Colorado suicide pact twin wrote letters to Columbine survivor
Published 22/11/2010 | 15:25
One of the Australian twin sisters who shot themselves in a suicide pact in Colorado wrote letters to a survivor of the Columbine school massacre.
Kristin Hermeler, who died last week after shooting herself alongside her sister Candice at a shooting range, wrote twice to Brooks Brown, who was bullied by Eric Harris, one of the Columbine gunmen.
Both sisters discussed bullying in phone calls with Mr Brown, who later became friends with Harris and was spared when he and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people in the school in April 1999.
Kristin also wrote him letters, stating in one from June 1999: "As someone who has been rejected, victimised and ostracised in their life, I would like to thank you for giving [Harris] that chance." In a second letter in July 1999, she wrote: "You felt like everyone hated you. Words could never tell you how sorry I am that you feel like anyone hates you. It completely baffles me as to why anyone would hate someone when they don't know them; it sickens me." The communication with Mr Brown is the second link between the twins and Columbine to have emerged.
Police found a photocopy of a front cover of a news magazine published in May 1999 depicting Harris, Klebold and their victims.
Candice Hermeler, who is in a serious condition following brain surgery, reportedly dismissed the significance of the magazine when interviewed by officers. "It happened a long time ago," she said.
Littleton, Colorado – the home of Columbine High School – is about 15 miles southwest of Denver, where the Hermeler sisters attempted their suicide pact.
Police said that Candice "ran the gamut of emotions from frustration to anger" during her two-hour interview, but failed to explain why she and her sister had been driven to kill themselves.