James Holmes's alleged "confession" about theater shooting: The National Enquirer version


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Art from the Enquirer's story.
Here are some of the piece's assertions, presented Enquirer-style....
"Holmes said he initially went into the theater for the sole purpose of finding his therapist, who he believed would be waiting there for him," the insider revealed.

"While he said he was programmed to commit a shooting spree, he wasn't exactly sure if he was supposed to do it on that particular night.

"But once he got inside the theater, Holmes claimed that he heard something in the movie's musical score that told him it was time to shoot certain people, though not everyone."

There's also this:
"Incredibly, Holmes said he didn't mean to shoot that particular person but was too amped up on adrenaline to take good aim," said the source.

"He showed no emotion in describing how the bullet hit the victim in the eye, and it exploded like glass. And he didn't even wince as he recalled seeing brain matter splatter on the people sitting directly behind the person. After that, he said everything was just a blur."

By presenting this material without contextualizing it, the Enquirer lives up -- or down -- to its journalistic reputation. Don't be surprised, though, if its account travels far and wide. Even though the judge in the case has unsealed some documents, and the University of Colorado has released a few others, there's essentially an informational vacuum in the case at this point that's begging to be filled. And the Enquirer appears happy to oblige.

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "James Holmes case: Judge lifts gag order related to University of Colorado."


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raymond.ingham
raymond.ingham

I have a post with a list of questions (fully referenced) the MSM (Mainstream Media) has neglected to ask, "Questions the MSM doesn't ask about James Holmes" at http://wp.me/p1mEWh-7P, which includes:1. Why has no one seriously looked into the allegation by a fellow prisoner that James confessed he was a "Manchurian Candidate" when it is a fact he did contact (or attempt) his therapist from the theater, a fact the allegation repeats?2. Why does the MSM report that James Holmes was acting crazy in jail, yet the local Colorado news station reports that he is completely normal?3. Why do victims report that James Holmes methodically picked his victims, in contrast to the media's reports that he seemed to randomly spray gunfire?5. Why did the University of Colorado remove Dr Lynne Fenton's (James Holmes psychiatrist) web page, and not disclose that she had been reprimanded on 3 different occassions for ethical violations in prescribing psychotropic drugs, one of which James Holmes admitted to police he was on at the time of his arrest? (The page reappeared but looks slightly different than the web archive page)6. Why has the MSM spread the untrue story that James Holmes said he was "The Joker" to the police after his arrest?Please read the rest of the questions (fully referenced) at "Questions the MSM doesn't ask about James Holmes" at http://wp.me/p1mEWh-7P and see if there is something ELSE going on here...

dcCU
dcCU

It is not far off the mark or incredulous that insider says Holmes claims to have heard a score of music and acted on cue as programmed. For years people have been talking about the powers of subliminal messaging in the music industry (possibly the video games currently). The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC we learned had messages if played backward. Current discussions include Lady Gaga, Rhianon, and Usher. Marilyn Manson and Dave Damain use words that can sound like more than just one word- interpretations up for grabs. What about Kubrick's movie or Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange, music and noises altered states of mind and caused a range of emotions or actions. I thought Tipper Gore was ridiculous and trying to censor music when she started with Parental Advisory Stickers, however as I look back I see that she knew the powers of language and the profanities being attempted within/through the music industry. She was trying to protect those that were unaware of the powers of language and to preserve the freedoms of American society from those that want to have a new world without choice and where freedoms are limited except for a select few.

dcCU
dcCU

The insider from Natl. Enq. also says that Holmes was supposed to kill only certain people. CBS Denver Channel 4 reported on 26 OCT 2012 that prosecutors "added 12 names to the list of those that Holmes allegedly targeted". So, basically we already knew this information.  Prosecution, by using such language violates Judge Sylvester's gag order because using the word "targeted" implies specific not random shooting as had been reported before. This language is incriminating and discriminatory to the integrity of the case for a fair trial. Prosecutors deserves sanctions as well as"the government" for their reckless statements and actions that are not ethical or professional. or did CBScome up with descriptive statement on their own? Not likely.

Anon
Anon

Finally someone, the insider, is hitting on what the rest of Denver should be asking. Viewing from afar I noticed a commonality among the deceased victims, yet there is no disclosure of this or even any type of speculation. perhaps info is purposely suppressed. for all those that think that James is the only one you are sadly mistaken and being misled.I understand that when people are this close to tragedy they are wild-eyed with misery and blinded by the light in their eyes. It seems that there is a similar blood-lust for this guy the very same actions that those condemn Holmes of want to do the same to him. This will change nothing nor stop another mass murderer. ask yourself WWJD? are you New Testament Christians because what I see in the papers are people acting like those from the Old Testament. No doubt it is a sad situation, an horrific situation but we are all going through it. ask yourself why the police could not even communicate with each other because they couldn't get on the right channel. ask yourself why police took injured to hospitals because ambulances weren't there? ask yourself why dispatch didn't immediately contact all hospitals with a major code call. of all the tragedy CO has seen I would think there would be better preparedness. as should be in any town because of the times we live in. many many mistakes were made. but after all we are only human beings and can only live and learn. this attitude of condemnation and not saying his name is what makes people forget by changing the facts to temporarily soothe wounds when in fact it has the reverse effect of not treating a wound and letting it fester and get worse. the infection spreads through the psyche and spills over into hostile actions toward one another. 

dcCU
dcCU

Sort by OLDEST to read in correct order of thought. the blog was too long to post in continuous form so I wrote on the paragraph break. however I would confuse myself if wrote them backward. should make sense regardless. just a suggestion.

dcCU
dcCU

More likely than not, Unruh has heard rumor of what Holmes thought or felt from police and jailers that are supposed to protect and serve not only the public but those incarcerated as well. The public certainly continues to hear the police's OPINIONS on Holmes' actions. Do they even realize that they are in violation of Judge Sylvester's gag order?  Did we hear Holmes' defense team say Holmes tried to commit suicide? No. We did not. Yet we hear the police making light of what they deem a suicide attempt and call such attempt half-hearted or an unsuccessful attempt. The police should not have commented at all, not even on the booking quarters and lay out that Unruh describes. Their response should always be NO COMMENT.

dcCU
dcCU

It is unfortunate as well that the author attempts to discredit Unruh by mentioning that he is bi-polar as this only adds to the incorrect assumption and stigma that bi-polar people are not credible; being bi-polar has no bearing on whether or not a person is a liar. To be a liar is a character flaw not a characteristic of mental illness or disability. Also the author deduces that because Unruh uses drugs and is a thief that he is not credible in relaying accurate info. He is a drug user and a thief because that is what he chooses to be. The drugs may make it easier or be an impetus for his choices, or explain away and make excuses for his lack of impulse control and moral disregard for others that he steals from.  It is irresponsible journalism to come out of the gate and report a story from a liar. If the author believed this why even print the story? Words are powerful; they create and they destroy. Words should be used with caution especially by those in professions that have access to influence the way people think. Even more so in this case because others have died, many are wounded and grieving, and especially when anothers life is at stake.

dcCU
dcCU

Fenton and CU Police dropped the ball here, no, they deflated it and threw it in the garbage hoping it would be dumped in a landfill undetected. Instead, Aurora's citizens found what the doctor and police regarded as trash, another human being, James Eagan Holmes, who is as much a victim as anyone else in the tragic occurrence. Many, not just those directly involved, but others as well, are left to attending to and cleaning up the mess of emotional torture, including James' defense team and The Judge. The doctors nor the police protected and served anyone but themselves. It is their irresponsibility and lack of empathy or concern for an individual or the public that caused the escalation of the torment Holmes must have been feeling before he himself broke and shattered into a 1,000 pieces. These persons are OBLIGATED by profession if not by human decency to take action. It is their lack of care or concern that have many today sad, angry, grieving, and the questions of why why why will continue for many years.

dcCU
dcCU

It is an obvious statement that Holmes received no help. Fenton nor other two unnamed therapists testified an account of trying to help Holmes or state that this happened regardless of their attempts to help Holmes. Fenton admits she was so concerned that she made a BETA assessment and reported Holmes to CU Police yet then just abandons him because he is withdrawing from CU. And CU police don't follow up for the same reason? Ridiculous and highly negligent! Holmes action of dropping out of school and deviating from his normal routine should have been indicative especially to a therapist with Fenton's credentials that Holmes really needed help as he was requesting. Basically Fenton and CU Police washed their hands of Holmes because he was not going to be a student. What does that say of Fenton's morals and ethics not only in her profession but as a human being?

dcCU
dcCU

What Unruh purports is easy to deduce by many...video games full of violence that invite people to role play.  And since Holmes was a patient of mental health, "the-rapist's" probably did at one time prescribe medication that Holmes could have or could not been on.  Possibly they prescribed a medication that acted as a catalyst for Holmes' actions.  Or if Holmes had quit taking his meds maybe the effects were detrimental.  The drug, its name escapes me, used to help people quit smoking has caused several to commit suicide.  People that have taken Ambien, Abilify, or Lunesta have reported that they have experienced a twilight experience where they may do something while awake but not remember ever doing such an action; such as inviting friends to dinner then being surprised when they show up having no recollection of inviting them.  There are several drugs that have the ability to produce amnesia and actions with no awareness and not all of them are prescribed for psychiatric conditions.

dcCU
dcCU

It is possible that this man is telling partial truths and/or embellishing for reasons of his own agenda.  I wonder where he learned the term NLP?  However, I doubt that Holmes would tell this man anything especially in the time frame as Unruh states.  If Holmes supposedly wasn't programmed anymore it seems his recall would be later on, not at the booking holding cell.  Remember Jason Bourne?  or the Manchurian Candidate? What Unruh describes sounds more like hypnotism than deeply embedded programming.  Both are effective methods and could be used for good or evil when executed by a trained "the-rapist's" guidance.

Anon
Anon

I thought Holmes was taken to solitary confinement right after his arrest. How was this inmate able to talk to him?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This douche bag is so completely full of shit !

I wonder how much that sorry publication paid him for his 'story' ?

Steve Stalzle
Steve Stalzle

Sensationalizing crime in 'journalism' is as old as journalisim itself. Even Westword has been known to do that a time or two. Westword is real journalism, whereas, The National Enquirer is not.

dcCU
dcCU

good to see you have your eyes open and your ears on volume high. one more that cant be fooled. nice to meet you Raymond...

iammarylynn
iammarylynn

@dcCU I agree with you! I also think music does have a subculture that take artists and their lyrics literally. For example with Columbine a great deal of blame was placed on Marilyn Manson. Although he isn't responsible for pulling the trigger, his music and music by artist like him do fuel anger! Also, he says he doesn't promote Columbine behaivor but in his "Dead to the World" concert video he promotes cutting. He could say that he's putting on a show instead of reverting blame like he did in Bowling for Columbine. Good post!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@dcCU Not often we hear kind words about Tipper Gore and music, dcCU. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

StarKissed
StarKissed

@Anon Just to add a little more fuel to the fire.  Earlier in the day on July 19th, the Aurora PD was conducting a drill involving mock shootings at a movie theater.  Homeland Security posted this awareness memo on their website a good 30 days before the Aurora tragedy, and APD were made fully aware of the importance this memo carried. But alas, the one night of the year when Century 16 sold out 4 separate auditoriums for the Batman film, at a theater that always had security because of continued crime at the theater and surrounding area, NOT ONE security personnel was on duty.  Someone with authority made sure the theater's security personnel were not at the theater when the shootings began.  However, even more 'interesting,' were the several APD cruisers at the mall parking lot next door to the theater, with officers sitting in their vehicles seemingly waiting around for "something."  Were they waiting for the call that would bring them to the theater in a record 90 seconds?  In what world do the police "ever" arrive within 90 seconds?  Let's not forget reports that followed the July 20th shootings, condemning these eager beavers for NOT arriving at a murder victim's residence until she was cold and turning blue, not to mention continuous complaints of emergency requests going unanswered.  Why and under what circumstances and authority, were ALL Security Personnel at the theater given the night off?  These are questions that no one within law enforcement will acknowledge, and mainstream media will not ask.  The whole city of Aurora should be demanding answers, because these type of questions have a way of disappearing. When there are an overwhelming number of coincidences such as found in this case, they can no longer be called coincidences. 

dcCU
dcCU

Thank U iammarylynn! I remember going to OzFest in Denver 2001 I believe...and before Marilyn Manson performed he was required to quote two verses from the Bible. They city made sure many were uncomfortable charging outrageous prices for H2O bottles in July heat! Many teenagers and others feel a disconnect w those in their reality so yes music, movies, videos are taken literally as these people have no others to connect w in similiarity of feelings. Nice to meet a like minded aware individual :}

dcCU
dcCU

Thanks and your welcome, Michael. People forget things, people want people to forget things.  Hopefully awareness will be renewed and discussed but most importantly seriously thought about and acted upon. From Disturbed's album Disturbed, track "Enough" ..."we dont want them to want everything and we've told them to want everything. and we've stolen in this suffering. and the haunted deny everything, controlling in this suffering.take their hope away.take their life away.leave them nothing...dark forces surround everything.countless sons and daughters sent to die."   ENOUGH is ENOUGH! wake up people! doom the light!

dcCU
dcCU

there are no coincindences. everything happens for a reason. wow unbelievable and u r right I had forgotten this detail. makes me think of Timothy James McVeigh and the McMurrah Building.hmmm a soldier turned scientist, a scientist turned soldier. the same kinds of oddities ran amok re: that occurrence in OK City.

iammarylynn
iammarylynn

@dcCU HAHAHA I'd imagine!  He's still trying to stay relevant but it seems like he's aged a lot using the same schtick to "shock" everyone.  I heard he went to an airport with the word "fuck" written on his face and offended a lot of young children. LOL Yea, I didn't like his response in Bowling For Columbine. I used to listen to him when I was a teen.  I am diagnosed bipolar and music meant something entirely different to me when I was a teen than it does now. Marilyn Manson and "artists" like him were my  mentors... I guess but they are just feeding into the angst the young feel when they don't fit in.   Every factor makes up a tragedy but ultimately it's the individual who pulls the trigger.

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