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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