May 15, 2009 at 7:18 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
I did a presentation Wednesday night on a Jewish issue connected to my book Columbine: A True Crime Story, a victim, the killers and the nation’s search for answers.
The Jewish-focused group E-3 Events had three different authors and asked each of them to analyze a passage in their book about Judaism.
My book contains at least a couple relevant passages given that shooter Dylan Klebold was half Jewish. The passage I used was a scene from the “basement tapes” filmed in fellow gunman Eric Harris’ basement:
It is sometime before April 1. Eric will soon be eighteen. He poses, sans shirt, with his shotgun, and carbine on a sling.
“My parents are going to f—ing Passover,” Dylan says.
“You’re Jewish?” Eric asks angrily.
Dylan now seems scared of Eric. Apparently, they had never discussed the issue.
Dylan pans to a window. “You can’t see it, it’s buried there,” he says.
“That’s why it’s called a bunker.”
The camera stops.
The question is, “What does it all mean?”
I argued that the passage shows Eric and Dylan were book smart, but did not have social smarts: They were friends for about four years but never stopped to talk about religion. Also, Columbine wasn’t about killing jocks or preps or Jews or blacks or Hispanics. It was about killing everyone. Eric’s Christian religion, and Dylan’s Jewish religion, has been superceded by killing.