It’s getting hard, sorting James Holmes reports into the “crazy” or “pretending to be crazy” columns. Now, the accused Aurora shooter is playing the amnesia card, asking jail workers why he is in prison.
Aarapahoe County Detention Center workers are in continuous contact with NY Daily News, and this morning’s report is that James Holmes has no idea what landed him in the big house. “He claims he doesn’t know why he’s in jail,” the worker said Thursday. “He asked, ‘Why am I here?’”
Holmes’ appetite is also becoming irregular, report the jail workers. Some days he only picks at his food, other days he doesn’t eat at all. He has complained about the food as well, saying that it gives him a stomach ache. “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?”
Jail workers aren’t buying the amnesia game. “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.” Holmes spends 23 hours a day in lock-down, leaving his cell just once a day. He has to wear a bulletproof vest on his daily walk amid fears that he other inmates are planning to kill him.
The 24-year-old Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 more in Aurora, Colorado at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. Seems obvious to say, but that’s hardly a thing you’d forget. Certainly, his victims haven’t.