Healing after Murder-Suicide -- Mother of Columbine Shooter Shares Grief Journey: Interview with Sue Klebold | Episode 26
NOTE: This podcast aired on 12/27/18 at 10AM ET http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hopeilluminated
While only 2% of suicides are murder-suicides, the narrative of this tragedy dominates public consciousness. Due to the fact that the circumstances are horrific, and the media reports on these stories more frequently and with more details than most other community tragedies, it’s not surprising that we feel overwhelmed. What is often not discussed is the unimaginable grief and trauma left behind in the families of the perpetrators. In my interview with Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, we learn more about why she spent many years in hiding and what she is doing now so that other families don’t have to experience what hers did.
About Sue Klebold
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999 who killed 13 people and injured more than twenty others before taking their own lives. Since the tragedy, Sue has worked to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. From her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy (Crown, 2016) she is donating all author profits to mental health and suicide prevention organizations. She is a member of the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and a member of the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Klebold, S. (2016). A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy. New York: Broadway Books. https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Reckoning-Living-Aftermath-Tragedy/dp/1101902779
Sue on 20 20 with Diane Sawyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Id2tvt4D18
Sue on BBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fSKsPwP2JI
Sue’s interview with NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston: https://www.audible.com/pd/Ep-5-Youre-Not-Alone-What-Were-You-Thinking-Audiobook/B077VRNF9C
Sue’s interview with Colorado Public Radio: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/sue-klebold-talks-about-mothers-reckoning-her-book-about-her-son-dylan-and-columbine-high
Thomas Joiner’s book “Perversion of Virtue”: https://www.amazon.com/Perversion-Virtue-Understanding-Murder-Suicide-ebook/dp/B00HQFO64I/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860748&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=perversion+of+viture+joiner
The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/
(2004) THE FINAL REPORT AND FINDINGS OF THE SAFE SCHOOL INITIATIVE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF SCHOOL ATTACKS IN THE UNITED STATES from the UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE AND UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/preventingattacksreport.pdf
(2018) ENHANCING SCHOOL SAFETY USING A THREAT ASSESSMENT MODEL: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence
Extreme Risk Laws Toolkit
Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings
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