It's one of those phrases that gets tossed around after a school shooting, like how the shooter "seemed like a nice, quiet boy" and "didn't fit the profile" -- never mind that there is no profile for school shooters, other than seeming to be nice, quiet boys. From the moment news of the attack on Ar ... More >>
At 5 p.m. today, the Aurora Century 16, the site of the July 20 attack that killed twelve, officially reopens following a ceremony featuring Governor John Hickenlooper and many others. Some family members have called for a boycott of the event -- an indication of the strong emotions stirred by decis ... More >>
The first, fragmentary accounts of a shooter's rampage through an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, were just starting to make headlines last week when the cyberchatter about a conspiracy began. This is not just some lone nutcase engaged in senseless killing for his own indecipherable reas ... More >>
The City of Aurora is conducting a survey, asking folks through August 31 what should be done with the Aurora Century 16, the theater where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people. Many other massacre sites have faced this unfortunate question in the past, with responses ranging from minor chan ... More >>
We understand that media outlets doing wall-to-wall coverage of last night's shooting at the Aurora Town Center Century 16 during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rise have to look at every possible angle of the story. But excuse me for being repulsed by stories speculating about whether the ... More >>
This week's feature, "The Columbine Effect," explores the enduring fascination indie filmmakers seem to have with the attack on Columbine High School thirteen years ago -- and the agendas advanced (gun control, bullying prevention, etc.) in their fictional and not-so-fictional interpretations of the ... More >>
Figuring some modest improvement is better than none, the Colorado House Judiciary Committee passed along a bill yesterday that's intended to make child and family investigators (CFI) and other professionals operating in family court more accountable -- after first amending and watering down its mos ... More >>
Trey Parker.Plenty of comments affixed to our blog posts are intelligent and thoughtful. Many of them are angry and passionate. Some are rude, obscene and/or offensive. But only a handful are jaw-slackeningly bizarre. Here's an example of the latter -- a paragraph just posted on a two-year-ol ... More >>
Kristin HermelerIt didn't make much sense that Candice and Kristin Hermeler would travel halfway across the world to enact a suicide pact at a local gun range -- until reports began to surface about the Australian twins' obsession with the Columbine shootings. While police have tried to downp ... More >>
Kristin Hermeler.Last week, we learned that Australian twins Kristin and Candice Hermeler, whose suicide pact left the former dead and the latter seriously wounded, had an interest in the 1999 Columbine massacre, but we didn't know the roots of the connection. Now, however, Judy Brown, whose ... More >>
Most people just go along to get along. But every once in a while a hellacious disagreement -- about principle, turf, money, or who cut the cheese -- makes for an old-fashioned Western display of rootin'-tootin' feudin' and cussedness. The most memorable Colorado showdowns of the past ten ... More >>
Local author Dave Cullen's book Columbine has received an enormous amount of media attention -- far more than another recently published tome, Columbine: A True Crime Story. And Jeff Kass, the ex-Rocky Mountain News reporter who penned the latter, has definitely noticed the discrepancy. He's not sur ... More >>
A Flickr photo As a resident of the metro area near Columbine High School, I found the tenth anniversary coverage of the shootings to be particularly unpleasant -- although not nearly as bad as it was, I'm sure, for relatives or friends of those who were killed, injured or directly traumatized by E ... More >>
A word that applies to the vast majority of the stories I've seen, heard or read about today's tenth anniversary of the killings at Columbine High School is "obligatory." Although fewer commemorative efforts have appeared on April 20 in recent years than in the immediate aftermath of the bloodshed ... More >>
One of Dylan Klebold's pipe bombs. A film crew from Munich-based FOCUS TV Produktions was in our southwest suburbs during the past few days, interviewing people whose lives have been altered by the Columbine shootings ten years ago -- school and police officials, parents and survivors of the massac ... More >>
Brace yourselves: The tenth anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School arrives this April -- and it will be accompanied by a media avalanche that will hopefully add enough perspective about these horrific events to at least partially offset the pain many locals will feel at being forced to r ... More >>
The little gremlins are back on the yellow buses, which means it's time for the 2007 "revised" edition of the School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual, issued by Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers to schools throughout the state. You can find the complete manual here on the AG ... More >>
U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock has spoken. The privacy rights of the parents of two mass murderers outweigh any public interest in learning about the home life of the killers — not to mention the families' dealings with school officials and law enforcement over the escalating bad behavior o ... More >>
Remember right after Columbine, when reports suggested that the killer students may have taken their marching orders from Marilyn Manson? These claims were subsequently debunked -- as it turns out, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold weren't Manson fans. But even if they'd spent their every waking hour ea ... More >>
A year of dysfunctional family values -- and missing panties.
Out of the Box
The University of Colorado led the way in 2004 -- straight to hell.
Colorado's ailing, but the good doctor doesn't have a cure.
The horrors of Columbine, reduced to a single page.
Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder.
Time magazine subscription salesman
Jeffco is a public-records embarrassment.
In Jefferson County, lots of folks want to be the new sheriff in town.
The truth will out -- just not in Jefferson County.
From the week of November 8, 2001
Columbine survivors team up with Michael Moore to make the chain bite the bullet.
It may take years to sort out what happened during the “missing” minutes at Columbine.
From the week of September 7
MDFMK's Sascha Konietzko on controversy, scapegoating and Columbine.
The media's coverage of the Columbine anniversary was the journalistic equivalent of slow-pitch softball.
Conspiracy mania comes to Columbine.
The Columbine anniversary promises to be the biggest thing since...well, Columbine.
The dailies jockey for position for the Pulitzer.
Deck the halls...
Bill Johnson doesn't let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Now it can't be told: Without an indictment, what will the tabloids do?
The Santa Clause...
The goth culture is in for a dark time at Arvada West High School.
The Olivia Tremor Control, part of Denver's Elephant 6 family, shakes up the underground.