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Misty Benjamin, James Holmes Fan, Is 'Physically Attracted' To Murder Suspect

3:16 pm - 01/22/2013

When Misty Benjamin feels upset, she need only conjure up the image of suspected mass murderer James Holmes, and she feels at ease.

The 30-year-old Aurora, Colo. resident dyed her hair orange and showed up at three of Holmes' preliminary hearings because she loves the man who allegedly shot up a theater full of people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, Business Insider reports.

"Tons of people are hating me because I'm deciding to be compassionate and show compassion for a person that committed a horrendous crime," she reportedly told the Daily Beast.

"When I first saw him, I was physically attracted to him," she said. "When I get upset, I look at his picture and I calm down."
She added that she doesn't think Holmes is a bad guy, but "what he did was bad."

Holmes faces more than 160 charges in the mass shooting and for allegedly setting up a series explosive traps in his home for police.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page has been set up for James Holmes fandom. It's unclear whether the site is satire, but "Holmies For James Holmes" has already enraged other Facebook users. It features photoshopped pictures of the suspect, as well as user-submitted drawings and calls for a not-guilty verdict in the case.

"We all sin, some of us rape, some of us kill, in the end, it's all the same <3," a moderator wrote on the page.

Video at source.

Lawd, I am so ready for the comments. Any tag suggestions? Because IDEK...
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chaya 22nd-Jan-2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
The article title doesn't fit in the subject line.
zeonchar 22nd-Jan-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks I'll fix it.
idemandjustice 22nd-Jan-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's her compassion that's pissing people off.
thelilyqueen 22nd-Jan-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Compassion would be enough to get some mad - horrendous crimes of the type Holmes committed do tend to bring out the 'string the monster up without a trial - it's too good for him!' opinions. What she's expressing though isn't compassion, IMHO... it's a frightening level of naivete at best, or unwillingness or inability to confront how horrible his actions were at worst.
layweed 22nd-Jan-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
zinnia_rose 23rd-Jan-2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Yyyup. My first thought after reading the article was "um...nope".
tabaqui 22nd-Jan-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
While i find this vile, I don't actually think she's doing this 'on purpose', you know? I dunno. I could be wrong. But then, i don't people who want to marry serial killers, either, so....
69love_songs 23rd-Jan-2013 01:15 am (UTC)
I don't think she's doing it 'on purpose' either, and her whole situation makes me feel sad (but also a little scared).
squeeful 22nd-Jan-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
This happens every time. The Unibomber got marriage proposals. After Sept 11th people wrote articles about how ~handsome~ bin Laden was.
fluffydragon 22nd-Jan-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)

I think I'm going to need a hot tea concoction tonight. The kind where I heat up rum and steep a teabag in it.
spyral_path 22nd-Jan-2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez and the Menendez brothers all married women who met them after they'd been tried and convicted for murder. killer groupies aren't that uncommon.
hippie_chick 23rd-Jan-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Was going to say, it's not an uncommon thing for serial killers / murderers to have groupies.
ellonwye 22nd-Jan-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Is this a phenomenon? Is there a name for this?
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bowling_otaku 22nd-Jan-2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
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encircleme 22nd-Jan-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
we're really not, bb, bc these people are the least likely to seek therapy.
angelofdeath275 22nd-Jan-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
people like this are fucked in the head period. ive tried understanding where this comes from but no longer want to because they are so far gone. like a fucking republican is more easier to understand than them. i have no sympathy for freaks who fall in love with murderers then whine about be ~persecuted. They don't even think about the fucking victims who have to deal with another layer or shit because of them.

She added that she doesn't think Holmes is a bad guy, but "what he did was bad."

Like this dumb shit she said. If you shoot up a theater, you're a "bad guy". talk about minimizing what he did.
angelofdeath275 Oh right tags22nd-Jan-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
try "bawww" and "oh no not this shit again"
aviv_b 22nd-Jan-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe my standards are too high, but when I ask someone what they do for a living, and they answer 'serial killer' I put them on the 'do not want to date' list.
alexvdl 23rd-Jan-2013 12:58 am (UTC)
I chortled. :)
chimbleysweep 23rd-Jan-2013 12:04 am (UTC)
I've always thought that calling these people 'groupies' doesn't really convey the magnitude of what they are really saying and doing here. It's scary.

"We all sin, some of us rape, some of us kill, in the end, it's all the same <3"

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svtstarlight 23rd-Jan-2013 12:07 am (UTC)
 photo tumblr_m2p26u7PiT1rscwtro1_400_zpsb318bb0e.gif

I just can't with people like this... /O.O\ and the above gif about sums it up.
tabaqui 23rd-Jan-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Who is *that* pretty person?
mary_pickforded 23rd-Jan-2013 12:10 am (UTC)
What a fucking whackadoo.
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