Holmes' Doctor Warned Police 38 Days Before Attack

Court documents offer new insight into case

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 5, 2013 4:33 AM CDT | Updated Apr 5, 2013 7:57 AM CDT

(Newser) James Holmes' psychiatrist told a police officer Holmes was dangerous 38 days before the Aurora theater massacre, freshly unsealed court documents show. Dr. Lynne Fenton said Holmes was a "danger to the public" and had admitted homicidal thoughts, the Denver Post reports. He'd also quit seeing Fenton, she said, and was texting and emailing her threats. That prompted the officer to restrict Holmes' campus keycard access; he couldn't enter secure areas at the University of Colorado. Fenton opted not, however, to put Holmes on 72-hour psychiatric hold, an insider told the Post.

The documents contain no indication of a campus investigation, the Post notes. They do, however, show some contradictions with earlier statements, as well as offer other new information:

  • University officials had earlier said Holmes' keycard restrictions were based on his withdrawal process from the school, not because of threats.
  • In Holmes' apartment, police found a Batman mask, Pulp Fiction poster, video games, and chemical formulas written on index cards. They also discovered a range of medications, including sedatives, the generic version of Zoloft, and clonazepam, an anxiety drug.
  • A notebook that has gained notoriety in the case was labeled "Of Life" in a space for a course name. It contained burnt $20 bills.
  • What the documents don't offer: the details of a videotaped conversation with police the day of the shooting.

A defense attorney talks to James Holmes during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., March 12, 2013.
A defense attorney talks to James Holmes during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., March 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)
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