Columbine shooters Eric Harris and also Dylan Klebold were apparently preyed on derelicts coming from a "Trenchcoat Mafia" set on retribution-- however none of it held true.

When Columbine Senior high school senior citizens Dylan Klebold as well as Eric Harris killed 12 trainees, one educator, as well as inevitably themselves in an April 20, 1999 capturing in Littleton, Colorado, the media originally defined them as sufferers of intimidation as well as castaways dehydrated for retribution. They were purportedly participants of a goth subculture referred to as the Trenchcoat Mafia that sustained their disgust for traditional culture.

However this story has actually considering that been verified incorrect. "The majority of the preliminary coverage was incorrect," clarified Dave Cullen, a reporter that invested a years looking into the notorious college capturing as well as narrated its results. "We were so distressed to respond to that melting inquiry for you that we leapt to verdicts on small pieces of proof in the initial days, also hrs."


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Columbine.WikiaDylan Klebold (left) and also Eric Harris. Circa 1998-1999.


It was declared that Harris as well as Klebold were participants of the Trenchcoat Mafia, a college team originally reported by the media to continue physical violence as well as referred to as a "unwell Goth subculture." It was claimed that the team appreciated whatever from weapons, Nazis, the armed forces, as well as rock vocalist Marilyn Manson.

Yet the Trenchcoat Mafia was actually a college neighborhood of safe computer system players that used black raincoat.

In addition, Cullen's discussions with pupils and also an evaluation of authorities files revealed that Harris as well as Klebold were not, actually, a component of the Trenchcoat Mafia. They did not show up in any one of the team's yearly pictures as well as participants of the real Trenchcoat Mafia finished years prior to Klebold as well as Harris.

Both Harris as well as Klebold had their very own circle of good friends, with the last also participating in the college senior prom with a day on his arm in a limo loaded with a loads schoolmates days prior to the capturing. Klebold additionally helped in trainee staged manufacturings as well as was a computer system aide.

Harris was explained by his moms and dads as sports and also he as well appreciated computer system shows. He belonged to a video clip manufacturing team with the institution's Rebel Information Network and also operated in the institution's computer system laboratories, as well (however had not been a participant of the Trenchcoat Mafia). His moms and dads claimed he was material to be alone, yet was by no indicates a loner and also did have his very own team of close friends.

"I do not think intimidation triggered Columbine," stated Jeff Kass, that reported on the occasion for Rocky Hill Information "My factor for that is they never ever discussed it in their journals."

Kass at some point penciled his very own tome on the topic-- Columbine: A Real Criminal Offense Tale -- as well as like Cullen, outlined the duo's individual lives, which each highly suggested dubious and also possibly harmful task long prior to April 20, 1999.