Thirty-eight days before the attack on the Century Aurora 16 movie theater, the psychiatrist treating suspect James Holmes told a police officer that her patient had confessed homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, according to newly unsealed court documents in the murder case against Holmes.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, also told the officer that Holmes had stopped seeing her and had been threatening her in text messages and e-mails, the documents state. The officer, Lynn Whitten, responded by deactivating Holmes’ key-card access to secure areas of University of Colorado medical campus buildings, according to search-warrant affidavits.
In other testimony, Fenton claimed she did not tell police. It’s not clear to me exactly what happened here. But reading between the lines, it looks like the University perceived a danger and just made sure they got him off campus (as happened with Loughner. Or Sandusky, for that matter).
Most people who act like this don’t go on murderous rampages, obviously. But the lack of due diligence here is startling. And it does open up the likelihood that this was kept quiet because it didn’t fit in with the “he just snapped” narrative.