Eric David Harris was born April 9, 1981 in Wichita, Kansas, to Wayne and Kathy Harris. At age 18, he killed himself on April 20, 1999 after slaughtering 13 and wounding dozens extra at Columbine Excessive College.
The Harris household moved from state to state, metropolis to metropolis earlier than Eric reached highschool, in the end settling in Littleton, Colorado in 1993. Eric was 12 and had already attended quite a few colleges in a number of states.
The Harris’ have been a center class navy household, nomads for years. Rootlessness was an issue for Eric Harris and he wrote about it in class papers. It angered him. He felt alone and misplaced, he wrote. Later, in his journals, he’d write extensively about not becoming in.
A lot of what’s identified about Harris comes from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace’s official report on the Columbine Bloodbath.
Right here’s what it’s essential know:
1. The Harris Household Moved From State-to-State Lastly Settling in Colorado in 1993. Eric Harris Later Wrote the Strikes Left Him ‘Alone,’ ‘Misplaced,’ & ‘Agitated’
Wayne Harris was a adorned Air Pressure pilot who flew transport and refueling tanker plane. The household moved each few years: Ohio, Kansas, Michigan, and New York among the many stops. In 1983, they moved to Beavercreek, Ohio. Harris was stationed at Wright Air Pressure Base. Eric and Kevin attended Valley Elementary College. In 1989, the household moved once more, this time Harris was stationed at Wurtsmith Air Pressure Base on Lake Huron.
Wayne and Kathy Harris advised investigators that as a baby, Eric performed soccer and baseball, and by center faculty, he developed an curiosity in computer systems and shortly, pc video games and movies.
The household left Michigan and relocated to Plattsburgh, New York the place Harris was stationed at Plattsburgh Air Pressure Base. Whereas there, Eric attended Stafford Center College the place he was recalled as typical however extraordinarily shy. After just a few years there, Wayne Harris retired to Littleton, Colorado in 1993. Kathy took a part-time job within the meals service business and Wayne educated pilots at FlightSafety, then in Englewood, Colorado.
By that point, Eric had already attended 5 completely different colleges.
In writing he did as highschool English assignments, he described the faculties, the buddies he made, the enjoyable he had after which the unhappiness and anger when he’d lose these buddies to a different transfer. In February of 1997, he wrote for Mrs. Caruther’s class a paper the place he described the great instances he had after which, the inevitable.
“It was the toughest shifting from Plattsburgh. I’ve probably the most reminiscences from there. After I left (his buddies) I felt alone, misplaced and even agitated that I had spent a lot time with them and now I’ve to go due to one thing I can’t cease. It doesn’t take lengthy to make a pal however it takes solely two phrases to lose one. These are we’re shifting … Dropping a pal is sort of the worst factor that may occur to an individual particularly within the childhood years. Each time I misplaced one I went by way of the worst days of my life …”
Harris, as transcribed from the Basement Tapes, blamed his father for shifting the household forcing him to “begin out on the backside of the ladder,” in new colleges as he tried to make buddies. He mentioned children mocked him for his look and clothes.
2. A Few Years After Settling in Littleton, Harris Started Displaying Indicators of Being a Troubled Teenager
Settling in Colorado, Eric began lessons at one other new faculty, Ken Caryl Center, the place he met Dylan Klebold. The 2 would turn into shut buddies. They have been into computer systems, video manufacturing and had a fascination with firearms, violent video video games and as a part of the Trench Coat Mafia gang, unhealthy preoccupation with Hitler. They deliberate the bloodbath to coincide with Hitler’s birthday.
In 1998, they have been arrested and criminally charged after breaking right into a van and stealing computer systems and pc components. The fees have been felony mischief, breaking and getting into, and theft. After convincing authorities that they have been remorseful, the 2 have been provided to have their felony instances expunged in the event that they efficiently accomplished a juvenile diversion program, attended anger administration lessons and counseling and carried out group service.
Afterward, the fees have been dropped.
Harris wrote a letter of apology to the house owners of the automobile. However in his journal, he wrote, “Why shouldn’t we, the gods, have the appropriate to interrupt right into a van that some motherfuc*er left in the course of nowhere?!”
In accordance with FBI experiences, Harris was additionally stealing pc components from the varsity.
3. Harris Started Writing in His Journal After the Arrest The place he Shared his Hatred of Folks & His Intentions to Kill
Wayne and Kathy Harris advised investigators that Eric was “content material to be by himself but additionally had shut buddies in highschool.” His journals and on-line writing contradicted that account.
Through the spring of 1998, a yr earlier than his and Klebold’s murderous rampage, Harris started writing a journal the place he documented his hatred of mankind, his love of his personal anger, his personal superiority and his intentions to kill.
“I’ll sooner die than betray my very own ideas, however earlier than I go away this nugatory place, I’ll kill whoever I deem unfit…”
Harris mentioned his need to kill was nobody’s fault however his.
“It’s my fault! Not my dad and mom, not my brothers, not my buddies, not my favourite bands, not pc video games, not the media, it’s mine.” Harris wrote he was “…filled with hate and I adore it.”
4. Nicknamed ‘REB,” Harris Had Threatened a Buddy, Brooks Brown. Police Investigated However Have been Unable to Substantiate the Threats. Harris & Brown Reconciled & on the Day of the Bloodbath, Let Brown Escape
On March 18, 1998, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace took a “suspicious incident” report from Randy Brown, stating that his son, Brooks, had acquired loss of life threats from Harris. These threats have been reported to have been contained in Harris’ internet pages. On his internet pages, Harris additionally allegedly wrote about making and detonating pipe bombs and utilizing them in opposition to individuals.
Brown requested that he and his household stay nameless in making the report for worry of retribution, notably to his son.
Sheriff’s investigators couldn’t entry Harris’ on-line pages and couldn’t substantiate experiences of pipe bomb detonations. Harris and Brown later reconciled and on April 20, 1999, Harris allegedly advised Brown, instantly previous to the shootings, to go away the varsity “as a result of he (Harris) preferred him (Brown).”
5. Harris Wrote His Mother and father Have been Unaware of His Intentions, His Father Advised 911 he Believed His Son Was Concerned. A Prison Psychological Profile Discovered Eric Harris to be a ‘Malevolent Psychopath’
The JCSO report consists of quite a few references to Harris’ journal entries and your entire journal has been transcribed and printed. Learn extra in regards to the journal right here.
In a chilling entry, Harris wrote in his pupil planner a listing of “issues left to do” and within the calendar house for Mom’s Day for Could of 1999, he wrote, “Good wombs have born dangerous sons.”
For greater than a yr prior, Wayne Harris had begun maintaining a diary in a steno pocket book titled merely, “Eric,” the place he documented and opined on his son’s troubles. He wrote in regards to the Brown allegations and the courtroom case.
Within the pocket book, Wayne dismissed the allegations by classmate Brown who advised police Eric was harmful. Wayne Harris not solely took his son’s aspect, however alleged that Brown was the issue and Eric an harmless.
“…we don’t wish to be accused everytime one thing supposedly occurs …Eric just isn’t at fault. Brooks had issues manipulative & con artist.”
Earlier than the bloodbath, Harris drew a diagram and timeline including a notation: “I wish to burn the world, I wish to kill everybody besides about 5 individuals… if we get busted any time, we begin killing then and there…I ain’t going out and not using a battle.
On the morning of the rampage, Wayne Harris made a name to 911.
“Uh …my son is Eric Harris and I’m afraid that he is perhaps concerned within the taking pictures at Columbine Excessive College.”
A 2009 School of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s College felony persona profile of Harris, discovered that, based mostly solely on his journal and on-line writing, that his habits was according to sadism, “malignant narcissism, pathological narcissistic persona dysfunction with borderline and delinquent options, together with some paranoid traits, and unconstrained aggression.”
“Along with his core sadistic persona sample, infused with delinquent and narcissistic options and a attainable overlay of incipient paranoia, Eric Harris seems to be a detailed match for a malignant persona composite …’the malevolent delinquent,’” researchers concluded.
Harris’ journal confirms that he’d been planning mass homicide for a yr earlier than April 20, 1999.