Is James Holmes a Nerd?

Max Read · 07/24/12 10:00AM

Here's something that almost all the mass killers of the last fifteen years or so have in common: they've been called "nerds." James Holmes, who allegedly murdered 12 people in a crowded Colorado movie theater on Friday morning, was described as a "nerd" by his uncle within hours of the shooting. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is, in the Telegraph, a "puffy-faced computer game nerd." Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were "innocuous nerds," the Los Angeles Times claimed in 1999.

Man Sought In Connection with Bombs Found At Mall Near Columbine

Seth Abramovitch · 04/21/11 02:52AM

Fighting a fire at Denver's Southwest Plaza Mall, about two miles from Columbine High, firefighters discovered two tanks of propane and a homemade pipe bomb stored in the food court. Nothing had detonated and no one was injured, yet the implications are downright chilling.