Young Woman Infatuated with Columbine Mass Killing Sparks Manhunt

Young Woman Infatuated with Columbine Mass Killing Sparks Manhunt, School Shutdowns
Young Woman Infatuated with Columbine Mass Killing Sparks Manhunt, School Shutdowns

Colorado, U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- The media attention given to the Columbine mass murderers may have claimed another victim. Sol Pais, an 18 year old woman, became obsessed with the Columbine massacre that happened in 1999.

The young woman was being investigated by the FBI for threats to area schools as the twenty year anniversary of the mass killing at Columbine High School approached.

Pais was a student of Miami Beach High School.

She travelled from Florida to Colorado a few days before the anniversary. Pais legally purchased a shotgun at a gun shop, the Colorado Gun Broker.

Her journal reveals a young woman in pain, who shows suicidal tendencies.  Above the image of a pistol are the words “being alive is f*cking overrated...”

In a quick perusal of her web site, there is nothing joyous, only pain and frustration.

Pais purchased one way tickets to Denver and immediately purchased a shotgun. From abcnews.go.com:

Authorities say a teenager who was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack raised suspicions after making unspecified comments to people at home in Florida and buying three one-way tickets to Denver.

FBI agent in charge Dean Phillips in Denver said Wednesday that people who talked to 18-year-old Sol Pais contacted police in Florida, who in turn notified the FBI on Tuesday.

Phillips said Pais flew to Denver on Monday, using the earliest ticket she purchased, then went straight to a gun shop to buy a shotgun.

From news.com.au:

The FBI and Colorado police are hunting for an ‘extremely dangerous’ and armed woman, they say is the reason why 22 schools, including Columbine High, went into lockdown today.

Jeffco Sheriff’s department say Sol Pais travelled to Colorado and made threats.

“She is armed and considered extremely dangerous,” a twitter alert reads.

They are urging anyone with information to call the FBI tip line.

“Please do not approach her,” the post reads.

‘She is a white female, 18 years old, approximately 5’5 in height, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camoflague pants and black boots.”

The teen years are often stressful times for young men and women. I do not know what happened in Sol Pais troubled mind. As a parent, I can only offer prayers and condolences for her family.  Ultimately, Sol Pais did not attack or kill other people.

Academics have found, however, that suicide is contagious. It is called the copycat effect. When a suicide is publicized, other people are incentivized to commit suicide in the same way. The Columbine killers ultimately took their own lives, using firearms.

Academics sometimes call the copycat effect “media contagion”.  A paper presented to the American Psychological Association (APA) found the number of mass killings, rampage killings, or “mass shootings”, may be doubled by irresponsible  media aggrandizement of mass killers. The desire for fame was found to be one of the main motivators of these rampage killers. From apa.org:

“Unfortunately, we find that a cross-cutting trait among many profiles of mass shooters is desire for fame,” she said. This quest for fame among mass shooters skyrocketed since the mid-1990s “in correspondence to the emergence of widespread 24-hour news coverage on cable news programs, and the rise of the internet during the same period.”

She cited several media contagion models, most notably one proposed by Towers et al. (2015), which found the rate of mass shootings has escalated to an average of one every 12.5 days, and one school shooting on average every 31.6 days, compared to a pre-2000 level of about three events per year. “A possibility is that news of shooting is spread through social media in addition to mass media,” she said.

“If the mass media and social media enthusiasts make a pact to no longer share, reproduce or retweet the names, faces, detailed histories or long-winded statements of killers, we could see a dramatic reduction in mass shootings in one to two years,” she said. “Even conservatively, if the calculations of contagion modelers are correct, we should see at least a one-third reduction in shootings if the contagion is removed.”

We can never know if Sol Pais would have chosen to live if media coverage of the Columbine killers had been restrained and had refrained from giving the killers fame in death.

Sol Pais' words do not seem to seek fame. As with many suicides, she seemed to seek an end to pain.  Perhaps her threats and travel to the Denver area were a cry for help.

We can all be grateful she did not inflict her tragic pain on others.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 37 thoughts on “Young Woman Infatuated with Columbine Mass Killing Sparks Manhunt

    1. Very sad. Shame that she went “dark” and became obsessed with such stuff, then took her life. Real shame.

    2. Amazing how(1) 18 yr old teenage girl can close 22 schools & set 100’s of local & federal law enforcement agencies into a cluster Fu*k frenzie……..
      What are we going to do if we get a group of jihad terrorists in the country??? Oh I know that, Mass, & NY will elect them to congress….

      1. If you do your homework you will find out that we have muslim training camps all around the country and in Mexico by our southern border.

    3. Here is one root issue that few will consider.. or want to.

      Her generation knows only too well that, since 1973, some sixty millions of their peers have been rejected, and disposed of as so much trash, before they ever were allowed to draw their first breath. Kids KNOW this… may not fully process it, but they realise deep down that most pets are more valued than many humans. “What makes ME any different than those sixty millions who were not wanted, except that I have been here long enough I have to figure it out myself”. There is, amongst far too many Americans, a serious lack of value for human life.. I am convinced that they who cry the most shrilly for “safety” and “if it saves EVEN ONE CHILD we must do it” are part of the same lot that also cries the most shrilly for a “a woman’s right to choose” death …… for someone else, their unborn child. And it is ALL about ushering in total control of everyone.

      Until this culture decides, once and for all time, that EVERY LIFE is valuable, children like this one will struggle with valuing their own lives as anything more valuable than those sixty millions……. its the same spirit.

    4. Yes she was supposedly found dead. In my previous comment I inadvertently said did anyone see the RED FLAG of what this crazy person was saying on social media! RED FLAG the anti gun owner law in which anyone can turn In anyone else for any reason and the gun owner has no recourse the gestapo comes and takes their guns away and you can never buy guns legally again! The communist and socialist demoncraps, rinos, and even the nra is saying we need the gun rights of legal gun owners taken away if your ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend, neighbor, complete stranger, even a MAGA Hat hater can turn you in and take away your guns and gun rights! I BELIVE THAT IS WHAT THE ELITES ARE PUSHING HERE——-RED FLAG trying to get the citizens to see their argument that this is the only control that will stop any misuse of THE TERRIBLE GUN! Ben Franklin “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    5. If this is really TRUE there is something definitely wrong with Florida! How many crazy individuals from Florida have posted all kinds of Crap on social media and NO one in Florida or anywhere else can realize what is happening with someone who even attempts to talk about killing themselves or others! They did mention her parents but what kind of parents can’t see something going completely off the rails with their child who they have raised for 18 years! This whole story seems very shady to me and others, also weren’t police, homeland security, fbi and other law enforcement people supposed to red flag anyone buying a one way ticket to anywhere?! I see them use that very procedure all the time and it is investigated and sometimes checked out before the person even gets a boarding pass! After all this is what happened on 9/11 buying one way tickets so law agencies and homeland security have forgotten 9/11 where onutbar says SOMEBODY DID SOMETHING! I agree this little ACT will bolster the socialist and communist gun control PRICKS to demand more control over all of our lives!

      1. Back in 2005 I obught a one way airline ticket to Denver. No need for panic or alarm. Perfectly normal reason.

        I had located a car I needed to buy, it was in Fort Collins, so I hopped the bird a d flapped on out there. biught the van, still have it (still running fine, as am I, after I’ve put another 260,000 miles on it since then.

        There are far too many “reasonable” EXCUSES to go all felony mode and act harshly, taking someone into custody who is as harmless as the best of us.

        Most foreign countries will not allow entry to folks with a one way ticket… not because they think you will kill yourself, but to make it a little bit more certain that you don’t plan on overstaying your lawful lengh of the visit. Of course, the practical cure for that thinking is to buy the round trip, and just toss the return leg. You’re still there, and no one suspects any foul intent when yuo get there.

        Would that OUR government would be half so wise….. thousands pouring across our southern boundary with no intent of ever leaving.

    6. The teen brain is a pretty fascinating thing. At one moment, capable of the most intense emotion. At the next, devoid of it, calculating and amoral.
      Throw in some trauma and you have a recipe for disaster. Where there is a will…
      Pray for this person’s family. Focus on rearing your children the best you can.

    7. Why would an eighteen year old be concerned about a shooting that happened before she was ever born?
      Sounds fishy.

      1. ’cause she’s gone coo coo ? BTW anyone notice neither background check law or no sell to coo coos failed miserably ? There’s a reason why……

    8. So what does this sight do? Publicity, publicity, publicity. Enough to say that a sick teenager killed herself. That’s it. Now every one of these potential murderers knows they can travel out of state and buy a long gun. Let it go, it’s not that interesting.

      1. Joe, she didn’t need to travel out of state to purchase a rifle or shotgun. The only prohibition on sales in other states is on handguns. And if she had the firearm in a checked bag, following the TSA and airline rules, she could have taken it with her to Colorado.

        1. Not exactly true. As was in the news recently, sellers to out of state purchasers must follow the rules for sales in the purchaser’s home state. This may or may not make a difference in what they may purchase.

    9. Sorry, but I don’t buy this. The face is not that of an 18 year-old. The expression on the left photo isn’t someone 18. How does an 18 year old purchase a one-way airplane ticket? Can we ever again believe an FBI agent after all the false flags they’ve operated?
      Where are her parents? Not one word from them; not one interview.
      I believe this was to rekindle attention to Columbine and use it to continue the far-reaching demcRAT/communists’ attempt to persuade the public for anti-gun measures.

      1. It doesn’t make sense, doesn’t add up.. Why Colorado? 18 year old ? Wears camo & black boots?? More BS coming from the DNC FBI ?
        Colorado Gov just signed a anti-gun seizure bill.
        How’s this for BS timing? We’re being Conned AGAIN by the DemoRats..

      2. also, being 18 and all this is more useful fodder to promote raising the age to possess all firearms to 21…… remember, the lunatic who shot up the school in Florida was 18 when he bought his guns. But the media will NEVER tell you about the FOUR felony crimes he committed since he was 16, NONE of which were ever charged to him. Thus they were not reported to NICS as “disabling” events, no PROCEED code was issued for every one of his gun purchases. Seems the locla school district, and the be-costumed Cowards of Broward, preferred to “win” the $Mn54 prize for recuding their ARREST rate amongst school age kids. Never mind it ended up INCREASING the CRIME rate in that same category…. not to mention the victiim rate. If ANY of his felony level crimes had been even charged to him that date in NICS would have prevented his buying his guns.

      3. This is all about changing the minds of the uppity sheriffs in Colorado not enforcing unconstitutional red flag laws. This “Sun Country” (Sol Pais) nonsense is a big red flag. Since FL is a red flag state, they are going to hype this as having stopped a school shooting.

    10. Bill, you’re right. To legally buy a firearm one must be a resident of the state where the sale occurs. I caught that too.

      1. One does not need to be a resident of the State where the FFL dealer does business when purchasing a rifle or shotgun. One does have to be a resident of the State where the FFL dealer does business when purchasing a handgun.

        So we see the assault on semi auto rifles by the control gun crowd is not about safety, correctly stated “control”.

      2. Yeah, either she was a former Colorado resident that never changed her residency to Florida, or a FFL in Denver is in some seriously hot water over this. If it was an individual sale, which I believe Co. has some state laws against, how would it have been brought to the attention of authorities? Something doesn’t smell right here…

        1. You are contributing to Fake News Jack. It is legal for an FFL dealer to sell rifles and shotguns to out of state residents….so contrary to your assertion, the FFL dealer who sold the shotgun is not “in some serious hot water”.

        2. You only need to be a resident for handgun not for long guns or shotguns. Fly in, go get a gun for hunting head into the hills have a weekend of fun and head home. In CO you can do it.

      3. Don’t worry, THIS incident will be used to float NEW “commmon sense firearm safety laws” to “protect” us from ourselves.. they’ll be stumping to raise the age to 21, require three, or ten, day waiting periods, and ban ALL interstate sales, based on one crazy kid.

        Never mind if she’d taken the money she spent on the plane ticket and the scattrgin, she could have bought a car, or for certain a motorcycle, and “arranged” an “accident” ending up in the same place she is now, only in a more “acceptible” manner that would not prod all manner of corrupt politicians to dream up new excuses to disarm we who might buy a one way ticket to Denver (I did that once…. OR a shotgun (I did that too, multiple times)…….

        this kneejerk “response” to ine in ten billion incidents is being used to bring in total tyranny.

        WHen that cow kicked over the kerosene lamp in that milk-stall in a barn in Chicago, and burned down the town, did they ban kerosene lamps? Of COURSE not. They were smarter than that. After that, Dad would sometimes remind Johnny to hang the lantern up off a chain, or put it on a shelf out of hoove’s reach. “lets US not be the ones to burn down Cincinatti, Johnny….”

    11. So you actually believe that if she had never heard of the attack on the high school from the media that she would have just gone on with her happy productive life and lived in a house with a white picket fence and had the perfect life?
      If not this then something else. If you were really a law enforcement officer then you know that. The mentally ill will latch on to anything and if they don’t connect with anything then they will come up with their own ideas which could be worse.
      I’m trying to figure out how anyone with this many issues didn’t draw enough attention to get committed. I can’t wait to hear the rest of her story and how “all the signs were missed”.

    12. She bought a ticket to Colorado, from Florida WHERE SHE LIVES, and immediately bought a shotgun? Did she not have Florida ID? I thought one has to be a residence of the state in which they buy a firearm.

      1. @Dark, How would the media’s story label help us solve the enigma of what goes on in the mind of a wanna-be killer? I think that you are pointing to a detail that will not lead us to any conclusion, and is tangential, at best.

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