New Adam Lanza Documents Paint a Disturbing Picture

He wrote of his 'scorn for humanity'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2018 5:34 AM CST
In this Dec. 18, 2012 photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
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(Newser) – Newly released journals and other Adam Lanza documents don't directly state a reason for his monstrous crime—but they do paint a picture of a severely disturbed young man descending into isolation and hate. The documents include medical and school records as well as communications up until just days before Lanza, 20, killed 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The Hartford Courant, which secured the release of the documents after battling in court for years, says they make one thing clear: Despite the attention parents, educators, and psychiatrists paid to Lanza starting when he was 2 years old, "no single person grasped the full picture of what he was becoming." More:

  • A "road map to murder." The documents include what the Courant calls a "road map to murder"—A spreadsheet exactly 400 entries long, detailing acts of mass violence from 1786 to 2010. Lanza ranked them by number of people killed. Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole says Lanza appears to have used the spreadsheet to develop his plan for the Sandy Hook massacre. "The game plan that he ultimately carried out, the shooting itself showed planning, it showed organization, it showed thoughtfulness, it was detailed, he came ready, he came prepared, he knew how to enter the building so those kinds of behaviors are reflected in what we see here in the spreadsheet," she says.

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