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James Holmes Knew He Was 'Bad News,' Texted Coed To Stay Away

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Who is responsible?

Alleged killer James Holmes? Gun supporters? Gun regulators? A society that couldn't recognize a very troubled individual quickly enough and get him the help he so desperately needed?

There are more questions than anything at this point and some may never be answered.

Still, they must be asked.

To prevent this from occurring again and again, we must know why this happened and how to recognize the warning signs, if any.

The more we learn about this particular case, the more it seems James knew trouble was coming and was desperate to warn those around them.

We may never know what thoughts cycled through his head immediately prior to that screening of The Dark Knight Rises but newly uncovered text conversations from weeks earlier laid a grim foundation.

He messaged another grad student in early July, asking her about "dysphoric mania" which is a bipolar condition known to cause mania, agitation, and paranoid delusions.

James then told her to stay away from him "because [he was] bad news."

Clearly he knew something was amiss.

We hope a close study of James' actions will assist law enforcement in recognizing similar destructive personalities and preventing crimes of this horrific magnitude from ever reoccurring.

[Image via AP Images.]

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12 comments to “James Holmes Knew He Was 'Bad News,' Texted Coed To Stay Away”

  1. 1

    right out of nowhere he decided he had that and wants to know the symptoms hes not insane unless being a fantasy freak is insane then heaps of them are they think they are special/// they arnt and hes not !!!

  2. A psych major says – reply to this


    There's a study where a psychologist got a load of people from various professions to feign a mental illness to see if they could get admitted to an institution. They all managed to pull it off. These are people like office workers and builders. Imagine how well someone with a knowledge of these diseases could fake it? I'm worried they won't consider his education in the area when assessing him.

  3. 3

    Gun supporters? Uhh the word "gun" shouldn't even be used at all when dealing with this. Theres 300 million firearms, 311 million people and over 90 million people that have guns. Over the course of 13 years 8 men (just the popular nationwide headlines factored) went on a killing spree. That is .000002% of the population. This was simply a whackjob that used a tool to harm people. Nothing can or should be blamed except the shooter himself. Why would you even say "Who is responsible?

    Alleged killer James Holmes? Gun supporters? Gun regulators? A society that couldn't recognize a very troubled individual quickly enough and get him the help he so desperately needed?" you fucking idiot. Whos responsible? UHH THE PERSON THAT DECIDED TO GET A GUN AND PULL THE TRIGGER. Seriously just die of aids already.

  4. 4

    Re: Lady Who? – Only 10-15k gun deaths as a result of crime occur every year. The majority of gun deaths are suicides. The media says "gun deaths" simply so they can use the highest number possible and factor in things that should be taken out of the equation: suicides, accidents, justified homicides. Taking all of those out you're left with around 10k deaths a year as a result of crime. The majority? Generally by illegally obtained firearms by people not allowed to legally have one. You can't even acknowledge the numbers at hand. More innocent people die from getting hit by a guy driving under the influence than by guns. Gun deaths don't even hit the top 35 leading causes of death. Whos the biggest fuck wit? Someone presenting unbiased numbers and FACTS or the idiot that isn't even acknowledging them..Right shut up moron.

  5. 5

    Re: Lady Who? – The fact that you are incapable of realizing there are big numbers and small numbers and the irrelevancy compared to the numbers at hand shows just how stupid you are. It's ok..It's America and im used to it.

  6. tus2 says – reply to this


    Your article is ridiculous. You have no idea what Holmes meant when he said he was 'bad news'. It's a very common sort of thing for a person to say when they are psychotic. Often they think the powers that are out to harm them, could harm the other person. You have absolutely no idea what Holmes may have meant when he said this. Most psychotic people have fleeting moments when they seem to agree that they are ill, but they have so little insight into what's going on that these moments are usually, fleeting at best and don't prevent the delusion from affecting their behavior.

  7. 7

    Who is responsible?!?!?!
    That's not a difficult concept at all and I'm shocked that anyone would think otherwise.

    What the HELL ever happened to personal responsibility? When did we start pointing the finger at others for the actions of another? This nut job is responsible.

    Societal responsibilities do exist, but they do not trump personal responsibility. Ever.

  8. 8

    Re: AprilB – Thank you, I totally agree.

    NookiesWa, thanks, as a former responsible gun owner and bird hunter thanks for defending the many responsible gun owners. I had to take an NRA gun safety class many years ago before I could get my hunting license. And no, I do not shoot deer, etc.

  9. Chavron says – reply to this


    Re: A psych majorRe: A psych majorRe: A psych major
    He knew he had something wrong with him Perez, but unfortunately people in society cannot understand mental Illness and hence have nothing to do with them. There is no help around when they need it. Many are ignorant on just what can happen when a person is left untreated correctly or does not have friends around to help when it is needed. Instead full blown psychosis and delusions occur. People with a Mental illness shouldn't be treated as if they are not special and they shouldn't be kept away from, even though they think they do.

  10. Chavron says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA
    People educated in his area, can still develop a mental illness. This is where society as a whole falls down on getting the right help needed to prevent these types of things from happening. "A person has to be faking a mental illness right" It's not impossible that he could of indeed have had one ??? but people fail in not having any understanding of those who suffer with an illess so its much easier to say one was invented.

  11. Chavron says – reply to this


    Re: teeter totter
    Often when a person is under a delusional mind and is being extremely psychotic they are not aware of what they are doing. They are not intentionally killing anyone. They are not in their right mind at the time. He shows all signs in court of being extremely psychotic.

  12. M says – reply to this


    Re: perez posse number 777 – You have absolutely no idea what this individual's mental capacity is to make such an absurd statement. If you read a real news article (for example, not a blog by some Hollywood wanna-be), you would have found out at least doctorate program pleade with the admissions council to not let him attend their doctorate program a year before the shootings. How could he have been faking some mental illness a year before when he was trying to apply to different neuroscience doctorate programs at universities? And why would the University of Iowa been adamant he not be admitted?