5 years ago today, James Holmes ser up bombs in his apartment and went to Century 16 and shot and killed multiple innocent people. I know many may judge me for this, but I was apart of that group even though I was more silent. But here I am. Rest in peace to the victims and let’s hope James is getting the help he needs.
In 2012, James Holmes opened fire during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, resulting in the deaths of 12 and the injury of over 58. Now Cinemark, who owns the theater, has filed paperwork asking the surviving victims and the victims’ families to pay up nearly $700,000.
When the audience filed into Theater 9 at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning, they were there to experience that state of consciousness that only movies can provide. Somewhere between waking life and hypnotic trance, the act of watching a movie is one of voluntary surrender, of letting go of our daily psychological defenses and allowing our imaginations to be colonized by the enveloping sounds and images on the screen.
Survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting, who sued Cinemark for liability, must now pay the theater chain at least $700,000 in legal fees. Just four of the survivors are responsible for the bill. The ruling was made in June after a judge reportedly urged the survivors a to take a small cash settlement payment from Cinemark.
Three years ago, in July 2012, journalist Mark Follman heard about the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting rampage that left 12 people dead and felt compelled to learn more — not just about that incident, but about all the mass shootings that were occurring in America.
Follman, the national affairs editor of Mother Jones Magazine, began looking for information online, but it soon became evident that no good databases about the subject existed.
“I found a couple of perfunctory timelines that highlighted a couple of major attacks over the years, but that was it,” Follman explains to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “My response to that was just to think, ‘This is crazy. How could there not be more information on this?’ ”
So Follman gathered a team of colleagues and began building his own database that would collect information such as how often mass shootings occur, who the perpetrators are and what weapons are being used.
Among his findings is the fact that 80 percent of the perpetrators in these attacks have used legally obtained firearms, and that a copycat effect often plays a big part in mass shootings.
Follman notes that the Columbine shooters, who shot up their high school in 1999, have a cult following, “The tragedy that they perpetrated became so seared into the public consciousness that it’s created this whole culture online where you can go and there’s people who obsess over their words and their images, and a lot of the people who have carried out these attacks since then … have cited them as an inspiration.”
Here’s the jest of what took place in the first open court hearing for the Aurora Movie Theater shooting case, in 2014.
James Holmes walks into court today, looks over at his father and smiles at him before taking his seat the defense table.
New defense attorney joins the defense team, name: Katherine Spengler, who is new to the defense team and previously defended Jessica Ridgeway’s killer, Austin Sigg.
The defense attorneys are challenging the need for forensic re-creation of the crime scene at the movie theater, at the trial. They specifically challenged the 3-D scan of the theater, bullet trajectory calculations, and blood spatter analysis.
FBI forensic crime scene examiner Brett Mills testified on the stand today. He has testified 75 times as an expert witness. 8 of those trials as a shooting reconstruction expert. He also has about 20 years of experience in the FBI lab’s firearm/tool marks unit.
The Aurora movie theater shooting crime scene was so complex, that analysts needed lasers to most of trajectories and then measured angles by computers.
According to crime scene analysts there were 238 bullet holes or marks in theater after the shooting was finished.
The analysts did not have enough lasers to complete this task originally.
So that the lasers would show up on pictures the analysts had to take of the crime scene for re-construction purposes, they used a fog machine in the theater to make the lasers more visible, so they could snap the photographs.
According to FBI analyst Brett Mills on the stand today, the majority of the bullets seemed to come from the area right in front of the emergency exit door of theater 9. Which is located right by the bottom right hand part of the screen.
On the issue of the second psych eval, the judge should be ruling on the matter in about 2 weeks. Trial is still on hold until that time.
These are the main points I’ve picked up from the hearing today. If you have more, and would like to add to it, please feel free to do so!