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"DARK KNIGHT" MOVIE SHOOTER FACES THE DEATH PENALTY
James Holmes killed 12 people and injured another 58 during his shooting rampage at a screening of “The Dark Knight.” Now Holmes faces death himself at the hands of the state.
News continues to move quickly as the country seeks to make sense of one of the largest shooting sprees in US history. Over the weekend, authorities shed new light on James Holmes’ plot and more victims come forward to give their account of the attack that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
On Friday, Holmes entered the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Theater 9 of the Century 16 movieplex in Aurora, Colorado clad in a ballistic helmet, protective gear, black gloves and a gas mask. He rolled a couple of canisters of gas down the aisles and then began opening fire on the crowd. As the audience dispersed in panic, 911 calls brought police swiftly to the scene where Holmes was arrested without a struggle. His hair dyed red, he told police that he was The Joker — a psychopathic villain from the Batman series.
Holmes, 24, allegedly told police that he had booby-trapped his apartment with explosives. Authorities evacuated neighboring apartment buildings before an FBI bomb squad deployed robots to begin the arduous work of disarming the tripwires placed throughout the home. By Saturday, investigators were able to safely enter the home and collect evidence. No motive has been discussed publicly at this time.
A native of San Diego, Holmes graduated UC-Riverside with honors and a degree in neuroscience in 2010. In 2011, Holmes began Ph.D. studies at the University of Colorado medical school in Aurora. In June of this year, he quit school — giving no reason according to a school spokesperson. Holmes had received many packages over the past month, likely materials he would use in his attack. Holmes reportedly made recent purchases of 4 guns and over 6,000 rounds of ammunition. People who knew Holmes did not suspect he could commit such a heinous act. Neighbor Jackie Mitchell told CNN Holmes was “nerdish”: “You would never guess he was a violent guy.”
Like the many serial killers and mass murderers who have been fetishized before him, James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in last month’s horrific shooting in Aurora, Co., now has his own slew of adoring fans. They call themselves Holmies, and use the popular image-centric blog tool Tumblr to obsess over all things Holmes. Besides digging up every possible photo of their deadly dreamboy, the Holmies have taken to creating animated gifs, often superimposing Holmes’s head onto a different body. They also share conspiracy theories regarding Holmes: Tumblr user AllHail-Jamesus writes, “you really just never know anymore, James possibly being innocent is really not that far fetched. open your eyes, open your mind, educate yourself on the evils of the government.” Another delves into a more in-depth theory, involving the UN, the CIA and the FBI. One blogger, named RomeforHolmes, even managed to obtain Holmes’s spring 2012 school schedule. Then there is the inevitable sexual imagery, with countless variations of Holmes’s face photoshopped onto penises, penises photoshopped onto Holmes’s face, and of course, Holmes’s face photoshopped into scenes from porno films.
Whatever these (presumably) girls think they’re doing, they sure are defensive about it. When asked by a reader how she feels about the 6-year-old girl who died during the shooting, Tumblr user nerdvirginsforjamesholmes replied, “I don’t give a FUCK. people die EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY,” naturally without the asterisks. The cartoonish vulgarity of the pro-Holmes movement suggests that it’s largely done for shock value, an insiders’ giggle-fest where one can try a sociopath’s hat on for size. Perhaps the convenience of the name, Holmies, is too tempting to resist for some (“Columbiners,” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite so gleefully.) No matter what the appeal, it’s nothing new, and nothing for the Internet, of all things, to be shocked about. The body count Holmes allegedly left in his wake is truly shocking; a bunch of teens’ inability to comprehend the severity of murder, combined with a lack of etiquette and cloaked by the cozy cover of online anonymity is not.
source: crime library
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