Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The So-called "Creepy" Pictures of James Holmes

One of the several cellphone "self-portraits" James Holmes took hours before the Aurora massacre.  The pictures were  provided by the prosecution on January 9, 2013 to illustrate Holmes' supposed indifference to the planned deed.
I've been amassing the Bill Robles courtroom sketches from the various court appearances of James Holmes in connection to the Aurora theater shootings and came across the supposed "creepy" cell phones pictures of him posing before the massacre. 

As you can see they aren't very creepy at all. I'm sure there are thousands of pictures on Google with people posing with guns or sticking their tongues out in a silly manner. The creepy part is that later on that day he is suspected of shooting up a movie theater filled with patrons watching Batman.

The photos were presented by Prosecutor Karen Pearson to show Holmes' supposed indifference, deliberation and "depravity of human heart." If anything they show him acting like a normal college student in their 20s, albeit the gun adds shock value for the media because they paint all gun owners as crazed psychopaths. 

His demeanor in court, however, would match the prosecution's description. Dead-eyed, zoned-out, uninterested and seemingly unfazed by the proceedings. Though I have heard some audio clips of family members suggesting that he smirks at certain mentions of guns and other trigger words, without video there's no way to confirm that. All of the pre-shooting pictures seem to clash with the post-arrest photographs. Whereas he was always seemingly smiling before he's now emotionless and his facial features are inanimate. 

One of the several cellphone "self-portraits" James Holmes took hours before the Aurora massacre.  The pictures were  provided by the prosecution on January 9, 2013 to illustrate Holmes' supposed indifference to the planned deed.

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