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PostSubject: What got you interested in Columbine?   Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:55 am

For me, it was just watching it on youtube and my dad telling me not to when I was younger. So me being rebellious, I started to watch more and more videos about them. Now I'm genuinely interested in it without trying to be 'rebellious'. What about you guys?
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:44 am

The first time I ever really looked into it what around my senior year of high school. We had started getting bomb threats at our school (nothing ever happened it just turned out to be some edgy kids who was wanted days off of school). Prior to that I had known about it but had never really seen much on it. More recently it was that looser Randy.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:16 pm

I discovered Columbine back in '04 when I was 12. It was shortly after our internet was installed. I was using the AOL browser and I remember typing 'serial killers' into Google.

One of the first results was a website called The Crime Library (now defunct). On the main page, it had several categories ranging from serial killers to organized crime to a 'truly weird and shocking' section and that's where I read about it. In the early 2000's, two teens forming a suicide pact to take down their high school was still shock fodder. I remember being incredibly disturbed by the suicide photos when I foolishly searched Google images. I literally turned off the computer and cried because I thought Dylan had died in tears (it was just blood around his eyes in grainy resolution). Regardless it gave my 12 year old self the impression that they were "pushed" to do it and the bullying must have really been THAT bad. I look back on it now with a laugh because I was an internet virgin and hadn't seen any real gore up 'til then. After that I never forgot about Columbine. That was pretty much my first impression of it.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:58 am

I finally sort of phased out of my decade-long "Zodiac" phase--kicked off by the David Fincher movie in 2007--and was looking for a new crime to dissect and plugged Columbine into Google Images and found some of the creepier artifacts--the suicide photo, the 1999 class photo with the gunsight gestures, a photo of the Columbine environs showing where their cars had been parked, "Hitmen For Hire," and the Cafeteria tape, wondering at what point in the 3 1/2 hour tape the infamous image of the two of them in the cafeteria showed up. That got me interested in reading further articles and books, which I did, and then I found this place.

Due to the "bullying" issue and anti-bullying policies going into effect because of Columbine it effects young people today and they are far more likely to find out about Columbine than they are about other 90s tragedies/crimes/scandals. I ask kids born after 1990 what all they've heard of from the decade and they have not heard of Ruby Ridge, Waco, Slobodan Milosevic, the Unabomber, Tonya Harding, Monica Lewinsky (no, really) or even the OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING in some cases (you may remember if you lived through 1995 that it finally took OKC to knock O. J. Simpson off the news!) But yeah, quite a few of them know what Columbine is.
I don't say this to fault "millennials" or today's young people at all--I didn't know what the Falkland Islands War was until three years ago. Hey, we didn't cover the 80s in high school history class.

I can name all the vicitms of Columbine in the order they were shot, but can't name ANY victims from Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Pulse, etc.--except for that one teacher in Newtown.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:48 am

I had looked into Columbine years ago as part of true crime research and then I saw Sue on her 2020 appearance and was drawn back in. I started to read thru the 11k and finally made it thru and started to learn what I could about it. I keep leaving and then coming back to it. I have no idea why

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:05 am

Back in 2011. I just discovered KMFDM and had already been a Rammstein fan.
Looking through youtube comment under their songs, I've seen a lot of references to Eric and Dylan, so I started reserching.
So I guess I discovered Columbine through music.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:10 am

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Due to the "bullying" issue and anti-bullying policies going into effect because of Columbine it effects young people today and they are far more likely to find out about Columbine than they are about other 90s tragedies/crimes/scandals.  I ask kids born after 1990 what all they've heard of from the decade and they have not heard of Ruby Ridge, Waco, Slobodan Milosevic, the Unabomber, Tonya Harding, Monica Lewinsky (no, really) or even the OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING in some cases (you may remember if you lived through 1995 that it finally took OKC to knock O. J. Simpson off the news!) But yeah, quite a few of them know what Columbine is.  
I don't say this to fault "millennials" or today's young people at all--I didn't know what the Falkland Islands War was until three years ago.  Hey, we didn't cover the 80s in high school history class.

I can name all the vicitms of Columbine in the order they were shot, but can't name ANY victims from Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Pulse, etc.--except for that one teacher in Newtown.  

Unfortunately I was a bit too young for Oklahoma - I was only 3 at the time. As far as the 90's are concerned, the only tragedy I definitively saw on the news the day it happened was the death of Princess Diana. At that age I didn't think princesses could die... That a was a bummer. I found out Biggie was dead after I heard "I'll Be Missing You" on the radio, hehe. I didn't even learn about the death of Tupac, Jon Benet or the OJ trial until the late 90s. I remember the Monica Lewinsky scandal, however - I asked my dad "why the President is in trouble" and he smiled and told me it was because "they found a lady hiding under his desk". My mom jabbed him in the arm for that one.

Honestly the only reason I think so many kids today age 18 and under know about Columbine is solely because of "Pumped Up Kicks" and the endless memes it spawned. Ha!
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:48 am

I was suffering from bullying all my life, but I never thought about columbine I knew it was, once a teacher told me about school shootings and I am here

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:11 am

As a speech and language therapist, I was doing research for a new way of therapy for people who can't talk about traumatic events (like aphasia patients surviving a fire). And then my partner mentioned that there are also people who just don't want to talk about it and tell you whatever you want to hear. Ofcourse I knew that there are people who don't want to talk or don't want to be helped, but this idea triggered something in me and I started doing research on that, and it wasn't long untill I found information about dylan and eric. I got somewhat obsessed and I can't put my finger on it why that is exactly, but I have the feeling there is something I'm not seeying. So I keep coming back and look into it.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:20 pm

I have always had a great interest in violent crime and seem to be unable to grow up. Do I need to say more?
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:53 pm

As weird as it is, I can't actually remember. I know I printed out the journals when I was in high school and added my own annotations to them at some point lol. I know much more now. I don't even remember what led me to the journals, high school was a blur.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:34 am

Well I was always a long time lurker on Doomworld and a big fan of industrial, so one thing led to another.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:39 pm

I can't remember how I first got attracted, but I distinctly remember how much I enjoyed reading the timeline of the shooting.The level of detail made it seem like a book or movie. I read every school shooting book in my middle school and high school.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:11 pm

The cafeteria still was always intriguing to me.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:35 am

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The cafeteria still was always intriguing to me.

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An absolutely terrifying picture.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:30 pm

I saw the zero hour doc in the rec video section, so out of boredom I watched it and was quite interested and wanted to know more afterword's so I started researching further. And that's how it all started for me sunny

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:02 pm

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The cafeteria still was always intriguing to me.

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An absolutely terrifying picture.

I think what gets me with that pic is knowing their brains were splattered all over the library barely 10 minutes later.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:23 pm

I remember hearing about the Red Lake shooting in 2005 and the articles I read about it kept referencing Columbine, which I then took interest in. Honestly though, I dont know exactly what sparked my interest in Columbine. But it was around that time.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:42 pm

Being a fan or true crime and then restrumbling upon this.

I was at the end of eigth grade when the shootings happened. I stumbled upon the video of Dylan driving to school with Nate about a year ago and was shocked by how young and silly he appeared. Completely different from the mental image I had made when I was 14 (the image of a killer/soldier). I started scratching my head and discovered there are no easy answers.
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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:49 am

First post here Smile. I watched the coverage on tv. Ever since it's stuck with me. I think the biggest reason for me is knowing there is information out there that will most likely never see the light of day, making this particular shooting have a mythos about it. Not releasing all available evidence and information has made Columbine the root of most if not all school shootings that take place thereafter.

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PostSubject: Re: What got you interested in Columbine?   Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:25 pm

Moved to SW Denver area not far from Littleton and was researching famous events in the area..

I was reminded of the Jon Benet Ramsey case which I knew very well (Boulder is :45 away), but for whatever reason in my life at the time I hadn't followed "Columbine" that much. I remember my ex wife calling me as news was breaking (we had friends in Littleton we had visited the summer prior), but aside from my son meeting Craig Scott at his school in Ohio I had very little thought on it up to the point I was living in CO.

I was hooked the day I "dug into" the research.

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