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James Holmes killed 12 people and injured another 58 during his shooting rampage at a screening of “The Dark Knight.” Now Holmes faces death himself at the hands of the state.
News continues to move quickly as the country seeks to make sense of one of the largest shooting sprees in US history. Over the weekend, authorities shed new light on James Holmes’ plot and more victims come forward to give their account of the attack that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
On Friday, Holmes entered the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Theater 9 of the Century 16 movieplex in Aurora, Colorado clad in a ballistic helmet, protective gear, black gloves and a gas mask. He rolled a couple of canisters of gas down the aisles and then began opening fire on the crowd. As the audience dispersed in panic, 911 calls brought police swiftly to the scene where Holmes was arrested without a struggle. His hair dyed red, he told police that he was The Joker — a psychopathic villain from the Batman series.
Holmes, 24, allegedly told police that he had booby-trapped his apartment with explosives. Authorities evacuated neighboring apartment buildings before an FBI bomb squad deployed robots to begin the arduous work of disarming the tripwires placed throughout the home. By Saturday, investigators were able to safely enter the home and collect evidence. No motive has been discussed publicly at this time.
A native of San Diego, Holmes graduated UC-Riverside with honors and a degree in neuroscience in 2010. In 2011, Holmes began Ph.D. studies at the University of Colorado medical school in Aurora. In June of this year, he quit school — giving no reason according to a school spokesperson. Holmes had received many packages over the past month, likely materials he would use in his attack. Holmes reportedly made recent purchases of 4 guns and over 6,000 rounds of ammunition. People who knew Holmes did not suspect he could commit such a heinous act. Neighbor Jackie Mitchell told CNN Holmes was “nerdish”: “You would never guess he was a violent guy.”
Like the many serial killers and mass murderers who have been fetishized before him, James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in last month’s horrific shooting in Aurora, Co., now has his own slew of adoring fans. They call themselves Holmies, and use the popular image-centric blog tool Tumblr to obsess over all things Holmes. Besides digging up every possible photo of their deadly dreamboy, the Holmies have taken to creating animated gifs, often superimposing Holmes’s head onto a different body. They also share conspiracy theories regarding Holmes: Tumblr user AllHail-Jamesus writes, “you really just never know anymore, James possibly being innocent is really not that far fetched. open your eyes, open your mind, educate yourself on the evils of the government.” Another delves into a more in-depth theory, involving the UN, the CIA and the FBI. One blogger, named RomeforHolmes, even managed to obtain Holmes’s spring 2012 school schedule. Then there is the inevitable sexual imagery, with countless variations of Holmes’s face photoshopped onto penises, penises photoshopped onto Holmes’s face, and of course, Holmes’s face photoshopped into scenes from porno films.
Whatever these (presumably) girls think they’re doing, they sure are defensive about it. When asked by a reader how she feels about the 6-year-old girl who died during the shooting, Tumblr user nerdvirginsforjamesholmes replied, “I don’t give a FUCK. people die EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY,” naturally without the asterisks. The cartoonish vulgarity of the pro-Holmes movement suggests that it’s largely done for shock value, an insiders’ giggle-fest where one can try a sociopath’s hat on for size. Perhaps the convenience of the name, Holmies, is too tempting to resist for some (“Columbiners,” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite so gleefully.) No matter what the appeal, it’s nothing new, and nothing for the Internet, of all things, to be shocked about. The body count Holmes allegedly left in his wake is truly shocking; a bunch of teens’ inability to comprehend the severity of murder, combined with a lack of etiquette and cloaked by the cozy cover of online anonymity is not.
source: crime library
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Johnson didn't pull the trigger, but he was in the thick of the conspiracy, according to a Scottsdale attorney who has written two books on the subject. President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas 50 years ago Friday, and the attorney is certain that Lee Harvey Oswald's only involvement was as the fall guy. On a recent morning, Craig Zirbel is sitting at a nondescript office in the Scottsdale Airpark, behind a desk that he says once belonged to Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator famous for his claims that Communists had infiltrated the government.
Zirbel has written two books on the Kennedy assassination, and, McCarthyesque government conspiracies aside, he says the public has but two choices on deciding what to believe about that November day: Either Lee Harvey Oswald, a man with no motive did it, or another theory must be devised. A majority of people, according to polls, believe the conspiracy idea and have for a long time.
Zirbel delivers his conclusions with enthusiasm, waving his arms and raising his voice. "I don't believe Oswald pulled the trigger," Zirbel says. The attorney has been interested in the assassination for a long time. Zirbel was in third grade when Kennedy was killed. He got a copy of the Warren Commission report on the assassination a year later, shortly after it was published. He says he did not understand much of it at the time, but he maintained his interest over the years.
The report, based on an investigation by a select government committee, concluded that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy. That has been the official finding ever since. But that has not stopped conspiracy theories from persisting. Zirbel has self-published two books on the subject, "The Texas Connection" in 1991 and "The Final Chapter on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy" in 2010. The titles have been well-received by some people, criticized by others — typical of the contentious and eccentric world of Kennedy conspiracy theorists. One of them, political strategist Roger Stone, is the author of "The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case against LBJ," which came out this year.
"Craig Zirbel did some of the earliest and most important seminal work on LBJ's involvement in the murder of JFK," Stone said in an email. "I have used his book, 'The Texas Connection,' with attribution. I have tried to build on the solid foundation built by Zirbel." Not all assassination buffs agree. It is easy to find numerous commentators who believe Zirbel misinterpreted some of the data.
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The title of the book gives away Zirbel's position: that Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and his associates in Texas were behind the assassination. If Oswald did not pull the trigger — and Zirbel provides a list of reasons he believes he did not — then the explanation becomes more elusive.
Those who have interest in the case know the scenarios:
-- The Central Intelligence Agency, perhaps upset by changes in the agency that followed the failed Bay of Pigs invasion aimed at ousting Fidel Castro from leadership in Cuba.
-- The Mafia, arguably because of law-enforcement moves against organized crime by the Kennedy administration.
-- Anti-Castro Cuban exile groups, upset by the Bay of Pigs failure, perhaps working closely with the previous two groups.
-- Others, including the military industrial complex, a government agency such as the FBI, Southern segregationists, the Soviet Union or American conservatives.
Zirbel makes the case that Johnson, and only Johnson, had the motive, the means and the opportunity to mount a conspiracy against the president. The motive: political gain. There were political differences, personal issues, Johnson's involvement in several scandals and his desire to become president before he got too old. The opportunity: Kennedy's visit to LBJ's home turf in Texas. Johnson and his associates controlled many of the trip's details. The means: shots by multiple gunmen firing from the direction of the now infamous grassy knoll. Hired perhaps by Johnson associates in the oil business, who had ties to the Mafia, Zirbel insists, there were at least two shooters. He also emphasizes that as president, Johnson had the means to block any serious investigation. And Oswald? His movements, his statements and his background make no sense if he was the lone gunman, Zirbel says. Even the site of the fatal shots was out of whack: Oswald would have had a much easier target several seconds earlier, as the motorcade slowed to turn twice, Zirbel notes. It's the awkward turns, rather than the otherwise direct route the motorcade took, that strikes Zirbel.
"It's the thing that blows my mind away," he says. "It's the first time a route ever was changed from what the Secret Service had established."
The revised route took the motorcade directly past the Texas School Book Depository building and Dealey Plaza, site of the grassy knoll, from which many theorists believe the shots were fired. Zirbel says John Connally, then Texas governor, had insisted upon the arrangement. Connally was an ally of Johnson. He, in fact, lost a fight over motorcade seating arrangements, was forced to ride with Kennedy and was wounded in the shooting.
Zirbel also points to statements by two known participants in his conspiracy: Oswald, who shouted, "I'm a patsy!" to nearby reporters at the Dallas jail, and Oswald's killer, Jack Ruby, who was quoted as saying, "If you knew the truth, you'd be amazed." But it has been 50 years, and no conclusive evidence has emerged. Zirbel says the public is beginning to lose interest in the assassination. He says he never had interest in the "minutae," and is losing interest generally. He has begun to sell off his assassination memorabilia, including his replica of the car the president was riding in that fateful day. Media calls have slowed down, too, bumping back up only because of the significance of the anniversary. He still wants the public to see the case for what it is.
"All I want to get out," he says, "is that there was no lone assassin, and there was a conspiracy."
He and his like-minded investigators in the field have to be gratified with their efforts, although the numbers have slipped over the last decade. According to a recent survey from the Associated Press, conducted in mid-April, 59 percent of Americans think multiple people were involved in a conspiracy to kill the president, while 24 percent think Oswald acted alone, and 16 percent are unsure. A 2003 Gallup poll found that 75 percent of Americans felt there was a conspiracy. The Oswald-acted-alone results, meanwhile, are the highest since the period three years after the assassination, when 36 percent said one man was responsible for Kennedy's death.
source: usa today
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E. Howard Hunt, the country’s most notorious spook who later served time for his role as one of the plumbers in the bungled burglary that later toppled Richard Nixon, gave a near-deathbed confession to his long-estranged son, naming then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and a handful of CIA spooks as the cabal behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy, according to a story in Rolling Stone.
That time in Miami, with Saint [his son] by his bed and disease eating away at him and him thinking he’s six months away from death, E. Howard finally put pen to paper and started writing. Saint had been working toward this moment for a long while, and now it was going to happen. He got his father an A&W diet root beer, then sat down in the old man’s wheelchair and waited.
E. Howard scribbled the initials “LBJ,” standing for Kennedy’s ambitious vice president, Lyndon Johnson. Under “LBJ,” connected by a line, he wrote the name Cord Meyer. Meyer was a CIA agent whose wife had an affair with JFK; later she was murdered, a case that’s never been solved. Next his father connected to Meyer’s name the name Bill Harvey, another CIA agent; also connected to Meyer’s name was the name David Morales, yet another CIA man and a well-known, particularly vicious black-op specialist. And then his father connected to Morales’ name, with a line, the framed words “French Gunman Grassy Knoll.”
So there it was, according to E. Howard Hunt. LBJ had Kennedy killed. It had long been speculated upon. But now E. Howard was saying that’s the way it was. And that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t the only shooter in Dallas. There was also, on the grassy knoll, a French gunman, presumably the Corsican Mafia assassin Lucien Sarti, who has figured prominently in other assassination theories.
The full story, which includes the lines: “They sure don’t make White House bad guys the way they used to. Today you’ve got flabby-faced half-men like Karl Rove, with weakling names like “Scooter” Libby, blandly hacking their way through the constraints of the U.S. Constitution, while back then, in addition to Hunt, you had out-and-out thugs like G. Gordon Liddy, his Watergate co-conspirator and Nixon’s dirty-tricks chief, who would hold his own hand over an open flame to prove what a real tough guy he was,” is more than worth your time.
source: wired magazine