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James Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned Police About Him Weeks Before Shooting

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This probably isn't the news that the victims and their family wanted to hear, but it sounds like police officers had been warned about the danger James Holmes posed to the public WEEKS before his shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Lynne Fenton, the psychologist who treated the 24-year-old grad student at the University of Colorado, allegedly contacted a university police officer to warn him about her patient's behavior.

Considering psychiatrists can only breach patient confidentiality if they become aware of a serious or imminent threat that their patient may harm others, it sounds like Dr. Fenton picked up on some drastic warning signs.

Before taking the case to the cops, the mental health professional referred her patient to the university's Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team last June. Unfortunately, Holmes dropped out of school by the time BETA was ready to consider the issue so the investigation wasn't continued.

It's hard to digest the possibility that the tragic massacre could have been avoided, but we won't go pointing fingers. James Holmes slipped through the cracks of detection and, short of traveling through time, there is nothing anybody can do to change that.

At best, all we can do is look to the future and try to improve the various systems in place to prevent incidents like this from happening.

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15 comments to “James Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned Police About Him Weeks Before Shooting”



  1. 1

    YAY Guns!

  2. INFOWARS says – reply to this


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    This has nothing to do this James Holmes. This is an MK ULTRA set up by the government. They staged the whole attack and James Holmes is just the puppet for all this. Its all for the US's gun control policy with coincidentally is being decided right now….a little too convenient for the government I would say. Educate yourself people, look up James Holmes MK ULTRA. This is not a lie. Google it fools.



  3. 3

    How unfortunate

  4. educate? says – reply to this


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    So is Dr. Lynne Fenton a Psychologist or Psychiatrist? The words are not interchangeable and there is a big difference. Psychiatrist is a medical doctor and a psychologist has a phd. Get it straight perez.

  5. pusi waters says – reply to this


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    If Kathy Grifit had had a son

  6. Octivarium says – reply to this


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    This is an example of extremely bad writing.



  7. 7

    It's Sideshow Bob!!!

  8. Crystal says – reply to this


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    I agree with infowars..

  9. ckiscool@ says – reply to this


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    lame they said the same thing with the va tech shooter also

  10. J says – reply to this


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    Shame on you for posting this.

  11. tay says – reply to this


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    all his behaviors point to schizophrenia, but everyone in their ignorance just want him burned at the stake. it is such a knee-jerk, stupid reaction that you would only assign blame to others.

    the reason people are so uncomfortable with stories like this is that they never think it could happen in their life. they never think that they could prevent it, or that anyone they know could be so mentally ill. people need to educate themselves and stop being so quick to judge others with a mental condition.

    did u know jared loughtner is being force-fed medications against his will while in jail? all so that he can be "competent" to stand trial. the united states government should never have that right, but because no one has any sympathy for the mentally ill, he has all his rights as a u.s. citizen stripped away, even though he has not been convicted.

    maybe people should take some responsibility for how they treat others. had james holmes came across someone who recognized and cared about his mental state, this could've been prevented.

  12. cassidy says – reply to this


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    Re: pusi waters – that's what i was about to say

  13. Taran says – reply to this


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    Better should've been BETA-tested… well… if the Police didn't learn from that now, let's say that would be bad.

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  15. Al says – reply to this


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    Re: INFOWARS – please keep spreading the word! I believe the same thing