Kip Kinkel, who killed two fellow students and wounded 25 others at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., May 20, 1998,  after murdering his parents, is led to his arraignment in Eugene, Ore., May 22, l998.  Two victims of Kinkel, who is now serving a life sentence, are pleading with Oregonians to vote against a November ballot measure that theoretically could result in a lesser sentence. (AP Photo/Pool)

The Killer at Thurston High

January 18, 2000 / 56m

Season 2000: Episode 9


In May 1998, a year before the massacre at Columbine High, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his mother and father, and then opened fire at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two fellow students and wounding 25 others. In this first in-depth television examination of a school shooter, FRONTLINE reveals the intimate inside story of how the “shy and likeable” Kip Kinkel from a solid middle-class family became the boy police call “a cold-hearted killer.” [Explore more stories from the original website for The Killer at Thurston High.]