She also has tattoos for her parents: a red cross with "MOM" in the middle for her mother the nurse, and a bass clef and the word "DAD" for her father, who she jokes loves his guitars almost as much as his children. "My parents gave me everything they possibly could and then some," Richards says. "They've just been my rock through every crappy thing that goes on."

Richards was born in 1990 in Akron, Ohio, the first of two children. Music was important to her from a young age; when she was twelve, her dad gave her a guitar, but Richards admits she was "too impatient to really learn how to play it." A few years later, he bought her a bass guitar for her birthday, and Richards fell in love. She started her first band in the summer before her freshman year of high school. "I was like, 'I don't care if I'm good at it, I don't care if other people like it, I just want to play music,'" she says.

But while her immediate family was solid and supportive, Richards's childhood wasn't always happy. She was abused by a relative, a secret she initially hid from her parents. As a teenager, she could be depressed. She didn't pay much attention in school until her senior year, and she didn't have a plan for after she graduated in 2008. Thinking she could parlay a stint in the military into money for college, she decided to sign up for four years in the Navy.

Richards trained as an aircraft mechanic. Her job was to repair F-18 fighter jets. "I thought fighter jets were cool because they were like muscle cars," another passion of her dad's that she inherited. She never deployed anywhere dangerous, but did several short stints on aircraft carriers, including two in the Pacific. The Navy, she says, taught her how to be practical and efficient. After watching the guys in her squadron start rumors about her love life and stick her and the other women with the toughest jobs, it also made her a feminist.

Early on in her service, while she was in training school in Florida, a friend convinced her to go to a hotel party. They were the only women there, and her friend was raped by two military men, only one of whom was ever disciplined for it. "That was really triggering," Richards says.

But it wasn't the only traumatic thing that happened to her in the Navy. She was also physically injured in an accident when a jet started up unexpectedly as she was darting across a flight deck. The blast from the jet exhaust knocked her down and blew her under another plane's air intake; she was saved when several people pulled her away before she was sucked up. The impact shredded her knee, but Richards stubbornly completed her duties before swabbing away the blood.

The mental toll from both incidents proved overwhelming, and although she eventually got counseling, she received an administrative separation from the Navy in October 2011.

About the time she got out, she started dating Townson, an aviation electronics technician from her squadron. He was planning to attend college after the Navy, and in December 2011, Richards moved with him to Denver. Townson enrolled in the Colorado Film School and eventually started working as a baker. Richards took classes at the Art Institute of Colorado and got a job at Macy's in the Cherry Creek mall.

One of their favorite distractions was going to the movies.

*******

On July 19, Richards and Townson spent the afternoon at a photo shoot in Boulder, where she posed nude for a series of close-ups in which her bare stomach was photographed to look like a moonlit desert. She met the photographer on a website called Model Mayhem, and although neither of them gets paid, they can both use the photos to populate their portfolios in the hopes of landing paying gigs. She earns a small amount of money through Zivity.com, a subscription website where users pay to view models' photos. Many of the models on Zivity are like Richards — edgy girls with tattoos, lip piercings and pink faux-hawks.

After the shoot, she and Townson returned to Denver to change clothes and wait for the movie; Townson, a Batman fan since he was a boy, had scored tickets online to the 12:05 a.m. showing. Richards wore her favorite jean shorts and a Joker T-shirt that had been her dad's in the '80s under a thin black blazer. Townson put on a Batman T-shirt and a baseball cap. Walking hand in hand in the parking lot, Richards recalls, they were in a giddy mood. Things were going well in Colorado. They were both chasing their dreams, they'd both recently quit smoking, and they were in good shape from taking the dog on long summer walks.

Theater number nine was packed by the time they arrived. Not wanting to crane their necks, they passed up two center seats near the front for a pair of aisle seats farther up. When the lights dimmed, the entire theater let out a celebratory whoop.

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edlabounte
edlabounte

I really hope the jewish vermin behind these fake shootings are brought to vigilante justice. We need to get inbred subhuman jewish trash out of White neighborhoods, schools, cities, states, nations,and institutions, by any means necessary. 

edlabounte
edlabounte

lol, this jewish twat is a truly pathetic liar!

jack
jack

"and although neither of them gets paid, they can both use the photos to populate their portfolios in the hopes of landing paying gigs. She earns a small amount of money through Zivity.com, a subscription website where users pay to view models' photos. Many of the models on Zivity are like Richards — edgy girls with tattoos, lip piercings and pink faux-hawks."


This is absolutely a dig. Why do journalist's always choose to demean people's financial or job status? because their bourgeoise cunts, that's why. 

marcy
marcy

The world is full of paranoid lunatics who dream up the most improbable scenarios.

Stay tough Carli

snowbunny611
snowbunny611

Power to Carli!! I wouldn't know what to do if something like that happened to me, so I applaud her for being so brave and taking a stand to these so called "holmies".  Makes me sad that people actually get happiness from putting others down. 

FYI: Karma's a bitch 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Wow, there are some sick people out there.  This young lady misses getting hit by the beer truck and she gets blamed for the beer truck driver's action.


Take a lesson from her and learn from it.

cleorap15
cleorap15

That Carli Richards is extremely ugly. Why they ever put her on a magazine cover is beyond me. If they wanted to do a story about the Aurora survivors, couldn't they find a more attractive survivor to showcase? It doesn't make sense.

Drew Aslin
Drew Aslin

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Carli's bullies are just as satanic as anyone affiliated with Westboro Baptist Church or the Nazi's? I hope these fools will get backfired with their own karma (preferably, institutionalized for traumatizing an innocent victim with an excessive amount of PTSD).

Josh Petre
Josh Petre

I believe each one should be pursued civilly in court.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Really? People still belive in that conspiracy garbage?

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

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Beck121
Beck121

I wish that we could go back to a time where people care about each other ! Its sick that people would say nasty things to someone who just wanted to see a movie and ended up in a horrible situation ! You should be ashamed of yourselves ! Let these poor people heal ! 

I am truly sorry Carli , I don't know you or those people ... but its sad what people do and say to each other ! I hope that there Karma finds them swiftly. 

 

cherryangelbaby80239
cherryangelbaby80239

She is not alone in being bullied by these so called homies. Others are being harassed by these people

wheeeee2007
wheeeee2007

I got up that morning at about 3 a.m. to watch Kile Dyer on Channel 9 relating the minute by minute stuff from a theater I have taken my child to for perhaps 10 years or more, probably once or twice a month. I think the conspiracy theories are completely lacking in justification. Maybe people without enough things to do have spent too much time wasting away on the Internet.

I am sorry this person has endured such. I hope Holmes will someday have an intelligent look on his face. But for now, .... nothing.

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

Holmies: attention deprived hermits with little to no social skills. Venting frustrations online behind a veil of anonymity to obtain SOME sort of interaction that they so rarely see in the real world. Nothing about their cause is true, just the attention it gets them. 

Gottaknow87
Gottaknow87

Some of the negative attention, she has brought it on herself. She's posting naked, or nearly naked, photos out there. Begging for money. She's a victim, yes, but she's also milking it. Look at the other victims who haven't said a word, who haven't been posting all their business all over Facebook and the internet.

marklane1351
marklane1351

I have to give my support to Carli! Not everyone would have the courage to stand up to knuckleheads posting ridiculous comments. If you are going to make a comment sign your name to it. Your real name hiding behind some made up name and spouting off is pure cowardice. Oh by the way, my first name is Mark and my last name is Lane. Until you can stop being a coward when you criticize be quiet!

tjwhig
tjwhig

The 200' blood trail to the "extra" gasmask - obviously from a wound the psycho-shooter got from a ricochet to a chink in his armor - proves Aurora was a staged hoax by the same satanic faction which accomplished 9/11's Mossad asbestos abatement project for the Rockefellers' World Trade Center and CIA's Pentagon missile strike to end the inquiry into the $2.3 trillion "Nuclear North Korea" Rumsfeld announced "missing" the previous day; and, JFK's Rockefeller-stooges Bush & Nixon/CIA assassination to restore the KhazarTalmud Rothschild/Rockefeller Fed Scam he had ended and add 58,000 of us to the 120 who had died shedding innocent blood in Vietnam propping up Rome's latifundial "Ancien Regime" in Indochina. 

Thomas Jefferson, a prophet of G-d, called the Entity for which they are the U.S. Fifth Column, "an engine for enslaving mankind," "the real Anti-Christ." 

Truer words were never written, as their former CIA sex slave Obama plays the Sandy Hook Hoax to disarm the People. Thankfully, G-d is not mocked and the Beast is soon to be cast into the pit of full expropriation and judicial execution. Tory Talmud traitors and their papist accomplices they've been working with since before they exterminated the Hebrews and took over "Judaism" as "controlled opposition," would do well to liquidate their assets and hightail it from America - the True Zion the Creator was "stupid" enough to entrust to we "stuped goyim" by Covenant and Creed.

myfakefacebook15
myfakefacebook15

@edlabounte I met her cuz I knew her boyfriend. I had a few to many and accused them of being part of a conspiracy and I could see concern on their faces.

jpbacon
jpbacon

@jack Doesn't sound like a dig to me. Also, you need to go back to school and learn proper punctuation and the use of there/their/they're before you start throwing around words like "bourgeoise" (also misspelled, unless you intended to target only female journalists).

jack
jack

@cleorap15 Ok, did you at least manage to get off after writing that or were you stuck with yet another case of blue balls? 

Cleorapishideous
Cleorapishideous

@cleorap15 Awwww.....whatsa matterrrr little babay cleo? As far as ugliness, you take the ugly cake. A person can surgically alter their appearance, but there is no fixing a moronic and hideous personality such as yours. Good luck with that, little babay HA HA !!!

carliisdonewiththese
carliisdonewiththese

The cops won't do anything about it. Also, most of em make fake profiles so they are hard to track down. :/ cowards. Just like Holmes.

xhystericalparoxysm
xhystericalparoxysm

@DarlingCR Yes, because all Holmies are attention seeking and want to hide behind anonymity. If you actually took the time to look them up you'll realize most of them are for his treatment and mental health (and most of them aren't tin foil warriors). Not only that, most of them don't care for anonymity and post under their own name and personal information. 

carlirotten
carlirotten

@Gottaknow87 If you'd actually read the article, you'd know that that's the exact opposite of what i've been doing. But reading is hard, isn't it? haha

youreatotaldick
youreatotaldick

@Gottaknow87 Wow. So...what pictures are you talking of? I dont see any half naked pictures, unless of course youre such a puritanical idiot that women who show their ankles are considered nude. How is she begging for money again? And how would it be any different than the other victims suing for the compensation? Youre nothing but an ignorant troll who hasnt any actual moral compass for empathy, Yeah, she is sure "asking for it", but only from complete assholes like yourself.

youreatotaldick
youreatotaldick

@tjwhig  Yes, youre actually 100% right- only wrong about the target. We exist only to destroy brain damaged paranoid tin foil hat wearing PSYCHOS like you, in the most painful and tortuous way possible. Throughout the centuries, we have developed the most complex and far reaching conspiracy only ending with the ultimate demise of...you. So lock your doors, paranoid psycho- the conspiracy is here and gunning for you! You may as well just give in now, go ahead...off yourself. This way it saves everybody the time and trouble..i mean- look at the long history we have and efforts we have made just to get here now and hurt you as badly as possible- you might as well just get it over with. Nutjob.

r3t0dd
r3t0dd

@tjwhig You're an idiot, but a useful idiot to the gun lobby and the GOP that works for them. They thank you for your delusions and unfounded paranoia.

carliisdonewiththese
carliisdonewiththese

Okay, no. Less than a year after the shooting, someone brought you to a social gathering out of pity because you have no friends. You decided to try and ruin everyone's good time (I.e. my yearly vacation away from aurora and all of the memories here that haunt me daily) by raving like a lunatic, and someone had to drag your drunk ass away before everyone beat your scrawny ass. The only "concern" I had on my face was wondering why I couldn't get the blender to work when I was making wine slushies. Go back to your trailer park. Thanks.

Furthermore I'm not Jewish but what's with all the anti-semitism?

carliisdonewiththese
carliisdonewiththese

Also congrats to Melanie for winning a prestigious award for this article! She continues to stand up for people and give them a voice when so many try to silence them. Much love :)

cleorap15
cleorap15

@xhystericalparoxysm @DarlingCR I take it you're a Holmie then? You guys are disgusting and sick and you don't care about the mental health cause. It would be one thing if you guys actually did something about mental health awareness, but you people glorify the situation and make jokes about it and then you wonder why you get so much hate mail and death threats from people? You do it to get a rise out of people and it works every time. I know all about the "Holmies" and you people are stupid and immature idiots that need to grow up.

cleorap15
cleorap15

@youreatotaldick @Gottaknow87 Oh shut up! You're probably as ugly as Carli and I'm sure the reason you're so pissed off is because nobody would ever want to see you naked and you know it. Who could blame them? I'm sure your body is gross and disgusting.

tjwhig
tjwhig

@DarlingCR @tjwhig That I do, and am trained, willing, and able to use in holiness and righteousness, a number of innocent Atlantans are yet alive to thank unceasingly the Creator of the universe, America's Sovereign, you impalement stake driving Khazar Talmuds have been trying to overthrow for thousands of years, after "crucifying" tens of thousands for denying Caesar's "divinity." Start packing tory traitor. Take heed. Get out of America, the prophesied Zion, while the getting is good.

tjwhig
tjwhig

@iammarylynn @tjwhig Your Talmudic "ad hominem" in lieu of reason, honor, class, or patriotism, is duly noted.

tjwhig
tjwhig

@r3t0dd @tjwhig Talmud trickster's response duly noted.

Too bad you've been teaching your children since birth we White and Black "Gentiles" are "a mindless herd of cattle to be lied to, cheated, robbed, enslaved or killed, with impunity." It's a violation of Isaiah's prophecy of the New Israel as well as our credal civil religion's "E Pluribus Unum." Better start packing: Tory Talmud traitors are no longer to be tolerated in True Zion.

Cleorapishideous
Cleorapishideous

@cleorap15 @xhystericalparoxysm @DarlingCR Says the person who was just moronically complaining about how a victim looks. You might as well be a Holmie yourself, because you are godawful stupid. Your ignorance is endless, as well as the complete hideousness of your own self.

carlirotten
carlirotten

@cleorap15 says the internet commenter hiding behind an anonymous avatar. Are you so ashamed of your personal appearance that you need to shame others? Really, you must be brilliant, kid. 

Cleorapishideous
Cleorapishideous

@cleorap15 @youreatotaldick @Gottaknow87 Awwww.....whatsa matterrrr little babay cleo? As far as ugliness, you take the ugly cake. A person can surgically alter their appearance, but there is no fixing a moronic and hideous personality such as yours. Good luck with that, little babay HA HA !!!

tjwhig
tjwhig

Posted and deleted by one for whom "holiness and righteousness" and defending the innocent, is inconceivable as the agent of Satan she is, within the gates of "the city": 

[iammarylynn said

tjwhig HAHAHAHAHAHA wow. What church do you attend? So I never go there.  Don't want to be bitten by a real-life snake!]

Proof the shills, agents, and trolls supporting the patently obvious psyop staged mass shootings hoaxes by Satan's American Fifth Column are G-dless perverters and rejecters of the credal civil religion, American Exceptionalism, enshrined in the three mottoes of our holy Creed on the Great Seal of the Covenant with the Creator G-d of the universe our Founders made and by which our ancestors were blessed above all other nations.

We can know with absolute certainty thanks to the Human Genome Project "Mezizah" Talmud Khazars destroyed the Hebrew remnant under the Roman elite's command, and stole their heritage, and Scripture revealed by G-d. All was permitted by the Creator for the Hebrews' turned away from "Annuit Coeptis." Shall we be damned as well?

Shall we now allow the same Synagogue of Satan under Hitler-financing, JFK-assassinating, 9/11-committing, mass shootings hoax-staging Talmud Khazar Rothschild/Rockefeller Fed Scam/CIA/FBI/SCOTUS/Congress Talmud/papist-control to do the same to the Children of G-d, the American Electorate?

iammarylynn said

tjwhig HAHAHAHAHAHA wow. What church do you attend? So I never go there.  Don't want to be bitten by a real-life snake!

"They" know what "they" are doing, and teach their children from birth to revile and despise the "goyim," those "not born of a Jew," which the Human Genome Project proves they were not. It is Satan upon us trying to disarm us as they did through their Talmud/papist catspaw Hitler. Google "fake Auschwitz chimney."

tjwhig
tjwhig

@PureEvil @tjwhig @r3t0dd Cute, but unfortunately for Rome's "Black Aristocracy" and their Rockefeller/Rothschild agents, the Beast must be cast into the pit of full expropriation and judicial execution in G-d's Promised Land, which shall then cause their Risen Babylon to fall, globally

..."and every eye shall see" thanks to the internet.

PureEvil
PureEvil

@tjwhig @r3t0dd I am the Talmud Khazar Rothschild! My fiendish plans for world domination have been foiled once again by this courageous keyboard warrior who calls himself "tjwhig!" You've won this round, black and white gentiles, but you haven't haven't seen the last of meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! MWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

tjwhig
tjwhig

@r3t0dd @tjwhig You were raised to lie to we Black and White Gentiles who allowed you entry into Our Country. Now it's time for you to leave before your Talmud Khazar Rothschild patron is liquidated.

r3t0dd
r3t0dd

@tjwhig @r3t0dd Alright. I get it. You're a troll, right? Good one. You got me. I'm done responding to you. Those of us without serious mental issues are able to get jobs. I know you don't understand this. Anyway. Back to work. I hope you enjoy your delusions as much as I did. They are hilarious.

tjwhig
tjwhig

@r3t0dd @tjwhig My family built this Country. Your Synagogue of Satan is no longer welcome here. Tories were wise to skedaddle in 1776. You'll do well to do the same now.

r3t0dd
r3t0dd

@tjwhig @r3t0ddKeep talking, dude. Let the world see who you are: a physical manifestation of fear, mental illness, and paranoia. Again, all useful traits to the gun lobby. 

tjwhig
tjwhig

@r3t0dd @tjwhig Truth will out: you and your "engine for enslaving mankind" are toast in America. Praise G-d.

r3t0dd
r3t0dd

@tjwhig @r3t0dd I'm a real boogie man! Boo! Hahahahahahaha! 

Seriously though, you are an idiot. Go get help. Or don't. I don't care.

An for the record (not the the truth is of any concern to you), I not Jewish. Irish actually. Ooooo. Maybe I'm a part of a Fenian plot to eat your breakfast cereal?!

tjwhig
tjwhig

@r3t0dd @tjwhig No, just an anonymous Khazar Talmud. You know what you're doing, but your satanic jig is up.

r3t0dd
r3t0dd

@tjwhig @r3t0dd Of course, because there's no way I could just be a regular guy who sees through your bullshit and sickness. Nope. I'm clearly a member of an international conspiracy whose aims are to take your guns away. 

 
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