Aurora theater shooting: Meet Jonathan Lee Riches, prime suspect in bizarre court filings
Last week, we told you about a bizarre court filing in the Aurora theater shooting case -- one that blamed the incident on a police chief and the Illuminati, among others. Shortly thereafter, Reddit user FreedomsTorch set out to unmask the prankster behind the document. He concludes the culprit is self-proclaimed "lawsuit factory" Jonathan Lee Riches -- and since then, even more evidence has accumulated to support this theory. See it below.
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On August 31, Riches, who's reportedly from Pennsylvania, was mentioned in 9News' coverage of the theater shooting, with the station pointing out that the mail of accused killer James Holmes was being forwarded to him -- at least until the U.S. Postal Service determined that the request was fraudulent. The station also noted that "in 2009, Riches reportedly sued the Guinness Book of World Records when he learned they planned to name him the world's most litigious man."
Here's Riches's Facebook response to the station:
After the 18th Judicial District Court, which is handling the Holmes prosecution, released the aforementioned document, as well as Judge William Sylvester's order suggesting that the person behind it undergo a mental-health evaluation, FreedomsTorch cited the similarities between that document and one posted to Blogspot on August 19 under the name Yeom Pyo Lee.
As we pointed out in an August 31 post about a reckless-disregard-of-the-truth allegation aimed at prosecutors by Holmes's defense team, a register of actions document made public by Judge Sylvester mentioned a filing by a "YPL," and we speculated that it referred to Lee, who was questioned after the shooting but quickly cleared of involvement. (A University of Colorado student, Lee is said to have known Holmes.) The court has not officially released the YPL filing, but the one on Blogspot is nearly identical in tone to the one supposedly from the victim, except that the narrative is written in the sort of broken English associated with offensive Asian stereotypes. Here's the text:
GlobalGrind.com Yeom Pyo Lee.
Comes Now, the intervenor Yeom Pyo Lee with newly discovered withheld evidence in this case and facing imminent danger andf bodily harm moves this court to intervene in this case to tell my side of the story.I am James Holmes friend from school. I demand James Holmes be free, i call court house too, you free James Holmes asap. James Holmes innocent, Police Chief Dan Oates crooked cop. I was at PF Changs China Bistro in Aurora Dan Oates beat me in parking lot wit my cell phone 7/24/2012. took phone and my lo mein. Oates use my phone to call police to threaten itself .Oates told me he illuminati . I scared now, I hide now at South Korean embassy in D.C. .Aurora police corrupt. I am proud member of Facebook group "James Holmes is innocent" .You must come see group. Dan Oates & police have warrant for me arrest.Plant my finger prints on gun at century 16. Oates told me he framed James Holmes for new world order. Must investigate .I want witness protection . I go on nbc today show tell my side of story next week. Dan Oates sleep wit District Attorney Carol Chambers at Aurora Holiday Inn hotel, I have video . i go show on youtube . free james holmesThe person listed as posting the document: Jonathan Lee Riches.
And that's not all.
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