James Holmes's Facebook supporters don't see guilty plea offer as proof of guilt
Yesterday, a newly released document revealed that James Holmes is willing to plead guilty to killing twelve people and injuring seventy others in the Aurora theater shooting if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty.
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What's the reaction of online Holmes fans? Well, there appear to be a lot fewer of them than there once were -- but those who remain don't necessarily see the plea offer as proof of guilt.
As you'll recall, James Holmes Facebook tribute pages began popping up in the days after the July 20 massacre at the Aurora Century theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Today, the largest one to which we linked in a July 23 post no longer exists, and most of the ones that remain online are inactive and/or attention starved.
The same goes for Tumblr pages created in Holmes's honor, a number of which dubbed followers "Holmies." All of those linked in our August 3 post on the subject are now gone.
An example of art that appeared on a now-offline Holmies Tumblr.
In contrast, the James Holmes is Innocent Facebook group continues to exist, and it boasts more than 600 members. However, the once-public collective is now a closed group, meaning that only members can see content.
In contrast, the James Holmes Open Forum remains accessible to all, and while some of its participants feel Holmes is innocent, this belief isn't a prerequisite for membership. Here's the description of the forum:
The profile pic of the James Holmes Open Forum.
It is our goal to present and discuss factual information and evidence regarding the case of James Eagan Holmes so that people who frequent this page have access to up to date and relevant information.That said, there is clearly sympathy for Holmes on the forum, as evidenced by the introduction's heading: "TRUTH HAS NO AGENDA!... WE WILL PRESS ON FOR JAMES -- NO MATTER WHAT!!"
This page was created to find the truth. Whatever that truth may be. Whether James Holmes is suffering from a mental illness, was a drugged up pasty, an innocent bystander, or a sadistic killer. Whatever the end result may be, we will strive to find the answer, the truth.
We will not tolerate unsubstantiated theories or accusations of any kind with respect to the case or this Facebook page.
This page is a page for facts. Facts about the Man, the Case, and the Victims.
It is NOT a place to vent your anger.
You are invited to come and join in the conversation. Share links and retrieve them. Please let us stay focused in our resolve for the truth.
Ask questions. Question everything!
How have members responded to news of the proposed guilty plea?
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