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In a development that is likely going to anger a lot of families, the Colorado shooter (James Holmes) is now claiming that he doesn’t remember shooting anyone and doesn’t even know why he’s in jail. According to the New York Daily News, James Holmes told his jailers that he couldn’t figure out why he was in jail at all.
“He claims he doesn’t know why he’s in jail,” the worker said Thursday. “He asked, ‘Why am I here?’”
Holmes is being charged with shooting 12 people to death and injuring 58 others during a mass shooting that took place at a Batman movie showing in Aurora, Colorado. After six days in jail, Holmes is complaining about stomach aches because the food is so bad. He’s also being forced to wear a bullet proof vest and spitting guard so that he can’t spit on the guards or get killed by the other inmates. It just appears that his life has become quite complicated since the incident.
“He’s claiming his belly hurts him,” the worker said. “He complained once that he didn’t like the food . . . The guy killed 12 people, and he’s upset that he’s not getting a four-star meal?”
After the shooting, Holmes surrendered to police without incident. But he then told the cops that his apartment was rigged with bombs, and they got there to find that it was carefully booby trapped.
Holmes has been referred to as a mad genius by some, but his former colleagues are openly undermining that theory. Instead, they are saying that he was nothing special as either a human being or a scientist, and that he was just a crazy man who did a horrible thing.
Holmes is on lockdown 23 hours a day. He is only allowed to leave the cell once a day for exercise. He has to wear a bulletproof vest during the walk, since other inmates have said that they would like to murder him. The guards don’t believe him when he acts like his memory is gone.
“He needs to save his act for the jury because no one here is buying it,” the worker said. “Everyone is convinced he is faking it.”
This week, there was controversy when it was determined that before the killings, Holmes sent a notebook to a psychiatrist at The University of Colorado describing his plans in detail. For a man who can’t remember things very well, it appears that he did a lot of careful planning and calculation to pull this one off. The amnesia thing is probably not going to work, because even if he’s crazy, they are never going to let him out of prison.