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Demonic influence? Latest shooting one of many "Joker" crimes

A very disturbing piece of information is coming to light in last week’s Colorado shooting at the premiere of The Dark Night Rises.  The shooter fancies himself as The Joker, a demonic character in the Batman move franchise. Not only that, but many others have been dressing as The Joker and committing horrible acts. I am sharing a part of this story from Beginning And End, in hopes that you’ll continue reading the entire story.  What do you make of this bizarre and disturbing phenomenon?

The ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting: Satanic Influence of The Joker

Heath Ledger Joker Severed Head Card | Dark Knight Shooting Joker  MK Ultra

Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker has had a massive impact on pop culture.

The nation is still reeling from the horrific shooting at the midnight premier of the Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises at the theater in Aurora, Colorado in which 12 people died and 59 people were wounded. Holmes was such a cold-hearted killer that he even shot a 4-month old baby at point-blank range. According to reports from the police, the shooter, James Holmes a 24-year old former PhD candidate in neuroscience, had dyed his hair red and told police officers that he was “the Joker” a reference to the villain played by deceased actor Heath Ledger in the prior Dark Knight film. The character,  who has a very satanic nature, has captivated the minds of many in society and inspired other acts of violence in the past. As sinful rebellion against God grows it is time to be more guarded with the constant exposure to violence, murder and depravity through entertainment.

Ledger, who died of a drug overdose shortly after the filming of the Dark Knight gave a haunting performance that many feel contributed to his death that has inspired copycat criminals with Holmes just being the latest. As Beginning and End has reported in many articles, the influence of movies that promote death, the occult and sinful rebellion are a danger to the heart and mind and in some people can push them to actually carry out violence in society.

“He was literally shooting everyone”

James Holmes Dark Knight Shooting Aurora Colorado |  Illuminati

James Holmes told authorities he was “the Joker.”

The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the premiere of the movie.

Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who shot at random as he walked up the theater’s steps, witnesses said.

It was a scene “straight out of a horror film,” said Chris Ramos, who was inside the theater. “He was just literally shooting everyone, like hunting season.” (source)

Witnesses described James Holmes as completely cold and calculated in his murderous attack at the Cinema 16 movie theater. After announcing himself as “The Joker” he proceeded to shoot indiscriminately in the theater. And from all early reports his intention was to murder, destroy and cause chaos in the manner of the movie character and planned the attacks months in advance. Could someone really be so cold, calculating and bloodthirsty? Well certainly Holme’s inspiration, the Joker, was just that.

The Joker: Satanic to the Core

 Joker Heath Ledger | Dark Knight Shooting MK-Ultra

Heath Ledger’s performance turned the Joker into a cultural icon.

“He’s a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.” — Heath Ledger on his portrayal of the Joker in the Dark Knight film. (source)

“Well,” Nicholson told reporters in London early Wednesday, “I warned him.” — Jack Nicholson, who had played the Joker in an earlier Batman movie series, commenting on the dangers of playing the Joker after Heath Ledger’s death. (source)

The Dark Knight, which is the No. 4 grossing film of all time, was a huge success that rode the stunning performance and pre-release death of Heath Ledger. The iconic performance by Ledger, which won an Oscar, was chilling for its mesmerizing, demonic nature. Ledger played the Joker as a complete psychopath and was so consumed with the character’s portrayal that many scenes were directed by Ledger himself (including some where director Chris Nolan left the room altogether). In order to prepare for the role Ledger stated:

“It’s a combination of reading all the comic books I could that were relevant to the script and then just closing my eyes and meditating on it,” he says. “I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices — it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath — someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts” — Heath Ledger, (source).

The Bible says: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23. We are to protect and guard are heart and mind from evil thoughts and sinful rebellion. Most people are unaware of the spiritual war taking place around us.  Staying away from occult/sinful activities helps to combat the demonic forces at work in the world that seek to influence us. Ledger locked himself up in a room and focused solely on the being a psychopathic serial killer for a month. Ledger was consumed by the Joker character, he told the New York Times that he could not sleep “more than two hours a night during filming”

 “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” He went on to state that he took drugs, which would quell the unrest for only an hour.” (source)

Ledger continued in a cycle of insomnia, depression and anxiety that led him to take a cocktail of antidepressants as well as heroin which he did a stint in rehab for. And those drugs eventually led to his tragic death.  All of this is not good behavior in general and is certainly extremely dangerous from a spiritual standpoint as the combination of focusing on becoming an evil psychopath combined with psychotropic drugs can open someone up to demonic influence.

The particular comic that inspired Ledger’s portrayal the most was a Batman comic called “The Killing Joke” written by comic writer and magic practitioner Alan Moore, who has written comics such as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta which are full of Illuminati and satanic symbolism. V for Vendetta in particular not only quotes Satanist Aleister Crowley in several portions but mentions him by name.

V for Vendetta Aleister Crowley Quote | Alan Moore Dark Knight Illuminati

The hero in V for Vendetta quoting Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law.

 

V for Vendettal Aliester Crowley | Dark Knight Shooting Illuminati

Ledger played the character with such demonic flair, he even flicked his tongue constantly like a serpent during his scenes. The Joker’s character in the Dark Knight is a self-proclaimed ‘agent of chaos’ who seeks to destroy the city and prove that all people can be turned just as evil and murderous as he is.

“See, their morals, their code: it’s a bad joke. They’re dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see, when the chips are down these civilized people will eat each other.” – The Joker, Dark Knight

The scary truth is that, the Joker has a point.

In the book of Job, Satan outlines the exact same outlook on humanity. In Chapter 1, Satan is in heaven speaking to God before His throne and God asks the Devil if he had considered trying to corrupt the God-fearing Job. To which Satan responds:

“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.11 But put forth thine hand now, and [take away] all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” — Job 1:8-11.

Job, who at that time, the Bible declared was the most righteous, God-fearing faithful man on Earth, was just “one bad day away” from turning into a sinful rebel in Satan’s mind. The Devil challenged God by saying if Job did not have all the land and wealth God had blessed him and ran into a little crisis, Job would soon be cursing God just like any old unbeliever. This is exactly what the Joker’s agenda is in the Dark Knight. And the card he uses as his trademark reinforces this:

Joker Satan Card  | Dark Knight Shooting MK-Ultra Occult

One of the cards used by the Joker in the Dark Knight with Satan on it.

Job was indeed tested, as he lost everything dear to him in life. But he still chose not to curse God, but instead worship. This type of faith only comes from a close relationship with God. In our natural state, people are just as the Joker describes — “this close” to acting out all sorts of evil. The Bible says: ” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). No matter how much we may try to convince ourselves that “Hey, I’m a good person” it is a delusion.

“The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules…” — The Joker, Dark Knight. 

 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7).

In our natural state, we are at odds and hostile to God. And we are at war with “the rules.”  All people sin, choose to sin and continue to sin all throughout their lives. All people have “fallen short of the glory of God.” And the more sinful, satanic influence that enters one life, the more prone someone is to commit evil. It just takes moving away from God and letting the right amount of sinful triggers in. And in some case, Heath Ledger’s Joker helped with the inspiration for evil.

Satanic Influence: Copycats of the Joker

Kim De Gelder Joker | Dark Knight Shooting Illuminati

Belgian papers show Kim De Gelder, who stabbed infants in a tribute to the Joker.

The audiences across the world that saw Ledger’s performance were so overwhelmed that soon scores of people were donning the purple and scarlet suit and green shirt and face make up of the Joker to wear in real life. In a almost cult-like fashion, the Joker became a cultural phenomenon. And soon some were inspired to commit crime in the Joker’s name.  In Dendermonde, Belgium, a 20 year old named Kim De Gelder, dressed as the Joker, conned his way into a day care center and attacked babies and infants with a knife, stabbing them repeatedly in their heads and neck, killing 2 babies and a daycare provider and leaving numerous infants injured:

The 20-year-old assailant had a painted white face, eye shadow and ginger hair, and was wearing a bullet proof vest, witnesses said.  He tricked his way into the Fabeltjesland day care centre at 10am by claiming to have a meeting with one of the members of staff. He then drew a 12 inch knife and began to slash at children aged between a few months and two years old.

There were 21 infants in the crèche and six supervisors. All of the victims were stabbed in the throat or head. Parents gathered in the Dendermonde town hall and, with psychologists in support, identified the victims using photographs.

Nine children escaped unharmed. Three of the crèche’s child care workers were injured as they tried to fend off the attacker. Theo Janssens, Dendermonde’s deputy mayor, said that the man “just went crazy”. “There was blood everywhere, it was unbelievable, real carnage. He went straight for the babies and attacked them. The smallest ones were in their beds, they were probably asleep.” Marita Blindeman, the adult who was killed, raised the alarm. (source)

Mother and child Belgian Joker Killing  | Dark Knight Shooting Illuminati occult

A mother leaves the Dendermonde day care center with her baby after the horrific “Joker Killings.”

When arrested De Gelder laughed at his police interrogators, refusing to answer questions with real information, in the same manner of the Joker in Dark Knight:

Upon his arrest, the suspect has been apparently “playing with the police,” Paijmans mentions in translated media accounts. “The man does not want to divulge his identity to the police. He had no identity papers on him during his arrest. He gave the police various false names and addresses,” says one of the latest dispatches. (source)

It was later learned that De Gelder was planning on attacking a second day care center and that he plotted the attacks to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death.

High School Student Attacks Teacher as The Joker

A South Vermillion High School student who appeared to have everything going for her, attacked out against her teacher. However, it’s the details of how she snapped that are sending shock waves.

“The teachers and the school staff and the student body, I think is really kind of in awe that a student of this nature did these types of actions,” Vermillion County Sheriff Robert Spence said. The South Vermillion junior had been a model student. That all quickly changed.

Police said it started when she went into the bathroom. There, she put on white make up, red lipstick, and took out a razor. She then cut her face, some say to resemble the Joker from the movie “The Dark Knight.” After that she knocked on the classroom door. No one in the class will forget what happened next.

“She pulls the knife and begins to make actions toward the teacher, like she was going to cut her, slice her, or stab her,” Spence said. That’s when the teacher had to act fast. She was able to keep the girl at bay by blocking her with a desk. She even used a chair to hold her back until more help arrived. (source)

Wisconsin Break In And Strangulation

According to online court records, Cole Vetterkind pleaded not guilty Monday to burglary, battery and strangulation during a court appearance in Clark County.  Authorities say the 26-year old Thorp man dressed as “The Joker’ during a home invasion. The criminal complaint says Vetterkind painted his face like Batman’s enemy in the movie “The Dark Knight” and broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home in the town of Reeseburg in January.  Authorities say he choked her new boyfriend, who then shot Vetterkind in the leg.  (source)

Phony Joker Arrested | Dark Knight Shooting Copycat

Mug shot of a Michigan man in his Joker makeup after being arrested for larceny.

Death Culture: A Societal Obsession

Joker Child Halloween | Dark Knight Shooting Illuminati

One of the many children dressed by their parents as the Joker for Halloween.

“To me he’s demonic – he has this incredible rage. His parents were killed when he was young, and these are the things that are in his head. To me, Batman is all about rage, anger and revenge.’”- Christian Bale on Batman in the Dark Knight (source).

The copycat fascination with Ledger’s Joker reached its worst consequence in Aurora. Fans were so anxious to get into the theaters to see the new Batman film that babies, and elementary school age children were brought to a midnight showing (of a movie that is almost 3 hours in length) to see a movie that features graphic violence, terrorist attacks, torture, mass killings and large-scale destruction. Why did parents even bring 4-year olds and 6-year olds to see this film? What kind of effect does this movie have on their psyche? What spiritual influence are they exposing them to?

Why was the world so captivated by a character that was so evil? Why has there been such an obsession over a character who only seeks to harm, kill and destroy and takes pleasure in it with absolutely no remorse? Again, it comes back to the soul and lack of Godly influence. As society rejects the Bible and seeks to erase any mention of Jesus Christ in public, normal common sense discernment about morals and values go out of the window. Society becomes so fascinated with death entertainment whether it be Dark Knight, shooter video games or the hundreds of murder documentaries on television, that bringing a 4-year old child to see the Joker gouge people’s eyes out and slash throats seems like a good decision.

Movies provide the type of stimulation to the psyche and subconscious that can satisfy this thrill-desire. In fact, even though Holmes, who is 6 foot 3, entered wearing body armor and firing an assault rifle, many people in the theater were so captivated by the film they thought his initial shots fired were part of the movie and were not scared. The Bible says:

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death — Proverbs 8:34-36.

By reports Dark Knight shooter James Holmes attended church as a child and possibly visited nearby Elevation Church weeks before the shooting. Clearly he was still looking for something spiritually but was very involved in death culture by his obvious obsession with the Joker and weapons he was purchasing as he plotted this murder spree. We may never get all the answers for why he chose to do this but we know he was clearly given over to depravity.  Again, the heart, when left unchecked is capable of all manner of evil.

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8 Responses to “Demonic influence? Latest shooting one of many "Joker" crimes”

  1. Mike Donohoe #

    Hello. Interesting article. I think there is definitely some truth to it. On a broader scope there is a very disturbing history involving clowns. I think of John Wayne Gacey as one horrifying example.

    In my own case I have become very spiritual and am no longer anti-Christ, and I once was. This was due to my having to spend my childhood in the presence of immense neglect, constant trauma, abuse, and immense tragedy. All of this went on while my mother did nothing about it but attended church and read her Bible and prayed. Religious abuse and hypocrisy do, I think, more against positive spirituality than any other factor, especially as they are combined with the tragedies that can occur in life.

    That said, I am essentially with you on this. I am not a Christian, but I am essentially pro-Christ, and am all for positive spirituality, including Christianity. I would not necessarily assume that Homes attending church meant that he was seeking some higher spiritual aid. That may be the case but it could just as much have been that church did not have much if any real meaning to him, and maybe that it was part of how he would launch his attack as a true wolf in the fold. Church for him might well have just been a habitual social exercise as well.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM Reply
    • Mr Davis #

      Mike I am sorry to hear what you went through but if I could share with you something I myself have learned. You are no friend of Christ unless you are born again by the Spirit of God, until then it may be that God is restraining your propensity for evil that is keeping you from becoming the very thing you fear to become. But this is true of everyone who is not born again.

      It is the work of the Holy Spirit to do this very thing, to restrain evil, because left to our own devises we would devour one another. That is no lie.
      Over and over the bible says we are all of us evil, Morally Evil, but despite this we know what good is.

      Matthew 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

      We want others to be good to us. We understand what good looks like. We percieve Christ was good. Even the cults agree with this. You yourself understand thisand why you are saying you are not anti christ.

      I think to some degree we understand what evil is. But with outbursts of evil like these it is easy to say that is evil and think we are not ourselves not as evil as they are. Neither do we give God thanks for it is only by His mercy towards us we do not become as they are.

      For the born again by the Holy Spirit there is hope for freedom from evil by faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ, who is God, who died on the cross carrying our sins in His flesh, in His own body and taking God's wrath against sin until it was finished and God's wrath was satified and His justice met. Jesus Christ himself testified on the cross "IT IS FINISHED" and then gave up the spirit.

      It says before the foundation of the world was laid the books were already written which spoke of what would happen after even unto the end. Christ who made the world, knew exactly the debt He would pay to redeem sinners from among men. ALL SIN was paid for on the Cross.

      The invitation of God: come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest for your souls still stands. Take my yoke upon you for it is light and easy to bear. It is easy to bear because He goes with us when we are yoked to Him. Until then we fight against him refusing to submit and this we are doomed to do because of sin in us working in our flesh against the One and Only God who made us in whom we live move and have our being.

      John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made . 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe . 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

      John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish , but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved . 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

      This is all true we will seek fellowship to ensure that happens if we are born again.

      1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned , we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

      It is through fellowship with other believers we are tested and proved and that by the very scriptures from God.

      July 25, 2012 at 2:33 AM Reply
      • Mike Donohoe #

        Hello, Mr. Davis. I have heard this song before I'm afraid. Many, many, many times. I accept other viewpoints shy of Satanism and atheism, but you are not in a position to be able to do the same. Anyone who does not believe as you is doomed and damned. It says so in The Bible! The Bible says, The Bible says, The Bible says. There is truth in The Bible. There is. There are truths, often the same truths, to be found elsewhere, too, and there is much truth in science although it is not the whole truth. The higher power I believe in is much bigger than your religion, or any other religion. I shall not be assimilated by the borg. Sorry, mate. Probably will need to unfollow this.~Mike.

        July 25, 2012 at 3:43 AM Reply
  2. I also was thinking of Heath Ledger and how the role of the Joker troubled him. I saw him in that movie and his portrayal did seem Satanic.

    Just a small correction – Aleister Crowley was not a Satanist. He was a ceremonial magician. He was involved in evil things for sure, but was not a Satanist. His spirit guide, whom he called his angel, Aiwass, allegedly gave him the teaching, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."

    I don't buy into the Illuminati and all that conspiracy stuff, but it's not worth the time to discuss.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM Reply
  3. Mike Donohoe #

    Hi, Marcia. It is possible to consider any number of seeming connections that can be creepy on a spiritual level. Heath Ledger seems to have more or less been destroyed by the role of The Joker and Brandon Lee died on the set of The Crow in harlequin clown makeup, and then this Holmes guy. It could just be me, but for some reason this morning I feel as if the immense public energy around this Holmes thing is maybe starting to fade a little. I imagine the media will beat on it for a long long time.

    July 25, 2012 at 2:10 AM Reply
  4. I totally agree with you.I felt that right from the beginning.What makes me angry is they will continue to show the movie and make money from it.I gotta remember that God is in charge and he has everything under control.I need to look to Him to know how if any he wants me to join Him in His work.

    August 4, 2012 at 7:58 AM Reply
    • To add to my comment I ment I totally agree with the article.It says in the bible that satin prowls around the earth seeking to whom he can steal,kill and destroy.It looks like he used Holmes and countless others to accomplish this.and then he destroys them.

      August 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM Reply
  5. Mike Donohoe #

    I find that I am not inclined to see the movie myself. Just kind of sickening. There does appear to be a connection between antidepressants and crimes like this. Somewhere is a site that lists a very high number of violent crimes from people with no such history, all of whom were on so called antidepressants. I looked it up on Wikipedia and both the shooters at Columbine were on meds, as was the Chinese guy in the Virginia Tech massacre. It is more commonly known that "antidepressants" are associated with suicide and there are apparently warnings on the bottle about possible violent outbursts toward others as well. Then there are all these ads now about them causing birth defects. They treat the human brain like a vending machine that you just need to rock against the wall sometimes to get your candy bar or your coke or in the case of depressed patients, happiness. Rocking the machine may work, or it may break the machine, or it may topple over right onto you and kill you which I think is lot of what is going on here. Since Holmes was under psychiatric care it is hard to imagine that he is not another example of a person with no criminal history suddenly becoming violent while on medication.

    August 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM Reply

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