May 9th Email Archive: Colleen Gepperth

Many of Colleen's emails consisted of conversations with her family. Bob Murray is her brother, Jim Gepperth is her husband, and emails listed as from Katrina Wilson are in fact from her nieces.

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 5:16 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: HANG TOUGH

Colleen,

If your online hang in there. There's one gunman in the building.

I love you,
bobby

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 5:18 PM
To: Murray, Bob
Subject: Re: HANG TOUGH

We know nothing. We've been trapped in my office for 1.5 hours. We hear gunshots. It's very scary.

Love you too.

Please tell the kids I'm ok. Call you later.

Please call Mom and Dad because I'm not supposed to be talking out loud.

Colleen

From: Collopy, Peter
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 6:06 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: News

The news people are still very unsure about how many of you are in there. Richard Bennett has said about 50. There is very little news other than this. Dick and Tom Nickel have called us in concern. You may want to send an email to whatever police or university security forces you can contact if you haven't already. The professor inside talking on a phone to the TV reporters says that emails are being exchanged, and if you're not part of that you may want to join it.

Let me know if you have any questions I can try to find out the answers to.

Peter

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 6:26 PM
To: Cort, Stanton; Bennett, Richard; Fogarty, Timothy; WSOM Staff; WSOM Faculty
Subject: RE: who else is here?

Fred, Colleen, Paul, Julie and a PhD student

From: Fogarty, Timothy
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 6:50 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: who else is here?

How are you passing the time. This is getting kind of boring. T

From: Chung, WooYoung
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 7:09 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: who else is here?

Colleen,

I heard this terrible news. If there is anything I can do for you, please do let me know.
Hope everyone is okay.

I don't know if you can see the news. They report that the gunman is moving about the building (some report of he is on the rooftop with high-power rifle). I would suggest that lock the door, turn off the lights, and hide in someplace like closet.

No contact has been made between the police and this person yet. They are broadcasting a number to call for this person to call.

WooYoung

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 7:59 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

In case you didn't know, Laura is not in the building and is safe. When she returned from her errand, everything was already happening.

Bobby

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:00 PM
To: Murray, Bob
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

Did she go home?

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:02 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

Laura is still downtown - she's waiting like the rest of us for all of you to come out. Laura is with one the professors.

What's Jim's cell phone # he hasn't answered my page?

Love you,
Bobby

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:03 PM
To: Murray, Bob
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

He's djing.

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:05 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

No he cancelled - he's outside your building waiting for you.

From: Gepperth, Jim
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:07 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Love

Col -

Kelly and Bob tell me via voice mail that Bob is e-mailing you. I am on campus at Strosaker and I found a grad student who letting me use his computer...

I hope you get this. I want you to know that I love you and suddenly a trip to Las Vegas sounds really good.

Jim

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:08 PM
To: Gepperth, Jim
Subject: Re: Love

We're ok. Please, please go home. It's much better to be away from here. That would make me really happy. please. When this ends I want to run to the car and leave and I can't do that if I'm worried about finding you. Please.

Love you,

Col

From: Gepperth, Jim
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:13 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Re: Love

Col - When you come out they are not going to let you go to your car immediately. They'll probably take you to a gathering place, Strosaker. I can't go home. I have to be here. Is Fred communicating with his wife? Can I call her for him?

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:15 PM
To: Gepperth, Jim
Subject: Re: Love

We email them -- they don't think it's a good idea to be here.

I really want you to go home. We are going to make a run for it when this is over and ignore what people tell us to do. Please go home. It will be much better. Your parents are worried -- your dad called.

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:23 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

we love you and we are praying

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:23 PM
To: Wilson, Katrina
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

I'm just fine. Love and miss you.

Fred says hi. He's here. But we're really safe.

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:43 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject:

when are you leaving how soon

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:50 PM
To: Gepperth, Jim
Subject: Re: Love

Jim,

Meet me at my car -- then it will be ok. Severance Hall, first floor by Bellflower.

Love, Col

From: Gepperth, Jim
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 8:54 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Re: Love

Col -

I'm still here. I'm watching the news on another computer. I'm almost sure that when you come out you will be brought to this site. But, again, don't worry about me. Just do what they need you to do.

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:06 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

Jim is in the garage

Can you see his van

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:07 PM
To: Murray, Bob
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

I'm still here. Tell him to sit tight. I'll tell you when we're leaving. There's a library upstairs he can wait in -- they probably have information there too. Then he can just walk downstairs.

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:07 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

Please tell me you're still not in the building

Bobby

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:09 PM
To: Murray, Bob
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

Yes, tell him to go to the library and wait there. It's right above the garage.

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:09 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

You're killing me - jim thinks your going to the debriefing he will wait by the car

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:15 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

You don't play fair. Jim is stressing out because now he's 4 blocks away.

If you get detained call me on someone's cell phone 459-8350 so I can page jim and tell him.

Love
Bobby

From: Murray, Bob
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:21 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: HANG TOUGH

Jim isn't going to fred's. he going back to the debriefing. Should you make it past them, call me from fred's and I will call jim.

Love,
bobby

From: Gepperth, Jim
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:42 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: message from jim

Hi Col!

Nice try getting me to leave the campus. I'm at the university library. Please respond if you can. There is no way that they'll let you simply go home after this is done. I'm hearing that you will be interviewed by the police /FBI and then brought to the library.

I love you.

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:49 PM
To: Gepperth, Jim
Subject: RE: message from jim

This totally sucks. We're here, safe and calm. It's really quiet. We will avoid the debriefing. Never underestimate the power of Fred and I to get our way.

Love you too. Col

Tell the police/FBI we desperately need to not talk to anyone. We know nothing!

From: Gepperth, Jim
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:56 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: message from jim

Well, you guys are something else... I never underestimate your ability to get your way, but actually, this library is quite nice and so I think I'll stay here for awhile and wait for you to come by when you feel like it...

Julia, Mimi, and Pam are here.

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:57 PM
To: Gepperth, Jim
Subject: RE: message from jim

We're really ok so just have fun and read a good book.

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 9:58 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

col we are still praying don't be a hero you are important please be careful we love you

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:00 PM
To: Wilson, Katrina
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

I'm really ok. I'm locked in my office with Fred and we're just talking and laughing and waiting....and thinking of you!

Miss you

From: Gepperth, Jim
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:07 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: RE: message from jim

By the way, not to give you a guilt trip, but knowing your sense of humor you might appreciate this... On my way to the garage to meet you, a TV reporter stopped me and I told him I was going to see my wife who had been freed! They're showing the footage over and over and I'm very famous right now.

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:13 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject:

is fred really with you because i thought i swa him get out of the building

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:15 PM
To: Wilson, Katrina
Subject: Re:

He's doing a good job of keeping me safe and calm.

Love you so much.

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:13 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

please do this what is shanas nickname ihave info for you

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:20 PM
To: Wilson, Katrina
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

what do you mean shanebo?

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:23 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

ok i was making sure you were you. do they know you're in there?

news said 60 people in safe room . why not you?

From: Gepperth, Colleen
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 10:26 PM
To: Wilson, Katrina
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

you haven't seen my new building, but my office is in a really good spot. Fred and I are well hidden. Only the police know we're here.

We're reading the news on the internet and a lot of it is wrong, so don't believe everything, ok?

Love you.

From: Wilson, Katrina
Sent: Friday, May 9th, 2003 11:05 PM
To: Gepperth, Colleen
Subject: Re: kath,sarah,savannah, shana, and scotty

according to the news they have him in custody