Published On: Fri, Dec 7th, 2012

‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooter James Holmes’ records go public, psychiatrist ignored warning signs

More details in the Aurora Colorado movie theater shooting became public Wednesday as shooter James Holmes’ school records were released and details surrounding his psychiatric visits raises more questions.

Still described as a loner, a public records request has revealed that one professor described a romantic relationship Holmes had with a woman who was in India at the time of the attack. The emails also confirmed he had few friends and the chair of the neuroscience department wrote that Holmes was “not close to his fellow students in the program but that he had one or two friends in other programs.”

The vast majority of the emails were redacted for privacy reasons.

Over 2,000 documents were released as the university cited federal laws that bar the release of academic or medical information.

Also on Wednesday the Denver Post reported that an unnamed source says Holmes’ psychiatrist may have ignored some warning signs of the pending violence.

Holmes made the remark to his therapist, Lynne Fenton, on June 11. But when a University of Colorado police officer asked whether to detain Holmes on a psychiatric hold, Fenton said no.

A psychiatric hold is usually involuntary hospitalization for mental health evaluation.

Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire during a midnight screening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in suburban Denver in July, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others and rigging his apartment with explosives and grenades.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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