CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- In what appeared to be an eerie allusion to the Joker in a Batman movie, James E. Holmes, the young man charged in the Colorado movie theater shooting, sent a notebook to his psychiatrist with burned money stuffed inside it.
The new detail about the notebook was revealed Monday in a hearing that will address many issues, including whether the prosecution violated a gag order.
Holmes, 24, faces 166 charges in the attack that killed 12 and wounded at least 58 during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora. When he was arrested, Holmes’ hair was dyed a wild orange. There were suggestions at the time that he had styled himself as the Joker, although the villain's hair is green.
In early testimony at Monday’s hearing, there was no explanation for the burned bills in notebook, which Holmes sent to psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton the day before the July 20 shooting. In court testimony in September, Fenton testified that she had seen Holmes only once, on July 11, and considered their relationship terminated. She also testified that she was alarmed enough by their session to contact campus police.