A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings

A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings

by Dr. William H. Reid
A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings

A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings

by Dr. William H. Reid



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James Holmes killed or wounded seventy people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Only one man was allowed to record extensive interviews with the shooter. This is what he found.

On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. He threw a canister of tear gas into the crowd and began firing. Soon twelve were dead and fifty-eight were wounded; young children and pregnant women were among them. The man was found calmly waiting at his car. He was detained without resistance.

Unlike the Columbine, Newtown, San Bernadino, and Las Vegas shootings, James Holmes is unique among mass shooters in his willingness to be taken into custody alive. In the court case that followed, only Dr. William H. Reid, a distinguished forensic psychiatrist, would be allowed to record interviews with the defendant. Reid would read Holmes’ diary, investigate his phone calls and text messages, interview his family and acquaintances, speak to his victims, and review tens of thousands of pages of evidence and court testimony in an attempt to understand how a happy, seemingly normal child could become a killer.

A Dark Night in Aurora uses the twenty-three hours of unredacted interview transcripts never seen by the public and Reid’s research to bring the reader inside the mind of a mass murderer. The result is chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510735538
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 950,879
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

William Reid, MD, MPH, is among the most experienced forensic mental health professionals in North America. He has received both the Manfred Guttmacher Award for forensic writing and the Seymour Pollack Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education in Forensic Psychiatry, and is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Reid has written, co-authored, or edited 16 professional volumes and over 200 professional articles and book chapters, many on antisocial behavior, terrorism and forensic practice. Dr. Reid was one of two psychiatric experts retained by the presiding judge in People of the State of Colorado v. James Holmes, and the only psychiatrist allowed to record interviews with Holmes and access the unredacted videos and transcripts. He currently resides in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Jimmy 1

1 Jimmy 3

2 The Changes Begin 17

3 College 31

James 45

4 Aurora 47

5 Seeds of the Mission 63

Holmes 79

6 Juggernaut 81

7 A Dark K/Night Rises 101

8 Armageddon 113

Aftermath 125

9 Aftermath 127

10 James Holmes in Jail 143

11 The Lawyers, the Court, and the Shrinks 171

12 My Interviews of James Holmes 187

13 The Trial Begins 211

14 The Holmes Defense 231

15 Punishment 245

Epilogue: Denouement 257

Afterword: The Search for Why 263

About the Author 271

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