The feeling of aloneness is huge for why he and Eric clicked;
Website- 2-15-1998 pipe bombs found in field were consistent with the explosives Eric was describing on his website. Brooks Brown-Parents alerted police of Eric’s website where he threatened Brooks and mentioned that he was building pipe bombs. After columbine, the Browns discovered that the police had never followed through with their concern because they did not get a search warrant, so the case was dropped.Vandalism-Shot BB guns at housesLockers-Eric and Dylan were caught by the school for breaking into lockers, they were suspended for 3 days. Van- Eric and Dylan were arrested and charged with mischief, breaking and entering, trespassing, and theft. The pair entered a diversionary program which included community service, psychiatric treatment, and that they obeyed the law. Murder- Almost a year before the attack on columbine, Eric Harris had begun outlining an attack on a high school. He continued constructing and improving his bombs.** ADD: What does this say about him?
The Killers- Columbine FULL
Opening Statement“We are convinced that the only way to truly honor all of thevictims of this and other related tragedies is to move clearly and methodically toward an understanding of why they occur…” – Susan and Tom Klebold Columbine will forever stain history as a tragic and devastating event. The killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboldwere too quickly labeled by the media; taking the easiest andquickest assumption of the “revenge seeking goths”. In orderto comprehend their motives, one must first understand eachboy as an individual. Although both Eric and Dylan committed the same crime, their reasons for murder are traceable through their personalities, past, and are revealed to be starkly different.
Warning Signs The inability for teens to withhold information- showing off, asking for help, Freudian slips Social isolation – confined to their rooms alone Behavioral changes – depression vs psychopathy Outlets of emotion – journal entries
“How did you not see it coming?”Loving, normal parents“Dylan had made parenting easy”Eric’s therapyHow much can you expect them to know?83% believe that the parents are responsible- 6 months after the attack
Thirteen Years Later What we now know- depression and psychopathy The parents were always around Sympathy for the parents- What they’ve gone through “The most lonely people on the planet” The O magazine interview
Dylan’s Motives Loved explosions and the water – …”what a glorious escape.” Uniqueness equated loneliness - …”go to school, be scared & nervous, hoping that people accept me.” Seeker – “one man in search of answers” Attempted to feel superior like Eric – “My wrath for Januarys incident will be godlike.”
Dylan’s Motives Theft showed unscrupulous nature – Eric’s influence Notebook expressed feelings of “alienation” Contributed to depression Why he grappled on to Eric
Eric’s Motives Expressed his outrage and frustration towards inferiors Established his lasting superiority Enjoyment, thrill, hate Natural selection “show them who is god” “I want to leave a lasting impression on the world”
A Friendship No one knows exactly how their friendship started The leader and the follower Why Dylan needed Eric What Matt Stone has to say about Columbine and about school in general
Eric’s Criminal Development Vandalism o Targeted houses of those he thought were inferior o Oct 21,1997-Broke into lockers at school Petty Theft o Rental Signs Felony Theft o Jan 30, 1998-Broke into van Murder o April 26,1998-Outlined attack on a high school
Psychopathy – What is it? A personality disorder in which a person displays antisocial and impulsive behavior, disregard forsocietal standards, and no signs of fear or guilt.
Psychopathy Psychopaths are not loners. They put forward a confident, “in control” façade. They appear normal They go for the extra-ordinary look
“Charming, but Callous” When someone catches a psychopath doing something reckless, they have the ability to talk their way out of it, and place the blame on someone else. Due to their comfort with lying, they can pass lie detector tests. When caught stealing or doing something violent, many blame it on amnesia, temporary insanity, multiple personality disorder or blackouts to justify the crime.
Psychopathy When someone asks a psychopath a direct question, they might sneakily evade the answer, by providing responses, that don’t directly answer the question and bring the conversation somewhere else. In many instances, when caught, they plead sympathy and promise to change, but use the fragile partner as a means of getting ahead and getting stronger.
Conclusion Eric’s psychopathy and Dylan’sdepression weren’t ignored, they just went unnoticed. As a nation we continue to struggle with the motives behind the killing spree, and we must come to understand that there is no one to blame but the killers themselves for this tragic event.