Authors seek answers in new books about Columbine

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - At least three new books seeking to understand the Columbine school shooting are coming out in time for next month's 10th anniversary.
Two are written by journalists who covered the rampage and then spent a decade looking into the killers' backgrounds, the government investigation and survivors' recovery. The third is written by a psychologist who has worked extensively with children in crisis.
Seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher in less than 20 minutes on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School.
Freelance writer Dave Cullen initially covered the attack for the online magazine Salon. His book, “Columbine,” weaves three story lines reconstructing the attack, the killers' development and the aftermath into a nonfiction narrative.
Jeff Kass, a longtime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, focuses primarily on the killers' development and the battle to obtain government records related to the shooting in his paperback
“Columbine: A True Crime Story.”
A third book, “Why Kids Kill: Inside The Minds Of School Shooters” by Pennsylvania Psychologist Peter Langman, looks more broadly at school shootings. Harris and Klebold are among the killers he profiles.
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