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


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

  1. John D.:
    Seems we have this confluence of violence on THIS particular day…
    Didn’t seem to have that before 1971…
    (Guess we can point to CA for the early beginnings?)

    Amazing how no one saw ANYTHING wrong with this pair long BEFORE the shooting.
    (there had to have been some indications somewhere)

    Stay safe out there.


    • That Slate article I linked contains an excellent analysis of the pair. Klebold wasn’t too remarkable, he was a hot-headed depressive who could have been treated and had a normal life. Harris, on the other hand, was one big, walking red flag.


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