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A Dark Day for “Dark Knight”
Jul 23, 2012 | News Archive
A Dark Day for “Dark Knight”

It's really shockingly and unreal that someone with no motive can commit such an atrocity. Now, the weekend is over and the story has finally settled in to many of us.

Today is the first day in which James E. Holmes makes his first court appearance for the Aurora, Colorado massacre. James E. Holmes is a 24 year old graduate student who attended the University of Colorado and is said to be a clean cut, quiet and responsible young man.  Friends of Mr. Holmes say it is hard to believe he is capable of conducting such a horrific event. Suspect, James E. Holmes allegedly shot and wounded at least 70 victims in Friday’s shooting at a theater in Aurora Colorado during the premiere midnight screening of the Dark Knight Rises.  Among those 70 victims, 12 were pronounced dead. Although Mr. Holmes makes his first court appearance today, he will be charged on July 30th possibly for first degree murder. In Aurora, Colorado, the death penalty is available for criminals convicted of such disturbing crimes which means if found guilty, it’s possible that he is to undergo the fullest extent punishable by law.

Suspect James E. Holmes when first arrested identified himself as The Joker, a popular villain within the Batman series all of which while apparently dressed in a bullet proof vest, gas mask, and equipped with over 6,000 rounds of ammunition.  It’s been made public notice that if the suspect’s semi-automatic rifle had not jammed, more would have been killed. One victim name Josh Nowlan told CNN reporters that [1]“if that gun did not jam, I am full certain that I probably would not be here”  The victim gave this statement while recovering from gunshot wounds while in the hospital. Also, during the initial arrest, the suspect supposedly notified police of his rigged apartment. Inside were booby traps, strong enough to possibly destroy the entire apartment complex.

Among the weapons that James E. Holmes used was an AR-15 along with a .40 caliber pistol and a shotgun. The motive behind the suspect’s attack has not yet been made clear but what is clear is the fact that many will continue to mourn the loss of family and friends who was killed from this horrific tragedy.

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/23/justice/colorado-theater-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1


It's really shockingly and unreal that someone with no motive can commit such an atrocity. Now, the weekend is over and the story has finally settled in to many of us. Hollywood has withheld weekend reports of the movie sales out of respect of the victims. However , released today, despite the tradegy, it grossed $161 million and counting, according to E! Online. And. news outlets are finally making some grounds on the whole story and how the murders were preempted. BUT, it's interesting how the media chose to cover the story. Apparently, James Holmes was an honor student and a lot of reporters and FBI investigators are wondering what probed this seemingly "normal" white college student to go pyscho. Which leads me to wonder about the perceptions and stereotypes of killers and other "crazy people" in the USA, why is it neccessary to pre-judge everyone. Everyone is a suspect. Cases and Situations like this makes me realize that you cannot judge and determine people's actions upon face value. Who cares if James Holmes was an honor student? All that may translate to his the fact that he's smart enough to think of a great ways to commit crimes. It's little morbid. My overarching question is why was this insane killer treated with an innocent demeanor. Why was it so hard for people to believe that he committed the crime. If he did not turn himself in, the suspect would have still been lingering out there! I love the part in this article when they say the FBI special team is investigating how he went from a good student to a mass murderer. News flash: who cares. He's out here killing people, but because he's white and "educated" there must be a psychological component? 

Read more here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-23/james-holmes-court/56436914/1


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