DEER TRAIL, Colo. -- When Glenn Rotkovich reviewed the application from an Aurora, Colo., resident to become a member of the shooting range he runs out on the remote prairies east of town, he made a routine telephone call to invite the applicant for a personal orientation.
But what he heard was anything but routine, he said of the June call.
The applicant was James Holmes -- a name that didn't ring any bells, since it was weeks before the theater shooting in Aurora. But the message on Holmes' answering machine unsettled Rotkovich.
"It was this very base, guttural, rambling, incoherent message that was bizarre, at best," Rotkovich said in an interview Sunday. "Freakish, maybe."
The shooting range owner has no idea what the message said; when he tried to duplicate it, it sounded like the vocals from a hard-core death metal band: artfully scary.