Colorado suspect called Batman director prior to shooting

In a bizarre story, Diggity Dave Aragon of MTV’s Pimp My Ride told a Los Angeles radio station that he believes the shooter of the terrible Colorado massacre contacted him a month prior to the shooting. Aragon – who wrote, directed and starred in the upcoming Batman-inspired film The Suffocator of Sins – claims a man identifying himself as James Holmes called him to express his interest in the film’s plot, which portrays a young man dressed in a Batman costume, shooting people. Aragon describes the film as a “very sick and dark twist of the Batman movies.” Holmes was reportedly obsessed with the trailer, watching it over 100 times, and called the director to express his enjoyment.

“He would tell me what he really liked about the trailer,” Aragon recalled.  “He kept pressing if I could give him more information on the story. He wanted to know how many people Batman kills. He wanted to know if it was selective killing. Does he make a list of people he wants to kill or is it a mass body count?” The Pimp My Ride star claims the caller came across as desperate to reach out to someone. “He was shocked I took his call,” he says. “He couldn’t believe he was talking to me. I’m a pretty good judge of character and I knew the kid was lonely.” Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of murder. Check out the movie trailer below. ~Devin Garabedian

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  1. Amanda • August 2, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

    Creepy. I don’t know what he liked about that trailer, either. It’s hard to tell what exactly is happening in it.

  2. Kayla • August 2, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

    This is messed up.

  3. Joey • August 2, 2012 @ 9:23 AM

    I wonder how Mr. Aragon feels now knowing that he inspired a killer to commit mass murder…

  4. Michelle • August 2, 2012 @ 9:25 AM

    I thought he was supposed to be The Joker..not Batman? Not that I’m blaming the franchise by any means because these movies are pure fiction and are not the most violent movies out there by far.

  5. m.carlson • August 2, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

    Soo not to blame the guy or anything, but if i got a call asking me details about how Batman kills people, i probably would have talked to someone about it. maybe not the police directly, but it seems odd enough that i would have said something!

  6. Jake • August 2, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

    Seems like too much of a coincidence to be one. Can’t really blame the guy, though – how was he supposed to know?

  7. Tim • August 2, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    Is it just me, or is that trailer the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen?

  8. Lizzy • August 2, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

    Are they really going to release this movie after it inspired a killer?! That’s crazy!! I definitely won’t be seeing it. Too creepy for my liking.. and I’m not really down to see Batman shoot people.

  9. Laura.R • August 2, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    I don’t understand how some people can be so insane. In what universe is it okay to kill people?! Ugh, he sickens me.

  10. lionne • August 2, 2012 @ 12:55 PM

    I dont think we should blame the movie makers..If a person kills another person or persons because they watched a movie then its because that person is already unbalanced.. I watch movies all the time and I dont re-enact them …a movie is entertainment not a way of life

  11. lionne • August 2, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

    and I have seen the movie and correct me if I’m wrong..but I dont remember seeing that trailer in the actual movie.!!! am I wrong????

  12. bingo • August 2, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

    AND WHY DID DIGGITY NOT CONTACT THE AUTHORITIES EVEN IF THIS GUY “SEEMED LONELY”? IF IN FACT HE GAVE HIS NAME AS JAMES HOLMES, THAT IS SOMETHING TO GO BY AND PERHAPS MAY HAVE BEEN LOOKED INTO BY THE POLICE. HAVE TO TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCTS IN ALL THESE CASES.

  13. C-Dub • August 2, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

    Damn title of the article! Makes you think it was to Chris Nolan.
    But if this Aragon guy sz he’s a good judge of character and this guy was lonely..ummm Why didn’t he suspect anything with all the questions the killer (sorry -SUSPECT-) was asking and then call and notify the cops. If they would have taken the warning seriously maybe they would have checked out the guys apartment and saw a plot or and gunds etc.. Could have been prevented!

  14. C-Dub • August 2, 2012 @ 2:43 PM

    Oops, ‘BINGO’ I just read your comment. We are on same page obviously.
    I just scrolled down and wrote my comment after reading the article and I was dumbfounded.

  15. Amanda • August 2, 2012 @ 4:01 PM

    I don’t think the police would take anyone seriously if they called and said, “Someone called me and he asked a bunch of questions about the violence in my movie trailer and he sounded lonely.” Let alone get them to go to the guy’s apartment and check for guns.

  16. Olive • August 2, 2012 @ 4:41 PM

    Ummm…what the hell did I just watch? Im going to need some brain bleach to get THOSE images out of my head 🙁

  17. N/A • August 2, 2012 @ 7:48 PM

    If the killer was African American, Spanish or Arabic he would be in Jail for Life or even given the death penatly without a question. But because James Holmes is Caucasian I’m suppose to believe he’s an intelligent Man who was just lonely and was trying to reach out for help. James Holmes I hope you burn in Hell and you get what’s coming to you. America is one messed up Country they always seem to take it easy on the most messed up People. If you believe Mr Holmes is innocent you’re a damn idiot too and need to get knocked out.

  18. Nope • August 2, 2012 @ 10:20 PM

    Did it not cross anyones mind that the director is full of shit and just trying to promote his movie through twisted means? As in ‘oh, everyone is going to want to see my movie now that this holmes kid was obsessing about it’ ?

  19. Larry Lindsay • August 3, 2012 @ 10:21 AM

    I think this guy is full of shit and just trying to get publicity for his horrible looking $20 movie. that no one is ever going to see.

  20. Proof • August 3, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

    Hopefully the director can prove these calls actually happened by showing us his phone records.

  21. Mark • August 3, 2012 @ 3:33 PM

    @lionne…its entertainment for us ONLY because we don’t live in countries where where we fear for our lives everyday due to bombs going off or whatever. I like action movies as much as anyone but if you really think about what we consider entertainment in north America…its pretty pathetic.

  22. Chanda • August 4, 2012 @ 2:54 PM

    Well he certainly won’t be lonely now. He’s gonna have lots of company in his jail to keep him company. He looks really creepy too.

  23. NummyNum • August 5, 2012 @ 2:03 AM

    It’s highly unlikely that Dave Aragon got any such call from creepo. How easy is it to get the phone number of a celebrity, director, or movie whatever??? Sounds like he’s just ramping up publicity for his movie to me.
    As for N/A ……… STOP trying to make every situation into some kind of “racist” scenario!!!! GEEZ!!! WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE??????????

  24. NummyNum • August 5, 2012 @ 2:06 AM

    Or… I suppose you consider THAT a racist comment too!!!

  25. andrya • August 5, 2012 @ 3:06 PM

    Yup I’m in with @Nope. This director is sick and twisted if this is indeed what it appears — using the murderous event to promote his flick!!! and well yea… no good judge of character at all! No common sense either it seems.

  26. Ryan • August 6, 2012 @ 10:01 PM

    If this claim is true, the director of this twisted film should be investigated to some extent for not reporting someones extreme interest in the details of violent and brutal crimes. If Joe Paterno was investigated in the early stages of the Penn State scandal for merely withholding information that hid the occurrence of such sickening events, I don’t see the difference in this.

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