Lanza's Mom Found Grisly Images Weeks Before Shooting

But friend says she decided not to confront her son

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 8, 2013 9:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Recently released search warrants related to the Newtown school shooting revealed that investigators found gruesome photos in Adam Lanza's home, and now a friend tells the New York Daily News that mom Nancy came across grisly pictures just two weeks before the massacre. She was "disturbed, really disturbed" by what the friend describes as a drawing of a "woman clutching a religious item, like rosary beads, and holding a child, and she was getting all shot up in the back with blood flying everywhere." But she said nothing to her son, says the friend. "She wanted to think it over."

The revelation comes as part of a larger Daily News story based on hundreds of Nancy Lanza's emails it obtained, which date back as far as 1999. One email from that year discussed a school incident in New Hampshire in which a student used a nail to assault another: "That kid (with the nail) should be expelled from school. (Schools) go on and on about their great 'zero tolerance' regarding drugs and alcohol . . . but go ahead and let a kid attack another with a weapon!" She also referenced an autoimmune disorder that killed her grandfather and revealed that doctors identified lesions on her brain; "I am carrying the gene for this type of self-destruct," she wrote in 1999. (Meanwhile, Newtown victims' families opened up to 60 Minutes—and attacked Nancy Lanza's parenting—last night.)

In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway and crime scene tape surrounds the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn.
In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway and crime scene tape surrounds the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
This undated file photo circulated by law enforcement and provided by NBC News, shows Adam Lanza.
This undated file photo circulated by law enforcement and provided by NBC News, shows Adam Lanza.   (AP Photo/NBC News, File)
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