James Holmes, who killed 12 people with an AR-15 during a premier of “The Dark Knight Rises,” has had his psychological evaluations unsealed by order of the court he was convicted in.
The judge, Carlos Samour, ruled that since Holmes attempted an insanity defence, he waived his right to patient-doctor privilege.
The documents, which can be found here, provide an eerie look into the mind of the convicted mass murderer and the psychologists and social workers who knew him.
At one point Holmes was nearly recommended for civil commitment by Dr. Lynne Fenton, a UC-Boulder psychologist, but she declined to do so. Fenton was sued by the widow of one of the victims but the case was dismissed in 2016.
When to civilly commit someone, and when to not remains a topic of heated debate within the law enforcement and forensic psychology communities.
Holmes is currently incarcerated at USP Allenwood and is serving a life sentence without parole.