Fake 'James Holmes' 9GAG 'online warning' screenshot goes viral

Did James Holmes, the 24-year old suspect in custody for the Batman movie screening massacre in Aurora, Colorado, posted a warning on 9GAG days before the tragic incident?

The following screenshot of the supposed online warning has spread virally in the internet like wildfire.


The following story also made its way on the web:

“A few weeks ago, a man by the username of ‘JamesHolmes154' posted a thread on 9gag saying he was going to ‘shoot up’ a theater. He was clearly distressed and admitted he was suffering from PTSD. He said he was going to walk in and try to take as much lifes as possible. The whole 9gag community egged him on and give him tips on what to wear, etc. They give him tips on sharp-shooting and sent him messages on how to take as much lifes as possible.”

A screenshot that apparently supports the story was likewise uploaded.


Concerned netizens searched, tracked back and made some sort of ‘investigation’ and posted their findings in social networking sites, websites and blogs.

Here’s what was discovered:
  • The username ‘JamesHolmes154’, purportedly owned by the suspect, doesn’t exist.
  • According to this report, user ‘JamesHolmes154’ is “nowhere to be found” on 9GAG.
  • No results were also found for the post title “TDKR SACRIFICE” and there are no traces that the 9GAG community egged Holmes on.
  • If the first photo containing the so-called ‘online warning’ was shared on Twitter 36 times and 365 times on Facebook, there should be a trace somewhere, but there was none.
Everyone following this can conclude that the screenshots were fake and the story about the 9GAG ‘thread’ was just made up.
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