Forensic Psychological Services

Madness, Media and the Dark Knight Massacre

Could the tragic movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado been prevented?

24-year-old James Holmes was seemingly showing signs of paranoid schizophrenia before he allegedly took the lives of 12 people and wounded 58 others at the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 Theaters.

Holmes joins a growing list of notorious perpetrators – from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski to Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho – all exhibiting nearly identical symptoms left uncontrolled resulting in horrific, unthinkable violence.

Having examined more than 400 psychotic killers spanning a 30-year career in Forensic Psychology, Dr. Barbara Kirwin knows that predicting an act of violence “is still more an art than a science.” However, with the right questions asked by psychiatrists and the establishment of appropriate treatment programs, there is a shot at prevention.

Click here to download Dr. Kirwin’s full commentary on the Aurora killings.