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James Holmes

Sent Massacre Plans to

Professor BEFORE Shootings

7/25/2012 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Holmes spelled out gory details of his planned massacre in a notebook which he mailed to a University of Colorado professor ... more than a week before he opened fire in the Aurora movie theater.

Police and FBI discovered the notebook while searching a mail room on the Aurora campus on Monday ... but it had reportedly been sitting there unopened since July 12 -- EIGHT days before the shootings that killed 12 people and injured 58.

The package was sent from Holmes, and according to a FOXNews.com source ... “Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people. There were drawings of what he was going to do in it -- drawings and illustrations of the massacre."

The source says the drawings included gun-wielding stick figures shooting other stick figures.

The notebook was reportedly addressed to a professor/psychiatrist who treated patients at the campus' psychiatry facility. It's unknown if the professor ever had contact with Holmes.

Earlier this year, Holmes dropped out of the university's neuroscience doctoral program, where he had studied mental health issues.

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46.

Sydney    

Have yall see this?!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=512369812123586&set=a.389734531053782.111246.284627124897857&type=1&ref=nf

822 days ago
47.

melmoe    

Wow. I want to know why the mail was unopened? I realize there are HIPPA laws protecting these items so maybe a secretary would be unable to open them but where was the therapist? Vacation? So sad.

822 days ago
48.

Ashley     

actually I used to work in the mail room for my university and even through summer we worked because our school offered summer courses and allowed students to still stay on campus if they were enrolled in those courses. i'm mot sure how it is in CO, but anyone saying its not the mail rooms fault because of it being summer doesn't know anything because that mail should have been delivered. point, blank, and period. now as for the professor, the article says nothing about if he taught summer courses and was still even on campus. there's a lot we don't know.

822 days ago
49.

Ashley     

actually I used to work in the mail room for my university and even through summer we worked because our school offered summer courses and allowed students to still stay on campus if they were enrolled in those courses. i'm mot sure how it is in CO, but anyone saying its not the mail rooms fault because of it being summer doesn't know anything because that mail should have been delivered. point, blank, and period. now as for the professor, the article says nothing about if he taught summer courses and was still even on campus. there's a lot we don't know.

822 days ago
50.

IceGypsy    

So what, the man was a campus psychiatrist, he's not entitled to a vacation like everyone else?? Bottom line is it wasn't his parents, it wasn't the professor that didn't get to his mail, it wasn't WB for making violent films...there is one person to blame for this mess, and his name is James Holmes.

822 days ago
51.

Rob McDonnell    

another example of our education systems need for improvment. does the mailroom staff take summer breaks with pay like the high / grossly overpaid administors???

822 days ago
52.

Rob McDonnell    

mail staff off for summer probably just like grossly ovepaid college adminitrators too bad

822 days ago
53.

m     

Crazy ass white ppl...they need to get a hobby.

822 days ago
54.

blissrocks    

The college had nothing to do with this they didn't go out and do what that idiot did and it's not their responsibility to babysit him or open his mail. What is it with people and suing entities that have absolutely nothing to do with the acts of individuals?

822 days ago
55.

sister278    

how do they know it was from him? Stick figures?
Didn't the original police call point the finger at a man in a white and blue plaid shirt?

822 days ago
56.

Brinn Londo    

Dear TMZ, I enjoy your site. It's my not so guilty pleasure and a fun way to keep up with news, gossip and idiocy all in one. BUT you are WAY BETTER than giving this creep any more ink. The incident is news worthy and the victims are to be mourned. Give us news of the verdict and the date that they pull the switch BUT NO MORE PICTURES or anything that gives this monster the hideous infamy he sought. Don't be a part of creating the next monster.

822 days ago
57.

jb    

WHY THE F DIDN'T THAT PSYCHIATRIST GET THAT PACKAGE?????????????? EVERYONE IN THAT MAILROOM, AT THE VERY LEAST, SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!! AND SUED!!!!

822 days ago
58.

MishiRN    

Please, STOP sensationalizing this murderer! Don't give him cutesy lil tag lines, or even use his name. "The Shooter," or "jailbait" will do just fine. I hope they don't try and say that this is proof of him "reaching out" for help...BS! He was fully competent, capable, and determined to carry out these deprave acts of horror, and he should be penalized to the fullest extent of the law!

822 days ago
59.

John_Dunkel    

just proves my point. nobody gives a shhhh... anymore.

822 days ago
60.

South Beach    

You can't sue a school because someone doesn't open their mail. Please.

822 days ago
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