hey (: ... I'd really like to read some good books about columbine or school shooting in general, can you recomment some ? ... I am from germany by the way and love your blog. keep going (:
Hi sweetie! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’d hug you if you were here, but I’ll have to settle with hugging you virtually instead. <3
I would suggest that you read Columbine: A True Crime Story by author Jeff Kass and No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by author Brooks Brown on the Columbine subject. Those are the best ones and I think they’re both extremely informative and interesting. Brooks Brown knew Eric and Dylan personally, so his book is pretty unique when it comes to information on this subject, since he provides people with information that cannot be found by simply researching the basic facts. I’ve heard that We Are But We Aren’t Psycho is supposed to be really good too, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere here in Sweden so I haven’t read it yet. I really want to though and I’m excited about reading it; it seems like a great read if you can find it in your library/book shop!
As for books on school shootings in general, I really like the book Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters by Peter Langman, Ph.D, who analyzes things very well as well as comes up with good conclusions, provides you with useful and interesting information, brings up relevant and interesting subjects, views things from different angles etc. He has also written some reports on school shootings and Columbine specifically that you can find online! I’m not very fond of one of his reports though since he’s used information from Dave Cullen in it (sigh) but apart from that he’s actually very intelligent.
Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings by several authors (you’ll find it as soon as you just search the name on google) is really good too and is usually one of the books that I recommend on school shootings in general.
So that’s the ones I would suggest you start with since they’re very informative, interesting and give a great perspective of the subject. Good luck, sweet thing. x
do you know If there is an english version of "Killing for glory" (a book about columbine) ? I only have it in german :)
Unfortunately, I’ve only seen it in German. :( I would have loved to read it if it was in English (since my German is very rusty). Is it any good?
And for the other people reading this; if you know if this book can be found in English, please let me and this wonderful lady know where!
(P.S: I saw your reblog of my answer to the nice anon who complimented me, ericharrisblog, sweet-killers and thedragonrampart. Thank you so much dearie. <3)
How did Eric and Dylan get the propane bombs for the shooting? (BTW I LOVE your blog!!)
First of all, thank you so incredibly much sweetheart. These words get me through the days, seriously. You are so great. x
And to answer your question:
As you can see in this video, Eric bought the second and last propane tank at a gas station on 4/20, on the day of the massacre. Propane is easy to purchase and get a hold on so that part was no hard. The first one was bought at a different place, and possibly by Eric alone too. The receipt was found in his bedroom. These two tanks were later placed in duffel bags, and each one was attached to a timer and a jug of gasoline with Visco Fuse (Cannon Fuse). And that’s how they were made!
These obviously and luckily didn’t detonate as they were supposed to.
"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.
Columbine victim Daniel Mauser with his sister, Christine.
Why thank you so much! Everybody’s so nice today and it makes me all fuzzy inside. Ahh, I love you all. <3
Anyway: The first time I read Eric’s journal, I remember being struck by his amazing intelligence and his racing thoughts. He went from one thing to the other, changing subjects frequently, and seemed to have so much on his mind; almost too much for him to be able to write down into words. He said himself that he thought too much and I think it showed, but he didn’t think about completely unnecessary things so it isn’t a negative thing when it comes to his writings, at least not for me. For himself, it might have been a little burden sometimes to have so much on his mind, but then again he seemed to enjoy it. He seemed to like the fact that he had realized things that he thought others hadn’t and he liked that he thought the way he did, which I think was very unique, so that’s definitely a good quality to have. I think that he made some very valid points in his writings and I like how he went beyond what we usually learn to think about, and tried to dive deeper and deeper into the subjects he was discussing. He was very critical towards society and the world in general, which I definitely think we all should be, and I appreciate him making that clear and writing down why he thought the way he did. It makes others think too, you know. I find his journal very interesting to read and the subjects are very interesting too. It’s not as emotional as Dylan’s journal, but it’s a great look into his mind nevertheless and I think everybody interested in him and Columbine should read it, if they haven’t already.
Do you think Kevin naming one of his daughters "Erica" was in any way a tribute to Eric? That would definitely make sense.
Yes, he did name his daughter Erica after Eric, and if he and Kendra would have gotten a boy I’m pretty sure he’d be named Eric. The female version of the name was just chosen instead since they got a girl and not a boy. If I were him, I’d definitely do the same. It was a very nice gesture and it truly shows that Kevin cared and still cares a lot about his little brother.
Well, Kevin Harris now lives in New York state with his wife, who he married in 2004, and with whom he has two daughters; Rebecca and Erica. He seems to live a good life, but I haven’t talked to him so I can only tell you how it looks like from outside. On pictures he is seen smiling and he doesn’t look broken or completely lost. Of course he, as well as everyone affected by the tragedy, still grieves and misses his brother, but that hasn’t stopped him from living a good life and wanting to move on. He seems like a strong person who made it through these horrible events and is still able to smile.