As we learn more about the diabolical maniac James E. Holmes, it appears he had mass carnage on his mind, possibly setting up a bomb in his apartment to distract from his planned massacre at the movie theater, which likely could have turned out much worse.
After arresting Holmes, police went to his residence. But they moved cautiously, and that may have saved some lives. Standing on top of an armored vehicle, a SWAT Team member held a camera at the end of a pole. He saw a sophisticated booby-trap set to kill anyone coming through the front door.
“There appear to be incendiary devices,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said. “There are chemical elements. There are all kinds of wires.”
Investigators now believe that Holmes used a timer to set off loud techno music at the apartment just before midnight. It was meant to spur a noise complaint to police. The ruse theoretically would have drawn them into the apartment building, detonating a firebomb and then drawing all available police and rescue units to the other side of town before the shooting at the theater started. That would have allowed him more time to kill more people and left a much smaller police response to the theater shootings.
“This is someone who is engaged in predatory, thought provoking, very well planned out behavior,” former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole told CBS News.
Now Holmes has clammed up. Apparently he’s enjoying himself.