Patt Morrison for July 20, 2012

How do you profile a killer?

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Police break the window of the apartment of of James Holmes, the suspect of a shooting in a movie theater July 20, 2012 in Aurora, outside of Denver, Colorado. According to reports, 12 people have been killed and 59 wounded when James allegedly opened fire inside the a movie theater showing the "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have James, 24, of Holmes of North Aurora, in custody.

We don’t know much about James Eagan Holmes, the alleged perpetrator of this morning’s shootings at the premiere for “The Dark Knight Rises,” in Aurora, Colorado. We know that he is white, from San Diego, and was enrolled, however briefly, in a PhD program neuroscience at the University of Colorado Denver, although he withdrew from the program last month. But there are people who specialize in the psychology of such killers, and today Patt speaks to such a profiler.


Jeffrey Simon, visiting lecturer in the political science department at UCLA and author of the forthcoming book, “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the growing threat”; he runs Political Risk Assessment Co., Inc., a security and terrorism research consulting company in Santa Monica

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