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The Most Troubling Part of the James Holmes Story

I am sure that most of you must have heard about a 24 year old guy named James Eagan Holmes who decided to go all nihilistic on an opening night show of the new batman movie. Anyway, I found this story interesting because it fits into an emerging pattern of mass killings. The most odd yet consistent pattern of people in such killings is-

The killer, is almost always a young to middle-aged guy, who did not have any significant prior criminal record.

From the Wikipedia entry about Holmes from the 2012 Aurora shooting:

Holmes was raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from San Diego-based Westview High School in 2006 and obtained an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from University of California, Riverside in 2010. Holmes had difficulty finding a job after obtaining his masters. He then tried to obtain a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora but dropped out in June 2012. Acquaintances described Holmes as a generally pleasant person and as a “really smart” student who showed no signs of violence. He was also described as an introverted and shy person, and as strongly involved in his local church.

It seems that James was a nerdy and smart guy, raised in a middle to upper-middle class family, who seemed to do pretty well in school and university. His biggest run in with the law as an adult apparently involved a speeding ticket. Now there is some information to suggest that he was not doing too well in his PhD program, but hardly enough to explain what he did.

Holmes did very poorly on his comprehensive exams last semester, the instructor told the Post, and the school was considering placing him on academic probation, but was not considering expulsion.

and here is an interesting comment from that same article-

A student who lived across the hall from Holmes at Cal-Riverside, who asked not to be named, said Holmes completed the honors program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honor societies. “I always thought that he was a little strange. I could never put my finger on it, but something told me to not get to close to him, female instincts I guess,” the female student told NBC News. “I had tons of classes with him and lived across from him in the Honors dorms. He was a very smart guy though. He was a little bit of a weird guy, but we were honors students, so weird people were kind of common.”

and here is another interesting quote, if you can read between the lines.

A neighbor, Tom Mai, told reporters on the block that Holmes was a shy, well-mannered kid, clean-cut and responsible, who was very active in the church. The Associated Press reported that the family attended a Presbyterian church and threw a quiet Christmas party for neighbors. Holmes had trouble finding work after college, Mai said, and then went off to graduate school.

and yet another one-

A woman who said she knew him in high school told NBC News that Holmes was a good person, but oddly always rooted for the villains in superhero movies. “He was a nice guy. Who very much wanted to be liked and wanted,” the woman said. “He was a very, very smart guy. I honestly can not believe he could do this. I know, I know, everyone says that. But it is truly devastating to me. “He did not have many friends for someone who wanted to be liked,” she said. “He loved all the villains in superhero stuff, which I did point out as odd. Most people enjoy the hero!

it seems that he remarkably inconspicuous.

Melvin Evans, who was a bouncer at a karaoke bar near Holmes’ apartment, said he recalled Holmes as a patron from checking IDs. He said Holmes would stroll into the Zephyr Lounge, sit quietly in a corner booth and have a Budweiser,but never joined in the singing. “He would just sit by himself. He wouldn’t talk to anybody,” Evans said. “He was really, really mellow, really calm. You wouldn’t even look twice at him, if you passed him on the street.”

and here is the kicker..

“He looked so calm when he did it,” an eyewitness told NBC affiliate KUSA. “It was like scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot.”

In my opinion, James Holmes is a newer version of George Sodini. This version does however come with a few upgrades, such as body armour, much better planning, more guns and leaves behind many more body bags. It is interesting that both Holmes and Loughner did not kill themselves after killing multiple people.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. jackal
    July 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    From the moment a wild animal is born, instinct compels it to behave as an opportunist, a lifelong journey of taking immediate advantage, even violently, of circumstance that benefits survival and well-being. Humans are no different, although humans no longer live in nature but, instead, in an artificial environment (modern exchange economy) where instinct is obsolete, which instinct is replaced by socialized motivation. However, without employment or economic opportunity, much less opportunity to survive at all with dignity, humans quickly become nonsocial and rebellious toward authority, blaming fellow humans for ruination of the right to life, liberty and happiness — while at the same time reverting to violence, the same violence that had made it possible in ancient times, along side wild animals, to survive in nature. Men, more than women, want success, first; then they want food, liquor and good looking women, in that order. When you think about it, military organizations are modeled with this priority of needs in mind. If a mission isn’t enemy action, then the mission is training. The continuous opportunity for success is what bonds soldiers into brothers. They never kill each other, and if one does, betrayal explains it. Ambitious people, when lacking sufficient opportunity, face especially problematic existence when they can not satisfy the urge for success. Of course, few experts see things this way, explaining why those responsible for destroying opportunity are never held accountable. Screw gun control! Enact psychopath control!

  2. jhbowden
    July 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    In my opinion, James Holmes is a newer version of George Sodini.

    Agreed. First impression looks like a churchified, nerdy white guy playing by the rules who could get neither paid nor laid, and as a result of his (sexual) frustration, just wanted to watch the world burn. Puritan Muricans always ask “why?” this shit always happens in their boring goody-goody-Disney suburbias when the answer is staring them directly in the face.

    If only Holmes had read AD’s posts on escorting. Lives could have been saved! (lulz)

  3. loonytoon
    July 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Lookup schizoid personality disorder. Another multiple murderer who had it was Christian Nielsen of Maine-he was also a former university student. These people life there lives in their minds and when their fantasies are punctured by reality they lash out. He may have had a fantasy of being a neurosurgeon but when he couldn’t find work he became neurotic.

  4. P Ray
    July 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The amazing female instinct to predict future violence strikes again.
    Explain to me again why domestic shelters are needed then?

    Exactly! If women were so good at predicting violence, why do they end up choosing and living with abusive men over non-abusive men.

    Him not getting paid reminds me of this widespread observation:
    Conversation With The Therapist Today
    Posted on November 3, 2011
    Me: Our parents told us to get degrees or we’d be flipping burgers.
    Me: And now we’ve gone to college, have degrees, can’t get a damn job, and the same people call us entitled assholes because we refuse to flip burgers! Therapist: Touche…

  5. gniKllorT
    July 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    This seems fairly relevent:


  6. Jim
    July 21, 2012 at 4:56 am


    Can’t have what amounts to a matriarchy and expect the laws to prevent this. The guy was pissed.

  7. July 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I think the reason people go ballistic is because they believe in the straightjacket society places on them. Once they go into it the only way they can break out is to go all out.

    I think if he had a girlfriend or something to soothe his misfortunes with it woulda been enough to not happen. Frustration and anger and succeeding in things he was told to succeed in did not result in real world success of any kind just paper accolades of worthless standing.

    • jackal
      July 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

      After graduation, he looked for a job. When Plan A failed, he tried Plan B. — going for an advanced degree, probably using the federal student-loan program as survival tactic. But if continuing school had really been in his heart, he wouldn’t’ve looked for a job but, rather, enrolled even before he received his BS. It’s why he dropped out; and unwilling to take a minimum-wage job, while his female peers all got jobs working for the government, he decided to make a statement. These mass killings have everything to do with one’s dignity. You create a society that undermines the very core of what it means to be human, you get backlash. Just look at the Mid-East, where there is no shortage of human-bomb recruits ready to make a name for themselves in a land where the religious elite hold an iron-fist monopoly on opportunity. And going by the growing number of mass killings here, I don’t think it’ll be too long before we follow in Mid-East footsteps. Everything wrong about the economy, negatively impacts the lives of everyone, in one way or another. It wasn’t long ago when employment headhunters had more jobs to offer than there were people to fill them. But that was a time when corporations didn’t have all politicians in their pockets. Recall history: Up until the Reconstruction Carpetbaggers, it was illegal for corporations to fund political campaigns, the same as it has always been for churches. Imagine where we’d be if it was legal for churches to fund campaigns. We’d be another Iran, only we’d be ruled by evangelists and bishops, none of whom have ever actually held a real job or made anything tangible for consumers. Because corporations have highjacked our political process, we’re ruled by corporations. Corporate influence has finally reached critical mass, which explains all the growing violence, which will get worse before it gets better. And it won’t make a damn bit of difference who wins the next election, so long as corporate influence runs roughshod over our lives.

      • P Ray
        July 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

        while his female peers all got jobs working for the government
        I’ve seen town planning commissions where the person responsible for making the Environmental Impact Assessment, she was a Social Science graduate (specialisation in Tourism). Jobs for guys? Neda. Zip. Zilch.
        And after that comes the whining about how guys should “man up and marry them sluts” (Same person was boasting about how she was cheating on her boyfriend back home with an exchange student).
        The question to be asked isn’t “What made James Holmes snap?”
        It’s “What’s stopping other people from snapping in the same way?”

    • P Ray
      July 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I think if he had a girlfriend or something to soothe his misfortunes with it woulda been enough to not happen.
      Most women without the experience of abuse, disease or pregnancy at the hands of another man they don’t wish to see again, will not be with a man out of the goodness of his character.
      When men manage to get with a girl they never question her circumstances (or they laugh it off – ref. my friend doing his Ph.D who decided to have a child by a girl who gave sex to pilots in exchange for free flights).
      It’s good to see the stupid meme “work hard and you will succeed” be discredited.
      Remember that’s very similar to the sign outside Auschwitz.

  8. jhbowden
    July 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

    George Sodini, confirmed.

    TMZ: James Holmes REJECTED By 3 Women Before Shooting

    I saw the profile before it was taken down — it said “Will you visit me in prison?” Supposedly he had an active match.com profile, now taken down, that had the same header.

  9. V.E.G.
    December 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    There is others after James Holmes: Wade Michael Page and Andrew Engeldinger.
    Page killed 6 people and Engeldinger killed 6 people. Both died by suicide.

    Will James Holmes die? Or he will kill himself before a trial? Only time will tell.

  10. V.E.G.
    December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Wade MIchael Page is another Frederick William Cowan.

  11. V.E.G.
    December 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Move over James Holmes. Ryan Lanza killed 26 people in Connecticut. Lanza is dead.

  12. V.E.G.
    December 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Move over James Holmes. Adam Lanza killed 26 people in Connecticut. Lanza is dead. Ryan Lanza is out the window.

    • P Ray
      December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Hope the white community apologises for that to America.
      Like the Korean community did for Seung-Hui Cho.

      Otherwise it’s following this trope:
      w h i t e w a t c h . i n f o/2012/11/13/the-top-ten-differences-between-white-and-non-white-terrorists.aspx

  13. V.E.G.
    October 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Think of a good James: James Radley Mattioli. Mattioli died very unexpectedly in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

    • V.E.G.
      November 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Rest in peace, James.

      • V.E.G.
        November 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

        James looks like his father, Mark Mattioli. Well done, James.

  14. Jayne
    May 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

    many mental illnesses involve problems with mood regulation among other cognitive issues

  15. P Ray
    January 26, 2016 at 8:09 am

    whitewatch.info is down, but the twitter is still up, good times:

    Incidentally, British executed Indian mutineers using cannonfire.

    Kinda similar to that dude down in North Korea, or even ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  16. V.E.G.
    June 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Now, Orlando shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of North America! It was anti-homosexual crime! Never, ever hate homosexuals! Ryan White once said, “God loves homosexuals much as He loves everyone else.”

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