For the most part we’ve been refraining from writing about the “Dark Knight Rises” murderer James Holmes and dealing more with the cultural dialogue his travesty sparked. But this is just too much.
We now know from reports earlier today that Holmes’ massacre last Thursday night, on the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” was thoroughly premeditated—he sent a notebook to a psychiatrist at University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus with drawings detailing his game plan. But one thing he didn’t consider: he wouldn’t get to know how the movie ends.
In what can only be called shockingly distasteful, NY Daily News now reports that an employee where Holmes is jailed tells them that Holmes asked a prison guard how movie ends. “Did you see the movie? How does it end?” Holmes reportedly asked yesterday.
The jail employee, who remains anonymous, says it was “like he had no idea why there was anything wrong with what he was saying. It was sick … I think he’s trying real hard to act crazy.”
The notion that Holmes is trying to “act crazy” as part of his defense has crept into the zeitgeist of post-arrest theories about Holmes, along with the one that he looks “obviously drugged” and that the whole shooting was an “inside job.”
Gawker quotes a former chief research psychiatrist for the Secret Service, who says people who fake this kind of thing are usually sociopaths, and Holmes’ history “does not suggest sociopath at all.
Either way, Holmes will likely never know how “The Dark Knight Rises,” since the death penalty is legal in Colorado.