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'Batman' Shooter

'He Said He Was The Joker'

7/20/2012 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Holmes

Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was sporting red hair and told people he was "The Joker" when he was apprehended by police Friday morning ... this according to NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

During a news conference this afternoon, Kelly said, "We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman."

ABC News is reporting Holmes made the Joker remark to police, not during the shooting.

It's likely Kelly obtained the information from Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates -- according to reports, the two are good friends. In fact, Oates was a member of the NYPD for 21 years.

Holmes may have been trying to recreate a scene from the 2008 movie, "The Dark Knight" ... which features a scene where The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, wears a red wig while destroying a hospital.

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Cujeaux    

Note to self - stay the hell away from Colorado.

636 days ago
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boatrgirl    

Insane? Good defense. I wonder what kind of drugs he took. Murderer.

636 days ago
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j    

http://www.mediaite.com/online/james-holmes-had-painted-red-hair-said-he-was-batman-nemesis-the-joker-per-report/

636 days ago
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whocares    

These movies are evil.

636 days ago
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j    

Maybe he just got some mental health news from a hospital. Maybe he was diagnosed witha mental issue and flipped out and the scene from movie just set him off...I will show them kind of revenge?

636 days ago
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kuna    

abc news? Is there an actual reputable news source with the story?

636 days ago
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j    

Maybe he was let out of his school for making crazy comments. Maybe he showed mental issues at those schools and he was kicked out? The schools may not of alerted the police of his mental state?

Why did he leave those schools and who knew he was exhibiting erratic behavior?

636 days ago
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Shelby    

Unfortunate, indeed! Thoughts go out to the victims and their family. May god give the families the strength to get thru this horrendous tradegy!

636 days ago
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FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

evil self centered little punk. not crazy. evil.

636 days ago
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Maverick    

Oh good lord.

Too bad he didn't off himself. Now we have to spend tens of millions of dollars in prosecuting him and imprisoning him for the next 60+ years.

636 days ago
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DopeLikeCoke    

Colorado is historically known for massacres. This guy should be gutted and then tarred and feathered. You're a future a** pirate in jail. Joker that.

636 days ago
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j    

Tucson gunman Jared Loughner school did not report his mental ramblings and he went on to shoot and kill.

This is not a gun issue...this is a mental health issue.

636 days ago
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David    

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/7775

636 days ago
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Bunny    

What is it about this movie that makes people lose their damn minds??

636 days ago
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myopinion    

This young man had a promising future WHAT HAPPENED? It is EXTREMELY SAD!!!! Why would he through away his future for jail? I pray for the families and the young man.

636 days ago
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