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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:40 PM

Adam Lanza's Father

Adam Lanza's Father Found Out About Son's Role In Massacre From A Reporter

Henry Blodget | Dec. 15, 2012, 9:17 AM

The father of 20-year old Adam Lanza, the alleged "shooter" in the horrific Sandy Hook school massacre, found out about what happened from a Stamford Advocate reporter yesterday afternoon.
Peter Lanza, a tax specialist at GE, was pulling into his driveway in Stamford in a Mini Cooper when reporter Maggie Gordon approached the car.

Lanza rolled down the window and asked if he could help her.

I told him I was a reporter for the Stamford Advocate, and I was surprised that no click of recognition flash across his face. So I continued, explaining that I'd been told someone at his address had been linked to the shootings in Newtown.
His expression twisted from patient, to surprise to horror; it was obvious that this moment, shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday, was the first time he had considered his family could have been involved. He quickly declined to comment, rolled up the window, parked in the right side of the two-car garage and closed the door.

Moments later he sat at a table in the front of his three-bedroom house, a phone to his left ear and a palm to his right cheek.
Lanza and his former wife, Nancy, who was also killed yesterday, divorced several years ago after 28 years of marriage. He and Nancy Lanza shared custody of Adam, who was 17 at the time of the divorce.
Peter Lanza lives with his second wife in Stamford.

In that one moment, Lanza learned that his son killed 28 people, including 20 children, his ex-wife, and himself. It's hard to even begin to imagine what that feels like.

Source:

http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-lanza-father-stamford-2012-12?0=bi

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Dalai_1 Dec 2012 OP
peacebird Dec 2012 #1
Warpy Dec 2012 #2
peacebird Dec 2012 #6
SoCalDem Dec 2012 #15
Warpy Dec 2012 #22
Brickbat Dec 2012 #4
politicaljunkie41910 Dec 2012 #12
peacebird Dec 2012 #17
Fridays Child Dec 2012 #3
yodermon Dec 2012 #7
Wind Dancer Dec 2012 #19
hfojvt Dec 2012 #9
SoCalDem Dec 2012 #23
mn9driver Dec 2012 #5
marlakay Dec 2012 #10
Squinch Dec 2012 #20
mn9driver Dec 2012 #24
Squinch Dec 2012 #25
Hassin Bin Sober Dec 2012 #8
Xipe Totec Dec 2012 #11
alcibiades_mystery Dec 2012 #13
Lone_Star_Dem Dec 2012 #14
marions ghost Dec 2012 #16
Terra Alta Dec 2012 #18
SajayHobbs Dec 2012 #21

Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:44 PM

1. Unforgivable on the part of that "reporter".

What a cruel thing to do.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:50 PM

2. Unforgivable on the part of the police

You'd think they'd have notified him first.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:00 PM

6. That too.... Poor man.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:31 PM

15. There is a process..and media always "takes cuts" in their rush to report

anything they hear or are told or they think they know.

The police on the scene were pretty busy, and someone in NJ is probably low on their "do right now" list. The murderer was not a minor child, so his parent(s) would not necessarily be the first one(s) called. They were not even sure which son he was because he used false ID.

Had he had a fake ID with John Smith as the name, would the police start calling every Smith in the phone book?

The father had been out of the home for 3+ years , and the older bother lived in another state as well.. They were not that connected to the murderer and had not been for a while.

I have a brother in Texas, and if he did something terrible, I would not know about it or know of anything about it for a while. I would react the same way if cops/media showed up at my doorstep immediately after/during an "event" created/caused by him.

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:10 PM

22. Yes, I know, it took about 5 hours for notification

in my own family's case.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:53 PM

4. You're right; she should have said "Wouldn't YOU like to know" when he asked her why she was there.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:14 PM

12. It gets better....

"...Moments later he sat at a table in the front of his three-bedroom house, a phone to his left ear and a palm to his right cheek. ..."

Gee, how did they know that, did they have an telescopic lens trained on the couples living room? Shhhssss.

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:39 PM

17. Obscene....

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:51 PM

3. He and his wife kept to themselves, didn't put up Christmas lights.

Do you suppose that the writer is trying to paint some sort of sightly malevolent picture of the kid's father?

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Response to Fridays Child (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:10 PM

7. well fuck, i'd better go put up my christmas lights before they come cart me away n/t

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Response to yodermon (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:42 PM

19. Honestly!

You and me both!

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Response to Fridays Child (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:27 PM

9. the neighbors seem to be

but the report also gives you all the infomation you need "He wore a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt, his hair neatly parted to side."

Read more: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Reporter-broke-news-to-father-of-suspect-4119559.php#ixzz2F9bmoZYj

and the car is a mini Cooper and a blue one.

But I am wondering what color his pants were?

And what color were his shoes?

Not to mention his parachute.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:17 PM

23. But but but...What did he have for lunch that day

media is pathetic.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:54 PM

5. His circumstances make me shudder.

The divorce, the son, the aspergers, the length of marriage, the remarriage----everything matches my own circumstances.

Except for the final horror he faces, thank god. I picked my son up and took him out breakfast this morning and we talked and hugged for a long time.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:27 PM

10. My grand son has aspergers too

Its a very hard thing to live with for the parents. I know my daughter and son-n-law try hard but its a struggle.

He is 6. They tried to put him in first grade with a special aid and ended up having to put him in a special school after 2 months.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 06:00 PM

20. My understanding is that the Aspergers is unconfirmed. And doesn't it seem like such an odd

behavior for a person with Aspergers? In my experience one of the things that people with Aspergers completely lack is malice of any kind. Frustration, yes, but nothing directed violently outward in a concerted way.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:21 PM

24. Frustration, sadness, loneliness, yes

Especially in young adulthood. Lashing out violently is NOT part and parcel of the condition. That being said, these young people are just as capable of any emotion as anyone else.

Whatever was going on in his head, I doubt it had anything to do with Aspergers.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:25 PM

25. I doubt it too.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:14 PM

8. "tax specialist at GE"

No wonder he makes so much money. There is big money in cheating the government.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:53 PM

11. Nice going, Stamford Advocate,

How does it feel to be total imbeciles?

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:19 PM

13. "Can I help you, miss?"

"Yeah, you know your whole family? They're all fucking dead and your kid will be known forever as a monstrous butcher. Do you have any comment on that?"

HORRIFIC. Nightmare territory.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:21 PM

14. Beating the police at giving him the news, I see how it may happen

Spying on the man in his home while he's living the single worst moment of his life, and then "reporting" what you witnessed. that's unethical. It's the sort of crap a sleazy tabloid would do.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:37 PM

16. No point in blaming the media here

they were going after a major story. This is what they do.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:41 PM

18. How horrible for him.

His child will forever be known as a monstrous killer, not to mention his son killed himself, too. I'm sure he is grieving not only for those innocents killed, but his own son as well.

What a horrible way for him to find out.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 06:01 PM

21. Damn that reporter!!

 

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