‘9Gag’ Image of James Holmes Alleged Massacre Warning Deemed Fake

The image that James Holmes — the suspected gunman behind the Aurora, Denver theater shootings — allegedly sent out on 9 Gag that warned users that he’d “kill everyone” has been deemed a fake.

According to Mashable, the image was uploaded by a user that went by the name of ‘JamesHolmes124.’ The text on the image is featured over a picture of a theater that reads: “Tomorrow I will kill everyone during the new Batman premiere in Colorado. People will die for the glory of le 9Gag army.”


Mashable believes the image is photoshopped:

The screenshot coincidentally shows 36 tweets and 365 “Likes,” so the easy solution would be a search on Twitter for any evidence yesterday, before the media discovered it — which shows zero results.

Now that the image has been proven to be a fake, that just means there’s some nut job out there who actually thought of a plan to create this image. Like Jean said today, the human race continues to disappoint.

Update #1 Saturday 6:22 p.m.

9 Gag has released the following statement regarding the image in question:

The Colorado ‘Dark Knight’ shooting is a devastating tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. When we initially heard the rumor that one of our users may have been involved, we did an immediate and thorough search of the site and found absolutely zero evidence that any of the alleged posts ever appeared on 9GAG. Any reports otherwise are completely untrue and we ask your help in putting this incredibly insensitive hoax to rest. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and, as the investigation continues, we will certainly help in any way we can.

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One thought on “‘9Gag’ Image of James Holmes Alleged Massacre Warning Deemed Fake

  1. The whole thing is a HOAX. It is only a staged theatrical production performed by paid actors posing as victims. Where are the bullet holes? Where is the video of bodies taken from the theater on stretchers? Why does the lady on TV portraying the Arapahoe County DA look more like actor Bonnie Franklin than actual DA Carol Chambers? Why are the “real” DA and the police participating in this blatant fraud? False in one thing, false in everything. What else are they lying about?

    I personally have experienced real gunshots fired into a crowd that I was in, and I know that nobody mills around after the shooting starts, even if its just a few shots from a small caliber pistol. I’ve seen real people really freaked out by a real shooting, and they don’t look anything like the paid actors in Aurora attempting to trick us with their bullshit.

    The Batman Shooting is a very poor theatrical performance designed to incite a public panic for private political ends. What’s the matter America? You can find all the courage in the universe to drop bombs on little girls in foreign countries, but you can’t find the moxy to clean your own house? Wake up and grow a backbone already.

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