|Old Street Publishing|
the guardian Fri 01 May 2009
On 20 April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold drove to school, planted two huge bombs and placed themselves outside the main entrance to pick off fleeing students and teachers. The bomb attack went wrong, but the massacre that followed remains one of the most thoroughly reported crimes in US history. Dave Cullen was one of the Colorado journalists covering the event as it unfolded. Ten years on, his vivid account of what really happened that day, and the motivation that lay behind it, shuttles back and forth between Eric and Dylan's lives before the event and the tragic aftershock of their actions. It paints a full picture of the two killers in much the same way as they revealed themselves to investigators. Highlighting how unreliable witness accounts and mistakes that weren't corrected rapidly gained currency, this thoughtful narrative interrogates the preconceptions of a public keen to blame the shootings on Satan, rock music, goths and poor parenting rather than facing the truth - that these two boys hated the world and wanted to kill large numbers of people in it.