Dark Knight gunman called psychiatrist nine minutes before shooting
Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes tried to call his university psychiatrist nine minutes before the massacre, defense attorneys said. Holmes placed the call to an after-hours number at a hospital at the University of Colorado, Anschutz campus, where he could reach psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, defense attorney Tamara Brady said. It wasn’t clear why he called Fenton, but she was not immediately available to talk to him. Fenton was the same psychiatrist that Holmes reportedly mailed a notebook to days before the shooting, one that contained descriptions of a violent attack. The revelation came as documents showed professors at the University of Iowa talked about keeping Holmes out of a graduate program at all costs. The university firmly rejected Holmes’ admission into a neuroscience graduate program last year, with a top faculty member writing, ‘do NOT offer admission under any circumstances,’ newly-revealed documents said. That decision, which was made in early 2011 after Holmes had visited the campus, stands in stark contrast to decisions by the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado to offer Holmes large scholarships at similar programs at those schools.