The Myth of the Joker-Inspired Theater Shooter

by | Jul 25, 2015 | Folklore, Investigation, Media Appearances, Media Literacy, News, Psychology, Skepticism | 0 comments

When James Holmes shot and killed dozens at a Colorado movie theater in 2012, many people claimed he was inspired by a Batman villain. I was skeptical at the time, and as far as I know I’m the only journalist who closely examined the news media’s claims about it. His fate is now in a jury’s hands, but over the course of his trial the claims about him being inspired by Bane or the Joker never materialized. Not even his own lawyers, trying for an insanity plea, brought it up. You can read my piece on it HERE. 


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