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James Holmes: Read timeline of his actions before and after Aurora theater shooting


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Holmes's first mug shot.
July 20, after the shooting: Holmes is interviewed by police. He's wearing a torn T-shirt and boxer shorts. Police have put paper bags over his hands to preserve gunshot residue. An officer assigned to watch him reports to Aurora police detective Craig Appel that Holmes begins "moving his hands in a talking-puppet motion."

After Holmes drinks a cup of water, the officer reports that he starts playing with the cup, "trying to tumble it," Appel said. Holmes also reportedly pulls a staple out of the table and tries to stick it in an electrical outlet. He is not tested for drugs or alcohol because police don't suspect he's under the influence, Appel said.

Holmes tells the police about the elaborate system of explosives he's set up in his apartment. FBI agent Garrett Gumbinner testified that Holmes "said he had rigged his apartment to explode or catch fire to send resources to his apartment rather than to the theater." He'd programmed his computer to play 25 minutes of silence followed by loud music, "hoping that would cause a disturbance" that would prompt someone to call the police.

Among the explosives found in his apartment are a thermos of glycerin perched over a frying pan full of chemicals that would cause heat and flames if mixed with the glycerin and jars filled with homemade napalm and bullets, topped with smokeless powder and a homemade version of a powder that burns so hot it can't be extinguished with water. Police also found several homemade bombs made out of nested fireworks shells filled with smokeless powder, gasoline and oil. The carpet was also soaked with gas and oil.

Gumbinner said Holmes described three so-called initiating systems, or systems that would trigger the explosives to go off. One was a pyrotechnic firing box usually used for fireworks. Holmes placed the remote control to the box outside his apartment near the dumpster next to a remote-control car and on top of a boombox in a trash bag. Holmes told police that the boombox was set to play forty minutes of silence followed by loud music. Presumably, the idea was that the music would attract someone, who would then try to play with the car and unwittingly set off the explosives in Holmes' apartment.

Continue to read more of the James Holmes timeline before and after the July 20 Aurora theater shooting.


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mike_k
mike_k

i dont mean to give him credit here but this terrorist was friggen brilliant, the way he trapped his house was a way that would have destroyed the entire building and therefore mass murder..... but he chose to explain all of this.....why???

and why do people do crazy crap like this, this "thing" is disgusting and so is what he did

Debbie Byers Phillips
Debbie Byers Phillips

EVERYtime the media shows his face and gives him the spotlight it gives the next wacka doodle that much more reason to carry out another horrible event. Some people are so mentally unstable they think this is just great and want to be the next "one" to create the media spotlight around them.... STOP IT!!! Show a dark silhouette and put "the shooter"

Lisa Hill
Lisa Hill

Please stop showing his stupid face!!!

Lisa Wolf DeWitt
Lisa Wolf DeWitt

Why don't you show a picture of a different victim each time you run a story on the theater shooting? Or pictures of first responders or those wounded? Or even just a black box. Other news outlets are taking pains not to show his photo so much and obviously, your readers would like you to do the same.

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS. He is getting off every tine you post his pic. Way to make a mass murderer feel good about himself.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Hi. I think you need to stop showing the shooter's picture and name as you seem to enjoy doing. You KNOW you don't have to have that picture on every article. You don't have to use his name. You don't have to glamorize him. BUT YOU DO. You are losing faithful readers left and right based on your refusal to listen to them. No one wants to see him, no one wants to read his name. PLEASE listen to your readers and do something!

Harmonie Marshall
Harmonie Marshall

I agree. People have requested that Westword stop showing his picture, but they don't seem to take that into consideration.

Michelle Shell
Michelle Shell

^^ I agree... Please STOP displaying his picture!!

Lisa Wolf DeWitt
Lisa Wolf DeWitt

you know, I bet you could share that info w/out posting his picture. Are you getting some kind of payoff for everytime you show him?

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