James Holmes: Inmate's strange tale of "confession" and suicide efforts

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Steven Unruh.
Steven Unruh is having a hard time convincing anyone that he spent hours talking to Aurora theater shootings suspect James Holmes shortly after his arrest last July. Jail officials say there's no way that Unruh could have had that kind of access. Yet certain elements of the story -- which includes a description that resembles the headbanging routine that sent Holmes to the hospital last week -- have been attracting attention from law enforcement and even families of the shooting victims.

"They're going to try to discredit my story," Unruh told Westword in a recent interview at the jail. "But I was able to have a four-hour talk with him. I talked him out of suicide."

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the tale presented by Unruh, a 38-year-old inmate with a long history of drug and theft charges. To begin with, his account of what Holmes supposedly told him is as bizarre as a William S. Burroughs fever dream. Also, Unruh just got out of prison last January after serving six years for methamphetamine and credit-card fraud convictions, and he says he's been diagnosed as having a bipolar condition.

"It's always been meth with me," he says. "If I drink a beer or something, I've got the voices in my head that drive me to do more drugs. I'm really weak-minded."

He's going public with his account of an encounter with Holmes, he says, only after first trying to interest the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office in his story. He's currently facing habitual criminal charges and had hoped to deal his way into mental health treatment rather than a twelve-year prison sentence. Although an investigator visited him, "the DA hasn't been working with me," he sighs.

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James Holmes.
What Unruh can prove is that he was booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility on drug and theft charges at 6:44 p.m. on July 19 -- just hours before the attack in Aurora at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises that left twelve dead and dozens wounded. Unruh says he was still in the booking area when officers brought in Holmes, whose head was initially covered with a hood. Although Holmes was put into a cell by himself, Unruh says inmates in the area are able to communicate by shouting through a small gap in the cell doors, which move back and forth on rails.

"I didn't know who he was," Unruh explains. "I could hear some black dudes yelling from the other side, 'You're a piece of shit! Kill yourself!' I had been in prison before, so they said, 'Tell this dude he's not going to be all high and mighty on the prison yard.'"

Unruh says he began talking to Holmes, explaining how poorly child killers are received in prison. Jail staff quickly covered the window in Holmes' cell door with a tarp, but Unruh says he heard him pounding on the wall with his fists -- and then running, slamming his body and his head into the wall. (Unruh described this action in an interview that took place several days before Holmes reportedly engaged in similar headbanging last week.)

"It went on for ten minutes before I couldn't handle it any more," Unruh says. "I told him, 'Don't be doing that. You need to repent to the people for what happened.' He asked me to do an apology letter for the kids."

Continue for more of our interview with Steven Unruh about his claims regarding James Holmes.



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islandantoinette
islandantoinette

StarKissed Brad Aerts 

Indeed they are they are the original iluminardi they OWN the World Bank and OWN YOU.  They control and own all the media too!GMO foods are designed to do it too!

dcCU
dcCU

and dont let the acronym BETA escape you, Fenton created the Behavioural Evaluation Threat Assessment guidelines. in terms of psychology BETA is defined as a point in time where one wakes up suddenly with alot of energy as if  being awake for a long time.in sleep stages there are cycles of REM, NREM, and BETA which only lasts a couple of minutes per a few hours and energy surges thru the body; in math and science BETA denotes a variable; in stats a regression slope or error; in finance BETA refers to risk or something volatile; within mk ultra beta slaves are mostly female but the key word here is slave. think back to Holmes' first court appearance...

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Look into it westword DARPA and a airforce shrink ..

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Drudge report is the truth .. You guys might be working for nazi Germany .. I think that's the reason for your own bias

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

It's only obvious that govt. has these programs and they don't want to use the stack of evidence .. It's a gun grab and it's not gonna work it would be different if we didn't have books to show that hitler is alive and well and his stupid war and mind games don't work on us ..

Terry Richardson
Terry Richardson

Stop giving this guy media coverage... remember the victims, not this pos. The only thing I wanna know is when he is convicted and sentenced to death.

Craig Hammersmith
Craig Hammersmith

keep posting this scumbag's accursed, shameful, diseased, and doomed mug, and I'm going to bill you for a new monitor

Smoky Hill Bound
Smoky Hill Bound

I saw an article from you guys that said you thought other publications were embellishing the story and got it wrong. Do you still feel that way?

dcCU
dcCU

Hello readers, its another beautiful day in CO. I am inviting all to read the posts on James Holmes National Enquirer style.Michael Roberts' article. Please say something...opportunity to blast me or agree, or to introd new insights; your opinions and thoughts matter to me. Please, dont let complacency and apathy take a bite outta ya! best regards,dcCU

dcCU
dcCU

July 20 1977-8 the government announced they had done MindKontrol experiments but had terminated experiments. This is no conspirarcy theory the only conspiracy is if its still being conducted. what do ya think? hmmm we put a man on the moon July 20 also.

West_JZR
West_JZR

If NLP is so scorned, why then is almost every single TV ad, including political ones, crafted using the precepts of NLP. Why? Because it works, when used properly. By this "newspaper" literally comparing NLP to witchcraft (my take on their derogatory description of it), they deny the clearly evidenced pervasiveness of NLP from Corporate Communications, to behavioral psychotherapy where it is a cornerstone. The basis of this disreputable "news" report appears to be that urban legend of MKUltra brainwashing, in the 1960's reputedly, which used hypnotherapy as a way of turning a person into a mad zobie that would kill on secret command. It's the lore of movies, like the Manchurian Candidate. It would seem to me the author of this disreputable piece has been handed some bucks from the Conspiracy theorists who have managed to put this nonsense on none other than the Drudgereport. In NLP - cases such as Holmes are flagged out in the first 30 seconds.  By definition, NLP is behavioral, not chemical therapy. Holmes' mother was home treating his schizo. She should also be on trial.  Re this newsstory, as we say in reputable science: consider the source. My condolences to this failing Denver based media for flogging this dead horse.

dwza
dwza

"Holmes also mentioned NLP -- presumably, neuro-linguistic programming"  Of course he did. 

hhustis
hhustis

Wait this kids father is about to testify in the huge LIBOR financial scandle two weeks AFTER this (and NOT in the Banks favor I might add).......and seems to NEVER get mentioned!!!!! Hum!!!!!

Emily Schneider
Emily Schneider

The guy is schizophrenic, what more needs to be discussed. Please convict this asshole and stop giving him attention.

Larry Patrick Nix
Larry Patrick Nix

I'm sick of seeing this fckr's face on my computer screen. Thanks Westword.

Pamela Howard
Pamela Howard

Maybe a story about the 13 yr old boy missing since monday. Why does it seem the media is not concerned when the lil girl kidnapped and killed, rip, was all over the news. This boy deserves the same coverage.

Craig Hammersmith
Craig Hammersmith

The only other news I want to hear about this savage is that he killed himself or was beaten to death by other inmates.

Richard Kalasky
Richard Kalasky

So much going on in the news and you choose this story. Pathetic.

jonnysuenami
jonnysuenami

still lurking in the shadows. judicial guerilla warfare." the court is , my digital fortress, i draft more suits then troops at fort dix "

dcCU
dcCU

check out the article on allvoices.com re: DARPA and cyber warfare

StarKissed
StarKissed

@Brad Aerts  I think it's more plausible that this country has been taken over by Nazis, or at least their sympathizers, but do remember, Hitler got his ideas from the elite here in the U.S....all that social division wasn't Hitler's idea.  The elite in the U.S. wanted to kill off all the unfortunates long before Hitler thought about it.  The problem....they still do. 

dcCU
dcCU

People do remember the victims but the media doesnt work in such a way as to memorialize them in an ongoing fashion. the trial is on going and being informed about the case is a way of remembering them. besides, James is a victim also. i bet if it were someone u knew ur hardline attitude would be different.maybe u havent been listening to the media because there are conflicting reports that need to be explored. just go to sleep an the nazis will wake u when they line u up in their firing squad you drone! and what about the pos' that wanted info on Holmes' trial so they could sue Cinemark. they were requesting info before the little girl was buried. those few victims didnt even respect other victims! all for $$$$$ Thank God Judge Sylvester is a discerning and wise man!

dcCU
dcCU

ur dumb :( and hateful

dcCU
dcCU

there have been so many "doubles" in this case that point to duplicity. two home addresses reported. two birthdays. two different liscense plates, two different models of hyundais. two sets of parents-adopted & biological, two men in black w red and blue backpacks plus the blue n white plaid shirt runner, maybe i should get my notes and list a few more things that are contradicting. ive seen printed he was presbyterian then lutheran, even his sister Chris' age has been said she is 2yrs younger or 5yrs younger. arlene is an RN or a psychiatric RN, it goes on and on

StarKissed
StarKissed

@Smoky Hill Bound 

As long as they continue to divert away from the facts and put in their own comic book ideas...Yes, but it's not just about "embellishment," some publications have printed out and out lies.  They can't get much info due to the gag order, so they've resorted to bullshit.  They have to keep their quota in you know...regardless if it's the truth or not.  

thevinend
thevinend

@dcCU So the gov announced they suspended a highly unethical and illegal covert operation of creating assassins, and this makes it so? huh, I see some flaws in the logic.

dcCU
dcCU

the truth is stranger than fiction. and yes effective methods are discredited so only a few have access for their agendas. and most tv ads use to promote purchase an ad that has kids, animals, sexual innuendos, and one other i forget-techniques to tap into primal feelings to promote purchase regardless if content is true or not of actual product.

thevinend
thevinend

@West_JZR

Very well written accurate to my knowlege information, well done! 

randy1956
randy1956

whats so hard for you to belive, read up on it and you will see, go to steven unruh vs. james holmes

thevinend
thevinend

@dwza  I was curious if this conversation took place I doubt this guy would know what NLP was, I would not make any such connection out of context. IMO key element depending on accurate information.

dcCU
dcCU

now you have your thinking cap on high. what I want to know is who put the price on this kids (James') head? Did his dad use him as a get outta jail free card to save his own hide? or was his dad pressured as well? you better believe it.those people will not let go of their monies it is their darling dear love. actually banks involved in LIBOR scandal have been hugely fined in recent weeks. keep an eyeout...

StarKissed
StarKissed

@Emily Schneider 

Right, because our "Justice" system is so fair and accurate it's never imprisoned or murdered an innocent man.  Thankfully, you don't get a voice in the matter, but if you did, would you offer up your own life if it's proven he wasn't the shooter long after they've injected him and stolen his last breath?  I think you should, along with everyone else that eats up the garbage MSM and Chief of Police is puking up for you. This is why they so lovingly refer to the masses as "sheep" and "cattle."  They certainly have good reason. 

dcCU
dcCU

convict someone who is mentally ill or misused at the hands of the-rapists gee ur a swell gal hope no one in ur family or a child of yours suffers something similar, yes of course there will be recourse of actions but how insensitive you are!

dcCU
dcCU

why because he looks better than you? punk ass. Yes thanks WestWord keep the news open and forthcoming pay no mind to simpleton simon.noticed his initials twisted are NLP

dcCU
dcCU

you shouldnt say such cruel things about others somtimes they have a way of comingback on you!

dcCU
dcCU

MK Ultra will doom the light they joined forces with! Faster, stronger, we can rebuild him....the Six Million Dollar Man...fight for liberty and freedom!dont go towards the light

robts_coffey
robts_coffey

@gearathon All this complete BS, and not a single person picked up on the obvious except you!!! MKUltra is very definitely alive and kicking.

jackinthebox
jackinthebox

@dcCU thank you dcCU... this terry clown, a low level mason.  They're usually sent out like the ponds on a chessboard, worthless, expendable, disposable.  They think they're mindless words have an impact.  well they do, but not in these forums where people actually think.  and of course if you stand up to them, then they run like the fagats that they are and try other methods of mass persuasion to corner you to discredit you by painting you to be a freak. They devil is sad with God b/c he choice man.  Hence, the devil wants to obtain affection by pretending to be what man is, truly good.  But pretending to be good is evil.  Hence, what they project on to the innocent as being killers, is the mirror image of what they truly are themselves.  

randy1956
randy1956

steven unruh is telling the truth about james holmes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dcCU
dcCU

thevineend- hi-im just saying they announced that they were doing it, admitted to experiemnts. oh of course they didnt stop! the release of info was just to appease the simplistic minded that believe the media and govt word is golden.  i was just referencing mostly the date of JULY 20. coincidence? i believe there are no coincidences. thanks for response. nice to meet ya

thevinend
thevinend

@dcCU  Some cold blooded creatures offer up their kids to such programs as  military testing. Which Holmes was involved in.

thevinend
thevinend

@StarKissed @Emily Schneider  Yes indeed. I heard this the moment, or right after, it happened and so much was edited and never heard again. Maybe searching for those who recorder knowing how these things are selectively released. I have never followed real close until I saw "The Convenient Truth" about OKC bombing. Most never even notice media alterations along timeline being totally changed. Why did the 911 call involve a 2nd shooter? Not saying there was anything to that but, the type thing which 'should' be covered and explained, not covered-up! Especially if it happened as they said, they should have corrected points of doubt or off storyline. 

dcCU
dcCU

well spoken StarKissed! I hope ur friends and family appreciate you for the unique and insightful individual you are :)

hell2pay
hell2pay

@dcCU Errrrr. His mental illness or whatever you want to call it, killed a ton of innocent people. So yeah, his ass should be removed from the planet entirely. What in the hell is wrong with ridding the world of people who have the capacity to shamelessly murder in mass?? I dont care if you are full blown retard, that man is a complete threat to society!

dcCU
dcCU

oh! or do you mean his dad offered him up? possible thought of mine as well.however I was talking bout stolen from birth, the adoption issue. James' heritage/lineage is very unique. which of course is why this case is shrouded in secrecy.

dcCU
dcCU

yes I believe he was given over as sacrifice too. however, he was STOLEN not offered up, and yes they were and are cold blooded creatures.

dcCU
dcCU

@hell2pay  a ton of people? please, now that is overblown! what is a threat to society is you and those with attitudes such as yours. you are entitled to your opinion but it is this simplistic view and bloodthirsty attitude to just kill bc others have been killed without asking questions or trying to find out what really happened. we havent any evidence besides what the police say which is not evidence and at this point should be considered propaganda. you just take them at their word? that is dangerous whether police, govt, or even teachers. those that have views such as yours are paving the road to hell. 

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