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Kip Kinkel

Special Education, The Columbine Massacre, Thurston High School, A Day Of Tragedy, The Trial

Born August 30, 1982 (Springfield, Oregon)


Kip Kinkel confessed to killing his parents on May 20, 1998, and then opening fire the following day at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two and wounding twenty-five. The following year he was sentenced to 111 years in prison. His case focused national attention on the continuing tragedy of school violence that plagued America in the late 1990s.

For More Information


Bonilla, Denise M., ed. School Violence. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 2000.

Levinson, David, ed. Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002.


King, Patricia, and Andrew Murr, "A Son Who Spun Out of Control." Newsweek (June 1, 1998): pp. 32–33.

Sullivan, Randall, "A Boy's Life: Part I." Rolling Stone (September 17, 1998): pp. 76–85, 106–107.

Sullivan, Randall, "A Boy's Life: Part II." Rolling Stone (October 1, 1998): pp. 46–54, 72.

Web Site

"The Killer at Thurston High." PBS Online and WGBH/Frontline. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kinkel/kip (accessed on August 15, 2004).

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationCrime and Criminal Law