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November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on · Uncategorized

Perhaps the most surprising fact in T-Bone’s ledgers was the incredibly low wage paid to the young members who did the dirtiest and most dangerous work: selling drugs on the street. According to T-Bone’s records, they barely earned minimum wage. For all their braggadocio, to say nothing of the peer pressure to spend money on […]

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There is no Profile – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on There is no Profile – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Mental Illness, Sociology

A pair of government how-to guides helped. The FBI and the Secret Service each published reports in the first three years, guiding faculty to identify serious threats. The central recommendations contradicted prevailing post-Columbine behavior. They said identifying outcasts as threats is not healthy. It demonizes innocent kids who are already struggling. It is also unproductive. […]

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The Human Chain – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on The Human Chain – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

“What’s the human chain for?” a reporter asked. “To shield the students from you folk,” district spokesman Rick Kaufman said. Most media would be excluded. A small pool would be escorted in. Reporters were incredulous. One print reporter? The White House didn’t limit its pool that tightly. Reporters for the big national papers huddled in […]

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Hearsay Accounts – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Hearsay Accounts – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

Initially, most witnesses refuted the emerging consensus. Nearly all described the killing as random. All the papers and the wire services produced a total of just four witnesses advancing the target theory Wednesday morning—each one contradicting his or her own description. Most of the papers advanced the theory with just one student who had actually […]

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A Vicious Cycle – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on A Vicious Cycle – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

Repetition was the problem. Only a handful of students mentioned the Trench Coat Mafia during the first five hours of CNN coverage—virtually all fed from local news stations. But reporters homed in on the idea. They were responsible about how they addressed the rumors, but blind to the impact of how often. Kids “knew” the […]

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Myths – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Myths – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Newspapers, Sociology, The Media

We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened. No Goths, no outcasts, nobody snapping. No targets, no feud, and no Trench Coat Mafia. Most of those elements existed at […]

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A Failed Bombing – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on A Failed Bombing – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

For investigators, the big bombs changed everything: the scale, the method, and the motive of the attack. Above all, it had been indiscriminate. Everyone was supposed to die. Columbine was fundamentally different from the other school shootings. It had not really been intended as a shooting at all. Primarily, it had been a bombing that […]

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Better Get a Lawyer – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Better Get a Lawyer – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Parenting, Revenge, Sociology

The Harrises and Klebolds both hired attorneys. They had good reason: the presumption of guilt quickly landed on their shoulders. Investigators didn’t expect to charge them, but the public did. National polls taken shortly after the attack would identify all sorts of culprits contributing to the tragedy: violent movies, video games, Goth culture, lax gun […]

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Myth Making – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Myth Making – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

The narrative unfolding on television looked nothing like the killers’ plan. It looked only moderately like what was actually occurring. It would take months for investigators to piece together what had gone on inside. Motive would take longer to unravel. It would be years before the detective team would explain why. The public couldn’t wait […]

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Live Reporting – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Live Reporting – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

The boy described more commotion. “There’s a little bunch of people crying outside. I can hear them downstairs.” Something crashed. “Whoa!” The anchor gasped. “What was that?!” “I don’t know.” The anchors had enough. Her partner told him to hang up, keep quiet, and try to reach 911. “Keep trying to call them, OK?” The […]

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