Slate: Why The Columbine Killers Did It

The Depressive and the Psychopath – At last we know why the Columbine killers did it. By Dave Cullen

Pretty convincing case — Harris = psychopath, Klebold = depressive with a lot of anger.  The world might be a better place if we understood better exactly what psychopathy/sociopathy/antisocial-personality-disorder *is* and how it *works*.

Don’t forget to click through to the seven myths about Columbine.

One of the interesting points is that by the perps’s own standards, Columbine was a failure.  It was supposed to be a bombing, with the gunmen just picking off survivors.  The bombs didn’t go off.  Only a small fraction of the deaths that they planned on occurred.

I don’t know if they knew to draw this comparison or not, but what they were trying for was something more like the Bath, Michigan School Massacre of 1927 (NYT writeup).

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