James Holmes signed letter envelope set

James Holmes signed letter envelope set


James Eagan Holmes (born December 13, 1987) is an American prisoner convicted of the murder of 12 people and the attempted murder of 70 others in the 2012 Aurora shooting at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012. Holmes surrendered outside the theater and informed officers he had booby-trapped his apartment with explosives, which were defused one day later by a bomb squad.

Holmes had been a doctoral student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Denver, which included a class on psychiatric and neurological disorders. He has stated he went into the field partly to understand his own personal difficulties since childhood. In the Spring of 2012, at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Holmes sought help with anxiety from a social worker, who referred him to a campus psychiatrist, who started him immediately on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Holmes had informed both, and a third psychiatrist who joined for two out of seven sessions, that he was thinking about killing people, without specifying individuals or methods. His mental state deteriorated and campus police were eventually warned. Holmes dropped out of his course and no one outside of the university was warned prior to the shooting.

After being stabilized in hospital on antipsychotic and other psychiatric medications, Holmes was declared competent to stand trial and his attorneys entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Multiple psychiatrists diagnosed him with some form of schizophrenic or schizoaffective disorder or related schizotypal or schizoid personality disorder. His trial began on April 27, 2015. It lasted 11 weeks, after which he was found guilty. On August 24, Holmes was sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences, plus 3,318 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.

The letter and envelope are both handwritten. The letter is signed, James Holmes.

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