The women who think Batman suspect James Holmes is 'hot'
'Disgusting' groupies emerge on Twitter; Holmes allegedly sent plans of massacre to psychiatrist
BATMAN shooting suspect James Holmes has become an object of attraction for dozens of women on Twitter – sparking outrage across the social network.
The 24-year-old is accused of shooting dead 12 people and injuring 58 others at a cinema in Aurora where the victims were watching the latest Batman film The Dark Knight Rises on Friday.
But since images of him sitting in court were released, a flood of tweets describing him as "hot" and "cute" suggest that some women think he is America's latest heartthrob.
"James Holmes is kinda hot," wrote Tweeter Chelsea Montani following news of the massacre. While a woman called Stephanie wrote: "I thought James Holmes was kinda cute in the courtroom."
A user by the name of Brianna Pride complained on Saturday: "It sucks that this James Holmes dude mugshot is pretty cute."
Jezebel points out that there is a medical term for people who purposefully choose criminals as their sexual partners: Hybristophilia, otherwise known as 'Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome'. Since Jezebel pointed out the tweets, many of them have been deleted or the users' accounts made private.
This has not stopped others from reacting angrily. "What a disgusting thing to say," wrote one Tweeter, while another commented: "People like this should be locked up too!"
News of Holmes's online fan base emerged as it was reported that he sent a notebook of his plans to a psychiatrist at his university a week before the shooting.
A spiral-bound book was sent to a professor who treats patients in a psychiatry outpatient facility at the University of Colorado, reports The Daily Telegraph. According to one law enforcement official, its contents included drawings of stick-like figures shooting each other and "details about how he was going to kill people”.
But the package containing the book sat unopened in a post room and was only discovered after the attack.
Holmes has behaved bizarrely since the massacre, claim inside sources, from reportedly using police evidence bags as hand puppets when he was first arrested to asking a prison guard: "Did you see the movie? How does it end?"