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James Holmes killed or wounded seventy people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Only one man was allowed to record extensive interviews with the shooter. This is what he found.

On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. He threw a canister of tear gas into the crowd and began firing. Soon twelve were dead and fifty-eight were wounded; young children and pregnant women were among them. The man was found calmly waiting at his car. He was detained without resistance.

Unlike the Columbine, Newtown, San Bernadino, and Parkland shootings, James Holmes is unique among mass shooters in his willingness to be taken into custody alive. In the court case that followed, only Dr. William H. Reid, a distinguished forensic psychiatrist, would be allowed to record interviews with the defendant. Reid would read Holmes’ diary, investigate his phone calls and text messages, interview his family and acquaintances, speak to his victims, and review tens of thousands of pages of evidence and court testimony in an attempt to understand how a happy, seemingly normal child could become a killer.

A Dark Night in Aurora uses the twenty-three hours of unredacted interview transcripts never seen by the public and Reid’s research to bring the listener inside the mind of a mass murderer. The result is chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a killer.

©2018 William H. Reid (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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You would think author as narrator would be horrible like it usually is, plus he is an MD but I found the book and the narrator excellent. Very balanced for someone involved in the trail too. Highly recommend. Especially the afterword

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Really well written and well performed. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a mass murderer.

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A workmanlike effort, nothing especially groundbreaking to be found here.

Being super familiar with this case, I was interested in “reading” this book, if only to see if there was any insight into the case that was not part of the official, public record. The Dr. who interviewed the defendant for the trial did a great job so I figured his book would be amazing. Perhaps I expected and/or hoped for too much. It felt to me like the author just cracked open his interview notebooks one weekend and stitched together a book from it. No great insight here that was not already part of the record. After hearing it, there didn’t really seem to be any reason for it to even exist. I suppose the subject matter is enough in and of itself to garner some notoriety, but if you really want some real insight into the case, all you have to do is check out the voluminous amounts of trial video online, you will learn more and you won’t waste your audible credit. Perhaps I just had expectations that could not be met...not sure, but at a minimum, I’d hoped for something more than a simple “cliff notes style book report” on such a huge, tragic case. The subject matter deserved better.

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  • 09-11-18

would I listen to again prob not!!

i can't help but think this book is very flattering towards holmes and his crimes!