FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, right, is led out of the courtroom after being formally sentenced in Centennial, Colo., to serve life in prison without parole. Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the attack. In a new book and an interview with The Associated Press, psychiatrist William H. Reid, who spent hours talking with Holmes, says what led Holmes to open fire was a vortex of his mental illness, his personality and his circumstances, along with other, unknown factors. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

Psychiatrist: Much is still hidden in theater shooter's mind

August 05, 2018 - 11:39 am

DENVER (AP) — A psychiatrist who spent hours talking with mass murderer James Holmes says what led Holmes to open fire in a Colorado movie theater was a vortex of his mental illness, personality and circumstances, along with other, unknown currents.

William H. Reid says some of those currents will probably never come to light because they're locked inside Holmes' mind, and even Holmes isn't aware of them.

Reid was appointed by a judge to evaluate Holmes' mental health after the 2012 shootings at a theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. He has written a book called "A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Theater Shootings."

Twelve people died and 70 were hurt in the attack. Holmes was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without parole.

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