If police have discovered the motive for the Colorado movie theater rampage, they haven’t revealed it. Motive remains a missing piece of the terrible story of the Aurora massacre.
All such crimes can be described as senseless, or as the manifestation of evil, but what unfolded Friday at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie was something that so far lacks even a madman’s explanation.
Answers may be hidden in the apartment of James Holmes, 24, the suspect in custody. The apartment is booby-trapped, and bomb experts have been engaged in an elaborate set of maneuvers to disarm explosives and incendiary devices linked by tripwires.
Police say the killer at the movie theater had a small arsenal of weapons and a massive amount of ammunition, and he evidently wanted to kill as many innocent people as possible, as dramatically as possible.
Holmes has no criminal history. He has been described by fellow students as quiet, shy and hard to get to know.