In the second installment of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight, the late Heath Ledger’s skillfully delivered Joker allowed police to capture him on purpose to make a point. He then executed an amazing escape from the authorities to continue to his assault on peace in the fictional Gotham City. Let us say that first and foremost, the last thing we at Common Sense Conspiracy want to do is give madman James Holmes any more attention than he is already receiving. But a lot of people out there, especially in conspiracy circles, are questioning some holes in the story that we are being fed by authorities in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting, now confirmed to be the deadliest such event in United States history.
So, what’s the problem? Another crazy guy loses his cool and decides to start shooting. Nothing new in this country these days. Well, the situation here is different in a lot of ways, and most of them bring more questions instead of answers. The first problem is James Holmes. A 24-year-old kid with a squeaky-clean record. The only trace he ever existed criminal record-wise is one lousy speeding ticket. Other than that, he has never had any meaningful run-in with the police or other branch of the authorities. He was a model student, top of his class, and not just any class. He was on his way to achieving a Ph. D when he dropped out just months before the tragedy Thursday night. His area of study is even more mind-boggling (pardon the pun); he was about to be a Master-level student in the field of neuroscience. There’s nothing ordinary about that. His particular interest, according to officials at the University of Colorado where he studied: he studied human behavior.
James Holmes was not the average low-life that decides he wants to make a name for himself by going on a mass killing spree. Furthermore, the act was premeditated in the worst way. The guns were purchased in frighteningly close periods of time. He stockpiled over 6,000 rounds of ammunition that he purchased online. He, a private citizen, purchased gas masks, bullet-proof vests, and ballistics-level head gear. And none of this caused a government flag? Think about it. We’ve all heard the joke/story about someone buying several pounds of fertilizer from the local home improvement or feed and seed and Homeland Security pulling them over before they get a mile down the road. But a college student can order 6,000 rounds of ammo on the Internet and no one is worried? He can also go on to purchase four weapons, some semi-automatic, in the space of a few weeks? No flag. He manages to cook up smoke bombs and an apartment of explosives so intricately booby-trapped and wired that even some of the nation’s best demolitions experts weren’t sure how to proceed? You think he did all that without ever looking up anything on the net. For all we hear about the government watching our every move online and otherwise, it seems that in the case of James Holmes, it was an epic fail. And then, we are only making a passing mention of how the hell this guy got enough money to buy all of this stuff to begin with. The ammo he bought online could easily cost $10,000 to $15,000. How did an unemployed college student amass enough of a fortune not only to buy the weapons, the ammo, but bomb-making supplies?
Before we address the next part of what is so boggling about this situation, let’s first say what should be obvious. The twelve deaths that occurred here, along with the dozens of injuries, are a travesty of justice and we continue to offer our most heartfelt condolences to the victims. But the reality remains true that this could have been a lot worse. James Holmes was outfitted to go a lot farther than he did. He could have killed dozens more if he had so desired, and the conflict could have ended up in a bloody confrontation with police. He also notified his arresting officers that his apartment was rigged with traps and explosives. What made Holmes seem to abort his mission? Yes, it was bad enough, and we totally recognize that. But it seems like he had a grander design in mind at the outset. We would like to believe that after murdering twelve people in cold blood, Holmes woke up and came to terms with what he had done and made a cognitive decision to stop the killing. Remorse took him over, and he let the cops know what was up to prevent more bloodshed. But after months of premeditation, and the adrenaline that had to be pumping in his veins from the egregious acts he had just perpetrated, how could he suddenly turn over a new leaf? It makes one wonder, was James Holmes the victim of some sort of mind control experiment that caused him to do this, but somehow it miraculously wore off before his plan was carried through?
Holmes left music blaring when he left his apartment, trying to attract neighbors to call police so they could break into the home and detonate his explosives. This would have happened at approximately the same time he was opening fire in the theater. The idea was simple: misdirection. Like a magician, he wanted police to be called out to a bomb explosion to minimize the response to the shootings. By the grace of God, or whatever you believe in, no one called authorities about the music, so no one showed up at the apartment until after the shootings had been carried out. Did Holmes realize his plan had failed? No way he could have known when police descended upon him that his ploy didn’t work. He told them about the bombs at his apartment to stop what he had planned so diligently to make happen. Why?
If you remember, the Norway mass shooting had a similar ploy involved. The killer detonated a bomb in the city to distract authorities, giving him more precious time to carry out his task. But Holmes undid his own clever plan, saving lives even as he was taking them. And then, he peacefully surrendered to police, allowing them to arrest him after all of this, still in his riot gear and bullet-proof attire, without incident.
Could James Holmes have simply found that what he was doing did not satisfy whatever emotion he thought it would when he planned it out? Did humanity find its way into him and make him instantly feel guilty for what he had done? Or did whatever drove him to commit such atrocities wear off? Did he suddenly regain control of his psyche and realize that despite all that he had done, he could prevent more from happening still? Or does James Holmes still know something that we don’t?
The questions in this horrible incident far outweigh the answers. Let’s hope that Holmes turned over a new leaf and that his evil designs have reached their conclusion.