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PostSubject: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeThu Feb 15, 2024 4:11 pm

It's hard to believe, but it's true: Almost twenty-five years have passed since 4/20.

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeThu Feb 15, 2024 10:03 pm

someone at some forgotten part of the world is plotting something,it's inevitable at this point.

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeFri Feb 16, 2024 3:51 am

Yep.. Quarter of a century has gone by.

Darn, I'm old

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeFri Feb 16, 2024 5:16 am

Same sabratha, I remember the day it happened so clearly.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeFri Feb 16, 2024 9:03 pm

I wonder if some of the younger people on this board - people who weren't even born when 4/20 happened - can truly appreciate how different things were in 1999.

Back then virtually *everything* you knew about any current event was filtered through the mass media. Even the stuff that was posted online was taken from newspaper articles and the like. The crime-scene photos of Eric and Dylan, for example, were first published by the National Enquirer.

We live in an era in which people livestream mass shootings. We can watch the people die.

This is a relatively new development. It is only in the last five years or so that "complete" videos of mass shootings have begun to emerge.

During the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, somebody recorded audio of shots being fired on his cell phone. At the time it seemed amazing that authentic "live" footage of an actual mass shooting was available:


When the Parkland shooting happened in 2018 - only six years ago - I was very impressed that somebody managed to record audio of the shots being fired and post video of corpses lying on the classroom floor. This clip doesn't show the bodies but you can hear the bullets flying:


Then came the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019. I don't know if Brenton Tarrant was the first man ever to record an entire mass-shooting event, but I'm absolutely certain that his incident was the first one I ever watched with my own eyes. It felt like a real turning point in the history of mass-shooting research. In a way it felt like the end of a long journey that I began on the afternoon of April 20, 1999. After twenty years of studying mass shootings I finally "knew" what it was like to see one in progress. (Not really - but close enough.)

I realized that, if a similar video had existed of the Columbine massacre, I wouldn't have been nearly as fascinated by Eric and Dylan's crimes. Much of the appeal of Columbine research lay in trying to solve the mystery - what *really* happened in that library? There is no mystery about what happened in those mosques.

Most of the people who post on this site will admit to having morbid curiosity about these events. We want to see pics of the dead bodies - the grislier, the better. Why? I'm not a psychiatrist, so I'll leave it to others to speculate about our motives. But most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, will admit that we want to see as much gore as we can.

Just now I was going through some files on my laptop and stumbled upon a bunch of videos of dead bodies - including dead children - I downloaded after the Hamas attack on Israel.

After the initial Hamas attack in October I avoided the gore sites for about a week and then I spent an entire afternoon looking at hundreds if not thousands of images of dead bodies. I spent so much time staring at them that I started to see them even when my eyes were closed. I started to see them in my dreams.

(I did the same thing when the war in Ukraine began. I waited a few days and then I looked at everything I could find.)

In the same folder I found a clip featuring police-bodycam footage from the Nashville shooting.

Just imagine how shocking and amazing and fascinating it would have been in 1999 to have actual footage of cops rushing into a school and then finally shooting a mass murderer dead.

It took quite a while but Audrey Hale's manifesto finally leaked. A lot of people complained (rightly so) that the information should have been released sooner. But keep in mind that it took us *years* to get copies of Eric and Dylan's journals.

There's just so much documentation of *everything* now that it's hard to get too excited about any one particular event.

The basement tapes are the only truly compelling bit of "lost" mass-shooting media that I have any real interest in viewing. And my degree of interest is only a fraction of what it was twenty-five years ago, or twenty years ago (when Cullen published the article that led to his stupid book), or fifteen years ago (when Cullen published his stupid book, pissing me off to the point that I felt compelled to join Danny LeDonne's Columbine discussion board), or even ten years ago.

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeFri Feb 16, 2024 9:14 pm

I remember learning about Columbine for the very first time, it was Bowling For Columbine by Michael Moor in March of 2021.

I could have easily just moved on from it, but for some reason, it fascinated me, i was hooked.

Every time i kept researching, i always wanting to know more and more.

Eventually i started researching other cases like Sandy Hook, Parkland, Virginia Tech and many others.

Now here i am, almost 3 years later posting on a forum about Columbine.

Time flies by real fast.

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeSat Mar 09, 2024 8:25 pm

It is hard to believe it has been nearly 25 years. I'm a little surprised only two people were ever convicted of a crime for what happened.

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeMon Mar 11, 2024 8:22 pm

Damn rest in peace Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold their legacy will live on forever

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeSun Apr 14, 2024 12:10 pm

I can’t go to the memorial on the anniversary (rehearsal and stuff) so I’m going today!

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeMon Apr 15, 2024 12:12 pm

25 years and still some unanswered questions

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeMon Apr 15, 2024 1:06 pm

When are the basement tapes officially supposed to be released?

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeYesterday at 7:23 am

bradt93 wrote:
When are the basement tapes officially supposed to be released?

The real question is, will it ever be released?

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeYesterday at 8:04 am

I don’t think anyone wants to be the one that released them. You can imagine how many people would take a look even out of random curiosity. Any rush of shootings in school would be blamed on letting people see it and encouraging them. I want to see them but doubt I ever will and maybe that’s for the best, I can see them and be responsible but not everyone will. A few active shooters are spoiling it for everyone basically

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeYesterday at 12:42 pm

Hi friends, hope you are all well?

25 years!? Blimey!

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-five years of Columbine   Twenty-five years of Columbine Icon_minitimeYesterday at 2:45 pm

25 years later, Columbine has left an even more permanent imprint on society than it did on the very day of the massacre.

I'm fully convinced that people who are so transparent with their infatuation with Columbine like it only want help, they don't want to kill others. Regardless of whether they've been fucked over by society or not, there's no way someone so serious about committing/imitating such a devastating crime in that context would actually be vocal about it, they wouldn't brag about it in such a blatantly obvious way... I feel more pity for people like Sebastian than miffed.

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