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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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Elle    

I think this guy is the classic mad scientist. He is someone like Emperor Nero who burned down Rome to see how the rats (people) would behave. I have the impression that he had a theory about how people would behave in a situation such as this and wanted to see if it was true or not. He must have voiced his theory to his mother or maybe it was part of his fantasy thesis for his PhD. I wonder if his professors picked up on anything peculiar about him?

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92.

ConanTheRepublican    

Colorado and Oregon--where liberalism has run amok. Who's surprised, really?

792 days ago
93.

Elle    

I think this guy is the classic mad scientist. He is someone like Emperor Nero who burned down Rome to see how the rats (people) would behave. I have the impression that he had a theory about how people would behave in a situation such as this and wanted to see if it was true or not. He must have voiced his theory to his mother or maybe it was part of his fantasy thesis for his PhD. I wonder if his professors picked up on anything peculiar about him?

792 days ago
94.

Jonathan    

That little smirk he has in his mugshot photo enrages me.... I swear if i had 5 mins alone in a room with him right now i would probably get a worse sentencing then he will get by how bad i would obliterate him for causing so much pain to victims, their families and his own parents... sick bastard

792 days ago
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mcoombes79    

One thing that people need to realize is that the law abiding citizen uses firearms for sport, and self defense. People who are willing to harm innocent people or use any type of weapon to inflict harm or death, are the problem. Guns, knives, and any other weapon can only do harm in the hands of people who are irresponsible or a person looking to inflict harm. People should use common sense and not blame fire arms, just the monsters and idiots out there giving them a bad name..

792 days ago
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Cotumarre    

I can't feel any worse for the lives lost, I pray for those still fighting for theirs. I hope no more families have to suffer another dead off of this tragedy. And I hope everyone who is that hospital, specially the innocent 6 year old little girl, come out of there at least with the possibility of recovering phisically. But one thing that scares me out of all of this, is that our recent history has shown us, that when somehing like this happens, it's not long before another deranged individual, who though this whole thing was awesome, will follow this man's steps and do it all over again.

791 days ago
97.

Andy    

Tragic ! BUT is it just me who thinks the US only has itself to blame ? This guy bought 4 guns and 4000 rounds of ammunition legally . if you have a "right to bear arms" in your constitution then you have to face the fact your children and family may be killed when mad men like this exercise their constitutional rights

791 days ago
98.

Kenny    

Where're all the usual generalising racist jibes made here if the perpetrator were of a different race? Now all you read about in the Comment Thread is how this man's actions were induced by his mental state. I don't see anyone blaming his entire evil race, his upbringing or the company he kept for this senseless tragedy which is usually the case if he were to be of a minority race.

791 days ago
99.

Chaps from London    

This is what happened when white people can't win at the game called life, they go postal.

791 days ago
100.

Nataly    

People need to stop pointing their fingers to the movie for the cause of the shooting. Forms of entertainment like television, movies, video games whatever are meant for fun and not for excuses for one's actions. It is either you're mentally unstable to figure out that it is just a movie not your way of life or you're mentally stable and are able to watch a movie and take in the message that it is trying to give.

791 days ago
101.

TLB    

I live in Colorado (two miles from Columbine HS). Yes, he have our fair share of psychos and mean people who are itching for a fight, but psychos and nasty people can be hiding out anywhere. There's tons of them on the internet and when when they tick you off, their insanity is contagious. We need our water fortified with sedatives or something.

791 days ago
102.

cupidalex    

My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.
The fact is that we live in the only country in the world where Almost Anyone can become a one man army in a matter of days (just because he has a clean record).... Because that is How It Happens.. an apparently normal guy, Snaps.
He said it himself, he's the Joker. Heath Ledger's Joker explained the whole Joker thing. It's all so Sad... Very, Very Sad. These kind of guns aren't necessary for "gun fun". I think it's time we really take a closer look at our gun laws.

791 days ago
103.

Fiji    

Waoo he looks like the guy who won american idol, i though it was his picture

791 days ago
104.

Aiyana    

Ok, so I was just browsing around on facebook and stumbled onto a page that NEEDS to be deleted asap, I cannot believe someone has the audasity to appluad the horrific mass shooting that occured in Aurora, The events that took place should never be applauded, a sick person obviously plotted the whole thing, and to think that numerous people were injured and many were killed is just showing the severity of the shootings. Miitary personel were among the ones injured, how dare you injure somebody who puts thier life on the line defending their country, the one you live in, and who in thier right mind could injure an innocent child! this person is obviuosly very sick, and the person who made this page should be brought in for a head check too, Please go and report this page before the families of the victims see it Free James Holmes - He did it for the lulz

791 days ago
105.

Fooser    

If he was middle eastern this would have been a terrorist, black a thug, Hispanic drugs, but since he's white it's mental problems. I feel sorry for all families involved.

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