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James Holmes inspires Holmies fan groups: Real phenomenon or media overreaction?

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We've noted the proliferation of James Holmes Facebook tribute pages, which continue to spring up despite the shutdown of what had been the largest of them.

The same thing's happening when it comes to Tumblr blogs, yet these sites are getting more attention because of the memorable nickname by which such "fans" refer to themselves: Holmies.

A Mashable item is labeled "James Holmes Tumblr 'Holmies' Shock Internet" -- a highly dubious assertion, but one that was certainly noticed by the mainstream press. Indeed, ABC News shared the item under the same headline.

As for the sites themselves, they're very similar in tone to the Facebook pages. Take This Blog's for the Holmies!, which supplements Holmes-inspired web flotsam like this mop-haired doll placed atop a My Little Pony....

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...and Holmes's interpolation into the Scooby gang...

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...with self-aggrandizement for the blog's creator, who dubs himself Jimbo Plaid Shirt.

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Rome For Holmes is more text-driven, and more apparently sincere. Emblematic is this exchange, presumably between the site's creator and a reader:

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Same goes for Swallow the Fruits of My Pleasure, which features this image....

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...as well as the following mini-bio from the person behind the site:

i am a seventeen year old who since i can recall, has always had a fascination with serial killers/murderers. you name it. collumbine? ted bundy? btk? i love them. do i mean i love that they killed people? of course not. i would never kill anyone and i feel for the families who have lost loved ones. however, i'm always intrigued as to why they committed these crimes. how did they do it? what goes through their minds?

do i think james holmes is guilty? that is not my place to assume. i'm not the jury, but i am someone who is fascinated. i've researched the whole illuminati deal and have read tons of articles. this blog is simply to track everything out there in the media, discuss the issue with others and make sure people know the truth: that guilty or not, james holmes is mentally affected.

this bring me to my next point. i am a seventeen year old who suffers from bipolar disorder as well as borderline personality disorder. i have been through things that normal seventeen year olds wouldn't. and i will defend james' mentality until the truth is out. do not give me the bullshit about 'because holmes is white, it's a mental illness'. mental illness can effect ANY race. it effects everyone, everyday. and not everyone handles it the same.

No way to know if this profile fits the majority of surfers dubbing themselves Holmies. But like the Facebook pages, much of the material on these Tumblrs occupies a middle ground between adolescent identification with societal pariahs and the simple joy of making authority figures uncomfortable. As such, it's not truly capable of shocking the Internet, whatever that means. Indeed, it's utterly typical of stuff floating around us every day. But due to the horrific act to which it's connected, more people are noticing.

More from our Tech archive: "James Holmes Facebook tribute pages: Most notorious one down, plenty remain."


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Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

of course there are nut jobs out there that flock to other nutjobs...heard of the Manson family

Grant Mcminn
Grant Mcminn

Ok westword I am over you and your excessive and coverage of this, I expect it from national media but you are local show some sensitivity and cover something important. Your shameless and unimportant articles that you continually post about this has made me decide to not follow you nor support your publication going forward. I am very disappointed.

jessicadawnpena
jessicadawnpena

Thank you for this refreshing objective view of the "Holmies." I am a Tumblr user myself and some of these people are my friends, they are not horrible people. Contrary to popular belief, only a few blogs intend to offend, the rest of us have a sincere curiosity about this case and this person. The real shame. (Which the media has failed to report.) is the perpetual harassment and beratement that people who identify themselves as "Holmies" receive. Constant threats of rape and death for them and their families. It's almost as if they are more like James Holmes then we are...

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

dont feed the crap monster you are bigger than the denver post or la weekly. he is a fukd up person in a fuked up world... we already know the story. put something on on how to disarm a lunatic or something useful

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Does this mean we will be seeing Holmes masks,  this Halloween ?

Michael Bornstein
Michael Bornstein

Just go on a rampage, your name will be in the headlines everyday for three weeks or every eight minutes via Westword's Facebook stream

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

Looking to captialize, get some YouTube fame.

Michael Bornstein
Michael Bornstein

Westword, a forum for serial killers. These inbreds are a disgrace to news, emo bullshit!

Brian Ford
Brian Ford

I think they should be shot themselves ...

Denise Dietz
Denise Dietz

What ever reason they are doing it for, it's wildly inappropriate!

Tavara Gerfen
Tavara Gerfen

LOVE that you are not showing his face! Thank you!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @jessicadawnpena Very interesting post, Jessica. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

GFYS
GFYS

 @jessicadawnpena

 "The real shame is the perpetual harassment and beratement that people who identify themselves as "Holmies" receive."

 

Yeah poor babies, its just so sad, these people try to idolize a demented killer and the rest of us tell them to go fuck themselfes. How dare we, we should be nice to these little psychopaths.

observantreader
observantreader

 @jessicadawnpena You might need to find some kind of fulfillment outside laughing at the pain of others and enjoying being shocking and appalling.  Grow the fuck up and do something with your life that is deserving of attention.  I'm sorry your parents failed you, but its your own fault that you choose to be a douchenozzle.  

 

The real shame is the perpetual harrassment that a bunch of imbeciles get for going out of their way to be as despicable as possible?  You seek this attention and then whine about how it feels?

 

No worries, Jessica Dawn. Nobody wants you dead... the world needs strippers.

my2cents
my2cents

I do have to wonder, if they are your friends... gee is this how you would want your friends to be like if you had been one of those killed in that theater...I don't really think so... They are expecting to be harrassed and berated, that is why they put that crap on there to begin with... I have no sympather whatsoever for asswipes (your friends...you might want to find new friends)  These sites have nothing to satisfy the curiosity about the case or Holmes... it is simply a way to get attention, just like he did... lucky for everyone it is only a webpage...  To me, your friends and that website are no different than Holmes... ya'll are simply trying to cause problems and more grief for the victims and their families.... someone that wants to glorify their psycho of a hero "Holmies" really... grow the f*ck up.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @jessicadawnpena 

No need to defend, here.

Michael recognizes you too,

have an opinion and unlike writers

from other publications, he interacts

on a regular basis w/ his readers.

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