Reading from the Voice Media empire: Five years ago yesterday, James Holmes killed twelve people and injured seventy others during a screen of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado. In the 24 hours afterward, we published twenty stories that, when viewed in retrospect, capture the terror and confusion unleashed by this horrific crime. Read them here. Westword has the story.
Browsing: Mass Murder
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Seventeen years after the attack on Columbine High School, amateur sleuths have posted a video that calls into question — again — the official version of events, and their sequence, surrounding the most infamous school shooting in American history. Westword has the story.
It took nearly three hours for cops to storm Orlando nightclub Pulse and take out America’s worst mass shooter. After the dust cleared, 50 were dead, including the suspect.
Was the long wait a mistake?
The Los Angeles Police Department invented the SWAT team in 1967. So we asked Scott Reitz, a retired LAPD SWAT team firearms and tactics instructor, what he thought of the response in Orlando.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Eubanks was hiding under a table as his best friend died, and he was seriously wounded. He wound up becoming addicted to the painkillers prescribed to help him deal with his injuries, resulting in a horror story that lasted for years. But now, he’s turned his story around in a way that’s helping others dealing with torments of their own. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The families of 28 victims — many of whom survived, but with horrific injuries — filed sued against Cinemark for the July 2012 massacre that left a dozen dead and seventy wounded, arguing that the lack of minimal security precautions meant the company deserved some of the blame. Here’s why the jury disagreed. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Arlene Holmes granted her first interview since her son, James Holmes, murdered twelve people and hurt seventy more in a Colorado movie theater. She told a local TV station that James was a happy child, but a move from Northern California to San Diego when he was 12 or 13 turned him quiet and moody — and the tone with which she shared subsequent revelations echoed with a pain her interviewers couldn’t help noticing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Twenty-eight families representing homicide victims and scarred survivors say the owner of the Colorado movie theater where James Holmes killed twenty people and injured seventy others could have done more to prevent the tragedy. Here’s why. Westword has the story.