James Holmes: Spitting and Demonic Possession

Fr Dwight Longenecker writes:

Demonic infestation is a rare, strange and terrible psycho-spiritual affliction. It’s also real. Was James Holmes possessed?

But before we get there, how disgusting is this not?

Accused movie theater gunman James Holmes is spitting at jail officers so frequently that at one point he was made to wear a face guard, sources told ABC News.

Holmes’ odd behavior was first seen by the public when he appeared in court Monday looking dazed, alternately bug-eyed and nodding with his eyes closing.

But ABC News has learned that his loopy court appearance was just one of several bizarre behaviors…

Vile. But back to Fr Dwight:

What makes a mild mannered, promising young scientist decide to arm himself to the teeth, walk into a suburban movie theater and start killing innocent people at random?

Did he have a bad childhood experience? Doesn’t seem that way. Everybody says he was a nice, very smart, shy kid. Maybe a bit of a geek, but there are millions of geeks who don’t go on killing sprees. Was he insane? There weren’t any warning signs that he was crazy. Was he politically or religiously motivated? No evidence. Was he driven crazy by violent video games? He didn’t seem to play more than most kids. Was his mind poisoned by the nihilistic second Batman movie? It was a dark film, but millions saw it and didn’t go on a rampage. Was he somehow “possessed” by the Joker character? Some say the demonic Joker drove Heath Ledger to kill himself.

Now it’s getting spooky. There was a weird phone message with bizarre guttural voices and moans. Was he demon possessed? Maybe. It happens.

Demonic infestation is a rare, strange and terrible psycho-spiritual affliction. In simple terms, a malevolent, separate intelligence infests the mind and spirit of a person. It takes over the rational faculties and dominates the personality. The phenomenon is real, but anyone who has ever dealt with the problem realizes that the demonic realm is complex. The human person is an intricate organism in which the physical, mental and spiritual aspects are totally interwoven. Therefore, in most cases, trying to diagnose the possibility of demonic influence is extremely difficult.

This is because, in theory, demonic influence in a personality can exist on several different levels. Experts disagree about the terminology and extent of the diabolical influence, and in this arcane discipline, for reasons that will become clear, there are few set rules or guidelines. However, some levels of demonic involvement can be observed…

Is James Holmes demon possessed? It is impossible to say without a detailed diagnosis. Even then, it is a slippery question. We are dealing with a reality that is rubbery. In many ways this is the wrong question. Better to ask, “Was James Holmes taken over by Evil?”

Do read on here.


12 thoughts on “James Holmes: Spitting and Demonic Possession

  1. I am reminded of an article made by Theodore Beale regarding Cho Seung-Hui’s own shootings. Here’s how an atheist responded to that situation:

    ”We don’t believe in the possibility of redemption after our lives, but the necessity of compassion in our lives. We believe in people, in their joys and pains, in their good ideas and their wit and wisdom. We believe in human rights and dignity, and we know what it is for those to be trampled on by brutes and vandals. We may believe that the universe is pitilessly indifferent but we know that friends and strangers alike most certainly are not. We despise atrocity, not because a god tells us that it is wrong, but because if not massacre then nothing could be wrong.”

    What eludes the VTU professor and makes his response so inadvertently amusing is the way in which he completely fails to understand the basic foundation of D’Souza’s argument, which is that as an atheist, he has absolutely no grounds for condemning Cho’s actions. His maudlin assertions are as touching as they are lacking in intellectual support; he rejects even the possibility of God’s existence, (presumably due to the lack of scientific evidence), but fails to inform us precisely where ”complete and absolute” pain or ”loss” can be found, what they weigh and what elements they consist of. And even if we agree that the professor’s morality is more perfect and beautiful than Jesus Christ’s, because it lacks any claim to universal applicability, it has no more standing for you or me than do the moral sensibilities of the murderous Cho.

    And the professor clearly senses this on some level when he writes: ”if not massacre then nothing could be wrong.” But if human and animal history is reliable, massacre is as natural as sex. Therefore, in the absence of God, nothing is wrong.

    Nietzsche, among others, articulated this long ago. Without the strictures of the Creator, we are all beyond good and evil and only the individual is capable of adjudicating the good or evil of his actions. +++Cho believed that he died giving hope to the hopeless, and it is unlikely that he was incorrect in believing this; no doubt there is somewhere an angry, bullied child taking savage satisfaction in the bloody events of last week, just as some did publicly in the weeks following Columbine.+++

    Without good and evil, there is only strength, weakness and the will to power. And even the weakest among us can, for one brief, searing moment, let his will be done. That is the lesson of Cho Seung-Hui.

    Apparently, no one really learned anything about the lesson of Cho Seung-Hui. Most likely, James Holmes, as a student of science, probably is an atheist or do not acknowledge the existence of a God. I am not really surprised if there is demonic possession, not necessarily dramatic or cinematic or theatrical in quality, among people who have rejected God and have put themselves and their false idols in His stead. These are people who have roused nation to shoot at those who have dug their own graves en masse. It is a sort of perverse, bloody sacrifice to some ancient evil that pretends to be a deity. Call it “Science” or “Progress” or “Nation” and so forth.

    1. Ironically, weakness and will to power are probably exactly what led Holmes to the point of summoning the evil forces that must have possessed him to commit this act. It’s confounding that some articles present psychosis and demonic possession as mutually exclusive possible explanations for Holmes’ actions. Psychosis is just a more modern, morally neutral term for describing what can also be described in terms of angels and demons.

      I don’t think it is likely that Holmes was suddenly possessed against his will, though. Demonic possession can only take place via the free will of the person to receive the demon. One notable rule about evil (as with good) is that it requires the volition of the person acting under its influence. As I read in another article by a Catholic exorcist, evil is difficult to deal with because it lies in so many ways. Thus, Holmes could have easily been confused to the point of believing lies and getting tricked into cooperating with the evil force within himself, whether you want to call it demon, psychosis, voice, or whatever.

      My guess is that he had begun playing with some kind of black magic tricks designed to win him worldly success, maybe in his studies. At some point he probably signed his proverbial soul to Satan with the promise of whatever rewards he thought were attainable by doing so. Now that he’s carried out his end of ‘the bargain,’ he will wake up from his trance at some point with the awful realization of what he’s done and a conscience to go along with it; that is assuming that he is allowed to live long enough to rediscover his conscience.

      Whatever you believe in, from the looks of this man sitting in the court room, he does not seem to be some devious sadist. Something must have been going on inside him to confuse him. It will be interesting to see if they let him live long enough to get a full explanation from him about what was going through him during the whole process of planning and committing these acts, booby-trapping his home, etc.

  2. Personally, I believe his inner self was desperate for recognition, something his meek, quiet, withdrawn outer self wouldn’t permit. The personality of the’Joker’ was what he strove for interiorially, and, somehow, that all consuming desire evolved over several months untill he felt ready to act out all of the violence this character was capable of, in his mind. Perhaps a more simple way to explain the situation is, the brain of the genius, crossing that fine line into Insanity. Posession, I don’t think so. Given the known facts, there doesn’t seem to be an inclination in that direction. Certainly his peers or his professors would have observed something to indicate leanings toward ‘the evil’. Just a thought………..

    1. Maybe they themselves influenced him. I am distrustful of the atheistic scientists and students in universities. They probably don’t promote a life filled with grace and a relationship with God. I would be surprised if his peers and professors were all devout, God-fearing individuals. For all we know, James Holmes probably considers God as fiction created by our brains. The man is a candidate for a Ph.D. in the neurosciences. One cannot find a bastion of atheism, of intellectual pride and cognitive idolatry, elsewhere than in the sciences, more so in disciplines that reduce the metaphysical into the physio-chemical.

      No one doubts the Mad Scientist is the villain. A Mad Neanderthal (Like yours truly) can only put together barely coherent, angry words and probably brute force out of the simplicity of his intellect. A Mad Scientist gives you Frankenstein, Josef Mengele, and this “Joker” wannabe. (Rigging his apartment with bombs? This man -planned- his act.)

  3. The “leader of the Free World” seems to have more than its fair share of this sort of thing. Being able to carry weapons as a right does seem a little bizarre and perhaps causes the result. The democratic process needs surely to unravel this mess – why do citizens need to be armed?

    1. Well, The United States of America was founded on traditionally liberal principles, meaning anti-monarchy, pro-democracy, meaning that people comprise government, not a small group of people, or even one individual; so the citizenry can’t rely on a “monarch” or oligarchs for protection, hence armed citizens and local militias are guaranteed.

      The incident in Colorado happened in a gun-free zone, a fact which opponents of gun control use as an argument for their position (“If all these people were armed, they could have fought back!” and the like). It is also the argument of gun ownership supporters that a community that is armed is least likely to have crime, because, they argue, depriving a lawful -sane- citizenry of the ability to arm themselves will not prevent individuals who have ill will from getting their arms either legally, as was the case with Holmes, or illegally, as is the case with gang members and such.

      Guns in themselves are a commodity, because they are material and can be exchanged as goods. Ownership of them, I think, is a part of property ownership rights. (not sure about this, but it makes sense if it were so- I’m not knowledgeable on U.S. Laws on this.)

      I for one don’t see anything wrong with this right, so long as there is moderation, that is, ownership ought to be taxed, as property is taxed, and an individual should not have an inordinate amount of arms, like in the case of James Holmes, or in owning nuclear warheads, for example.

      As for the arguments of liberals against gun ownership is something I’ve stopped listening to awhile ago- they’re usually young people who were force-fed with liberal ideas by their intellectual elitist Marxist teachers at universities and even in secondary schools. (I know I was!) Or they just don’t make and damn sense at all, as they parrot Michael Moore or some other propaganda. (Not to say the right-wing pro-gun people are all sensible and easy to talk to, either.)

  4. Clearly a case…in support of a ‘fallen human race’ – and the great need of A SAVIOR!! How can anyone wallow in the darkness…of Atheism/Agnosticism in the face of such blatant and bizzare Evil? The ‘efflorescence of Evil’ does not eclipse the ‘Existence of a Good God’, but rather…must serve to catapult one out…of his/her reduced and most deplorable condition (seeing this man as a brother, not as the ‘Other’)…yielding to the ‘Promise of our Savior’: “seek and you shall find”; “knock and the door shall be opened” – “Lord Jesus Christ, have Mercy on me a poor sinner”!
    Naturally all pity the Victims, but who pities this ‘bound and shakled Soul’? – none, save Jesus! To truly and deeply contemplate the ‘Passion of Christ’ is the only way to understand this ‘price of One Soul’ and the meaning of Forgiveness – “Mercy is what I desire” Christ breathes HIS last! WIthout Jesus…we all would remain ‘bound and shackled Souls’ – “but for the Grace of God there go I”!

  5. I feel sorry for him…I also feel sorry for the victims and victims families. Something went very wrong with this guy. In the video I have seen of him…just a typical kid in college..of course very smart…but typical. Seemed nice and normal… then this happens. I pray for him and EVERYONE involved. God Bless their souls.

    1. I too feel the same way as you Renee. Something triggered this poor soul to do what he did. In my opinion the devil got into his mind. Satan usually picks youing innocent victims too do his eviil work. This child was possesed. They will have to monitor him to watch for unusual behavior. Spitting is one sign.

      1. Glad you feel the way I do. I do pray for him and hope he comes back to reality…I do not believe they should give him the death penalty. I do not condone what he did at all…but I think they need to study him. I dont normally feel for murderers…but I feel for James.

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