Dylan Bennet Klebold, born in Denver, Colorado on September 11, 1981, was the youngest of Thomas and Susan Klebold’s two kids. After gunning down harmless college students at Columbine Excessive Faculty on April 20, 1999, he shot himself.
The Little League pitcher and Boy Scout would develop up feeling disenfranchised, alone and rejected by friends. Suicidal and depressed, Klebold would first commit mass homicide earlier than taking his personal life as he’d vowed to do in his journal.
His mom Sue would later write that her son didn’t show a violent nature. Klebold would say on a video he made with fellow mass assassin Eric Harris that his dad and mom as soon as noticed him with a trench coat on beneath which was hidden a sawed-off shotgun: “They didn’t even realize it was there.”
A lot of what’s recognized about Klebold comes from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace’s official report on the Columbine Bloodbath. Right here’s what you might want to know:
1. A ‘Light Boy,’ His Mother and father Instructed Investigators, Klebold Was Enrolled in an Elementary Faculty Program for Excessive Mental Potential College students
As a younger boy, Klebold, who had a brother, Byron, three years older, performed youth sports activities; T-ball, baseball and soccer. He attended Normandy Elementary Faculty in Littleton for first and second grade however was transferred to Governor’s Ranch Elementary Faculty the place he was a part of the Difficult Excessive Mental Potential College students program. He was described as being quiet and timid and his dad and mom would later inform investigators, he was “considerably sheltered” and as such, when he moved into center college, he struggled. However his dad and mom chalked it as much as what they thought was a transition not simple for any youngster. Klebold went on to Ken Caryl Center Faculty. The place he’d meet a boy named Eric Harris.
In highschool, he wrote in his journal that he loathed his life going again so far as when he was in day care.
“Oooh god I HATE my life, I need to die actually dangerous proper now — let’s see what I’ve that’s
good: A pleasant household, an excellent home, meals, a few good pals, & possessions. What’s
dangerous — no women (pals or girlfriends), no different pals besides a couple of, no one accepting me
regardless that I need to be accepted, me doing badly & being intimidated in any & all sports activities,
me trying bizarre & performing shy …”
2. In Excessive Faculty, Klebold Was Concerned in Faculty Play & Video Manufacturing & Constructed His Personal Laptop
At Columbine Excessive Faculty, Klebold was a part of the college’s theater group and labored doing stagecraft for college performs, working lights and sound for productions. He was additionally very concerned in creating video productions for the Columbine Excessive’s Insurgent Information Community. A pc aficionado and savant who constructed his personal pc, he helped to run the college pc server.
Already a lonely and outcast teen, his dad and mom instructed investigators that their son was “terribly shy and didn’t have a
girlfriend however did socialize with completely different teams of pals.”
Lots of these pals had been children who performed video video games and had been into computer systems.
However in his journal he stated he had nearly no pals save just some.
Tom Klebold instructed investigators “so far as he knew, Dylan by no means confirmed any fascination with weapons.” And the JCSO wrote that in response to pals, “nothing in his habits gave clues of what he and Harris had been planning.”
3. Regardless of His Behaviors & Being Arrested With Harris For Breaking Right into a Van & Stealing Laptop Elements, He Was Accepted to the College of Arizona as a Laptop Science Main
In January of 1998, Klebold and Harris had been arrested after breaking right into a van the place they stole electronics and pc elements. They had been put in a juvenile diversion program and needed to pay fines, attend anger administration courses, remedy and do neighborhood service. After, the costs had been dropped. That was in February of 1999.
Klebold’s dad and mom stated he had been accepted on the College of Arizona and a month earlier than the bloodbath, they drove to the school for a go to and to “select Dylan’s dorm room.” They instructed authorities they by no means noticed something uncommon in his habits.
4. However ‘VoDKa,’ as he Referred to Himself, Was in a Very Darkish Place Evidenced by His Habits & His Journals & Movies. Klebold Self-Harmed by Slicing Himself
In a planner, a journal, and a college pocket book, what was actually occurring with Klebold was revealed. Learn extra about his journal right here.
Investigators spoke to classmates and youngsters who knew him after the mass homicide and he was described as a standard teen, the JCSO wrote in its report. However his writing, drawings and movies inform one other story.
The duvet of his 1997 journal reads, ‘Reality: Individuals are so unaware…effectively, Ignorance is bliss I suppose…that might clarify my despair.”
He described being an outsider, a lonely, depressed and suicidal teen. Klebold described hating his existence and spoke recurrently about suicide and recurrently self-harmed.
“I used to be Mr. Cutter tonight — I’ve 11 depressioners on my proper hand now …”
In his journal, nonetheless, he wrote about loving a lady deeply however she didn’t have the identical feeling sand certainly, might not ever even have recognized. Investigators belie, primarily based on his writing and interviews that “e didn’t point out that he ever truly spoke to any of them. He even went as far as to put in writing letters to 1 lady nevertheless it seems he by no means despatched them as a result of they remained in his journal.”
5. Earlier than Lengthy, His Suicidal Ideation Morphed Into Homicidal Ideation & Then, Murder
Whereas nonetheless suicidal, Klebold started considering utilizing a gun to kill others after which himself and wrote about discovering somebody to assist him get a gun. This was in 1997 when he was a sophomore at Columbine.
“The lonely man strikes with absolute rage.”
On the finish of his junior 12 months, he wrote in Harris’ yearbook about committing a mass homicide, “…killing enemies, blowing up stuff, killing cops!! My wrath for January’s incident might be godlike …”
In his math homework pocket book, investigators discovered “eight pages of writings and drawings that seemed to be written the day earlier than April 20. One half started, ‘About 26.5 hours from now the judgement will start. Tough however not not possible, crucial, nerve-wracking & enjoyable. What enjoyable is life with no little dying? It’s fascinating, when i’m (sic) in my human kind,
realizing i’m going to die. Every part has a contact of triviality to it.’”
Klebold’s final journal entry:
“Stroll in, set bombs at 11:09, for 11:17
Drive to Clemete Park. Gear up.
Get again by 11:15
Park vehicles. set automobile bombs for 11:18
get out, go to exterior hill, wait.
When first bombs go off, assault.