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article imageAdam Lanza damaged his hard drive before Sandy Hook massacre

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 18, 2012 in Crime
Police say that before he went on the deadly rampage at Sandy Hook School, Adam Lanza, in what is now being alleged evidence of premeditation in his crime, damaged his computer hard drive, making it difficult for investigators to extract information.
The New York Post reports that police investigators say that before he set off to the elementary school, Adam Lanza smashed the hard drive of at least one of his computers, possibly using a hammer or a screwdriver in an effort to destroy potentially valuable evidence.
The Daily Mail reports police sources say he may also have overwritten the hard drive to hide information. According to a source, the state of the computer on which he played video games was "pretty bad." The police source speculated: "If he destroyed the computer, that means there are things on there that would concern him."
According to The New York Post, forensics experts are working to piece the damaged hard drive together, hoping it will help reveal clues about the gruesome massacre.
The Daily Beast also reports that according to a police source, "It is going to be a while before they can decipher the information," if they ever. The source added: "The kid knew what he was doing. This was a planned event. There is no question about it.”
According to The New York Post, it is unclear whether information could still be retrieved from the badly damaged drive. But investigators have seized cellphones and computer games belonging to Lanza. According to The Daily Mail, Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance, said investigators are examining "anything that can provide us with information" about Lanza.
What could have driven anyone to such violence?
The Harford Courant notes that Lanza used his computer to play violent video games in which characters participate in bloody combat. According to The Harford Courant, a source said: "It's pretty clear he was an avid gamer."
A plumber who worked at the Lanzas' home said Adam was "obsessed" with weapons and violent video games such as Call of Duty. According to the Daily Mail, the plumber Peter Wlasuk, 45, said the walls of the room where Adam spent his time were covered with posters of guns and tanks from the World War II to the present time.
Mr Wlasuk said: "The kids who play these games know all about [guns]. I'm not blaming the games for what happened. But they see a picture of a historical gun and say, 'I've used that on Call of Duty.'"
The New York Post reports that FBI investigator Robert Paquette, commented: "Many of these games are very, very violent. I can't help but believe these can affect the minds of someone unbalanced."
The Daily Mail asks: "Did the violent video game Call of Duty spark the gun-crazed loner's killing spree? Adam Lanza spent hours with the game just like Anders Breivik."
Police are also trying to determine if he was being treated for any medical or psychiatric ailment. Police say they found no evidence in his home that he was being treated with any drugs prescribed for mental illness.
The New York Post reports Lanza's parents had told some of their friends and acquaintances that Adam had Asperger's syndrome, but it is not certain if he had ever been formally diagnosed.
According to The Hartford Courant , part of the latest official police narrative about how events unfolded in the school during the shooting says that:
The first classroom that Lanza reached was that of teacher Kaitlin Roig. Alarmed by the gunfire, she had hidden her students in a bathroom and closed her classroom door.
"The classroom he chose to enter was substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau's, where he proceeded to systematically shoot everyone inside..
"There were 14 coats hanging there and 14 bodies. He killed them all," said a law enforcement officer involved in the case.
"Lanza next arrived at teacher Victoria Soto's classroom. Soto is believed to have hidden her 6- and 7-year old students in a classroom closet. When Lanza demanded to know where the children were, Soto tried to divert him to the other end of the school by saying that her students were in the auditorium.
"But six of Soto's students tried to flee. Lanza shot them, Soto and another teacher who was in the room. Later, in their search for survivors, police found the remaining seven of Soto's students still hiding in the closet. They told the police what had happened."
Nancy Lanza had planned to move
Nancy Lanza, who was earlier been wrongly identified by the media as a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook, was a former stockbroker at John Hancock in Boston. The Daily Beast reports that she told her friend Mark Tambascio, a week and a half before her death, that she was planning to move to Washington state to enroll Adam at a college for special-needs students.
Tambascio, owner of My Place, a local restaurant and pub, said: “She told me she was moving. She had been thinking about it for one year at least. She was always trying to find ways to help his condition. She did everything in her power to help him. She was always concerned. She wanted him to have a regular life. She wanted to make sure he could be on his own.”
But Tambascio said that Nancy did not reveal much to him about Adam. He said: “She was very private about it. She was such a strong woman, but I think it saddened her. She didn't want to burden anyone. When she came here she wanted a refuge. She would come in and have a drink or two. She wanted to get things off her mind.”
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