James Holmes is he insane?

When James Holmes was young many people described him as quiet, with an easy going smile. He was quiet, and a loner who basically kept to himself. He has had no history of committing any crimes. He has never hurt any animals, or had any violent outbursts. So why did he commit such a horrible crime when the movie " The Dark Knight Rises"?.

The most probably reason is that he is a psychopath. A psychopath is defined as person who has no morals, who feels no emotions for other people, but wants others to see how powerful he is. A psychopath wishes to be noticed by everyone.

When it comes to a psychopath violence is incredible. They are not serial killers, serial killers hide. Psychopaths need to be "The One" everyone well never forget.

There are different types of psychopaths, but this hub is only going to focus on the type that James Holmes may be, and he is probably the worst.

The worst type of the psychopath is the kind that believes he is an not a hero, but the very strong evil one that the hero has to fight. In his mind, he will plan to fight the hero, and in this case James Holmes planned to kill, as many people as possible. When the mask was off, he was quiet, and kept to himself, but when he put the mask on, he truly became the worst mass killer in the history of the United States.

What is interesting, is that psychopaths can lead different lives when the mask is off. However, there is something in their eyes that does not change. The expression on their face stays the same. In this hub there are two pictures of James Holmes. One when he was younger, and one right after the mass killing in the mover theater during the opening of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises"

Pictures of Charles Manson Eyes

The Expression On His Face Never Changes

Was James Holmes born as a psychopath, or did something happen to him while he was growing up, that turned him into one? Actually, no one has ever become one because of anything that has happened to them in their past. It is something that has been with them since their birth. Some start to be violent, and it increases, and some are violent only once. Like James Holmes. And as this hub author wrote before, that violent act will never be forgotten.

Notice the similarity of the eyes of Charles Manson and James Homles?

Please pray for the families of the people he killed and injured, and those who loved them

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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Michelle, I just got home a couple hours ago from seeing the movie "The Dark Knight Rises." My husband and I had rented the first two of the trilogy, as I knew there would be parts I would not remember when I saw them at the theatre in 2005 and 2008.

The theatre was packed for the 9:45 AM feature! NO WAY was I going to let this killer intimidate me and make me fearful of going to a movie!

Excellent hub, I voted up! Just looking at Holme's picture all over the internet creeps me out. I think you hit the nail on the head, he is truly a psychopath who had demonstrated practically zero remorse.

My prayers are with his family, however...I cannot imagine learning that my own son would do such a thing, let alone his parents. My heart aches and bleeds for the families of those killed, the victims and their families.

When 9/11 happened, I gave a speech about it at my Public Speaking club, titled, "I Am Speechless." I guess I fall into that category again.

When senseless things like this happen, it is so very raw and painful.

We never know when we get up in the morning if it is our last day on earth.

You provided very informative information regarding this killer...I find it hard to call him a person.

THANK YOU! God bless, Sparklea


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Sparklea.

It is the look in his eyes, that is horrible. We need to pray for the people who died and were injured, their families and those who loved them

God bless you!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thank you for this Michele. You have done as good a job as any could in trying to explain an act of violence like this one. There are simply some individuals who are wired wrong; always have been, always will be.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

The fact of the matter is that there are many psychopaths among us, a large percentage run companies or are climbing the ladder to do so, others toil as working class Joe's and Jane's, still others actually strike a strange or even frightening chord if we cross paths with them. Many stand out as strange, outrageous, reclusive, cold, aloof, or downright creepy, but there are plenty who seem to blend into the background and not get noticed. Not all of their actions can be predicted and not all of their actions are this horrible.

It's been said that this person might have majored in neuroscience because he knew something was off within him. Mental illness (if that is the problem or a factor in this case) is not an excuse to kill. It is a health issue that needs to be addressed and he was certainly bright enough to see the need in doing so yet HE CHOSE to make order after order, receive delivery after delivery, ALL WHILE ATTENDING a rigorous program and plotting multiple murders until about a month ago.

No matter what caused him to do this, there is no justifiable excuse to the wounded and dead. GOD bless them, their families, and communities. You have written another very good hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you billybuc you are right about that.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Express10 what you have written is very true. There are of them on this earth, but different types. Some do run companies, and don't care about anyone. And yes, there was no excuse, none. But, like Charles Manson James Holmes will not be forgotten.


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Very interesting hub that I appreciate very much. But can we ever understand the minds and thinking processes of these people?


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Not really, only try. I only wrote this because of his eyes. They are strange. Charles Manson had the eyes. That is very strange.

The only thing I can really think of, is to pray for the people who survived, and the families.

Thank you for your comment Lipnancy.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Michele sweet friend. this is a well done hub on this killer.. It only baffles me why some people are like this.. In my brain I do not understand this kind of thing...

sharing on Facebook

Debbie


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for sharing Debbie. I don't understand it either. But, I don't think people who are not like him can't really understand it. We can read about it, we can watch TV, but to get into the heart of the matter, well we just can't.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great hub. I doubt we will ever know what motivated him, or what incident in his life caused him to do such a terrible thing. He most likely will do the insanity plea thing and spend the rest of his life in a mental facility. I would certainly hope they never turn this animal back out onto the streets. I would say that in his case, there was no sudden personality change anyone could have seen. This animal lived inside him from childhood until the day he committed this terrible act.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Old Poolman what I think is very strange is the look in his eyes. Remember the look of Charles Manson? They have the same eyes. I even copied a picture.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Wow, his expression in both pictures is the same!!! Gave me the chills. Michele, you did an awesome job of explaining what a pyscopath is and does. It does seem to be a lot about the power when he is wearing his mask, but then a big change once it is off. Prayers going up for the families. God bless you. Faith Reaper


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Faith Reaper, and God bless you also!


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r-o-y 4 years ago

Excellent hub, you have given me much to think about, when I first saw the replay of his court appearance I thought of how smart and intelligent he is supposed to be. Before reading your hub I was pretty convinced that he was trying to use his smarts to appear to be insane, but now I’m not so sure.

Good work!


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Informative hub but at the same time its horrifying. I wrote a Haiku on that event as it was too much to carry the feeling inside. I saw his pix online and it seemed to me some hidden personality behind a veil of those big eyes. Now after i read your hub it feels creepy and horrible as that is the worst ever mass killing of the movie goers, i think so far.

voted up and sharing.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

This is excellent Michele..You kept me hooked on this one. It's very horrifying. Praying for all the families and all the people suffered on ths tragic event..


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you r-o-y, last night I looked up and even copied a picture of Charles Manson. I did not paste it, but they do have the same eyes. That made me think that instead of being insane, maybe I should have changed the title to "Evil"

Thank you also for your comment.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

dghbrh Thank you so much for sharing, I wish more people know about this horrible man, and what was going inside his head. Most people will never truly understand. We just need to know what happened.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

unknown spy Thank you so much for praying for the families. They truly need it.


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Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama

Thanks for sharing this hub Michelle Let the healing begin, My prayer is the the victims gain back proper sensibilities and restucture their paths to wholeness.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Reginald Boswell Thank you so much for your prayers. That means so much to me and to so many others.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

I know most people probably don't see it this way, but there could have been demonic activity in his life. That would explain the act as well as the eyes. Just a thought.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

lifegate I was thinking about that also. Maybe they have been possessed by the same demon. I looked a pictures of Charles Manson now and he is completely different. His ares are not at all what they used to be. But, James Holmes eyes are, what Charles Manson's used to be. So, it might be the same demon. People might think that is crazy, but that is just what I am starting to think about.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I heard his trail showed an expressionless person. I think he has no remorse over what he did and probably due to the fact that he is not mentally stable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this person. Let's hope our world will some day be rid of this type of violence.


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I was thinking the same thing, that there is most likely demonic activity going on there with this movie shooting. The whole thing is just very tragic. In that photo of Manson, well he just really looks crazy. I may be missing something here but I'm not seeing it in Holmes eyes/face, but absolutely sure do with Manson.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teaches12345 I hope we will be rid of this type of person also, this type of person is beyond more then most of us can even understand.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Efficient Admin Who knows, maybe I am missing something. Either way, it is frightening. Well both of them are frightening.


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Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Twelve innocents had their lives snuffed from them because of this monster's terrible act. Whether he is insane, demonic possessed, evil, psychopathic, or all of the above, his right to a speedy trial should be exercised so that he can be found guilty and sentenced. Analyzing his mental competence, state of mind, motive for the murders is a waste of state resources, time, taxpayer money and prolongs the families grief and suffering. Our compassion should always be on the side of the victims and their families. Let's get it over with and send this monster straight to hell. Voting up and interesting. Thank you for this informative hub, Michelle.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Patriette I agree with you 100% on this one. We should not waste money on this one. And yes, he is guilty, and a monster.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Certainly there is something in the wiring of this individual that caused him to act out in this heinous way. Perhaps by analyzing the why and trying to figure out the cause of his actions may be helpful in staving off future incidents of this nature. Hopefully someone will delve into this in great deal (in coming months) and uncover something that may be of value for the future.

I cannot imagine the grief the families and friends feel who lost their loved ones and who have injured family in the hospital. Not to mention those who were there who are shell shocked from this ordeal. So my question is: do we need metal detectors at all entry ways and exits to every facility? Would that have helped?

What kind of monster does these things?

My heart aches.


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Vladimir Uhri 4 years ago from HubPages, FB

Christians should not go to see questionable movies, since there is often evil spirit behind.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

pstraubie48 I understand how you feel, and many others feel the same. I am not sure anyone will be truly able to understand how people like this feel inside. My heart aches also, the only thing I can do now is pray.

Thank you for your comment.

Michele


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Vlad, you know why I put Manson's picture up. People might think it is crazy, but there is something in their eyes that looks so similar to me, that I think they may have the same demon inside them. If you look at Charles Manson now, he is old and the look in his eyes is gone. It is just gone.


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Vladimir Uhri 4 years ago from HubPages, FB

Yes, I did cast demon out I did write it in one Hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I need to look at that one. Thank you for letting me know.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Vlad, since you have over 300 hubs will you tell me the name of the hub so I can put it in the search box? That will help me find it.

Thank you.


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manningnd 4 years ago

It would be nice if psychopaths were always born and never made because the implication than is that there is a purely genetic cause that can possibly be discovered. I don't think it is that easy though. To me it seems mass killers are usually lashing out at a perceived injustice and are narcissistic enough to not care who they hurt to make their point. If I am right in this case some type of manuscript will be found in which James Holmes speaks out against some group or societal dysfunction that he believed he could eliminate. But I could be wrong.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Manningnd, there is so much injustice in this world we could all be like he is. I believe psychopaths are born that way. I just do.


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manningnd 4 years ago

I don't think I could have kids if I believed every one was just a roll of the dice for being a psychopath. While there is a genetic component I think something in the environment acts as a trigger at an early age, and if not triggered it is never activated. But I do still find your theory a more plausible explanation than goods kids are turned evil by media. Either way you make your point well.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

manningnd the media is pretty bad, even videos have kids shooting and bombing each other. Guess it sort of becomes normal. Then we have movies and even tv shows where shooting happens in every episode. Have you ever seen shows like NCIS? Or shows like that? There are a lot of tv shows and video games and movies where shooting happens all the time. Then who pays the price, the people who are harmed, killed and the person who has done the harm. Everybody loses.

Your comment is very good.

Thank you.


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

Voted up and interesting. Although I'm not sold on the 'eyes' thing. In fact, I read your profile and you state that stereotyping and racism and those type of thigs are not right. I do disagree there because we do it all the time and has saved our lives. You did this with the eyes. In fact if he had the same eyes as Manson why didn't anybody say anything before now?

I wrote a hub about Prejudice, the necessary evil. We do and why we do we do it? Well, sometimes it saves our lives. We automatically get leary of a man versus a woman following us down a dark street...and possibly we should and we would even with someone of another race. I think political correctness has been a severe downfall in our society. I've known people to get hurt because they didn't want to seem discriminating.

I've worked with mentally ill and not even 1% could you say have "strange eyes" or something about their eyes. Problem is media gets a hold of things like this and they post certain pics over and over. Reason why everyone thinks of manson with those eyes or Holmes too is because they use that pic so often.

I did enjoy reading your analysis on this topic though and I agree with your political opinion on your profile.

it's another one of those things where unfortunately only those close to him could have read the signs. I've also heard that he is just trying to claim insane when he's not- possibility as well. Maybe just some guy who finally wanted to be noticed. If you look at pics of Jeffrey Dahmer or John Gacy...both look like a guy next door. I think the media plays too big a role on our perception of mental illness or tragedies such as this. It's hard to read someone who just does one crazy act...not like a repeat offender or a serial killer.

In a comment above, there is a serious problem in our society with virtual games, etc. Same people have no problem playing them but peole with any slight mental illness may have some issues as a result of too many violent games or virtual games that get blurred with reality.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

izettl Thank you for your comment. It is a very good one, and yes sometimes we have to be very careful. Especially if we are women. When I am saying racism is evil, I am also talking about sexism and that includes abuse of women. Sexism is wrong and is included in all my "isms" it sounds strange, but you are right about being careful. That is why I started my website. I don't know if anyone will ever read it, but I am ok with that. At least it got some of my feelings of some of the "isms" out.


Anon 4 years ago

they both have strabismus Manson =Esotropia eyes

Holmes =Exotropia eyes


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Anon, the eyes don't look that turned in, at least to me they don't.


Anon 4 years ago

cover one eye and compare it with the other from both holmes and manson and you will see the difference

The eyes are looking to two different directions at the same time

Either way they both have cool eyes they look psychotic and interesting.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Anon, I will do that. And yes, the both do look psychotic, but what I don't understand, if someone is insane, how can they be so able to to plan and commit their crimes on a very intelligent level.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Anon, I went back and looked at their eyes, you are correct. Their eyes are looking at two different directions. It is a very small and hard to see. That is very interesting. I wonder if it means anything. I will try looking it up this afternoon.

Thank you very much for your comment!


Anon 4 years ago

""Of the 44 men scanned, 17 met the diagnosis for ASPD plus psychopathy and 27 did not. The researchers also scanned the brains of 22 healthy non-offenders.

The results showed that the psychopaths' brains had significantly less grey matter in the anterior rostral prefrontal cortex and temporal poles than the brains of the non-psychopathic offenders and non-offenders.""

Strabismus is a damage in the visual cortex, in other words they dont have that part of the brain that gives us Binocular Vision

The connection between these two conditions,

strabismus and psycopathy is an anormality in the brain.

IN OTHER WORDS ANY ABNORMALITY OF ANY KIND IN ANY PART AFFECTS THE WHOLE BRAIN.

THE BRAIN DEVELOPS IN A DIFFERENT WAY

and if you mix these with Psychological abuse you create a killing machine.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Wow, that is amazing and very horrible! Thank you so much for the information you have given me. You know a lot about how the human brain works, and how it can become a killing machine.

Thank you Anon.


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gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

No he is not insane!!! he is a psychopath...who is a person who knows what they ARE DOING BUT JUST DOESN'T CARE! Only their own personal vendetta is important and they have no feelings or regrets about who they hurt or destroy!!! In a word...EVIL


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

gaeparks you are correct, he is more then insane, he is evil. He has no feelings about what he has done, no only to the people he has killed or harmed, but also to their families. I saw a picture of the little 6 year old girl, my heart goes out so much for her parents. She was such a young child, and he took everything away from her and her family. He is EVIL.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

This hub is so wrong - it's crazy in itself! No i don't see Manson & Holmes as the same. Holmes in court looked like he was drugged. Notice the mug shot was taken the same day as court appearance - three days later. (not beard length).

he was clearly drugged on court appearance day . And where did an unemployed student get $20k to buy tatical equipment? And what about the second man - eye-witnesses :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...

Sad hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

ptosis sorry you did not like this hub, but you did bring up a very interesting point. Yes he did look drugged when he showed up in court, but not when his first picture was taken. When his first picture was taken his look at the expression on his face.. That is the point I was trying to make. Your eyes are rather wide. Some people do have eyes that are open so wide that you can see the entire eyes. Try to read the symptoms of psychopathology. Not everyone has this symptom, some do and some do not. Sometimes it has something about facial expressions. I should have included this in this article. I did not write about the beard. Now about the partner in this crime. Please forgive me for this, but I have not researched enough about this. Have you written an article about this? It could be very important. We need to know who this person is, so this crime is not committed again.

Thank you very much for your comment.


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gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

Even if he was drugged in court...he killed 12 and wounded 59.

Even if there was another person involved...he killed 12 and wounded 59.

Even if there is a conspiracy...he killed 12 and wounded 59.

How naive of you to think that an unemployed medical student drop out could not get his hands on 20K over a period of time...can you say "credit cards offers in the mail almost weekly."

The fact that he was in medical school is evidence that he is an intelligent person...he killed 12 and wounded 59.

We need to stop making excuses for EVIL ad see it for what it is...the Manson comparison I did not get either but it is of no consequence...he killed 12 and wounded 59.

He shows amst all obvious signs of a psychopath/sociopath and...he killed 12 and wounded 59.

I realy do not want to go here with this...but there was very little to no attempt to call the DC sniper insane...however, he did not kill 12 and wounded 59.

This was an outstanding and insightful Hub...and whether or not he had help...catch, arrest, FAIRLY TRY, exhaust all appeals, and if convicted EXECUTE THEM BOTH...or however many there was/is...he killed 12 and wounded 59...PERIOD!!!


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gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

Ok so before anyone attackes me I typed the second number incorrectly...yes repeatedly...lol. No not really funny however, I do realize that the number of wounded was 38 not 59. Thank you very much.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I cannot or will not attack you, I agree with you. The number of attacks, well both are evil. I am sorry, I am now on disability because of epilepsy. My former job, before my epilepsy became so bad I almost died, was at a hospital that treated patients with psychiatric problems. Most of them were not like him. They were not violent. Those who were violent, hurt only themselves. I do not know if people agree with me or not. But, I think he may have had a demon inside him. If you look a pictures of Charles Manson now, he looks so different, the demon has left him.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

I'm all for revenge - just make sure hit the target.

I'm holding off writing a hub because the initial visceral reaction is still too intense. I don't think Holmes is the lone gunmen. We live in the most media connected generation ever yet nobody is reading in-between the lines of spoon fed newscasts. It's more comforting to people to believe that a 'bad apple' is caught & killed rather than the knowledge that the entire system we live under is cruel.

gaeparks: Tone down your bloodlust please. Even the very worst criminal still has their uses such as Ted Bundy before execution helped catch the Green River Killer by saying, 'Don't hamstring yourself with the profile'.

This guy Holmes with be studied as to the how & why and not just the end result. Dismissing the questions how & why is a disservice to the victims and any possible prevention of future killings.

http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/news617_batmanwhoh...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

New World Order. If you have read any of my hubs you know what I think about that. The New World Order started and is already doing what it intends to do. I understand completely now what you are commenting about. It is going to get worse, but you already know.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

Hegelian Dialectic in action. Just published hub on Holmes. Hope it's not too offensive - still think people are in knee-jerk reaction mode and will hate me for it. Thanks for allowing my comments to appear.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are welcome. I will read it.


anon 4 years ago

While your article offers some interesting perspectives, please cite and/or fact check your information about psychopathy. Claiming "psychopaths are not serial killers" is incorrect. Not ALL psychopaths are serial killers, indeed - but most, if not all, serial killers are psychopaths. Devil's in the details and editing.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment, anon. That in and of itself is very horrible indeed.


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gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

No bloodthirst at all...please read my post completely as I stated that he or they should be afforded the full fairness of the law. Even if this is a conspiracy...he/they made a choice to go along and therefore is culpable for their actions and the subsequent consequences.


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

Michele Travis: Are you talking about Sociopaths VS Psychopaths? I will check to edit. I meant to say what you said: Not all psychopaths are serial killers and I'm almost sure that all serial killers are psychos.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I am not talking about Sociopaths. All serial killers are Pychopaths. That is true.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I know, I did read your post. He cannot go back and change the past. No matter what. It is over for him. And yes, he is responsible for his actions.


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gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

Michele...the bloodthirst comment was not ment for you...it was in response to ptosis.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

gaeparks I did not take it as an insult. I knew it was for ptosis because he responded to you. I still believe he is responsible for what he did. He did kill 12 and wounded 38 for that he is guilty.


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LauraD093 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I am glad someone with a touch as deft as yours tackled the "Why," although as has been stated already I don't believe this can truly ever be answered. Part of the psychopathic pathology /behavior is an astounding ability to mimic normalcy. It is only when a tragic incident happens that the the questions are again asked,reflected upon but never truly answered. The access he had to internet purchasing of an arsenal to enact his sick and evil plan is an element that needs to be addressed immediately. Better understanding of mental illness and early detection is also a huge mountain many in the field have tried to climb. Although I need to point out the majority of the mentally ill do not engage in mass killings and insanity should never be used as an excuse. He was sane enough to fool those around him,buy guns and ammo for a premeditated killing spree and then act on his delusion. Our focus should be on justice for the families and support for their healing...let him rot in a hell on earth until he enters the real deal.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Once again we agree! Wish I could vote you up:)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

They will never find the second man. Thank you very much for your comment. Sorry it took so long to respond. It was hidden for some strange reason. I got it today.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

The comparison of Holmes' eyes and Manson's eyes is pretty incredible. I'm not sure if people are born psychotic or if something happens to make them that way, but it's certainly interesting to argue the nature versus nurture theories. Well done.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks for your comment. Yes it is in the eyes.


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I can detect a slight "lazy" right eye that I had not seen in any other image of him that I've seen (all pre-incident images). The medical term I discover is strabismus, specifically in this case apparently of the intermittent exotropia variety (eye pointing outward intermittently). Since this was obviously the way he looked immediately after the shooting, I wondered if it might be indicative of some kind of brain problem and immediately found this:

"Children with exotropia (eyes pointing outwards) were 3.1 times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder than were control subjects when monitored to a mean age of 20.3 years. Children with esotropia (eyes pointing inwards) were no more likely to develop mental illness than were control subjects when monitored for similar periods. Patients with intermittent exotropia also were significantly more likely to have greater numbers of mental health disorders, mental health emergency department visits, and mental health hospitalizations and to have suicidal or homicidal ideation."

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