James Holmes Played With Puppets After Theater Shooting in a Bizarre Performance for Cops

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James HolmesIt's been six months since the massacre at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, and with every new detail, we seem to form a new picture of alleged shooter James Holmes. Or at least, the old picture of pure evil gets hazier. Court proceedings this week have brought to light some seriously bizarre actions in the hours after his arrest.

Dubbed "childish" by some, the strange games Holmes played shortly after being pulled into custody seem to support the insanity defense that's being bandied about. It could turn out that a jury will have to decide less whether Holmes is guilty and more whether they find him sympathetic.

According to police, Holmes sat in custody using the bags put on his hands to secure any gunshot residue as hand puppets. At another time, they said he took a staple and tried to put it into an electrical socket. The man accused of outfitting himself for war then firing into a darkened theater is also said to have sat in an interrogation room calmly playing with a styrofoam cup, trying to flip it over.

The "games" could mean he was insane. After all, who sits accused of such heinous crimes and plays carefree games? Certainly not someone sane.

Then again, Holmes is accused of a crime that took careful planning to execute. There's reason enough to believe that he could have also carefully built an insanity defense. He's certainly not a stupid man.

Which leaves us, Americans, in a precarious position. Do we hate the monster who destroyed 12 lives and hurt dozens of others? Or do we take pity on this man and his shortcomings, on the possibility that he had a mental illness that he could not control? Can we even separate the two, find it in us to "not hate the player but hate the game" so to speak?

What do you think of how Holmes acted after his arrest?


Image via Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office



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For the love of God, STOP posting his picture!! None of us want to see it. Personally, I think it's quite obvious he planned every detail, and is playing crazy.

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He is faking it, he was studying mental illness and psychosis in his post graduate studies. This massacre took weeks if not months to plan, he bought his ticket to the movie almost 2 weeks in advance, he made multiple complex booby traps with dangerous chemicals and then he is trying to make the cops believe he doesnt understand that you shouldnt put staples in a light socket the next day. Give me a break. He visited prostitutes in the days before because he was going away for a long time and would never get laid again. Those are not the actions of a crazy person but rather a person who is planning to do something bad. His wide eyed looks and little games are all an act and it doesnt fool me. He knows how to mimic an insane person because of his studies and he is trying to use it as a defense. String this loser up.

Rootbear Rootbear

Seriously, enough with that creepy ugly ass mug of his. We KNOW what he looks like already. Give it a rest!

CAP1015 CAP1015

Another post by Jeanne on a horrific crime that is and must still be painful for those involved.  I've said this in other posts but if you read her Blogs it makes me wonder how she has any true family/friends/children.  Jeanne you seem intent on writing/posting items specific in garnering attention for all the wrong reason's.  How do you sleep at night.  I hope you never have to deal with a tragedy of any kind, much like the ones you write about, but if you ever do, if you have any compassion or empathy you will find yourself ashamed and shocked at the crap you've written.  I read a lot of blogs and comment often, but I've never seen such absolute disdain for those suffering than what you write.  Then when you add how you are so often wrong, inaccurate, projecting inuendo's and flat out lying it is hard to see  you as any kind of person that anyone would want to have anything to do with.  Please, please have someone read your post before you submit them.

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