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
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)

(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.)

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Apr 9, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
lets just be happy that both of these nuts are gone and get on with life!
Apr 9, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
fractal,, that is total BS, poor judgement and euphoria are NOT symtoms, of the disease,, perhaps the drugs taken to relieve her OTHER symtoms,, geeze,, you need to research before you throw the BS around
Apr 8, 2013 4:38 PM CDT
Adams mother had multiple sclerosis. One of the problems with this disease is that many people have neurological symptoms, including poor judgment and euphoria. She should not have been allowed to have guns herself. And she was in no condition--obviously--to make an objective decision about her son and his mental health. Where was dad and why wasn't he more involved?