Part two is the testimony of Dr. Fenton, James Holmes’ psychiatrist. You will hear highlights of her testimony, as she answers questions about her treatment sessions with Holmes and her observations of him.
Dr. Fenton’s observations and experiences reveal that James Holmes possessed the psyche of a person fraught with psychotic thoughts, delusions, and anxiety. Dr. Fenton states, among other things, that she believed he was “shifting insidiously into a schizophrenic state.” She also expresses concern that “he could perhaps hurt others.” Dr. Fenton prescribes him an antidepressant (Zoloft), which appears to make him manic (increasing his energy) so he feels as if he’s in “hyperspeed.” Add to this the fact that the Zoloft made him “lose the fear,” and you get a barrage of red flags and warnings that went unheeded.
Eventually, Dr. Fenton calls campus police, informing them that Holmes is homicidal and potentially dangerous. But when asked by campus police whether they should apprehend Holmes for further evaluation and treatment, Dr. Fenton declines to place him on a mental health hold.
She claims that Holmes never met criteria for hospitalization.
This is the untold story: the story of systemic problems in treating, managing, and sentencing those with mental illness; the story of pharmaceutical drugs that can have serious, life-threatening risks; the story of a district attorney who exploited this tragic mass murder to advance his political fortunes and pursue the death penalty. And the story of a media fixated on using this horrific incident to push a gun control agenda.
This is the untold story of James Holmes: a prisoner of his mind.