The expose in part describes the daily veneer of Aurora, a town off the edge of Denver, Colorado known to have a gritty reputation and generally understood to be the poor cousin.
Holmes lived in the shadow of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a growing hospital complex, just a short 10-minute walk from his apartment on Paris Street. The largely Hispanic neighborhood of low-rent apartments (one-bedroom units are leased for as low as $550 a month) and ramshackle homes is rife with gang crimes and drugs—some of which stem from the crack motels on nearby Colfax Avenue. In the last three months, two people have been shot and killed within a few blocks of Holmes’s apartment.
It is a perfect place to get lost or plot a massacre.
A perfect place to get lost in a plot or massacre or to witness them as they happen all around you on a daily basis. Then again how many inner city suburbs could this possibly describe and what does this suggest about the quagmire of daily gritty life for the have nots?
“This is old-school ghetto,” said parolee Rosando Casaus, who lives two blocks from Holmes. “This place isn’t safe for nobody.” Casaus said he bumped into Holmes for the first time Wednesday, the day before the rampage. Holmes wanted to know if he knew of any cheap apartments for rent. Holmes also ended up on the front lawn of 22-year-old Elila Nnah’s home to bum a cigarette and drink a beer. “He never gave me a bad feeling. He was great with my kids,” she said, pointing to her two young daughters.
Perhaps James Holmes could relate to this fledging class? Perhaps he was ominously aware of the class structure firmly in place in America even if supermarket ads tell us we can always rise above it. Perhaps in his way James Holmes did want to rise above it but at the same time despised the social terrain that he was considering eloping to, the educated elite, seeing it as just as hollow and endowed with the same type of hypocrisy and lack of integrity that his own class structure (a well to do one) had foraged in him. In some way one could wonder to what degree was he conflicted about the social terrain and why he chose in the end the diabolical way he chose to rebel against it.