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Voices & Hallucinations! 'Copycat Killer' James Holmes' Mental Health Issues REVEALED

New show uncovers the Joker murderer's secret struggles.

Mass murderer James Holmes long suffered from hallucinations, a mental health issue that runs in his family, Copycat Killers: The Dark Knight reveals.

“This wasn’t the family’s first exposure to mental health,” said J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner, Forensic Psychologist. “There were family members who did suffer from mental health issues.”

Holmes began to hear ferocious banging on his bedroom walls, which he called “nail ghosts.”

“It appears that these [hallucinations] were consistent as James grew up,” Ornsteiner added.

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Although he was terrified, Holmes never told anyone of his experiences.

As Radar readers know, on a summer evening in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, a movie audience sat down for the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises. Sitting among them was Holmes.

Taking inspiration from one of Batman’s most recognizable super villains, The Joker, Holmes’ horrific crime became one of the most infamous copycat crimes in American history, leaving 12 people dead.

Before the night is over, a killer’s disgusting joke will become one of the most infamous copycat crimes in American history.

Copycat Killers: The Dark Knight, Saturday, June 3, 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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