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Grandparents of Eric Harris


Richard Pool was born in 1922 and passed away in 2015 at the age of 93.

Elaine Pool was born in 1924.


On the day of Columbine, at around 6:00 p.m., Pool neighbor Steve Ferguson noticed cars belonging to Pool’s relatives when he got home from work, but he didn’t go over to the Pool’s home that day. He called them two days after. 

He said: ,,Elaine, so what’s going on? I noticed the cars over there the night of Columbine. Did something tragic happen to a grandson or granddaughter?’’

Elaine, Eric’s grandmother, said: ,,Yes, I had a grandson that was killed, that was killed in the Columbine shootings.’’

He expressed his condolences and extended his sympathy. Then he asked: ,,Which one was he?’’

Elaine broke down and said: ,,My gosh, he was the killer.’’

He then asked the name of the grandson.

,,Harris’’, his grandmother said.

,,His name is Harris.’


The weekend after Columbine, Ferguson was doing chores outside his house. Richard Pool, Eric’s grandfather, came over with tears streaming down his cheeks. He was emotionally shot, he tried to explain a little bit what was going on.

Ferguson said: ,,You don’t have to explain.’’ Again, he extented his condolences and his feelings. ,,This has got to be tearing you apart.’’

Mr. Pool acknowledged that, and he just said it’s tough. He said it’s eatin him alive. He said he can’t sleep.

Mr. Pool said: ,,It will never be the same for us, ever.’’ 

Ferguson does not believe the Pools mentioned their grandson ever again.

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Harris sticks his head under a table and points a gun, maybe the carbine rifle, at John Savage. Savage scoots away. Harris points the gun again. Savage scoots. Harris stands up. 
“Who is under the table?” Harris asks. “Identify yourself." 
"It’s me, John,” says Savage, who knows Harris and Klebold from classes, but considers them more acquaintances than friends. 
“John Savage?” Klebold says. 
“Yes,” Savage replies. 
“Hi,” Klebold says. 
“Hi Dylan,” says Savage. “What are you doing?" 
"Oh, just killing people,” Klebold says, shrugging. 
“Are you going to kill me?” Savage asks. 
Klebold looks at him a second. “No dude, just run,” he says. “Just get out of here." 
He runs outside, sprinting at top speed. 

- About the conversation between Dylan and John during the massacre in Columbine, A True Crime Story by Jeff Kass. 

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planned Columbine primarily as a bombing.

It was to begin with the eruption of two big propane bombs in the cafeteria. Eric and Dylan then intended to open fire at fleeing survivors. They also loaded their cars with bombs and gasoline, set to detonate about 40 minutes later.

Diversionary Bomb

 Prior to the shootings at Columbine High School, a diversionary bomb exploded on the greenbelt near the 7900 block of South Wadsworth Boulevard.  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the explosion at 11:21 a.m.  The Littleton Fire Department responded and West Metro Fire Department Investigator Bill Maron completed the investigation.  The investigation revealed that two backpacks containing explosive diversionary devices, built with multiple components, had been placed at this location by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Only some of the components actually exploded.

 The examination of the diversionary devices by bomb technicians provided immediate critical information about the sophistication of the devices and the possibility of motion activators attached to the bombs. That information was relayed to the command post, the SWAT teams and the bomb technicians responding to the scene at the high school.

Explosives Experts

   Before the school could be deemed clear and safe, every room, every storage area, every space on both levels of the 250,000-square-foot school was checked by bomb technicians.

  A total of 1,952 student school lockers and 700 backpacks were checked for evidence of any type of explosive device.  This process took approximately seven days from the time the incident began until the school was determined to be completely clear, thus allowing unrestricted access into the school by authorized personnel.

  There were approximately 357 pieces of explosive evidence identified and collected.  The bulk of this evidence was packaged and released on scene to ATF for additional testing and reconstruction as required.

Detonation

  During the collection and handling of the explosives evidence Tuesday evening, one bomb and other devices within the bomb trailer were accidentally detonated. Two bomb technicians from the Arapahoe Sheriff’s Office were lowering a pipe bomb into the trailer when a striking match attached to the pipe bomb brushed against the trailer wall and ignited. The devices exploded within the confines of the trailer.  At 10:40 p.m. April 20, the radio report of “officer down” stunned the entire law enforcement community responding to the Columbine incident.  Thankfully, no one was hurt because the technicians were well trained and wearing protective bomb suits and knew to fall backward as they saw the spark from the device.

There were no injuries and no fatalities as a result of any bomb explosions.

The bombs placed in the cafeteria

In some of Harris’ writing, investigators found references to the optimum times during the school day and the location to detonate the bombs in order to kill the greatest number of people. Those notes appear on pieces of scrap paper, on corners of his daybook, scribbly little notes written as he sat in the school cafeteria taking a count of the number of students in that location at a specific time.  The bell announcing the end of class and the passing period for the next class period or “A” lunch rang at 11:10 a.m.  

Because of faulty wiring and poorly constructed devices, the two 20-lb. propane bombs did not detonate.  And neither did the bombs in their cars.

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Dylan was intimidated by girls. He did the sound board for theater, where he liked being around other “weirdos,” but in general did not know how to interact with other people. He liked learning, but not school. He had girl friends, but never a girlfriend. (Tom Klebold says Dylan would go out with a group of friends; what Tom called “group dating.”) 
  It wasn’t a romantic relationship but in the summer of 1997 Dylan met Devon Adams through friends she had at BlackJack. Devon, two years younger, would be entering Columbine as a freshman. 
  By the time school started Devon was friendly enough with Eric and Dylan to have breakfast and lunch with them. Dylan was not a morning person, and would sleep until noon or 1:00 p.m. on the weekends if he could. For breakfast he would eat donuts and orange juice, or soda pop. Sitting in the middle of the cafeteria, Eric and Dylan would do class work. Or at least pretend to. They could quote every line from the movie Natural Born Killers and Dylan, usually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, preferred to talk. Devon also says she was marked for speaking with Dylan: A jock would say, “Why are you talking to that faggot? Are you a dyke?" 

Devon never saw the violence when Dylan was alive. When they whacked each other with foam noodles in the pool, it was all fun and games. Other guys tackled her when they played football, but not Dylan. And when she cut her leg on the field, Dylan flipped out. He called a time out and washed her leg off. He didn’t like dogs and was scared of Devon’s Siberian Husky, but dealt with the animal, again, out of respect for her. 
  "He didn’t want to disrupt anything, you know?” Devon says. “He was always very respectful of everything." 
  Devon did see flashes of anger in Dylan. It might be a "dumb” occasion like getting a bad test grade. Or a spat over something inconsequential. At first, Dylan suppressed the anger. “I remember one time when he and I got in a fight cause I said something I shouldn’t have to him; I was just really, really angry at him, I don’t remember why, I was just mad at him, and he just walked away, and I don’t know if he ever got really mad about it. But he just walked away, and he just stayed away from me for about a week. And then it was fine. We talked about it. It was fine. But he was really, really upset for a while.”

- Columbine, A True Crime Story.

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The Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting occurred in Marysville, Washington, on October 24, 2014, when 15-year-old freshman student Jaylen Fryberg shot five other students at Marysville Pilchuck High School, fatally wounding four, before fatally shooting himself. Fryberg’s father, Raymond Fryberg, was arrested and convicted the following year for illegally purchasing and owning the gun used in the shooting, among other firearms.

 The Marysville-Pilchuck shooting is the deadliest high school shooting in a decade, the second deadliest since Columbine. The tragedy was likely also the only major school shooting in which the killer solely targeted his friends. 

Prior to the shooting, Fryberg invited several students, all of whom were friends, to meet him for lunch via text message. He urged some of them to skip classes they had at the time. Minutes prior to the shooting, he reportedly sent a group text message to his family and the families of his would-be victims.

Carmen Lopez takes a selfie with Jaylen Fryberg on October 23, 2014, one day before the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, when they were in art class. Some friends say Jaylen appeared distraught the week of the shooting. Others detected nothing unordinary.

BOOKS ABOUT COLUMBINE

“I Asked, God answered - A Columbine Miracle”
- By Mark Taylor
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1598863495/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1598863495&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=ea6062d4de63f2549fd3070b0b649589)


“Surviving Columbine: How Faith Helps Us Find Peace When Tragedy Strikes”
- By Liz Carlston
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“Walking in Daniel’s Shoes”
- By Tom Mauser
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“No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School”
- By Brooks Brown
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590560310/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1590560310&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=e1c38260c6ea265f0d9ad8edad221956)


“A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy”
- By Sue Klebold
(https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Reckoning-Living-Aftermath-Tragedy/dp/1101902752)


“Rachel’s Tears: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott”
- By Beth Nimmo & Darrell Scot
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400313473/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1400313473&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=ecc23584eb9524f3fadb12a2b066e43b)


“She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall”
- By Misty Bernall
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“The Journals of Rachel Scott: A Journey of Faith at Columbine High (Real Diary of Faith)”
- By Beth Nimmo
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1404175601/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1404175601&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=f94094a75542d1bf7e23cafa6cc3d148)


“Chain Reaction A Call To Compassionate Revolution”
- By Darrell Scot
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785266801/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0785266801&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=cd090ef62d5da6b759a797ebd060ed96)


“Columbine”
- By Dave Cullen
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446546925/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0446546925&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=19c4cdbf406356cd0d857dce1fbb43fe)


“Columbine: A True Crime Story”
- By Jeff Kass
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1938633261/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1938633261&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=55a089af5e0960d6ffc46927716a0929)


“This Is Your Time: Make Every Moment Count”
- By Michael W. Smith
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“After Columbine, A Schoolplace Violence Prevention Manual… Written by an Expert Who Was There”
- By Kelly Zinna
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0915667258/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0915667258&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=3ab344f0ea9099ff0a76103dd0f3bd5f)


“Ceremonial Violence: Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings”
- By Johnathan Fast
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590202538/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1590202538&linkCode=as2&tag=420acolumsite-20&linkId=1da053e3221d2150a9039724e55348b1)


“A Columbine Survivor’s Story”
- By Peggy Lindholm
(https://www.amazon.com/Columbine-Survivors-Story-Marjorie-Lindholm/dp/0977308502)


“The Columbine High School Massacre: Murder in the Classroom”
- By Katie Marsico
(https://www.amazon.com/Columbine-High-School-Massacre-Perspectives/dp/076144985X)

“Dylan wasn’t so much into lyrics. When it came to techno, says Devon, "Like, the more bass he could get in that music, like subwoofers and stuff, the better. He really liked that. A lot of it is mostly instrumental, which he liked a lot. He didn’t have to deal with all the lyrics and stuff. He wanted to make up his own mind what the music was about. He did not like to be told what to be feeling. He was an individual. He always strove to be an individual. He didn’t always succeed. You can just lose yourself in techno music. I remember nights staying up with him and he just drifted off. Music shuts off the outside world." 

- Columbine: A True Crime Story by Jeff Kass.

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“There is not just a psychological profile of school shooters, but an environmental one - one which fits both Eric and Dylan. School shootings overwhelmingly occur in suburbs and small towns, which may be rich in sports, shopping malls, and BMW’s, but poor in diversity and tolerance. Deviation from the white-bread norm is punished, and the high school campus is often the sole arbiter of adolescent status. A loser at school feels like a loser through and through. School shooters have no escape hatch, and nowhere else to turn for self-esteem. Opinions outside of school offered by a big city are not found in small towns and suburbs: There is no Hollywood Boulevard for the punk rockers.”

- Columbine, A True Crime Story by Jeff Kass.

reb--vodka  asked:

What do you think Byron did when he found out that Dylan was in the columbine shooting and dead?

Klebold’s brother stunned

When news of the Columbine shootings broke, Byron Klebold raced home from work to see if his brother and friends had escaped the gunmen.

“I’ve got to see if everybody’s OK,” Klebold, a 1997 graduate of Columbine, told co-workers at Ralph Schomp Automotive.

Other employees who also had ties to Columbine left to check on family and friends as well, personnel director Jim Biner said.

Those workers have since returned to their jobs at the Littleton car dealership.

Byron Klebold, 20, is still grieving.

The gunmen attacking Columbine turned out to be Byron Klebold’s brother, Dylan, 17, and Dylan Klebold’s best friend, Eric Harris, 18.

“It’s really been shocking for everyone. We’re a family here and we look out for each other. Our hearts go out to Byron,” Biner said. “This kid’s great.” Byron Klebold has worked at the Littleton car dealership since last August. He was a “lot technician,” meaning he washed and moved cars, shoveled snow and did similar duties. “It was an entry-level job, but man, he’s good,” Biner said.[source]


Sue: “When I got home my husband told me the police were on their way. I had so much adrenaline in my system that even as I was changing out of my work clothes, I was racing from room to room. I felt such an urgency to be ready for whatever might happen next. I called my sister. As I told her what was going on, I was overcome by horror, and I started to cry. Moments after I hung up the phone, my 20-year-old son walked in and lifted me like a rag doll in his arms while I sobbed into a dish towel. Then my husband shouted from the front hallway, “They’re here!”  [source]

Around 8:00 p.m., a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy arrived and told
the Klebolds they had to leave but could get some clothes. Tom went first, accompanied by Inskeep and the deputy. Susan was next, and left with two birds and two cats. Emotion then broke through. Byron started
crying and hugged his dad.
Tom, Susan, and Byron then left in separate
cars. Each parent was accompanied by at least one friend.
- Columbine: A True Crime Story - Jeff Kass

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After the gun show they (Robyn & Dylan) dropped off Eric at his house. Eric put his two guns and other merchandise in the trunk of his car. 
  “Well folks, today was a very important day,” he wrote in his diary. 
  “We have GUNS! We fucking got em you sons of bitches! HA!! HA HA HA! Neener! Booga Booga. heh it’s all over now." 
  Eric inserted a small drawing of a man sticking out his tongue, putting his trumbs in his ears, and waving his fingers to tease. 
  "This capped it off, the point of no return." 
  Despite his joy, Eric still had an empty heart. "it’s really a shame,” he wrote. “I had a lot of fun at that gun show, I would have loved it if you were there dad. we would have done some major bonding. would have been great.”
  But he quickly snapped: “If (I) have to cheat and lie to everyone then that’s fine. THIS is what I am motivated for. THIS is my goal, THIS is what I want ’to do with my life.’" 
  Dylan went with Robyn to her house. She got in her car, and followed Dylan to his house. They were going to study calculus. Dylan drove his car into the garage, put the shotgun under his jacket, and with his other purchases in a bag, went up to his room.

- Columbine: A True Crime Story by Jeff Kass.

“Byron attended Regis Jesuit High School in the suburb of Aurora, but went to Columbine as a senior and graduated in 1997, when Dylan was a sophomore. But after graduation, he was kicked out of the house, possibly for using marijuana.
That story was partially told after Eric and Dylan got busted for breaking into a van and entered a juvenile diversion program. Dylan’s file notes, “Dylan’s brother has a substance abuse problem, and was kicked out of the house for continued drug use. Dylan said that he has seen first hand how drugs can ruin your life, and that is why he decided to stop.”
Dylan also said he loves his brother “but cannot condone his behavior,” a diversion counselor concluded. Dylan himself indicated Byron was the least supportive family member. “Isn’t involved in my life (not a problem),” he wrote.

By the time of the shootings, Byron was twenty and working at Ralph Schomp Automotive. He was a lot technician who shoveled snow and moved and washed cars. “It was an entry-level job, but man, he’s good,” personnel director Jim Biner told. But it wasn’t what the Klebolds had envisioned for their first-born. They would still try to  shepherd Byron, but thought Dylan would be their star.”


Jeff Kass - “Columbine: A True Crime Story”

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Dylan Klebold, one month after the van break-in, scratched something into another student’s locker. For this, he was detained and then suspended. The dean - Peter Hovarth - later talked to investigators about Dylan and stated:
  "Talking to Dylan was like talking to a very intellectual person. He wasn’t a stupid kid. He’s not a thug kid that’s getting suspended. He’s a smart, intelligent kid. I just remember the conversation being at a level; that would you know, you’d sit there and you’d think, ‘Wow, this is a pretty high level conversation for a kid like this.’ You could just tell his feelings around, I’m not going to use the word politics again but again, he was too intelligent sometimes I felt for his age. You know, he knew too much about certain things and he spoke too eloquently about knowing the law and why he was being suspended and knowing, just you know, speaking about how society is this way towards people.”“

- Columbine: A True Crime Story by Jeff Kass.