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February 19, 2013

Report: Newtown shooter may have been inspired by Norway shooter

  • 2011 Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik drew international attention and anger over a mass killing spree that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, and cast a pall for weeks after the shooting. He survived the shooting and was sentenced to at least 21 years in prison.
  • 2012 Newtown gunman Adam Lanza, whose motives were unknown in the months after the shooting, may have been inspired by Breivik’s own shooting, with some sources noting to CBS News that he may have chosen Sandy Hook because it was the closest target with a large number of people. Lanza may have left evidence showing he was reportedly “obsessed” with Breivik. source

» A caveat: Be careful not to overly lean on this speculation, however. After CBS published their story, they added this note: "In response to this piece, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police told CBS News that the investigation into the motive for the Newtown shooting has not been completed and therefore any statements about the shooter’s intent are mere speculation."

1:20 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012
2:15 // 1 year ago
August 24, 2012
breakingnews:

Norwegian court rules Anders Behring Breivik sane, sentences him to prison
The New York Times: A court on Friday sentenced Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who admitted killing 77 people, to at least 21 years in prison after ruling that he was sane when he carried out his country’s worst peacetime atrocity. The sentence was the most severe permitted under Norwegian law, but it can be extended at a later date if he is still deemed to be a danger to society.
Photo: Anders Behring Breivik listens to the judge in the courtroom, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Oslo, Norway (Frank Augstein / AP)

It seems light by American standards, but this is the harshest possible sentence he could have gotten.

breakingnews:

Norwegian court rules Anders Behring Breivik sane, sentences him to prison

The New York Times: A court on Friday sentenced Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who admitted killing 77 people, to at least 21 years in prison after ruling that he was sane when he carried out his country’s worst peacetime atrocity. The sentence was the most severe permitted under Norwegian law, but it can be extended at a later date if he is still deemed to be a danger to society.

Photo: Anders Behring Breivik listens to the judge in the courtroom, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Oslo, Norway (Frank Augstein / AP)

It seems light by American standards, but this is the harshest possible sentence he could have gotten.

7:29 // 1 year ago
May 16, 2012
I thought they (the attackers) were exchanging messages but realizing he was alone, I think the scream was actually a battle cry.
Utoeya Island massacre survivor Ingvild Leren Stensrud • Describing what she saw and heard, the day Anders Behring Breivik attacked Oslo and Utoeya, while testifying in the Norwegian killer’s trial. Stenstrud survived the attack, with a gun shot to the left thigh, after being knocked over — and subsequently covered by — the body of another victim. Glenn Martin Waldenstroem, who survived being shot in the face, asked that Breivik be removed from the room before he testified. With Anders gone, Waldenstroem told the court that the killer “looked angry and smiled simultaneously.” source (viafollow)
13:36 // 2 years ago
April 17, 2012
I am not scared by the prospect of being in prison all my life. I was born in a prison where I could not express my beliefs. This prison is called Norway.
Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman in the Norwegian mass shooting • Speaking in a court Tuesday regarding his actions. ”I have carried out the most spectacular and sophisticated attack on Europe since World War II. … These acts are based on goodness, not evil,” he also said to the court. Today was a somewhat difficult day in the court, as one of the judges was removed for saying last year that he felt Breivik should face the death penalty.
10:35 // 2 years ago
April 16, 2012
10:12 // 2 years ago
November 29, 2011
Psychiatrists: Norway shooting suspect legally insane. Anders Behring Breivik, the man charged in a bombing and shooting rampage that left dozens of people dead earlier this summer, was determined to be insane by Norwegian police, who determined he was psychotic during both the shooting and 13 later interviews. Breivik has not learned of the decision, which likely means two things: First, he probably won’t get jail time, due to Norwegian law. Second, he could be put in a mental hospital for the rest of his life, based on what a court decides. The report contradicts a court decision on the matter earlier this month. (Check our Tumbl-Zine for more background on this story.)

Psychiatrists: Norway shooting suspect legally insane. Anders Behring Breivik, the man charged in a bombing and shooting rampage that left dozens of people dead earlier this summer, was determined to be insane by Norwegian police, who determined he was psychotic during both the shooting and 13 later interviews. Breivik has not learned of the decision, which likely means two things: First, he probably won’t get jail time, due to Norwegian law. Second, he could be put in a mental hospital for the rest of his life, based on what a court decides. The report contradicts a court decision on the matter earlier this month. (Check our Tumbl-Zine for more background on this story.)

11:35 // 2 years ago
November 14, 2011
Judge: Norway mass-shooting suspect not insane, fit for trial
Anders Behring Breivik wasn’t allowed to speak at a hearing Monday, the first public hearing since the July bombing and mass shooting that killed 77 people. The hearing drew more than 500 people. The judge, Torkjel Nesheim, was quick to decide on his sanity (and also noted that he most assuredly acted alone), but would not let him recite a prepared statement for the hearing. ”This was not the main trial where he gets to explain himself,” the judge said. “I did not want to give him the opportunity to use this hearing as a platform for him to express his views.” (Check our Tumbl-Zine for more background on this story.) source
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Anders Behring Breivik wasn’t allowed to speak at a hearing Monday, the first public hearing since the July bombing and mass shooting that killed 77 people. The hearing drew more than 500 people. The judge, Torkjel Nesheim, was quick to decide on his sanity (and also noted that he most assuredly acted alone), but would not let him recite a prepared statement for the hearing. ”This was not the main trial where he gets to explain himself,” the judge said. “I did not want to give him the opportunity to use this hearing as a platform for him to express his views.” (Check our Tumbl-Zine for more background on this story.) source

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10:49 // 2 years ago
September 8, 2011
hman:

Back when the mass murder happened in Norway earlier this summer, the only thing I could find to say was how Lacoste was probably freaking out because the guy was wearing a Lacoste sweater in every picture that came out.
It turns out I was onto something:

“French clothing firm Lacoste contacted Norwegian police to request that confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik stop wearing its products, the Dagbladet newspaper reported.”

Hah!

Because, clearly, the first thing that should be on the mind of a mass-shooter is upholding the reputation of a clothing company. This ain’t no Jersey Shore.

hman:

Back when the mass murder happened in Norway earlier this summer, the only thing I could find to say was how Lacoste was probably freaking out because the guy was wearing a Lacoste sweater in every picture that came out.

It turns out I was onto something:

“French clothing firm Lacoste contacted Norwegian police to request that confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik stop wearing its products, the Dagbladet newspaper reported.”

Hah!

Because, clearly, the first thing that should be on the mind of a mass-shooter is upholding the reputation of a clothing company. This ain’t no Jersey Shore.

10:59 // 2 years ago
July 31, 2011
17:34 // 2 years ago