Last week the man allegedly behind the alias was arrested for plotting a smaller conflagration: bombing De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif. De Anza sophomore Al Joseph DeGuzman, 19, had apparently posed with his arms cache (guns as well as 60 explosive devices) and then sent the film off to be developed at a local drugstore. A clerk alerted the cops, who promptly entered the house where DeGuzman lived with his parents. They found an audiotape and time line describing how he would plant the bombs at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 and then attack the cafeteria at 12:30 p.m. His parents said they had respected DeGuzman's privacy and never checked his room.
DeGuzman apparently idolized Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, calling the Columbine gunmen "the only thing that's real." But unlike them, DeGuzman was no outcast. "He worked so well with everybody," says his yearbook adviser Paul Ender. The weapons, friends say, are simply part of DeGuzman's fantasy. Attorney Craig T. Wormley says his client "has merely an innocent fascination with some of the items that were seized." But the charges of weapons possession and intent to injure may send him to prison for 106 years. He has pleaded not guilty.