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World Today

Kinkel Tapes Released

Aired January 21, 2000 - 8:20 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JIM MORET, CNN ANCHOR: A rare insight today into a terrible crime: Oregon police released videotapes in the case of Kip Kinkel, the teenager who opened fire in his high school cafeteria nearly two years ago. We get the story from CNN's Greg Lefevre.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

GREG LEFEVRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Just hours after he ambushed his parents, killed two classmates, and wounded 25 others, a visibly stunned Kip Kinkel returned with detectives to the scene.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

AL WARTHEN, DETECTIVE: Can you tell us what happen?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

LEFEVRE: In tape released by police, Kinkel is nearly inaudible. "I just started shooting," he says.

His hands shackled at his waist, a police jacket draped over his slumping shoulders, Kinkel is walked through the cafeteria.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WARTHEN: Are you still shooting the .22 rifle?

KINKEL: Yes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

LEFEVRE: Did he know whom he was shooting? No.

In nine minutes of tape, Kinkel is disconsolate, no outward sign of the forces he said drove him to kill four people.

Detective Al Warthen points to some of Kinkel's weapons: a semiautomatic rifle, a pistol.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WARTHEN: This stuff here, is this stuff you bought?

KINKEL: Yes. WARTHEN: Is that your backpack?

KINKEL: Yes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

LEFEVRE: His demeanor is a sharp contrast to the deadly violence Kinkel had perpetrated. Warthen asks:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WARTHEN: Why did you do this?

KINKEL: I had no other choice.

WARTHEN: You had no other choice. Any of these students make you upset or anything?

KINKEL: No.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

LEFEVRE: Police say, the 15-year-old had been read his Miranda rights, but Kinkel did not yet have an attorney. A lawyer hired later fought to keep the tape from being used in court, but lost.

The day before this tape was shot, Detective Warthen had dealt with Kinkel when the youngster brought a gun to school. Warthen released Kinkel to his father, who scolded the boy on how he had embarrassed the family.

In a tearful, ranting confession before this videotape, Kinkel told police he killed his parents to spare them the shame.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

KINKEL: I didn't want to. I love my dad that's why I had to.

DETECTIVE: You love him, so that's why you had to kill him?

KINKEL: Yes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

LEFEVRE: Kinkel's family had wrestled for several years with the boy's obsession with guns and explosives, at one time putting him in therapy.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

KINKEL: Goddamn these voices in my head.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

LEFEVRE: Kinkel plead guilty last fall. Now 17, he is at a state juvenile facility near Portland, serving a 112-year sentence. That sentence is under appeal.

Greg Lefevre, CNN, San Francisco.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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