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1999: Columbine, Marilyn Manson and the real-life Antichrist Superstar

When the Columbine massacre shook the world, the media baselessly made Marilyn Manson into a scapegoat. He refused to be baited or silenced

In the spring of 1999, heavy metal was thrust into the centre of the most turbulent story of the year – the Columbine shootings.

On April 20, 1999, students Dylan Klebold (aged 17) and Eric Harris (18) walked into Columbine High School, in the suburb of Littleton, Colorado, armed with duffel bags packed with a terrifying arsenal of firearms and explosives. At around 11:20am, the two began randomly gunning down whoever crossed their paths, indiscriminately slaughtering kids hiding in rooms throughout the school.


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