I don’t want it to be the last post, but there doesn’t seem to be any more news stories about him. So of all of the mass murders during the years since I’ve been blogging, this one remains the most mysterious.
The other mass murderers showed obvious signs of mental illness or weird behavior (Jiverly Wong, Jared Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho) or an obvious motive (Nidal Hasan [motivated by Islam], George Sodini [angry at women], Anders Behring Breivik [angry at leftists]).
Holmes showed no obvious signs of mental illness or schizophrenia (which is the inability to distinguish reality from fantasy) up until the day he committed his massacre, even though he was planning it for several months. He may have had bad grades at school, but that’s hardly evidence of mental illness, merely of low conscientiousness or other normal problems. His lawyer claims he was a “patient” of the woman who is the Director of Mental Health Services as his school, but this seems to me to be just a legalistic argument to suppress evidence (because he mailed some incriminating stuff to her). There is nothing indicating that he was seeing this woman on a continuing basis for some serious mental problem.
I really do think that this is a case of beta-male rage, which is a term coined by a commenter at this blog who used to go by the pseudonym of “Commander Shepard.” The term is now being picked up by other bloggers. I think that beta-male rage is going to be an increasingly obvious phenomenon. It’s because “nice guys,” that is guys who did well in school, are polite to people, and generally follow the rules, but who lack an aggressive and extroverted personality, these guys now have a very difficult time finding girlfriends. In the past, they were considered good boyfriend material. I think that if Holmes had a girlfriend, all those people wouldn't be dead or injured.
There would probably be many times more instances of beta-male-rage shootings, except that beta-males have been pacified by video and computer games (such as Xbox and World of Warcraft), web surfing, readily available internet porn, big screen TVs, DVDs, and the like, which distract beta-males from being angry.