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Columbine Gunmen Made Videotapes

November 11, 1999

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ Gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made several videotapes describing events leading up to the Columbine High School massacre in an apparent bid to become famous, authorities said.

``I’ve not reviewed all of it, but it is disturbing, to say the least,″ Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Steve Jensen said Wednesday. ``It’s is obvious that these guys wanted to become cult heroes of some kind.″

Klebold and Harris killed 12 Columbine students and a teacher before committing suicide on April 20.

Investigators say the tapes found at the homes of the two teens appear to have been made specifically for police, The Denver Post reported today. Details, including content and how many tapes there are, were not immediately known.

Jensen said officials had not revealed the existence of the videos because Klebold and Harris may have made them with the intent of becoming celebrities.

``Dissemination of this information might allow (Klebold and Harris) to accomplish their goal,″ Jensen said. ``And we don’t want them to appear to achieve that status. So we will fight tooth and nail to prevent dissemination of those materials.″

A short transcript of the tapes is to be read on Friday at the sentencing of 22-year-old Mark Manes, who has pleaded guilty to supplying the gunmen with a semiautomatic pistol. He faces up to 18 years in prison.

The transcript is expected to reveal new information about a target-practice outing shortly before the shootings, along with further details of the gun sale.

Jensen characterized one of the tapes as a ``memorial tape″ on which Harris and Klebold mention Manes and Philip Duran, 22, who is charged with helping Duran with the gun sale.%bold_off(%)

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