The Batman Killer, who murdered a lot of people in Aurora, CO movie theater during a showing of the latest Batman movie, has been described by police as a “Lone Wolf.”
At least 14 people were killed and 50 wounded during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at the theater in Aurora, Colorado.
Cell phone video taken outside the doors of the theater complex showed panicked moviegoers calling out for help or searching for friends.
One man can be seen walking out with assistance, the back of his shirt covered in blood. A woman examines her body, as if checking for wounds. …
One scene stuck in [a witness’s] head — a police officer carrying a little girl in his arms. The girl wasn’t moving. (source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/colorado-theater-scene/)
NOTE TO POLICE: Do not encourage murderous psychopaths by providing them with a cool media image, like “Lone Wolf.”
Although in some sense it could be understood that lone wolves are wolf losers. They’re the wolves that the pack beats up and ostracizes. The ones who have no place in the pack. Humans are very much pack animals.
Anthropologists study apes sometimes, to get insight into human nature. There have been many remarkable discoveries. Chimps engage in a kind of gang war. They have been known to murder one another.
In one reported story, a monkey was ostracized from the group. This means the other males ran him out. The researcher witnessed him hanging around the area. One by one, he killed the other males as they left the group to forage. Then he moved into the harem he had conquered.
A friend of mine responded to this story, “I thought: ‘Oh, no. No. Happy monkey. Swings in the trees. Beats rocks with a stick. Happy monkey.'”
The Angry Monkey plot line is the basic story of every Steven Seagal movie ever made. A Dangerous Man is the story of a Seagal hero who is unjustly jailed for defending his wife from an armed mugger. The rest of the movie shows him being compelled by his sense of justice to maim, cripple and murder his way through the town’s male population, sparing only a useless sidekick and winning the love of a girl half his age. His wife left him while he was in jail, you see.
For a monkey maybe doing it this way makes sense. Evolutionarily. Watching Steven Seagal butcher people satisfied the bloodlust in a viewer’s Inner Angry Monkey. That bloodlust can easily be stirred by any Enemy — for example, someone who kills people at a Badman movie.
People do not think about these things in a sophisticated way. They think with their spines. And that’s a problem, because when we think with our spines we fall into thinking in Steven Seagal patterns: kill the bad guys. Be a hero, just like Steven Seagal. Just like Badman.
The killer probably thinks of himself as Badman, as Steven Seagal. Thinking of oneself as a vigilante causes evil criminal behavior. The problem is thinking, “Kill the bad guys.”
A news reporter on her facebook feed wrote:
It would be far better to question the Hollywood death cult that sells the myth of heroism — that to be a hero is to murder people for the greater good. We fundamentally need to stop solving problems by killing people.
Incidentally, The Dark Knight Rises was so bad that Rotten Tomatoes had to close their website to comments. Fans did not like critics who wrote negative reviews, and things in the comments sections were getting ugly.
Maybe the Badman killer was just a disgruntled fan.