Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

Among the documents released yesterday in the Aurora theater shooting case was a wide-ranging inventory of the contents found in accused killer James Holmes's apartment.

We've got the complete list below. But among the more interesting items are three video games, none of which are the sort of realistic first-person shooter games most people (including those eager to blame actual tragedy on pop culture) probably expected.

Two of the games are part of the Elder Scrolls series. Here's the Wikipedia description of its setting:

The Elder Scrolls world can be described as one of high fantasy with medieval, roman and Nordic influences. Like most works of high or epic fantasy, the Elder Scrolls games are typically serious in tone and epic in scope, dealing with themes of grand struggle against a supernatural or evil force. Other characteristics typical of high fantasy fiction are common themes in the Elder Scrolls, such as demi-human races including elves, orcs and dwarves (a now-extinct race known as Dwemer), magic and sorcery, mythical creatures, factions with their own political agendas, walled medieval cities and strongholds, and plot elements driven by prophecies and legends. In accordance with many literary high fantasy works, the world of The Elder Scrolls is known for its attention to detail including well developed lore and back story. This includes a vast amount of information such as names, dates, and places that constitute its history and the interconnected structure of its various societies, cultures, and religions. Lore including histories and legends are contained in dozens of readable in-game books that are scattered throughout the game world.

The first of the games Holmes owned was Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Here's an image associated with the game....

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

...and here's another:

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

This video should give you a feel for the game:

Also part of his collection was Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Here's one piece of Skyrim art....

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

...and another:

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

This is the official Skyrim trailer:

The third video game listed in the inventory, StarCraft, is something of a different breed from the Elder Scrolls titles, albeit one with fantasy elements at its core. It's a science-fiction game with a military bent.

Continue for more about the contents of James Holmes's apartment, including a complete inventory.

Here's the set-up for StarCraft, from its Wiki page:

The overpopulation of Earth in the early 21st century has caused the international government to exile undesirable elements of the human race, such as criminals, the cybernetically enhanced and genetic mutants to colonize the far reaches of the galaxy. An attempt to colonize a nearby solar system goes wrong, resulting in humanity's arrival in the Koprulu Sector. In the distant Koprulu Sector of the galaxy, the exiles form several governments, but quickly fall into conflict with each other. One government, the Confederacy of Man, eventually emerges as the strongest faction, but its oppressive nature and brutal methods of suppressing dissidents stir up major rebel opposition in the form of a terrorist group called the Sons of Korhal. Just prior to the beginning of the game, in December 2499, an alien race possessing advanced technology and psionic power, the Protoss, makes first contact with humanity by destroying a Confederate colony world without any prior warning. Soon after this, the Terrans discover that a second alien race, the insectoid Zerg, has been stealthily infesting the surface of several of the Terran colonies, and that the Protoss are destroying the planets to prevent the Zerg from spreading. With the Confederacy threatened by two alien races and internal rebellion, it begins to crumble.

This is one StarCraft image....

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

and another:

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

In addition, here's a StarCraft video:

A number of posters are cataloged as well, but only a few of them are specified. For instance, Holmes had a poster from the movie Pulp Fiction, as well as one described as a "Challenge poster." Google the latter phrase and you get images like this:

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

However, we know what an item listed as a "Soldiers of Misfortune" poster looks like, since it was seen in news photographs as law enforcers went through the apartment after the attack on the Aurora Century 16, which killed twelve people and injured seventy. This is a look at it:

Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

Other notable listings include a variety of medication, including Sertraline, the generic version of the antidepressant Zoloft, plenty of liquor and, more ominously, a huge cache of ammunition and unknown powders thought to be part of an attempt to rig the apartment to explode.

Continue for the complete inventory, along with the original court document.

James Holmes apartment inventory:


1. Ecyber Power PC -- Tower Computer

2. Netgear PTVU 1000 PC Adapter

3. Le Pan Tablet Computer with power cord

4. Fandango movie receipt

5. Lenovo Idea Centre K230 Tower computer

6. Dark unknown powder

7. White powder

8. 2 jars of bullets approximate 323

9. 2 small pressurized tanks

10. Black plastic spheres with fuses

11. Toshiba Satellite L505 Laptop with power cord

12. Orange wire

13. 2 bags of black plastic spheres

14. Trash can contents

15. Launch control

16. Control panel

17. Remington rifle box

18. Craftsman gas gorch

19. Batman mask

20. Sorted wire -- three varieties

21. Wire and thumb tack

22. Tactical magazine pouch with three full clips approximately 39 rounds each

23. Tactical magazine pack with two Glock clips 13 rounds each

24. 151 (approximately) rounds of Remington 12-gauge slugs

25. Approximately 497 gold dot and blazer 40 caliber rounds

26. Wall calendar

27. One Glock pistol case

28. One Glock pistol case

29. Winchester 12-gauge plus Remington 12-gauge shells approximately 244

30. Ammo can with approximately 360 rifle rounds

31. One glowstick and Coleman package

32. Motorola cable modem

33. Stove top pan

34. Stove top pan

35. Vent filter

36. Funnels

37. Metal and spoon

38. Miscellaneous metal strips

39. Metal files

40. Three rolls of tape

41. Box of electric igniters

42. Netgear Bush 2 TV adapter

43. Tools

44. Bag of hobby fuse

45. Black spray paint can

46. Dust mask and safety glasses

48. CPU fan

49. Launch controller

50. LED light

51. Black plastic rings

52. Red/green/blue flashlights

53. Thermos top

54. Shoes and gloves

55. Tactical mirror

56. Rotella oil

57. Penzoil bottle

58. Two bottles of oil

59. Lease paperwork

60. Pharmacy paper

81 [sic]. Index card with supply list

82. Two index cards with chemical formulas

83. Le Pan TC 970 box plus two-gig memory card

84. One business car [sic], miscellaneous gun pamphlets and miscellaneous documents

85. Approximately two rifle rounds, one Glock back strap, gun-cleaning kit, approximately 36 rifle founds

86. Passport and contact-lens case

87. Ammo can

88. 4SB medic drive

89. Gasoline tag

90. Air fresheners

91. Gun cleaning brush....

92. Paper targets

94 [sic]. Remote control

95. Zebco monofilament, empty bottle of potassium permanganate

96. One attached USB media drive, one Dane Electric 512 MB media drive

97. A sight mark

98. Black unknown powder

99. Metal chips

Continue for the rest of the list, including the drug inventory, plus the original document.


Cans of Coors Light -- 26

Cans of Bud Light -- 3

Bottles of Bud Light -- 3

Bottle of Coors Light -- 1

Bottles of Blue Moon -- 12

Bottle of Miller High Life -- 1

Bottle of Bacardi.... -- 1

Bottle of Jim Beam Black -- 1

Biology -- 7th Edition

Principles of Biochemistry, 5th Edition

Neuoscience, 3rd Edition

Molecular Biology, 6th Edition


Neuron to Brain, 4th Edition

Essentials of Neural Science

The Cell, 5th Edition

[?} Neurobiology

Basic Statistics

[?] Essential Psychopharmacology

The Developing Human, 8th Edition

Memory, 2nd Edition

Starfist paperback

Poster from refrigerator

Poster from living room -- north

Framed Poster living room -- west

Poster from dinging room

Red poster with symbol -- kitchen

Poster from hall wall -- north

Pulp Fiction poster -- bedroom

Challenge poster

Skyrim poster -- bedroom south

Soldiers of Misfortune poster -- bedroom

Cardboard [?] -- bath closet

Columbia hat -- living room TV stand

Lens box from kitchen trash

School papers -- bedroom drawer

School papers -- bedroom drawer

Vehicle papers -- bedroom closet

Comcast papers -- living room drawer

Paperwork -- backpack

U.S. currency

California Ed paperwork

CU lanyard

Key ring with three keys

Key ring with one key

Blue transcript -- backpack

Two pencils

Two pens

{?] refills

Two erasers

SV battery

Key tag

Pan lock

Contact lens case with lens

Packet of tissues

Two business cards

Plastic bottle (See drugs)


Sertraline bottle -- bathroom

Lotradine bottle -- bathroom

Clonazepam bottle -- bathroom

Ibuprofen bottle -- bathroom

Tussin DM bottle with liquid -- bathroom

Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen -- empty -- bathroom

Fluticasone Propionate spray -- bathroom

Gift bag -- hall closet

Discs -- CD -- hall closet

Documents -- hall closet

Receipt -- kitchen trash

Envelopes -- kitchen trash

Gun locks -- dresser drawer

Petri dish -- bedroom closet

Gray sunglasses

Red sunglasses

Black sunglasses

Lens box from kitchen trash

Photo mousepad -- hall closet

Packet of notes -- hall closet

Tape dispenser -- hall closet

Skyrim DVD game -- hall closet

Oblivion game -- hall closet

Star Craft game -- hall closet....

Brain chart -- back south wall

CD -- bedroom closet floor

Documents from backpack

Vehicle papers from bedroom closet....

Notebook from backpack

Notebook from backpack

Binder from backpack

File from backpack

Search Warrant 1690 North Paris Street #10

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