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Hooker shares secrets of Dark Knight killer

As the owner of Bloom Creatives, Caroline Gutierrez Goddard tells stories with words and photos -- and as such, is a regular contributor here at SheKnows.

Charged with first-degree murder

A prostitute shared her creepy experience with the alleged Dark Knight Rises killer on the same day he is formally charged with first-degree murder and a multitude of other felonies. Read on to find out how far the charges go -- and what his punishment could be.

Dark Knight RIses shooting

Colorado prosecutors have charged the suspect in The Dark Knight Rises massacre with 24 counts of first-degree murder in the initial stages of what is sure to be a dramatic court case.

James Holmes is accused of killing 24 people and wounding 58 more in the Century Aurora 16 multiplex theater during a midnight showing of the latest installment in the Batman series.

He was given two murder charges for each victim, one each citing "deliberation" and "extreme indifference" — a move prosecutors think will up their chances of conviction.

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The 24-year-old former neuroscience doctoral candidate is also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder — two each for the 58 people who were wounded in the attack — one count of a crime of violence connected to his use of guns during the crime, and one count of felony possession of explosive devices due to the way he booby-trapped his apartment in an attempt to kill police investigating him.

In all, there are 142 counts.

Holmes' obsession with hookers took a turn for the decidedly creepy when he became fixated on the red hair of one of his favorites, then later attempted to dye his the same color — the shocking orangey-red hue he sported while committing his heinous crime.

"He liked to touch my hair, and he told me the color was good," Colorado prostitute Monica Hall told the Sun. "When I saw after the shootings that he dyed his hair red, it sent a chill down my spine."

She also revealed that Holmes would ask if she was a natural redhead, then grab her hair and sniff it.

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While their encounters were initially run-of-the-mill, Hall says Holmes later became violent, leaving her in fear for her safety.

"He was mean, and during sex he kept gripping my hands and wrists. Next morning, I discovered I had bruises. I saw two sides, like Jekyll and Hyde — sweet and later mean," she said.

"When he would act aggressive and controlling, he threatened me, saying, 'You're going to do this because I told you.' His eyes were wild-looking, like someone who had done drugs. But I don't think he had."

"I was so scared. I thought I was going to get really hurt. [But then] after sex, he wanted to lounge around and talk about himself all night," she said.

Another escort told the New York Daily News that Holmes hired her just a week before the shootings but was unable to perform.

"He told me I hadn't done anything wrong and then just sat on the bed with a strange look on his face," said the woman, who identified herself only as "Roxanna." "He didn't say much that I remember. Then he just left."

She was shocked when she later saw his image on the news. "I felt sick," she said. "I was like, 'Oh my God. I know him.' I wish I could tell you that he looked evil or something because what he did was so evil."

"Honestly, he seemed very nice and quiet. A little confused maybe, but nothing that would make you think he could do something so terrible. I feel lucky to be alive."

The Arapahoe County District Attorneys office has not yet decided if it will seek the death penalty in the case. Holmes' next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Image courtesy WENN.com
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