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A Diabolical Villain

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There are few if any explanations of the character or motivations of the man who murdered 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, but the discussion should be about whether the NRA is also culpable, writes Michael Daly.

Two months before he was charged with killing 12 people and wounding 59 others at a midnight opening of The Dark Knight Rises, James Eagen Holmes was scheduled to conduct a seminar on how the tiniest bits of genetic material can signal psychiatric and neurological disorders.Whether or not he actually delivered his talk on micro RNA biomarkers is not yet clear, and he has since dropped out of the graduate neuroscience program at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver.


‘She Was Just Amazing’

Sportswriter Jessica Ghawi just missed being shot at a Toronto mall in June. When a killer opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, she was not so lucky. Friends and co-workers talk to Matthew DeLuca about what made her special.

Jessica Ghawi pursued her dreams without inhibition. That ended too soon when the 24-year-old sportswriter was killed by a bullet fired in a movie theater outside Denver on Friday morning. For Ghawi, who covered sports for numerous media outlets in Colorado and her native San Antonio under the name Jessica Redfield, it was the second such shooting she had faced in a matter of weeks. In June, she was present when a gunman opened fire at a mall in Toronto.

Hazy Profile

What Makes a Mass Murderer Tick?

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Dr. Michael Stone has examined the minds of more than 200 mass murderers. He talks to Lizzie Crocker about the difficulties of diagnosing these killers.

If you want a glimpse inside the mind of a mass murderer, try to imagine yourself committing the kind of heinous crime carried out in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado at midnight Friday. Most of us can sooner imagine being among those killed than being the killer--a testament to the rarity and complexity of the shooter’s mind.“People usually don’t commit mass murder more than once,” says Dr. Michael Stone, professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, who has closely examined the minds of 208 mass murderers.


‘This Could Have Happened Here’

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James Holmes was just a quiet kid living in a quiet San Diego suburb. What changed on his way to Colorado? Jamie Reno reports.

Who is James “Jimmy” Eagan Holmes, the six-foot-three 24-year-old from suburban San Diego suspected of massacring 12 people in a Colorado theater last night?That was certainly the question on everyone’s mind today in Torrey Highlands, a quiet, upper-middle-class suburb of two-story homes in northern San Diego, where his parents still live—and where police arrived at dawn this morning to provide the family security as a media mob gathered outside.

No End in Sight

Carolyn McCarthy’s Lonely Crusade

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She’s been pushing for limits on gun sales and ammunition since her husband was fatally shot in a mass killing on the Long Island Railroad in 1993—an exercise in frustration.

Mass shootings are hardly a new issue for Carolyn McCarthy.Well before the latest atrocity in Aurora, Colo., she has been championing the cause of sensible gun limitations—and, given the toxic politics of Capitol Hill, getting nowhere.The New York congresswoman has more than 100 co-sponsors for her bill to limit the number of rounds in a single magazine to 10, so the shooter of an assault weapon would have to pause to reload after getting off 10 shots.

Expert Advice

How to Survive a Disaster

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It's impossible to prepare for a massacre like the Colorado shooting, but there are things you can do to boost your chances for surviving danger, a former FBI criminal profiler tells Abigail Pesta.

While there’s no way anyone could prepare for a sudden mass shooting like the theater attack in Colorado, there are some things you can do in life to increase your chances of survival during times of danger, says Mary Ellen O’Toole, a former criminal profiler for the FBI. The key, she says: don’t trust your gut.“In a crisis situation, our gut instincts do not always serve us well,” says O’Toole, who worked for the FBI for 25 years, studying cases ranging from the Unabomber to Elizabeth Smart, then wrote a book called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us.


Nolan: Shooting Was a ‘Senseless Tragedy’

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Director releases condolences to victims, families.

Batman series director Christopher Nolan issued a statement in response to the shooting that left 12 dead and more than 70 injured during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. On behalf of the movie’s cast and crew, Nolan expressed their “profound sorrow” for the victims, their families, and the Aurora community. “Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime,” Nolan said. “The movie theatre is my home,” the director continued, “and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.”

Read it at ABC News


Classmates: Holmes Was a ‘Loner’

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Students weigh in on suspected killer.

Students at the University of Colorado Denver’s campus in Aurora are describing accused killer James Holmes as “quiet” and “a loner.” Holmes, a Ph.D. student who was studying neuroscience, is suspected of killing 12 and injuring dozens more at a screening of the latest Batman installment, The Dark Knight Rises. His high-school lab partner told reporters he was “a smart kid,” adding, “I never figured he'd do anything like this.” Neighbors in his university-managed building described him as unfriendly and quiet.

Read it at Huffington Post


Witnesses Recount Theater Horror

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After Colorado shooting.

Witness accounts are streaming in from Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire at a movie theater this morning, killing 12 and wounding scores more. “I just saw dead bodies everywhere,” Jennifer Seeger, 22, told The Daily Beast. “There was a girl who was lifeless on the stairs. I saw a gentleman who was moaning and groaning.” Other witnesses described scenes of confusion and horror to The Associated Press. Sylvana Guillen, 20, said the alleged shooter, James Holmes, appeared dressed as a SWAT team member and told her friend, “You better get ready to be shot.” And Tanner Coon, while making his escape, tried to rouse a woman covered in blood, but couldn’t—he “presumed she was dead.” People in the adjacent theater also saw bullet holes appear in the wall about 20 minutes into the movie.

Read it at The Daily Beast


Kelly: Suspect Dressed as 'Joker’

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NYPD chief says he's beefing up local security.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the Colorado shooter suspected of opening fire in a suburban Denver movie theater resembled “The Joker”— the archetypal villain from the comic book series—when he attacked. At a news conference on Friday, Kelly said the “deranged” suspect, James Holmes, “had his hair painted red” at the time of the attack and claimed to be “The Joker,” the terrorist played by Heath Ledger in the last Batman film,The Dark Knight. Holmes opened fire during a midnight showing of Christopher Nolan’s sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Kelly said the NYPD has stepped up security in New York City movie theaters “as a precaution against copycats” and to ease fears in the wake of the awful Colorado shooting.

Read it at CBS


Why Don’t Mass Shootings Lead to Gun Control?

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After the horrific 'Dark Knight' massacre, there are already calls for greater gun control. But Adam Winkler says it’s unlikely that anything but sympathy will result.

With twelve people dead and around fifty wounded, the mass shooting at a theatre in Aurora, Colorado showing the latest Batman movie, has already led to calls for new gun control laws. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation’s leading gun control group, declared that victims of gun crime “don’t want sympathy. We want action.” Yet it’s unlikely that anything but sympathy will come from this horrific act. Over the past twenty years, it’s become increasingly clear that mass shootings, no matter how tragic, don’t lead to reforms of gun laws.


James Holmes Photo Released

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By University of Colorado.

The University of Colorado has started handing out an undated photograph of James Holmes, the suspect in the shooting attack on a suburban Denver movie theater that left 12 people dead and at least 50 injured. The university’s Denver campus confirmed Friday that Holmes was withdrawing from its neurosciences graduate program at the time of the shooting. Holmes is 24 years old and, according to the FBI, and is not believed to have any ties with terrorist groups. Police found his home to be “booby-trapped” and filled with “possible explosives.” Meanwhile, the AP reports that James Holmes bought a ticket to the movie, and entered the theater as part of the crowd. Later, a federal law enforcement official said, Holmes propped open the exit door, put on bulletproof gear, and open fire.

Read it at ABC News


‘He Pointed the Gun at My Face’

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Jennifer Seeger, who survived the massacre at a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ by playing dead, describes the terrifying scene for Paula Szuchman, from the burning shells to the screams from the crowd.

Jennifer Seeger was sitting with her best friend in the second row of a Colorado movie theater watching a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises when a masked man came in through the front exit door.“He looked like an actor showboating for the premiere and getting everyone riled up. No one thought it was real. Then he threw a gas canister and started shooting at the ceiling and everyone realized it was real. It’s not every day you think someone is going to come in and start shooting,” said Seeger, 22.


Will Fans Skip ‘Dark Knight’?

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Christopher Nolan’s third Batman installment had rave reviews and massive box-office expectations. But in the wake of the horrific shooting at a late-night screening of the film, are Hollywood’s lofty expectations a bust?

As The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most anticipated blockbusters in recent years, triumphantly made its way into theaters Friday with glowing reviews, Hollywood just had one question: how big will Batman’s opening be?The Avengers, Marvel Comics’ superhero mashup, had already set the benchmark high. It opened in May with a record-breaking $207.4 million, but that movie was helped by numerous 3-D showings, which come with higher ticket prices.


Witnesses on the Colorado Shooting

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What really happened in the theater when a gunman opened fire on a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’? Watch riveting accounts from witnesses to the Colorado shooting, which killed 12.

‘Shooter Pointed Gun at Me’ Jennifer Seeger was in the theater during the Colorado shooting and narrowly avoided being hit. In a phone interview on Today, she says she felt the heat from bullets fired nearby as she hid under seats in the theater. ‘People Unconscious, People Bleeding’ A witness who purchased tickets for the late-night screening says there were gunshots “all over the place” in the theater where she was to have watched the movie.

Holmes’s Dazed Court Showing

In his first appearance since allegedly killing a dozen people, the suspected Colorado shooter struggled to keep his eyes open as he faced the judge.

More on the Colorado Shooting

The Suspect

What We Know About James Holmes

6 Facts About James Holmes

6 Facts About James Holmes

What we know about Colorado’s shooting suspect.

American Gentility

The Batman Shooter’s Mayflower Ancestry


The Shooter’s Evil Plan


‘This Could Have Happened Here’


Holmes’s Life in Aurora


What About Gun Control?

My Gun Control Fantasy

My Gun Control Fantasy

Obama and Romney won’t even mention the ‘g’ word after the tragedy in Aurora. That’s pathetic, writes Judith Miller. What if four ex-presidents got together to do the right thing?


The NRA’s Bizarre Priorities

No End in Sight

Carolyn McCarthy’s Lonely Crusade


Why Don’t Mass Shootings Lead to Gun Control?

Seize the Moment

Endorse Gun Control, Mitt!


Photos & Video From the Scene

Tweets From the ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting

Tweets From the ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting

A gunman killed 12 and wounded countless others at a shooting 15 minutes into a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. These are tweets, photos, and videos from the #theatershooting scene.


Colorado’s Night of Horror


Witnesses on the Colorado Shooting


The Mind of a Killer

A Diabolical Villain

A Diabolical Villain

No one seems to know what set off the murders in a movie theater, but the discussion should be about whether the NRA is also culpable, writes Michael Daly.

Hazy Profile

What Makes a Mass Murderer Tick?

Expert Advice

How to Survive a Disaster


Hollywood Reacts

Hollywood Looks Within

Hollywood Looks Within

Few in Hollywood think “The Dark Knight Rises’ caused the tragedy in Colorado. But some do wonder if popular culture has desensitized people to the very real consequences of violence.

Obama 'Heartbroken' By Shooting

At a campaign stop in Florida, the president said the day wasn't about politics. Ultimately, what matters most is 'how we choose to treat one another and love one another,' he told the crowd.