It was bound to happen. Just as Ayn Rand loved sadistic serial killer William Edward Hickman, fans of James Holmes have emerged online. Just as Rand admired the fact that 'other people' didn't exist for Hickman, young women and men admire Holmes' 'courage' for eliminating what they call weak and stupid people from the earth.
It's amazing that people are already mocking the victims and comparing Holmes adoringly to the likes of Ted Bundy and the UT Clock Tower killer. One such blogger on Tumblr posted a photo collage of the theater shooter with the caption "My future baby daddy!" beneath.
It's not uncommon for portions of the population to admire cold-blooded killers. After all, Holmes himself rooted for the villains in superhero movies. Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer...all of them have their admirers. But the callous disregard for the victims, some of whom were military veterans and people protecting their loved ones is striking.
One meme being batted around shows a scene with Heath Ledger as The Joker that says, "It's simple. We kill the audience." Another shows a photo of victim Jessica Ghawi, who had escaped the Toronto mall shooting last month, mocking her death. "Jessica Ghawi, unemployed, couldn't even keep a job as a waitress. Tell me again about the loss of potential?" How people can be so cruel, so absent of any empathy is beyond comprehension. The fact that Holmes is being hailed as a hero in one meme is nothing short of offensive.
Holmes carefully plotted and planned his attack over the course of a two to four month period, authorities say. He purchases thousands of rounds of ammunition, four lethal guns, body armor and rocket propellant in preparation of the attack. He had become more and more withdrawn from society after he started school in Colorado.
Questions were raised about how he was able to fund his attack, because it must have cost him about $20,000. He was one of six students at the university who received federal grants for his program, and his parents probably gifted him with money. Conspiracy theories are also suggesting he was a government agent, which seems too far-fetched. He most likely acted alone, meticulously mapping out his every move, which his fans believe proves his superiority over his victims.
There are plenty more photo memes and fan sites out there, reviling the victims as worthless and commending James Holmes for cleansing the earth of them. It doesn't matter to them that one of these victims was an innocent little 6-year-old girl. They don't care. Unfortunately, more sites and photos like this will pop up and there's not much anyone can do about it.
Â©2012 Reno Berkeley for Gather News.