Category Archives: Columbine

Mother of Columbine killer to write book

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Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, is said to be writing her memoirs which will deal with the ‘indescribable grief and shame’ she has had to live with for 15 years. Also, all proceeds from the book will go to charity and mental health research. So does this mean that the Klebolds are finally accepting responsibility for the events on April 20th 1999? While that remains to be seen I doubt it.

In the past during rare times that she has spoken to the media she has made excuses for her, her husband Tom and their hellspawn. In 2004 she told the New York Times that “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.” In 2009 in an essay she wrote for O Magazine she basically admitted how clueless she was when it came to her son and again she admitted as such in a 2012 book about children who commit crimes. So you’ll have to forgive me if I think the book is going to be anything but more of the same.

But I hear you say “She’s not being paid for the book.” Of course she isn’t, not directly anyway. The only reason the proceeds are going to charity is because the families of the real victims of her son would raise holy hell if she took even a penny. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to get compensated especially if the book takes off.

Then again maybe the guilt has finally gotten to her. The article states that she’s been wanting to write this book since Sandy Hook. That’s more than fitting since just about every school shooter has paid some tribute to her son and his cowardly cohort Eric Harris. Cho Seung-Hui, Stephen Kazmierczak and Adam Lanza all viewed her son as a hero. She has it within her power to try to end that kind of veneration of killers. Whether or not she chooses to use that power responsibly remains has yet to be determined.

Is there a link between Columbine and other shootings? Hell yeah there is

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According to WMAR in Baltimore, researchers are trying to find a link between Columbine and other mass shooters. I am far from a learned scholar but if you’ve been paying attention for the past 15 years it’s hard not to notice a link.

Columbine is the firs of what I call the five major school shootings in America. The others being Red Lake, Virginia Tech, NIU and Newtown. In each of those cases the shooters, Jeff Weise, Cho Seung-Hui, Stephen Kazmierczak and Adam Lanza, all had some degree of not only fascination with Columbine but in some cases sympathy or hero-worship of the killers. Weise wanted his shooting to be on the anniversary of Columbine. Cho referred to the Columbine killers as martyrs in his videotaped manifesto. Kazmierczak had an obsession with both the Columbine shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting. Lastly most recently Adam Lanza kept spreadsheets with detailed information about Columbine and other mass shootings. That’s not even mentioning other school shooters that don’t get as much attention like TJ Lane, Alvaro Castillo, Kimveer Gill, Aaron Ybarra, etc.

One researcher goes on to mention the media’s role in all this without saying if they’re to blame one way or the other. I think the media does share some of the blame as more and more media outlets try to be first rather than correct along with the sensationalist nature of today’s major news sources. Reports from these sources can sometimes be viewed as glorifying the killers.

The other thing that is a problem is the dissemination of misinformation that has perpetuated since Columbine. What’s the first thing that people think when they hear a school shooting has happened? Most people will wrongly assume that the shooter must have been bullied, yet there is no evidence that any of the six gunmen involved in the five major school shootings were bullied. Yet as I’ve said many times before this bullying trope, or myth as a I like to call it, has refused to die in the face of evidence that says otherwise.

I used to refer to people who idolized or sympathized with school shooters mutants. Since that time the internet has latched on to the term columbiners. Kids who weren’t even alive during the time of Columbine are on the internet professing their dedication to the two cowardly killers from Columbine and the others that have killed after them. Any one of them could be your kid. This is not normal behavior for anyone and will only set them down a path of destruction either for themselves or someone else. If your kid is one of these Columbiners intervene before it’s too late.

Remembrance of e-mails past

Late 90s me.

Late 90s me.

Today I was closing a paid e-mail account that I’ve used for the past 12 years. FastMail if you’re curious, I highly recommend it. It can do all the things G-Mail can without the specter of Google hanging over you. Right now it’s just not financially feasible for me, but I digress.

While I was cleaning out the account I came across some e-mails that I had saved from my previous e-mail account at Yahoo. These e-mails were from 1999, April of 1999 to be precise. If you’re not familiar with what happened then and what happened to me you can catch up on the About page.

Now this is in no way meant to imply what I went through was anywhere near the amount of tragedy and loss of what the victims and their families and friends went through. I just thought it would be an interesting story to share.

Anyway, it seems that I saved some of the e-mails that I received from journalists and those not deserving of the title. This was back before I even started blogging and I was not used to being thrust into any kind of spotlight. I’m not posting their names so the mutants don’t give them any grief.

This first one was from a writer at TIME magazine…

Subject: Trenhcoat Mafia?

Hi, my name is [redacted]. I’m a reporter at Time magazine, and I’m writing a story this week about the school shooting outside of Denver. Some students have said that the shooters are members of something called the Trenchcoat Mafia. Can you tell me what that is? It could well be a local group, but I found your site and thought I would “summon” you for an answer. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Feel free to e-mail me, or call 212-[redacted]. Thanks much.

Now we know how wrong that information was. I never did call him.

This next one was from a guy at the New York Post. He sent this after I had posted the disclaimer that my website at the time had nothing to do with the shootings…

Subject: Goth

Hey:

I realize I stumbled onto your site because I’m doing a story for the New York Post about kids who are into Goth and Gothic characters.

I understand that you are not in any way involved in the shooting in Colorado, but I do have some questions for you:

In your new home page, you wrote, “Yes I have problems. But instead of acting out violently I write.” What do you mean by that? What kind of problems? Are these “problems” shared by other people in your school? Are there people you know who consider themselves outcasts because they feel excluded from the traditional school cliques (athletes, science geeks, cheerleader types, brains, etc)?

Why “dark poetry,” as you call it? What attracts you to these types of lyrics?

Please, if you get a chance, email me back with your phone number and I’ll call you to discuss this further.

Thanks for your time.

[REDACTED]
NY POST REPORTER

At least he had more tact than the guy from TIME but still off base as it turned out that goths weren’t involved in the shooting either. I also like how he assumed I was school age. I’ll admit that my writing back then was pretty juvenile but there was also a stereotype back then that only kids knew how to use the internet, but it was probably my writing.

I actually responded to this one…

Actually I’m a 30-year-old man from the east coast. I have the same problems as everyone else. Money. Job stress. Family problems.

I call it dark poetry because it’s not very positive. I’ve always been a negative person. Everyone has a violent side in them, but those who choose to act on it have even bigger problems. Mentally and emotionally.

Thanks for checking with me first. Unlike The Washington Post who automatically assumed I was part of that organization.

Yeah, I was still pretty bitter at the Washington Post at the time and you have to remember I was suffering from severe depression and was not being treated for it at the time. However as John Astin once said, “I’m feeling much better now.” I eventually did do some interviews with the Post but it was about MySpace stuff if I remember correctly and it wasn’t with that particular ‘reporter’. I believe his actual title was ‘style editor’ back then, whatever the hell that means.

The next one was from a Canadian reporter. I don’t recall what his questions were to me. I guess they’ve been lost to the ages but I felt his response to me was special enough for me to save for 15 years.

Dear T.C.:

Thank you for the disclaimer. It’s important for a reporter to know whether he or she is on the right – or wrong – track when researching a story. And when one media outlet errs, the mistake is easily compounded because we sometimes rely on each other for leads. Hang in there.

[Redacted]
Reporter
The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ont.
Canada

Now that I think about it he may not have even asked me a question. He may have just been thanking me for not sending him on a wild goose chase that so many other news agencies pursued in the days following the tragedy. The Canadian media has always treated me well and fairly. They’re much better than the American media but they are hampered by law in what they can report when it comes to crime stories, but I’m digressing again.

That’s all I’ve got from back then. All the hate mail I received I deleted but I regret doing that now, except for the goatse one. If you don’t know what that is you’re better off not knowing. Oh, I still have the one from the Washington Post guy but I’ve discussed that one to death.

In a strange coincidence the paid e-mail account I mentioned before was due to expire this coming Sunday, April the 20th.

Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis to retire

Long-time Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis announces retirement:

Frank DeAngelis

Frank DeAngelis

Last week the principal of Columbine High School, Frank DeAngelis, announced that this would be his last school year as principal. Mr. DeAngelis was the principal at the school at the time of the infamous school shooting that claimed the lives of 12 students and a teacher. Mr. DeAngelis made a promise to the kindergarteners in 1999 that he would stay at the school until they graduated. That was 2 years ago.

I admire Mr. DeAngelis not only for the fortitude he had during the shootings but also for his resolve in the years since.

He’s also been the frequent target of mutants. Alvaro Castillo, who murdered his father before trying to shoot up a North Carolina high school, e-mailed Mr. DeAngelis prior to his crimes. Joshua Kyler Hoggan of Roy, Utah, who was convicted of plotting an attack against Roy High School, actually flew to Colorado to interview Mr. DeAngelis. Not to mention that many of the message board mutants hold Frank DeAngelis personally responsible for Columbine claiming that he fostered an atmosphere if bullying that caused cowards Harris and Klebold to attack the school even though no evidence of them being bullied exists.

Lesser men would have shrunk away from the responsibilities of running a school after such a tragedy but Frank DeAngelis not only turned it into the rallying cry for the school of “We Are Columbine” but he led that charge for another 14 years. If Colorado has any kind of principal of the year award it should be named after Frank DeAngelis.

We get letters: Be respectful to mass murderers

Sue Klebold (We should be nice to her mass murdering fuckwit of a son.)

It’s been a while since I got some mutant mail. Back in the day I used to get hate mail from the Columbine mutants on an almost weekly basis. As the years have gone by the number of e-mails I’ve gotten from them have dwindled. I like to think that it’s because they’ve either grown up, ended u[ in prison or got the psychiatric help they so desperately needed.

It seems that there are at least a small cadre of mutants still out there as I received the following e-mail from my most recent post on Sue Klebold

I cannot believe that you would call Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold ‘demon spawn’, ‘coward of a son’, ‘scumbag’ and stating that these two teenagers are simply just ‘Two cowardly scumbags killed 13 people because they were egotistical selfish spoiled punks.’

That is where you are wrong, sir.
These two teenagers were bullied since they started school! The only people they killed were complete ‘scumbags’ to the both of them. Yet, you are being a bully, insulting two dead kids, being utterly rude and disrespectful not only to the dead but, to their family!
The only people that were killed were the people who bullied them senseless, even when they were nice or silent. Now, you tell me, if you were bullied since you could remember, wouldn’t you want revenge? Not only would you be vengeful, but you would also make fun of them on your blog!
It’s also pretty bad karma to make fun of the dead and be a complete douche to them and their family.
So, please, the next time you write one of your pitiful posts, think twice and be respectful.

~ Cara the Columbiner

This e-mail would be hysterical if it wasn’t so pathetic. The fact that I’m being accused of being wrong in an e-mail so full of false assumptions and myths is comical to say the least.

First of they are demon spawn, cowards and egotistical selfish spoiled punks. If they weren’t they wouldn’t have committed mass murder for the oh so egregious crime of being ‘excluded’.

Secondly the people they killed were no their so-called bullies. I don’t know where you got that idea but the majority if not all of their victims had no actual connection to either of the cowardly scumbags Harris and Klebold. No to mention there is no concrete evidence that they were bullied but were the bullies themselves.

Actually I was bullied from the time I entered school until the time I graduated high school but I got over it. Anybody who harbors on the bullying they received in school once they get out is weak and have let the bullies won. But again Harris and Klebold weren’t bullied.

Lastly you say it’s bad karma to make fun of the dead. That’s the most comical thing of all from your e-mail. I think the karma scales weigh heavily more in my favor since it’s even worse karma to kill 13 people over nothing. That’s why your heroes keep the flames of hell burning yellow with their cowardice.

Get help.

Klebold’s mom prayed for his death

Sue Klebold (I hear she’s starring in a remake of Clueless.)

Columbine Shooter Dylan Klebold’s Parents Speak Out:

So this story has been making the rounds lately. Some guy has got some book coming out about ‘atypical children’. One of the chapters deals with kids who commit crimes. For the book the author interviewed Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine scumbag Dylan Klebold.

The hype for the story has been that when she realized that her demon spawn was committing murder at Columbine she prayed that he would take the coward’s way out…

“I had a sudden vision of what he might be doing. And so while every other mother in Littleton was praying that her child was safe, I had to pray that mine would die before he hurt anyone else.”

“I thought that if this was really happening and he survived, he would go into the criminal justice system and be executed, and I really couldn’t bear to lose him twice. I gave the hardest prayer I ever made, that he would kill himself, because then at least I would know he wanted to die and wouldn’t be left with all the questions I’d have if he got caught by a police bullet. Maybe I was right, but I’ve spent so many hours regretting that prayer: I wished for my son to kill himself and he did.”

Nice. You should have prayed for your son to have killed himself long before April 20th, 1999.

I wonder if the author asked them if they felt any responsibility for the 13 deaths at Columbine. Even if he did I doubt the Klebolds would have felt any responsibility at all. Especially considering in the past Sue Klebold said “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.” While the Klebolds may think they have no responsibility for what happened at Columbine they do. They’re not solely responsible obviously but sometimes inaction is just as bad as the action itself.

Also as par for the course Sue Klebold even admits her own cluelessness again. When asked what she would say to her coward of a son today she replied…

“I would ask him to forgive me, for being his mother and never knowing what was going on inside his head, for not being able to help him, for not being the person he could confide in.”

To me this just shows that she feels not only no remorse for what her scumbag son did to his victims but that she still feels like she bears no responsibility in any of this. If you, your husband and the Harrises had done their jobs as parents the name Columbine would still be known worldwide as just a flower.

Thanks to my lovely and talented wife Jade for the tip.

Columbine conspiracy theories, and one that involves me

This looks vaguely familiar

13 COLUMBINE CONSPIRACY THEORIES:

Just in time for the 13th anniversary of Columbine TruTV in tasteless fashions released this slideshow about Columbine conspiracy theories. Of course to get more clicks for their website they take the trash TV stance that these conspiracies could be true. Let’s clear this up once and for all, there are no Columbine conspiracies. It is exactly how it appears. Two cowardly scumbags killed 13 people because they were egotistical selfish spoiled punks.

There was no 3rd shooter. Luvox didn’t cause the shootings. Police did not shoot any students. This was not retaliation against police for some kind of pedophile ring. Yeah, that’s an actual conspiracy theory believe it or not.

Conspiracy theories are for weak-minded people who will believe anything any crackpot tells them. They’re for people who simply can’t grasp the concept that sometimes horrible things happen for stupid reasons. They’re for people whose lives are so devoid of meaning that they have to fill the void with modern-day bogeymen.

As for the picture above you can see it on the 2nd page of the TruTV slideshow. That’s a screen grab of my original website back in 1997 which is fitting considering the slideshow and it’s misrepresentation of the facts feels like it was written in 1999.

TruTV’s slogan is “Not reality, actuality.” Which really means it’s not reality it’s just some bullshit we made up so suckers will watch our crappy shows.

Hammer attack at Columbine

Hammer did hurt 'em.

If you follow any of my social media profiles you may have caught me saying that I wasn’t going to post about the hammer attack at Columbine High School. Yes, that Columbine. The reason that I was going to abstain is because of course the media made a big deal about this because of Columbine’s previous history. Then I read the following headline.

Mom Claims Teen in Columbine Hammer Attack Was Bullied:

Before I get ahead of myself here’s the details. A 14-year-old female freshman is accused of attacking two other students with a hammer. She allegedly struck a 15-year-old female on the hand. The female was said to be the target of the attack. The suspect is also accused of allegedly striking a 16-year-old male student on the hands and ribs when he came to the aid of the first victim.

If this had happened at any other school it wouldn’t have even made a dent in the national news but I digress.

Then the mother of the suspect came out and said that her daughter was bullied…

The girl’s mother said bullying recently had her daughter looking at herself in the mirror and crying. The girl recently asked her, “Mom, do you think I’m ugly,” she told the station.

“I’m upset about the fact that they claim that there’s a no tolerance bully policy, when that’s a big Littleton lie,”

However the devil is in the details.

First it’s not uncommon for teenage girls to be insecure and emotional about their appearance. I hate to sound harsh but that’s reality. Secondly the girl was said to have transferred into Columbine from another school. Were there discipline issues at the previous school? That’s a contributing factor in a lot of school transfers. Next, police say there was no evidence of bullying against the suspect. And lastly the suspect may have been the bully herself…

The 16-year-old student, told KDVR that prior to the attack the accused teenager threatened to beat him and his friend with a bat.

And again I’m not saying bullying doesn’t exist in our schools. Nobody knows that better than me. I have the x-rays of broken bones, dislocated joints and concussions to prove it. However bullying has been used as an excuse like this in cases so many times that it’s basically become the boy who cried wolf. Also as I’ve said before anytime one of these school attackers claims that they were bullied it does nothing to help the victims of bullying as schools come more concerned about identifying the next attacker. Not to mention the fact that the proper response to bullying is not a premeditated assault with a hammer.

Should there be a Columbine miniseries? Trench says yes

‘Columbine’ author in talks to produce Lifetime mini-series:

In the interest of transparency I have been a fan of Dave Cullen since 2004 when his article The Depressive and The Psychopath was first published. I was fortunate enough to be able to exchange e-mails with Dave after meeting online through a mutual blogging friend of ours. I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of his book ‘Columbine’. We even follow each other on Facebook and Twitter. What we are not is best buds. I have no private insight into Dave’s inner workings. I know about as much as Dave as he publicly makes known. I also want to add that I have not contacted Dave prior to writing this post. This one is all me.

Anyway having said that Dave recently announced that he is talks to have his book made into a miniseries on the Lifetime Network. It is far from definite and there’s a possibility it may not come to pass.

However there has been a movement, mostly by people who either were at Columbine or lived in the area at the time, for this miniseries not to be made. I respect their opinion. I couldn’t possibly understand what it must have been like to live through something like that and hopefully I never will. But please allow me to explain my opinion of why I think that the miniseries should be made.

As anyone who has read this site for a time knows there were a lot of myths surrounding the shooting at Columbine such as the shooters were bullied, it had to do with jocks, or gothic culture, or the so-called Trenchcoat Mafia. In my opinion Dave’s work on the matter has gone a long way into dispelling those myths. Unfortunately a lot of people still cling to those myths even 13 years later. If the miniseries were to air on the Lifetime Network it would be striking into the heart of the demographic that still believe in those myths. And to be honest with you that’s only if it does done right. I would hope that Lifetime wouldn’t distort things to try to fit some alternative agenda.

However if you agree that the miniseries should not be made you can sign the online petition here.

Are school shootings connected to Al-Qaeda?

In a word…no. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

School Shootings Have Direct Link to Al-Qaeda, Says Award Winning Writer Linda Rohrbough:

Linda Rohrbough is the aunt of Columbine victim Brian Rohrbough. She says that while doing research into school shootings like Columbine that she has discovered a link to shootings like Columbine to terrorist group Al-Qaeda.

“My first inkling of the connection to Al-Qaeda was when I attended the Columbine memorial service. I recognized General Colin Powell at the center of the platform, in full military dress. He was never mentioned or introduced, and he never spoke. He was just there.”

Further reports unveiled the Columbine shooters bragged theirs would be the first of many shootings. Also, the teenage shooters low-level formatted the hard disk drives of their computers before heading out to kill. Rohrbough wanted to know, “How could they know other shootings would follow? And why erase their hard disk drives? What were they trying to hide?”

Fortunately, in two cases, the authorities got to computers before the low-level format was complete. First, in a school shooting in Paris, and second, when a teenager in Florida flew his dad’s plane into a building. In both cases, e-mails traced back to Al-Qaeda operatives.

First off General Powell was there probably there as a representative of President Clinton and probably didn’t want to be announced in order not to take the attention away from the victims.

Second she takes two isolated incidents that have no connection to Columbine, one of which wasn’t even a school shooting, that may have some connection to Al-Qaeda and she claims this as proof? If this was anymore of a stretch she might have pulled a hamstring.

Lastly how did the Columbine cowards know that there would be other shootings to follow? That’s simple. They knew that because they weren’t the first. While at the time the Columbine shooting was the most prolific in terms of lives lost they were not the first. They were emulating shootings that already took place at Jonesboro and Paducah.

Were there any connections to Al-Qaeda at Red Lake, Virginia Tech or NIU? No.

So why would Ms. Rohrbough becoming out with these allegations now? She had a book of fiction that came out on April 20th, 2011. That was the 12th anniversary of Columbine. Not only does this press release make it sound that book sales may be slipping but the fact that what the release date was smacks of opportunism and bad taste.