Columbine

Columbine

by

Dave Cullen

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John Stone Character Analysis

The newly-elected Jeffo sheriff who bungled the first press conference about the attacks by citing erroneous facts and making wildly speculative remarks at a crucial moment. When it is revealed that the Jeffco sheriff’s office “had some knowledge of Eric and Dylan’s activities in the years prior to the shootings,” Stone is “visibly angry” and seems to believe the investigation into the sheriff’s department to be “politically motivated.”
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John Stone Character Timeline in Columbine

The timeline below shows where the character John Stone appears in Columbine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: “1 Bleeding to Death”
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The newly-elected sheriff of Jeffco, John Stone , is in command—this is his first murder case while in office, and he is... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Sheriff
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...is alive and all right. At 4:00, Jeffco holds a press conference, presided over by Sheriff John Stone and chief spokesman Steve Davis. Stone bungles the question-and-answer portion of the event, doubling the... (full context)
Chapter 36: Conspiracy
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...killers’ friends house turn nothing up. None of them appear in the killers’ journals. Though Sheriff Stone will “publicly espouse a conspiracy theory” for months, Fuselier feels that theory slipping away within... (full context)
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Sheriff John Stone continues spewing his theory that Columbine had been a conspiracy engineered by several students to... (full context)
Chapter 45: Aftershocks
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...the sheriff’s department for failing to alert them about its investigation of Eric’s troubling behavior. Sheriff Stone publicly denounces the Klebolds’ claim, calling it “outrageous,” and blaming “their parenting” for Dylan’s role... (full context)
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...Basement Tapes, and are further outraged when a reporter gets to view the tapes first. Sheriff Stone continues to delay the final report, but “insist[s] that his department [will] be exonerated” by... (full context)
Chapter 51: Two Hurdles
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...new sheriff of Jeffco, Ted Mink, orders the Colorado Attorney General to conduct an investigation . John Stone refuses to participate. The probe reveals that the cover-up went deeper than expected, and implicated... (full context)