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James Holmes gave warning signs in his childhood for the mass murder of twelve at “The Dark Knight rises”

Updated on June 30, 2013

The massacre at “The Dark Knight rises”

The massacre at the premier of “The Dark Knight rises” left the nation with unanswered questions concerning the possible motives for the suspect’s rampage. During the sold-out midnight premier of the Batman movie, James Holmes orchestrated a sophisticated plot to murder as many victims as possible. Now in custody of law enforcement, the nation is trying to piece together a possible motive for the crime by looking into the suspect’s life and what could possibly trigger the motive to kill twelve and injure fifty-eight innocent victims. What caused a young man to turn to violence during the premier of a sold-out movie?

What made James Holmes turn to violence on the night of July 20, 2012? What made a young man plan for months for this event? Who is the man behind the mass killings and injuries of several dozen innocent victims? Answers are needed into what caused James Holmes to reach this point in his life and resort to the tragedy he committed that changed the lives of many who suffered at the hands of this mass killer. This is a look into the twenty-four year old suspect’s life, searching for answers that are desperately needed to determine the cause of this massacre.

The typical American kid

In order to find answers, we must look at the life of James Holmes. James Holmes was considered a loner, shy, quiet, intelligent individual with aspiring hopes for the future. With a promising future, James Holmes was expected to accomplish great goals in his life and become a successful part of society. As the evidence unfolds, a disturbing picture begins to be painted of the mass murderer of twelve victims. James Holmes was called a ‘typical American kid’ by some who knew him, but this was an inaccurate description.

From a distance, the description of a typical American childhood seems true. Yet, his actions paint a picture of a disturbed individual who was struggling through his life with his own personal demons. The nation wants answers for the massacre that occurred on July 20, 2012. The only way to find any answers or possible motives for the killings is through the careful look into James Holmes life. This is what the nation knows so far about his life, his accomplishments, and his hobbies. What James Homes was is far a ‘typical American kid.’ James Holmes, on the surface, seemed pretty typical, but what was inside is the reason why this typical kid turned into a violent killer.


The childhood of James Holmes

James Holmes was born December 12, 1987, in San Diego, California. His parents, a nurse and a manager of a software company, lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in the suburbs of San Diego for a large part of James’ childhood. Religion played a large role in his household with the family attending the Presbyterian Church on a regular basis. Neighbors described him as a happy and nice child who always smiled, but did not have many friends.

During high school, he mostly kept to himself. He also joined the junior varsity football team and enjoyed playing socking during his high school years. When he graduated from Westview high school in 2008, he gained a scholarship to the University of California at Riverside from his academic abilities and excellence in science. When he graduated that year, James Holmes decided to volunteer at kids’ holiday camp, serving as a camp counselor for ten children in Glendale, California.

In 2010, when he graduated with a bachelor of science in neuroscience from the University of California at Riverside, James Holmes was unable to find any work. He also gained a master’s degree in neuroscience, but could not find a job in his field of study. He decided to move back to his parents’ home where he found a part-time job with McDonald’s restaurants. His mother decided it was time for him to earn an advanced degree so she sent him to the University of Colorado to pursue further education.

James Holmes decided to enroll in the PhD program of neuroscience in the spring of 2011 at the University of Colorado. He worked on campus at several buildings at the University while he studied neuroscience. He struggled with the PhD program, receiving poor scores on his exams. By the spring of 2012, he began the process of withdrawing from the program.


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      ELDRED EVELYN TYSON 2 years ago

      What a pity. On all sides of this long parade , of human tragedies, a lethal injection is more merciful than life without the possibility of parole I generally do not support the death penalty , But in a case such as this considering his age, the cost of providing for him, and the misery and suffering he will experience , what for it will not undo what has happened. My heart goes out to all who are suffering due to violence or perhaps childhood abuses to painful to remember or fear of revelations/retribution, I hope he will unravel nd tell his life accounts as child nd youth. No offense intended simply stating feelings and opinion.

      E Evelyn T.Woodson

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      joe 5 years ago from So. Cal.

      MK-ultra. Sirhan sirhan, Mark David Chapman, and others have displayed strange behavior right after committing the act of murder. They didn't attempt to escape, in fact Chapman sat down and started reading a book, they didn't have any military training, but assumed a military stance while firing the weapon, and didn't recall what they'd done. CIA mind control experiments are well documented, and with the agenda 21 controversy, who knows?

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      Theodore Pugh 5 years ago from Wilkes Barre Pa

      This seems to be Jinn (unseen evil being/ a demon) possession. These beings are well known for wispering into the minds of humans to do all types of evil. This has been going on for thousands of years. You may not believe this but the track record of these acts prove themselves.

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      Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      James Holmes appeared both dazed and lethargic during his first court appearance today, sporting red-orange hair. Who knows what was going through his head. Hopefully US lawmakers will move to try to stem these violent outbreaks, which are becoming too commonplace in America. Thanks for the hub.