Friday, November 23, 2012

Colorado Shooter: Cell Mate of James Holmes Claims To Have Inside Information

Steven Unruh
In an interview with Denver's Westword, Steven Unruh is saying he was in the booking area of a Colorado detention facility, when James Holmes, the Colorado shooter, was brought into the jail and put into a cell by himself.  Unruh claims he was able to have a four hour talk with Holmes.  In this discussion, Unruh claims that James Holmes told him "he felt like he was in a video game" during the shooting, that "he wasn't on his meds" and "nobody would help him." He says Holmes also mentioned NLP -- presumably, neuro-linguistic programming, a much-scorned and outmoded approach to psychotherapy -- and claimed to have been "programmed" to kill by an evil therapist."

"When he got out to his car, he wasn't programmed no more," Unruh says. "It sounded kind of crazy. He was trying to run it by me, basically."

James Holmes

"Unruh has a phone number that he says Holmes asked him to call. (The number connects to the cell phone of a bereavement counselor, who says she has no acquaintance with Holmes or Unruh.) He has a form that indicates James Holmes tried to send him a letter, but it was rejected by jail authorities. He claims to have received messages from Holmes via other inmates since that night, but he admits he doesn't know if the sender was actually Holmes."

Officials at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility deny that this conversation took place, and even claim this type of conversation would be impossible, given the jails layout.  Steven Unruh also has a lengthy criminal past, which can be used to discredit his character.  But Unruh claims conversing between cells is possible, and the conversation did take place.

What Unruh can prove is that he was booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility on drug and theft charges at 6:44 p.m. on July 19 -- just hours before the attack in Aurora at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises that left twelve dead and dozens wounded.