- Nearly 2 months after the nation's worst
school shooting incident, Columbine High School art teacher Patti Nielson
has given her first public statements to the Denver Post about her experiences
at the school on 4/20/99.
- The implications of Patti Nielson's statements,
although thoroughly edited and perhaps unintentionally shaped by the Post
to correlate more closely with the "official" version of the
circumstances of the Columbine tragedy, are so tremendously significant
and CONTRADICTORY to that official version as to boggle the mind.
- Her statements thoroughly discredit and
invalidate the prevailing disinformation promulgated by investigators about
the massacre, revealing many gaping holes and indicating startling, glaring
and massive falsehoods in the official version of events.
- It's safe to say that at this time that
nearly everything investigators have told the public regarding the Columbine
massacre can be considered worthless, misleading and manipulative disinformation
of the first and worst order.
- Yet very careful attention must be paid
to the astounding clues which have come through in her statements to catch
the the extraordinary import of what she has reported, as they are juxtaposed
alongside this prevailing official version.
- Though Nielson has not previously made
any public statements about her experiences that day, she of course has
been questioned by the same investigators KNOWN to have pressured and coerced
witnesses into changing their testimony regarding other gunmen AND has
heard the same fallacious news reports about the massacre as most other
- Being an obviously intelligent person,
she couldn't possibly be unaware that both law enforcement and mass media
have settled on the fiction that Harris and Klebold acted alone. She of
course would've realized this is in complete contradiction not only of
her own experience but every single early news report, scores of statements
made by witnesses and victims, and ALL statements made at the time and
during the first few days following by law enforcement personnel as well
as people like Jefferson County DA Dave Thomas and Colorado Governor Bill
Owens--to the effect there was NO WAY Harris and Klebold could have carried
out mayhem on such a scale without the assistance of accomplices and/or
- In her statements made in the Denver
Post interview Patti Nielson seems to be trying to find some way to reconcile
these unavoidable discrepancies, yet is clearly unable or unwilling to
discount all of what she initially witnessed and experienced. Nielson probably
realizes as well there is something quite troubling going on and that she
herself could be in danger if she makes too much noise about such discrepancies.
- Nielson and student Brian Anderson observed
and were shot by what she described repeatedly as a MAN outside the school
wielding a TEC-9 automatic handgun while they were in a hall around the
corner from the library at 11:20 AM. Yet EVERY SINGLE "OFFICIAL"
ACCOUNT states that Harris and Klebold first entered the school cafeteria
on the LOWER level from outside at this EXACT SAME TIME. There is in fact
no doubt that two gunmen who APPEARED to be Harris and Klebold did enter
the cafeteria at this time and begin shooting. Teacher Dave Sanders, after
yelling a warning to students in the cafeteria, ran upstairs with the gunmen
following behind him. Sanders was reportedly mortally wounded by gunfire
upstairs, not far from the library.
- THESE two gunmen were reported to be
wearing headphones. This fact MUST be kept in mind as the web of deception,
deceit, trickery and disguise regarding the actual events themselves and
the subsequent morass of accompanying intentional disinformation, distortion,
lies along with understandable honest confusion on the part of many is
picked apart and carefully analyzed. As there seems little doubt it was
these two who subsequently entered the library where most of the dead and
injured were shot and where the two were seen close up by some students
who knew one or both by sight, these two most likely really WERE Harris
- Columbine High School is situated on
a gentle slope, which is why there are different entrances to the school
from both upper and lower levels. It is completely impossible for the gunman
who shot Nielson and Anderson to have been Eric Harris. Furthermore Nielson
has made a very significant statement giving additional weight to this
tremendously important point as we shall see.
- Patti Nielson, 35, is quite youthful
looking and in fact was mistaken for a student after she got out the school
later that day by law enforcement and hospital personnel. She was on duty
in the school's north hall as a lunch hour monitor when nearby student
Brian Anderson alerted her to the fact that a person outside dressed in
black was shooting a gun into the parking lot. As Nielson watched through
the glass doors she thought at first this was part of a video production
or some kind of prank. She went to tell him to stop because she "thought
he was doing a dumb thing" when this MAN turned, grinned and shot
her. As she saw the glass doors between them crack from bullets she realized
the scenario taking place "was very real."
- Considering the kick a TEC-9 automatic
handgun has, the man was a damn good shot. The fact that the bullets were
almost certainly deflected by having passed through a double set of heavy
glass doors probably saved both their lives; nonetheless he was such a
good marksman that all or nearly all of his few shots still hit his intended
targets; Anderson and Nielson both avoided by inches being killed instantly.
- Ms. Nielson, as noted, is an art teacher
who by virtue of her job would have to be a fairly observant person, and
she is obviously quite intelligent and well able to express herself. Bearing
this in mind she has made a most significant statement about this moment.
- Nielson said of the gunman she saw: "I
thought he was SMALL, but I FOUND OUT LATER he was PRETTY TALL!"
- What Nielson is clearly indicating here
is that during the days after the massacre she became aware that Eric Harris,
who apparently bore SOME resemblance to the gunman who shot her and Brian
Anderson, was tall. Nielson was NOT personally familiar with Harris and
would not have recognized him by sight. The person SHE saw who LOOKED somewhat
like Harris was SHORT, yet the "real" Eric Harris--one of two
claimed by officials to be the ONLY gunmen that day--was noticeably TALL!
What's more Nielson has continually referred to this person NOT as a teenager
but as a MAN, both during her 911 call and in all subsequent relevant statements.
- It's simply inconceivable Patti Nielson
would somehow perceive the gunman to be significantly shorter than he actually
was. However after being repeatedly deluged with the prevailing media blitz
to the effect that ONLY Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed the murders
that day, it seems Nielson eventually came to the understandable assumption
that the person outside the glass doors was Eric Harris because he LOOKED
like Eric Harris.
- Nielson has NEVER said that the man she
saw was wearing headphones, as were the two assailants who entered the
cafeteria at this same time. NOR did she say this person, still outside
the building when first seen, was carrying the dubious "duffle bag"
investigators have hypothesized to explain away how the two known shooters
supposedly got such vast quantities of explosives, propane tanks, weapons
and ammunition into the building. For that matter none of the witnesses
in the cafeteria saw either of THOSE two shooters carrying any "duffle
- Considering the fact that teacher Dave
Sanders was shot but not killed by one of these two yet then bled to death
over the next four hours while law enforcement personnel--now KNOWN to
have been in the building from shortly after 12 noon onward--did NOTHING
to locate and remove Sanders AND other injured or dying victims, it's likely
Sanders and perhaps others were intentionally ALLOWED to die because they
ALSO knew too much: because they saw something or someone which could invalidate
the official falsehoods later spewed out about the massacre.
- When examined and considered carefully,
these facts simply DO NOT ADD UP. Ms. Nielson has in fact provided a major
clue here. The reason there was so much confusion about the number and
location of the gunmen involved in the massacre and also how the involvement
of other assailants became such a clouded issue is because some of the
other assailants either looked like Harris or Klebold OR were MASKED to
look like one or the other! There is simply no other explanation!
- These events involving Nielson, Anderson
and a gunman UPSTAIRS all occured at THE SAME TIME Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold had entered the cafeteria DOWNSTAIRS and begun shooting. It should
be noted here as well that the "real" Harris and Klebold were
NOT especially good shots, as they were not able to hit very many people
in the crowded cafeteria!
- Nielson and Brian Anderson, both now
wounded, ran into the school library around the corner. "It was the
fastest place to go for help," Nielson said, as she knew the library
had a telephone. There was no librarian or other staff personnel in the
library when they entered.
- Patti Nielson ended up in what turned
out to be the primary killing room at Columbine that horrifying day; where
she heard two gunmen murder ten students and seriously wound nine others.
Once again a number of her statements about her time in the library provide
valuable clues as to what actually occurred which are clearly at odds with
the official distorted versions of events.
- Moreover, it seems a distinct possibility
that the library became a focal point BECAUSE the gunman who shot her and
Anderson figured they had entered the room and wanted them finished off
as they were living witnesses to the fact that there was at least one gunman
OTHER than Harris or Klebold at Columbine, in a different area at the same
- Nielson yelled to the library's occupants
that there was a man with a gun shooting people in the school and then
called 911: the first person to do so from the school after the shooting
broke out from her hiding place behind and beneath the librarian's desk.
- She recalls hearing gunshots and what
she describes as "whooping it up" in the hall outside. She could
tell then that a number of people were involved and that at least some
were seemingly students or other adolescents. Nielson said "It felt
like there were more than two... There was adolescent type shouting. I
don't remember exactly what was said, but it was like kids enjoying themselves
and having a great time." It MUST be kept in mind that this was during
the SAME time period that Harris and Klebold were known to be DOWNSTAIRS
in the cafeteria.
- A police dispatcher answered Nielson's
911 call as the students huddled beneath tables and behind chairs and Patti
relayed the details about what was taking place at the school. Nielson
told the 911 dispatcher that a man with a gun had shot at her.
- The woman dispatcher told her law enforcement
personnel along with paramedics and firemen were on the way to the school
while Nielson began to recite the Lord's Prayer. This indication of Patti's
religious beliefs proved to be a very significant point in itself, as will
be explained below.
- "I could hear the shots and the
bombs," Nielson recounted. "I felt like we were going to die."
She then heard gunmen come in the library and begin shooting so she crawled
beneath the desk, leaving the phone off the hook as the 911 dispatcher
DISTINCTLY told Patti to keep the line open so that some kind of contact
could be retained.
- The line was subsequently disconnected
after a total of about 25 minutes and interestingly Nielson said SHE did
NOT hang up. Why the line would EVER be disconnected from the other end
in such a situation is truly suspicious; even so this indicates that there
is a taped recording at LEAST 25 minutes long of the shooting in the library.
How interesting as well that the telephone connection was SUPPOSEDLY inadvertently
(certainly INCOMPREHENSIBLY) cut BEFORE any purported suicides by Harris
and Klebold took place. Again, it seems unbelievable the connection would
have been cut in light of the dispatcher,s EXPLICIT request that the line
be kept open!
- Keep in mind that Nielson had been heard
reciting the Lord's Prayer during her 911 call AND that the gunmen asked
the girls who were shot there if they believed in God. Keep in mind that
Nielson was a youthful-looking 35; so youthful-looking people OFTEN mistook
her for a student. Keep in mind that Nielson and Brian Anderson were seen
to have run in the direction of the library by the person who shot them;
a person who looked FACIALLY like Eric Harris but could NOT have been.
The first few minutes of Nielson's call to 911 have been released and it
is impossible to ascertain that she was a teacher from this call.
- When these facts are juxtaposed they
strongly suggest that the library became a focal point of the slaughter
SPECIFICALLY because Nielson, perceived by many to be a student, was seen
by HER assailant to have run towards the library. Nielson made statements
during her 911 call indicating she had substantial knowledge of early events
in the massacre. She was clearly someone who "believed in God"
due to the fact she was heard reciting the Lord's prayer during the 911
call: the shooters asked ONLY FEMALE STUDENTS if they believed in God before
killing them. Of course, the phone lines would have been tapped by perpetrators
of this thoroughly coordinated, logistically complex assault
- These facts strongly suggest Harris and
Klebold were directed via RADIO COMMUNICATIONS heard through their HEADPHONES
to enter the library in particular to find and kill a female student known
to have entered the room who "believed in God." Why would Harris
and Klebold, who supposedly "hated" the school "jocks"
more than any other clique or group of students, NOT go into the gym area
RIGHT DOWN THE HALL from the library and shoot people there?
- Nielson couldn't see the shooters, but
she could hear them. "They were saying the most disgusting, vile things
. . . You could tell they were having fun."
- Nielson furthermore noted the behavior
of Harris and Klebold was so bizarre and whacked out that Nielson had absolutely
NO DOUBT the two were extremely high on drugs of some kind and/or alcohol,
yet officials have stated repeatedly this was NOT the case.
- According to Nielson, the killers "were
just gross. There were theatrics involved, and they seemed to be acting
out some war game. One second they were mean, the next they were laughing.
I thought they were on illegal drugs, but I guess the autopsies show they
were not, which is also kind of bizarre, because you can't believe anyone
in their right minds would do this. They were so crazed." During this
time a bomb was also detonated.
- Nielson has also said she found it incomprehensible
that police had not yet arrived as she was well aware the school was only
a couple of minutes from the Sheriff's Department headquarters. "I
thought the police would show up at any moment. But they didn't,"
- Incredibly, Patti Nielson's luck held
out as the killers, after reportedly firing over 100 shots in roughly 15
minutes, ran out of ammunition and left the room.
- Whoa! Hold up here!! Ran out of ammunition?!?!
Nielson stated that one of the shooters said "Let's get down to the
commons," and AFTER the two gunmen left the library she could hear
gunshots and bombs detonating downstairs for a long time!
- And how could this correlate with official
stories that the two killed themselves? If they did run out of ammunition,
how did they get more? Was this additional ammunition supposedly part of
the inconceivably huge quantity of materials these two purportedly brought
into the school alone that day, undetected by anyone? Nielson NEVER said
the person who shot her and Brian Anderson was carrying ANYTHING AT ALL!
- At this point most of the surviving students
escaped from the library and left the school, obviously NOT worried about
being shot by either Klebold or Harris as they were aware the two had run
out of ammunition. But Nielson, apparently somewhat in shock, hadn't realized
the students had left and she herself remained hidden. Finally after a
period of time she came out from under the desk to confront the gruesome
sight of the murdered and wounded victims of the rampage. She thought she
was the only person alive in the library, though she later found out two
of the students still there had not died. Convinced the gunmen might return
momentarily she hid herself in a cabinet under a sink. The time was 11:45
AM. and Nielson could still hear shots being fired and bombs detonating.
- Nielson stated that she was eventually
told by police that explosive devices consisting partly of propane tanks
had been fired at by Harris and Klebold in an attempt to cause a major
explosion. Significantly she says police told her the two "were such
bad shots they didn't hit the tanks. If they had, everything might have
gone up." Yet the SHORT MAN who had fired at her and Brian Anderson
initially from outside the glass doors was obviously quite a good shot,
as every single shot he had fired through two sets of thick glass doors
found it's mark! And it,s NOT very hard for even a bad shot to eventually
hit something with either an automatic weapon or a shotgun. The fact Klebold
and Harris were OUT OF AMMUNITION could have prevented them from igniting
the bomb with gunfire, however.
- Police also suggest that the two did
not get closer and fire because they didn,t want to injure themselves.
Yet THIS contradicts investigators' own now-thoroughly-disproved fantasy
that the two were on a "suicide mission" and took their own lives
just minutes later in the library, which it is now proven they did NOT
do! Furthermore Klebold and Harris had shown little regard for their own
safety when they REPORTEDLY broke off the natural gas line in the science
lab and threw a grenade or pipe bomb into the gas filled room. Not exactly
consistent with what police have said about their actions regarding the
- Yet another unexplained discrepancy is
the fact that huge pile of shell casings were reported found down the hall
from the library, yet no murders were committed in this area. WHY would
Harris and Klebold have just wasted hundreds of rounds of ammunition if
they had planned and intended to kill as many people as they possibly could?
And WHEN did they supposedly do this?
- A further serious question is raised
by what is now known from Nielson,s testimony. If Klebold and Harris did
NOT commit suicide before 12 noon as we have been misled to believe for
so long now, WHAT PREVENTED THEM FROM CONTINUING WITH THEIR MURDEROUS RAMPAGE
for the next two hours?! Even if out of ammunition they CERTAINLY could
have easily detonated the nearly 70 explosives STILL UNUSED in the school
in keeping with their reported desire to kill as many people as possible.
- Every which way we turn here we now find
the "official" story of what occurred during the horrendous massacre
at Columbine High massively discredited and FULL OF HOLES. It simply cannot
be denied at this point that this story is now 100 percent dead.
- Nielson recalled, "I could hear
helicopters up above, and I thought they were probably from the TV stations,
and I wondered why the SWAT teams weren't there yet. I thought at any time
someone would come in and say 'It's all right to come out.' It didn't take
that long to get to the school. Then I thought that the gunmen might come
in and say it was OK to come out because they were the police, and they'd
have me. I was scared to death, and I was thinking about all those students
dead in the library."
- She also feels that some people DID come
into the library again due to sounds she heard from her hiding place. Whoever
THEY were, they didn't stay long, probably thinking everyone in there was
- She heard the sound of breaking glass
when injured student Patrick Ireland escaped through the window, and later
saw two women library aides creeping past. She motioned to the two, one
of whom told her they were returning to a broadcast room where they had
been hiding; a small room used as a TV studio where student programs were
taped and broadcast in the school and locally. Nielson stayed put as she
felt the killers might want to make some kind of public statement or announcement
and thus might go in the room to broadcast their demands. According to
Nielson the time was 1 PM.
- Some time afterward, there was some noticeable
movement in the library but absolutely talking whatsoever, followed by
what she says was one very brief blast of gunfire. "I didn't hear
any conversation, any yelling, just rat-tat-tat," she said. Nielson
has indicated that it was probably nearly 2 PM when this occurred. This
would certainly have been the time Harris and Klebold met their end--in
one fashion or another.
- Yet Nielson's testimony regarding this
period of time not ONLY conflicts substantially with MANY statements previously
made by law enforcement regarding a number of tremendously important points
up till this time in the chain of events, it flat out blatantly, incontrovertibly
and permanently INVALIDATES what has been stated over and over by law enforcement
investigators regarding THIS TIME--when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris SUPPOSEDLY
committed suicide. Furthermore, considering that Nielson's and everyone
else's account describes Harris and Klebold as vocalizing loudly and continually
their delight in the carnage they were unleashing and otherwise making
a SUBSTANTIAL amount of noise, it seems more than a little odd the two
would have been so utterly and completely SILENT this time around. In fact
it is thoroughly implausible.
- There is NOTHING in what she has said
which proves that it was only Harris and Klebold who entered the library
and killed themselves without a word--OR DISPROVES the possibility the
two did NOT enter alone and/or under their own volition.
- In fact what Nielson describes sounds
VERY MUCH as though Harris and Klebold were silenced and forcibly brought
back to the library and EXECUTED. By OTHERS, that is. (In fact as this
report was being written, investigators announced on 6/13/99 that they
now question whether Dylan Klebold committed suicide at all! More on this
- By this time, close to 2 PM in the afternoon,
SWAT teams had been inside the building for nearly TWO HOURS! In yet another
instance of conflict between Nielson,s statements and those made by officials,
she recalls having heard gunfire CONTINUALLY, from both near and far, during
this entire period. A number of accounts report that police were exchanging
gunfire with (some of) the shooters, but police have indicated in their
statements that this was NOT the case. Then what was the source and purpose
of the gunfire Nielson has reported hearing for so long? On top of this
why have law enforcement been so insistent (at least up until the publication
of this MASSIVELY conflicting information) that the two KNOWN gunmen had
committed suicide by around 12 noon that day? And exactly WHAT were these
so-called SWAT team members who undeniably entered the building around
12 noon DOING in there then? Keep in mind there is strong evidence that
both FBI and NATO paramilitary units were on the scene here from the word
- Finally at about 4 PM the library aides
she had seen earlier came to her hiding place and told her it was safe
to come out; oddly, when she emerged she was handled roughly by SWAT team
members, told to put her hands on her head and was frisked.
- After making her way outside and being
driven some distance away by police, Nielson was taken by ambulance to
the hospital due to the gunshot wound in her back. "The paramedic
who treated me asked me if I believed in God, and I told him I did. He
said it was a good thing because only God could have saved me. The bulled
had grazed me. An inch more, and I would have been dead." As noted
earlier if the marksman shooting at her and Brian Anderson had NOT been
firing through double glass doors she very likely would have been killed.
- And we ALL have to thank God that Patti
Nielson survived, for her sake and that of her family and friends and ALSO
because she has disclosed some astounding and extraordinarily significant
information about the true nature of the bloody rampage that day and what
was actually going on at Columbine that day.
- There is virtually no doubt that strenuous
efforts were undertaken that day to make sure that Patti Neilson, presumed
by her attacker as well as many others to be a student, would be "terminated"
due primarily to the fact that she could provide eyewitness testimony blatantly
contradicting what has since become widely accepted as fact regarding the
Columbine massacre. Nielson could and now did provide such crucial testimony
specifically in regard to the TIMING of events transpiring simultaneously
in different areas.
- Nielson's statements show irrefutably
that she witnessed and was shot by a third conspirator/accomplice at the
SAME TIME as Harris and Klebold were in another part of the school building.
Her statements prove once and for all that there WERE other gunmen involved
in the massacre that day and the ENTIRE OFFICIAL STORY IS A PACK OF OUTRAGEOUS,
WRETCHED UNTRUTHS. The implications of this are truly horrifying IN THE
- UPDATE: Klebold Suicide Now In Question!
It is now an absolute certainty that the official story about the events
that transpired at Columbine High School on 4/20/99 has been unequivocally
proved so riddled with holes that it's been permanently sunk into it's
own grave; in the depths of a literal hell where it should rest for all
- In addition there is every reason to
believe that this extremely significant information revealed in Patti Nielson,s
statements and resultant PROOF of conspiracy and coverup concerning the
massacre compelled investigators to issue a statement just ONE DAY LATER
to the effect that they are NOW DOUBTFUL Dylan Klebold DID in fact commit
suicide, due to the location of the bullet wound in his head which ended
his life! How STRANGE it took them 2 months to figure that out and make
it public, only a day after Nielson's testimony was made public, which
completely and irrefutably destroys their story on that issue and many
others. Hmmm and double hmmm... You know, it's becoming increasingly clear
one just can't believe a single thing investigators have ever said about
any and all aspects of this case from the very beginning.
- One final note. If anyone STILL believes
the official yarn now unraveling before our eyes about the Columbine High
School shootings, there,s a bridge for sale in Brooklyn they might want
to buy... once they get their money from the tooth fairy.
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- For more information:
- The Columbine Research Task Force