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‘Hidden in Holmes’ mind’: Psychologist describes the findings after several hours with the Aurora cinema killer

James Holmes, the man who 12 people killed and wounded 58 others when he opened fire in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, he did what he did by a series of factors “in an incredibly detailed and complex confluence,” a psychiatrist who interviewed Holmes said in a new book.

(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

James Holmes, the man who killed 12 people during a midnight showing of a Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, he did what he did by a series of factors “in an incredibly detailed and complex confluence”, says a psychiatrist who interviewed Holmes for hours.

“A large part of it is, it is hidden in Holmes’ mind, and he can’t see,” William H. Reid told The Associated Press about his new book, “Dark Night in Aurora: James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings.”

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Reid, one of the two court-appointed psychiatrists who interviewed Holmes in the summer of 2015, said the society will never fully understand why the shooter did what he did.

Holmes 12 people killed and wounded 58 others at the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012. Twelve people were also hurt as they escaped the chaotic scene.

Holmes was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life without parole in 2015.

In this July 27, 2012, file photo, crosses are displayed in honor of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting, in which 12 people were killed and injured 70.

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Reid admitted that his answer to why Holmes opened fire was “not very satisfactory”, because it “is located in an incredibly detailed and complex combination that we can’t replicate, because we can’t see.”

He said that a number of factors that may have contributed to Holmes’ murderous ‘ state of mind could be detected, including the killer’s mental illness and how his personality shaped his awkward interactions with other people and influenced his view of the world.

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The author adds that the ups and downs of Holmes’ life as he struggled in the graduate school of the University of Colorado in Denver and his break-up with his girlfriend, were other known factors. However, many remain unknown, according to Reid, “because no one knows that his entire social and genetic and biological life.”

Reid said Holmes stated he would kill again if they get the chance, but told the news wire he doubted Holmes a serious threat to the other prisoners.

In August. 26, 2015, file photo, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, right, is led from the courtroom after they are formally sentenced in Centennial, Colorado, to serve life in prison without parole.

(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

Reid, along with the other by the court-appointed doctor, Jeffrey L. Metzner, closed Holmes not to the Colorado’s standard for insanity, but said that the shooter was mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

Metzner, the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a severe form of schizophrenia, and Reid found schizotypal personality, which is a related but less serious condition. Both said that despite his illness, Holmes knew that his elaborately planned ambush was illegal and morally wrong, and that he could still intent, all that meant was he healthy, under the legislation of a member state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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