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article imageAdam Lanza's father's first interview since Sandy Hook killings

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 10, 2014 in Crime
Peter Lanza, Adam's father, has spoken publicly for the first time about his son and the deadly killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
The interview appears in the March 17, 2014 edition of The New Yorker that is currently online. Writer Andrew Solomon wrote Lanza contacted him last December around the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. Solomon writes he met Lanza a total of six times and some of the interviews lasted as long as seven hours.
On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother. He then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where he shot and killed 20 elementary school students and six staff members before taking his own life as first responders moved in.
Peter Lanza, a vice-president of GE Energy Financial Services, divorced his wife, Nancy, in 2009 and said he had not seen Adam for two years prior to his death. He said he visited Adam regularly until 2010 when Adam refused to see him any more.
According to Lanza, Adam began to change when he entered middle school. Lanza said, "It was crystal clear something was wrong. The social awkwardness, the uncomfortable anxiety, unable to sleep, stress, unable to concentrate, having a hard time learning, the awkward walk, reduced eye contact. You could see the changes occurring."
When Adam was 13, he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. But Lanza doesn't think the Asperger's was responsible for the killings and said people with Asperger's do not do what Adam did. He believes the symptoms may have masked another condition such as schizophrenia.
Lanza said there was no way what Adam did could have been predicted and he wishes his son had never been born. He described Adam by saying, " can't mourn for the little boy he once was. You can't fool can't get any more evil."
Lanza thinks it is significant Adam shot his mother four times; one shot for Adam, his brother Ryan, Nancy and Peter. He has no doubt Adam would have killed him if he had had the opportunity.
Lanza also said his wife did not think her son was dangerous. He said, "She never confided...about being afraid of him. She slept with her bedroom door unlocked and kept guns in the house which she wouldn't have done if she were frightened."
Lanza still refuses to say where Adam is buried.
You can read the entire interview here.
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