Did Adam Lanza's 'paranoid' mother trigger killing spree?
Nancy Lanza was stockpiling guns and struggling to hold it together, say friends and family
NANCY LANZA, the mother of the 20-year-old gunman who killed 27 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut school on Friday, was a deeply paranoid survivalist who stockpiled guns, food and water because she was convinced society was on the brink of collapse.
The Daily Mail says questions are being asked about the part the 52-year-old divorcee played in Adam Lanza's "catastrophic mental breakdown" that lead to the slaughter of 20 children aged six and seven and six adults.
Nancy Lanza was a "prepper" – someone preparing for the violent breakdown of society – and her passion for guns saw her stockpile a small armoury of pistols and rifles. She was also "struggling to hold it together", according to friends and family.
Adam's aunt, Marsha Lanza, told the Connecticut TV station 7News: "Last time we visited with her [Nancy] in person we talked about prepping and you know, are you ready for what can happen down the line when the economy collapses."
Nancy passed her growing love of guns and fears about the world to her sons, teaching them to shoot at local gun ranges. In the end, Adam – a shy, socially-awkward loner who spent much of his time playing violent computer games in his room - turned those weapons on his mother, shooting her four times in the head, possibly as she slept.
Adam then unleashed hell in the classrooms of Sandy Hook school using three weapons from his mother's arsenal: two handguns and a semi-automatic assault rifle.
"She [Nancy] told me she liked the single-mindedness of shooting," said Dan Holmes, who looked after the large garden that surrounded her rambling house in Newtown. He also recalled how she would go target shooting with her boys "pretty often".
The Mail says Adam spent much of his time on his computer, but did not connect to the world via Facebook or Twitter. Police are trying to repair a hard drive which was found shattered on the floor in Adam's bedroom, hopeful that it might hold clues to his motive.