Agents believe Holmes notebook depicts CO movie shootings

James E. Holmes appeared in court Monday.
James E. Holmes appeared in court Monday.

AURORA, CO (AP) - FBI agents believe the Colorado movie theater shooting could have been avoided.

A package which contained a notebook, which is now in the hands of the FBI, was mailed to The University of Colorado eight days before the shootings occurred. Agents said the notebook was addressed to a college psychiatrist with details of the shooting plot.

Law Enforcement officials said the notebook was full of details about how he was going to kill people, and there were drawings of what he was going to do in it. They said there were drawings and illustrations of a massacre. FBI agents said the package listed Holmes' name in the return address and included drawings of armed stick figures gunning down stick figure victims.

Agents said it arrived at the mail room at the schools medical center on July 12, which left Holmes allegedly a week to make his final preparations for the midnight mass murders. Authorities said it was not discovered until three days after the shootings.

School officials are disputing when the package arrived. The University of Colorado Denver issued a statement Wednesday evening confirming that a suspicious package was found, but called the July 12 timeline "inaccurate." The university said it was delivered Monday and found on the same day.

Authorities were called to the school Monday after the psychiatrist, who is also a professor, said he received a package believed to have been from Holmes.

Agents said that package was from someone who was harmless. Officials decided to search the mail room for other packages and found one from Holmes, addressed to the professor. Agents secured a warrant and took the package into custody Monday night.

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