Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Aurora, Colorado had one of the worst mass murders in the history of the USA. James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58. He did it with very unsophisticated weapons, but in a packed movie theater it wasn't hard. I can think back to August 1st, 1966 when Charles Whitman went to the clock tower at the University of Texas and killed 14 people and wounded 32 others. Again the weapons he had were not exotic just off the shelve items. I have not heard how James Holmes paid for his weapons but one trait of people who intend to kill and do not figure they will live after killing is to go shopping in the week or so before the killing and pay for the weapons with a credit card or give a bad check. The killer know he won't be around to settle the bill. In the case of Charles Whitman he used both to pay for his weapons, a Sears credit card and a rubber check to a local store.