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Two Jurors for the Colorado theater shootings  have links to Columbine Shootings in 1999. 

Juror 535: Middle-age white woman whose ex-husband works as a police officer. Her niece was in the cafeteria at Columbine High School the day of the shooting.

Juror 737: White man in his 20s or 30s who was in Columbine High School during the shooting. He says the perpetrators were his good friends until eighth grade, and that he went to prom with one of the victims.

The 12 jurors and 12 alternates were chosen after remaining candidates were questioned as a large group Monday in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes after a selection process that experts say was among the largest and most complicated in U.S. history

About 9,000 prospective jurors initially were summoned in what experts called the nation’s biggest-ever jury pool. They spent weeks filling out lengthy written questionnaires.

Hundreds were then asked to return for one-on-one questioning, where defense attorneys, prosecutors and the judge questioned them, sometimes for hours, about their views on the death penalty, mental illness and other aspects of the criminal justice system.

anonymous asked:

What do you think Dylan's last words/ thoughts were?

personally i dont think that his last words were anything profound. i like the idea of him and eric having one last moment together where they say something meaningful but i dont think it happened. the two of them were exhausted, disappointed, and eric was in severe pain from a broken nose. i think the last things they said to one another was probably several minutes before they killed themselves, and was probably some sort of question or affirmation, a “yeah” or an “ok” or a “let’s go”. then i think the two of them were quiet and introspective. they didn’t have to say anything else to one another. they knew everything already. you don’t shoot up a school with just anyone - they knew what the other felt, what they thought. they didn’t need to say anything deep. they just had to finish things.

as for dylan’s last thoughts, i think that it was probably a mix of a methodical list of things to do, mixed with disappointment, relief, and probably a bit of shock. he most likely saw eric kill himself, or at least heard it - this was confirmation that his best friend was dead and this really was the end. for all of dylan’s suicidal ideation, it still must have been scary to know that something as unknown as death was right around the corner. then he took the time to collect all of his personal belongings and pile them up beside him, and i think this was his way of preparing for the end. he stripped himself of all the things that meant a lot to him, one by one, and i think he did this methodically and calmly. it was something he had to do. i think he might have been a bit forlorn while doing this, maybe going over the disappointment of the bombs not going of, but i think this activity brought him from that to relief. once that was done, he was ready.

i like to think that by the time he raised the gun to his head he was at peace. while he didn’t die instantly, he would have been unconscious as soon as he shot himself, so i think his last thoughts were a kind of relieved “this is it” deal. dylan wasn’t happy while he was alive and had wanted to die for a long time. i like to think that his last thoughts were of relief that his suffering would be over.

anonymous asked:

why did eric break his nose?

he was hit by the recoil of his shotgun when bending down under a table to shoot cassie bernall. he didn’t support the gun properly and the shotgun was seriously sawn off, making the kickback even stronger than it would have been ordinarily. it jumped back and hit him in the face, badly breaking his nose and most likely giving him a concussion. witnesses reported lots of blood pouring from his noise, and also that he appeared dazed and confused.

Again I asked her (Susan Dewitt) about her brief conversation with Eric at school on 04/19/1999. She stated that he seemed as though he was not concentrating on things and was anxious and irritated, as though something was disturbing him.
—  Part of Susan Dewitt’s official police report. She was walking by Eric and a “tall guy with ear/chin long wavy hair in black trench coats”. Eric was apparently ditching class and came over to talk to Susan one last time for 5min… they never saw or spoke to each other ever again.

On April 20, 1999, sixteen years ago today, the massacre at Columbine High School took place. Please take a moment to remember the victims of the attack and those that were effected by it for years to come.

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My Top Ten School Revenge/School Shooting Movies

Honorable Mentions: State’s Evidence (2006)  and White Rabbit (2013)

10. The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

“A woman’s survivor’s guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.“

9. Home Room (2002)

“A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.“

8. Duck! The Carbine High Massacre (1999)

“Derwin and Derick, Neo-Nazis, plan to commit a school shooting and kill themselves after a sick joke by the school jocks.“

7. The Dirties (2013)

“Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn’t joking.“

6. Klass (2007)

“An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers’ honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.“

5. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

“Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.“

4. Elephant (2003)

“Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.“

3. Zero Day (2003)

“Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school.“

2. April Showers (2009)

“A look inside a tragedy through the eyes of a survivor. Based on actual events, April Showers is about picking up the pieces in the direct aftermath of school violence.“

1. Bang Bang You’re Dead (2002)

“Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.“