April 20th, 1999 tape - roughly 30 minutes before The Columbine Massacre
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are in the family room of the Harris home. Eric is filming. Dylan is wearing a black baseball cap on backward, exposing a “B” embroidered in white on the back of the hat - the Boston Red Sox logo. He’s wearing a plaid shirt, either dark blue or black with white; the shirt’s untucked. He’s wearing black BDUs (military-style pants) tucked into military-style boots. There are several bags on the floor, including a large maroon one.
Eric: “Say it now.”
Dylan: “Hey mom. Gotta go. It’s about a half an hour before our little judgment day. I just wanted to apologize to you guys for any crap this might instigate as far as (inaudible) or something. Just know I’m going to a better place. I didn’t like life too much and I know I’ll be happy wherever the fuck I go. So I’m gone. Good-bye. Reb…”
Dylan takes the camera then and begins filming Eric. Eric’s also wearing a plaid shirt that’s either dark blue or black with white, with a white t-shirt on underneath. His lower half can’t be seen.
Eric: “Yea… Everyone I love, I’m really sorry about all this. I know my mom and dad will be just like.. just fucking shocked beyond belief. I’m sorry, all right. I can’t help it.”
Dylan: (interrupts) “We did what we had to do.”
Eric: “Morris, Nate, if you guys live, I want you guys to have whatever you want from my room and the computer room.”
Dylan adds that they can have his things as well.
Eric: “Susan, sorry. Under different circumstances it would’ve been a lot different. I want you to have that fly CD.”
Eric: (eventually) “That’s it. Sorry. Goodbye.”
Dylan: (sticks his face in the camera) “Goodbye.”
The tape ends with a brief glimpse of a sign on the wall of Eric’s bedroom, someone’s arm partially blocking it from sight. It’s the letters: CHS along with a drawing of a bomb with a lit fuse and, in bold black letters, the word “clue”. Eric and Dylan then went to Columbine High School and killed 15 people, including themselves.
Has anyone ever seen this one? Just stumbled across it tonight. It was posted in July 24th, 2012.
“I wanted to draw something more to do with Holmes’ mental illness and less to do with Batman so I came up with this image. It just struck me how normal he looked as a teen and how — with the way the gun lawa are currently structured — seemingly normal people can buy assault weapons and kill you any time they feel like it. And, according to the latest Gallup Poll, we like it this way”. – ALEX FINE
THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS KILLED BY GUNFIRE SINCE 9/11: 281,757 [SOURCE: Politifact]
THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS KILLED BY TERRORISM SINCE 9/11: 33 [SOURCE: Think Progress]
*Banality of evil is a phrase coined by Hannah Arendt in the title of her 1963 work Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Her thesis is that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths, but by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal.
April 20th, 1999. Columbine High School.