Eric David Harris (REB)
5 feet 6.5 inches tall, 135-140 lbs.
18 year old son of Wayne Nelson Harris (Air Force Pilot who, at the time, worked in the flight safety business) and Katherine (Kathy) Ann [Pool] Harris (then part-time caterer), younger brother to Kevin Harris (then 21).
Born in Wichita, Kansas. His parents were both born in Colorado though while in the Air Force working as a transport pilot, Wayne Harris held 11 different positions at six different bases from in Ohio, Michigan and New York. New York was last place they moved before his forced retirement from the military in 1993 due to cutbacks.
The Harris family moved to Littleton in July, 1993 from Plattsburgh, NY. Wayne got a job with Flight Safety Services Corporation in Englewood and Kathy got a job as a caterer. From all accounts, Eric was a 'normal guy' when he lived in Plattsburgh. "My mouth just dropped," former classmate Kyle Ross said. "He was a typical kid. He didn't seem anything like what is portrayed on TV."
Eric met Dylan at Ken Caryl Middle School, in the seventh or eigth grade. Eric met Nate Dykeman in Spanish class and they, for a time, became close friends. He introduced Nate to Dylan and the three hung out quite a bit over the following years.
The Harrises rented for the first three years they were back in Colorado but in 1996 they bought a $180,000 house just south of Columbine High School on Pierce Street. When Eric started going to Columbine he met Brooks Brown riding the school bus - their houses weren't far apart - though Dylan had been friends with Brooks since the first grade.
Among other things, Eric wanted to join the Marines though his application was rejected shortly before the shootings because he was taking the drug Luvox® (Fluvoxamine maleate) at the time, an SSRI antidepressant he was required to take as part of his anger management therapy. Some theorized that Luvox's side-effects contributed to what happened, though some of Eric's friends theorized that he had stopped taking the drug beforehand (which could've triggered an even more violent reaction as stopping Luvox suddenly can enhance the negative side-effects). The autopsy reports he had low therapeutic levels of Luvox in his system* at the time of death.
* Luvox has a 'washout period' of about 14 days for a 60mg/day prescription. Typical Luvox therapy starts with 50mg/day dosage and progresses into high dosages of up to 300mg/day as needed. It's extremely reactive to other substances (alcohol, marijuana, prescriptions). Without knowing how long Eric was taking the drug before 4-20-99 and without knowing how much he was prescribed, it's hard to tell whether this low level of Luvox was because he was actively taking a low level of the drug or because he was in the process of taking himself off a high level of it.
In their sophomore year (1997), Eric and Dylan both worked at Blackjack Pizza - a place where they would later purchase one of the guns (from Mark Manes, a guy co-worker and Columbine graduate Philip Duran set them up with) used to assault Columbine. Robyn Anderson, a friend of Dylan's, also helped purchase two shotguns and the rifle that were later used in the assault Columbine. With the weapons purchased Eric and Dylan made a video at Rampart Range where they practiced shooting the sawed off shotguns.
They got into a lot of mischief at Blackjack, setting off fireworks in the back alley, booby trapping the fence -- they even set a fire in the sink of the kitchen once. Chris Morris, one of Eric's best friends, also worked at Blackjack Pizza and was arrested on 4-20 due to some suspicion he may have been involved in the shootings. He was later cleared and released.
To quote The Denver Post Online's profile that ran: Eric Harris was a killer, certainly cold-blooded, probably deranged. But to simply boil an 18-year-old high school senior down to a soulless, Nazi-loving monster is too easy, too clean. It misses the point: If most kids have two sides, Harris had 10 - some charming, some spiteful, one lethal.
During his freshman year, Eric met Tiffany Typher in German class and took her to the homecoming. It was their only date and when she refused to go out with him again, Eric staged a fake 'suicide', sprawling on the ground with fake blood splashed all over him. He later wrote in her yearbook (and Nate Dykeman's): "Ich bin Gott" - "I am God".
Eric and Dylan hooked up their computers on a network to play Doom together online though it was Eric who had the stronger web presence. Eric's (aka REB, Rebel, Rebdoomer, Rebdomine and probably more) webpages have gotten much media hype but from what I've been able to scrounge, all this hype is the typical media nonsense.
Most of the stink revolves around two particular pages: the Doom II warez site he had up starting somewhere around '96 on WBS and the news-famed WBS site (which is just the lyrics to KMFDM's Son of a Gun. The band publicly distanced themselves from the Trenchcoat Mafia and the killers as did Marilyn Manson and Joe Arpaio and anyone else with half a brain who was listed on Eric's site as being someone he admired.).
Other websites he made include Jo Mamma (a page of 'jo mamma' jokes that aren't supposed to be funny, created by REB [Eric], VoDKa [Dylan] and KiBBz [Zack Heckler]), another WBS page of KMFDM lyrics and the more explicit and threatening website on AOL that contained the spew regarding Brooks Brown and shooting up Littleton.
It was days after the Browns reported the internet threats (tipped off to them by Dylan Klebold, ironically) and general hatred to the police that Eric began keeping a diary of plans to attack Columbine on April 19, 1999. It wasn't till the week-of that they changed plans suddenly to the 20th. It's been speculated that they originally planned to attack on the 19th to coincide with the anniversaries of the Oklahoma bombing and the government fiasco in Waco but no one really knows for sure why they chose the date they did, in the end.
Eric chatted on WBS, Web Broadcasting System, a site which has since been swallowed by the GO network but I managed to save Eric's user profile before the merge. He also was an active AOL user; you can see screenshots of his user profiles and text versions with notes. I've heard rumor he was active other places as well but have yet to see anything solid to prove this.
The 'graphic content' spoken of so dreadfully by the media was in most cases sketches of characters straight from Doom II's screen. The 'demonic pictures' in his notebook that were so shocking? More Doom pics. The horned fella's one of the Doom II 'bosses' or 'gods'. Far scarier than his gaming sites were the rants he dumped onto his homepage about hating the world at large. Everyone. Not just jocks. Or blacks. Or whites. Or rich people. Everyone. As a guest from the goth scene stated on 20\20: "Yeah, blame the music, the clothes...". It's always the same story. Something goes wrong in the younger generation, the older blames everything but themselves. They blame clothes, movies, games, hobbies, music, past times. Never the lack of attention given by parents or the inattention of school staff and other professionals. Never, ever will they hint that the fault may even lay in the individual. Sorry, folks. Some people are just wired wrong. Look at Ted Bundy.
Eric and Dylan both wrote quite a bit about what they wanted to do to the school, both in the form of videos (including the Hitmen for Hire and Basement videos), school reports, and the media-hyped journals and diaries, wherein Eric detailed out floorplans and noted when the lunch room was most crowded. (See more of Eric's writings.)
In the videos he and Dylan shot in Eric's basement bedroom (wherein they showed off the way their weapons fit under their trenchcoats) he and Dylan both go off about the 'stuck up bitches' they go to school with, Dylan referring to two by name: Rachel and Jennifer (Rachel was killed; Jennifer was badly wounded). The sound clip excerpted from the videos was censored by the media due to the cursing so it's hard to understand but if you listen closely you can hear the gist of it.
Eric died in the library from self-inflicted head wound: he placed the barrel of his sawed-off shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger (see the full 4-22-99 autopsy report). His family moved
from Littleton not long after the shootings, for obvious reasons. In the interest of trying to reforge their lives, they appreciate the thoughts of well-wishers but don't want to be contacted by
anyone about Columbine. They last said in an open letter to the public:
We continue to be profoundly saddened by the suffering of so many that has resulted from the acts of our son. We loved our son dearly, and search our souls daily for some glimmer of a reason why
he would have done such a horrible thing. What he did was unforgivable and beyond our capacity to understand. The passage of time has yet to lessen the pain.
We are thankful to those who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers.
Wayne and Kathy Harris
April 15, 2000