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What I suspected, Adam Lanza hero worshipped the Columbine shooters

“Lanza was dressed in black similar to his heroes Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold” noted the dept. of justice source.

Published on: December 27, 2012
by NATIONAL ENQUIRER staff
Photography by: The National Enquirer
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I’M THE DEVIL!” With those chilling words, ADAM LANZA set the stage for his brutal slaughter of 26 innocents in a Con­necticut school.

Haunted by voices ordering him to kill and convinced the world was coming to an end, the 20-year-old devil worshipper and violent video game fanatic left macabre clues to his murderous plan on Internet chat rooms, websites and a chill­ing diary he kept on his computer, authorities say.

AS a reeling nation mourned, investigators are frantically trying to determine whether anyone else was aware of Lanza’s homicidal plan and if an imag­ined accomplice could be real, sources say.

Meanwhile, The ENQUIRER has gone behind the scenes, conduct ing extensive in­terviews with sources close to the investiga­tion, Lanza’s former classmates and other insiders, to learn the real reason why he snapped on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the sleepy com­munity of Newtown.

“Lanza was a very bright but troubled young man who’d turned to the dark side,” said a Depart­ment of Justice insider in Washington, D.C., close to federal investigators working with Connecticut authorities.

“Investigators believe he kept a diary on his computer of all the bad things that had hap­pened to him and built up such hate in him, and why he had so much pent-up rage against his mother. His diary entries would have reeked with his need for revenge against school kids because he never fit in while he was in school.

“We believe he had also anonymously visited suicide chat rooms on the Internet, as well as other chat rooms and websites appealing to devil worshippers, computer hackers and other com­puter geeks.

“On the Web, Lanza may have re­vealed parts of his chilling plan, but not the gory extent of it. He may have dropped clues as to what he planned to do – and may have even sought an accomplice.

“A Russian-made, semi-automatic tactical shotgun was found in his mother’s car outside the school. Al­though he was a socially inept loner in real life, he was comfortable com­municating on the Web. And investi­gators believe he could have left the weapon there for an accomplice, real or imagined.

“Police fanned out around the school in the minutes after the shoot­ing, searching for an accomplice. In fact, days later they still haven’t offi­cially ruled it out. ”

Incredibly, it appears that Lanza hinted at his murderous inten­tions on a popular hacker website two nights before his rampage. The message, obtained by The ENQUIRER, was posted by a user named “iKTatjYX,” whom authorities suspect was Lanza, and stated: “I’m going to kill myself on Friday and it will make the news, be watching at 9am.”

When a respondent asked “iKTatjYX” where he was based, the reply was: “I live in Connecticut, that’s as much as I’ll say.”

Under the message was a disturbing image of the bodies of the students responsible for the 1999 massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

When he carried out the killings, “Lanza was dressed in black, similar to his heroes Eric Harris and Dylan Kle­bold,” noted the Department of Justice source. But Lanza apparently tried to cover his online tracks, smashing two computers at his home to smithereens  before his killing spree, authorities say. “Those computers held all of his secrets,” said the DOJ source. “Authorities have collected all the pieces and hope to reconstruct the computers so they can retrieve the information they contained.”

Meanwhile, The ENQUIRER has learned that Lanza’s mother Nan­cy – who kept an arsenal in their home – pushed him over the edge.

“Nancy Lanza was a member of the Doomsday Preppers move­ment, which believes people should prepare for the end of the world,” said a family insider.

“She was telling Adam that the world was ending on Dec. 21, as the Mayan calendar predicted, and that’s what set him off!”

Investigators also believe Lanza targeted his mother because she compared him to his successful older brother Ryan, a certified pub­lic accountant who worked for a leading accounting firm.

Lanza discussed his plans for killing his mother in Internet chat rooms, investigators believe, per­versely describing how he wanted her to see the bullet that would end her life coming at her.

In the end, Lanza – who suffered from the developmental disor­der Asperger’s Syndrome – shot his mother in the face four times with her own gun while she slept, authorities say. Then he drove her black Honda Civic to Sandy Hook Elementary, forced his way in by breaking a window, and, armed with a .223-caliber Bushmaster assault rifle, began spraying doz­ens of bullets into a group of first-graders, killing 20 of them as well as four teachers, the principal and school psychologist.

“Lanza wanted those poor in­nocent children to suffer simply because they attended the same school that he   did,” explained the DOJ source.

“He must have heard voices telling him that they needed to die or else they’d grow up to be just like the kids he couldn’t get along with at school. In his warped mind this was the answer.

“Adam believed he was the personification of evil, and he must have said, ‘I’m the Devil!’ as he fired his gun.”

A former classmate confirmed Lanza’s devil worship, describing the deranged killer’s page on an Internet website.

“It had the word ‘Devil’ on it in red Gothic-style letters against a black background,” Trevor L. Todd, 20, told The ENQUIRER.

“It gave me the chills. It was just so weird.”

When police arrived at the school, they found Lanza dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was carrying his older brother Ryan’s identification.

“It was Adam’s final act of revenge,” said the DOJ source. “Jealous of his older brother’s success, he wanted news to go out to the world that Ryan was the killer – not him.”

Authorities have now pieced together a profile of Lanza as a computer geek with few friends who lived in a twisted fantasy world.

Olivia Devivo, his classmate at Newtown High School, said Lanza talked about “aliens and blowing things up. I never saw him with anyone,” she added. “I can’t even think of one person that was associated with him.”

In third grade, Lanza struggled on the local youth baseball team, according to former classmate Todd.

“Adam was the last to be picked because he wasn’t a good player,” Todd recalled. “Some kids made fun of him. He’d always get put in the outfield where he wouldn’t see a lot of action. I remember one time he was hit by a pitch that knocked him over. Someone said he didn’t feel any pain.”

Lanza was just as awkward back in high school, Todd said.

“I never saw Adam with a girl, let alone talk to one,” he said. “He just wasn’t cool, even in the way he dressed. He wore stiff collared shirts and high-waisted khakis. He carried a black briefcase while other kids had backpacks.”

In his sick fantasy world, Lanza also believed he was the reincarnation of a Japanese samurai warrior like the ones in his favorite video game, “Dynasty Warriors,” The ENQUIRER has learned.

After his parents separated, Lanza began to act out, sources say.

“He would have tantrums,” said Ryan Kraft, who baby-sat for Adam. “They were much more than the average kid.”

His mother eventually home-schooled him and he enrolled at Western Connecticut State University in 2008 and 2009, where he earned a B average.

But in recent months, his mental condition began to deteriorate, sources say, and he started harming himself, burning parts of his body with a lighter.

“This tragedy could have been averted if Adam’s mom put him in a mental facility,” said the DOJ source.

“But the truth is, she couldn’t. After divorcing his father, and with her older son going off to make his own life, she couldn’t bear being alone. So she never had Adam committed.”

ENQUIRER team covering Newtown tragedy – Senior Editors: Alan Butterfield, Larry Haley; Senior Reporters: Michael Glynn, Rick Egusquiza; Correspondent: Robert Hartlein; Photo Director: Ray Fairall; Photo Editor: Chris Visoke; Contributing Photo Editor: Matt Carrington; Design Director: Martin Elfers; Writers: Susan Baker, Christine Reed; Editorial Assistant: Patti Gonzalez; Director of Research: Mireya Throop; Researchers: Laurie Miller, Barbara Koskie, Stephanie Keiper, Alison Rayman

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“Walsh Butt Rape” The Pat Sullivan Connection

The Sheriff Sullivan Connection:

“Walsh Butt Rape” refers to a file named in the El Paso County Sheriff’s office.

Clearly, you can see that the drawing is in file 005 page 09 because that is indeed the number stamped at the top of the page after I faxed this to Sheriff Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Original Document From the Jeffco Production which you can confirm by
searching the web for the Jeffco ID # stamped on the bottom of the page.

 

 

Many motives have been suggested by various authors, but “killing cops” is rarely mentioned as a motive even though Harris wrote about “killing cops” in his yearbook just weeks before he and Dylan launched their attack.  Eric writes in his Yearbook, “ My revenge for the January Incident will be God Like”.  Further, on the day of the shooting Eric wore a shirt emblazoned with the word “Wrath.”  Clearly, he’s upset about the January Incident.

The singular “january incident’ that stands out in this case is the January 30th arrest of the boys, 14 months prior to the shooting.  In late 2001, this document was faxed by this Investigor who knew sheriff Sullivan personally for over 20 years, ever sense Sullivan was a beat officer.  We knew each other through the civic activities in town.  I called Sherriff Sullivan and spoke to him about his concern that there had been a sexual assault by a Sheriff Walsh on Eric Harris the night they were arrested in January of 1998, 14 months BEFORE the Columbine shooting.  The boys had broken into a van and stolen some electronics equipment.

We talked for a few minutes and he agreed to receive  my fax.  After that, he didn’t return multiple calls.  It wasn’t until years later that I discovered the fax published on another website.

After Eric and Dylan’s arrest, they were put into a program for Juvenile offenders.

For some reason, Eric told a counselor that this was a very traumatic incident for him and  it’s during this juvenile program that Eric is put on anti-depressants.  In Eric’s Yearbook, he writes “My revenge for the January Incident will be God-Like and makes several references to “killing cops.”

It was during juvenile  probation that Harris was put on SSRI medications.  He was so upset that by the January Incident that Mrs. Harris took Erick to a psychiatrist.  As we all know now, these SSRI drugs can trigger violence, especially in boys.  In Taylor vs. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Mark Taylor was pushing exactly this issue.  If not for the SSRI drugs, no massacre.  The trial was halted mid-way through and the deposition of the parents is under seal, two attorneys are still under gag order from that ten year old case!  We have it sourced directly from an eye witness in the Courtroom that this very crime scene drawing was being brought into evidence when the trial was halted.  Our source on this is impeccable.

Interestingly, there’s not one thing in the yearbook about being teased by jocks.  Furthermore, Eric and Dylan had dozens of bombs, none of which was put in the locker room where jocks would be hit for sure.  They chose the cafeteria at lunch time, simply because that’s where they were guaranteed to get maximum casualties from their bombs.
Every crime has a motive.  Eric and Dylan set out their plot in great detail.  They spent months building and testing bombs.  They acquired weapons and ammunition and took target practice out in the forest.  In other words, this was not a spontaneous act of insanity.  Both Eric and Dylan were intelligent boys.  They were both really upset about something long before the day of the massacre and clearly whatever the “January Incident” was, it was a significant event.

When the Jefferson County Sheriff’s release their 11,000 page report, they didn’t include an absolutely vital piece of paper, A search warrant for a bomb and bomb making equipment in the Harris home.  The bomb warrant was drafted based on the discovery of pipe-bomb fragments recovered and neighbor’s complaints about the boys.
So, just after the January Arrest, the boys start acting out, making threats.

Meanwhile
August 7, 1997 – This Investigator called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to complain about Eric Harris’s violent laced web site. The tip was investigated by Deputy Michael Burgess who forwarded the report and print outs of the web site to the investigator in charge of computer-related crime, John Hicks. This was the end of the investigation

January 30, 1998 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are arrested by Jefferson County Deputy Tim Walsh for breaking and entering an electrician’s van and stealing equipment from it

February 15, 1998 – Using a search warrant, Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies found and defused a pipe bomb in a field at Garrison and Field Streets1 of 39 4/1/09 9:34 AMHistory of Columbine High http://www.columbine-angels.com/History.htm

March 1998 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are placed in Jefferson County’s Juvenile Diversion Program and given anger management classes

March 18, 1998 – Randy and Judy Brown meet with investigators to discuss the violent writings and threats against their son, Brooks, posted on Eric Harris’s website

November 1998 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold bring Robyn Anderson to the Tanner Gun Show where she purchases two shot guns and a HiPoint 9mm carbine rifle from Ronald Hartmann and James Royce Washington

February 3, 1999 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are released from Jefferson County’s Juvenile Diversion Program

March 6, 1999 – Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Philip Duran, Mark Manes and his girl friend, Jessica Miklich, drive out to a makeshift shooting range in Douglas County to film themselves shooting their guns (shotguns and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol). Once the police obtain the video, they dub it the Rampart Range video

April 20, 1999 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold storm Columbine High School at lunchtime, killing Rachel Joy Scott, Daniel Rohrbough, Kyle Velasquez, Steven Curnow, Cassie Bernall, Isaiah Shoels, Matt Kechter, Lauren Townsend, John Tomlin, Kelly Fleming, Daniel Mauser, Corey DePooter and William “Dave” Sanders. The pair injured Brian Anderson, Richard Castaldo, Jennifer Doyle, Stephen Austin Eubanks, Nick Foss, Sean Graves, Makai Hall, Anne Marie Hochhalter, Patrick Ireland, Joyce Jankowski, Michael Johnson, Mark Kintgen, Lance Kirklin, Lisa Kreutz, Adam Kyler, Stephanie Munson, Patti Nielson, Nicole Nowlin, Jenna Park, Kasey Ruegsegger, Valeen Schnurr, Dan Steepleton, Mark Taylor and Evan Todd. This becomes the worst high school shooting in American history

ERIC HARRIS DRAWS WELL.  and he does it a lot in his journals.

Now look at this crime scene drawing.
What is Eric Drawing?

A man wearing a star, walking a dog?  Then why did El Pas0 County Sheriffs have a file folder named, “Walsh Butt Rape?”

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Mark Taylor Columbine Coverup Extends to Arizona

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Why is meek and mild Mark Taylor locked up and the Arizona shooter, Jared Loughner, allowed to run free based on HIS “Constitutional Rights” and commit mass murder???

This is our most comprehensive expose yet.  It ties the current illegal confinement of Mark Taylor in an Arizona mental hospital with an extensive re-edit of videos regarding the Bomb Warrant, The January Incident and the ensuing coverup.  On one of the videos, the news helicopter pilot is relating how the FAA was closing his air space even though he was three miles away!  Next up the “Roof Top Shooters” and why Mark is being persecuted and tortured.

Mark Taylor is a victim several times over:

  1. The shooting and lying there for two hours with bullets whizzing around him while he was bleeding from nearly a dozen bullet wounds.  Some bullets remain embedded in his spine and near his Aorta.  Because of the way the bullets ravaged Mark’s body, it was impossible for the surgeons to count the wounds.  The estimated bullet count ranges from 8 to 13.  Miraculously, he had a full recovery, went on a book tour, testified before the FDA and was interviewed on numerous television broadcasts.  Now he’s been declared an “incapacitated person.”  WHY ?
  2. Mark has been illegally detained and drugged TWICE now, this time for over a year.
  3. Michael Moore has forgotten to send his check to Mark for his part in the movie.
  4. The “government” of Arizona is committing multiple crimes including violations of Mark and Donna’s Freedom of Association, Guarantee of Counsel along with their fundamental Human Rights.  etc….

Now, under the best of circumstances, Mark faces one to two years of recovery and may never fully recover from the continued misuse and abuse of psychiatric medications.

Mark has been imprisoned illegally and the “Government of Arizona,” violating so many of Mark and Donna’s Constitutional Rights that I am too tired to list them all, but, I assure you, I’ll have them up on this site shortly, well, actually, they are lengthy, appallingly so! Of course, I may just be uneducated; maybe there is a logical explanation for this foul-up.

 

 

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60 Minutes 2000

As the 10th Anniversary approaches, why are there still so many unanswered questions about the Columbine shooting? Columbine Family Request wants you to know that we’re still chasing down facts and lead in an effort to both get at the Truth, but more importantly, prevent the ongoing abuses that create these horrible events in the first place.

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Columbine: The “January Incident”

Sheriff T.S. “Tim Walsh” is the ONLY law enforcement EVER to Arrest Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Where has Sheriff Walsh gone? Why was the criminal record of the boys buried in the original investigation? Is the Sheriff hiding something?

It’s clear that the real motive for the Columbine School shootings was to get back at the cops, the sheriffs. Why was the “January Incident” never investigated? Also, newly uncovered school video filmed in the cafeteria exposes a gaping question:

What else could be the “January Incident?”

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Sheriff’s History with Eric and Dylan

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Hiding in Plain Sight – Columbine Case NOT Closed

Hiding in Plain Sight

Are Columbine’s remaining secrets too dangerous for the public to know — or too embarrassing for officials to reveal?

By Alan Prendergast

Published on April 13, 2006

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It’s clear that the real motive for the Columbine School shootings was to get back at the cops, the sheriffs. Why was the “January Incident” never investigated? Also, newly uncovered school video filmed in the cafeteria exposes a gapping question.  

Sheriff T.S. “Tim Walsh” is the ONLY law enforcement EVER to Arrest Eric Klebold and Dylan Harris. Where has Sheriff Walsh gone?  Why was the criminal record of the boy buried in the original investigation?  Is the Sheriff hiding something?

Cradling a sawed-off shotgun in his lap, Eric Harris glares into the video camera. He takes a pull from a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and winces. Then he talks smack about the pathetic losers involved in school shootings in Oregon and Kentucky. 

“Do not think we’re trying to copy anyone,” he tells some future, unseen audience. “We had the idea before the first one ever happened. Our plan is better, not like those fucks in Kentucky with camouflage and .22s. Those kids were only trying to be accepted by others.”

With his parents asleep upstairs and Dylan Klebold manning the camera, Harris takes his viewers on a tour of his bedroom arsenal. On the floor, he’s laid out numerous pipe bombs, a shotgun and carbine with spare clips, boxes of bullets and homemade grenades. He models his cargo pants and the slings he’s devised to hold weapons. He brandishes a knife and points out a swastika carved in its sheath. He shows off a fifty-foot coil of bomb fuse hanging on the wall.

“Directors will be fighting over this story,” Klebold says. “I know we’re gonna have followers because we’re so fucking godlike. We’re not exactly human. We have human bodies, but we’ve evolved one step above you fucking human shit. We actually have fucking self-awareness.”

Welcome, once more, to the basement tapes — nearly four hours of posing, boasting and bitching by the obnoxious gods of self-awareness, two teenage killers-to-be named Harris and Klebold. The footage was shot in the last weeks of their short lives, the final segment just a few hours before the rampage at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, that left fifteen dead and seriously injured two dozen more. Seized by Jefferson County investigators right after the shootings, the tapes have been sitting in an evidence vault for the past seven years, seen by almost no one — except, of course, a small army of cops, attorneys, reporters, victims’ families, expert witnesses and assorted hangers-on.

That could change soon. Following a surprising decision by the Colorado Supreme Court last fall, which held that the tapes are part of the “records” generated by the Columbine investigation, Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink has been wrestling with the biggest quandary of his law-enforcement career. Should he refuse to release the basement tapes on the grounds that their dissemination is still (in the words of the state’s Criminal Justice Records Act) “contrary to the public interest” — and thus prolong a five-year court battle with the Denver Post? Or should he make the hate-filled rants, along with other long-suppressed writings and recordings taken from the killers’ homes, available to the world at last?

Mink has postponed announcing his decision until after the seventh anniversary of the massacre next week — out of respect, his office says, for the victims’ families, some of whom have pushed for the release of the materials while others have opposed it. But if history is any guide, he will oppose the release, sending the whole controversy back to court. County officials have treated the killers’ writings and tapes as an anthrax-like deadly contagion that must not, under any circumstances, be inflicted on an unsuspecting populace.

“The Sheriff’s Office is fearful that release of this information would not help the public but could potentially cause another one of these attacks,” Assistant County Attorney Lily Oeffler said in a hearing before District Judge Brooke Jackson in 2002. (Oeffler, the county’s point person in keeping Columbine’s secrets, is now a district judge herself.) The county’s position mirrors that of the parents of Harris and Klebold, whose attorneys have maintained that the tapes are private property and that their release would have a disastrous “copycat effect,” inspiring more school shootings.

“Mr. and Mrs. Harris do not want the angry and vitriolic rantings of their son to be made public,” Harris attorney Michael Montgomery wrote to Mink recently, “but their overriding concern is to avoid the risk that these tapes and writings might influence others to commit similar acts.”

 

 


Noble sentiments, to be sure. But the lofty case for suppression has been undercut by the actions of Mink’s predecessor, John Stone, who didn’t seem to have a problem infecting the public with the gunmen’s vitriol when it served his own purposes. Like Poe’s purloined letter, like the bomb fuse Eric Harris kept on his wall and that his parents viewed as an innocent decoration, many of Columbine’s remaining secrets aren’t all that hidden. They have trickled out over time — largely through the leaks, blunders and self-serving half-truths produced by the Columbine investigation itself.     

Copycats and Natural Born Killers

In his official report on the massacre, Sheriff Stone used excerpts from the writings of Harris and Klebold to suggest that no one but the gunmen could be blamed for the shootings — no one at the sheriff’s office, anyway, which had failed to investigate several previous complaints about Harris. This kind of selective editing was anticipated by the killers; in one of their videos, they discuss how the cops will censor their work and “just show the public what they want.”

Stone also gave a Time reporter full access to the basement tapes. Claiming to have been bushwhacked by the resulting cover story, the sheriff was then compelled to let local media types and victims’ families view the tapes before locking them up for good (“Stonewalled,” April 13, 2000).

Similarly, Stone’s office had no qualms about sharing tidbits from Harris’s journal — “the Book of God,” as Harris calls it in one video — in presentations to select gatherings of school and law-enforcement officials. As long as the cops could control the information flow, there was no yammering about the dangers of copycats.

But it was a different story whenWestword and then the Rocky Mountain News published more extensive excerpts from Harris’s writings. The excerpts showed that Harris had developed detailed plans to attack the school a year in advance, while he was in a juvenile diversion program and supposedly being investigated for building pipe bombs and making death threats (“I’m Full of Hate and I Love It,” December 6, 2001). Now officials were outraged that their top-secret investigation had sprung yet another leak.

So was the Denver Post. Tired of getting its ass whupped in the leak department, the Post went to court to demand the release of the rest of the materials seized from the killers’ homes. Attorneys for the county and the killers’ parents responded with a flurry of dire warnings about copycat effects, including one from David Shaffer, a psychiatrist and expert on adolescent suicide. In addition to a 27-page resumé, Shaffer submitted afour-page affidavit asserting the toxic nature of the basement tapes, which he hadn’t seen.

Some judges involved in the Columbine litigation have uncritically embraced the copycat argument, saying the disclosure of the materials would have “a potential for harm” or, in fact, would be “immensely harmful” to the public. Judge Jackson, who ultimately may have to decide the matter, has been more skeptical. In one hearing on the basement tapes, he pointed out that there were plenty of Columbine imitators before the existence of the tapes was even disclosed. All the more reason, Oeffler responded, not to release them.

“What evidence do you have today that release of the documents is going to cause some calamity, or are we just speculating?” Jackson demanded.

“Unless you release the evidence and they actually cause the calamity, Your Honor, the question cannot be responded to,” Oeffler shot back.

“Does that mean I can’t, and no court can ever release them because maybe some additional copycat is going to be inspired?”

“I don’t think it is a maybe, Your Honor,” Oeffler responded gravely.

Yet Harris’s web writings, several pages of his journals and detailed descriptions of the contents of the basement tapes have now circulated on the Internet for years, with no notable surge in copycat incidents. The problem with the copycat defense is that it is speculative and thus largely unanswerable, much like forecasting suicide clusters based on suicide coverage in the media. (It’s just as speculative, perhaps, as trying to quantify the number of shooting incidents that might have been prevented by frank discussion of the Columbine tragedy.) Some of the same experts who consider the Klebold and Harris materials too dangerous for public consumption also blame the massacre in part on “the gunmen’s previous exposure to violent imagery and their study of notorious criminals and tyrants.” Does that mean it’s time to pullMein Kampf from the library shelves or Natural Born Killers from the video store, simply because Harris admired Hitler and Klebold took his style tips from Woody Harrelson?

In several cases, news reports of would-be school shooters note that the suspects had trenchcoats or otherwise sought to imitate Harris and Klebold — but how many were actually “inspired” by them? It’s true that the gunmen wanted their words to find as wide an audience as possible in order to attract followers; but then, they, like the sheriff’s office, had an exaggerated notion of their own importance. The county’s efforts to suppress the killers’ writings and tapes have given them a cachet of consummate evil and menace; being taboo, they’ve become cool. Yet anyone who’s actually seen the tapes or read the journal fragments soon recognizes that these fabled mass murderers are not gods but adolescents. Angry, scared, mocking, disturbed, bitter, pathological, deluded (fucking self-aware, mind you), emotionally stunted and deadly, but adolescents just the same. Behind the blather about being gods and kick-starting a revolution is a bottomless obsession with their own lack of status and sense of injury. Behind the bravado, a snivel.

“I don’t like you,” Klebold says in one of the videos, addressing two female classmates. “You’re stuck-up little bitches. You’re fucking little…Christian, godly little whores! What would Jesus do? What the fuck would I do?”

“I would shoot you in the motherfucking head!” Harris chimes in. “Go, Romans! Thank God they crucified that asshole.”

“Go, Romans!” Klebold echoes, and the two start chanting like sophomores.

Far from adding to the hype, the leaks have helped to demythologize Harris and Klebold. Showing the tapes in their entirety could have some deterrent value, one victim’s parent has suggested, removing whatever lingering mystique the killers still have.

Wayne’s World and the Clueless Klebolds

In his letter to Sheriff Mink, Harris attorney Montgomery contends that the single media viewing of the basement tapes six years ago “should be deemed sufficient…to insure public transparency in the investigative and prosecutorial decisions of executive agencies.” But what’s striking about the drawn-out records battle is how little transparency there’s been.

From day one, mortified county officials did their best to conceal the existence of an affidavit for a warrant to search Harris’s home that was drafted a year before the shootings but never submitted to a judge (“Anatomy of a Cover-Up,” September 30, 2004). They kept it under wraps for two years, until CBS News found out about it and Judge Jackson ordered its release.

Investigators lied to the media about what the sheriff’s office knew about Harris and Klebold before the shootings. They gave victims’ parents bad information about how their children died. In an effort to make the facts of the police response to the attack fit the official story, timelines were distorted or destroyed and dispatch logs and other key documents spirited away, in defiance of court orders and open-records requests. Small wonder that critics of the sheriff’s office believe that, copycat concerns aside, the powers that be have other motives for keeping the remaining materials in the vault.

Some clues to What They Don’t Want You to Know can be found in the basement tapes and in the Harris writings first published in Westword in 2001. The lads boast about how easy it is to fool adults in general and their parents in particular. They mock some of their lamer teachers, and Klebold offers a hearty fuck-you to a sheriff’s deputy who, it turns out, had more contact with the pair than his department was prepared to admit. Harris exults in how easy it was to buy guns and ammo, how absurdly easy to dupe everyone around him.

“I could convince them that I’m going to climb Mount Everest or I have a twin brother growing out of my back,” he says. “I can make you believe anything.”

None of this is terribly complimentary to school officials, law enforcement, the supervisors of the diversion program the teens were both in — or the parenting skills of the Harrises and Klebolds. And it raises disturbing questions about what similar revelations might be contained in other, as-yet-unreleased materials.

Evidence logs indicate that police found much more than the basement tapes and the “Book of God” when they searched the Harris home. Harris left other handwritten notes behind and at least one audio message — a microcassette labeled “Nixon” that was left conspicuously on the kitchen counter. According to a brief internal police summary of the tape’s contents, Harris can be heard explaining “why these things are happening and states it will happen Œless than nine hours [from] now.'”

But the most intriguing, hush-hush item from the Harris home is probably evidence item #201, a green steno book found in a desk drawer. The book doesn’t belong to Eric or God but to Wayne Harris, who used it to write down various matters concerning his son’s mental health, errant behavior and interactions with neighbors and authorities. As a result of the confidential settlements reached in lawsuits brought against the Harrises and Klebolds by some victims’ families, virtually everyone who’s ever seen the steno book can’t comment on its contents.

We do know one thing about item #201: It documents more contacts between the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Harrises over their son’s behavior years before the shooting than the sheriff’s office has ever acknowledged. In 2004, investigators working for the state attorney general’s office used the steno book to track a complaint against Eric that dated back to 1997, a case for which the department paperwork had disappeared. The deputy on the case, Tim Walsh, was the same officer who arrested Harris and Klebold for breaking into a van in 1998; interviewed by investigators after the shootings in 1999, Walsh made no mention of the 1997 case.

Wayne and Kathy Harris have never given a formal interview to the police. Their chief contact with Columbine investigators occurred the day of the shootings, when officers arrived to search the house, and particularly Eric’s room, despite Kathy’s protesting, “I don’t want you going down there.” But the parents’ attorneys have had extensive communication with the county attorney’s office since that day, and they’ve joined forces with the county on numerous occasions to battle release of the steno book and other materials seized from the home. It’s a cozy alliance that has troubled Brian Rohrbough, whose son Danny was murdered at Columbine and who has ended up opposing the team in court.

“Jefferson County has used taxpayer money to represent the Klebolds’ and Harrises’ demand that these items never be released,” Rohrbough wrote in his own letter to Mink, urging him to release the materials sought by the Post. “It is long past time for you to serve the public’s interest in protecting children above the private interest of two families who raised cold-blooded murderers.”

Nothing akin to the green steno book was found at the Klebold home. Tom and Susan Klebold did talk to investigators; five years later, they even gave one media interview, to David Brooks of the New York Times. “They say they had no intimations of Dylan’s mental state,” Brooks wrote. That assertion is spectacularly at odds with accounts from school employees — about chronic disciplinary problems, perceived “anger issues” Dylan might have had with his father, and, most of all, a class essay Dylan wrote about a trenchcoated avenger who slaughters a group of “preps,” a scene so vicious that his teacher felt compelled to discuss it with his parents — but Brooks didn’t press the issue.

Written only weeks before the massacre, the essay wasn’t Klebold’s first foray into violent revenge fantasies. He wrote about killing sprees in his own journal, as well as thoughts of suicide, depression and his dream of ascending to a higher state of existence. The sheriff’s report provides only brief references to this material, which has been more tightly guarded than the Book of God.

When the sheriff’s office finally got around to releasing thousands of pages of Columbine material, a cover sheet for one section was titled “Klebold Writings.” But the writings weren’t released.

The High Priests

One proposed solution to the question of the killers’ tapes and writings, advanced by Ken Salazar before he left the post of Colorado attorney general for the U.S. Senate, was to turn over the materials to a “qualified professional,” who would author a study about the causes of Columbine while keeping the primary materials in strict confidence. The proposal soon fell apart, though, after the killers’ parents refused to cooperate with Salazar’s anointed expert, Del Elliott, director of the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.

It’s just as well. The notion that only the high priests of social science are qualified to handle the gunmen’s toxic waste, that only the academic elite have the training, the lengthy resumés, the godlike self-awareness to process this information without becoming hopelessly contaminated, is absurdly creepy. It’s Kleboldish.

Besides, there’s no data to suggest that qualified researchers are any better at keeping a secret than the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Lack of access to the basement tapes, the Harris and Klebold journals and the green steno book hasn’t discouraged amateurs and experts alike from producing “psychological autopsies” of the killers, but there are two researchers who’ve had unique access to all those items. The only catch is that they can’t talk about it.

In the course of defending one of the Columbine lawsuits, Solvay Pharmaceuticals — the manufacturer of an anti-depressant prescribed for Harris — retained the services of two expert witnesses, Park Dietz and John March, who were allowed to examine confidential discovery materials, including the tapes and writings seized from the killers’ homes. Dietz and March were subject to the same suffocating non-disclosure agreements imposed on parties to the lawsuits against the Klebolds and Harrises. But after the Solvay case was settled, the pair sought permission to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal.

Lewis Babcock, chief judge of Denver’s federal district court, denied their request. In a scathing order, he pointed out that March and Dietz had made conflicting arguments about why they should be allowed to go public. On the one hand, much of the material had already leaked out; on the other, the pair claimed to have “important scientific evidence of the motives and reasons” for the massacre that had not yet come to light. If the first assertion were true, Babcock reasoned, then the experts’ report would be “of no interest to the public” — but if it contained new information, it could endanger “potential victims of those who might take encouragement” from what it revealed.

In other words, damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Babcock was also unconvinced by the idea that the experts were in a better position to grasp the essence of Columbine’s remaining mysteries than a layman would be. “The public is equally adept at comprehending the depravity under which Harris and Klebold labored,” he wrote.

But the public’s adeptness depends on having access to the facts — not just bits and pieces of the story, but the whole ugly package. That hasn’t happened with Columbine. It’s been a sorry tale of lies and coverups, of stonewalling, cover-your-butt officials and oblivious parents and suffering without end. Harris and Klebold relied on just such a climate of denial and deception to allow them to plan their massacre and practically advertise it, without fear that they would ever be seen for who they were.

It’s been seven years since the pair walked into Columbine for the last time, guns blazing. The world has other monsters on its mind now. Yet there are people who still contend that the words the killers left behind are so powerful, so evil that the average citizen must never hear them.

The truth hurts. But the lies can be lethal.

 

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1-30-89 Crime Scene Drawing by Eric Harris

From the Sheriff Department’s records, this is clearly “bates” number stamped, “JC_001-010589.  What does this crime scene drawing by Eric Harris depict?  Certainly NOT a sheriff wearing a star shaped badge walking a dog.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SHERIFF’S FILES ON THE JANUARY INCIDENT.

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USA TODAY- Dead Wrong on Columbine

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What is Greg Toppo at USA TODAY thinking?  His article is full of errors, most egregiously he writes, “Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication …”

10 years later,
the real [ha!] story behind Columbine

By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY

They weren’t goths or loners.

The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver’s Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren’t in the “Trenchcoat Mafia,” disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters. The killings ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold hadn’t been bullied — in fact, they had bragged in diaries about picking on freshmen and “fags.”

[Wrong Mr. Toppo.  In fact, the boys got teased for being fags.  About one year prior to the shooting, Eric and his friends were recording video with one of the school’s cameras in the cafeteria.  In the video, you can clearly hear one of Eric’s friends say, “Eric just got jacked up the ass,” to which Eric replied, “I don’t know about that.”  Why didn’t Eric refute the comment?]

Their rampage put schools on alert for “enemies lists” made by troubled students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication [emphasis added] and didn’t target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now say, citing the killers’ journals and witness accounts. [WHAT? The SSRI Anti-depressant in Eric Harris’ autopsy report is, or at least was, common knowledge!]

[Don’t those reporters at USA TODAY do any research?]

Struggling With Columbine’s Questions

Lawsuit Charges It Made Eric Harris Manic And Psychotic

DENVER, Oct. 22, 2001

(AP)  Families of five Columbine High School shooting victims are suing the maker of an anti-depressant that one of the student gunmen was taking when he opened fire.

A therapeutic amount of the drug Luvox was found in Eric Harris’ system after he died, the Jefferson County coroner’s office has said.

Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. makes the drug to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court claims Solvay failed to warn Harris’ doctor about side effects.

“Such drugs caused Eric Harris to become manic and psychotic,” the lawsuit states.

Solvay’s Web site warns that the drug may impair judgment, thinking or motor skills.

The American Psychiatric Association defended Luvox in 1999, saying a decade of research found little relationship between the use of antidepressants and destructive behavior.

[If you look at the killers’ writings, the motive is clear:]

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That story about a student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never happened, the FBI says now.

In fact, the pair’s suicidal attack was planned as a grand — if badly implemented — terrorist bombing that quickly devolved into a 49-minute shooting rampage when the bombs Harris built fizzled.

“He was so bad at wiring those bombs, apparently they weren’t even close to working,” says Dave Cullen, author of Columbine, a new account of the attack.

So whom did they hope to kill?

Everyone — including friends.

What’s left, after peeling away a decade of myths, is perhaps more comforting than the “good kids harassed into retaliation” narrative — or perhaps not.

It’s a portrait of Harris and Klebold as a sort of In Cold Blood criminal duo — a deeply disturbed, suicidal pair who over more than a year psyched each other up for an Oklahoma City-style terrorist bombing, an apolitical, over-the-top revenge fantasy against years of snubs, slights and cruelties, real and imagined.

Along the way, they saved money from after-school jobs, took Advanced Placement classes, assembled a small arsenal and fooled everyone — friends, parents, teachers, psychologists, cops and judges.

[Fooled Everyone?  Over a period of two years, the sheriffs had been on over a dozen “Eric and Dylan” calls!]

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“These are not ordinary kids who were bullied into retaliation,” psychologist Peter Langman writes in his new book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters. “These are not ordinary kids who played too many video games. These are not ordinary kids who just wanted to be famous. These are simply not ordinary kids. These are kids with serious psychological problems.”

[Serious psychological problems? No doubt.  Look at the “crime scene” drawing Eric Harris made on the night of January 30, 1998.

Above van, us and red truck, what is the drawing Eric made?  The figure on the right is wearing a star (badge). Certainly, this is NOT the sheriff’s deputy walking a dog.]

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Deceiving the adults

Harris, who conceived the attacks, was more than just troubled. He was, psychologists now say, a cold-blooded, predatory psychopath — a smart, charming liar with “a preposterously grand superiority complex, a revulsion for authority and an excruciating need for control,” Cullen writes.

Harris, a senior, read voraciously and got good grades when he tried, pleasing his teachers with dazzling prose — then writing in his journal about killing thousands. [He also wrote school papers about gratuitous murder, but the school, after alerting the parents, did nothing!]

“I referred to him — and I’m dating myself — as the Eddie Haskel of Columbine High School,” says Principal Frank DeAngelis, referring to the deceptively polite teen on the 1950s and ’60s sitcom Leave it to Beaver. “He was the type of kid who, when he was in front of adults, he’d tell you what you wanted to hear.”

When he wasn’t, he mixed napalm in the kitchen .

According to Cullen, one of Harris’ last journal entries read: “I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don’t … say, ‘Well that’s your fault,’ because it isn’t, you people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no. No no no don’t let the weird-looking Eric KID come along.”

As he walked into the school the morning of April 20, Harris’ T-shirt read: Natural Selection.

Klebold, on the other hand, was anxious and lovelorn, summing up his life at one point in his journal as “the most miserable existence in the history of time,” Langman notes.

Harris drew swastikas in his journal; Klebold drew hearts.

As laid out in their writings, the contrast between the two was stark.

Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone — he once wrote, “I feel like God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me” — while Klebold was suicidally depressed and getting angrier all the time. “Me is a god, a god of sadness,” he wrote in September 1997, around his 16th birthday.

Klebold also was paranoid. “I have always been hated, by everyone and everything,” he wrote.

[The SSRI drugs have exactly the same adverse side-effects being described]:

Just a year after fluoxetine was introduced, Bill Forsyth of Maui, Hawaii, had taken it for only 12 days when he committed one of the first murder/suicides attributed to any SSRI.

In the same year Joseph Wesbecker killed eight others and himself in a Louisville, Ky., printing plant where he worked, after 4 weeks on fluoxetine. Yet as early as 1986, clinical trials showed a rate of 12.5 suicides per 1,000 subjects on fluoxetine vs. 3.8 on older non-SSRIs vs. 2.5 on placebo! An internal 1985 Lilly document found even worse results and said that benefits were less than risks. Such documents were released into the public domain by Lilly as part of the settlement in the Wesbecker case. Fifteen more “anecdotes” of murder/suicide, three with sertraline, were listed by DeGrandpre.  From:  Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 14 Number 1 Spring 2009

On the day of the attacks, his T-shirt read: Wrath.

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Shooter profiles emerge

Columbine wasn’t the first K-12 school shooting. But at the time it was by far the worst, and the first to play out largely on live television.

The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Education Department soon began studying school shooters. In 2002, researchers presented their first findings: School shooters, they said, followed no set profile, but most were depressed and felt persecuted.

Princeton sociologist Katherine Newman, co-author of the 2004 book Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, says young people such as Harris and Klebold are not loners — they’re just not accepted by the kids who count. “Getting attention by becoming notorious is better than being a failure.”

The Secret Service found that school shooters usually tell other kids about their plans.

“Other students often even egg them on,” says Newman, who led a congressionally mandated study on school shootings. “Then they end up with this escalating commitment. It’s not a sudden snapping.”

Langman, whose book profiles 10 shooters, including Harris and Klebold, found that nine suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, a “potentially dangerous” combination, he says. “It is hard to prevent murder when killers do not care if they live or die. It is like trying to stop a suicide bomber.”

[Except that in this case, you have Eric Harris in the juvenile program in Jefferson County, where, just months before the shooting, he checks off “homicidal thoughts” on his mental health evaluation form.  Plus there was a draft search warrant for his house to look for pipe bombs, plus the school knew about his homicidal writings!]

At the time, Columbine became a kind of giant national Rorschach test. Observers saw its genesis in just about everything: lax parenting, lax gun laws, progressive schooling, repressive school culture, violent video games, antidepressant drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, for starters. [We don’t blame rock ‘n’ roll!]

Many of the Columbine myths emerged before the shooting stopped, as rumors, misunderstandings and wishful thinking swirled in an echo chamber among witnesses, survivors, officials and the news media.

Police contributed to the mess by talking to reporters before they knew facts — a hastily called news conference by the Jefferson County sheriff that afternoon produced the first headline: “Twenty-five dead in Colorado.”

A few inaccuracies took hours to clear up, but others took weeks or months — sometimes years — as authorities reluctantly set the record straight.

Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass, author of a new book, Columbine: A True Crime Story, says police played a game of “Open Records charades.”

In one case, county officials took five years just to acknowledge that they had met in secret after the attacks to discuss a 1998 affidavit for a search warrant on Harris’ home — it was the result of a complaint against him by the mother of a former friend. Harris had threatened her son on his website and bragged that he had been building bombs.

Police already had found a small bomb matching Harris’ description near his home — but investigators never presented the affidavit to a judge. [This makes no sense.  After having recovered and matched an exploded bomb, and seen Eric’s website describing EXACTLY the same bomb construction, the investigators never go to a judge, WHY?  This has never been looked into completely.  We do know that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department released the bomb warrant affidavit to 60 Minutes AFTER a Judge ordered it released in 2004.  Isn’t it obvious, that the Sheriff’s Department tried to bury the bomb warrant so it wouldn’t lead to an investigation of the “January Incident”]

They also apparently didn’t know that Harris and Klebold were on probation after having been arrested in January 1998 for breaking into a van and stealing electronics.

The search finally took place, but only after the shootings.

Meticulous planning

What’s now beyond dispute — largely from the killers’ journals, which have been released over the past few years, is this: Harris and Klebold killed 13 and wounded 24, but they had hoped to kill thousands.

The pair planned the attacks for more than a year, building 100 bombs and persuading friends to buy them guns. Just after 11 a.m. on April 20, they lugged a pair of duffel bags containing propane-tank bombs into Columbine’s crowded cafeteria and another into the kitchen, then stepped outside and waited.

Had the bombs exploded, they’d have killed virtually everyone eating lunch and brought the school’s second-story library down atop the cafeteria, police say. Armed with a pistol, a rifle and two sawed-off shotguns, the pair planned to pick off survivors fleeing the carnage.

As a last terrorist act, a pair of gasoline bombs planted in Harris’ Honda and Klebold’s BMW had been rigged apparently to kill police, rescue teams, journalists and parents who rushed to the school — long after the pair expected they would be dead.

The pair had parked the cars about 100 yards apart in the student lot. The bombs didn’t go off.

Looking for answers at home

Since 1999, many people have looked to the boys’ parents for answers, but a transcript of their 2003 court-ordered deposition to the victims’ parents remains sealed until 2027.  [2027!!! What’s in these depositions that is so hot?  This stinks of a cover-up.  In the Franklin Coverup, attorney and author, John DeCamp writes, FINAL COMMENT & UPDATE: I have become involved in a number of super high profile cases since First Edition of Franklin Cover-Up came out …. but, perhaps the most frightening to me has been the COLUMBINE case where I represented various victims of the massacre and/or their families. I believe as a result of those cases I am the only lawyer to have taken the depositions of the Harris boy’s mother & father, and I am one of the only victims’ lawyers to have seen certain Columbine materials and tapes.”]

The Klebolds spoke to New York Times columnist David Brooks in 2004 and impressed Brooks as “a well-educated, reflective, highly intelligent couple” who spent plenty of time with their son. They said they had no clues about Dylan’s mental state and regretted not seeing that he was suicidal.

Could the parents have prevented the massacre? The FBI special agent in charge of the investigation has gone on record as having “the utmost sympathy” for the Harris and Klebold families.

“They have been vilified without information,” retired supervisory special agent Dwayne Fuselier tells Cullen.

[No mention here of the well established fact that Mr. Harris knew about Eric’s bomb making and actually helped him detonate a pipe-bomb in a field near their home]

Cullen, who has spent most of the past decade poring over the record, comes away with a bit of sympathy.

For one thing, he notes, Harris’ parents “knew they had a problem — they thought they were dealing with it. What kind of parent is going to think, ‘Well, maybe Eric’s a mass murderer.’ You just don’t go there.”

He got a good look at the boys’ writings only in the past couple of years. Among the revelations: Eric Harris was financing what could well have been the biggest domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil on wages from a part-time job at a pizza parlor.

“One of the scary things is that money was one of the limiting factors here,” Cullen says.

Had Harris, then 18, put off the attacks for a few years and landed a well-paying job, he says, “he could be much more like Tim McVeigh,” mixing fertilizer bombs like those used in Oklahoma City in 1995.As it was, he says, the fact that Harris carried out the attack when he did probably saved hundreds of lives.

“His limited salary probably limited the number of people who died.”

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