A commenter writes:
You guys are completely batshit crazy if you think that someone who shoots 70 people and kills 12 of them would have been totally fine if only he'd had a girlfriend. Sorry, but would YOU want to be his girlfriend? People pick up on loony vibes. There are thousands of geeky graduate students living in shitty apartments eating Ramen and not getting laid and they don't go on a shooting rampage. And he'd only started his program last year, so it's not like he could be considered some sort of giant failure - you study and get paid for it, not so bad.
The guy was fucking nuts.
Actually, I do think he would have been totally fine if he had had a girlfriend. And just because the vast majority of “geeky graduate students living in shitty apartments eating Ramen and not getting laid” don’t succumb to beta-male rage, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of them on the edge.
So far, the news reports haven’t turned up any evidence of schizophrenia, so I don’t think this guy is any “nuttier” than Japanese Kamikaze pilots.
Also, I think that as other commenters have pointed out, fifty years ago this same person would probably have been set up with a nice girl and have maybe even been married, despite sending out “loony” vibes. I don’t think that someone truly loony could do so well in school.
But hey, evidence could surface in the next day or two to prove me wrong about my hunch.
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Also, this NY Times article confirms my theory that Holmes was not loony, just shy and socially awkward.
“There was no way I thought he could have the capacity to do commit an atrocity like this,” said Mr. Kromka, who is from Aurora. Mr. Kromka said that Mr. Holmes’s “disposition was a little off,” that he was usually socially awkward, one of the quieter people in the lab. He spent much of his time immersed in computer, often participating in role-playing online games.
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A spokeswoman for the University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus, Jackie Brinkman, said Mr. Holmes was in the process of dropping out of school because of academic problems. She said the university was unaware of any incidents with campus police or disciplinary problems involving Mr. Holmes while he was enrolled.
It wasn’t the same as with Seung-Hui Cho who was known around his campus as having mental health issues.