"I had a dream that I met James Holmes!!!!" says one recent post by a user who describes herself as a twenty-year-old English major at a college in Texas. "I tried to ask him if he knew what Holmies were, and he started to fall asleep ... So I took my hand and ran it through his hair, and took a few strands and put them in the book I had with me."

When news broke that Holmes had offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty, some Holmies seemed let down. Others weren't willing to give up hope. "It'll be weird to think it's all over if James pleads guilty," one wrote. "Then I realized it's just the start. He'll move to a prison, sooner or later be able to talk to us, maybe even see us."

It's a familiar phenomenon. As long as there have been mass murderers, there have been people obsessed with them. But the Internet has made it worse, says Kelly McBride, a media-ethics faculty member at the Poynter Institute.

Carli Richards had an adrenaline molecule tattooed on her chest after the shooting.
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Carli Richards had an adrenaline molecule tattooed on her chest after the shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, Carli Richards posted this photo of her injuries online.
Shortly after the shooting, Carli Richards posted this photo of her injuries online.

"The Internet helps people find people with similar affinities," she says. "It's not like they didn't have those affinities beforehand. They now have this tool to get in touch with each other, which makes them feel safer and might make them feel a little more emboldened to speak out when we'd prefer those thoughts [stay] in their heads."

While the Holmies have garnered the most attention, arguably the most persistent and pervasive pro-Holmes online community comprises conspiracy theorists who believe he was set up. By scrutinizing media coverage of the shooting, a cadre of Internet sleuths has pieced together far-fetched theories that they say prove Holmes didn't act alone, if he was even involved at all. They've latched on to initial confusion about whether there were multiple shooters and blogged ad nauseam about how it's suspicious that Aurora police chief Dan Oates wouldn't immediately answer questions about how the suspect got into the theater. They've posted videos on Facebook and YouTube about how Holmes's relaxed behavior during his arrest smacks of government mind control. Perhaps the most outrageous theory is that the shooting was orchestrated to prevent Holmes's father, a supposed math genius who works for a credit-score company, from testifying before a U.S. Senate panel about a worldwide banking scandal.

It didn't take long for the conspiracy theorists to find Richards. She and Townson did an interview with the Denver Post and she answered a phone call from TMZ; she's not sure how the celebrity news site got her cell-phone number. Her name was out there.

Members of a Facebook group called "James Holmes Is Innocent" began re-posting her modeling photos and leaving her harassing messages online. Their comments suggest that they thought her willingness to blog about the shooting and post photos of her injuries, coupled with the fact that she's an aspiring model, meant she was using her victimization to become famous.

    Richards's first reaction was disbelief, followed by anger. Soon after the comments started coming in, she fired off a blog post on her website. She was mad at the media, including Westword, for repeating comments she'd made to TMZ about how the shooter deserved to be put to death. And she was even angrier with the trolls for leaving such heartless comments.

"Apparently, some pathetic excuses for mankind don't realize that I'm a human being just like them," she wrote, adding that she was simply trying to live her life. "What's making it difficult to do this is the number of miserable cretins who have decided to throw nails in front of the tires in an attempt to keep me from achieving what I need to and taking care of myself."

To escape the harassment, Richards erased her Tumblr account and began using a pseudonym on her Facebook page. After someone tried to hack into her e-mail account, she changed all of her social-media passwords and set her privacy settings as high as they would go. She started deleting all of the negative comments and asked friends to monitor her accounts, because reading the vitriol herself was becoming overwhelming.

"I've seen people call her a reptilian and say that she's an alien from another planet who's pretending to be a human," says her friend Tori Birkert, who helped Richards moderate her social-media accounts for a while. "People say she's a paid actor, that she was paid by the government...so they can take our guns away. It was mean, cruel stuff."

Westword spoke with a few people who were active in the pro-Holmes Facebook groups and who messaged Richards online. Their posts were mostly benign; those who'd written the most hateful and harassing comments didn't return our messages.

But those who spoke with us expressed concern that Holmes was being framed, as well as frustration with victims they deemed disingenuous. However, they were cautious about not wanting to offend all of the victims.

"I don't want victims' family members to get angry," says Naomi Palma, an unemployed 26-year-old living in California who is concerned with what she calls "discrepancies" in the case. "I've watched a lot of Lifetime, and some of that has been known to happen — where victims' families get upset and take it out on whoever may have assisted the [suspect]."

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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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