The Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik spared a 22-year-old man during his Utoya Island slaughter because he "looked right-wing."
Adrian Pracon "looked right wing" because he had blue eyes. Breivik, explaining the logic of his action, said: "Certain people look more leftist than others. This person appeared right-wing, that was his appearance. That's the reason I didn't fire any shots at him. When I looked at him I saw myself."
According to the Mirror, Pracon said the killer stood looking at him as he pleaded for his life. Pracon, recalling the terrifying moment, said: “I was a sitting duck in the water with my half upper body above water and just said to him ‘No, please don’t do it, no. And I don’t know if he had sort of sympathy in him. I believe not. But something did prevent him from killing me. I remember him pointing the gun at me for quite a long time before he took it down, turned and walked away.”
But unknown to Breivik, Pracon belonged to the class of people his rampage was targeted at. He is not only of Polish descent, he is also a Labor Party youth wing activist. Later, when Breivik came upon Pracon once again, he played dead, but this time Breivik shot him in the shoulder.
in his court testimony, Breivik described how he spared the life of a 10-year-old. He said: "I could not understand what such a little boy was doing at a political indoctrination camp."
The Mirror reports Breivik apologized to the family of a pub owner who was one of eight killed in the blast outside government offices in Oslo. He said it hadn't been his intention to kill "civilians." In his apology, he said: "To all of those...I want to say I am deeply sorry for what happened. But what happened, happened." He implied that the act could be justified as "a minor barbarity to prevent a larger one."
According to the Mirror, when he was asked if wanted to apologize to the families of the other victims, he answered: “No I don’t. Utoya is a political indoctrination camp. I see all multicultural political activists as monsters, as evil monsters who wish to eradicate our people, our ethnic group, our culture and our country."
In his testimony, Breivik claimed he also suffered pain as the families of his victims. He said he lost contact with friends and family after the massacre, and he showed no remorse as he described what happened on the day he slaughtered innocent people at a political youth camp on Utoya Island on July 22, 2011.
Breivik argued that his act was necessary and said being shunned by friends and relatives was as bad as the grief the familes of his victims experienced. He said: "The only difference was that for my part it was a choice."
Breivik, who has confessed to the killings, said he was not criminally guilty. He argued that his victims were traitors who had emigrated from their countries.
Daily Mail reports that even Breivik's defense have admitted there is no chance of his acquittal and that the only issue to be determined in the trial is whether he is criminally insane. According to Daily Mail, If the court determines he is not insane, he would face 21 years in prison but he can be held longer if deemed a danger to society. If, however, the court determines he is mentally unfit, he would be sentenced to psychiatric care and released only when he is no longer deemed a danger to society.
The Telegraph reports that two psychiatric examinations carried out so far have reached contradictory conclusions on whether he is criminally insane. The Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine asked for additional information from two psychiatrists who found him sane, saying their report was incomplete.
According to The Telegraph, Breivik said questions being raised about his sanity were designed to discredit his ideological position. He argued there would be no questions about his mental health if he were a "bearded jihadist." He said: "But because I am a militant nationalist, I am being subjected to grave racism. They are trying to de-legitimize everything I stand for. I know I'm at risk of ending up at an insane asylum, and I'm going to do what I can to avoid that."
Breivik claims he is member of a Knights Templar group. In his 1,500-page manifesto he described in detail uniforms, medals, and codes of conduct of the group. But prosecutors believe the group is the product of his imagination.
Breivik, describing the massacre in chilling detail, spoke of how his victims stood "completely paralyzed" by fear as he shot them. He said he was in a "state of shock" as he shot his victims first with a 9mm Glock pistol and then a rifle. He described how they were "begging for their lives." He described calmly how he used a handgun to kill victims if the distance was less than 10 meters, and how he used a rifle if the distance was greater. He told the court: "I thought this is now or never. There were a hundred voices in my head saying 'Don’t do it. Don’t do it.'"