My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims who died in the Columbine High School shooting. May their families have a good holiday season, and may the victims souls find peace and rest easily. They will never be forgotten.
Approximately 10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time), Eric’s house
Harris: Say it now.
Klebold: 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 that’s either dark blue or black with white, with a white t-shirt on underneath. His lower half can’t be seen.
Harris: Yeah… 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.
Klebold: [interrupts] We did what we had to do.
Harris: (Chris) Morris, Nate (Dykeman), 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.
Harris: Susan [Dewitt], sorry. Under different circumstances it would’ve been a lot different. I want you to have that Fly CD.
Harris: That’s it. Sorry. Goodbye.
Klebold: [sticks his face in the camera] GOODBYE.
The tape ends with a brief glimpse of a sign on the wall of Eric’s bedroom, someone’s arm partially blocking it from sight. It’s the letters CHS along with a drawing of a bomb with a lit fuse and, in bold black letters, the word “clue.”
THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS OF THE COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL MASSACRE (4-20-99, Denver, Colorado, 15 dead, 24 wounded)
–Why did numerous ear-witnesses say at least one attacker was firing a fully-automatic weapon?
–Why did police concentrate on setting up a perimeter at the same time dispatch(via phone) is hearing the sound of gunshots within the school?
–Why did it take police so long to enter the school, and why did it take almost three hours for them to reach the library, the area where the shooters were last seen? Who gave the orders not to go in?
–Why did over 100 eye- and ear- witnesses dispute the official theory of only two shooters? Why did over 40 of those witnesses identify other participants BY NAME?
–If the two shooters committed suicide shortly after noon, as police claim, how come at least 35 witnesses saw or heard suspects/gunshots/explosions after that time?
–Why are there conflicting eyewitness accounts on the place and manner in which at least four of the dead victims were killed? Were victims being moved around? Was the crime scene being rearranged?
–If left-handed Klebold shot himself in the left temple, why was his suicide weapon found clutched in his right hand?
–How did students manage to keep seriously wounded teacher Dave Sanders alive for more than three hours while awaiting rescue, yet he was dead within 20 minutes of the police taking control of him? His corpse was later found with his shirt off. Is that first-aid? Or a sure-fire way of sending someone into shock?
–What was the motive? Why would two teens who were not bullied, did not hate everyone, and were not psychopathic suddenly decide to destroy the lives of a dozen fellow students and themselves just six weeks before graduation?
–Why would Harris and Klebold plan for a suicide mission and at the same time make normal plans for a post 4-20 future? Like seeking help on an English class essay from a teacher a few days before the attack, like making a date to see a movie the day after, like putting in a work schedule for the next week, like going to an out-of-town college with your dad to pick out a dorm room, like making plans to visit your old friends in New York.
–Where is the gun shot residue(GSR) test evidence for Harris and Klebold and the other suspects?
–Why was fingerprint evidence for Harris and Klebold not found on all but two of the hundreds of obects gathered at the scene? Whose fingerprints, if any, were found on the weapons seized?
–Why does the official story claim, without a shred of evidence, that it was Harris and Klebold that set the South Wadsworth diversionary bomb (an incendiary device that exploded a couple of miles away from the school at the same time the shooting started)?
–Why did authorities claim the two shotguns seized had no serial numbers when later documents clearly show they did have serial numbers? Why did they not try to find out who sold Harris and Klebold the Hi-Point 9mm rifle and the pump-action shotgun that were used in the shooting?
–Were the school administrators warned, as rumored? Who was Principle Frank DeAngelis looking for, as reported by one student who saw him running up and down the interior cafeteria stairs right before the shooting broke out?
–Why did a science teacher tell his students that they had been expecting a fire drill? Was a bomb found in a trash can on 4-19, as one source indicated? Were bomb threats phoned into the school on the morning of 4-20, as two others claimed?
–Why didn’t the Final Report conclude that shooters entered Science rooms 1 and 8, when numerous shell casings were taken from these areas?
–Why didn’t the Final Report mention the brief exit of a shooter on the east side, according to many eyewitnesses?
–If the person seen on the roof of the school was a repairman, as police claim, why do witnesses say he was holding a weapon? Were shell casings found there, as some said?
–Who scheduled ‘crisis training’ drills at Columbine High Schol(CHS) in the weeks before and what was the exact nature of this training?
–What was a Denver police officer and a JeffCo sheriff doing at CHS that morning before the shooting started?
–What does reputed video evidence from the library and admin office areas show? Why does local media refuse to release on-scene video footage from the first half-hour of the incident?
–What happened to all the evidence taken from the computers of the trenchcoat mafia gang?
–Where are dozens of missing interviews of students, especially those in the science hall? Why are there still thousands of pages of investgatory materials that have never been made public, including hundreds of reports of non-Columbine witnesses and tipsters?
–Why has the school district’s own report on the shooting, which included the extensive disciplinary records of the trenchcoat mafia associates, not been made public?
–Did investigators even try to interview Harris’ psychologist, the man perhaps best positioned to know his mental state at the time?
–Why did investigators show a remarkable lack of curiousity about connections with numerous similar school violence-related incidents occuring around the same time in the metro-Denver area and around the country?
–Why did LAPD and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office personnel travel to the scene afterwards? What was the subject of a 10-minute phone call made by the NYPD to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on 4-20?
–Who invited the FBI and the ATF to the scene?
–Why was the US Attorney’s Office (federal) consulted on 'prosecutive decisions’ for this local crime?
–Why was all but one of the seven 'investigatory’ teams headed or co-headed by an FBI man? (the one exception was a team headed by a CBI(Colorado Bureau of Investigation) man, who was himself 'ex’-FBI) Was the entire crime scene 'federalized’ soon after the shooting started, under powers granted by the 'Anti-terrorism Act’ (“for the protection of the people and the state”) signed by President Clinton exactly three years before- on April 20, 1996?
–Why did FBI special agent Dwayne Fusilier not recuse himself from the investigation, as his son helped make a Columbine school video two years before that eerily mimicked the shooting?
–What were two high-ranking military figures (a colonel and a general) in cami uniforms doing at the scene? Why was a memorial service at a public park afterwards ringed by military trucks? Who authorized a flyover by military jets and why?
–Why did the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) hold a four-day disaster training course 18 months before, “designed specially to adress the needs of Jefferson County,” for future Sheriff John Stone and other county representatives?
–Is it just coincidence that the episode of CBS’ television show “The Promised Land” that was scheduled to air that week featured a kid firing a gun in front of a Denver high school? Or that the plot of the WB’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for that week was a student gunman and a plot to kill every one at school? Or that MTV aired a Justice Department-produced program called “Warning Signs” about violence and its effect on young people on 4-22-99 (date was scheduled before Columbine)? Or that, before 4-20-99, the History Channel had scheduled to show a program called “Slaughter at Schools” (hosted by Mike Wallace) for May 10?
–When ABC’s “20/20” news program decided to do a show about a disturbing new educational phenomenom called 'Death Education,’ back in the early '90s, why did they choose Columbine High as the featured school?
“The doctor said it’s normal” - “Well that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.”
“Jake, you have to sit up to eat this.”
Amy retreats from the side of the bed a few inches, watching Jake sluggishly roll his eyes from his half-slumped position across their pillows. His eyes remain at half-mast, glazed where they’re fixated on the television screen, and if it wasn’t for his right hand raised and making a grabbing motion toward her, she’d probably just assume that he didn’t hear her. “Jake,” she tries again, “can you sit up, please?”
He releases a long, drawn-out groan that grates against her ears. “M’tired,” he slurs, turning his head against the pillows to a near-impossible angle, his gaze now fixated on her and the bowl of mashed potatoes in her hands. “Wuzzat?”
“Mashed potatoes. You asked for mashed potatoes, remember?”
A faint crease appears between his brows as he shakes his head.
“Okay, well, you did, and you have to eat them before I can give you more painkillers, but you can’t eat them unless you sit up.”
“But I hurt,” he whines, and she resists the urge to roll her eyes at him.
“I know, babe. You have to sit up.”
His eyes narrow, a vaguely accusatory look clouding his already hazy vision. “I got holes in my mouth.”
“You had your wisdom teeth removed.” Amy confirms.
“You took all my wisdom.”
If he was even close to aware of what’s happening, she might make a joke. “No, I didn’t.” She says as patiently as she can.
“Why’s my mouth hurt?”
“You had your wisdom teeth removed, Jake. The doctor said it was normal to feel a little pain afterwards.”
“Well that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.”
She snorts. “Can I help you sit up?”
“No.” He reaches for her hand.
Within minutes, he’s fully upright and leaned heavily against the pillows, bowl of mashed potatoes carefully balanced against his stomach. She does her best not to hover, choosing instead to lean back and sit on her hands, watching him carefully spoon the potatoes out of the bowl and tip them into his mouth. It’s a slow, painstaking process, and Jake ends up with more than a little bit of potato smeared around his mouth, but eventually the bowl is empty and Amy has carefully wiped all of the potato away from his lips.
She does hover in the bathroom, her hands inches away from his upper arms at all times as he gently brushes his own teeth and rinses his mouth out with warm salt water. He lets her help him back to bed, pausing only once to briefly squeeze her forearm before promptly collapsing into the pillows and dropping off into sleep. She huffs out a breath of relief and rolls her neck before pulling her phone out of her pocket and setting it for seven o’clock the next morning.
Once her phone is on the charger and she’s changed into her pajamas, she crosses back over to Jake’s side of the bed. “I love you,” she whispers, brushing her fingers lightly through his hair and dropping one phantom-light kiss against his brow before pulling back and reaching for the lamp on his bedside table. “Even if you haven’t been to a dentist in thirteen years.”
He snuffles in his sleep, and she smiles as she turns the lamp off.