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Thurston Shooter Kip Kinkel Transferred to Oregon State Prison

Oregon Department of Corrections places him at Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem.

Kip Kinkel
Kip Kinkel
Photo: Oregon Department of Corrections

(SALEM, Ore.) - On May 20th, 1998, the nation reeled over the news that a student Kipland "Kip" Kinkel killed his parents, two of his classmates at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, and shot and wounded 25 of his other classmates before he was subdued by fellow students including Jake Ryker, who had himself been shot.

Originally sentenced as an adult, Kinkel was initially committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections and placed in the physical custody of the Oregon Youth Authority on November 10th, 1999. He was assigned to the Secure Intensive Treatment Program at MacLaren for the duration of his stay with OYA.

24-year old Kipland Philip Kinkel was transferred today to Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem from the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

Corrections officials say the transfer process "was uneventful." He was received at OSCI at 10:30 AM.

His parents, William and Faith Kinkel, were both Spanish teachers at local high schools. On May 21st, 1998, Kinkel arrived at class at Thurston, murdering 2 of his classmates, Ben Walker and Mikael Nicklauson, and injuring 25. Kinkel had brought three weapons to the high school, a .22 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber handgun, and a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. His case has become one of the standard case studies in profiling students who bring guns to school for purposes of murder, a prelude to the Columbine High School massacre.

By state law, the Oregon Youth Authority may only have custody of youthful offenders who are less than 25 years old. Kinkel was transferred in anticipation of his 25th birthday on August 30th.

Kinkel, who was convicted of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder with a firearm, received a 111-year prison sentence in Lane County on November 2nd, 1999. His earliest release date is in January 2110.

Kinkel is said to have adjusted well to incarceration at MacLaren, where he was engaged in both treatment and education.

Officials say he will initially be housed in OSCI's general population.

Over the next 30 days, he will undergo a battery of assessments and evaluations designed to create a corrections plan that determines the course of his incarceration. DOC and OYA collaborated to determine the most appropriate housing assignment for Kinkel and to make the transfer as seamless as possible.

OSCI is a medium-security state prison located three miles east of Salem. The 895-bed facility provides housing and confinement for males serving sentences for felony convictions from all counties of Oregon.

The prison traditionally houses the DepartmentĀ“s younger inmates, including those waived to adult prison from juvenile facilities.

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Lisa May 11, 2019 6:29 pm (Pacific time)

Well I lived in Eugene when Kip kinkle killed the students and worked at the hospital. For those of you who think a school shooter and a person who kills his parents should ever get out is a effing infidel. First this boy had the most wonderful parents. They were also teachers and the springfield police dept. let them down. The father was looking for placement for his son and asked the police to keep kip after he had been arrested. They refused and sent the kid home. The dad was on the phone looking for placement knowing his son needed guidance, and professional help for mental illness. Kip killed him and then waited for his mom to come home and killed her before she saw the father was dead. He then went to Thurston high school ambusing any student he could hit. They had nothing to protect themselves and they had a life to live that kip stole from them and their families. He shattered hundred of people that day and he knew everything he was doing was wrong. He would have killed more had a guy not jumped on him. He wounded so many that they still have effects today and he never deserves to be out. He should of had the death penalty and anyone who kills their parents alone should be in prison for life if they are not being abused. I vote for any one who wants to kill or shoot kids going to school get the death penalty. They know what their doing is wrong and they leave so many traumatized for life. So to me there is no excuse for this and Kip must never get out or you undermine every victim, family member and court system. If kids are going to kill another human being just cuz they want to then they either get lifein prison or the death penalty. Kip is a worthless loser who had wonderful parents, wonderful family and he snuffed out 2 of their lives and multiple students life.

BrandonJ July 3, 2018 6:25 pm (Pacific time)

It is time to end juvenile life sentences, including virtual life sentences.

Old John January 6, 2016 10:08 am (Pacific time)

How could ANY parent ( especially those who hold degrees ) ever name their son Kipland Kinkle? REALLY? That was a "get- tough- or- die "name. That kid was set up for bullying from square one. He offed his parents first. Nicely done, Kip. Who could blame you?

Nikky October 9, 2015 9:51 am (Pacific time)

I live in Oregon, I was pretty young when this happened; So I didn't really understand what was going on... Until I turned 16 and did some research on Kip. Wow. Life in prison is honestly the stupidest choice they could have made. I agree with everyone else, who said that he needs actual mental help. What he did was not okay. At all. But WHY did he do it? Mental illness is not a joke, it's a real and unpredictable thing. I'm commenting now because I just got reminded of kip after the Roseburg, OR Mass shooting. If that shooter didn't kill himself, would he have gotten the same sentence as kip? He was 26, so IMO actually deserved to be in a adult prison. But he killed himself so I guess we will never know. My parents weren't the best, but I would never hurt them. (maybe verbally because they messed up my childhood pretty badly.) I was on Prozac at 12 because I was experiencing puberty... It messed me up, I was always pissed off at everyone, lashing out for no reason, breaking things, etc. I overdosed on it (not sure if i was trying to kill myself or prove some stupid point of not wanting to be on it. Needless to say, I didn't get rx'd it again... got sent to the mental hospital.) I hope Kip, his non dead victims, and the families of the fallen are doing better. Oh and one more thing that pisses me off... This chick in Gresham, OR just shot her 17 year old son when his back was turned. And guess what? She's in a mental health facility for now. I don't understand why males are treated like that, while females....get a free pass basically

Screwy justice system January 12, 2013 6:29 pm (Pacific time)

Where a FIFTEEN year old is tried as an adult. Seriously?? He just started experiencing a change in hormones at that age. Is just starting to learn to drive responsibly At That Age. He doesn't even know what true love is yet At That Age. He probably couldn't even begin to understand the stupidity of half the comments on this page At That Age.
And two or three months of therapy sessions and Prozac (nine total I think) and this kid was ALL BETTER?
Half the people that side stepped this kids problems were adults but HE is supposed to be fully functioning at the Prepubescent age of FIFTEEN.

CT CO AZ CA VA on and on and on

ex-Lunch Lady! December 16, 2012 3:19 am (Pacific time)

It is now 2012 Dec. More shootings like Kinkels have been done. No Sense! Make's No Sense! Life is not fair, BUT LIFE IS GOOD! It doesn't make sense, it's not suppose to! Not all the time, it's complicated, it can suck, but it is BEAUTIFUL! It's ok to get help, ask for help, scream for help if you have to! Make YOU important we all need help, none of us our perfect. But taking away someone else choice of life, in such a horrific and tragic way, that's not right. Sorry to say it but i'm gonna: Take your own and leave the rest! just this week Dec. 11-15,2012 shooter at Clackamas Town Center, innocent christmas shoppers, 2 dead innocent,then killer kills himself. 4 days later a ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 20 6-7yr olds Babies our Future, innocent killed along with their Principal,and Teachers INNOCENT,and the Killer killed himself! Kip Didn't Kill Himself can we learn anything from that? Him? I know there's not a magic wand to make it all go away, but awareness,more awareness maybe?Be aware of shit alot more.My surroundings, people in general, for you and your loved ones safety. But don't lose yourself in it- give a stranger a smile once in a while too! I don't know, This is all just my thoughts and my opinions think about it!!!

too young November 14, 2012 6:24 pm (Pacific time)

kipland needs help not prison. He's probably still has fully mature within the situation.

eric harris 73 September 26, 2012 2:46 pm (Pacific time)

kip rules!!!theres a psycho in every school just waiting to merc some bullies...just remember that when you tease some frail kids..and check under those dusters for a SAWED OFF..

Demon August 8, 2012 12:08 pm (Pacific time)

I wait for you.... Welcome to Hell!!!

justice August 8, 2012 12:04 pm (Pacific time)

Go to hell!!!

Robert S. March 7, 2012 2:48 pm (Pacific time)

I read about this case in a book entitled "Kids who Kill." I at once felt great sympathy for this troubled boy. I believe that his crimes were the result of utter hoplessness and absolute despair. There is such a sadness about him that it will never lift until the day he draws his last breath. Every day, for him will be a turmoil. True, his victims are never to be forgotten and there is NO way that the pain that their families endure an ever be lessened. It is a tragic and sad situation in which no one can win but all suffer equally. May God have mercy on them all.

Debby December 12, 2010 4:42 pm (Pacific time)

i was bullied and called names but i have given my life to Christ i pray he will see God\s love and put him in a mental Hospital and get help i pray for our prisners no mattwer what they did

Bob December 10, 2010 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

Poor guy? What about the kids he killed? Stupid liberal simps.

malon braley October 15, 2010 10:05 pm (Pacific time)

he has really changed there is a lot of sadness and regret in his eyes i am glad they are trying to make him comfortable in prison no matter what it will never be what he wants it to be but he will die there im sure he thinks about what he did every day of his life he will never be able to change what he did know matter what he does

Alex Bohlander August 26, 2010 12:21 pm (Pacific time)

I feel so bad for this guy. I Know how he felt im mean im not going go go shooting up a school or any thing just because my parents dont give a hell about me.

Rob August 20, 2010 4:33 pm (Pacific time)

I remember seeing the documentary about this kid, now man, which was really chilling. The voice interview of him where he continually cries "i just want to die" sent chills down my spine. The emotionally neutral interviewer just acknowledging his pleading to not exist with "I know, now continue your confession". Just seemed like a depressed troubled kid who no one seemed to take special notice of who flipped out. Not a monster, not an animal. Many children have violent impulses, but are lucky enough to be understood and loved. I can't help but thinking I could have turned out this way given the same environment. However my parents didn't own or like guns, my father was a psychiatrist, and I was put in private schools, saw therapists... had every advantage. I expect to eventually learn of this guy being murdered in prison, and people will say good riddance probably. Whats the point.

K.J May 12, 2010 11:49 am (Pacific time)

I live right by this school and i remember it. for those of you who are calling kipland fuggly need to seriously grow up, this kid was really mentally ill and he needed help. i think he should be given treatment in a mental hospital facility and not a prison sentence

Mr. JFN November 24, 2009 10:25 pm (Pacific time)

Kip Kinkel did what he did - whatever anyone may think of it - for reasons of his own, however twisted they may be.I remember the day, and it truly was horrific.
My question is this: Why did the "Editor" intervene when "Respender" used the
pseudo-word "f*and^%g", but not
intervene when "juss anotha person readin diss" (who should be banned for stupidity and lack of respect for the English language,) used the term "freak'in"? Had the word that Respender originally used been "edited" out - as if no one thinks of the actual word that is implied when reading "f*and^%g"?
People do the same thing when
reading "freak'in" or - the
height of childishness - the
"F" word. Any normally functioning human being with
average intelligence fills in
the term or symbol being used as the substitution for a "cuss word" with the "naughty" word itself. My word, grown up, people. We are adults here. That doesn't mean we need to curse; only that we can handle it if someone chooses to. I consider "juss anotha person readin diss" 's slang as more
offensive and detrimental to
people than any swearing that might be written. It's similar to the "Tea Bagger's"
sign - misspelled - that says: "Kill the Pubic Option". Ignorance isn't bliss; it is laughable at best, and dangerous at worst.
Perhaps the "Editor" needs to go to the battlefield where s/he can say to someone who has just seen their
friend's head blown apart: "This is emotional and harsh ,but you still can't use profanity here, OK? So make your point with no cuss words, thanks". (P.S. I added the comma after "here" and before "OK", since it should have been there in the first place, dear editor).
Then, perhaps, "Editor" can go on to write "Christian" thriller novels. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is not a "G" rated world.
However, to placate said editor, I have made my point with no expletives (that is a big word for "cuss words", editor). However, I did use the word "shirt", which, if you remove one letter becomes the word " ".

Editor (Tim King) Are you really bitching at me for maintaining a Website that is not loaded with profanity?  I don't allow that here, haven't for five years.  Bur rather than just tossing the comment, I modified it.  You make no sense man, want to go with me to cover the wars overseas?  Do you want to hear some real profanity?     

anonymous November 10, 2009 7:49 am (Pacific time)

From an unbiased point of view, it is not hard to (blindly) see where Kip was coming from. No, his actions are NOT being excused, but it further proves that our "modern and sophisticated" society is not working. America is on the freefall, and these things are the warning shots that should be allerting us. Kip is a sad loss of human life, regardless of his actions. Watching the documentary was accurate proof of what we, as a society, are not doing right, to bring up decent, respectable, rational and rational children who are genuinely loved and nurtured in a positive atmosphere. He was bullied by his parents to be something he was not, the near grestest infraction a parent can inflict. You don't teach cats to bark and dogs to meow. Still unbiased, it would be an interesting thing to find out who Kip really is in his heart, to find out what he was born to be, not what his parents and his surroundings "wanted" him to be. He's a good case to wake the rest of us up to raise up children to grow to be what they are wired to be. As the movie "Chariots Of Fire" stated, "you cannot put in what God has left out." Keep this in mind!

Just another reader November 4, 2009 9:10 pm (Pacific time)

So I'm actually learning about this kid in my College Sociology class believe it or not. I just often wonder why kids decide death or destruction is the only way out. It's so tragic, and his sister is so blessed she wasn't near where it happened or she too could have been a victim along with her parents. I'm doing research on it to find out more about him, but the more I find out the more heart breaking it gets. I hope he finds the help he needs, his parents were good people they never deserved that.

Roger Federer October 6, 2009 3:43 pm (Pacific time)

you people are a bunch of ballicks you obviously do not know the story if you are saying poor guy

gil August 9, 2009 6:47 pm (Pacific time)

i seen the PBS special on him, they should air it again. very interesting that kids are coming up as a different type of person.

respender April 29, 2009 11:27 am (Pacific time)

almost all of you are f*&^%g idiots. he got what he deserved so get over it. it should teach you a lesson not to do anything stupid!!

Editor: This is an emotional and harsh subject, but you still can't use profanity here OK?  It is stated in the rules and people who do it twice get banned.  So make your point with no cuss words, thanks.

Just sayin' April 6, 2009 10:37 pm (Pacific time)

He still has that dumb Opie Taylor look on his face after all these years. Don't drop the soap Kip!

juss anotha person readin diss .... March 3, 2009 10:25 am (Pacific time)

damn .. i dont' see why kiddz go around shoot'in ppl. fo' no freak'in reason!wen dey sure as hell kno dat wen dey git caught dey r juss gonna end up in prison wit nuth'in 2 look fo'ward 2 in life but da next meal at meal tyme in PRISON! damn i wish he wasn't so mentally ill 2 kno dat .. shyt now he has 2 live wit da factda t he kill'd hiz parent'z fo' da rest of hiz life!! i think dat shold b enough punishment fo' wun person 2 take .. n i do hope he really feel'z bad bout wut he did ..(but den again dat'z juss how i feel bout da whole matta .. well i qot'z ta qo ... pce .. =]

juan February 25, 2009 12:55 pm (Pacific time)

that suck go milan!(soccer)

juan February 25, 2009 11:14 am (Pacific time)

wow that weird

Bernie February 25, 2009 11:10 am (Pacific time)

That sucks

dalia February 23, 2009 11:11 am (Pacific time)

yeah poor guy =[

lola February 23, 2009 11:12 am (Pacific time)

poor guy =[

Anonymous February 19, 2009 2:06 pm (Pacific time)

he is fugglyy.. haha

Anonymous August 24, 2008 8:14 am (Pacific time)

mental hospital

daniel February 21, 2008 10:02 pm (Pacific time)

yea well i feel sorry for him i think he they shoud take him outta prison and put him in a mentle hosptle wear he can get the help he needs

leigh July 3, 2007 2:21 am (Pacific time)

wow he looks the same but older and bulkier and balder, poor guy what a waste of life he should just kill himself what an idiot, but still if eric and dylan had of lived this too would have been their fate, sad so very sad..

Just a reader June 12, 2007 11:26 pm (Pacific time)

Poor kid. Not surprised though. Not surprised about all the other school shootings. Kids are sick of the xxx they have to deal with at school and maybe the kid got sick of all the xxx and the fact that his parents were "teachers" made them likely part of what caused him to do what he did. If the guns weren't available he'd probably have self destructed with drugs or all the other ways kids deal with misery of school. I'm sure a lot of kids cheer the school shooters on. Having gone through 12 years of hell with a system that looked the other way when I was harassed and bullied, the way my life has turned out am still bitter from the xxx I had to deal with all alone daily, can wish the same thing could have happened to the bullies and the administration and "teachers". Without these bullies and evil "teachers" my life would have been a lot better. Now am still dealing with "post tramatic" I you will. There are a lot of adults that feel the same I'm sure, from having had gone through the same xxx background.

nightmare days June 12, 2007 10:30 am (Pacific time)

I remember this well. He was a high school student, not an enemy. He shocked everyone. There was never any doubt that he had mental issues, and of course they continue today. I pity his soul, and also his poor living sister, who was luckily living out of state at the time, or she might have been one of the victims as well.

S.LaMarche; June 11, 2007 9:28 pm (Pacific time)

so I am comforted he's receiving such state care provided by the taxpaying public this slimebag tried to wipe out. Therepy?!,Education?!, God Damn!, am I losing my senses? there is a war on with decent people being blown to peices on the hour, and the state wants to take care of this ..,what is he?, what " redeeming" value does he exemplify? They ship off the innocent to their death and destruction and they keep this mutant. Jesus give me strength!

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