A notebook filled with sketches of deranged dropout James Holmes’ movie massacre plan sat unopened in a college mailroom for eight days as he finalized details of the killing spree. The flame-haired accused killer mailed the notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist long before the bloody rampage that left 12 dead and 58 wounded last Friday, FoxNews.com reported.
“Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people,” a law enforcement source told FoxNews. “There were drawings of what he was going to do in it — drawings and illustrations of the massacre.”
The package, now in the hands of the FBI, listed Holmes’ name in the return address and included drawings of armed stick figures gunning down stick figure victims.
It arrived in the mailroom on July 12, leaving Holmes a week to make his final grisly preparations for the midnight mass murders, according to the report.
It was not discovered until three days after the shootings.
Word of the parcel mailed by the creepy California native came Wednesday as Holmes taunted a prison worker about the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and mourners attended the first funeral for an attack victim.
Holmes, who paid his way into the Century 16 multiplex and watched some of the movie before unleashing his fusillade of firepower, asked a jail employee what he missed after his arrest, an eyewitness told the Daily News.
“Did you see the movie?” a disoriented Holmes asked. “How does it end?”
The worker ignored him, so Holmes, his eyes glazed and his voice flat, repeated the question, according to another jail employee who witnessed the incident in the infirmary.
The ex-honor student “was trying to look like he was sincerely curious,” the witness recounted.
“Like he had no idea why there was anything wrong with what he was saying. It was sick. . . . I think he’s trying real hard to act crazy.”
The second jail worker was stunned by Holmes’ callous question about the movie now synonymous with his homicidal rampage.
“If he said that to me, it would have been real hard to resist smacking him,” the worker said.
Later in the day, about 300 family and friends gathered for the first Aurora memorial service in honor of shooting victim Gordon Cowden, 51, who had taken his teenage daughters to the final movie in the Batman trilogy.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan also attended.
Brooke Cowden, 17, stood behind two large framed pictures of her dad as she recalled his final words once the shooting began.