Thursday marked two major events for Tumblr's community of "True Crime" fandom: it was the birthday of Dylan Klebold, one of the killers in Columbine High School massacre. And it was also the night that another school shooter, Thomas "T.J." Lane, briefly escaped from prison. (He was re-apprehended not far from the prison.)
In 2012, Lane opened fired in the Chardon High School cafeteria, killing three kids and injuring three more, including one student who is now paralyzed from the waist down. But what really sets Lane apart, other than the fact that he's still alive, was the way he cruelly taunted the families of the children he murdered. During his sentencing hearing he wore a shirt that said "KILLER" and gave the following statement:
This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory. Fuck all of you.
When Lane escaped from the Allen Correctional Facility in Lima, Ohio, last night, police searched frantically for him and warned locals to not to give rides to hitchhikers or open the door for strangers. Meanwhile the True Crime fandom on Tumblr made jokes:
Lane was captured early Friday morning, reportedly holding a pitchfork, which prompted even more jokes:
Tumblr's hybristophilia (the sexual attraction to people who've committed violent crimes) community is well known. As Rachel Monroe wrote at The Awl in 2012, the country was shocked by the teenage girls who fawned over James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, shooter who opened fire on a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsaraev is also a popular figure.