Since waking up to this tragic news yesterday, I cannot get James Holmes out of my mind. Holmes is the man who murdered twelve innocent people in the movie theater in Aurora, CO, who were there to watch the premier showing of the new Batman movie, the Dark Knight Rises. Why did he do this? I cannot stop wondering why. So many questions, so many things left unexplained. Holmes does not fit the typical profile for a mass murderer, other than a high level of intelligence – which is very common among serial killers. It’s the challenge, the game many love. To outsmart and beat the system. However, most serial killers and mass murderers have something in their past which, although may not be enough to raise red flags to the public, indicate some sort of imbalance or traumatic event that forever affects them.
Holmes kept to himself. I have not yet read anything about psyciatric problems. A fellow student commented that Holmes would often play video games in the lab. I would say the majority of students at some time either play video games or hop on a social media site when they are supposed to be working or studying. This only shows a normalty in Holmes, not an abnormalty.
Why was Holmes gun purchases and internet activity not noticed by the DOD or DHS?
One thing that does bother me greatly is our system here in the states. Our government and military is so hell-bent on terrorism that they could not see the signals that Holmes gave in bright, neon letters. Face the fact, if Holmes had been Muslim or from the middle east, this would have immediately been tagged as terrorism and most likely attributed to the Al Queda. it is that old “blame game” that our military and government are using to brain wash the US into believing we are being threatened on our own soil by terrorists from other countries. When adding up all the mass shootings which have occurred in the past decade, looks to me like we don’t have a problem with terrorism from outside our borders – but rather threats from our own population not being able to handle the reality within our own society.
What signs did Holmes give? Well, first of all, buying four guns in the matter of a couple months, especially when he had never owned a gun before. Ding ding!! That is not normal. Then to order an enormous amount of ammunition on line – enough to outfit a platoon of shooters – that is another sign. I have remained neutral about gun laws – primarily because I was raised around hunters. Hunting rifles were normal in our house, but they were always treated with the utmost respect – locked away unloaded with the key only available to the adults. End of story. They were only brought out for hunting and target practice.
Although I am not entirely opposed to owning firearms (not yet, anyway… my views are changing), it does appear that we have a serious problem with our system as a whole. No one should be able to go and buy this many firearms in a short period of time. Personally, I believe a year between purchases is a healthy time-frame. Additionally, why the need to purchasing and owning assault rifles? No one has any business possessing such a firearm unless they are actively involved in police work or the military. Even then, what would the need be for civilian ownership? If one wants a gun for protection, a hand gun will do the job just fine. One bullet will stop someone – a hundred is overkill (pardon the pun).
Monitoring the Internet
Our Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring our internet, website, and social media for some time now. The Dept. of Defense even came to visit Motley News here three times one day (I ran the IP address when I noticed the three visits – that’s not normal). Most likely the posting I published and listed several key words the “watchers” look for is what drew their attention. Many of the watch words had to do with weather, so I simply couldn’t understand how something millions of people talk about online would be a flag to the “watchers.” Perfectly harmless post and I have not seen them return. I’m sure they determined that I am nothing more than a very vocal activist who believes firmly in women’s rights and equal rights for all. And most definitely, anti-war and anti-violence. Click HERE to see a screen shot of the IP address check of the IP in the image to the right.
If this site drew the attention of the DOD simply because I was talking about weather “watch” words, then why did Holmes sudden gun purchasing and mass amounts of ammo purchased online not draw the attention of the DOD? He would have had to do many searches to find exactly what he needed. Our searches are definitely watched as well. I have to wonder, again, if Holmes had a Muslim name, if he would have then been noticed.
The Mind of a Genius and a Killer
I am horrified by this massacre – yet I find myself completely intrigued with what was going on in James Holmes’s mind. I, myself, have an IQ in the genius range. In fact, according to the Mensa Society – of which I am a member – my IQ actually falls into the top 1% of the world (Mensa requires the top 2% to be a member). But I can never, ever imagine harming another person on any level or for any reason. Hell, I have a hard enough time squashing a stray cockroach that wanders in the house from outside. So in trying to imagine what Holmes was thinking and his reasoning is completely fascinating yet foreign to me. I want to know what made this man tick, and why he planned and executed such a massacre on innocent people. I can never imagine ever pointing a gun at anyone or any animal and pulling the trigger. I can’t. I will never completely understand because I cannot comprehend killing people. I just want to know what his thoughts were and are. He is like a human puzzle to me.
The police have now determined that the front door was rigged as a booby trap. Whoever opened it would have met an explosive surprise. It is obvious that the loud techno music was to draw someone to hopefully open his door to ask him to turn down the volume. A few neighbors thought about it, but did nothing more than knock on the door. Similar to Anders, of the Oslo Norway Massacre one year ago on July 22nd, an explosion just prior to the primary assault would draw the police and emergency people to his apartment thus giving him more time to execute the innocent in the cinema.
So then, why did he tell the police that his apartment was booby-trapped? Is this a cat-and-mouse game? Is Holmes entertaining himself by watching the police and bomb squads sweating as they try to disable the explosives in his apartment? A superiority complex shows through at this point. Holmes appears to believe himself as above and superior to others. Does he have disdain for those not at his “level” of intelligence? Why the violence if so? My IQ is far above normal, yet I find everyone to be extremely intelligent in their own way. Each man and woman offers a uniqueness that no one else has – it is called personality. Although many people are not as educated as others, this has nothing to do with their intelligence. Everyone has a gifted niche in their mind, and finding that in people is a wonderful thing.
Weapons and Gear
How did Holmes afford to purchase all the guns, ammo and ballistic, protective gear he wore? I have seen estimates from anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 for all that he bought. I am not sure that is including the items and explosives within his apartment. Regardless, this is a lot of money for a grad student on a budget. Is there another party involved that supplied him with the money? If so, then why would he agree to be the patsy and take the fall? Or did he expect to be able to get away? If his apartment had exploded prior to his shooting, then the chances would have been greater of him getting away. He most definitely would have had to go into hiding.
One thing that is really puzzling is why did he go through the steps of withdrawing from grad school? Obviously once he executed his plan, he would not be returning to school. So why take the time and bother to complete those steps?
So many question and no answers. Only speculation. If Holmes is talking now to the authorities, they are not sharing the information. Will Holmes ever explain thoroughly what his thinking was?
So many “why’s”…. My heart goes out to the families of those who were killed, as well as those who survived. The mental anguish will forever haunt them.
I just don’t understand violence.
Natural News: Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged
The Town Talk: Bomb squad disarms trip wire to first booby trap in suspect’s apartment
Time: Who Is James Holmes, the Aurora Shooting Suspect?
The Town Talk: Colorado killer studied ‘how we all behave’