Songs about serial killers: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999) were the two American high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre. The pair killed 13 people and injured 24 others, three of whom were injured as they escaped the attack. The two then committed suicide in the library, where they had killed 10 of their victims.

Here are the songs written about these serial killers:
“Hero” – Superchick

“A New Hope” – Five Iron Frenzy

“Cassie” – Flyleaf

“Columind” – Filter

Frontman producer, Patrick was influenced by worldly issues, especially violence, towards the turn of the century. “The Missing”, while technically written prior to the 9/11 Attacks, became all the more meaningful to Patrick after said events, as it captured many of his emotions and reactions to it. The track “Columind” was written in response to the Columbine High School massacre, where as “American Cliche” was more of a response to “how commonplace school violence has become”.

“Who shot the jock?” – GrimDaze Stoners (band)
“Disposable Teens” – Marilyn Manson

“Völkermord” – Apostasy
“Friend Of Mine” – Jonathan and Stephen Cohen (survivors of the columbine shooting)
“One by One” – The Calling

“The Anatomy of a School Shooting” – Ill Bill

Rap has a well-documented history of violence, it rarely takes an analytical approach to the causes behind violent acts in youth culture. Ill Bill’s “The Anatomy Of a School Shooting” delves into the mind of a social reject pushed beyond breaking, with the rapper inhabiting the persona of Eric Harris, one half of the duo that perpetrated the horrific Columbine shooting in 1999. Though the song takes some liberties to prove a point, its ending strikes a chord as resonant now as it was over a decade ago, a plea for understanding of those pushed to the outskirts of society: “Don’t even try to analyze me now you have no chance/Back then, maybe you could’ve been my friend.”

“The Nobodies” – Marilyn Manson

“This is Your Time” – Michael W. Smith

“Hitmen for Hire” – Evil Anger
“The Kinslayer” – Nightwish

“We Hate You” – Electric Wizard

“Pigs” – Tyler, The Creator

“Witch Hunt” – MDFMK

“Rampage” – Nicole Dollenganger

“Rap God”, “Remember Me”, “I’m Back”, “The Way I Am”, “White America” – Eminem


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