The Plot Sickens

Another "lost" Columbine report triggers new questions -- and a long-overdue investigation of police ineptitude.

John Hicks no longer works for the sheriff's office and has not responded to media requests for interviews. Also no longer employed there is division chief John Kiekbusch, who told reporters ten days after the massacre that the Brown report was a minor, isolated complaint that didn't merit much investigation. At the time, the official line about the Columbine attack was that it came "out of nowhere" and could not have been prevented.

These days, that's a difficult line to maintain as each new revelation adds to the pile of clues and warning signs Klebold and Harris left behind as they plotted their apocalypse. ("Only the Kremlin on May Day has seen more red flags," as one Denver Post editorial put it.) The latest discovery helps to fill in the story of how the two killers' vengeful behavior escalated from sneaking out at night to get drunk and set off fireworks to firing guns at houses, building pipe bombs and making lists of people who deserved to die.

A remaining question is whether people with badges were paying any attention. And if so, why they did nothing.

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