What Was James Holmes Angry About?

Morpheus: “We never free a mind once it’s reached a certain age. It’s dangerous, the mind has trouble letting go.”

The Matrix (1999)

Recently I read an article in the NYT about James Holmes. It is a well researched, if somewhat biased, piece that lays out a lot of facts but fails to connect them in ways that would defy the standard “he was becoming nuts” narrative.

In my opinion the first clue that the standard “he was becoming nuts” narrative is wrong comes from the sheer scale, time span and effort he put into planning the mass shooting. It is not like he just started assembling the pieces after he failed some exam in June.

Prosecutors said in court filings released last week that Mr. Holmes told a fellow student in March that he wanted to kill people “when his life was over“. In May, he showed another student a Glock semiautomatic pistol, saying he had bought it “for protection.”

I believe that the available evidence suggests that he had seriously considered killing people at least 6 months before his failure in some annual oral exam. But what makes a guy with no criminal record or history of violence systematically plan and execute a mass shooting? And why did he kill seemingly random people? Why did he not choose and execute individuals who had wronged him? Think about it.. though he was allegedly banned from the campus in June, he probably knew where the professors who failed him lived and had enough info to go and execute the families of 2-3 professors at an opportunity of his choosing. So why did he choose to shoot up a theater when he could have killed the same number of more deserving people?

Now you may say that he was nuts- but people who have lost touch with reality are not known to be so deliberate, rational and methodical. In his last adultfriendfinder ad, he clearly suggested he was going to go to jail after the shooting. He knew that he would be captured alive and used a lot of body armor to make sure that a few accidental shots by overzealous cops would not spoil his plan. He even made sure that the suggestion that he might have “dysphoric mania” was conveyed to people who would be questioned by cops after the shooting. Isn’t it odd that the shrink he was seeing reported him as a threat but not mentally ill?

Some people think that his dismal performance in the oral exams in June 2012 is an indicator of his mental deterioration. I think otherwise, based on my experiences in graduate school. If you look at the guys GPA, other test scores and demonstrated mental ability, it is obvious that he is very smart. People of significantly lesser ability are routinely successful in complete graduate school, even in such s0-called demanding fields as neurosciences.

The sad reality is that most bio-medical (including neuroscience) research is fraudulent, cherry picked data or not reproducible. This is especially true for research findings originating from the so-called top-notch universities where the perverse demands of post-1980 neoliberal competition make it almost necessary to make exciting but fake findings up. The trick is to do it in a manner that will escape detection for the next 2-3 years by which time almost everybody is busy discussing the next set of exciting breakthrough.. I mean scams. The whole idea that graduate school in STEM disciplines requires exceptional intelligence, integrity or competence is a big fat lie. Any barely competent but clever scammer with charm and the ability to bullshit can get a PhD in pretty much any STEM discipline and go on to be successful academic. Academic institutions are secular version of seminaries, decided to propagating sophistic orthodoxy rather than searching for the truth.

Few people flunk or leave graduate school because they are incompetent. Disillusionment, loss of interest or better opportunities are the main reasons why people just stop caring and move on. James Holmes could have easily passed those oral exams if he was still as motivated in June 2012 as he was when he had joined the program a year ago.

But we already know that he was seriously planning the shooting at least six months prior to June. We therefore have to start asking what happened between June 2011 and the first two months of 2012. How did a guy who was interested and capable of getting a PhD in his area of interest morph into someone who was obsessed with killing people? Some of you might think that he was repulsed by the dark and seedy underbelly of academia. That is however unlikely as he had significant prior exposure to the workings of academic research. We can also discount the possibility of relationship troubles pushing him over the edge as he apparently did not have a long-term GF, nor was he ever a ‘ladies man’.

So what made James Holmes go from harmless nerd to mass shooter within the first 6 months of his graduate program? While it is possible that he always had fantasies about killing people, something occurred within a very short time span that made him act on it. What could that be? I mean, the guy spent a lot of his time by himself playing RPG games, smoking pot and goofing around on the intertubes. It is not like he was being influenced by other people and why did he slowly withdraw from people around him anyway? What was going through his head everyday and what was he thinking?

Here is my theory- He had an epiphany about his own life. He realized that almost everything he had done till then was a giant and pathetic waste of time and effort. He realized that he had been misled, conned and abused by a society that he had no intention of delivering even a fraction of what it has implicitly promised people like him.

This process probably started with his struggles at getting even half-decent jobs after he had finished his undergraduate degree with a 3.9 something GPA from a reasonably good university. His isolation after moving to Colorado helped focus his mind on something that he had willingly ignored before. He eventually reached a point where he could no longer believe in the socially sanctioned lies most hold on to. I guess he decided to take it out on some representation of what he hated.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. August 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I think he shares a trait with you, ander breivik and most women who post drunken pics on teh interwebz—


    • Trucidator Diaboli
      September 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Whoring attention is one of multiples ways Shit’s Advocate can serve his master shit Lucifer.

  2. jackal
    August 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Your assessment, however vigorously the establishment will deny, is more valid than anything that might come from the inbred media.

    Friedrich Nietzsche summed up the establishment this way: “When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.” I’m pretty sure he meant they all get the same mind.

    A structure or organization created to carry out a mission will always become more concerned with perpetuating itself rather than carrying out the mission it was initially charged with. Put another way, no one outside the structure will fight to dismantle it as hard as the ones inside will fight to keep it alive, even if it means employing deception, lies, fraud and sabotaging those inside who refuse to tow the line. Even murder is okay, for which a nation structure justifies by demonizing one as treasonous.

    More and more, structures are under attack from within, explaining why whistle-blowing and wrongful terminations have become so epidemic. Holmes is too intelligent to have forfeited personal sovereignty for the gain that comes with bending over for the establishment. Holmes had already known the true value of freedom, and for such disciples, once freedom takes to wing, well, it’s impossible to put it back in its cocoon. Self destruction becomes a better option.

    Erich Fromm made a name for himself with his 1941 publication, “Escape from Freedom,” a ground-breaking study of how and why people willingly, even eagerly, piss away personal sovereignty in exchange for ephemeral mirage, even if such forfeiture means living as a slave.

  3. P Ray
    August 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Any barely competent but clever scammer with charm and the ability to bullshit can get a PhD in pretty much any STEM discipline and go on to be successful academic.
    How true, because someone defends their thesis verbally and NOT in writing.
    So the fruits go to the shrill, illogical and spontaneous.

    I am real sure Holmes woke up to the fact that most people would consider his underemployment as a reason to hold him back. Not to mention that when clever scammers get ahead, the people who put in the hard yards … get lumped in with the jackasses.

  4. iNanoMan
    August 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Well, I wasn’t going to comment about this guy because I disagree with his killing of innocent people. He probably was not getting back at them/his peers, but he probably was making a statement getting back at “the society” (where the entertainment industry represents a large part of this current society). He knew about this particular movie and knowingly made himself into the joker character and then by living out this joker role (that he in some way sympathized with/identified with enough to actually become the joker) made it into “life imitating art/by imitating this movie,” so he must have identified with the inner struggles/sarcasm/motives of “the joker.” He could have taken it out on employers who would not hire him or teachers, but the movie theatre “while the Batman movie was on the screen” was a logical place to make his “life imitating art” a reality like the movie was 3D (like this is what this movie looks like in real life when you have a bullet going through your head).
    “Academic institutions are secular versions of seminaries,” and politics/governments could be added to this quote too.
    I have no problem with any men or women who want attention, as long as they are not physically harming/killing other people. I even really like those self-shots by women, and I have no problem with neither those women who take those pics nor the pics themselves, they are fine with me, and I like looking at them.
    Like most people, I too wasted years studying for high grades (about 4th grade through college). I could not get a decent job and it was also painful when employers hired people who got lower grades than me to do those lower wage jobs becuase they being stupid fit into those lower wage jobs/are easier to boss around as employees/are not intelligent enough to readily be a threat to their own manager job and thus their salary. We were lied to by schools, and after college when I finally understood this was a lie I was very upset for many years, but I never have wanted to take it out on others by killing them, because then if I went to jail I would waste even more years due to them so they were not worth it. My time is more valuable to me. Learning the truth of their lies enabled me to free myself (from the Matrix), to find SOMETHINGS to live for that I want to experience/somethingS to look forward to doing, and decide on goals I want to do (such as, to travel more and I would selfishly not be able to travel if I killed myself or went to jail).
    It sounded like other people had expectations of what he should be/do. They made him feel inadequate. His motive did not appear to be Financial gain (but he like most of us could have had financial pain, especially caused by relatives who may have made him feel like a failure). His motive did not appear to be Health gain. His motive did not appear to be Relationship gain (but like many of us he could have had the pain of relationship Lack). His motive does appear to be Personal gain (as in causing LOSS/pain to others), so he could feel a sick pleasure in harming them, and through their Loss he gains in becoming somebody significant/for a moment he had power over others and was in control of their lives and when they have death) all while he takes his anger/frustrations out on innocent people in a vain attempt to “get back at society.” There was a lot better things he COULD have decided (even selfishly) to do with the rest of his possible years, instead of sitting in jail or being put to his own death.

  5. P Ray
    August 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Another one http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=8794194
    August 31, 2012 (OLD BRIDGE, N.J.) — An ex-Marine wearing military clothing opened fire at a New Jersey supermarket early Friday, killing two of his co-workers and himself as other terrified store employees hid in the back, authorities said.

    • Trucidator Diaboli
      September 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

      P Ray,
      Have you ever heard of mind control techniques? Do you know that humans can be programmed into becoming mind control slaves, including assassins, through trauma?
      Nah, I don’t think so.

      • P Ray
        September 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

        Has that ever been used as a court defence? After all, if people don’t push the envelope regarding credibility, nobody in the justice system will know about this debilitating condition.

      • Trucidator Diaboli
        September 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        The justice system? Man, the justice system is the cover-up system. It’s a play meant to distract the people; and Shit’s Advocate here contributes more to the distraction by giving his “rational” arguments.
        The same justice system that screws men through divorce laws is capable of covering up the most hideous things that are happening over there. Have you ever heard of the Franklin case. Search it on Google, and search “mind control” and “MK Ultra programming”.

      • P Ray
        September 2, 2012 at 4:29 am

        The same justice system that screws men through divorce laws is capable of covering up the most hideous things that are happening over there.
        okay, I’m pencilling that in. “Government considers screwing men over in divorce court with same importance as creating programmed assassins.”
        Is space exploration on their list, along with bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US?

      • Trucidator Diaboli
        September 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

        “I’m pencilling that in. “Government considers screwing men over in divorce court with same importance as creating programmed assassins.””

        Wrong. The divorce court example was an example of how the “justice” system is capable of doing evil, including covering up for mind control programming. Just google “Franklin case”, “mind control slaves” and “MK Ultra programming” to understand.

      • P Ray
        September 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

        Did they mind-control those men to get married to those women?
        Or did they mind-control those women to turn into jackasses?
        If neither, then I’m going with the quick hypothesis that women have their narcissistic tendencies bolstered by greedy friends and trying to impress women they are strangers to.

      • Trucidator Diaboli
        September 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Kid, you seem to understand nothing. The divorce court example is an example, it is not the issue.
        Why don’t you just google google “Franklin case”, “mind control slaves” and “MK Ultra programming”?

      • Trucidator Diaboli
        September 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        Kid, you keep derailing the conversation into issues about women and sex. This is not the issue.

      • P Ray
        September 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        The kid who knows when to stay out of trouble, is certainly wiser than an old man who wants to tilt at windmills.
        You brought up divorce first …

  6. ant
    August 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    america is shooting up these days.

  7. September 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    This is the conspiracy documentary film, I watched today about James Holmes. I suggested this documentary film for those who didn’t watch yet.


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