Accused Aurora Theater Killer James Holmes Tries to Commit Suicide in Jail

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We haven't heard much about the accused Aurora, Colorado movie theater killer, James Holmes, lately. I wonder what he's been doing, sitting there in jail, waiting for his trial to begin. Is he pondering how many lives he snuffed out and how many others he destroyed? Is he singing along to the voices in his head? What? Apparently, he's doing at least one thing: Trying to kill himself. TMZ reports that James Holmes was hospitalized after repeated attempts to commit suicide in his jail cell. I don't think anyone (except maybe his poor parents) would have cried if he'd succeeded. But perhaps it's for the best that he didn't manage it.

Reportedly, Holmes tried to take his life in a couple of different -- and pretty gross -- ways. First, he ran headlong into his jail cell wall in an attempt to crack open his skull. Then he fell backwards off his cot onto the floor, again attempting to split his head open. None of this actually worked, and he was treated at the hospital for his injuries, and then sent back to the pokey. In fact, one source described his attempts as "half-hearted."

This stirs up some questions: Does James feel guilty about what he allegedly did? Or is he just going crazy in prison? Or is he just crazy, period?

Surely, a successful suicide attempt would save the state of Colorado untold amounts of money. No long and expensive trial. No housing James with three hots and a cot for the rest of life. (And he's young, so it will be a long time he's in jail.) Or none of the expensive, endless appeals that will happen if he's convicted and given the death penalty.

On the other hand, I imagine the victims and their families don't necessarily want James to take the easy way out. While it will be incredibly painful for them to be in court, they may want some answers as to why this happened -- they may never get concrete answers, but they will at least get a glimpse into the mind of this accused madman and may get some insight into how and why this happened.

Some victims and families may also prefer to see Holmes do his time rather than die.

Would jail be preferable for Holmes rather than suicide?


Image via Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office

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nhamp... nhampton401

Let him kill himself. Why should everyone have to pay for him to rot in jail? He's obviously crazy so those poor families probably won't ever know anyways why he did what he did. He probably doesn't even know himself. Look at his picture. That's all kinds of crazy right there.

bills... billsfan1104

You know this is the THIRD article you have written making fun of people and suicide. Enough is enough. This guy did something horrible, but I do not wish death or for him to commit suicide. Proves to me that he is mentally ill. Give it a rest and maybe you should understand mental illness, instead of making fun of it and the people who suffer from it.

Funny how you are more worried about poultry,than people.

kelti... kelticmom

Suicide would be the easy way out for him. The families of the victims deserve to see him brought to justice. And while we all "know" he did it, in this country you are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And the burden of proof is on the prosecution. Factor in that he is obviously seriously mentally disturbed, he should be in a padded cell somewhere. And I agree with Bills, Wtf is with you and these suicide articles?

jmama... jmama0307

I think he should just be in jail. He should suffer in jail. I highly doubt he is sorry for what he did. I still think in my mind he is playing mental illness. There's no way in hell to me that a person has a capacity to get a guy and build boobie traps. You are smart for that. Sorry don't believe it. I think he is playing the mental illness so he can get away with it. 

Panda86 Panda86

This does not prove he is a nut. He is pure evil and from the beginning he has been trying to portray himself as a crazy. I think it's all an act and his "half-hearted" attempts of suicide are just part of it. He should rot in his cell until he dies and then he will truly be judged.

tuffy... tuffymama

What bills said. For shame, Kiri! I hope your parents are proud. I guess they are. It takes a certain kind if person to churn out a backwards person like you with such a low EQ.

I'm reserving personal judgment on James Holmes until someone credible casts some truth-illuminating light on his ex-CIA-psychiatric-experimenting-drug-dealing doctor. I can't help but feel that man did something unethical and even evil to his patients. Cut and dry, fry Holmes. But it's not cut and dry with that major player in this tragedy bouncing around out there, unaccounted for.

Stama... Stamatina79

I'm with you tuffymama!

nonmember avatar Mesa murry

I wish it had commited suicide but i believe its just one more of its imbecelic attempts to draw attention to itself he is a waste of air and space and money!

Warren Levine

I hope it hurt a lot. This guy deserves to suffer in the worst way. I think the rest of his life should be pure hell. When he dies after suffering only the worst hell on earth, I only wish for his soul to go to hell where is is pinched and forked by devils for all eternity.

nonmember avatar BEN MCMURRIAN

Shootings were horrendous!

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