Almost nine years after they killed themselves to end their deadly attack on Columbine High School, the evil of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold lives on, says the Rocky Mountain News. Their words pepper electronic message boards, where their violent rants against society are posted and re-posted. Their faces and voices and videos litter cyberspace – a search on YouTube.com turned up dozens of clips. Someone developed a video game based on their assault on Columbine, which left a dozen students and a teacher dead.
Their deeds draw admiration from other mass murderers. Earlier this year, Cho Seung-Hui referred to them – “We martyrs, like Eric and Dylan” – before killing 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech. Last week, Matthew Murray added another chapter to the sick legacy of Harris and Klebold. In between murders at a Christian missionary center in Arvada and a church in Colorado Springs, he stopped to post a series of messages on the Internet quoting Harris and mentioning Columbine. Said Carl Raschke, a religious studies professor at the University of Denver, “There is this kind of romantic cult of youth violence that is out there. If you’re down and out and disaffected, and you can’t create an identity for yourself, you feel like nobody in society – including your parents – understands you, you’re going to identify with somebody who is considered wicked.”