I've recently looked into Krabbe's book, he's very good at presenting the social background. I'll try to group their social circles in some groups, at least how I see them (the groups aren't mutually exclusive):1. TCM satellites and associates.
Other than Zach, Devon and Nate, as well as Chris Morris and Nick Baumgart to some extent. By the 98-99 school year, Joe Stair and his group (the "real TCM") all graduated, so E&D were losing touch with them.
A lot has been said about them already. Nate was certainly Dylan's best friend after Eric and Eric's best friend after Dylan. He seems to have been liked by everyone.
Kristi Epling became Nate's GF. I heard various rumours about (some soap opera level) stuff going on between Eric, Kristi and Nate. Kristi mentioned that Nate was jeleaous over her towards Eric.
The soap opera version goes something like this: "Nate liked Kristi, Kristi liked Eric, but Eric at that time liked just Alyssa so Kristi ended up with Nate". I'm not sure I buy this version, but I think I needed to mention it as well. 2. Becca Heins's circle.
Becca herself - Eric seems to have liked her a lo. He wrote in her yearboook and memorial book extensively he left as much (if not more) writing on her books than on those of Zach or Nate. He called her a "devil child" and he and Dylan hanged out with her even the day before the shooting. I saw no evidence to suggest that Eric or Dylan were attracted to her from a romantic viewpoint, but I'd say at least Eric saw her as a friend.
Chad Laughlin for certain. He was in some ways a "conduit" between E&D and many other groups. Chad was friends with Chris Morris IIRC, but also with Becca Heins, with Dylan's fantasy baseball friends (he played it himself) and also took part in some of Dylan's film projects (the bike commercial I think).
There was in this group also Sasha Jacobs, a friend of chad Laughlin, E&D met her through Chad. She dated (very briefly) Dylan and later dated Eric (longer, some between October 1997 and Jan 1998 but again with no great sucess). I'm not sure how they felt towards her in 1999. Eric seems to have been angry at her after splitting up.
I am not sure, but I think E&D met Alyssa Sechler and Brandi Tinkleberg through Becca or Chad Laughlin as well.3. The Fantasy baseball group.
This involved Chad Laughlin, Dylan, Chris Hooker and Tim Kastle (the guy who during the shooting hid in the air duct and who Dylan is said to have seen, but spared). Eric din't play it. My memory is fuzzy, but I think Chris Walker might ahve also played.4. Blackjack crew
Jennifer Laufenberg - She was 1 year older than E&D. They worked with her in the 97-98 year. She was in college in 98-99, but Eric ket in touch with her and had online chats with her when she was in college.
I'm sure they considered Bob Kirgis a friend, even if he was older and their boss for a time. I think Eric even mentions him in very fond terms on the tapes.
There was also the girl (I don't remember the name) whose fatehr was a pyrotechnician. Eric would talk to her about fireworks and bombs. 5. The film crew
Chad Laughlin again, Eric Veik and Mike Vendengia and Chris Walker. Mike was in some ways also a TCM "satellite" like E&D. Chris Walker was a jock, but both E&D seemed to liked him and they invited him to the film group IIRC.6. Other people
Robyn Anderson. I'm not sure where exactly to place her, since she knew most of Dylan's friends but it seems she actually met them through Dylan.
Katherine „Katie” Thompson. She was meeting or maybe even dating Eric, until her mom banned her from meeting with him (probably because Eric was already after the van brake and was seen as a juvenile criminal). She reported taht eric was weird but cool. I think this all happened sometime in 1998.
Susan Dewitt - I'm not sure how she met Eric.Conclusion:
All in all, they (Especilly Dylan) really do seem to have had quite a lot of friends. At least by Polish HS standards. We can argue if these were the popular kids or not, but E&D certainly were not loners. These groups allinteracted with one another and in fact Dylan was often the "connectior" between them. Lots of people seem to have met one another through Dylan.
- thelmar wrote:
- I think you're right that, at least in their last year, Dylan and Eric were the closest.
Devon may have called Dylan her best friend but there was one point at which he wrote that he wouldn't mind killing her because he felt she stole Zach from him. So, how close could they really have been in Dylan's mind?
Unlike with Brooks and Eric, I think Dylan and Devon really made up by late 1998. Dylan was known to call her and hold long phone calls in the evenings or night with her. He wouldn't bother if he did not like her.
- thelmar wrote:
- I think Dylan kept up appearances with Zach and Nate, doing all the things they usually did, but essentially he held back this monumental secret from them for a year. There is no way that this didn't put distance in their relationships. Maybe they didn't realize it, but it had to have affected Dylan.
They were still friends with Zach, but drifted more away from him during their last year than from other friends. Nate seemed to be a much closer friend to them (especially to Dylan) than Zach by 1999.