Hello, my name's Evan Long and I'm reporting for http://www.EvanLong.tk and http://www.TheColumbineCause.tk. Today is Tuesday, 18 May 2010. The topic of this video is Columbine, DOOM and Marilyn Manson: 11 Years Later, Misconceptions Remain.
One of the most popular topics in the media analysis of the Columbine High School shootings was the possible role played by violent first-person shoot 'em up video games such as DOOM, and by recordings made by Church of Satan reverend Brian Warner, a. k. a. Marilyn Manson. Whatever the actual role of these influences in causing the shooting, a couple of myths have surfaced regarding these topics and the purpose of this video is to offer some alternative information on that. In particular, we're going to be looking at the notion that accused killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold did not listen to Marilyn Manson and also that they did not code a level of DOOM to resemble Columbine High School.
Regarding the DOOM thread, this topic was featured on a web site called Snopes.com which claims to dispel urban legends. According to an article written by Barbara Mikkelson, who runs the site with her husband, it is, quote, "false" that Eric Harris, who liked to play and create levels for DOOM, created a level that resembled Columbine High School. Furthermore, the article ads, no one should even bother looking for motive in this case; instead, we should merely accept that Harris was Satan incarnate and leave it at that.
Likewise, when it was suggested that the Columbine shootings had been influenced by Brian Warner's recordings, such as "Misery Machine," perhaps, which features the chorus, "My arms are wheels, my legs are wheels and blood is pavement," Warner himself was given space in Rolling Stone magazine to refute the claims, citing, quote, "responsible journalists" who had reported that Harris and Klebold did not his listen to his group. Although Warner cited no names, one journalist who did put forth this notion is Dave Cullen, author of the quote-unquote "definitive" book on Columbine, simply titled, Columbine, who wrote that, quote, "Harris and Klebold hated Marilyn Manson."
However, there is a large body of government documents related to the Columbine High School shootings which began to emerge in 2000 as a result of some survivors' dissatisfaction with the official findings known as Sheriff's Office Final Report on the Columbine High Shootings. The documents are comprised of witness interviews, intelligence on suspects from their peers and other information. These documents have not received much publicity and have not been widely read. However, they contain a great deal of information about the circumstances of the shooting, including information about both DOOM and Marilyn Manson.
Regarding DOOM, it is stated on page 7,043 of the documents that then-CHS student David Proctor, who had played the game with Harris and Klebold via modem several times, told police that, quote, "earlier this year  Harris had told him he designed a level of Doom that was Columbine High School." Regarding Marilyn Manson, on page 26,113 is an essay allegedly written by Eric Harris in which the reader is exhorted to really "HEAR" the music he or she listens to. In it, there is a short list of bands the author apparently finds appealing. The sentence reads, in part, quote, "Songs from bands like RAMMSTEIN, KMFDM, NIN, M. M." In this context, "NIN" and "M. M." can only mean "Nine Inch Nails" and "Marilyn Manson," and since they are listed right next to KMFDM and Rammstein, which were widely known to have been among Harris' favorite groups, we must assume that he did hold some fondness for them.
Compared to some of the other information found in these files, however, this information could be considered to be of extremely low importance overall. For instance, in the main body of witness interviews, a section known as "11,000 Pages of Investigative Files," are found nearly one hundred separate instances of witnesses naming or describing in detail participants in the attack other than Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
The complete list of these is far too long to examine right now but to take a few specific examples, then-student Ashley Egeland, who was in a hallway when the shooting started, told police and gave a signed statement that she was shot at by Eric Harris and someone else whose name was redacted. However, we see on another page in Ashley's interviews that the name she gave was Morris, which tells us that she was naming Chris Morris, a friend of Harris and Klebold and the reported leader of the trench coat group in 1999.
Another witness was Cara Sander, who told friends and police that one of the gunmen she saw was decidedly not Harris or Klebold and later identified him as Brian Sargent, another trench coat mafia member.
Bijen Monte was another witness, one of many who named former student Robert Perry, a very tall young man with bad acne, as one of the shooters and still more implicated a shooter named "Joe," which is especially significant since former student and trench coat mafia leader Joe Stair was reportedly spotted on campus that morning by witness Leiha Murphy.
Even more disturbing than any of these, however, may be reports of an older gunman in his late 20's or 30's who appeared to be balding stalking the science halls with a sawed-off shotgun, as described by witnesses including then-student Jennifer Smull.
No mainstream Columbine books or videos address this information in any sort of respectable way, when they address it at all. As such, the history of the Columbine High School shootings still remains to be discovered by most, even those who may consider themselves well-versed on the subject.
Once again, my name is Evan Long and I'm reporting for http://www.EvanLong.tk and http://www.TheColumbineCause.tk.