James Holmes has allegedly been forced to wear a face guard in prison because he will not stop spitting at guards.
The Dark Knight killer suspect's red hair could have been inspired by a prostitute he allegedly hired only two months before the Colorado massacre, while another one claimed he paid her $240 for sex the week before the shooting - but could not perform. Monica Hall, 25, from Aurora, said suspected killer James Holmes used her twice - once in August 2011 and again in May - and became obsessed with her red hair. She said that during their meetings - which took place at her apartment less than a mile from the movie theater the deadly shooting rampage took place - he would say things to her like: 'Are you a natural red head?' and would grab her hair and sniff it. 'He liked to touch my hair, and he told me the color was good,' she told the Sun. 'When I saw after the shootings that he dyed his hair red, it sent a chill down my spine.'
Bizarre behavior: James Holmes, pictured at his first court appearance in Colorado. His execution of 12 people and shooting of 58 others was unhindered by security guards at Century 16 movie theater in Aurora
She said the first time she met him he was sweet and friendly, but the last time he was quite violent with her. He would grab her hair, she said, and held her wrists and ankles so tightly she had bruises the next day. The 25-year-old told the Sun: 'He was mean, and during sex he kept gripping my hands and wrists. Next morning, I discovered I had bruises. I saw two sides, like Jekyll and Hyde — sweet and later mean. 'When he would act aggressive and controlling, he threatened me, saying, "You’re going to do this because I told you". 'His eyes were wild-looking, like someone who had done drugs. But I don’t think he had. 'I was so scared. I thought I was going to get really hurt. [But then] after sex, he wanted to lounge around and talk about himself all night.' Another Denver-based prostitute told the New York Daily Newsthat Holmes hired her for sex just a week before the July 20 massacre but in the end, was too freaked out to perform. The blonde escort, who goes by the name Roxanna, said she was booked online by the 24-year-old and met him at a local brothel. She told the paper he was dressed all in black but sported the shocking red hair he was seen in court last week with. Roxanne said she could tell he had used a prostitute before and placed $240 on the dresser before removing his t-shirt. But things did not get much further than that. She said: 'I began kissing him gently on his neck. His body seemed a little tense at first — which really isn’t out of the ordinary. He was definitely (aroused). 'But then he stopped me and asked if we could "just talk".'
The Century 16 Theater where James Egan Holmes, 24, allegedly shot and killed 12 people and injured 58 in Aurora, Colorado
Visitors pray together around a cross erected at a memorial setup across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on July 28, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado
According to the hooker, he told her: 'I'm sorry. I can't right now.' But rather than talk, Holmes allegedly went quiet and put his clothes back on. 'He told me I hadn't done anything wrong and then just sat on the bed with a strange look on his face. he didn't say much that I remember. Then he just left.' Roxanna said when she saw the picture of Holmes flash up on TV screens after the Colorado movie theater massacre she was in shock as she recognized him. 'I felt sick. I was like, "Oh my God. I know him". I wish I could tell you that he looked evil or something because what he did was so evil.
'Honestly, he seemed very nice and quiet. A little confused maybe, but nothing that would make you think he could do something so terrible. 'I feel lucky to be alive.'
James Holmes is due back in court today, where he will hear the charges against him in the massacre. He is expected to face 12 counts of murder in the first degree and potentially hundreds of other counts including attempted murder and assault. Former public defender David Kaplan, former head of the Colorado public defender's office, toldABC:'There's probably charges that can be brought [on behalf] of anybody who was present. The state will need to decide how they approach all of those charges.' The mother of Rebecca Wingo, one of the victims of the shooting, is planning on Suing the Century 16 movie theater where Holmes allegedly opened fire, killed 12 and injuring 58. TMZ reported that Shirley Wygal believes the theater's emergency exit doors should have been alarmed, or there should have been security guards posted next to them...especially for a premiere as anticipated as The Dark Knight Rises.
'Killer': James Holmes is accused of shooting 12 people dead and injuring 58 more during a movie screening
This is the second time the suspected gunman has appeared in court and TV crews will not be allowed inside after questions arose over his bizarre behavior last week. It also emerged today that the movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting. Other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. It's impossible to know whether guards — often off-duty police officers — at the Aurora Century 16 would have spotted the suspected gunman and thwarted the attack. Officers hired as guards are generally armed and usually spend their time roaming the complex, checking bags or dealing with minor disputes.
Cinemark provided off-duty police guards at the Aurora theater on busy Friday and Saturday nights.
As for other nights of the week, theater operators decide on a case-by-case basis whether to hire security, depending on the likelihood of trouble. The attack came early Friday, shortly after the midnight screening of the Batman film began. Larry Lowak, whose son Brent was among the wounded, said security personnel on the scene possibly could have stopped the gunman, and he was dismayed to learn that guards weren't on hand.
Visitors pray together around a cross erected at a memorial setup across the street from the Century 16 movie theater
'If you bring in security on Friday or Saturday, you sure as hell want to bring it in for this particular function,' Lowak said. Plano, Texas-based Cinemark, which operates the Aurora theater, declined to explain why guards weren't provided in Aurora that night and declined to discuss safety policies in general. Through interviews with police officers and officials outside the theater company, The Associated Press was able to identify places around the country that did use armed security workers for the July 19-20 Batman showings — including places like Beaumont, Texas; Lake Charles, La., and Tupelo, Miss. Some other locations, including a Cinema Century 16 theater in the western Denver suburb of Lakewood, did not have security. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates has said that the Cinemark in Aurora normally uses off-duty officers to provide security on weekend nights but did not have any working for the July 19 showings that went into the next morning.
James Holmes hasallegedly been forced to wear a face guard in prison because he will not stop spitting at guards
The Aurora shooting has stirred discussion about appropriate security precautions at gathering places commonly considered safe from the cares and worries of the outside world. Experts say that security at public venues has increased substantially over the past decade, but they also note that it's impossible to maintain perfect safety at all times. Officials have said the Aurora shooting suspect bought a ticket to the midnight showing and went into the theater as part of the crowd.
Memorial: Tributes are left for victims near the scene of the tragedy in Denver, Colorado
A federal law enforcement official said suspect Holmes is believed to have propped open an exit door in the theater as the movie was playing, donned protective ballistic gear, re-entered about a half-hour into the film and opened fire. Aurora police said the suspect tossed two gas canisters into the crowd and had an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and two .40-caliber Glock handguns. Some theaters have added security guards for all nights of the week since the shooting, and police departments around the country have also conducted extra patrols that focus to movie theaters, though it's not clear if those shifts will be permanent. AMC Theatres has barred people from wearing masks or bringing fake weapons inside its buildings. Many theaters, including the Cinemark in Aurora, prohibit patrons from bringing in their concealed weapons they use for personal protection.
The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale and his wife Sandra Blazic visit the memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre on July 24
That irks people like Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who said that he has refused to go to Aurora theater because of that ban. 'What could have stopped this is law-abiding citizens being allowed to carry,' Brown insisted. Lowak, the father of the shooting survivor, also said he believes people carrying concealed weapons might have helped limit the bloodshed. But Hubert Williams, former head of the Newark police department and president of the Police Foundation, said that the idea that average citizens with guns could keep a theater safe only makes sense 'on a piece of paper.' 'Reality is much more complicated. What if you pull a gun out, take aim and someone else thinks you're the shooter?' he asked. 'Would you stand up against an AR-15, AK-47 military-style assault weapon? Give me a break.'