In a show of impeccably cool logic, the landlord of James Holmes’ apartment has declared that bombs and booby-traps designed to kill people violate the terms of his lease.
The man who opened fire at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 58, was still legally a tenant of his apartment until his landlord, Victor Sulzer, filed an eviction notice.
The door to the apartment, which was filled with bombs, tripwires, grenades, gasoline and booby-traps designed to kill police officers who tried to enter (and probably take the building down with them), has been double-padlocked and marked with ‘Do Not Enter’ and ‘No Trespassing’ signs. It took a bomb squad two days to clean the apartment of explosive and traps.
"This apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it. Who was most likely to enter it? It was going to be a police officer. If you think we are angry, we sure as hell are angry," said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates after the devices were disarmed. "There is no question what the intent was from whoever designed that device for whoever opened the door."
Residents were cleared out of the apartment immediately after the shooting for fear that Holmes’ apartment could go off. It was such a creepshow that it freaked Dateline’s Chris Hansen out, and that man has seen everything. He described “dozens of black softball shaped firework shells that he bought filled with explosive powder,” scattered around a room filled with gasoline and wires attached to a black box trigger.
"It could have taken the building down," Hansen said. "It was very sophisticated and very powerful."
Holmes’ lawyers are currently pushing the defense that he’s insane in hopes of lightening his sentence.
I wonder if anyone will ever agree to live in the Holmes apartment again, or if it will be converted in to one of those “Janitor’s Closets” that’s all sealed up and locked forever.