April 20 - 1999 - The Columbine High School Massacre
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were social outcasts who were obsessed with video games, possessed criminal records, and harbored hatred for their fellow Columbine High School students. Yet when they opened fire with semi-automatic weapons on their classmates at the school outside Denver, they became something else entirely, or maybe they approached what they were always trending towards anyway. What is certain is they could have done much more damage than killing the 13 people they did. They planted a handful of bombs which did not detonate. They also fired at will, largely avoiding fatal shots, but firing so many round with their weapons that they managed to kill an astonishing number. After less than an hour, the two turned their weapons on themselves, committing suicide. In the aftermath of the Columbine massacre, conversations about violent video games, dark music, and school security began to dominate the conversation about Harris and Klebold's motive. In actuality, the two were obsessed with violent fantasies to an unusual degree and had remarkable access to semi-automatic weapons.