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July 20, 2012

New Thread: Killer Holmes Claimed He Was "The Joker"
FoxNews: Second Source Confirms Holmes' Hair Was Painted Red

Confirmed: Aurora cops will not confirm it, but FoxNews says a second source does confirm that Holmes' hair, and his goatee, was painted (or dyed) red.

Covered earlier in updates to the last thread, but we need a new thread, and it now seems like theories are converging on this one:

He was a lunatic who thought he was Batman's murderous archnemesis, The Joker.

“We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the ‘enemy’ of Batman,” [New York City Police Commissioner] Kelly said at a news conference after noon.

Kelly said the NYPD is stepping up security at movie theaters around the city after suspect James Holmes walked into a Colorado movie theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.

Couple of points: If that newer picture of Holmes (in the orange shirt) is a mug-shot (which I'm not sure it is which it's not), then Kelly seems wrong that he "painted" his hair red. But he could have worn a wig.

Actually, I sort of wonder about Kelly's report: Why did no victims at the theater say his hair was painted red? Seems like a major detail.

But assuming Kelly has some information through a friend in Aurora's police (which Tony Aiello claimed earlier), I think we can take his basic claim -- that the killer was animated by a Joker delusion -- as being what police are looking at.

Update: The presser made no mention of red hair, nor of any Joker connection. I suppose it's possible they're holding back some information, but I'm not sure I see why -- they do that in cases where the suspect is at large and they want to make sure they have a way to discern false confessions from true ones.

He did note the killer's dress in detail, consisting of helmet, throat protector, bulletproof vest, black tactical gloves, etc.

Hmmm. Maybe Kelly is just flat wrong, and maybe I'm wrong for pushing this Joker notion.

Live Feed of Presser: From the Colorado police.

Romney's Comments: These are from hours ago, but are worth a look. Transcript/excerpts at the link, video below.

Update: ABCNews is also reporting Kelly's claims -- red hair, said he was The Joker.

Unemployed: Hey, let's blame this on Obama, Brian Ross. He was one of the millions of college students frustrated by a lack of jobs.

Mai says the mother told him Holmes couldn't find a job after earning a master's degree from a public university in California.

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