Anders Breivik told his dying mother: 'Sorry I ruined your life'
New biography delves deeper into relationship between mass-murderer Breivik and his mother
NORWEGIAN mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik hugged his mother before she died this year and apologised for ruining her life, according to a new biography.
The Mother, written by journalist Marit Christensen and published yesterday in Norway, adds to the complicated picture of Breivik's relationship with his mother, Wenche Behring Breivik.
At the age of 32, Breivik was still living with Wenche when he killed eight people in Oslo and 69 in a shooting spree on a holiday island for young political activists on 22 July 2011.
The biography, based on hours of conversation with Wenche, claims that she had no idea he was planning the attacks and, on the day of the massacre, had cooked him a dinner of spaghetti, which went cold as she waited for his return. When police arrived at her house with the news, she broke down in tears and was admitted to a psychiatric ward the following day.
Wenche described herself as the world's "saddest mother", who both hated and loved her son, reports The Times.
A few days before Wenche died of cancer in March, she was taken by ambulance to visit her son in jail, where he is serving a 21-year prison sentence. Still in handcuffs, Breivik was allowed out from behind the glass screen that normally divided them on visits. According to the biography, he hugged his mother and told her: "Sorry that I have ruined your life."
The biography comes a year after another book A Norwegian Tragedy, written by Aage Borchgrevink, claimed that Wenche "sexualised" her son when he was four years old, hit him and repeatedly told him that she wished he was dead.
Based on reports from a child psychologist who examined the family in 1983 and 1984, the book claimed Wenche was preoccupied with fears that her son would assault someone. One of the psychologist's reports described her as having a "borderline personality structure" and said she was quick to shift between "speaking to [Breivik] with a sugary voice and openly expressing a death wish". ·