Dark Night in Denver: Performance Violence and the Aurora Massacre
- Published on July 24, 2012
- Written by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
As the dust settles and the facts begin to emerge regarding the circumstances surrounding the deadly attack on July 20 during the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, Colo. — which claimed at least 12 lives and wounded scores of others — officials involved in various aspects of the homeland security enterprise are naturally asking themselves whether the purpose of the attack could be linked to some form of terrorism and whether the perpetrator acted alone or in concert with others who might pose a further threat. While definitive answers to these questions will take time, preliminary reports from the investigation have not identified any well defined political motive or message, suggesting that the impulses that produced this lethal behavior may well have been rooted in the murky depths of a disturbed mind more than in any radical extremist ideology or perceived political grievance.
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