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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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31.

Imit    

tom cruise has a house in colorado. holmes is the shooter's last name. katie holmes was in a batman movie. what does it all mean?...probably nothing.

739 days ago
32.

Shannon    

Well, it's comforting to know that a "deranged individual" has access to high powered rifes that can shoot through movie theatre walls.

739 days ago
33.

rma87    

CUJEAUX - really keep your negativity to yourself. Colorado is a great state. Your insecurities could make you the next wacko???

739 days ago
34.

Melinda    

Joker? His life is a joke.

739 days ago
35.

Steph    

Why are people blaming the movies? Movies have been around for years and years. If you go see a horror movie that doesn't mean you're going to decide to kill your family. Guns are way too accessible these days. You can go to your local Walmart and pick one up.

739 days ago
36.

LRB    

how disgusting that you post the video of the joker above. as if people need to see this right now.

739 days ago
37.

FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

Must have been TSA agents at the ticket booth. God forbid you try to enter a theater with your own snacks and drinks, meanwhile this punk got in to the theater with three guns and body armor.

739 days ago
38.

Will    

There's gotta be a innovated genius out there who can invent a device or ap for cellphone that can detect if a person is carrying any sort of weapon so police can act quicker.

739 days ago
39.

Truth    

CONCLUSION? HEATH LEDGER IS THE BEST JOKER, HANDS DOWN! #TRUTH!!

739 days ago
40.

billybob    

The evil is very subtle, those who are doing evil things are always in peace with themselfs. Therefore they radiate confidence and friendliness. It's hard to find & get those bastards timely if no one talks to them or cares about them ...

739 days ago
41.

j    

Could it be:???


Presentation of Schizophrenia:


Males will typically develop schizophrenia in their late teens to early 20s. The incidence in females peaks in early 20s and then again in mid 30s. The earlier the disease starts developing, the poorer the prognosis. Females tend to develop schizophrenia later than males, and which usually means they attain a greater level of functioning before the illness, which confers a better outcome.

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Often there is comorbid drug abuse which complicates the diagnosis, and the use of alcohol to mask and cope with symptoms.


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It is then difficult to unravel the effects of the illness and that of the behavioural and/or psychogenic effects of the illicit drugs.

739 days ago
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j    

Symptoms
By Mayo Clinic staff

Schizophrenia symptoms also can be attributed to other mental illnesses, and no one symptom can pinpoint a diagnosis of schizophrenia. In men, schizophrenia symptoms typically start in the teens or 20s. In women, schizophrenia symptoms typically begin in the 20s or early 30s. It's uncommon for children to be diagnosed with schizophrenia and rare for those older than 45.

Signs and symptoms of schizophrenia generally are divided into three categories — positive, negative and cognitive.

Positive symptoms
In schizophrenia, positive symptoms reflect an excess or distortion of normal functions. These active, abnormal symptoms may include:
Delusions. These beliefs are not based in reality and usually involve misinterpretation of perception or experience. They are the most common of schizophrenic symptoms.
Hallucinations. These usually involve seeing or hearing things that don't exist, although hallucinations can be in any of the senses. Hearing voices is the most common hallucination among people with schizophrenia.
Thought disorder. Difficulty speaking and organizing thoughts may result in stopping speech midsentence or putting together meaningless words, sometimes known as word salad.
Disorganized behavior. This may show in a number of ways, ranging from childlike silliness to unpredictable agitation.

Negative symptoms
Negative symptoms refer to a diminishment or absence of characteristics of normal function. They may appear with or without positive symptoms. They include:
Loss of interest in everyday activities
Appearing to lack emotion
Reduced ability to plan or carry out activities
Neglect of personal hygiene
Social withdrawal
Loss of motivation

Cognitive symptoms
Cognitive symptoms involve problems with thought processes. These symptoms may be the most disabling in schizophrenia because they interfere with the ability to perform routine daily tasks. A person with schizophrenia may be born with these symptoms. They include:
Problems with making sense of information
Difficulty paying attention
Memory problems

Symptoms in teenagers
Schizophrenia symptoms in teenagers are similar to those in adults, but the condition may be more difficult to recognize in this age group. This may be in part because some of the early symptoms in teenagers are common during teen years, such as:
Withdrawal from friends and family
A drop in performance at school
Trouble sleeping
Irritability

Compared with schizophrenia symptoms in adults, teens may be:
Less likely to have delusions
More likely to have visual hallucinations

When to see a doctor
People with schizophrenia often lack awareness that their difficulties stem from a mental illness that requires medical attention. So it often falls to family or friends to get them help.

Helping someone who may have schizophrenia
If you think someone you know may have symptoms of schizophrenia, talk to him or her about your concerns. Although you can't force someone to seek professional help, you can offer encouragement and support and help your loved one find a qualified doctor or mental health provider.

If your loved one poses a danger to self or others or can't provide his or her own food, clothing or shelter, you may need to call the police or other emergency responders for help. In some cases, emergency hospitalization may be needed. Laws on involuntary commitment for mental health treatment vary by state. You can contact community mental health agencies or police departments in your area for details.

Suicidal thoughts
Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common among people with schizophrenia. If you suspect or know that your loved one is considering suicide, seek immediate help. Contact a doctor, mental health provider or other health care professional.

Causes Definition

739 days ago
43.

Rose    

WTF is wrong with people ? this guy have mental issues

739 days ago
44.

w    

ABC news is a worthy as MSNBC, don't believe anything they say.

739 days ago
45.

Bridget    

This guy obviously wants to be famous. He dyed his hair red. He wore a bullet proff vest to do his best to make sure he lived. He has set up an insanity defense already. He just wants to sit in a rubber room the rest of his life while people with mental issues of their own write him and tell him what a hero he is.


The media NEEDS to do here what they did with the Virginia Tech shooting. Show his picture as little as possible. I don't even remember the name of the Virginia Tech shooter. Hopefully in five years this :bleep: will see his wish DIDN'T come true and most of us will have forgotten his name. And he will just be sitting in that rubber room all alone with nothing but the ghosts of the people he killed to haunt him.

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