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James Holmes: Insane or playing games?
July 24, 2012 - Luke Stalzer
The massacre at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater last week had everyone in shock. Disbelief. Disgust.
Really, about any negative adjective could describe the way people felt.
Monday, the alleged shooter that killed 12 people and injured 58 others made his initial court appearance and I'm sure everyone was thinking the same thing I was.
Is this guy really insane or is he just acting in a way that might possibly get a jury to believe he is?
Watching the footage of him sitting in front of the judge was just plain creepy. For long periods of time he would stare blankly; almost as if he were daydreaming. Suddenly his head would start to fall and it appeared as though he was about to fall asleep in the court room. Really all of his mannerisms were different.
We saw what the man did, how he rigged his apartment to blow up the whole building with the opening of a single door, and how much time he took into planning for the movie theater massacre. He was an honors student in college and was accepted into a Ph.D. program only open for 30 of some of the smartest students. This guy wasn't a 'dumby.'
So that sparks the million dollar question: Can you fake an insanity defense and get people to believe you're "insane" by your mannerisms?
It will be interesting to see what he his like throughout this process that could takes us into 2013 and beyond.