Ten Years After The Unthinkable 

Are Kids Any Safer Since The Columbine High School Massacre? Author offers a unique, often disturbing glimpse into the mind of a teen killer

by Curt Harding Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On April 20, 1999 in the small suburban town of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted an all-out assault on Columbine High School. The boys' plan was to kill hundreds of their peers. Armed with guns, knives, and a multitude of bombs, the two boys walked the hallways and killed. When the day was done, twelve students, one teacher, and the two boys were dead. The obvious question in the aftermath was why?

In Inside The Mind of a Teen Killer (Thomas Nelson, April 2009), author Phil Chalmers reveals 15 years of research, exhaustive interviews, and face-to-face conversations with the young men who carried out some of the most heinous crimes.

Chalmers says that the two Columbine killers displayed several warning signs that were missed by those around them, and were motivated by at least 5 of the ten causes of teen murder detailed inside the pages of Inside The Mind of a Teen Killer

"After seeing the rash of teen murders in the 1980's and the string of school shootings in the 1990's, I felt I could no longer sit back and watch. And the so called "experts" didn't seem to have any answers either, so I went directly to the killers and shooters themselves, and obtained facts and motivations that only could be obtained by speaking with the perpetrators," said Chalmers.

Luke Woodham was once a lovable child. Like many other boys, he grew into a socially awkward teen often targeted by bullies. On October 1, 1997, his life took a tragic turn when he killed his mother in their home, and then drove to his high school and shot nine people, two fatally. How did this happen? What sends kids like this careening over the edge? How can a seemingly typical teen turn into a homicidal maniac? Inside The Mind of a Teen Killer provides some fascinating insight for parents, teachers, police officers, anyone who cares about the safety of our children including:


• Conversations with the killers themselves
• The top ten causes of teen murder
• How to recognize the warning signs to prevent future violence
• A game plan to keep our schools and communities safe
• The ten mistakes parents make that unknowingly contribute to teen violence

About The Author

Phil Chalmers is an American author and a law enforcement trainer who resides in the Midwest. He has been researching youth culture and speaking to teens and youth workers all over the world since 1985. Since the mid 1990s, Phil has been conducting extensive research into the arenas of teen murder and school violence to prepare for this major book release.

Phil has produced two documentaries, including the hit series “True Lies.” He has also written three books and regularly writes for numerous national magazines and newspapers. He currently spends his time training law enforcement, school administrators, and criminal justice students on juvenile homicide and juvenile mass murder.

For more information, contact Phil directly @ www.PhilChalmers.com

TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH PHIL CHALMERS

contact Curt Harding @ charding@thomasnelson.com 615.902.2246

Curt Harding is Senior Publicist for Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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