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article imageDocuments reveal 'Joker' had brief romance and few friends

By Eric Morales     Dec 5, 2012 in Crime
Denver - After media outlets request records from the University of Colorado, heavily redacted documents show Holmes was a loner, had few friends, and the school told students to keep quiet about the shooting.
The Associated Press reports that newly released documents shed new light on the life of accused mass murderer, James Holmes who allegedly killed 12 at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th.
The documents are voluminous to say the least, over two thousand records, compiled mainly of emails about the shooting suspect from administrators at the University of Colorado. Over 100 emails from Holmes himself to his family were withheld, since they do not fall under Colorado's open public records act criteria to be released.
A year before the shooting James Eagan Holmes enrolled at the University of Colorado as a Ph.D. student in neuroscience.
One professor making reference to Holmes, reveals in an email that the 24-year-old had a girlfriend at the time, who was in India during his alleged rampage. Other emails show James Holmes had only one or two friends, all them outside his Ph.D. program.
"She fortunately it turns out is in India right now she knows, and is pretty freaked out."
Another batch of emails show that staff at the University who had interacted with Holmes, were in fear for their safety. At the time Police were still clearing Holmes' heavily booby-trapped apartment. The Denver Post reports of the 3,800 emails released on two CD's, nearly 1,000 were heavily redacted omitting any mention of Holmes' mental health, details of his alleged crime and personal correspondences. One email from Holmes reveals he was interested in becoming a professor.
"I'm a first-year neuroscience graduate student and am interested in learning more about your work identifying genetic factors in neurogenic diseases," James Holmes wrote.
He signed the e-mail, in his own unique style, "Cheers, James Holmes."
After the shooting faculty at the University began to be inundated with emails, an administrator took the step to tell students in the neuroscience program, not to post on Facebook or Twitter about the shooting. Students and staff were told to refer all questions from the press, to a spokesperson with the University of Colorado.
"Do NOT release any information," Administrator emailed students.
A gag order in the case has limited the University staff in commenting about Holmes' pre-shooting behavior, as well as limiting the disclosure of certain emails as well. Prosecutors had argued that the emails could jeopardize Holmes' right to a fair trial. Judge William B. Sylvester agreed, but amended his order last month to allow the release, after media organizations voiced their objection to his order in court.
Holmes is scheduled to enter a plea on Monday, a few days later on December 13th James Eagan Holmes will celebrate his 25th birthday in jail. He is charged with 24 counts of first degree murder, and 114 counts of attempted murder, for each count of murder he is charged with a count each of murder with deliberation and extreme indifference.
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