this day in crime history: april 20, 1999

On this date in 1999, two teenage losers looking for infamy (which I will not contribute to by naming them here) went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. The attack was originally planned to be a bombing using IEDs made from propane tanks. The killers planned to wait outside and shoot people fleeing after the bombs detonated, but the bombs failed to detonate due to faulty construction. At that point, the killers approached the school and began shooting people. They entered the school where they continued their shooting spree. They eventually committed suicide in the school library after police had surrounded the school. Twelve students and a teacher died in the attack. Twenty-four students were injured.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Columbine High School massacre

SlateThe Depressive and the Psychopath


4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 20, 1999

  1. Joh D.:
    I suppose SOMEONE had to be “the first”, and yet…it makes you wonder what is they legalized POT in CO years earlier.
    Maybe these notorious punks would have been too stoned to bother with killing people at Columbine.
    (I’m sure there are those that believe just that…but not me)
    But the way our culture was headed…this was inevitable sooner or later.

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.


  2. COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen gives a great rundown on the what happened before, during, and after the killings. He had a lot of enlightening stuff. One thing I remember is that the two were there to kill and not take hostages. An interesting thing to me is that the one event – and the deadly copycats – seems to have changed all modern police reactions to a shooting. Heck, even I know what ‘active shooter’ means. Cullen pointed out that the police reaction of time to ‘lock things down and talk’ works great with hostage takers but gives spree killers extra time.


      • Yep, a good thing those bombs failed. They had planned for the bombs to go off during the height of the lunch time crowd. I think it was also a good thing they had pistol caliber weapons and not rifles.


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