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James Holmes Claims Amnesia: Alleged 'Dark Knight' Shooter Wonders Why He's Arrested

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/27/12 09:02 AM ET Updated: 07/27/12 02:37 PM ET

James Holmes, the suspected shooter in last week's movie theater massacre, has told his Colorado jailers he doesn't know why he's locked behind bars, the Daily News reports.

But no one at the Arapahoe County Detention Center is buying Holmes' story, a lockup worker told the News. The jailers who come in contact with Holmes, who is sequestered from other inmates, believe he's faking amnesia.

Since the 24-year-old PhD dropout was accused of killing 12 theatergoers and wounding 58 at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Friday, the media has lavished attention on Holmes' odd behavior.

The suspect appeared in court on Monday with brightly dyed orange hair and made peculiar facial expressions. At times his eyes bulged and he often appeared tired.

Holmes was taken into custody after he allegedly stormed the sold-out premiere of the latest Batman film. Police have said Holmes wore riot gear, used smoke bombs and armed himself with three guns during one of the most violent shootings in American history.

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  • Family members of the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., comfort each other, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Family members of the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., comfort each other, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A woman carries a wreath, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A group of friends with various connections to the deceased and wounded gather at a prayer vigil outside the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colo., Sunday July 22, 2012. The vigil was held to remember the dead and injured in the shooting rampage Friday at movie theater in in Aurora. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

  • In this overview, the Living Hope Baptist Church choir sing to start the a vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater, Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Aurora Municipal Center campus in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Joe Amon, Pool)

  • Aurora Police officer John Bulman keeps an eye on the crowd during a prayer vigil, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • The sun breaks through clouds, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A woman carries a balloon that says "Missed by many, forgotten by none," as she walks to a memorial display, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • U.S. Navy officers salute Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., after they left items at a memorial display at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A man holds his head in front of a memorial after a pray vigil Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • People hold signs of hope that feature the Batman logo as they attend a prayer vigil Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., for victims Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater showing the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A man at a prayer vigil for victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. pauses after placing items at a memorial display, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Audience members pray, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Anne Marie Hochhalter, 30, bottom, and her friend Roxy Chesser, 30, second from right, attend a prayer vigil, held to remember the lost and injured in Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater, in a park outside the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colo., Sunday July 22, 2012. Hochhalter, a paralyzed victim of the Columbine High School tragedy over 12 years ago, and other survivors of the 1999 massacre reached out to people who survived the theater shooting. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

  • Aurora shooting

    Balloons released by family members of the victims of Friday's shooting are reflected in the windows of Aurora City Hall, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ¬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Aurora shooting

    Family members remember their loved ones Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ¬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Aurora shooting

    Family members remember their loved ones Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ¬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Aurora shooting, John Hickenlooper

    Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, bows his head Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ¬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Aurora shooting

    Cub Scouts carry flowers to a memorial display Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ¬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Aurora shooting

    The crowd listens to speakers Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ¬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Stacy Moriarty, center left, raises her hand as she she joins thousand in a unified cheer as Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a vigil, Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colo., for the victims of Friday's mass shooting a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Besides the shooting, Holmes outfitted his apartment with deadly boobytraps that authorities had to defuse.

While in police custody, Holmes puzzled detectives who supposedly saw him using evidence bags as puppets, according to a KMGH report.

A jail worker told the Daily News in a previous report that Holmes wanted to know how the movie ended.

His courtroom behavior combined with accounts of awkward antics behind-the-scenes raises the question of his mental condition. Experts told ABC News he could be experiencing a genuine psychotic episode or foreshadow an insanity defense from his lawyers.

A notebook apparently sent by Holmes to a psychiatrist was found Monday and contained disturbing sketches of a stick-figure attacker carrying out a killing similar to what occurred in the Aurora cinema.

College records about Holmes will be tougher to come by. An order from District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester forbids the University of Colorado from releasing information about Holmes' enrollment in a neuroscience doctoral program.

The former University of Colorado neuroscience student will be in court again on Monday. Prosecutors are expected to formally charge him then.