This story is actually two months old and I apologize for taking so long in posting it.
If you’ve followed anything about Columbine since that fateful day in 1999 you may have heard of the ‘Basement Tapes’. These were videos made by the Columbine cowards Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold that not only contained their ego-maniacal rantings but also detailed their plans for the school. For years the tapes had only been seen by law enforcement and a handful of journalists. If the tapes had ever been made public some like myself believe that they could be studied to see how school shootings like Columbine could be prevented. Instead former Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink had the tapes destroyed, in 2011 without any media notification.
Sheriff Mink is of the mind that the tapes would only generate more copycats. While the tapes would be masturbatory fodder for the columbiners and mutants the secrecy of the tapes have not prevented copycat shootings. Red Lake, NIU, and Virginia Tech were all nothing more than copycat shootings since all of the gunmen had some bizarre case of hero-worship for Harris and Klebold. The mystery of what exactly was on the tapes has probably caused the ‘legend’ of Harris and Klebold to grow since the tapes are open to speculation and their followers have some very active imaginations.
This also follows a familiar tactic of keep information about the shooters out of the public hands by government officials. Back in 2008 U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock ordered the depositions given by the gunmen’s parents in a wrongful death lawsuit be sealed in the National Archives for 20 years. I wouldn’t call this a conspiracy but it does feel like something is being intentionally hidden and not just to prevent copycats. Unfortunately we won’t have an inkling of what that is for another 13 years.
Yesterday at a news conference at 11:20 AM, the exact 8th anniversary of Columbine, Brian Rohrbough called once again for the release of all the evidence pertaining to Columbine. Most notable the basement tapes and the sealed depositions.
“How much more blood must be spilled?” Rohrbough asked
Rohrbough said if he can raise the money, he’ll appeal a decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock to seal depositions given by the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold for 20 years.
If he sets up a fund for donations I’ll be more than happy to contribute.
If you’ve been following Columbine as long as I have you’re familiar with the name Brian Rohrbough. He lost his son Daniel at Columbine. He’s been very outspoken about how he thinks the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department handled Columbine. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don’t. This time I agree with him 100%.
The father of one of the victims of the Columbine tragedy said he isn’t surprised that the Virginia Tech gunman refers to the shooters responsible for his son’s death as “martyrs.”
“Because Jefferson County lied so much about what happened in Columbine, they raised the interest in these guys,” Brian Rohrbough said Wednesday. He lost his son Daniel Rohrbough at Columbine. “When (officials) refused to release the basement videos, they created a cult following for these two guys.”
Rohrbough has long sought the release of videos – the so-called basement tapes – and other documents created by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris long before they went on their rampage at Columbine.
“If the videos were released, then parents, schools, law enforcement and counselors would have a benchmark to look for potential murderers, and the odds of stopping this before it happens would increase dramatically,” Rohrbough said.
“The basement tapes and the documents give a very clear picture on how to identify these guys. There is so much information that would help identify these serious threats.”
He said that until the truth about Columbine is told, school shootings will continue to occur.
“When you withhold the truth and you create mystery, imaginations and conspiracy theories run wild,” he said.
Sheriff Ted Mink said he decided against releasing the tapes after the FBI, which conducted a review at his request, concluded they “could serve as a strong motivating influence for other adolescents to commit and/or attempt to commit similar acts of violence. The tapes provide instructional material for how to successfully plan and implement similar acts.”
It’s a little too late for that now isn’t it? Do Red Lake, Rocori, and Santee ring a bell?
(AP) GOLDEN, Colo. The Jefferson County sheriff said Monday he plans to make public nearly 1,000 pages of documents seized from the homes of the Columbine High School killers, but the release could be delayed if the gunmen’s parents appeal.
During searches of the Harris and Klebold homes after the shootings, sheriff’s deputies seized journals kept by the gunmen, videotapes and audio tapes. In a news release, Mink said he wanted to release 936 pages of evidence but did not say whether that would include any of the tapes.
I’ll get to the appeal in a minute. Only 1,000 pages of evidence? What about the basement tapes? What about evidence item #201? I get the feeling that this is going to be 1,000 pages of bureaucratic crap. Now back to the appeal…
Sheriff Ted Mink said a state Supreme Court ruling on the documents gave the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold the right to appeal his decision. It was not immediately clear whether they would appeal and how long that might take.
The gunmen’s parents fought to keep the records private. They have said they fear the material could inspire copycat crimes.
You know they are going to appeal. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it would inspire copycat crimes. It’s a little too late for that. In my opinion it’s because they don’t want to get sued by the victims of copycat crimes. This will more than likely be tied up in the courts for years.
They’ll find D.B. Cooper before all this evidence is released.
Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink is finally getting ready to announce whether or not the Columbine evidence will be released to the public…
A long-awaited decision on whether to release Columbine materials to the public that have been suppressed since the 1999 high school shootings will be made shortly.
Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink wrote a letter to victims’ families dated Thursday thanking them for their “willingness to share your concerns and suggestions on whether or not to allow inspection of certain Columbine records by the public.”
Among the materials yet to be publicly released are the so-called “basement tapes” made by killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in which they brandish weapons and boast about their upcoming rampage at Columbine High School.
In the letter, obtained by The Denver Post, Mink does not say what the decision will be but does say “barring any unforeseen delays, my office will announce its intent and file with the Jefferson County District Court in the coming days.”
It’s only been since last November that the Colorado Supreme Court ruled the materials could be released. It’s now seven months later and seven years since Columbine. Why so long? And will Mink even decide to release the tapes? If he doesn’t it will just add more speculation that he’s trying to hide something.
When we last checked in on Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink he said he was going to make a decision on releasing the Columbine evidence to the public after surveying the victims’ families. Now he’s saying that he will “consult with professionals”…
The Jefferson County sheriff will consult with professionals before deciding whether to release videotapes made by two teens before their shooting rampage at Columbine High School in 1999, a spokesman said Monday.
I wonder if those “professionals” include lawyers since there have been so many allegations of incompetence leveled at JeffCo. Sheriffs.
Stop dragging your feet Sheriff Mink, the truth can’t be avoided forever.
Sheriff Ted Mink of Jefferson County Sheriff’s department is still dragging his feet on releasing the tapes and journals made my Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. He’s still surveying the victims’ families to see if the material should be released. Old news right? Well, the article had two interesting facts that caught my eye…
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Wednesday Sheriff Ted Mink wanted to hear from the families before deciding. She said no decision has been made and that Mink would likely wait until after the seventh anniversary of the shootings next month to announce his plans.
Mink has not said whether the parents and victims will have the final word.
So he’s not going to announce his decision until after April 20th and that the victims and their families will NOT have the final word. Then what is the point of surveying the victims and their families? If he doesn’t release the tapes he will be committing political suicide. Is there really any other option than releasing the tapes?
The court battle continues to make videotapes, audiotapes and writings by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris public. Of course the parents of Harris and Klebold are fighting to keep these things from being released…
Wayne and Katherine Harris and Thomas and Susan Klebold argue the items are privately owned and not subject to the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, under which a judge can consider whether to release certain documents.
“We don’t think that the government should be able to turn a citizen’s personal writings or videotapes into a public record and be able to hand it out to the media just because they seized it under a search warrant,” said Gregg Kay, a lawyer for the Klebolds.
It stopped being private property once your kids decided to kill 13 people, then it became evidence.
Jefferson County Sheriffs also are fighting to keep these sealed. I wonder what they are hiding.
Colorado’s Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on September 13th.
I’m actually torn on this issue. On the one hand I hate how the media, in this case the Denver Post, feels like they have the God-given right to have access to any and all information no matter how detrimental it may be if it’s released to the public. Not to mention all the mutant websites that will pop up advertising that they have all the tapes and documents available for download which will in turn cause the Harris and Klebold worshiping mutants to cream their jeans over seeing videos of their heroes. On the other hand I think the materials should be released so people could see just how much of a bunch of psychopaths they really were and how their parents let this all go on under their noses. I also think that every parent that has a kid in school should see the materials so they’ll realize that something like Columbine can happen anywhere at anytime and yes even with your kid if you don’t do something about it. Unfortunately most parents are in denial about such matters, which is a damn shame.