A notebook of James Holmes, the suspect in the 2012 shooting at a cinema in Colorado, was presented during during his trial for the 2012 mass shooting at a theater and it contained a reference to the Christopher Nolan-directed movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
According to TIME , Holmes’ journal entry went, “I was fear incarnate.
Love gone, motivation directed to hate and obsessions, which didnt disapear for whatever reason with the drugs.” “No consequences, no fear, alone, isolated, no work for distractions, no reason to seek self -actualization,” he added.
“Embraced the hatred, a dark knight rises.” The shooting which took place on July 20 in Colorado killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
The notebook contained the suspect’s thoughts and sketches, and it was an important piece of evidence for the prosecutors who are arguing that the shooting at the theater which was showing “The Dark Knight Rises” was a planned act.
Holmes’ defense attorneys are saying that the incident was a “psychotic episode.” The 27-year-old’s notebook contained his thoughts on violence, and death.
On one page he noted, “When mankind can’t find truth, untruth is converted to truth via violence.
The notebook also contained Holmes’ reflections on how to carry out his murderous fantasies.
He said that a bomb would be too suspicious, while serial killings would be “too personal, too much evidence, easily caught after few kills.” He finally decided on a “mass murder spree.” After ruling out airports as a venue because he did not want his crime to be misconstrued as a terrorist act, he finally decided a movie theater would be the venue.
“And finally, the last escape, mass murder at the movies,” he wrote.
Holmes was a former student of neuroscience.
He had sent the notebook to his psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, Dr.
Lynne Fenton eight days before the shooting at the cinema.
But it was only after the incident that the notebook was discovered.
The psychiatrist had previously reported to authorities that Holmes was a danger to the public.