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Columbine Excerpts

Columbine: Main book

We made three Columbine excerpts available, at and Slate: 

Chapter 1: "Mr. D."


Eric starts building bombs: "God I Want to Torch and Level Everything."

Struggling to save Dave Sanders: "Inside Columbine."

And for the first time, I'm now sharing a few excerpts from the epilogue (below.)


To simplify things, I scanned the first brief chapter for you here. I think it may surprise you. This is an intense story, leavened by surprising moments of love and redemption. Here's how I began it:

Columbine Epilogue (2016)

This blight I have dubbed spectacle murders has gone on far too long. We are not powerless. I created an expanded edition of Columbine in 2016, with 30 pages of new material (50 since the original hardcover and ebook), including a new epilogue putting this tragedy in context and discussion solutions. More on that below. But I began on a personal note:

The heart of the epilogue is about understanding this new ghastly template Eric and Dylan created for mass murders, and what we can do about it. I focus on two key factors: 

1) Teen depression, the great unlearned lesson of Columbine, and

2) The media's role in providing the platform. Here is a passage from the opening of that section:

Also see my Teen Depression 101, and my BuzzFeed piece on depriving future killers recognition. In BuzzFee I addressed drastically curtailing use of killers' names, which I consider an obvious first step. The new epilogue goes much deeper.

Click to my Columbine page for more on the book and other school shootings and mass murder.

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