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Could the Movie Murderer be you?

Updated on July 25, 2012

Him vs. Us & Them: Let us all stand together

Him vs. Me

Ok, I am still baffled a bite by this movie shooting, who wouldn't be. My heart and condolences go out to the victims, their families, friends, as well as the family, friends, etc of the killer. Since the killer has remained silent we are left with so many unanswered questions. First, why? I have looked at his resume, his Mom's statement as well as the statement of those who knew him. I have seen his online dating match and guess what I discovered.

Despite popular belief at this point he is just like me. I looked at his resume, he has a Bachelor's degree, so do I. He was a scholar, so was I. He did work in the field of counseling, I did my work in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care. He attended graduate studies as did I. When it came time to look for a job, as accomplished as he was, he didn't land a job in his field of study. I wrote a hub on my experience, entitled, "American Dream or Delusion."

The only difference in that is we came to the same conclusion, however, we took different approaches, he did what he had to do and took the Mickey D's scraps they gave him. I, on the other hand, fought until I got a job offer for technical writer and got invited to join 3 different marketing firms. Bottom line, he went to college with the same hopes and dreams I had to land a job doing what he loved, for me it was writing, expression, and helping others.

For him, it was if I am not mistaken working in a lab. Both dreams were beautifully made in the most honest attempts of the heart, but in our society dreams are crushed everyday in the name of greed, capitalism, and more voted, there is so much compromising for peace sakes that the actual intent behind certain things are lost in the shuffle. He was described by some of his childhood friends as quiet or shy, but once you get to know him he opened up and was a nice guy. For me, I don't think I would be described as quiet or shy, but they would agree that I am nice and a cool down to earth person when you get to know me. They might even say I'm hilarious.

Then, there was his online dating profile. Honestly, what I took from it was he wanted someone to be his wife, have his kids, he had no real preference, it was as if it was a cry for help and acceptance and companionship. He described himself, no different than an ordinary guy. One thing I will admit I saw a bit of desperation on his part in that, he wanted a casual encounter, etc, it seems like he would take whatever he could get.

While, I have never been a collector of scrapes, I could understand is wanting to be with someone, relationships are great! Then, the disturbing part is, he adds will you visit me in prison, that to be completely honest, pissed me off. For me, that shows intent and throws second degree murder off the table. Why would he be worried about prison at that point? Not surprising, he had a match on match.com, go figure, right? Wrong, there is someone for everyone.

I know that last statement threw you for a loop right, has Brittany taken a one way trip to looney tune land, not yet, lol. I was watching E's Love Behind Bars, hold onto your hats folks. Women of all shapes, sizes, educational levels, various backgrounds were not just corresponding, but marrying men in prison as well as on death row. They showed the woman who married and claimed to have gotten pregnant by Ted Bundy as well as other women who claimed to be in love with or yearned for the companionship of a massacre murder, serial rapist, etc.

They literally had women drooling in the court room over the mere presence of these men, they could be described as love sick groupies, making goo goo eyes as the assalant, I was horrified to say the least. I will equate this to watching a train wreck in slow motion, only the people in the cabins had no idea that they were even in danger, although they had totally derailed. I would never deny anyone the opportunity to find love, but I would hope these women who exactly what they were gettin themselves into.

Truth being told in actually there was nothing that separated me, the killer, or the killer craving groupies, (maybe except perception and good sense, just my opinion) I am not willing to marry a mass murderer. I am not willing to massacre any group of people. I have had moments in my life where people have tested the bounds of my ability to remain civilized. I will admit as a child I reacted in an animalistic manner and fought it out and as an adult there are moments when I would like to clobber a few folks, but I remember the laws that govern this land, my beautiful daughter, baby sister, and aunt that depend on me, and suddenly the madness is not worth it.

Nothing or no one is worth more than my responsibilities that I take very seriously. I will protect and nurture them at all costs. Truth is if I had been at that movies I would not be here today, because I would give my life to ensure their safety. I am not going to negate the factor that the killer may have been angry with society, I can not fault him in that we live in a very unjust society, however that has never given him nor anyone else for that matter, the right or justification in taking the lives or life of anyone.

Whether he was self-medicated or in his right mind, he chose to do this. Guns do not go off by themselves, otherwise, look out people. Fire bombs, booby trapped apartments do not fall out of the sky, it takes a hand for their creation and execution. Bullets don't just fly random it takes a trigger-man for them to go off. Pills don't just pop into your mouth, you have to decide to take it. Self-meds don't just pop by rubbing a lamp, you have to buy it from someone or a company. None of these things are mandated by law, that are choices.

I believe everyone has a story, but I also believe if you do the crime you do the time. I do think there are certain circumstance and environmental factors that can contribute to one's situation, but ultimately I think its your decision. I will admit in court he appeared to be in complete psychosis, coming off mania, or is quite the actor, it was stated he was not given any medications after being arrested. His mother also admitted that her quote from ABC News was taken out of context.

So, if put in the same environmental factors as James Holmes, would you be a killer, too? If you were indeed isolated from certain social factors that are normative to you, how would you handle it? If your own source for human interaction for companionship is in cyberspace, would you cope or snap?


Raw Footage from the Shooting Scene

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lol, thanks for your input, I totally understand what you are saying. Thanks for your input!

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      *I have not read all the comments so excuse me if I repeat one...

      Yeah Mr. Holmes feel on hard times but I also think he took a break from reality. While I will not give him mental illness as an excuse at all (there are many people who suffer and are not as disguisting as him) I do think it is a real possibility that his withdrawing from med school, isoalting himself and the fact that his mother knew it was her son from the rip screams "help me" by someone who is mentally ill. Not to mention he fits the age range of someone suffering their first psychotic break to a TEE.

      I am not making excuses and I think he should suffer AT LEAST as much as his victims did with the ultimate punishment being death. However his defense attorneys, his dr. and himself have the makings of an insanity plea no doubt.

      He was lonely, a social out cast, couldn't handle "life" and decided to make "something" of himself......albeit a dirt bag.

      PS. thanks for pointing out you had two other articles on this loser.... I enjoyed this one as well!

      ~Becky

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wow, thanks Kenneth for your very kind words, I truly appreciate them. I am blown away, not usually at a lost for words. Thanks you just made my day!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, brittvan . . .YOU SUCCEEDED. Nicely-written. You are a pro at this stuff. Has anyone ever told you that? If they haven't, then I just did.

      Kenneth

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @kenneth, I was, because its such a delicate, touchy, and fresh wounded issue. Thanks, I will, I was trying to be sensitive to all parties.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, britt,

      Amazing work, my friend. I could sense the tension in your tone, but you showed a lot of courage and self-disclipline to make this a fantastic hub. I voted UP and away on this great work. Keep up the fine work.

      Kenneth

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Shiningirisheyes, I understand your point, for each person each story has a bit of a spin on it. Some people think some are innately evil, some believe that certain circumstances land people in their positions. The ripple effect as you put it, is horrific, I can't even imagine for a second what those families and movie goers must be feeling. To have some live and some not, my hope is that they find strength and solace in such a time as this.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      A very thought-provoking question.

      I am with Josak. Nobody in the right state of mind would do something as outlandish as this. This guy definitely suffered from severe mental illness or some type of emotional trauma. If he couldn't even get a date, he might have felt like an outcast and socially rejected by society as well. His family didn't seem to notice that there was something seriously wrong with him or they simply didn't care. And what about his primary doctor? During an evaluation, a good primary doctor will give you a referral to another specialist if he finds something wrong during your medical checkup. I don't feel any kind of pity or remorse for him because whatever his issue was he could have sought help with a professional counselor to resolve his problems. Everyone has issues: control, jealousy, anger, alcohol, drug, sex, porn, depression, stress anxiety etc etc, but these issues can be controlled. People with these types of issues don't go out shooting and killing people out of revenge because life hasn't been fair to them. Absolutely not! He was also void of emotion on his first court appearance. talk about psychopath!

      Only a medical expert would be able to evaluate him, but it's too late for it don't you think? He has already committed these murders and done enough damage. No offense to anyone reading this, but I am entitled to my own opinion.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I have been a member of Hub pages for approximately two months now. I have had the eye opening experience of knowing some heartbreaking roads individuals have walked, corsses they have had to carry. Upon hearing the terrible news I thought "I've yet to hear anything that would possess an individual to create such misery, loss and heartache". However broken he was - he has now left so many more broken people, families...the negative ripple effect is overwhelming.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @faith, thanks, I agree.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      We never know another's heart. He had to be a sick man to commit these murders. I feel for his mother and father. What if it were my son? Were drugs involved? Many questions unanswered. Interesting article..Thank you..

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Motherbynature, good point, I see where you coming from.

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      Motherbynature 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      brittvan22 - I was speaking more on how the media is choosing to portray this man. I don't think you're making excuses for him at all. They sure didn't try to portray the DC Sniper as a human with psych issues. Both men had choices and they made their decisions. Their reasons are really a non-issue to me at this point.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Michele, thanks, I think his days of freedom should be over, personally I am not a believer in the death penalty. I also agree there is alot of bad, but also there is a lot of good. Sometimes I think it seems as if the bad outweighs the good, especially in tragic situations such as this. I think this experience should make up consciously aware and reevaulate something, but not be overwhelmed by fear and allow one act of madness to control our everyday life. We will see as the details unfold about James until then I am glad he is off the streets. I saw how he appeared in court, then you hear reports of him spitting on correctional officers or fellow inmates and you know there has to be more to the story. Thanks for your input!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very good hub. I have to agree with Motherbynature, we should not make excuses for him. His days should be over. I am not sure about his brain. I think he was evil, but there is a lot of that in the world these days.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Mazzy, I like your thinking! My sentiments exactually!

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      Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

      brittvan22, this is such a compelling topic. Time and time again we find people committing apparently motiveless murders, yet everyone who knew them says what a perfectly normal, nice, quiet, reasonable person they were. But were they? Or were they just good at pretending?

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Motherbynature, I can understand your frustration, I lived in downtown Atlanta and multiple murders was an everyday occurence, whether it was twins killing their mom, mom killing her children, rivals killing one another, random shootings, etc and in my sight they were all wrong. I understand that there were factors and paths taken that led them to the point where they took a life. I do not excuse it by any means, but I do not dehumanize them either. For me, I just take in the facts, the assumptions, the story, make my own assessments, and move forward and try to be more sensitive to the subject. I do also believe that they should find a just punishment (whatever that means in this unjust society.) Thanks for your input!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Josak, thats debateable, we do not not know what state of mind he was in, until proper assessments have been made, we can only speculate. Some shrinks see a patient and recommend immediate meds and others recommend alternative ways. I will agree hatred is not need, but I do believe that he should be held accountable for his actions several people lost their lives.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Billybuc, your assumptions are my sentiments as well. Evil has been here sense the dawn of people and there has been great debate about whether creation is good or innately evil. Do we have original sin or are we responsible for our own actions? There are so many hurt by one person's actions. I hope we all come to terms with this in our own way and that we are just a little bit more aware of one another's presence and value.

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      Motherbynature 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I don't know but I'm tired of people making excuses for him. There are killing each other in the streets every single day and nobody is trying to examine their lack of love and affirmation, or their depression stemming from abuse and abandonment. Apparently they are just doing what wild animals are expected to do, but this poor guy just had some extra special issues. He couldn't simply be a completely evil person. It just really makes me sick.

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      Josak 5 years ago from variable

      As we know scientifically it's not just environment it's a genetic factor too, in all likelihood he was and is mentally ill to the point where he was not in control of his actions or did not understand them. Combine the perfect mix of environment and mental illness and you get a monster but one more deserving of pity than hate I think, it may turn out he did it for a reason but it looks like he is just not right in the head.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting question and there is no right or wrong answer. Does evil lurk in the hearts of all men and women? That has been debated forever. All I know is this kind of thing will continue to happen because there are a lot of broken people on this planet.