One of the Australian twins who committed suicide near Denver, USA last week wrote to a survivor of the Columbine shooting just after the massacre at the High School in 1999 . Kristin Hermerler sent two letters to Brooks Brown expressing sympathy for the two killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold after Brooks Brown had not condemned Harris and Klebold .
It seems the suicide attempts were directly connected to the Columbine Massacre as the shooting range was only 20 miles from Columbine High School and a photocopy of a Time article titled The Monsters Next Door / What Made them Do It was found in their belongings . Kristin Hermerler empathised with the murderers in her letter :
As someone who has been rejected, victimized and ostracized in their life, I would like to thank you for giving Eric that chance .
It appears the twins saw themselves as outsiders, similar to Harris and Klebold and it makes one wonder whether they were planning someting similar to Columbine but decided in the end to commit suicide . Candice Hermerler survived and she may explain their actions .
The story is similar to that of Swedish twins, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson whose strange story was documented in the BBC programme Madness in the Fast Lane . After being stopped by the police after hitchhiking along the M6 motorway in England they both attempted to commit suicide by running into fast moving traffic and miraculously, they both survived . They seemed extremely agitated and paranoid the police wanted to steal organs from their bodies .
Ursula Eriksson was severly injured and was kept in hosptal for a long period but her sister Sabina was released from hospital the next day . After befriending Glenn Hollinshead in Stoke on Trent, who kindly offered her a room for the night, Sabina attacked Glenn Hollinshead with a hammer and killed him .
At the subsequent trial, it appeared that Ursula Eriksson had experienced mental health problems but Sabina had led a blameless life and psychiatrists hypothesized that Sabina was somehow infected by her twin sister . Sabina cannot or won’t give an explanation for her actions .
It maybe that the stronger twin takes over the Mind, like The Manson Family or Brady and Hindley in England where the warped personality controls the weaker Mind, and makes it commit crimes the other twin otherwise would not do but I think that’s for the psychiatrists .