MTV Star Says Suspect Called Him Prior to Massacre

by 7:45 AM PDT, August 01, 2012
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A cast member of MTV's Pimp My Ride says the man charged in the Colorado theater killings contacted him about a month before the massacre to inquire about an upcoming film the star wrote and directed about a Batman vigilante. 

Diggity Dave Aragon told Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070 that a man who identified himself as James Holmes called him in June about his upcoming film, The Suffocator of Sins. Aragon wrote, directed and stars in the film, which portrays a young vigilante Batman shooting down evildoers. He describes the movie as a "very sick and dark twist of the Batman movies."

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Aragon told the radio station that Holmes claimed to have watched the film's trailer online Aragon told the radio station that Holmes claimed to have watched the film's trailer online more than 100 times and said the suspect was obsessed with the violence depicted in the trailer and disappointed that the film's character didn't use bigger guns.

"He would tell me what he really liked about the trailer. He kept pressing if I could give him more information on the story. He wanted to know how many people Batman kills," Aragon said. "He wanted to know if it was selective killing. Does he make a list of people he wants to kill or is it a mass body count?"

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The MTV star said he got the feeling the 24-year-old Holmes was reaching out for a friend. "He was shocked I took his call. He couldn't believe he was talking to me. I'm a pretty good judge of character and I knew the kid was lonely." Aragon said he believes the caller was truly the alleged gunman, although he can't prove it.

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Prosecutors formally charged Holmes Monday with 24 counts of murder in connection with the horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 people and injured dozens more during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The former doctorate neuroscience student was charged with two counts for each of the individuals he is accused of killing.

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