Aurora Theater Shooting

Alison Michelle Ernst, Hillary Clinton shoe thrower: Misinfo in ties to James Holmes case

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On August 31, 2012, as we've reported, Riches, who's from Pennsylvania, was mentioned in 9News' coverage of the theater shooting, with the station noting that the mail of accused killer James Holmes was being forwarded to him -- at least until the U.S. Postal Service determined that the request was fraudulent. The station also stated that "in 2009, Riches reportedly sued the Guinness Book of World Records when he learned they planned to name him the world's most litigious man."

Here's Riches's Facebook response to the station:

After the 18th Judicial District Court, which is handling the Holmes prosecution, released the aforementioned document, as well as Judge William Sylvester's order suggesting that the person behind it undergo a mental-health evaluation, a Reddit user cited the similarities between that document and one posted to a blogspot on August 19 under the name Yeom Pyo Lee. Who's Yeom Pyo Lee? A register of actions document made public by Judge Sylvester mentioned a filing by a "YPL" -- initials that referenced Lee, who was questioned after the shooting but quickly cleared of involvement. (A University of Colorado student, Lee is said to have known Holmes.) Here's the text:
Comes Now, the intervenor Yeom Pyo Lee with newly discovered withheld evidence in this case and facing imminent danger andf bodily harm moves this court to intervene in this case to tell my side of the story.I am James Holmes friend from school. I demand James Holmes be free, i call court house too, you free James Holmes asap. James Holmes innocent, Police Chief Dan Oates crooked cop. I was at PF Changs China Bistro in Aurora Dan Oates beat me in parking lot wit my cell phone 7/24/2012. took phone and my lo mein. Oates use my phone to call police to threaten itself .Oates told me he illuminati . I scared now, I hide now at South Korean embassy in D.C. .Aurora police corrupt. I am proud member of Facebook group "James Holmes is innocent" .You must come see group. Dan Oates & police have warrant for me arrest.Plant my finger prints on gun at century 16. Oates told me he framed James Holmes for new world order. Must investigate .I want witness protection . I go on nbc today show tell my side of story next week. Dan Oates sleep wit District Attorney Carol Chambers at Aurora Holiday Inn hotel, I have video . i go show on youtube . free james holmes
The person listed as posting the document: Jonathan Lee Riches.

Another register of actions mentioned the Ernst documents, referred to by the initials "A.M.E." -- and in the blogspot post, the address listed for her was the same as the one for Riches, too.

The shtick didn't stop there. Riches's Facebook page described him at the time as a "rogue detective" at the Aurora Police Department who studied at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Among the videos on it in the late summer of 2012 was a clip supposedly showing James Holmes masquerading as Ernst. Here's a screen capture:

Other Holmes-related ephemera on the page included an application for the Aurora City Council, a letter to a local attorney asking him to take Holmes's case and a petition to formally change Riches's name to "James Eagan Holmes."

Given all this material, the idea that Ernst herself had filed the motions in the Holmes case appeared to have been thoroughly debunked. But as the recent reports suggest, misinformation is mighty hard to kill in the Internet age.

Continue to read Riches's application for Aurora City Council, his request to change his name to James Eagan Holmes, his letter to a local attorney and a register of actions document from 2012. Also included: a larger look at Ernst's mug shot and a photo of Jonathan Lee Riches.
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