Holmes fantasized about killing people, report says

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  • James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a Colorado theater
  • Doctor was so concerned about his ramblings that she alerted campus police
Holmes fantasized about killing people, report says

The suspect in the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting may have fantasized about killing “a lot of people,” and confessed his disturbing feelings to a University of Colorado psychiatrist, according to HLN affiliate KMGH.

Sources close to the investigation say Dr. Lynn Fenton was concerned enough about Holmes’ feelings to break doctor-patient confidentiality and request the university’s police to run a background check on Holmes, KMGH reports.

In the last phone call between Fenton and campus police, an officer asked Fenton if she wanted to detain Holmes for a 72-hour mental health evaluation. Fenton told the officer it was not necessary because Holmes was withdrawing from the university and leaving the campus.

The fact Holmes withdrew from classes is the same reason the school's threat assessment team dropped their investigation into Holmes, according to KMGH.

On Monday, the university gave HLN and other media outlets thousands of emails referring to Holmes.

HLN producers are still reviewing the emails, but they show a glimpse into how the university community dealt with the tragedy immediately after it happened.

One email between staff labeled “Horrible News,” says, “If this is the one whom we know” and, “if it is, do you think we should meet with the students in his class?”

The graduate school dean, Barry Shur, sent an open letter to graduate students 11 hours after the shooting saying, "As you all know by now, a former student in the neuroscience PhD program was responsible for the horrendous tragedy at the Aurora movie theater."

Holmes has not been convicted of any crime related to the July 20 mass shooting which killed 12 people and wounded 58 others in a late-night showing of a Batman movie.

The letter from Shur directs students contacted by the media to contact the campus public information officer. It also tells students who are interested in counseling to seek help and lists alternative housing for students who lived in Holmes’ building.

Another email indicates that Holmes may have had a romantic relationship before the shooting. The email reads, “Yeah, he was a grad student here, and, it turns out, had a brief romantic relationship with one of the grad students in my program last fall. She, fortunately, it turns out is in India right now. She knows, and is pretty freaked out.”

There are also emails discussing the fact that Holmes had two active security badges for the campus after the attack.

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