Columbine

Columbine

by

Dave Cullen

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The head of the FBI’s domestic terrorism unit in Denver at the time of the attack. His son, Brian, was inside Columbine during the shooting, though he was unharmed. Fuselier, a master hostage negotiator and a veteran of the standoff at Waco, Texas, volunteered his services to the Jeffco sheriff’s department and quickly became an essential member of the investigative team charged with unraveling what, exactly, had caused Eric and Dylan to commit such a horrific act. Fuselier became known as an “expert” on the boys’ psychological states in the years, months, and days leading up to the shooting, and was the first person to float the theory that Eric Harris had suffered from psychopathy. Because of the FBI’s restriction on his talking to the press, Fuselier often found himself, in the aftermath of the shooting, in possesion of valuable information which could have set the record straight on many things, but he was forced to hold his tongue so as not to step on the toes of the Jeffco sheriff’s department.

Dwayne Fuselier Quotes in Columbine

The Columbine quotes below are all either spoken by Dwayne Fuselier or refer to Dwayne Fuselier. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Twelve edition of Columbine published in 2010.
Chapter 40 Quotes

Because dyads, murderous pairs who feed off each other, account for only a fraction of mass murderers, little research has been conducted on them. We know that the partnerships tend to be asymmetrical. An angry, erratic depressive and a sadistic psychopath make a combustible pair. The psychopath is in control, of course, but the hotheaded sidekick can sustain his excitement leading up to the big kill. “It takes heat and cold to make a tornado,” Dr. Fuselier is fond of saying. Eric craved heat, but he [easily grew bored and] couldn’t sustain it. Dylan was a volcano. You could never tell when he might erupt.

Related Characters: Dave Cullen (speaker), Dwayne Fuselier (speaker), Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold
Page Number: 244
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Dwayne Fuselier Character Timeline in Columbine

The timeline below shows where the character Dwayne Fuselier appears in Columbine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Church on Fire
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...after prom is an uneventful one at Columbine, but elsewhere in Jeffco, Special Agent Dwayne Fuselier is “on edge.” He heads the FBI’s domestic terrorist unit in Denver, and knows that... (full context)
Chapter 15: First Assumption
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Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Dwayne Fuselier (FUSE-uh-lay) is the first FBI agent to arrive at Columbine. Though he is a veteran... (full context)
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Though media and witnesses both describe the shooters as a unit—a they—Fuselier knows that “multiple gunmen demand[s] multiple [negotiation] tactics.” He knows already that there may be... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Sheriff
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At 3:20, Fuselier learns that his son Brian is alive and all right. At 4:00, Jeffco holds a... (full context)
Chapter 18: Last Bus
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Agent Fuselier, exhausted, returns home and hugs his son. Columbine, for him, has been even more “unbearable”... (full context)
Chapter 20: Vacant
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...assume that Columbine had to have been a conspiracy. The conspiracy angle is on Agent Fuselier’s mind Wednesday morning as he steps into the crime scene for the first time. It... (full context)
Chapter 30: Telling Us Why
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Dr. Fuselier, plagued by questions of motive, begins carving out time amidst all his other responsibilities to... (full context)
Chapter 33: Good-Bye
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...had not yet begun his diary—posted a list of “fifty-odd” entries about things he hated. Fuselier found that the “underlying theme” of his hatred was that of “stupid, witless inferiors.” The... (full context)
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Fuselier, reading Dylan’s journals in 1999, believes Dylan to be a “classic depressive.” He sees no... (full context)
Chapter 35: Arrest
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Fuselier wonders what Eric’s psychological state might have been at this point. Though his website is... (full context)
Chapter 36: Conspiracy
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...in the killers’ journals. Though Sheriff Stone will “publicly espouse a conspiracy theory” for months, Fuselier feels that theory slipping away within the first two weeks of investigations. (full context)
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...the Marines, going off his medication and flying into a killing rampage gains traction, but Fuselier knows it is wrong. Eric had remained on a full dose of medication up until... (full context)
Chapter 39: The Book of God
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...up as much as we can [and] leave a lasting impression on the world.” Dr. Fuselier, reading Eric’s journal in the present day, comes to an important conclusion: he is dealing... (full context)
Chapter 40: Psychopath
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Insanity, Dr. Fuselier knows, is “marked by mental confusion.” Eric Harris’s journals reveal a cold but highly rational... (full context)
Chapter 41: The Parents Group
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Though Fuselier is confident in his diagnosis of Eric as a psychopath, he knows there will controversy... (full context)
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Though the killers’ motives are now known, Fuselier is not permitted to talk to the public, as the FBI has prohibited him from... (full context)
Chapter 42: Diversion
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...their January arrests and swearing “godlike revenge” when “NBK” rolls around. The notes confirm, for Fuselier, that Eric’s arrest was an accelerant to murder, though not the cause. Eric defaces both... (full context)
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...empathy looked like.” In his journal, “at almost the exact same time,” according to Dr. Fuselier, Eric writes an angry rant declaring that the owner of the van deserved to be... (full context)
Chapter 49: Ready To Be Done
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Agent Fuselier steps away from the case, returning to his role as head of domestic terrorism for... (full context)
Chapter 53: At the Broken Places
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...support from braces, and he and his wife dance together beautifully at their wedding. Dr. Fuselier continues to teach hostage negotiators around the world, and still hopes to one day interview... (full context)