In blog posts, at water coolers and on web­sites, people are end­lessly spec­u­lating about the demeanor of shooting sus­pect James Eagan Holmes in his first court­room appear­ance Monday.

He looked con­fused, sad, lost or exhausted, some said. Others thought he looked drugged, and won­dered how that might be possible.

Still others thought he was faking it, a method of self-​​protection as care­fully planned as the his full-​​body riot gear he was wearing Friday when he was arrested after 12 people were killed and 58 others injured in an Aurora movie theater.

His appear­ance today was like a Rohrschach test,” said Jack Levin, the Brud­nick Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston. “You could impose almost any­thing — thoughts and feel­ings you have about him — to inter­pret his expres­sions. He went from dozing to being obliv­ious to looking pained all within a couple minutes.”

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