AURORA, Colorado (Reuters) - The man accused in the movie house massacre at a Denver-area screening of the new "Batman" film mailed a notebook detailing his plans to a psychiatrist at his university before the attack, Fox News reported on Wednesday, as the first funeral was held for one of the 12 people killed.
The package allegedly sent by 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes remained unopened in a mailroom at the University of Colorado, for as long as a week before its discovery on Monday, FoxNews.com reported, citing a law enforcement source.
The choice to send the notebook to a psychiatrist might suggest some awareness on Holmes's part that he is deeply disturbed. The possibility of both a wish to kill (the written plan) and a counter-wish to be stopped (plan revealed to psychiatrist) reminded me of a question I raised in a previous post as I speculated about possible meanings of The Joker identity:
Did Holmes similarly experience identity confusion, including, perhaps, confusion over whether he was a harmless person or an evil killer?
We still know very little, so no one can say much of anything with confidence about James Holmes, but, again, I'm hoping to show how we can ask ourselves questions that are potentially relevant to understanding the mind and actions of a specific person. To understand, we must return, again and again, to facts, actions and words. Grand theories blaming society (secularism, atheists, we don't teach good morals, corporatism, the economy), rather than theories rooted in facts of the specific case, yield shotgun interpretations that are no more enlightening than fortune cookies and psychic readings.