Jeff Kass Columbine: A True Crime Story

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Columbine: A True Crime Story

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Ten years after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve classmates and a teacher, Columbine remains the world's most iconic school shooting. Columbine: A True Crime Story, a victim, the killers and the nation's search for answers is the first book of investigative journalism to tell the complete story of that day, the far-reaching consequences, and the common denominators among school shooters across the country. Jeff Kass was one of the first reporters on the scene and has continued to cover the story as a staff writer for Denver's Rocky Mountain News. He has broken national stories on the shootings such as leaked crime scene photos, and the sealed diversion files of the killers. He has also reported the story extensively for the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, and U.S. News & World Report. The result of ten years of research and exclusive information, the book reaches into fundamental American themes of violence, racism, parenting and policing. Concluding with the tale of the tattered police investigation and how one of the most controversial victims' families faces down a modern American tragedy as the cameras roll, Columbine: A True Crime Story is a classic in the tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song. Foreword by noted historian Douglas Brinkley, exclusive cover art by renowned artist and cultural commentator Ralph Steadman, and photos from the archives of the Rocky Mountain News, which won the Pulitzer for its Columbine photography.

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""Jeff Kass comes closer than anyone in explaining this national tragedy that is Columbine. His discussions with Hunter S. Thompson in the kitchen over the years revealed his depth of research and wisdom of this complex story, which he finally unmasks, a decade later in""Columbine: A True Crime Story"." --Anita Thompson, wife of the late Hunter S. Thompson, author of""The Gonzo Way

""It was the kind of tragedy that defined a genuine breakdown of social cohesion in the late nineties. America and guns go back a long way, as Hunter used to remind me, and demonstrate. But this was a lack of imagination, a cold assessment of cause and effect, devoid of compassion and the action of severely damaged psyches which could never have been introduced to the ramifications of consequence. Unfortunately, these kids have had many role models, filmic but very real demonstrations from "A Clockwork Orange "onwards on which to base their ideas. I reckon that the senseless motive for violence heightens the sick thrill of the act." --Ralph Steadman, author, """The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me

""Could this happen here? The day after Columbine I was asked that question from parents, faculty, school administrators, students and police officers in Aspen. "Columbine: A True Crime "story answers all questions about the killers, the families, and victims of one of the most iconic school shootings in this nation's history and more." --Pitkin County, CO, Sheriff Bob Braudis""

""Kass has created a tour-de-force explaining not just Columbine, but the roots of all teen violence--not just an accounting of facts, but a sordid, painful, and in the end, hopeful tale that draws us in and won't let go. It will remain with you long after the pages become dog-eared and weathered." --Paul Dobransky, M.D., psychiatrist and first responder to Columbine""

""Jeff Kass comes closer than anyone in explaining this national tragedy that is Columbine. His discussions with Hunter S. Thompson in the kitchen over the years revealed his depth of research and wisdom of this complex story, which he finally unmasks, a decade later in""Columbine: A True Crime Story"." --Anita Thompson, wife of the late Hunter S. Thompson, and author, ""The Gonzo Way

""Kass has created a tour-de-force explaining not just Columbine, but the roots of all teen violence--not just an accounting of facts, but a sordid, painful, and in the end, hopeful tale that draws us in and won't let go. It will remain with you long after the pages become dog-eared and weathered." --Paul Dobransky, MD, psychiatrist and first responder to Columbine""

Jeff Kass comes closer than anyone in explaining this national tragedy that is Columbine. His discussions with Hunter S. Thompson in the kitchen over the years revealed his depth of research and wisdom of this complex story, which he finally unmasks, a decade later in Columbine: A True Crime Story. Anita Thompson, wife of the late Hunter S. Thompson, and author, The Gonzo Way"

It was the kind of tragedy that defined a genuine breakdown of social cohesion in the late nineties. America and guns go back a long way, as Hunter used to remind me, and demonstrate. But this was a lack of imagination, a cold assessment of cause and effect, devoid of compassion and the action of severely damaged psyches which could never have been introduced to the ramifications of consequence. Unfortunately, these kids have had many role models, filmic but very real demonstrations from A Clockwork Orange onwards on which to base their ideas. I reckon that the senseless motive for violence heightens the sick thrill of the act. Ralph Steadman, author, The Joke s Over: Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me"

Could this happen here? The day after Columbine I was asked that question from parents, faculty, school administrators, students and police officers in Aspen. Columbine: A True Crime story answers all questions about the killers, the families, and victims of one of the most iconic school shootings in this nation s history and more. Pitkin County, CO, Sheriff Bob Braudis"

Kass has created a tour-de-force explaining not just Columbine, but the roots of all teen violence not just an accounting of facts, but a sordid, painful, and in the end, hopeful tale that draws us in and won t let go. It will remain with you long after the pages become dog-eared and weathered. Paul Dobransky, MD, psychiatrist and first responder to Columbine"

About the Author:

Jeff Kass is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Rocky Mountain News. He has been a regular contributor to Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, and U.S. News & World Report, and has covered Colorado and the West for Chicago Tribune and the Dallas Morning News. He has appeared on CNN, Court TV, E! True Story Hollywood, FoxNews, PBS, and radio. He lives in Denver. Douglas Brinkley is the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor to American Heritage and Vanity Fair. He is the author of Cronkite and The Wilderness Warrior. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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