Conn. Seeks Genetic Clue to Lanza's Rampage
Asperger's 'not on the menu,' medical examiner says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2012 5:00 AM CST
Crime scene tape surrounds the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn.    (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – Investigators have brought in a geneticist in an effort to piece together a reason behind the Newtown school massacre, reports the Hartford Courant. Connecticut's chief medical examiner says he is still waiting for toxicology results on Adam Lanza and that he hopes the gunman's biology may offer some answers. "I'm exploring with the department of genetics what might be possible, if anything is possible," he says. "Is there any identifiable disease associated with this behavior?"

The medical examiner says it's not clear whether the 20-year-old had Asperger's syndrome, but the disorder "is simply not on the menu, in terms of what is wrong with this kid. Asperger's is not associated with behavior patterns that are violent." Investigators had hoped that Lanza's computer would offer clues to what lay behind what appears to have been a well-planned rampage, but he smashed his hard drive beyond repair before the shooting.

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fractal
Dec 19, 2012 5:10 PM CST
It is not the mental, genetic, or organic injury that is the problem. It is the response that people have to individuals that have these problems. They are bullied, ignored, humiliated and just plain misunderstood. And the sort of consistency that these rather rigid personalities seem to need is lacking in their environment. Humans love to pick to death someone who is different, and seem so surprised when the picked on pick back in a big, explosive way. People like Adam have special gifts and special needs. If we as a society don't want to spend the time and money to support and nurture special needs people, we have to decide what we are going to do with them. We should all remember that these people are valuable to society in their own way, and that we will all be worse off if we cannot tolerate and carve out a niche for them. Many of our geniuses, artists and explorers have been eccentric weirdos.
ThomasClark
Dec 19, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Um... does anyone else think it's a bit dangerous for a country that doesn't see anything wrong with capitalism, to start blaming societies ills on genetics. I know we are moving backwards as a nation, but couldn't we just skip the eugenics phase on our way to the founding fathers.
BrushMan
Dec 19, 2012 10:08 AM CST
Mom was a paranoid survivalist gun fanatic. Her right wing fanaticism was seemingly inherited by her son. Her extreme views proved to be correct; she WAS in extreme danger, but it was she who put herself and 27 other people there.