Hunold decided to pretend he was one of them, and to show them a thing or two about the real world.By studying the kids' Internet profiles, Hunold was able to learn some of their birth dates, addresses, and hobbies. He created a computer file where he detailed what he knew about each student. Every online conversation with one of the kids contained another helpful nugget about someone else.`When he talked to these kids, he knew specific things, like where they lived, what their house looked like, if they had a dog, what table they sat at at lunch,’ says Townsend Police Sergeant Cheryl Mattson, who investigated the case.Within a few weeks, the banter between Hunold and the Townsend kids became more threatening. Hunold bragged he was a serial rapist and would come after them. He pointed students to child pornography online, including pictures of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
Hawthorne Brook Middle School seen through the crosshairs of a rifle scope. There was a picture of the school principal, made to look like he was bleeding through bullet holes in his head and chest. And there were references to Columbine, which had shocked the nation only five months before. . . .