No, James Holmes Wasn’t An Occupy Member

In our tips e-mail we received this breathless assertion:


More Signs Point to James E. Holmes As Occupy ‘Black Bloc’ Member He Plotted to Kill Cops With Firebombs Just Like Black Bloc Chicago.


We have no idea who Private Investigator Bill Warner is, but if his day work is as shoddy as his “exclusive” I pity those who hire him. He’s making a connection right out of the Brian Ross school of journalism. This claim is debunked at Democratic Underground (where the first erroneous report of a Tea Party connection appeared) of all places:

This rumor that’s going around seems to have two sources. The first is speculation from a private detective somewhere who noted that the villain of “The Dark Knight Rises” is modeled after OWS (which is false, as Nolan conceived the film before OWS), and therefore Holmes is an OWS anarchist who wanted to “stick it to the man.” Don’t ask me to explain the logic of that; I can’t. But that’s what he said, and right wingers are running with it.

The second source is a guy on Twitter who found a video praising OWS with accompanying music by one “James Willie Holmes.” A bit of research showed that this James Holmes wrote his first song 13 years before the Aurora shooter was born.

By all accounts Holmes appears to be apolitical, and nothing about his actions smacks of any political motive. The explanation about the explosives we offered the other day makes far more sense, and it matches up much better with newer details about his booby-trapped apartment.

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