Sheriff: Gunman sent long letter mentioning suicideby The Associated Press on Sep. 30, 2006, under Nation/World
BAILEY, Colo. – The gunman who took six girls hostage in a high school standoff that ended in his suicide had sent his brother a long, rambling letter warning of his impending death, investigators said Friday.
The 14-page letter from Duane Morrison was postmarked Wednesday in nearby Shawnee, the day of the attack.
Morrison claimed in the letter that it was not a suicide note, Sheriff Fred Wegener said.
“However, many times, the letter references suicide,” Wegener said. “This letter clearly acknowledges his pending death. It also apologizes to his family for his actions that will occur.”
The letter contains no reference to Platte Canyon High or any other school, nor does it refer to a specific time or plans to harm anyone else, authorities said.