The Daily Beast has a published a profile of 30-year-old Aurora resident Misty Benjamin. Benjamin lives four miles from the apartment that suspected mass murderer James Holmes allegedly booby trapped with improvised napalm. She's been supporting Holmes from the courtroom and even died her hair as a symbol of solidarity.
“Even after everything I heard, I can still say I can still support this human being,” she says after the day’s proceedings. “He is not an animal. I don’t think he is a bad guy. What he did was bad.”
Benjamin says that, upon seeing pictures of the alleged shooter, she immediately found Holmes attractive. She joined the church of Latter Day Saints after her dentist committed suicide nine years ago. Currently, she has a boyfriend who is aware of her attraction to Holmes.
Written in Misty’s yellow notebook, which she carries to court each day: “We are not supposed to go through life alone, so why should James go through his trial alone? James is not alone, he has me.” On her wrist she wears a pink plastic bracelet with the word “besties.” Her best friend from Michigan, whom she met on the Facebook page “James Holmes is Innocent,” wears a matching bracelet.