The Suicide of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold occurred on April 20, 1999, at approximately 12:08 PM, right after they had killed 12 students and one teacher as well as injuring 21 others at Columbine High School. Eric Harris leaned up against a bookshelf and positioned his Savage 67H pump shotgun between his legs and the barrel inside of his mouth before pulling the trigger, blowing off the back portion of his head. Dylan Klebold stood on his knees and aimed his TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun at his left temple before pulling the trigger, a 9mm bullet cut through his brain. Not dying instantly, Klebold likely suffered from involuntary movement while his lungs filled with blood, causing him to drown. Both Harris and Klebold died feet away from ten of the victims they had killed in the Columbine High School massacre. Before he shot himself, Dylan Klebold lit a molotov cocktail and tossed it at a desk right beside the place their bodies were found, it only partially burned the top.

Background[edit | edit source]

Sketch of how the bodies of the perpetrators (Harris and Klebold) were initially positioned when found dead.


Conspiracy Theory: Eric Killed Dylan[edit | edit source]

Junior photograph of Dylan Klebold.


Autopsy Reports[edit | edit source]

Eric Harris' autopsy report concluded that the cause of death was due to massive head injury secondary to a high energy gunshot wound involving the roof of the mouth, or the palate, consistent with that of a shotgun. This wound was found to be consistent with self-infliction.

Dylan Klebold's autopsy report concluded that the cause of death is due to brain injuries secondary to a close contact, large caliber, through and through gunshot wound involving the left side of the head. This wound was found to be consistent with self-infliction.

The autopsies were performed by a forensic pathologist in the Littleton area named Ben Galloway.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The blood on Eric's pant-leg suggests that Eric killed himself first.
  • The "one, two, three" count-down has been used in a couple of Columbine-based films, notably Duck! The Carbine High Massacre (2000) and Zero Day (2003).
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