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Mass murderer James Holmes and homicidal cannibal Luka Magnotta have legions of fans. Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on the cover of Rolling Stone. Though there have always been those infatuated with killers — serial killer Ted Bundy was bombarded daily with love letters — it seems that social media has taken what was rare quirk into the mainstream.

Meet the Holmies, Aurora Shooting Suspect James Holmes’s Creepy Online Fanclub

Like the many serial killers and mass murderers who have been fetishized before him, James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in last month’s horrific shooting in an Aurora, Co., movie theater, now has his own slew of adoring fans. They call themselves Holmies, and gather on Tumblr to obsess over all things Holmes.

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