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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:12 AM

School Gunman's Downward Spiral

In his last few years, Adam Lanza shut himself off from the outside world almost completely, his troubles slowly escalating as his family splintered.

In the summer of 2010, Mr. Lanza cut off contact with his father, Peter Lanza, a General Electric GE -0.81% executive whose marriage with his mother ended a year before, said a person with knowledge of family matters. It is unclear why Mr. Lanza refused to speak with his father, who made repeated attempts to contact him, this person said, but the breakdown in their relationship came as Peter Lanza started to get serious with his girlfriend, whom he married last year.

After Christmas 2010, Adam Lanza had no contact with his older brother, Ryan, who had moved away for a job in New York City, according to records and a person with knowledge of the family. And three years ago, high-school classmates recalled Adam Lanza suddenly disappearing midway through high school in Newtown, Conn. "He disappeared off the face of the Earth," according to one friend.

Then, last Friday morning, Adam Lanza fatally shot his final link to the outside world, his mother, Nancy Lanza, in her bed. He then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School—where he attended first through fourth grades—and he killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life, authorities said.

The 20-year-old's seclusion is proving to be the primary obstacle for investigators trying to piece together a comprehensive portrait of Mr. Lanza and his interactions with others in the days leading up to the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history, a state police official said. Afflicted with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, Mr. Lanza left few traces of interactions with people in person, or online, the official and others said. The person who knew him best, Nancy Lanza, is dead.

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proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 OP
MH1 Dec 2012 #1
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #3
Faygo Kid Dec 2012 #2
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #4
MichiganVote Dec 2012 #5
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #6
MichiganVote Dec 2012 #7

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:19 AM

1. There they go again. Asperger's is not an "affliction",

it is a different way of perceiving and interacting with the world.

The "affliction" is other people who can't handle being around people who see the world differently.

It is wrong to insinuate that Asperger's had anything significant to do with what Lanza did. If anything, it may have made it more difficult for him to get help for whatever else was really wrong that caused him to go shoot 20 kids and several adults. But it was the inability for others to see and deal with what was going on with him, AND the availability of high power weapons at his fingertips that resulted in this tragedy.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:25 AM

3. Yes I'm getting tired of that too.

Good point.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:25 AM

2. I cannot feel sympathy for Adam Lanza. I just can't.

I know he was deeply disturbed. I feel even less sympathy for his mother, who gave him access to assault weapons, and trained him to shoot them.

The madness must stop. Ban assault weapons, and the magazines that make them happen.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:26 AM

4. Me neither.

But I want to know why he did this.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:51 PM

5. There are other diagnosis that can/do simluate Asprerger's. I highly doubt this youth had Asp.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:54 PM

6. Well even if he did I doubt that was what led to the shooting.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:12 PM

7. Agree.

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