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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
August 25, 2012
His goal was to be declared sane, so on that point he is satisfied.
Geir Lippestad, defense attorney for Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik • Speaking on his client’s reaction to today’s sentencing, in which he was declared sane and ordered to prison for 10 to 21 years, a case of “preventive detention.” Now, by U.S. standards, that may seem like a light rap for killing 77 people in cold blood, but Norwegian law is a bit different – basically, the stated sentence can be extended indefinitely, so long as the 33-year-old is considered a danger to society. Which means Anders Breivik, who explicitly fought to be recognized as sane, fearful the contrary would represent a denigration of his anti-Muslim nationalism, will likely spend the rest of his years locked away. source (viafollow)
15:48 // 1 year ago
April 20, 2012

Anders Breivik’s American fan: Meet Kevin Forts of Worchester, Mass. Kevin is one of the few people who has shown support to the Norwegian mass shooter, saying that his actions display nationalism and that he dreams of meeting him. They’ve even become pen pals. Forts showed up in this video for Norwegian tabloid VG recently to explain his bizarre fandom. We’re not really sure what to say about this.

20:33 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2011
17:34 // 2 years ago
July 28, 2011
Mr. Breivik managed to commit two terrorist attacks in a single afternoon. But the hatred and contempt from which he drew his deranged determination were shared with many others throughout the international right-wing blogosphere.
Joshua Gaarder, author of “Sophie’s World,” and Thomas Hyland Erickson, professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo • In a New York Times opinion piece emphasizing the right-wing blogosphere’s influential nature — especially in terms of the Norway terror attacks, perpetrated by a man with ties to the right-wing in Norway. Plenty of people on the Internet are bigots in an extreme sense, extreme enough to encourage behavior like Breivik’s. It’s a sad and scary truth, but it’s one that needs to be taken seriously — no man works alone. He may have been a lone wolf in his actions, but he certainly wasn’t alone in his thinking. source (viafollow)
14:13 // 2 years ago