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Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2001

Columbine journal a true horror tale

December 6, 2001

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— A journal written by Columbine High School killer Eric Harris indicates he fantasized about causing a far larger bloodbath of epic proportions, including crashing a plane into New York City.

In the journal written a year before the April 20, 1999, massacre Harris wrote that he and Dylan Klebold planned to set off hundreds of bombs around houses, roads, bridges and service stations.

"It'll be like the L.A. riots, the Oklahoma bombing, WWII, Vietnam, Duke and Doom all mixed together. ... I want to leave a lasting impression on the world," he wrote. Duke Nukem and Doom are video games.

The journal was found after the high school attack in a search of Harris' home.

Victims' families said the pages raise new questions about whether the attack could have been prevented. The families said sheriff's investigators had drafted an affidavit to search Harris' home a year before the attack but the search was never carried out.

Harris and Klebold shot and killed 12 fellow students and a teacher, and wounded more than two dozen others before committing suicide at the high school near Littleton.

Harris wrote that if he and Klebold did survive, the two would try to escape to a foreign country where they could not be extradited. "If there isnt such place then we will hijack a hell of a lot of bombs and crash a plane into NYC with us inside (f)iring away as we go down. just something to cause more devistation," Harris wrote.

Excerpts of Harris' journal first appeared on the weekly newspaper Westword's Web site and were reported in Wednesday's Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post.

The journal entries flesh out the picture of Harris as a teen who felt excluded by other kids and frustrated with women.

"I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things," he wrote. "You people had my phone , and I asked and all, but no no no no no don't let the weird looking Eric kid come along."

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