James Eagan Holmes and the Aurora massacre
As I write this, we know very little about the suspect in the Aurora, CO, movie massacre that took place overnight between Thursday and Friday. There are some pieces of this puzzle that suggest that this was far from a random act. And… I would suggest that it was a horrifying science experiment.
Holmes left his graduate studies a few weeks ago. Some news reports suggest he was collecting unemployment. It would appear that money would be tight for this young man. Yet… he spent thousands of dollars on preparations for the murders he committed. The guns alone would have cost about two thousand dollars. The body armor? Another two grand or so. Lots of money.
He had been preparing for these actions for some time. He took the time to plan, and to obtain the materials he needed.
Body armor? People who commit massacres don’t buy body armor. Columbine, Virginia Tech, the massacre in Norway, the shootings at Fort Hood. People who commit mass murder appear to make few plans for afterwards, and many take their own lives. Holmes wore a suit that was designed to protect him.
What if the body armor functioned, for James Holmes, just as a protective suit shields researchers studying a deadly microbe? It was worn to protect him as he conducted his experiment.
He shot about 70 people and then surrendered peacefully to police. He told police that his apartment was booby trapped. He was in control.
The apartment may or may not be a ruse. It is a way for Holmes to exercise control and create observable data. Throughout the entire process from planning to execution to the aftermath, Holmes has been observing the lab rats in the maze.
His mass murders lack many of the traits of the others we know so well. As horrible as it may sound, the events of the last day may represent an experiment by a brilliant neuroscientist with no more concern for people than a researcher has for his rats. This was not the act of a man striking out against an unjust universe, as so many mass murderers do. This was Mengele in the death camp, not Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech.
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