For those of you who don’t know, my biggest interests are the paranormal, the unusual and true crime. One of the most interesting true crime cases in my opinion, is the Columbine massacre. So much so, that I wrote my dissertation on the topic.
On April 20th 1999 Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went into Columbine Highschool armed with bombs, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in an attempt to cause as much death and destruction as possible. Due to their actions, 15 people died that day, including the two shooters.
So when I heard that Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, was releasing a book, I was very intrigued.
This book is a memoir that is based from Sue’s diary that she kept at the time of the tragedy, with excerpts from that diary added throughout. Not only does this book recount the horrific details of April 20th 1999 and the aftermath, but it also tries to understand why such a thing could be caused by a boy who was surrounded by loving family and friends, and who had so much potential. Sue describes how in the aftermath of the massacre, she was constantly blamed by other people, as well as herself, for not seeing this coming, or understanding how depressed her son actually was.
One interesting aspect of the book, is Sue’s notion that mental health issues should be called ‘brain health’ issues. This is due to the fact people forget that the mind is part of an organ that can fail like any other, thus meaning that issues such as depression may be taken more seriously.
It also contains some never-before seen photos of Dylan, as well as details of his personality and the type of person he was, that makes the whole tragedy harder to comprehend.
This book is thought-provoking, troubling and often tough to read in places. This harrowing account from someone who’s life has been altered forever by the Columbine massacre is one that you should definitely check out, if you’re interested in true crime, gun culture or mental health issues.