Anorak | James Holmes: Arlene Holmes explains her thickhead’ son as Romney excuses murder

James Holmes: Arlene Holmes explains her thickhead’ son as Romney excuses murder

by | 24th, July 2012

JAMES Holmes: The alleged mass murderer has appeared in a courtroom in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes was told that he is to be charged with first degree murder for shooting dead 12 people in a cinema. He also allegedly shot 58 others in Aurora at the midnight screening of the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

What else do we know? The media rounds-up:

How did he look in court?

The Times:

With orange hair and wearing a red prison jumpsuit , Holmes sat quietly and glum-faced, opening and closing his eyes repeatedly in a bizarre fashion.

Washington Post :

James Holmes made his first public appearance as an alleged killer on Monday, shambling into a Colorado courtroom with a bearing more like that of a teenage delinquent than the comic-book supervillain he reportedly fancied himself to be.

Daily Mail:

Despondent: Holmes, who dyed his hair to appear like Batman’s nemesis The Joker, looks down in court

Despondent? Others saw only lethargy. The Mail alone spots emotion.

The Sun:

WILD eyed and unshaven, deranged “Joker” killer James Holmes faced the public for the first time in court yesterday

Despondent and wild eyed?


24-year-old James Holmes sat quietly in court Monday morning, hair died orangish-red, showing no emotion.

Daily Telegraph :

Holmes has just been escorted out of the courtroom. Everyone was fixated on his expression – a combination of mournful and oblivious. He head rolled and he seemed to have little idea of where he was or what was happening. Is he traumatised or is it some sort of medication?

What about his family?

ABC gets it wrong ?

Arlene Holmes, the mother of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, has suggested that ABC News mischaracterized her when it reported that her initial statement to the reporter, “you have the right person,” was a reference to her son.

“This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter by ABC on July 20 about 5:45 in the morning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time,” Holmes said in a statement this afternoon, read to the national press by attorney Lisa Damiani. “He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referring to myself.”

“I asked him to tell me why he was calling and he told me about a shooting in Aurora,” she continues. “He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son, and I would need to find out.”

ABC News stands by its original story. No, not that one that Holmes was in the Tea Party. The other one , about the Holmes family standing by their son:

[ABC News reporter Matthew] Mosk said today that he awoke Arlene Holmes and informed her that a man, he believed was her son had been arrested in Aurora and asked to confirm their relationship.

“You have to tell me what happened… You have to tell me what happened,” the woman on the phone said, according to Mosk. Mosk said he told her that ABC News had learned the 24-year-old had been identified by police as the lone suspect in the mass killing in Aurora, Colo and that the details of the events were still taking shape.

“You have the right person,” was her response, he said. “I need to call the police. I need to fly to Colorado.”

Just prior to the press conference, Damiani contacted ABC News to determine whether there existed a recording of

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