Aurora theater shooting hearing, day 3: James Holmes took photos of himself dressed to kill


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James Holmes as seen at the only hearing to date at which cameras were allowed.
A series of Holmes's self-portraits were also shown at the hearing. At 4:12 p.m. on July 5, he took a photo of himself that featured his red/orange hair, a scowling expression and what Fyles called the "majority" of the ballistic gear he was found in after the attack. Also in view, possibly slung over his shoulder, was a rifle.

Holmes also appears to have taken several photos in the late afternoon and early evening of July 19, mere hours before the attack. An image time-stamped 5:17 p.m. featured his bed, which was covered in red sheets. On it was his gear: a tactical vest with magazines for the rifle, a gas mask, a helmet, ballistic leggings, the rifle and a shotgun.

At 6:22 p.m., Holmes took a photo of himself in closeup. He wore a black skull cap -- a couple curls of red hair can be seen sticking out near his ears -- and what might be described as a sinister or devilish look on his face. His eyebrows were arched in the photo, and his eyes stood out due to black contact lenses that darkened the entire iris of his eye. The contacts may explain why some of the officers who responded to emergency calls thought that his pupils were dilated.

A photo taken three minutes later showed Holmes without the skull cap, allowing his dyed hair to be seen more clearly. However, he still wore the black contact lenses, set off by what Sergeant Fyles dubbed "a large, toothy smile." He also held one of his handguns in the foreground, at an angle past his chin, the muzzle pointing toward the ceiling.

At 6:31 p.m., Holmes took another photo of himself -- but this time, he held one of the fireworks shells that had been converted into an improvised explosive device. The fuse could be seen sticking out of the shell, and Holmes made a face as if blowing it out.

Continue for more about day three of the Aurora theater shooting preliminary hearing.

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Mark Ball
Mark Ball

Does it really matter if he gets notoriety? dude's rotting in a jail cell and won't ever get out, let him think whatever he wants. The important thing is that he is no longer a threat to anyone. Who gives a shit what ANYONE thinks of this guy, just don't let him out and be done with it. If you don't wanna see his stupid face then I guess delete all your Colorado news feeds.

Pat Lewis
Pat Lewis

^ Sarah's right! Only you guys paid attention to his name :-/ Westword doesnt give a crap who the criminal is, they just write the article.

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown

Maybe some of you should delete westword as your "friend" if you don't enjoy their take on stories. Good info Westword!

Merredith Branscombe
Merredith Branscombe

YES. Call him the thug, the AssHat, call them all Voldemort for all I care. Just stop giving them notoriety. Research has repeatedly shown that these losers who feel unseen and unheard watch the excitement, the repeated naming of someone who was harmless, suddenly made threatening, and want to emulate it. They want that whole, "say my name" thing. So -- yeah, stop saying their names, especially the kingpins and the terrorists.

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

Would the butthurt reactionaries above have applied such a mindset towards bin Laden or any international drug kingpin wanted for major crimes?

The Anti-Notoriety Campaign
The Anti-Notoriety Campaign

The other commenters are right. DO NOT GIVE NOTORIETY TO THESE ASSAILANTS. Make it a policy! All the media need to make it a policy. It can only mean more harm in the future when the name and photo and details of these people are perpetuated.

Merredith Branscombe
Merredith Branscombe

I really, really wish you all would stop naming him. Just calling him "the shooter," or, "the loony" or even "the A$$ Hat" works just fine without adding to his uh, "legend."

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@icetrout  

He'll most likely do it himself once the proper opportunity presents itself ....

dcCU
dcCU

as they should, informative, objective...

dcCU
dcCU

why? because he looks better than you? stop putting your comments on our news feed. now doesnt that sound ridiculous? it is a freee country and press, deal with it!

dcCU
dcCU

ur saying his name and giving him notoriety by speaking of him even in derogatory terms. there must be some concern u feel or you would not reply. you dont even know all the facts yet you and others are so quick to condemn. what is wrong with your and others thinking?

dcCU
dcCU

ur comparing apples to oranges! what does that have to do with the price of tea in China. stay on topic.

dcCU
dcCU

a policy to suppress free speech! ur a moron sad to say...how bout a policy made to not let you express your comment? see how dumb that sounds, think before you write please!

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