Colorado Shooting Suspect Sent Drawings of Massacre to Psychiatrist Before the Theater Rampage WSJ

The suspect in the shooting rampage early Friday in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 people dead mailed a notebook containing drawings of a massacre to a University of Colorado psychiatrist, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The package went unopened until after the attack, a law-enforcement official said.

James Holmes, 24, a Ph.D. student at the university, appeared in court Monday, appearing dazed and showing his red-orange-dyed hair. Formal charges are expected to be filed against him July 30, with prosecutors reportedly contemplating pursuing the death penalty.

“After Friday's attack, authorities discovered an unopened package in the mailroom at the University of Colorado that was mailed from Mr. Holmes to a psychiatrist, according to the law-enforcement official,” the story reports. “The drawings in the notebook apparently represented Mr. Holmes' plans, the official said.”

Other details about the notebook were not disclosed. The story notes that the court has issued a gag order in the case, limiting the information that is released by authorities.