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Accused Aurora Theater Killer James Holmes Tries to Commit Suicide in Jail - Would jail be preferable for Holmes rather than suicide?

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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Accused Aurora Theater Killer James Holmes Tries to Commit Suicide in Jail

Posted by Kiri Blakeley on November 15, 2012 

We haven't heard much about the accused Aurora, Colorado movie theater killer, James Holmes, lately. I wonder what he's been doing, sitting there in jail, waiting for his trial to begin. Is he pondering how many lives he snuffed out and how many others he destroyed? Is he singing along to the voices in his head? What? Apparently, he's doing at least one thing: Trying to kill himself. TMZ reports that James Holmes was hospitalized after repeated attempts to commit suicide in his jail cell. I don't think anyone (except maybe his poor parents) would have cried if he'd succeeded. But perhaps it's for the best that he didn't manage it.

Reportedly, Holmes tried to take his life in a couple of different -- and pretty gross -- ways. First, he ran headlong into his jail cell wall in an attempt to crack open his skull. Then he fell backwards off his cot onto the floor, again attempting to split his head open. None of this actually worked, and he was treated at the hospital for his injuries, and then sent back to the pokey. In fact, one source described his attempts as "half-hearted."

This stirs up some questions: Does James feel guilty about what he allegedly did? Or is he just going crazy in prison? Or is he just crazy, period?

Surely, a successful suicide attempt would save the state of Colorado untold amounts of money. No long and expensive trial. No housing James with three hots and a cot for the rest of life. (And he's young, so it will be a long time he's in jail.) Or none of the expensive, endless appeals that will happen if he's convicted and given the death penalty.

On the other hand, I imagine the victims and their families don't necessarily want James to take the easy way out. While it will be incredibly painful for them to be in court, they may want some answers as to why this happened -- they may never get concrete answers, but they will at least get a glimpse into the mind of this accused madman and may get some insight into how and why this happened.

Some victims and families may also prefer to see Holmes do his time rather than die.

Would jail be preferable for Holmes rather than suicide?

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lga1965
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Oh my ...I wish I hadn't read that.
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katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

That man is crazy...you can look at him and see it.  Honestly, I don't think it is guilt that is causing this. I think the man is just out of toch with reality.

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Yep.  100% crazy

Quoting katzmeow726:

That man is crazy...you can look at him and see it.  Honestly, I don't think it is guilt that is causing this. I think the man is just out of toch with reality.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I am in no position to say, with any certainty at all, what is going on the mind of this man.

I can't imagine being that far removed from reality.

katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

It is frightening to see what happens to a person when the human brain goes haywire.  

Quoting Peanutx3:

Yep.  100% crazy

Quoting katzmeow726:

That man is crazy...you can look at him and see it.  Honestly, I don't think it is guilt that is causing this. I think the man is just out of toch with reality.



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katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

One of my greatest fears is not being in control of my brain.  I've experienced that to some extent with impulse control issues (ADHD) and depression...but not to that extent.  It's why mental illness, or disorders like Alzheimers scare the hell out of me.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I am in no position to say, with any certainty at all, what is going on the mind of this man.

I can't imagine being that far removed from reality.


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by shellbark on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM
I think this man is severely mentally ill. I'll be bashed for this, but I think he needs to be put in a mental health facility for the rest of his days.
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radioheid
by Libertarian on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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 I don't think he is sorry, I think he realizes he will spend the next 40-60 years (or however long his life may be) in prison, and wants a way out of that. I personally think we ought to handle him Gary Gilmore style: strap him to an office chair and bring out the firing squad. Quick, cheap, simple. And DONE. I mean, there is no question as to his guilt.


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motherslove82
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I don't know. I think he needs to suffer for a very long time.

katy_kay08
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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Let him be tried and convicted and then let him kill himself.  If he succeeds before his trial and sentencing he dies an "innocent" man.  The victims and families of those lost deserve to see him brought to justice for his crimes.  

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