James “The Joker” Holmes isn’t making any friends in prison as one of the worst mass-murderers in American history. A recently-released inmate alleges that the once meek and quiet grad student is incredibly violent and erratic now that he’s behind bars, and that the other inmates are talking about putting him down.
Despite in-depth reports suggesting that Holmes was mild-mannered and completely off anyone’s radar, something has apparently snapped inside the grad school dropout’s mind, as his behavior in prison is completely contrary to the assessment provided by those who had interacted with him prior to the Aurora shootings. Though he reportedly calmly complied with his arrest, his behavior in the big house is another story. Just one day after his murderous rampage at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, reports have his behavior showing increasing instability.
A neighbor, who shared drinks with Holmes on Tuesday, told Fox News that “we just talked about football. He had a backpack and geeky glasses and seemed like a real intelligent guy, and I figured he was one of the college students.” But, “Let’s just say he hasn’t shown any remorse,” a jail employee told the Daily News. “He thinks he’s acting in a movie.”
“I said hello to him once in a while. He seemed to be a shy guy,” said another neighbor. “He was spitting at the door and spitting at the guards,” said one of Holmes’ fellow inmates. “He’s spitting at everything. Dude was acting crazy.”
Holmes was recently placed on suicide watch in solitary confinement as well. Two newly-released inmates said that Holmes might have to worry about the other inmates getting to him first. “All the inmates were talking about killing him,” said inmate Wayne Medley as he left the facility. “Everyone was looking for an opportunity. It’s all they could talk about.”
Prison guards “blacked out his windows with duct tape so no one could see him,” said another freed inmate, Dima Danilov. “He was cuffed in the back and had leg shackles. Six officers were walking him.” Holmes apparently slowly and silently walked to his solitary cell.
Still, Danilov is fairly confident that if Holmes is released into the general jail population, “he won’t live to see Monday’s court appearance.”