 caliber handgun, he killed seven students (five boys, two girls) and the headmistress (principal) of the school and injured at least 12 others, before turning his weapon on himself. He survived the shot to the head and is currently in the hospital, listed as being in "extremely critical condition".

A member of a gun club in Tuusula, the unidentified recently-identified teen Pekka Eric Auvinen was licensed to carry the pistol just last month. Hours before the attack, a video appeared Wednesday on YouTube called "Joleka High School Massacre - 11/7/2007". The owner of the profile, Sturmgeist89 (meaning Storm Spirit in German), was listed as an 18-year-old male from Finland -- police have since stated that the account did belong to Auvinen. The video has been removed from YouTube but you can still see it via LiveLeak:

Auvinen posted 89 videos to YouTube, many containing Nazi imagery and footage of the Columbine shootings. He also had video clips posted of the Waco incident in 1993, as well as other historical violent footage. He claimed in one of his blog posts: "I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection."

You can read more about this story here and here.

Eric Harris' Journal Drawings

I've added a new page and three more scans to the section that deals with Eric's drawings. The new pictures were pulled from the 946 page report addendum that Jefferson County released in 2006. There are more... I'm still converting them from PDF to an easily-viewed format for the website.

Happy Halloween. Hope yours is a safe and fun one.

A Little Late...

I know this is old news now but I'd misplaced these links when I wanted to post them. I just found them again so I thought I'd share them. The first article has to do with 14 year old Asa Coon who shot two teachers and two students at his high school in Cleveland, Ohio before committing suicide. The information comes from the boy's uncle, who says Asa told him that teachers wouldn't listen to his side of the story regarding the fight that got him suspended from school days before the shooting. The article also mentions how Asa threatened to blow up the school but the people (including teachers) didn't take the threats seriously. Asa was the subject of bullying at school and had been neglected as a child. When his uncle heard he was dead, the man's first though was that someone at school had beaten him to death.

Read the article

The second article covers the charges that were placed against Michele Cossey, mother of 14 year old Dillon Cossey in Norristown, Pennsylvania, for buying him at least three guns despite his age. Asa's father also attempted to purchase the boy a gun but was unable to due to the fact that his father was a felon. Dillon Cossey was arrested on suspicion of planning a school assault after a high school student and his father tipped off police. When authorities searched his home they discovered Dillon had amassed quite an arsenal including the guns his mother had purchased, knives, sworsd, and items related to the Columbine shootings, including videos such as 'Game Over in Littleton'.

Read the article


Everything's up and running on the new host as far as I'm aware. Find anything broken? Email me with the URL (web address) and the problem and I'll get it fixed.

While I was tooling around, I expanded the section dedicated to the victims who died. Each victim has their own page of detailed information about their lives, and I plan to spruce up each page with the photos that are currently linked to each page - some of the pages I've already started this with.

Unscheduled Downtime

Seems my webhost decided to evaporate without prior notice. Sorry about the downtime... As this is the second full day they've been unreachable by any means (email, support phone, AIM, etc.), I've switched services. I'm in the process of uploading everything to the new host so if things appear broken or missing for the next day, that's why. I'll post again when things are all up and going again.

Five hours later, I think I have everything moved to the new host. If you find any broken images, missing pages, etc. please email me and let me know the URL of the broken item and I'll get it fixed.

Cleveland high school shooting

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
A 14-year-old boy opened fire on his school, SuccessTech Academy, today. He injured two teachers and three students. Police have said that the shooter is dead, an apparent suicide. No other solid details are known at this time.

Read the story

Wisconsin Shooting

Not exactly a school shooting, though some students were involved. Still, this headline caught my attention and my sympathies. You've probably already heard something about it but if you haven't, here's the skinny: 20-year-old sheriff's deputy Tyler Peterson, rumored to be in a jealous rage, stormed a pizza party and fired off 30 rounds from a rifle, killing six people and critically injuring another. Among the dead were the shooter's ex-girlfriend. His youngest victim was only 14 years old. The shooter was later shot, though police have not confirmed that it was officers who shot him. Tyler's family is left bewildered - "This is not the Tyler we know" - and the families of the victims are trying to understand how something like this could happen.

Developing story

Basement Tapes Pages Updated

After thoroughly reviewing documents, articles, and the Columbine Report, I've gotten the Basement Tapes transcripts organized at last. Due to the way that the information was made public it's been a huge effort to put them into order and taken a great deal of cross-referencing information. I'd like to thank Dave Cullen for exchanging information as well.

Please be aware that the information has been compiled based on the reports of what others who viewed the videos said. I have not personally seen the tapes though someday I hope to. I'm sure there's bound to be stuff that still isn't quite in the order it should be and there's dialogue that's surely missing. But till they're released, this is all that we have to go off of.

Columbine Memorial Dedication Ceremony

This past week I received an invitation to the dedication that will be taking place in Clement Park this month. I wish I could go but with 3 kids and not living in Colorado, it's just not possible. To those that are going who've offered to take pictures or send me a description of events, thank you kindly. I look forward to seeing what you have to share. For those that didn't get an invite, here is the information (scanned from my card). Click the image below to see the full-sized copy.

Columbine High Memorial dedication ceremony invitation

Columbine Memorial to be Dedicated

Thanks to the generous contributions of many people, the Columbine Memorial has moved from vision to reality. It is currently 85% completed and the Columbine Memorial Committee plans to dedicate the memorial in a ceremony to be held September 21 in Clement Park (across the street from Columbine High School).

More info:
Rocky Mountain News article (thanks Steve!)
Columbine Memorial site


In the course of my updating, I miscoded the "Popular" links bar. Sorry about that! I've fixed it now. I'm continuing to proliferate the tidier look about the site. It's taking some time as I don't have a lot of free right now with the family home for summer. Please bear with me. It's slow going but it is going. I work on it a little every day.

More Updating

If you've come here before in recent weeks you'll undoubtedly notice the site's changed a bit again. This is all part of the master plan mentioned before, to make this place easier to navigate and whatnot. Over the next few weeks I'll be changing the layout on the sub-pages, removing the top navbars and replacing them with a sidebar that will contain a static set of links to most-used sections as well as page-specific links. This will hopefully cut down on the random nature of the top links and give you immediate access to more links in general without having to search for them. There are more changes coming in the near future as well, mostly having to do with site navigation, so if you've recently received CD-ROMs of the site, don't worry about missing out on new stuff.

Video Fixed

The original Evidence Exhibit footage disappeared from the web but I've uploaded a copy so you can view it. You can find this footage here. In other video-related news I've also linked a couple of new Columbine-related videos to my YouTube account, including one with footage of Dylan Klebold working on film production that I hadn't seen before. Check my playlists for them.

More Videos

Edited to add (see earlier update below this one): I was viewing my archived videos tonight while listening to KMFDM and by coincidence 'Anarchy' came on just as I was reviewing the full-length surveillance footage. I was surprised by the eerie way the music matched up to the unaltered footage. I restarted both and recorded them together so you can see it the way I did at that moment. It's not the full song; it only runs as long as the footage and, again by strange coincidence, the footage ends at the same time as the chorus. See it below.

I've uploaded a few video clips to my YouTube account that I don't have the bandwidth to host here but wanted to make available. Videos include a couple of clips from the shooters's home videos (not the Basement Tapes but the ones made available to the public a couple of years back) and some informational videos about what happened during the repairs to Columbine after the shootings were over.

On an unrelated note.. Some of the most frequenly asked questions I've been seeing lately has to do with the photos of Eric and Dylan dead in the library. Let me answer them here, for those of you who've wondered but haven't yet emailed me about them:

  • Yes, I have seen them.
  • No, they are not hosted on this website.
  • This is because a) they're easy to find on Google - just type 'Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold dead in the library' into the images search and b) the photos are offensive to the families of the shooters.
  • Yes, there are copies of the photos on the CD-ROM I send to folks who contribute to the site, for archival completeness.
  • The strange positioning of the shooters is due in part to the fact that the photos were taken AFTER the FBI and the bomb squad moved them while searching for booby traps and bombs. Neither is in the original position he fell when he died. Trying to assume anything based on their positions in the photos is rather pointless since they've been moved about by other people post-mortem.


    I was organizing my YouTube account and, since I had a little time, I peeked around for anything new that might've been uploaded since the last time I looked. I found a 2-part copy of the Fire Department Video uploaded there and added both sections to my account's list but for ease of viewing, I've collected the direct links to post here. Part 1 shows the damages to the school after the bodies have been removed. This section shows the cafeteria, music room offices, etc.

    Part 2 is filmed solely in the library. Though the quality of the videos is poor, this still isn't a video for the faint-of-heart; you can see several unmistakable large puddles of drying blood in the damaged room. Don't click if you can't stomach it.

    Also: There's a copy of the surveillance video that's got different angles from the one linked to this site (and loads faster too). It's not as clear as the one linked here but it shows some things you may not have seen before. Whoever posted it also dubbed about a minute of the 911 call Patti Nielson made from the library. The copy of the call posted to this website (see previous link) is just over 5 minutes long. As I don't care for the truncated copy on the surveillance footage, I've made a copy of it that has the sound removed but will probably just stick it on this site's archive CD to save bandwidth.

    Remembering the Dead

    "I can be your hero baby. I can kiss away the pain."

    I was half-watching Dancing with the Stars last night while I was finishing up the page dedicated to the victims who were killed during the Columbine shootings and I was reading an article about Dave Sanders entitled: The Big Hero of Littleton when I heard Enrique Iglesias singing that chorus. An oddly haunting coincidence.

    Anyway, yeah. That page is finally updated. I'm often asked: How can you work on this website and not get emotionally involved? The answer, simply, is: I can't. Working on sections such as that one always, always hurts. Researching and reading statements from the families who lost loved ones is very difficult and often quite depressing. There are, occasionally, stories I come across that offer hope and inspiration but at the root of it all is the same dull ache, the same tragic loss that's relived every time I update something that's not statistics or code.

    No, it's not an easy job working on this site but it's worthwhile enough that I'll keep on with it.

    In other news, I've also edited the transcript of Eric Harris's journal pages, as it was pointed out to me that there were some errors in there that did not appear in the original scanned pages. I've fixed those errors; now the only ones that appear are directly copied from Eric's own spelling errors and such. Sorry about that.

    After having read through the documents (and several other pages of the released Columbine Documents I hadn't yet had a chance to look at), it's become clear to me where the stories of the shooters 'worshipping' Hitler came from: Eric wrote a few things about Hitler and the Nazis in class assignments and a couple of journal pages that praised their ideas (while at the same time stating emphatically that they would've failed no matter what; Eric's writing is full of blatant contradictions such as these). I have not seen anything that would suggest Dylan shared his admiration of the Nazi party.

    Details and Summaries

    Now that the Injured section is finished, I've started overhaul work on the Deceased page. I'm doing for it what I did for the Injured page: Fleshing out details, adding links, etc. This is something I've wanted to do for a while so it's nice to squeeze the time in to finally get it done.

    In other news, I've added a summary version of the events of 4-20-99, in the Events section. This is a narrative look at what happened that day, told from a speculative point of view. What this means is that it's a broad look at the shootings, with emphasis placed on what the shooters were actually trying to do that day contrasted with what actually happened. Though this is a speculative view, the ideas presented come from piecing together what the shooters wrote and recorded on tape, events prior to the shootings, and what they said and did that day.

    Also: I've added a 3rd CDROM choice to the list found on the Support page.

    And a note on the lag the front page seems to have at times... I've tracked this down to the news feed on the left-hand side. This is not a site-wide problem or a problem with my host. If it continues to be a problem I will probably do away with the feed entirely. I've temporarily disabled it as it seems to be loading particularly slowly today.

    RE: Victims

    I've finally finished updating the Injured Victims page. Eventually I'll sprinkle in some more links to make referencing easier and probably some more pictures as well though these will be photos that you can already see in the photo gallery sections of the Victims's main page for the most part. All of the text that's included in the Injured section is either pulled directly from the Columbine Report or from press interviews with the victims, FYI.

    I've also added a few more bits-n-pieces here and there around the site. Don't remember exactly where all as I've been working on things as they've been in front of me. I did get around to adding a new newsfeed (see left) - one that should show more site-specific news. The old one changed its sourcecode or something and hadn't been showing anything terribly relevant of late.


    I've started overhauling the content of the Injured victims's page. It's needed it for a while. In addition to fact-checking, I'm also adding information from interviews with the victims detailing their personal experiences during the tragedy. I'm also adding the latest available info on them where it's been made available. This is a time-consuming process so please be patient while I get it done.


    I've gone through and fixed a lot of things that broke during the transition. If you stumble across anything that's not working, please let me know. Please include the web address of the page where the broken item is when you write.

    A New Look, cont.

    Six days later and I'm nearly done with thoroughly reworking the site. On most pages you'll now notice a navigation trail that tells you where on the site you are, and how deep into that category you've gone. I'm keeping the top nav links as well... hopefully this dual system of links will help you locate what you're looking for and find things you may have missed, easier than ever. As I've been working on the pages I've been adding new things - a few new pictures here, some documents there. Nothing major but lots of little minor changes so if you've been here before, look around. You may find something you haven't seen here in the past.

    A New Look

    After eight years I've finally gotten around to giving the site a new look. I've been meaning to for a while now and after the third email in a week offering to update it, I got the message that you guys think it's overdue as well (not that I don't appreciate the offers to do it but it's my site - I've got a strong idea for what it needs, color-scheme and navigationally speaking). I hope you like the new look. Most of the site is already mostly-converted but you may run into certain pages that may look weird. Please bear with me as I've got a LOT of work to do getting everything in order.

    I've also changed the navigation to the left around a bit and will continue to change it as I develop new top-level section header pages. Hopefully this will (eventually) improve your ability to find things on the site. For now, though, your best bet for safe surfing is to use the sitemap.

    April 20, 2007

    It's been eight years since the shootings at Columbine High School. Every year around this time I've wondered: Will there be a copycat shooting this year? Up till now the answer was thankfully 'no'.

    The shootings at Virginia Tech this week... It's still sinking in though I've been over the facts dozens of times and discussed them with people I know and strangers I don't. I've come up with speculations on why Cho did what he did and done verbal compare-and-contrast of him to the shooters at Columbine. By focusing solely on facts and theories, I've managed - for the most part - to avoid thinking too deeply about the emotional side of things; it's just a bit too much to digest at once, so close to this already-tragic day. So many people were harmed in this latest shooting, those who were shot and those who love them. The parade of funerals hasn't even begun yet. There will be several more grim weeks to come for the Hokies.

    Columbine High School is closed today. I've always thought of this day as a memorial day of sorts myself, ever since 1999. I have things I need to do, appointments needing to be made, but I find myself coming back to the inevitable thought: "Not today". Today, I just want to slow down and reflect a bit. I know I'm not the only one who'll be saying "Not today" this day.

    We are all...


    My internet connection has been down the past two days. In that time I've received a huge amount of email. I'm working to get caught up again so please be patient. Thanks for taking the time to write me.

    VA Tech Update: It's come out that shooter Cho Seung-Hui mentioned becoming a martyr "like Eric and Dylan" on his self-made videos. Even before I learned this I found his presentation eerily similar to that of the Columbine shooters in their own videos, right down to the backward baseball cap and posturing with weapons in front of a blank, white brick wall. I'd guessed before but am now positive this similarity was not coincidence. See CNN's article: here.

    Lone VA Gunman Identified

    The person responsible for yesterday's horrific shooting at Virginia Tech has been identified as Cho Seung-hui, a 23-year-old English male from South Korea. He is described as a 'loner', a student who lived on campus in one of the dormitories. Officials described his method of shooting as 'brutal' and 'thorough' - nearly everyone he injured or killed took at least three shots. In one classroom he attacked only 4 of 25 students was able to walk out on their own after the killing spree ended. Official word has it that the shooter committed suicide. You can read more about the developing story here.

    In other news, I've managed to get some detail work done around the site - fixing broken links, thumbnailing images for faster load-time (click for bigger images), etc. I also finally got around to adding Eric Harris's mental health self-evaluation forms to the Official Reports page. It's a 3-document set of forms, two filled out by Eric and one by his mother describing his mental state at the time it was filled out (3-25-1998).

    Deadliest Shooting in US History

    Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
    Four days before Columbine's 8th 'anniversary', a single gunman went on a rampage at Virginia Tech, killing at least 21 people (some sources are reporting as many as 32 dead) before he died. At the time of this posting it is not yet known whether the gunman took his own life or if he was shot by police on scene. Virginia rep. Randy Forbes told the press that he was informed the shooter was a student at the school but so far no motive has been offered. There aren't a lot of details available about this latest tragedy yet but you can see CNN's coverage on the shooting here.

    I can't find the words to properly express the way I feel about this incident. Part of it hinges on the fact that I'm too stunned by the numbers to adequately respond. Part of it is that I haven't seen enough details yet to make it fully real. A large part of me doesn't want to. I've been through this sort of grief before and even 8 years after I'm not ready to go through it again. I never wanted to see something of this magnitude happen and the fact that it did so close to the day that the shootings occurred at Columbine really hits hard. This is truly a sad, sad day.

    Parents' Statements Sealed for 20 Years

    I'm all caught up with email. If you've written me and not received a reply by now and believe you should have, please resend your email as it must've gotten eaten by the overflow on my account.

    In other news, a judge has recently ordered that the statements made by the Klebolds and Harrises to the police after the shootings are going to be sealed for 20 years.

    I (as well as Brian Rohrbough, parent of victim Danny Rohrbough) think that's ridiculous but it's par for the course where the documents and tapes are concerned. 20 years. What does the judge hope to accomplish by this? That in 20 years there'll be no interest in what happened? If so, he's wrong. If anything there'll only be more interest, in my opinion. And I say that as someone who's been running a website on the event from the day after the shootings happened. I get enough email to know that interest in this event hasn't died and likely won't.

    For the full story, see the Rocky Mountain News article.


    I'm still about 3 weeks behind in my emails but I'm slowly catching up. If you haven't gotten a response from me yet, please be patient -- I am going to answer, honest. The baby's a clingy sort that doesn't like to be put down for more than a minute or two, which makes typing very difficult. Thanks for all the well-wishes and your patience.

    Shooter in Trenchcoat Kills 5

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    Sulejmen Talovic, an 18 year old Bosnian refugee who lived in Salt Lake City went to Trolley Square shopping mall with a shotgun and a handgun, along with several rounds of ammunition. Once there he gunned down victims seemingly randomly, without emotion.

    Read more about it at the following links:
    Trolley Square shooter had 2 weapons
    Victims and shooter identified
    Shooter killed randomly

    Footage and Games

    I've had several folks write me over the past months asking me why I don't have this "footage" posted on the site. The answer: It's not footage from Columbine's surveillance cameras. It's an excerpt from the Columbine-inspired movie 'Zero Day'. If you look at the bottom of the clip, you'll see the date on it reads May 2001 -- the year the movie was made. It is not footage from Columbine High; it's a staged scene from a film, made to resemble the actual footage from the cameras at Columbine. Check out the movie if you have doubts. You can find it on eBay and through Amazon.com.

    In other news, Rockstar Games (the company behind Grand Theft Auto) has come out with a new video game: Bully. They say it's not a Columbine simulation, pointing to the fact that you can't kill anyone and there are no guns (though there are weapons to use, such as stink bombs and slingshots). Still, it's bound to be a game that sets off controversy in the gaming industry. Check out the product's website and decide for yourself how far this game pushes the proverbial envelope.

    Teen Girl Charged for School Shooting Pranks

    Camden, New Jersey, USA
    A 14-year-old girl has been charged for allegedly leaving a "hit list" in the bathroom of her high school, one of several apparent pranks that set off criminal investigations into school threats in New Jersey this week. One prank included a note threatening a massacre similar to the recent shooting rampage at an Amish school.

    Read the rest of CNN's story here. In related news...

    Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
    Schools in the area are on heightened security following the receipt of a threatening letter from extortionists promising "bodies will fall on school yards" if city officials don't pay the extortionists the money they've demanded.

    Read more about it here.


    Finally an update that isn't about yet another school shooting.

    The Music page has been updated and reformatted. Eventually there'll be links to samples of the songs listed (those that are available legally), along with info on how to buy copies of the albums the songs appear on. For now there's just the songs, references, and - where available - lyrics.

    Father Charged with Illegal Firearms in Joplin Shooting

    Joplin, Missouri, USA
    Gregory Lynn White of Joplin, Mo., was charged with possession of firearms in a federal criminal complaint filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Oct. 11, 2006. White has a 1988 criminal felony conviction for possession of methamphetamine in California and a 1980 criminal felony conviction for burglary in Florida. Under federal law it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. The complaint filed against White said he was in possession of three Norinco rifles, a .22-caliber Daisy rifle, a Mossberg shotgun, a Companhia shotgun, an Armscor rifle, and an Intratec pistol at the time his son took an assault rifle to school.

    Read the full story here.

    In other related news, the shooter himself now faces a new charge of attempted escape while in custody. Read about that development here.

    13 year old Fires Assault Rifle in School

    Joplin, Missouri, USA
    A 13-year-old student wearing a mask and a long, black trenchcoat fired a Mac-90, similar to an AK-47, into the ceiling at his school Monday morning after confronting a pair of students and administrators, telling them "please don't make me do this," officials said. No one was injured, and the boy, who police said was following a well-thought out plan, was taken into custody.


    At least no one was hurt this time. Read the full story about the latest incident here.

    PA Shooting Leaves 6 Dead, 5 More Injured

    Quarryville, Pennsylvania, USA
    When the deputy coroner reached the Amish schoolhouse, she found blood on every desk, every window broken and the body of a young girl slumped beneath the chalkboard. Ten children had been shot, five fatally, and the gunman was dead.

    The gunman, a 32-year-old milk truck driver and father of three, was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a button-down shirt. He had stationed weapons around the schoolhouse. Authorities say Charles Carl Roberts IV had started buying supplies for a long siege six days before he stormed the tiny schoolhouse.

    He made a checklist of what to bring and wrote out four suicide notes, one talking about how he was "filled with so much hate" and "unimaginable emptiness."


    Inspired by the Bailey shooter? Who knows. I sure hope this isn't the beginning of a new, grim trend. It was bad enough when parents just had to worry about students going berserk at school. Now we're having to deal with adult rapist gunmen with no apparent motives??

    You can read the full story on Roberts here.

    WI Principal Shot by Student Dies

    Cazenovia, Wisconsin, USA
    A student walked into Weston Schools with a gun and shot principal John Klang several times Friday morning before being taken into custody, authorities said. All the children were reported safe, but hospital officials said the principal had died.


    WTF is going on out there?? Jeez... More about the latest shooting here.

    School Shooter in Bailey had Prior Arrest in Littleton

    Bailey, Colorado, USA
    The killer was identified as 53-year-old Duane Morrison, a petty criminal who had a Denver address but had apparently been living in his battered yellow Jeep when he walked inside the school Wednesday with two handguns and a backpack that he claimed contained a bomb. Investigators did not immediately say what was in the backpack.

    During the siege, he took several girls hostage in a second-floor classroom. Morrison selected six girls as hostages and sexually assaulted at least some of them, authorities and witnesses said Thursday. Wegener said the assaults went beyond touching or fondling. Morrison eventually released four of the girls. While still holding two of the girls hostage, he soon cut off contact and warned that "something would happen at 4 o'clock," authorities said.

    About a half-hour before the deadline, a SWAT team used explosives to blow a hole in a classroom wall in hopes of getting a clear shot at him, but they couldn't see him through the gap, and they blew the door off the hinges to get inside, said Lance Clem, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

    Morrison fired at the SWAT officers, shot Keyes as she tried to run away, and then killed himself, authorities said. During the lightning-fast gunbattle, police said, they shot Morrison several times.

    Morrison was arrested in July in the Denver suburb of Lakewood after he failed to appear on a 2004 harassment charge in Littleton, another suburb. "He's a weird dude. It was a telephone harassment. He left some messages at a business in the city," Littleton police Sgt. Sean Dugan said.

    Excerpted from Associated Press article by Catherine Tsai


    16 year old Platte Canyon High School student Emily Keyes was fatally shot by Morrison, who then shot and killed himself. You can read about the shooter's pre-emptive letter of apology for events to come here.

    Tragedy at Dawson College in Montreal

    Montreal, Québec, Canada
    20 people were injured during a shooting that occurred at Dawson College on Wednesday, six critically. One of the victims, 18 year old Anastasia DeSousa, died from injuries sustained during the shooting. The shooter, 25 year old Kimveer Gill, died roughly 30 minutes after the attack began; conflicting reports suggest that his death was caused either by officials on scene or from a self-inflicted head shot. An autopsy is expected to be done today to determine what his actual cause of death was. Kimveer Gill was not a student at the college at the time, and evidence suggests he never was.

    Relevant links:
    * Kimveer Gill's webpage (cached)
    * Remembering Dawson - Canada.com's hub site for information
    * CTV.com's coverage

    School shooting suspect charged with killing father

    Orange County, North Carolina, USA
    After shooting his father, 19 year old Alvara Castillo opened fire on students at Orange High School, injuring two students and causing the high school and a nearby middle school to go into lockdown status.

    Linda Miller, mother of one student at the high school, said her daughter called her during the shootings. "She said, 'Mommy, mommy, please come get me,'" Miller told reporters. "She said, 'The shooters are in our school.'"

    One student was grazed by a bullet and another was injured by glass shards from a window Castillo shot through.

    Police took Castillo into custody. As he was being loaded into the squad car, Castillo could be heard shouting: "Remember Columbine!".

    Read CNN's full story. Contains a link to video footage of Castillo's arrest.

    Eric Harris Journal Entries

    Inside the recently-released Columbine Documents (scroll down to see update) are journal entries from Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold that weren't previously posted on this site. For your ease of reading, I've posted transcripts of Eric's journal entries (thanks, Sean!) and hopefully will have Dylan's up soon as well. Other info will be forthcoming as I get the time to seperate it from the Documents and formatted. First I have to update the sitemap and other relevant pages with this new addition.

    Yearbook Pics Fixed

    Sorry about the broken/weird pics. Don't know what happened but erasing the directory and reuploading the images seems to have fixed the problem. View the images here.

    Columbine Memorial

    Thanks to donating readers, the bandwidth and service charges for this site have been paid for this month with enough left over to send to the Columbine Memorial fund. I know I keep plugging the site but I really think it's a good cause for many reasons. They're not too far from reaching their goal in donations either, so every little bit counts.

    Update: Fixed a bunch of pesky broken links. If you find any new ones, feel free to email me with the page the broken link occurs on.

    Columbine Documents Released

    You can read JeffCo's original release statement here. You can read CBS4Denver's article about the pending release here. But save your money... you can read all of the material for free on CBS4Denver here and at CNN's site here. This is a *.pdf file that weighs in at 32.8 Megs -- it's not small. I haven't had a chance to read it through yet but I've been getting emails in from readers who have that a lot of it is redundant to what's already been released.

    More on the Basement Tapes

    I finally added all of Officer Zimmerman's report about the Basement Tapes to the transcriptions I have posted. It was a long and surprisingly frustrating task compiling that detailed report with the one Time magazine gave back in 1999 but it is done. There's a LOT of dialog there that I didn't have posted before, but that has been available via the Columbine Report since its release. Since JeffCo isn't releasing the actual tapes I thought I'd make the written version a little easier for you researchers to find.

    I know not everybody has time to comb through the thousands of pages of reports to find where the material is contained but if you want to look at it, I've linked the official report pages that deal with the Basement Tapes within the transcripts I've posted, as well as the evidence item numbers of each tape the transcripts are from. I also linked the original Time magazine article there, for reference.


    Not an update about the Basement Tapes (which are not going to be released at this time - see earlier post below) but a link to some videos other folks have uploaded to YouTube, including the Rampart Range and Hitmen for Hire videos made by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. You can view these videos (and more Columbine-related ones) via my YouTube playlist. If you want a more permanent copy, you can get full-length copies on the CD I send to folks who donate to the site.

    In related news, I'm converting a bunch of VHS format videos from the days that followed the Columbine shootings to DVD. This includes news footage taken from 4-20-1999 up to present-day coverage, memorials, and the official crime scene video. Even now, seven years after the event, it's still very difficult to watch. I don't think it will ever get any easier, really. Still pictures and written words really only outline the true magnitude of this tragedy, and the confusion that followed. So very sad.

    Columbine Memorial

    I happened to catch a half-hour special regarding Columbine on PBS tonight, tuning in 8 minutes late. I managed to get a video tape in and recorded it. It was a fund-raiser for the Columbine Memorial, in which Dawn Anna Beck (mother of victim Lauren Townsend and former president Bill Clinton gave very nice speeches supporting the cause. Mr Clinton is going to match the contribution a Denver-based organization is donating to the cause and was encouraging Colorado residents and businesses to do the same. If you want to help get the memorial built you can find info at their website.

    Basement Tapes Will NOT be Released

    Ted Mink has made his decision: the Tapes will not be released, out of fear that suicidal/homicidal youths out there will see it as a "call to arms" and use the tapes as video instruction manuals to carry out "similar or potentially more deadly" attacks of their own.

    Mink did say that he will be releasing the documents and diaries JeffCo has been sitting on -- pending appeals from the Klebolds and Harrises. But don't get too excited... the documents have all been carefully edited to remove the names of people they talk about, information about the bombs they made, song lyrics (and other copyrighted materials), along with pretty much anything else that might actually be informative. If the documents survive the appeals process and do get released, chances are there won't be much to see that you weren't already aware of.

    Quite honestly I can't help but see this as a smokescreen attempt to make the general public *think* JeffCo's releasing all the info they've been sitting on these past years without actually doing so. I understand the reasoning behind the decisions and even can agree that leaving out addresses and phone numbers from the documents would be prudent. I don't think they should chop out the names of the folks Dylan and Eric spoke about -- understanding who they had grudges against would go a long way to explaining why they shot some of the people they did; removing the names puts a random air on a crime that, if you look at the details we DO have, isn't so random.

    As for the Basement Tapes... well. I can understand their reservations about providing the world with a 'how to' video but I will always feel there is information there that will shed a LOT of light on the 'why's of the shootings, answering questions that have for too long been without answers.

    Denver Post announces JeffCo to Release Columbine pages (read the full story - thanks for the link, Danielle).

    Picture Problems

    For some reason a few of the pictures aren't showing up here like they should. They are there, the HTML code is sound; there's just some weird issue with the host that's preventing their showing. Re-uploading the images fixed most of them but there's still a couple that are being stubborn. I'm working with tech support to to get this problem fixed.

    In other news... updated the Sitemap and the Aftermath sections.

    Edit: A little file renaming seems to have fixed the image problem. If you're still seeing red X's, trying hitting the Refresh (Reload, whatever) button on your browser. That should clear things up.

    About the Search feature: Getting too many results that aren't what you're looking for? Try narrowing your search terms to 1 or 2 key words. If you're looking for a person, try searching by their last name only (or, in the case of victims, first name only). Looking for the shooters' clothing and gear? Try typing just the word 'clothes' or 'clothing' or 'guns'. Avoid using words like 'the', 'they', 'school', and other words that may appear frequently throughout the site. The search engine isn't the brightest code - it doesn't understand full-length sentences and will spit out irrelevant results if you get too wordy.


    Reader Trish says you can go to YouTube to find Rampart Range, Hitmen for Hire and the other videos by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold by typing in their names in the search bar. Thanks for the info!

    In other news, my family has learned we're going to have a 3rd baby sometime around the new year. Things will be very busy here for the next few dozen months so site updates will once again be slowing but I will be checking email regularly and yes, the CDs will still be available and as soon as I hear something more about the Basement Tapes I'll post it and email the list.


    More link cleanup. I guess TheRebelDomain is down but you can find the video clips from Rampart Range and Hitmen for Hire on this site's CD-ROM. They're too big a bandwidth drain to host here (they're pretty big files) but if I find another place that hosts them, I'll post it.

    FAQ 1: Where can I find pictures of the damages to the school?

    Most of the photos about this topic can be found in the Damages section.

    FAQ 2: Are there diagrams of where each victim died?

    You can find links to event maps dealing with this subject worked into the Event page and, if you're patient, by digging through CNN's study of the Columbine Report.

    Dylan's Car

    According to Buy Dylan's Car (the site that auctioned it), Dylan Klebold's car was to a couple movie producers for use in an upcoming film. No word on what that film might be.

    Sheriff Will Decide On Release Of Columbine Tapes

    (AP) GOLDEN, Colo. The Jefferson County sheriff will consult with professionals before deciding whether to release videotapes made by two teens before their shooting rampage at Columbine High School in 1999, a spokesman said Monday.

    Sheriff Ted Mink, who took office after the shootings, has already consulted with Columbine families, spokesman Jim Shires said.

    The files include writings and tapes made by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and a diary kept by Harris' father, Wayne Harris.

    The gunmen's parents contend the material is private. Families of some of the victims say it should be public record.

    Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis has said the material could be used to study how to prevent attacks but that he worries the tapes could end up in the wrong hands.

    The Denver Post had sued to make the material public, and a Colorado Supreme Court ruling in November gave Mink discretion on whether to release it.

    Courtesy of cbs4denver.com and Danielle E


    I -think- everything's put back to rights now. I'll be checking things over as I get time this weekend but things should be working again, for the most part. If you run into any weirdnesses, broken links, images, etc. feel free to email. Just be sure to include the URL (web address) where the problem is as this site has well over 100 pages, making it difficult for me to know where the problem might be without being told. Thanks!


    The new host didn't work out -- primarily, I think, because none of the people working at the company speaks English very well. After 7 times writing them to try and fix things, they screwed up and deleted the account. Please bear with while I get things set up with my new, improved host. Not only do they speak English but they also have more bandwidth and storage space. I owe a big 'thank you' to those of you who've donated to the site -- without you, this quick move wouldn't be possible.

    Again, please bear with me while the dust settles. I know there'll be broken links and misdirected pages. Hopefully this will all be cleared up by Monday at the latest.

    4 Towns, 4 Plots

    Kids, please don't try this at home...

    Associated Press Article published 4-25-6

    NORTH POLE, Alaska - The arrests of six boys accused of planning an assault on their school has gripped this small Alaska town with an unsettling epiphany: If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

    As the nation remembered the 13 victims of the Columbine High School massacre last week, authorities say similar plots were being discussed in four small towns in four states - Alaska, Kansas, Mississippi and Washington.

    The North Pole seventh-graders, all around 13 years old, had the attack planned down to the smallest detail, authorities said. The boys would first knock out the school's power and telephone systems, giving them time to stab and shoot teachers they didn't like and students who picked on them and then escape from the town of 1,600 just outside Fairbanks.

    In all four alleged plots, authorities were tipped off by other young people and students were arrested.

    The six in North Pole, arrested Saturday, could face charges of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities found weapons in their homes, said Mayor Jeff Jacobson, who also teaches sixth-grade math and language arts at the 500-pupil school.

    "I was shocked and then heartbroken," Jacobson said during a lunch break in his classroom Monday. "I saw one of them led away in handcuffs, this little boy."

    Parents waiting to pick up their children after school said they were deeply shaken.

    "We thought we were in a bubble," said Cindy Slingerland as she waited outside the school with her husband, Mark, for their 13-year-old daughter, Jenny. "Nothing ever happens here. This is by far the biggest scare for my children."

    In Kansas, Washington and Mississippi, residents were feeling the same gut-wrenching blow.

    Five boys in Riverton, Kan., were charged Monday with threatening to carry out a shooting spree at their high school last Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

    In Mississippi, two Pearl Junior High School students were arrested Sunday night and charged with making threatening statements about classmates on the popular teen Web site Xanga and warning students not to go to school on May 1. Pearl Police Chief Bill Slade said the students used the name of Luke Woodham, who is serving a life sentence for a 1997 shooting rampage that killed his mother and two people at Pearl High School.

    In Puyallup, Wash., a 16-year-old was charged Monday in an alleged plot to shoot people at his school. In an instant message to a fellow student, the teen wrote about an attack and suicide "to finally go out in a blaze of hatred and fury," sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

    Authorities found caches of weapons and ammunition in suspects' homes in at least three of the plots.

    In Washington, the search of Brian Michael Evans' home also turned up a homemade bomb and a CD with instructions for making explosives, Troyer said. The teenager apparently wanted people to "feel his pain, and he wanted to be hated, not having earned respect in the past," Troyer said.

    For Alaskans, the arrests in North Pole - a town dubbed Santa Claus headquarters, with a main road called Santa Claus Lane where the light poles are curved and striped like candy canes - jogged memories of another school plot in their state that succeeded.

    In 1997, Evan Ramsey opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun as students assembled in a high school lobby, killing a principal and 16-year-old classmate in Bethel, a southwestern Alaska town of 6,000. Ramsey, then 16, is now serving a 198-year prison term.

    In the North Pole case, authorities have said another child told a parent that rumors were circulating about a plot, and that parent went to police.

    Nine other students at the school, including at least one girl, were suspended for withholding information and will not be allowed to return to school until authorities have completed the investigation.

    School officials, meanwhile, tried to assure parents that their children were safe Monday. They stressed that no weapons were ever found on campus or in the nearby woods. A police officer patrolled the halls, and extra counselors were brought in to help students.

    "It has been surprisingly calm," said Wayne Gerke, an assistant superintendent with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

    Adults, perhaps, are having a tougher time shaking the anxiety than their children. The students initially reacted with fear, but by Monday streamed out of the school entrance, giggling and elbowing each other.

    "I feel fine, I feel safe," 14-year-old Cabe Harris said as he climbed into the front seat next to his mother Jo Harris. "This is a nice place."

    Death, Revisited

    It's been a rough week. Two days after my uncle's death, my only living grandparent also passed away. I was only able to attend one funeral as they were both held Easter weekend, in two different and very distant states. Thank you, all those who've sent well-wishes during this difficult time.

    For those of you waiting for CDs: I've shipped them out. You should see them in the next 2-7 days, depending on your location. I haven't had a chance to catch up on email yet but I should be caught up by the end of this weekend. Thanks for being patient.


    Yesterday my uncle lost his battle with cancer. He died peacefully. The funeral is set for this weekend. I will be offline till after Tuesday the 18th to be with my family while we take care of arrangements. Email and CD requests will be handled when I return. Thank you for your understanding.

    Brokelink Mountain

    I hooked up with a database to track broken links and just spent the last 2 days fixing all the ones the script reported so if you've come across my 404 (file not found) page while trying to click on a link or view an image in the past, try again.

    Code Words

    I've finally gotten around to implementing a code key for the various links throughout the site. I always wanted to designate what links led to where so I've devised a series of little tooltip buttons to do just that. It'll be a while before they spread through the whole site but you can see what I'm talking about on the Events of the Day page.

    Kindergarten student brings gun to school

    Saw this in the headlines today and thought it was worth sharing...

    Associated Press
    FIRCREST, Wash. - A kindergarten student was expelled for 10 days after he brought a .22-caliber gun to school, officials said.

    The 5-year-old boy climbed from a chair onto a washer-dryer and got an unloaded pistol out of a cupboard at home, police said. He showed a friend the gun on the Whittier Elementary School playground, then put it into a friend's backpack, Police Chief John Cheesman said.

    The boy never made any threat and told the principal what he had done Monday but was expelled immediately, said Patti Holmgren, a spokeswoman for the Tacoma school system. Police confiscated the gun.

    School officials were investigating, classmates have been reminded not to bring guns to school and a letter on the incident has been sent to parents of Whittier students, Holmgren said.

    The boy's parents tried to keep the gun out of his reach and did not store ammunition with it, so no criminal charges are likely, the police chief said.

    "The boy now realizes he should not have brought the pistol to school," Cheesman added. "There was an understanding there that he shouldn't have done it and that what he did was wrong."

    New URL

    This website now has a new URL: http://www.acolumbinesite.com/. Update your bookmarks to keep in touch with the most current version of the site.

    Basement Tapes Update (more or less)

    JeffCo's asking the families of the deceased for their opinions regarding whether the tapes should be released to the public or not. A spokesperson for Sheriff Mink said that he was likely going to wait till after April 20th this year to announce his plans for the tapes, one way or the other. Read (a little) more.

    Spring Cleaning

    Went through all the major 'W' sections (Who, What, etc.) and removed broken links, added new ones, cross-linked others, spread some photos about and in general tidied things up a shred. Also did the same for the law enforcement section.

    Buy Dylan's Car

    Yes, it's true. For a limited time you can Buy Klebold's BMW. It's all legit; the VIN checks out and everything. The seller plans to donate some of the proceeds to the charity fund going to the Columbine Memorial. I don't know the seller nor do I vouch for him/her. Just spreading the news as I find it. The auction will be going on until April 20th, 2006. Thanks, everyone who's written about it and thanks to Adam, who found a link.

    Still No News About Basement Tapes

    With April 20th looming just around the corner, JeffCo is promising that they will keep the pending "anniversary" (I still hate calling it that - anniversaries are, in my mind, a celebration of an event, not a memorial.) in mind when deciding whether to release the tapes to the public. See CBS4Denver's story and video

    Fixed broken links on the Links page. Added some to Dylan's page. Paid to remove the annoying ads on the site-search page so there shouldn't be anymore irrelevant search results. The upgrade also enables me to list 500 pages, meaning that I can finally index ALL of the site's pages. Soon things will be even easier to find here.


    Upstairs I have a box. It's about 48 inches long and 20 inches high. In this box I've stowed miscellaneous stuff I've picked up over the years having to do with the shootings at Columbine and school shootings in general. There are video tapes and CD-ROMs, news clippings, magazines, hand-written notes and more. It's a sad box, really, full of broken dreams and dead people. I don't open it often.

    I opened it a few days ago though. I finally got around to stowing the article I cut from a local paper, one about Jeff Weise when he went on his kamikaze run. As I put it away and shut the lid of the box it felt a bit like sealing a grave. What a legacy to end such a short life on: a dead school shooter, now a piece of old newsprint stowed in my closet. --

    I'm currently behind on email so please bear with me while I catch up. Please refer to the FAQ page for info about credits, files, videos and more. Students and teachers: please see the FAQ page about resources, author, and permissions.

    Police Reports Update

    Still spreading the translator code through the site and fixing what I notice as I go. Finally proofing some pages that haven't had it before. I did find a couple of broken links in the Police Reports section that I fixed so if you hit them before, try again.

    Oh. Eric Harris' drivers license scan is posted there too. I know I've been asked about that by a couple of folks and I couldn't remember where I put it. It's there. I'll try to spread a few more links to it around the site so it's easier to find for folks seeking reference material. Or me, when I'm answering email.

    My counter died too - the service I had it through did some sort of overhaul and wants me to sign up all over again. I don't have time to jump through their advertising loops (they require signing up with some sort of free dating service, which I so don't need) so I've just decided to ditch it and move to another service since the numbers are resetting no matter what. I think the count was somewhere just past 200,000 this time. Fourth couter the site's been through.

    More About the Basement Tapes

    In a decision handed down last month, the Colorado Supreme Court decided that Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink should be able to decide whether to release evidence seized after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings — now, that decision has been delayed.

    Wayne Harris, father of Columbine killer Eric Harris, petitioned the high court for a rehearing within the allowed 15-day period to make such a request.

    The petition allows for further arguments about the court’s decision that seized items after the shootings, including the so-called "basement tapes" made by the killers before the massacre, and other items taken from the killers’ homes, are part of criminal justice records and are subject to release unless proven to be detrimental to the public interest.

    The court had ruled that Mink, in his official capacity as sheriff, should be able to review the records and decide whether to release them instead of a judge making that determination.

    Wayne Harris is challenging the ruling that the records are criminal justice records. He has repeatedly argued that the items are personal property and should be returned to him and not made public. Michael Montgomery, Harris’ attorney, did not return several phone calls.

    The Denver Post, which is seeking the release of the records, also used last week’s hearing to voice its concern over the decision to let Mink be the deciding factor.

    Steve Zansberg, an attorney for The Denver Post, said Mink should not be allowed to make the decision about the seized items because he has previously said he does not want them released.

    "(Mink) took the position that if (the records) are subject to the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, they should not be disclosed," Zansberg said. "Now, we’re asking the court if his denial was proper."

    Zansberg said the state Supreme Court must now decide whether to reverse its earlier ruling or not. If it does not, Mink has said he will solicit input from a variety of interested people about whether the release of the records is in the public interest.

    A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said Mink will wait for the court’s directive before commenting.

    (Reprinted from Evergreen Newspapers Inc.)


    Still proliferating the translator box throughout the website. There's a lot of pages and my online time is limited so it's taking a little bit of time to put it everywhere. I keep running across little things that need fixing in the process so that's slowing things as well but it means there'll be less broken links and such. For example, I discovered I hadn't uploaded the article covering Eric's threatening website, aimed at Brooks Brown. A few other little oopses like that have been repaired. I'm also stuffing more text in where it's wanting, drawing it from various notes I've compiled over the years so hopefully the site will provide a little more insight into specifics of certain events.

    Happy New Year

    Still no new news on the Basement Tapes. In other news, for your reading convenience (and after many requests) I have installed a BabelFish translator. On pages coded for translation look for the BabelFish box (like the one on this page). Just click the flag on the console to translate the page to French, Spanish, Japanese, German and other languages. I'm still in the process of putting the code on all the pages but I imagine by the end of the week I should be done.

    NOTE! This translator may not translate some of the ideas on these pages perfectly. My apologies in advance for any weird translations. BabelFish has been pretty reliable in the past though so it should be fairly decent.

    Basement Tapes - One step closer to released!

    Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink gets to decide whether to release the infamous 'basement tapes' the shooters made in the basement of the Harris home before they went and shot up their school, so the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in November 2005. The parents of both shooters have contended for years that the tapes are private property and should be returned to them.

    Families of the victims have appealed to the courts over the years as well, wanting the tapes released to them. Other parties (reporters, interested citizens) insist that the tapes should be made available to the general public for reasons of understanding what happened. Attorneys of the Harrises and Klebolds fear that if the tapes were made public that they would glorify what happened and prompt more copycat killings.

    What will happen now? We're stuck waiting a few more days as certain due process runs its course and Mink decides what to do. I'll post more as I learn about it. In the meantime, here's the Rocky Mountain News version of the story.

    Also: Thanks to Darkstar {NAD} for sending me the Realdoom and Hellfire files found here.

    Campbell County High School Shooting

    On Tuesday the 8th, Kenneth Bartley (15) entered the principal's office of his school and opened fire with a small-caliber handgun, killing the principal and injuring 2 other faculty. You can see the initial story that ran on WBIR.com here (they've since changed the photos and the ironically inappropriate random ad). Updates can be found here.

    What a downer to start the workday with.

    Addendum: This update page finally got too big. I've archived previous updates past August. If you really want to know what I said, you'll find it on the site's archive CD.


    Family crisis and Halloween behind me, I've made a few minor corrections and touch-ups. Thanks to you folks who spotted them and wrote.

    I've had a few folks write me about this so I thought I'd post the most recent FAQ answers:

    * Yes, I DO have copies of the pictures of Eric and Dylan dead in the library so no, you don't need to send me them. But thank you for trying to help! I do appreciate it.

    * If you're looking on the website for them (or Mentor.zip or thebook.doc), you won't find them because they're not posted here. It would violate the TOS of the place where I'm hosted so I only include them on this site's CDROM. You can also find them easily by searching the web for 'Eric and Dylan in the library'.

    Also: I've discovered that Windows XP doesn't like older versions of Word (97, 6.0) -- which is what the *.doc files were mostly saved in because they were written back when those were the peak technology. I'm in the process of converting all of the docs to Word 2000. I plan to keep the originals and zip them up for distribution on my Archived Files CD for those of you who are purists and want the original format of the info. I'll be replacing all the hosted ones here with the new formats as I get them changed over.

    Wads Up

    Yes, I got them up. I never was able to get my screenshot program to work on XP so I'll have to find a new way to make screenshots of the levels. I did post the files, however, and you can find them tucked at the bottom of the Doom foo on the page I have all the other Doom wads Eric made on - along with screenshots and graphics that Eric himself made. And thanks, Chris, for sharing the wads with us!

    Storms, Wads, and Hiccups

    I'm fortunate enough not to have relatives down in the southeast right now, but I know lots of people who do. I know some of you guys who're regulars here have moms and dads and friends who lived in New Orleans and towns in the area that was hit hard by Katrina... I'm thinking about you guys and sending positive energy to you and the rescue efforts going on. I don't really pray often - I'm a spiritual but not a religious person. But I'll pray, for you and your missing kin.

    On a less grim but not quite positive note: my computer has caught a case of the hiccups. It's one of those peculiar glitches that no one else seems to have - undoubtedly something caused by something I did.. if my computer ever crashed because of a virus or hacker it'll be a wonder. I'm more likely to damage the worm with my flakey system.

    I'll be troubleshooting my system tonight. Tomorrow I'll upload the wads... I got 2 more from another kind reader and I plan to test them out as well before posting what I know about 'em, with credit to the senders. Thanks, guys. And thanks to everyone who's ever sent in a news clipping, photos, videos, typo catches, link fixes and all the other stuff. Without you, this site wouldn't be near as accurate.


    I've gotten my hands on a couple of files that may have been Eric's - including one named 'realdoom.wad'. I haven't had a chance to test them yet but I'll be putting both files here for download (in the wads section) as soon as I do. A big thanks goes to the fellow who sent 'em -- I'll credit him proper when he lets me know what name to credit the find to.

    Link n Stuff

    I've been doing some innerwork, linking even more bits of relevant info in a redundant fashion throughout the site so things are easier and quicker to find no matter where you're at. It's taking forever (6 years and counting) but slowly it's coming together. In about 2 weeks (after school starts) I'll have some new stuff (new as in new-from-my-archives-new) to share.

    On the subject of sharing, a fellow wrote me to share his animated short film with me and he asked me to pass it on so here: Autumn Tree. It's about a school shooting so there is violence, though it's not what I'd describe as gory.