There were many pieces of evidence left to scrutinize after the shootings. One of the most disturbing revelations lay in the things that happened before the events of April 20, 1999
. Both shooters evinced odd behavior and had run-ins with the law
They left behind threatening websites
, as well as explicit and violent journals
detailing out their rage and their plans for their perceived revenge on their school and the society they lived in. Excerpts of a file from one of Eric Harris'
webpages (titled simply thebook.doc
) contained detailed, user-friendly instructions describing how to make homemade napalm and pipe bombs. In the interest of liability, there isn't a copy of the file displayed on this site though there is a copy of the original in the archive files of this website. There were also details on the website regarding the results of test bombs
the teens detonated prior to the shootings.
Disturbing notebook entries
and video tapes
are also among the many physical clues left behind (the last link provides a list of video clips from the Basement Tapes, Rampart Range video, security camera footage, Hitmen for Hire, the fire department video, and more). Over the years many investigations have been made, generating reports such as the Columbine Report
, which details out the weapons and gear
the shooters used in the attack, amongst many other things in that 11,000 page report alone.
Despite the release of the autopsy reports
, two deaths remained controversial for a while: those of shooter Dylan Klebold
and victim Daniel Rohrbough
Dylan died from a gunshot wound to the left temple, inspiring debate that Eric may have shot him. Dylan's parents came forward to put the rumor to rest with the statement that Dylan was left-handed, making a left side suicide not only possible but very probable. The family's lawyer, Frank Patterson, backed their statement up, as did Dylan's autopsy report from the medical examiner. In the Rampart Range
video, Dylan Klebold can be seen shooting with his left hand.
Danny's fatal injury sparked heated conflicts between his parents and Jefferson County, resulting in lawsuits and supreme court probes. It was finally and definitively declared that the bullet that killed the boy was fired by Eric Harris, not a law officer. It took nearly 4 years to figure that out, and they never did say whether Danny was shot by an officer or not; just that he was not killed by one. It was Arapahoe County Deputy James Taylor, who had been friends with the Rohrboughs, who had told the family he'd seen Danny hit by fire from the weapon of a Denver SWAT team member -- a statement he later retracted during investigation, but the Rohrboughs had taped him saying as much. He, too, was sued. (Read more about the aftermath
In February 2004 JeffCo released all of the evidence gathered in the wake of the Columbine tragedy in a public exhibit
. The report linked includes statements from Sheriff Ted Mink and is an incredibly detailed description of what could be seen there by someone who attended the exhibit. You can also see a video clip taken at the exhibit. There's only one major piece of missing evidence left to be released: the Basement Tapes
hosts a website dedicated to Columbine materials that they've released for sale to the public. The Basement Tapes are NOT included in the items they've released yet. July 2006
saw the release of 946 additional pages
of information that had previously been withheld from the public. Wayne Harris, Eric's father, petitioned the courts unsuccessfully to prevent said release due to the fact that his personal journals were included in the information. No small wonder he didn't want them released: He had been documenting Eric's illegal activities and run-ins with schoolmates for several months, indicating he knew his son was having serious problems.
The Basement Tapes still have not been released to the public and may not be accessible for another 20 years, thanks to court orders.