Columbine

Columbine

by

Dave Cullen

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Robyn Anderson Character Analysis

Dylan’s prom date, Robyn was a “sweet little church girl” who was infatuated with Dylan, and who helped both him and Eric to purchase guns at a local gun show. Robyn eventually confesses her role in the attack to the police, though she swears—seemingly truthfully—that after she purchased the guns she never saw them again, and that she had no idea what the boys were planning.
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Robyn Anderson Character Timeline in Columbine

The timeline below shows where the character Robyn Anderson appears in Columbine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: “Rebels” 
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...of the four guns” the boys have between the two of them. Her name is Robyn Anderson, and she “adore[s]” Dylan. (full context)
Chapter 10: Judgment
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...friends, Cullen says, recall noticing “peculiarities” on the morning of the attack. Dylan’s prom date, Robyn, noticed his absence from class, and the boys’ mutual friend, Brooks Brown, wondered “what kind... (full context)
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...a meeting in which he is planning to offer a new teacher a permanent position. Robyn Anderson drives off-campus for lunch just as shots are fired on the opposite end of... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Sheriff
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Robyn Anderson, who had helped Eric and Dylan to acquire guns, told detectives who interviewed her... (full context)
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Robyn Anderson tells her friend Kelli that she helped acquire guns for the boys. Robyn did... (full context)
Chapter 20: Vacant
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...a dozen special agents. Eleven “likely conspirators” are identified, including Brooks Brown, Chris Morris, and Robyn Anderson. The band room is converted into a command center—the rest of the school is... (full context)
Chapter 22: Rush to Closure
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Robyn Anderson confesses her role in acquiring the guns to the cops, who press her heavily... (full context)
Chapter 46: Guns
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...his first shotgun on November 22nd, 1998. He names it “Arlene.” After recruiting their friend Robyn Anderson to purchase the gun for them—she was eighteen years old, old enough to buy... (full context)