Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
Holmes is responsible for killing 12 and injuring 70 in a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre in 2012.
Over the past 70 years there have been more than two dozen shootings in the United States that have resulted in the deaths of at least 10 people. Among those was one that happened in 2012 in one of the more unexpected settings that have been seen. We’re referring to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado that was once the deadliest shooting by a single person in American history at that point. The perpetrator behind the deadly shooting was James Holmes, who now finds himself in prison for the rest of his life.
In that weekend, the highly anticipated film “The Dark Knight Rises” had released with people flocking to the theaters in droves to watch the conclusion of the Batman trilogy at the Century 16 cinema. The theater sits within a busy mall that had hundreds of people watching a single screening of the film. When it started, things seemed to be normal, but after around 15 minutes into the film, Holmes had left the theater through the emergency exit to go to his vehicle.
Several minutes later, Holmes came back in through the emergency exit that he had kept propped open and returned wearing protective gear and a gas mask while carrying several weapons. After Holmes had released smoke grenades to blind the theater, he opened fire blindly into the hundreds in attendance. It was a merciless spree that Holmes was going on, injuring dozens while killing 12 people in the shooting.
The police arrived to the Century 16 theater in a matter of minutes, and by then the dust had already settled as Holmes discontinued his shooting. Police came to find Holmes was standing by his car with his gear on, taking him to jail without any shooting between the two sides. When they took him in, police had also discovered that Holmes’s apartment contained even more weapons that included bombs and grenades that were wired to explode upon entry.
It didn’t take long for Holmes’s identity to be revealed as the shooting had made international news, and people wanted to know why he would commit such an act. He was described as a bright student while growing up, being born in San Diego on December 13, 1987 and attending several prestigious colleges where he obtained multiple degrees. However, it was also learned that he was mentally ill while growing up, developing a disturbing interest in violence.
The shooting came not long after a breakup with a former girlfriend, when his violent tendencies had reached their peak. His grades suffered at the same time as he was working on earning his Ph.D. Police were concerned that Holmes would take his own life while apprehended because of how he had acted in the months and years leading up to the shooting. The defense attorneys had said Holmes’ wasn’t fit to stand trial because of his mental instability, which became a big conversational topic regarding his case.
“I became more disorganized,” Holmes said about the months that led up to the attack. “I guess my mind was kind of falling apart…Eight out of ten I would be on the loner scale. When I am around people, I am kind of anxious, fidgety, fearful. I feel the need to escape…I would have, like, violent images (in my mind). Things like, saws going against other people…They just pop up randomly.”
Holmes did mention that “I think it’s wrong to kill children,” which is why he chose the theater that he did. “I chose to minimize child fatalities by choosing a midnight showing of a PG-13 movie. I felt sad that a child had died. It wasn’t my intention to kill children or leave them parentless.”
Holmes’s trial began in late 2014, and the severity of the case made it so that the jury pool was the largest that any United States court was able to select from. The mental illness defense continued on from Holmes’s defense team and the trial was held up several times due to a variety of factors that included the jury. Eventually, the final jury deliberated in the summer of 2015 and found Holmes guilty of all of the charges that had been laid against him, reaching well over the 100 mark because of the attempted murder charges.
As a result, Holmes was sentenced to more than 3,300 years in prison without the possibility of parole. The insanity plea made it so that Holmes didn’t receive the death sentence, but the judge did want to make sure that Holmes was never released from prison. He wasn’t imprisoned in Colorado for very long, either, as Holmes was a target for other inmates. After one incident, Holmes was secretly moved to another prison and is now imprisoned in Pennsylvania.
Several years after the shooting, a video was released of Holmes being interviewed by a psychiatrist during his mental evaluation. When asked about the arrest process, Holmes said that “I didn’t have any feelings about it. I just kinda felt it was something that was gonna be done…I didn’t have any feelings.” As for why he informed police of his apartment being booby trapped, he had an interesting view. “Well they originally said that children would probably get hurt…I didn’t want children to get hurt, so I talked to them.”
One of the psychiatrists, William Reid, that had spoken with Holmes tried to figure out why he committed the mass murder. “A big part of it is, it’s hidden in Holmes’s mind, and he can’t see it either,” Reid said. “The answer – and this really is the answer, but it’s not very satisfying – lies in an unimaginably detailed and complex confluence that we can’t replicate because we can’t see all of it…He’s unique. The answers are not going to come, at least not in any of our lifetimes.”