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Maniac who killed 12 film fans tells police: I am The Joker; UNMASKED BLOODBATH AT BATMAN PREMIERE.

THIS is the smirking face of the medical school dropout who slaughtered 12 people at a midnight Batman screening.

When he was arrested, 24-year-old James Holmes told police: "I am The Joker". Minutes earlier, Holmes had stormed into a cinema packed with fans for the premiere of new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

He released an unidentified gas before opening fire with an assault rifle, a shotgun and two Glock handguns. After shooting into the ceiling, TURN TO PAGE 2

Dropout's slaughter in cinema From Page One Holmes fired wildly into the audience.

Then, without saying a word, he walked up the steps of the theatre, shooting victims in their seats and as they cowered on the floor.

Holmes then fled the cinema in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

He was arrested soon after nearby and surrendered to police without a struggle.

Officers then raced to his third-floor flat about four miles away, which was filled with boobytraps.

They evacuated residents in the surrounding area and were last night still working to disarm the explosives.

Aurora police chief Daniel Oates said: "The pictures are disturbing. It looks very sophisticated."

Ten people died in the shooting at the Century 16 cinema complex shortly after midnight on Thursday. Two died in hospital later.

One of those killed was a 12-year-old child. 59 people were wounded, including a three-month-old baby.

New York police commissioner Ray Kelly said last night: "It clearly looks like a deranged individual.

"He had his hair painted red, he said he was The Joker, the enemy of Batman."

One report claimed Holmes went on the rampage in fury at not being able to get a ticket for the movie.

The mass killer described himself in an apartment rental application as "quiet and easy-going."

Holmes, whose family live in San Diego, California, holds a degree in neuroscience.

He was unable to get a job so headed to California to do an advanced degree - but dropped out last month.

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