Columbine by Dave Cullen; 2009; $26.99; 417 pages; Twelve, New York, NY; 978-0-446-54693-5; 371.782097888C967c; purchased from Multnomah County Library Title Wave Used Bookstore; 5/9/14-5/13/14
Dave Cullen was one of the original media people to cover the Columbine shootings back in 1999 and then he researched and investigated for the next nine years before published this book in 2009. Think back to most of what you learned the first moments and weeks after the shooting, now forget it. The myths that sprung up about the Trench Coat Mafia, Revenge and more were spouted by an incompetent Sheriff and a uninformed media. The Sheriffs department and other government agencies involved hid or destroyed key information for years. The shooters wanted to cause destruction that would dwarf what happened in Oklahoma City four years previous. They had originally intended to carry out their plan on the anniversary of that event. They planned for an entire year what they were going to do, made plans, made bombs, acquired guns and ammunition and made videos for posterity. Most of what you think you know about the shooters is wrong, what you think about their motive is probably wrong. They weren’t part of a larger conspiracy, they didn’t specific individuals or groups and they weren’t alike.
Why did I pick this up? To find out what happened that fateful day in Colorado. At the time my parents lived not too far from the school, I think they could see it from their apartment.
Did I like it? Yes and No, I liked learning what really happened, but I wasn’t prepared for the cold bloodlessness of the shooters.
What is with the title of the review? Most of what I thought I knew about the shooting at Columbine High School was wrong. This was a good investigation and review of what happened. So much of what we hear shortly after an event is conjecture and imaginary.