What kind of mom raises The Joker?

I am completely stunned by what the media is calling the Movie Theatre Massacre (and yes, I know that the entire country is reeling with shock right now). It’s incomprehensible to me that a grad student with no prior record would walk into a packed movie theater at a midnight showing of The Dark Night Rises, bring an arsenal , fill the theater with smoke and open fire killing twelve people. Who the hell does that?

(In full disclosure, I have to reveal that one of the Executive Producers of the movie, Michael Uslan is my cousin. He is amazing. My heart is breaking for him now as I hear that movie theaters throughout the country plan to refund money for weekend showings and I read all over social media that people plan to boycott the movie. I hope that moviegoers can get over their shock and fear and return to the theater to see an excellent show.)

Anyway, back to this guy Holmes, who obviously was very angry and quite possibly psychotic. Normal people don’t announce that they’re The Joker at a filled movie theater and start shooting. And, they also don’t booby trap their apartment. The entire thing was carefully planned. But why?

Listening to the news today, I heard his family released a statement saying they were sorry for the tragedy. And then they asked for privacy (which of course, they won’t have). I can’t help but wonder. What kind of mom is she? What kind of mother raises a kid that could even contemplate such violence? Where (if ever) did she go wrong?

As moms, we raise our kids to be intelligent, loving, respectful citizens of the earth. And, most of us succeed. Hold your kids tight my friends.

About debcb

All Deb wanted to do was work, until she had Rosie. For the past decade, she's juggled a full-time career, high-profile volunteer work and mommyhood.


  1. Very disappointed with your “What kind of mom …” The human that did this is fully responsible. Not what “kind of mom”. And “she” did not do anything “wrong”. Any more than you, Deb, are responsible for the choices your daughter makes in HER life, right or wrong, or assigned a right or wrong by others. Tsk, tsk. What “kind of mom” are you, Deb? And to further prove this point, what “kind of mom” is YOUR mom that brings you to write and post such a damnation of mothers, right or wrong?

    • Been a long time Gemma. I didn’t mean is as a condemnation of the mother. I was really wondering about her. Immediately after hearing that her son was a suspect, she wasn’t surprised and immediately said she needed to call the police. She isn’t responsible for his mental illness or his actions.

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