Was James Holmes Trying To Reenact “The Dark Knight?”

A few weeks before the mass shooting at the midnight showing of the final installment of the Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, James Holmes created a profile on Adult Friend Finder. The picture from that profile is the one on the right above. TMZ has confirmed with that adult personal ads service the Holmes did create the profile before the attack. And the chilling tagline on the classicjimbo profile?

Will you visit me in prison?

It seems Holmes was intent on becoming the Joker character from the previous installment of the series, played famously by Heath Ledger.

Reddit user Nakatomi2010 presents a pretty compelling theory.

This will probably be buried, but based on what I’m reading the dude was trying to create a Joker scenario. Based on what I’m reading, between the news sites, thanks to here, the dude tried to create a scenario where the cops would be misdirected to a noise complaint, while shot up the theatre. Sounds like his timing was off by a bit though. Like either the noise complaint wasn’t reported as fast as he thought it would be, or he expected somene to walk into the apartment since the door was apparently left open and blow it up, causing a divide in the troops, and a decision as to which chaos they should attend to.

Much of what I’m reading seems to imply that he was trying to create two big chaotic scenes, which reads to me like he was forcing people to decide which one to attend to first. Residential complex going up with minimal casualties, or commercial property with a bunch casualties.

Obviously that’s pure speculation, but based on what I’ve read, that sounds like what he was trying to do.

And then he elaborates.

Again, pure speculation, he brought the entire emergency response team to the theater, one of the news reports indicates that thefolks beneath him called the cops to report a noise complaint, and were told they were dealing with a crisis. He may have been hoping that with his door open, someone would go in and try to turn it down, then boom.

Why not set the bombs on a timer? An automated explosion is a little less satisfying than knowing someone’s stupidity made it go boom.

I kind of want to re-watch the second Dark Knight movie so I can review some of the Joker’s manerisms and such, but the entire scenario presents itself as one of his “Make a choice” type scenarios. As folks have already mentioned, he’s been planning this for a good couple months since he bought the weapons starting in May. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume there’s most likely a second, or third, prong to this entire shin dig. Even the Adult Friend Finder profile pics, he knows where he’s going. The larger question is, aside from his apartment, was there anything else he’s not telling one? And if so, if he was trying to become the Joker, does that mean the second prong have a similar “Make your choice” factor.

He became the Joker, and seemingly created a Joker style scenario. He made himself out to be a villain.

And let’s not forget, the Joker himself gets thrown into prison and still gets out.

In the end though, the only thing that keeps coming to mind is that he’s made himself into a villain. I just can’t figure out if there’s more here than meets the eye. As everyone already knows, this doesn’t add up.

That’s as good an explanation as I’ve heard for this senseless tragedy so far, though it doesn’t explain why he set out on this course of action.

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  • Vagabond661

    That makes him more of a poser than the Joker.

  • Commander_Chico

    How much of this shit, all around the world, is because these dweebs can’t get laid?

    • In this case that looks like a pretty safe bet.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I know its fashionable to try and link this in any and every way possible to the Batman movies, but the concept of using a distraction to divide police resources on order to commit a crime is pretty basic crime drama stuff.

    Besides, the Jokers hair is green.

  • scallywag

    Prison officials may not be wrong to think that Holmes thinks he is in a movie, he refuses to cooperate, spits on guards and maintains the poise of the ultimate anti hero who must stand up to the falseness and hollowness of our times that only he can awake buy shooting apart with deadly acumen.

    In some perverse way Jason Holmes has become the Joker, the villain that fully appreciated the stench of society, that is willing to totally embrace it, but yet the question remains- is it all an act for the cameras or is this a performance he is committed to the bitter end….?


  • There were enough warning signs about James Holmes BEFORE the shooting: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/james-holmes-warning-signs/

    • jim_m

      Following your link I see that the single warning sign that signaled that this man was a danger was that he purchased guns and ammunition. Apparently, nothing else n his behavior would have indicated his mental illness.

      The comment on your blog is grossly ignorant. You imply that the solution to this happening in the future is gun control, a universal gun registry and a registry of people who purchase ammunition and shooting supplies. Oddly enough, you never mention the bombs that he has allegedly planted in his apartment, so it appears that you are OK with people making and possessing bomb materials.

      A gun registry is not the solution. Already we cannot trust he Federal Government to handle the data they do collect according to the law as written. Gun registries historically end up with one outcome: gun confiscation. Concealed carry laws have not resulted in the violent crime wave leftists have predicted. In fact in the areas where concealed carry is allowed violent crime against the person has declined.

      However, this man obviously showed signs of mental disturbance to the point that his mother suspected that he was a danger. Why do we not have mechanisms to identify people with mental illness and get them help? Because the left has advocated that they should not be forcibly committed. The left seems to have decided that it is better to take the freedoms from the 99% of Americans who are sane in order to maximize the freedoms of the less than 1% that are mentally ill.

      • Rance Frayger

        I guess to some buying 150 lbs of assault weapon ammunition by mailorder doesn’t doesn’t set off any alarm bells. Meanwihile I can’t go to the drugstore and buy 12 Sudafed tablets without showing photo ID and having the government record the transaction.

        • jim_m

          Depending on who you are the ammo might not be that big of a deal. Especially since he did not buy it in one purchase. I don’t think that you should have to justify purchase of legal ammunition just like you shouldn’t have to justify purchase of over the counter meds for your cold.

        • herddog505

          150lbs of “assault weapon” ammunition? That’s all?
          I suggest that there are plenty of people who shoot competitively or even as a hobby who buy that much every couple of month or so. Before I was married, I got quite a few heavy shipments with “ORM-D” stamped on the boxes (though perhaps not quite 150 lbs worth).
          At any rate, what’s the point? That we’ve got to take away the rights of hundreds of thousands of Americans who legally hunt and shoot and pose no danger to anybody because of the actions of one whacko?

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  • herddog505

    The only thing I’m interested in speculating about when it comes to this clown is whether to use manila or nylon rope.