When James Holmes failed an important oral exam at the University of Colorado, he went out and bought a high-powered rifle to add to his arsenal and three days later, dropped out of the neuroscience program without telling anyone why.
Now the experts are coming forward with theories of what's wrong with him and why he did it. One such theory is from a psychologist who believes he is suffering from dormant schizophrenia that was triggered by the stress of failure.
But his premeditated planning of the massacre was calculated and deliberate and surely a man suffering from delusions couldn't have carried it off. Even though he's been acting crazy, we get the impression it's not real. He would know a lot about mental illness after completing his neuroscience degree last month and pleading amnesia and spitting at his guards adds weight to the mentally ill argument. Having to wear a Hannibal Lecter-type face guard makes him even more of a celebrity.
There has been a report that James was adopted and speculation about whether he snapped after failing to live up to his brilliant father's expectations. Robert Holmes has an impressive pedigree going back to the Mayflower and is currently the senior lead scientist with the American credit score company FICO, the company most lenders use to determine a person's credit risk.
In a few weeks time, Robert Holmes is scheduled to testify before a Senate panel investigating a bank fraud scandal that could destabilize the Western banking system and people are wondering if his son's actions could be somehow linked to this event.
As expected, legal experts are tipping that Holmes's attorneys are likely to pursue an insanity defense.