The accused gunman in the Aurora, Col. shooting displayed disturbing behavior and signs of declining mental health in the months leading up to the July 20 shooting, according to a story in the New York Times.
James E. Holmes, accused of killing 12 people in the movie theater attack including U.S. Navy Petty Officer John Larimer of Crystal Lake, had allegedly sent a text message to a fellow graduate students two weeks before the shooting, the Times reports.
The text reportedly asked the young woman if she was familiar with dysphoric mania - a psychiatric condition that is a form of biopolar disorder. The condition also is characterized by added frenetic energy of mania, agitation, dark thoughts and, in some cases, paranoid delusions of major depression, the story states.
Holmes told the acquaintance to stay away from him because he was "bad news."
Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater just days after the text exchange and allegedly opened fire during the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and injuring 58 people.
New York Times reporters interviewed about one dozen people who had contact with Holmes over recent months. From the interviews arose a disturbing description of a young man who appeared to be struggling with severe mental illness and isolation.
His behavior and statements suggested he was losing his footing, the Times article stated.
Holmes is being held in the Arapahoe County jail awaiting arraignment on 142 criminal counts, The New York Times reports.