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PostSubject: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:40 pm

Today, Adam Lanza would have turned 25 years old.

In an interview with Adam's father in 2014, Peter Lanza said that he wished that Adam had never been born and that there was no remembering who he was outside of who he became. He continued, “That didn’t come right away. That’s not a natural thing, when you’re thinking about your kid. But, God, there’s no question. There can only be one conclusion, when you finally get there."

I certainly understand why he said this. His son was the cause of unimaginable suffering for dozens of families, with no real sense to his actions and no adequate explanation. However, Sue Klebold found a way to love the person her son had been while simultaneously accepting that he had planned a bloodbath and was a vicious, remorseless murderer in the last moments of his life, so I wonder if Peter Lanza will ever change his mind about that.

Was Adam born to kill or could things have been different for him? If different choices were made, maybe Adam Lanza would be alive today. Unfortunately, life only goes in one direction and there's no getting around how his life (and the lives of 27 other people) ended, no matter what possibilities we might imagine. I think it's safe to say that although Adam may have had a comparably "easy" life in this world, much like Eric and Dylan, I have no doubt that in the end, his own death was a relief.

That's all.

Just in case you have ever wanted to know about Adam Lanza, I have tried to condense the most interesting or relevant facts of his life into a few pages of writing and I hope this offers some insight into what he experienced in the 20 years of life that he lived before his massacre. I tried to be as concise as possible (ha), but it's difficult, and I am sure that I left out some important things anyway. I have also tried to include as many quotes as possible from people who knew him but the majority of the information is from educational and medical records and other fairly impersonal sources.

The Lanza Family

Nancy Chmpion, nicknamed “Beanie” in high school, met her future husband, Peter Lanza, nicknamed “Mousey,” as a senior in high school. She graduated early and three years later, in 1981, the couple married and built a house on land owned by the Champion family.

In 1988, the Lanzas’ first son, Ryan was born.

Adam Peter Lanza was born four years later, on April 22, 1992. Many sources note Kingston, NH as his place of birth but Adam's death certificate says he was born in Exeter, NH.

Both extended families were native to New Hampshire and Nancy kept in close contact with her siblings over the years. Adam looked up to his uncle, James Champion, a police officer and military veteran.

Nancy’s interest in firearms was natural and lifelong, as she had grown up on a farm, in a rural area of New Hampshire. She developed a love of hunting at an early age and as a young teen, would go out with her brothers to hunt game.

Nancy went to college and had a successful career as a stockbroker but she stopped working when she experienced complications with Adam’s pregnancy. She was due to return to work after maternity leave in 1993, but she learned that she was going to be let go. In accordance with her somewhat litigious nature, she filed a lawsuit against the company for discrimination, noting that she had eight years of consistently high performance marks before her pregnancy forced her to take a leave of absence. She won a settlement against the company.

She continued to stay at home once Adam’s issues became apparent but she sometimes did volunteer work with women’s shelters and at her sons’ schools.

Nancy once related a story to a friend about how she had asked Peter one night if he could think of anything nice to say about anyone he knew personally. He was silent for about five minutes and she thought he was ignoring her question. Finally, he said, “Reagan was a good president.” Nancy commented, “It took him that long to think of something nice to say, and even then, it wasn’t at all personal! He has few friends...no hobbies...but he he certainly excels at his job.”

Lanza’s Early Development

It was apparent that Adam was not quite normal from early on. Adam underwent evaluations for his developmental issues in 1995 so that he could receive special education services. After his services were prematurely discontinued, the Lanzas sought a second evaluation in 1997. Some observations from these assessments were that:

1) Adam had “made up his own language,” and during testing, the evaluator could not understand any of Adam’s speech and had to rely on his mother to interpret his communication. (1995)

2)  Adam “fell well below expectations in social-personal development” and presented with “significantly delayed development of articulation and expressive language skills” but he had a good attention span, creative play skills, and could follow adult directions. (1995)

3) Adam was “friendly [and] bright,” with “good social language ability,” as well as a good sense of humor. He displayed many behavioral rituals, continued to have significant speech and language difficulties and may have had a sensory integration disorder. (1997)

4) Adam was an extremely active child who never slept through the night, continued to make up his own language, did not like to be held, kissed or hugged, had odd repetitive behaviors and severe temper tantrums, could not tolerate touch or texture, had sensitivity to smells, had delays in fine and gross motor skills, and at times, would “sit and hit his head repeatedly.” (1997)

Teachers at his Kingston, NH preschool said that Adam was “very quiet during groups.” Testing showed that he had difficulties with auditory processing (taking in speech and producing speech) and his assessment showed a marked discrepancy between comprehension and expression meaning that he could understand much more than he could communicate, which suggested that he might have difficulty making his needs known.

A family friend later spoke of his impressions of Adam when he would tag along at his older brother’s cub scout meetings at the age of 4. He said, “It was obvious to everyone that as a child, Adam was different. There was a weirdness about him. He wasn’t a normal child. Nancy would tell me: ‘Don’t touch Adam, he doesn’t like being touched.’ We all just thought he would grow out of it. He never did.” Adam would separate himself from the crowd and refuse to engage in group activities at the Scout meetings. If another child touched him, he would retreat into his mother’s arms.

The friend’s son was one of Adam’s only friends. He and Nancy would take Ryan and the two younger boys to a homemade shooting gallery on their property, where they would shoot a Ruger 10/22 at paper targets. Adam was four when he first shot a gun but Nancy was very strict and very safety oriented, making sure that her son was wearing safety goggles and ear plugs before allowing him to shoot. The family friend stated, “From the beginning you could tell that Adam liked the feel of the gun in his hands and that he was a quick learner. When Adam was focused he could really focus and in no time, he became a good shot. He seemed to really enjoy himself on the range- and Nancy too. She would enjoy watching Adam as he would practice with the little rifle.”

He also recalled a time when Adam wandered off during a basketball game they attended together, just before his sixth birthday. Nancy became hysterical. “It wasn’t just a meltdown. It was an enormous panic attack,” said Nancy’s friend. A few moments, later, he spotted Adam only several feet away, touching the wall near the concession stand with his finger. He explained to Adam how much he had upset his mother but Adam barely acknowledged his presence before calmly turning around to walk back to their seats, as if nothing had happened. “He just had this blank look in his eyes, as if he didn’t know who I was or something. He didn’t say a word. It kind of scared me.”

Elementary School

In 1998, the Lanzas left New Hampshire to move to the small town of Newtown, Connecticut after Peter Lanza accepted a new job at GE. Nancy was happy with Newtown because their school system had an impeccable reputation and she believed that there would be special educational services for young Adam, who was already showing signs of developmental issues. Adam entered first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School the same year.

He was described as a bit awkward, withdrawn, and somewhat reluctant to participate in the classroom but he began to make friends for the first time. Soon after they arrived, Nancy was excited to throw a birthday party for Adam, who was turning seven. She invited over 20 of his new friends to a party at a bowling alley.

A classmate said Adam was “a nice kid who was sort of withdrawn [though] I could tell he was a little off. Adam seemed to get along with everyone, he would interact but would never engage classmates in conversation. During this school year, I invited all of my classmates over to my house for a birthday party. The one thing that I thought was odd was Adam’s mother stayed for the entire party.”

In first grade, Adam was reading at grade level and was above grade level in math. His weaknesses were difficulty with written expres​sion(which was attributed to his speech delays), the persistence of his articulation disorder and problems with fine motor skills. Records say he was “respectful” and behaved appropriately but teachers noted that he was “timid” and “needing prompting to participate.”

Adam received 30 minutes of weekly language therapy with a goal of improving articulation and 30 minutes of occupational therapy with a goal of increasing tolerance for texture through touch, as well as improving his fine motor skills. Later on, investigators concluded that this intervention was minimal and likely inadequate.

In second grade, Adam was described as “conscientious, quiet, but more talkative since he was grouped with another second grade student.” Teachers said his sensory processing was seen to be improving. A report said Adam was an “excellent student and a thoughtful friend to peers” with “wonderful thoughts and ideas to share.”

During this year, Adam’s occupational therapy was discontinued since his aversion to texture had mostly resolved, though he continued to have problems with his fine motor skills, struggling with activities like zipping his jacket or tying his shoes.

His teacher later said, “He was a frail little fellow and rarely spoke.  There was a quiet depth to him that I couldn’t penetrate, but there were no problems.” She also said that he was a smart, sweet boy who did not require extra academic attention and seemed to engage normally with other children, that he was a “gentle soul” and she couldn’t imagine what caused him to want to kill.

By third grade, Adam’s articulation had improved but still seemed to be impacting his ability to make his needs known in the classroom. He was reported to be “shy” and frequently ill and he still needed to be drawn out in discussion. An interim report from this year said that he made a “concerted effort to volunteer answers,” but would not ask many questions, that his work was “neat and thoughtful” and he was a “good citizen” who would follow rules, help others, and accept responsibility.

By fourth grade, Adam was reported to be performing at age-appropriate levels in academic and social development. His grades on reading, mathematics, and writing standardized tests, indicated that he had met all academic goals. This year, his language therapy was discontinued and he was exited from special education once his articulation disorder had resolved.  However, this decision was based on the narrow focus of the resolution of Adam’s issues with the mechanics of speech, specifically his lack of “error sounds” when speaking. It is possible that his challenges with using expressive speech for the purpose of communication persisted, as improvement in this area had not been identified as one of the goals for his language therapy.

Despite his adequate academic achievement, toward the end of his fourth grade year, Adam’s mother stated in an e-mail to Sandy Hook Elementary that he seemed to be experiencing some depression and anxiety, which she attributed to the strict environment of the school classroom. She thought that the teacher this year was a bit of a mismatch, and while she took care to say that she appreciated that the teacher had done her best to accommodate his needs, she also expressed a hope that next year the environment might be more “casual” since he responded well to a nurturing environment. However, the existence of his reported school related depression and anxiety did not seem to be reflected in his educational record.

In his elementary years, Adam participated in school activities as well as cub scouts and at least two seasons on a baseball team. Later on, he indicated that he did not like these activities and only participated in them to please his mother. It’s not clear whether he really had friends during the majority of these years but he did spend time with children in school and in his last years at Sandy Hook, there was a classmate with whom Adam had a friendship, where they would visit each other’s houses, ride bikes around their neighborhood and do “boy stuff.”  He was close to his brother and they spent time together making LEGO creations or playing video games. His father took him hiking and camping on the weekends.

Over this period of time, Adam developed issues with compulsive handwashing and became increasingly fearful but regardless of these issues, his family later expressed that the few years Adam spent at Sandy Hook Elementary were the happiest years of his life.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:42 pm

Early Warning Signs

During fifth grade, Adam transitioned to Reed Intermediate School. School records indicate that he “exhibited good effort, made independent application of grade-level concepts and skills, showed great insight into the motivation of characters in stories he read, as well as solving mathematics problems.” He was described as well-liked by his peers and showing appropriate classroom behavior, but he still struggled to initiate conversation.

It was this same year, 2001, that his parents separated and his father moved out of the Lanza home. One source reported that Adam was writing privately about the subject and it was very distressing to him, but he did not express this sentiment when he was evaluated by a psychiatrist several years later. Nancy retained full custody, but Adam’s father did not believe that the separation affected either of his sons negatively, as he was still participating in their lives on the weekends and had always been so involved with his work that that the frequency of quality time spent with them stayed fairly consistent, as he had barely been home during the week when he was living with them, anyway.

This year, Adam started to show signs of having low self-esteem. For a class project, called a “hand poem,” Adam wrote the words “loser” and “ugly” on his fingers. He also reportedly “did not think highly of himself and believed that everyone else deserved more than he did.”

It was also during his fifth grade year that some new emotional issues started to become apparent. He and a classmate authored “The Big Book of Granny,” which according to the co-author, was created as a class assignment. After his death, it was reviewed by professionals who stated that the level of violence in this work was unusual for a child of his age.  They also believe that while there is no direct link between violent drawings and real life violence, this creation was indicative of unresolved rage and suggested an emotional disturbance that 10 year old Adam could not have resolved without the intervention of adults.

Middle School and More Warning Signs

As middle school began, Adam now faced a school day with an unfamiliar structure- going from a single classroom and teacher to a schedule where he had to change rooms after each class- and new social dynamics that were likely beyond his abilities. His emotional state began to deteriorate rapidly and his father noted the change. Between the ages of 11 and 12, Adam started to seem less happy, and more frustrated, though his father saw no signs of anger or aggression. His anxiety increased and he started to have panic attacks that required his mother to come to school. He had difficulty concentrating and seemed easily overwhelmed. His behavior changed, too. He didn’t want to be photographed. He began to avoid eye contact. He decided that he hated birthdays and holidays, which he had previously enjoyed, possibly because these special days interfered with the orderly routine that helped him cope with his anxiety. He would not talk on the phone or use e-mail. He quit playing the saxophone, stopped climbing trees and playing outside, and developed a stiff, lumbering gait. His father later said, “It was crystal clear something was wrong,” yet there was no psychological evaluation until several years later.

Adam lifelong trend of isolation, self-imposed or otherwise, seemed to become more intense. According to a neighbor, Adam was “not connecting with anyone at all...he was not bullied, however, he was just left alone... he never associated with others and when he got on the bus he would sit with his headphones and listen to music. [My daughter] tried to be nice by saying hi, but Adam would not make eye contact with others.”

Despite all of this, Adam’s positive academic performance continued and in 6th grade he received As and Bs in all subjects. A teacher at Reed Intermediate School remembered him as bright, with creative ideas for writing assignments. He was still reluctant to participate in class and had difficulty engaging in conversation, but would not ignore classmates. During this time, there are notes in his medical record that his obsessive handwashing had become severe enough that his hands were visibly chafed, and he had developed rituals around clothing, frequently adjusting and tugging at his shirt. However, there is no sign that any of these problems were further addressed, except for a prescription for lotion to soothe the damaged skin on his hands.

In 7th grade, Adam entered Newtown Middle School. His struggles became so intense that in April 2005, he was abruptly withdrawn from the public school system. There was no evaluation at the time and the only explanation was given in a 2006 psychiatric evaluation that vaguely alluded to “extreme difficulties” with middle school.

For the final quarter of his 7th grade year, Adam was enrolled at St. Rose of Lima, a private Catholic school with smaller classes. Again, his academic performance was solid but his teacher at this school had a different impression of him than any of his earlier teachers did. She agreed that Adam was intelligent and very quiet but also felt that Adam did not act how “boys are supposed to act,” saw him as “not normal with very distinct antisocial issues” and said that he never wanted to participate in anything. She also remembers asking students to write a page or two about anything they wanted for creative writing assignments and Adam would “write 10 pages obsessing about battles, destruction and war.” Although the teacher acknowledged that Adam was not the first 7th grade boy to write war stories, the level of violence was so graphic that his writing could not be shared and she remembered sharing the writing with the principal because it was so disturbing.

Unfortunately, the motivation behind these writings was never explored and there is no indication that the school ever notified Adam’s parents about their concerns. Instead, the teacher noted that she asked Adam to write something non-violent for a presentation where parents would be in the classroom and he complied with no problem. He wrote a poem that she described as “beautiful” and presented it in front of the class. His father, who was present, was in tears.

At the end of the school year, Adam was once again abruptly withdrawn from the school, though he chose to continue wearing his uniform for a period of time after leaving. A later evaluation noted that he declined to return to the Catholic school because he disapproved of religion on the grounds that it was “illogical” but it was also noted that he became “obsessed with religion” while attending the school.

After his withdrawal from St. Rose of Lima, Adam was not enrolled in any public or private school for his 8th grade year.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:45 pm

Evaluation and Diagnosis (Finally)

In September 2005, at the start of his 8th grade year, medical records show that during a visit with his doctor, Nancy related that Adam was not sleeping or eating well. She was concerned because he was sleeping a lot during the day and though he was 5’8”, his weight had dropped to 98 pounds.

Days later, Nancy took Adam to the emergency room at Danbury Hospital. She explained that Adam had had “borderline autism” in the past but had outgrown it, however he was now having trouble in groups, trouble in school, and was experiencing repetitive behaviors that had increased in the recent past. She was not concerned about homicidal or suicidal behavior but feared the “beginning of possible autism.” She said her reason for coming in that day was to obtain medical permission to allow him to stay home from school indefinitely.

Hospital records described Adam as withdrawn and hesitant to be touched and say that he presented as agitated, hyper-vigilant and overwhelmed with fear. The initial consultation resulted in a diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder NOS, and the subsequent discharge diagnosis was Asperger Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The staff recommended therapeutic educational placement and offered a full evaluation by the psychiatric team at the hospital in order to expedite admission, but Nancy declined, saying that he would be better off at home where he was comfortable and stating that he had an appointment with a psychiatrist in 3 weeks. Nancy later indicated to school staff that Adam was so anxious at the emergency room, that she felt that it was “abusive” to keep him there.

She declined all further evaluation and referrals and instead requested a note excusing Adam from school. The hospital provided her a note that excused him for only three days, pending an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting with the school system, but this meeting did not take place until December 2005 and Adam was not attending school at this time.

Homebound

Beginning on September 30, 2005, Adam started seeing a local psychiatrist, Paul Fox. It is unclear what the specifics of his initial evaluation and subsequent treatment were because by the time of the investigation, the psychiatrist had destroyed the outdated records. The only existing records, scattered correspondence between the provider and Adam’s school between 2005-2006, show that he gave Adam a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and supported the decision not to compel Adam to attend school because the “intolerable level of noise and unpredictable elements would promote extreme anxiety and discomfort.”

At home, Adam’s parents explained to him that the Asperger diagnosis was good news, since they could now understand why he felt the way he did and do something about it. Adam did not accept the diagnosis at the time and it’s not clear whether he ever accepted it at all. Dr. Fox later noted that though he urged anti-anxiety medication to treat the debilitating anxiety, both Nancy and Adam were opposed to medication to treat any of his symptoms.

After several sessions in October and November 2005, Dr. Fox penned a letter to the school excusing Adam from attending indefinitely, due to his overwhelming anxiety and the “lack of an appropriate placement.” Why he assumed that proper placement was unavailable is unknown, as weeks before, the hospital staff had recommended a special educational program that would address both Adam’s academic needs and mental health issues. No other options were explored.

At the December IEP meeting, Adam was placed on “homebound” status and was to receive up to 10 hours a week of tutoring at home, based on the recommendations of Dr. Fox. Investigators later determined that these recommendations were not therapeutically appropriate and the potential detrimental effects of such a restrictive academic placement were never seriously considered by the provider, the parents or the school.

During this time period, Adam was only receiving tutoring from his mother, in the humanities, and father, in science, but based on a March 2006 letter from Dr. Fox excusing Adam from standardized testing because his medical/emotional issues made him unavailable for home instruction, it seems that Adam was not receiving professional tutoring at home or at a hospital setting, and was, in fact, not attending school at all this year. Despite this fact, Adam was listed on the 8th grade honor roll at Newtown Middle School for several terms.

A June 2006 medical record again notes that Adam’s hands were raw from his compulsive handwashing, and again, there is no recommendation beyond prescribing lotion and no psychiatric followup, although he was supposedly seeing a psychiatrist at this time. At this time, Nancy also expressed concern about Adam’s weight loss. In August 2006, a medical visit again documented Adam’s trouble sleeping and revealed that his weight had now dropped to 94 pounds.

A special education coordinator who spoke with Dr. Fox sometime during Adam's eighth grade year said that the doctor once predicted that they would never get Adam back into school as he was “the most anxious youth” he had ever seen.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:47 pm

Yale Evaluation

In October 2006, Adam was once again evaluated, this time by Yale Child Study Center doctor, Robert King. At the time, the family was looking for clarification of Adam’s diagnosis from a specialist on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the context of Asperger Syndrome but it’s likely that this additional evaluation was prompted by Dr. Fox’s recommendation that Adam get involved with a “teen support group” at Yale. At the time, Nancy said that Peter was concerned about Adam’s socialization but she was more concerned with “keeping Adam as comfortable as possible and just getting through each day.”

Dr King’s evaluation noted that Adam presented as a “pale, gaunt, and awkward young adolescent standing rigidly with downcast gaze and declining to shake hands.” When his mother mentioned that he used to look at people but no longer did, Adam responded by saying “Why should I have to?” The doctor explained that there is a lot of information a person can learn by looking at a facial expression, such as a smile. Adam responded by saying that people could interpret smiles differently and that some primates smile when frightened.

When the doctor asked him what a friend was, Adam said that it was difficult to define and asked, “In whose culture do you refer?” When the doctor said, in Adam’s, he responded by saying, “I do not know.” When asked whether he would like to have more friends, Adam said no. The doctor felt that it was difficult to interpret Adam’s social withdrawal, but suggested that a plausible explanation could be that as his peers aged into adolescence and the demands of socialization changed dramatically, with friendships becoming less activity oriented and more sophisticated, Adam felt ostracized and inadequate, leading to a cycle of increasing avoidance.

Dr. King also noted Adam’s obsessive-compulsive tendencies, contamination fears around germs, dirt, and grease which caused him to refuse to open doors because he did not like to touch doorknobs, food rituals related to texture, as well as controls he put on his mother’s behavior, such as asking her not to lean on things because it was improper or, if she walked in front of him in the kitchen, insisting that she “redo it.”

Dr. King’s notes expressed urgent concern that Adam’s behavior was resulting in Nancy becoming like a “prisoner in her own home” and felt that the family needed to reframe the discussion of treatment to focus on helping Adam progress socially instead of regressing through isolation, rather than the primary concern being Adam’s academic needs. He worried that the family was creating (with the best of intentions) a “prosthetic environment” and adapting the world to him, instead of forcing him to adapt. He believed that this was the recipe  for making him into a homebound recluse, unable to attend college or work into adulthood, which would leave his mother increasingly burdened and isolated.

Dr. King concluded that Adam fell somewhere on the PDD/autistic spectrum and recommended further evaluation from autism experts. He thought that a therapeutic educational setting would be necessary and felt that without that, Adam’s parents needed extensive guidance in making treatment decisions to meet Adam’s challenges or that any office based treatment would certainly fail.

After this evaluation, Dr. King recommended that Nancy speak with a Yale APRN who was an expert on PDD that was also knowledgeable about community resources and would be willing to work with the family to obtain proper treatment. Nancy agreed that she would contact the provider but in private correspondence, she also revealed that there was “not a glimmer of hope” in the evaluation and felt horrible about it because Adam had been sweating so much that his shirt got wet and he seemed to be on the verge of tears. She said he was frustrated, angry and anxious during the interview and that she felt like he was “being tortured.” She said that he was so angry about the whole thing that “short of strapping him down,” she didn’t think he would be willing to talk to another doctor for a long time.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:51 pm

Ninth Grade

Peter said that Adam was very socially awkward at this time in his life and spent an increasing amount of time playing video games on his computer and consoles. The family member Adam was closest to was his older brother Ryan, but by high school, they were not as close as they had been in the past and when Adam was 14, Ryan moved out of the house to attend college. However, Peter noted that Adam could be very talkative and loved to discuss politics and economics with him in his early adolescence.

Adam’s social and emotional difficulties continued to become increasingly prominent, but in the fall of 2006, Adam re-entered the school system and enrolled at Newtown High School for his 9th grade year. They started him off with 10 hours of home instruction per week to familiarize Adam with school staff. There was very little special intervention focused on improving specific skills and few explicit standards for monitoring progress but those involved felt that Adam was moving forward. In the latter part of his 9th grade year, Adam was introduced to small work groups at the school to desensitize him to the school environment. He continued to refuse medications and show signs of compulsive handwashing but there was no input from the local psychiatrist after 2006. However, he did seem to be making progress toward reintegrating.

Extracurricular Activities

Throughout his time at Newtown High School, Adam was a member of the Tech Club. His father said, “He fit in there. They’re all weird and smart.”

Several times during Adam’s participation in the club, he had “episodes” when something unexpected happened, where he would completely withdraw and go into a near catatonic state, in which he was either unable or unwilling to respond to questions. One student recalled, "It was like he would go into a trance. It was a little scary. No one picked on him or anything. He just seemed vacant. Like he wasn't there." At times, the club advisor and head of school security, Richard Novia, had to call Adam’s mother to resolve the situation, but in other instances, he would sit with Adam until he calmed down. Over time it became apparent that under the guidance of Novia, Adam was forming casual connections with other students and improving his tolerance for social situations and the chaotic school environment. Adam even threw a LAN party at his home in 2008 and many of his fellow Tech Club members attended.

His peers noticed some oddities- his anxious expression and rigid posture, pulling his sleeves over his hands before grabbing an object handed to him, wearing the same shirt repeatedly, constantly fixing his hair, carrying a black, leather briefcase rather than a backpack- but most of them didn’t consider him to be too out of the ordinary. One student said that he thought of Adam as “normal” and that others considered him no different from other kids, despite his preoccupations with germs and aversion to being touched. Another stated that the club “had lots of odd members, but Adam wasn’t that extraordinarily different at that time. He would laugh at the stuff we did or said, would occasionally make jokes with us in Tech Club...Adam seemed to enjoy being with us.” A former member recalled a day that Adam told a joke in front of the other kids and everyone “paused and then started laughing because it was a funny joke. [They] gave him a group hug and he seemed to let [them] do it without a problem.”

The oddest thing that one former member recalled was that he would sometimes not respond even if you spoke directly to him but this went along with his generally quiet and withdrawn personality and Adam was said to be capable of socializing as long as he was included, though he would rarely initiate social conversation. Adam mostly kept to himself but no one had a problem with him or bullied him there. However, Adam did not have any friends before the Tech Club and one former member said that although he participated in club activities, it wasn’t clear if he had any “real friends to hang out with.”

Near the end of 2006, Adam became increasingly interested in war, especially WWII, and firearms. He expressed a desire to join the military. He also took an interest in mass shootings for the first time. He began following the online forum dedicated to the Super Columbine Massacre RPG, but didn’t join for another three years.

Adam also stated that he became interested in societal discrimination against pedophiles when he was 14 years old. Later on, he would write a 34 page academic paper discussing the topic.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:54 pm

Treatment And Medication

Adam briefly saw the Yale APRN, Kathleen Koenig, the specialist recommended to the Lanzas by Dr. King, around this time. She felt that Adam was “emotionally paralyzed” by his anxiety and in his meetings with her, he asked her questions about schizophrenia, OCD, and psychotic depression though he would not share whether he was experiencing any of the symptoms of these illnesses. Adam agreed that he was paralyzed but also denied that he suffered for it and therefore refused to take medication. At first, Adam seemed to make progress. In January 2007, Nancy wrote that Adam had the best meeting he’d ever had with anyone and had been calm and conversational on the way home. He revealed that he wasn’t just extremely uncomfortable, he was actually feeling unsafe. He was frequently frightened at home and was even more fearful when he was outside.

However, later on, Adam became uncomfortable with the APRN because she challenged his need for control and explained to him that although he felt his thoughts and behaviors were logical, they clearly weren’t. Peter communicated in February 2007 that Adam was angry about having to attend treatment, didn’t believe that the process would help him and wanted his father present during sessions. She responded that it was no surprise that he was angry as she was pushing him a bit but she could not allow Adam to take control of the course of treatment because his thinking was irrational and his judgment was distorted by anxieties. She explained to Adam that he had a biological disorder and that medication would help. Despite Adam’s frustration with treatment, Peter indicated that Adam was making progress. He explained that he and Adam had recently gone on an outing to an arcade and to visit a number of stores in the mall, which is something he had not wanted to do in over a year. He even seemed to enjoy himself and Peter was pleased that the treatment seemed to be paying off.

Later this month, she insisted that Adam try antidepressant medication to treat his OCD. His parents sat him down and explained that he needed to follow the doctor’s recommendations. Adam took Lexapro for three days before complaining of debilitating side effects. Nancy called Koenig and explained that she would be discontinuing the medication. The APRN explained that some of the side effects could be managed if Adam would stick it out. Nancy wrote to her husband that the APRN was “wasting her time” and that Adam “loathed” her. She told him that she thought it would be better for Adam to focus on treatment with Dr. Fox and Peter agreed to defer to her judgment. In March 2007, the APRN contacted Dr. Fox and stated that the consensus was that it would be better for Adam to focus on working with a single provider, and he would be the best choice as Adam really liked and trusted him. Adam never again took psychiatric medication and appeared to discontinue his treatment with Dr. Fox in mid-2007, leaving him with no one to monitor his mental health in a professional capacity. Peter later related, “Adam was not open to therapy. He did not want to talk about problems and didn’t even admit he had Asperger’s.”

Tenth Grade


For his 10th grade year, Adam prepared to return to school as a typical student. A note from the school nurse stated that Adam was a bright boy who did not want to be “defective.” She felt that he had come a long way with support from school staff and Novia, in particular. She also described his diagnosis as “high functioning” Asperger’s, which investigators believe reflects the ongoing underestimation of Adam’s impairment by school staff and his own parents. Most of his evaluations indicated that Adam presented as being severely impaired by his symptoms, especially his anxiety and compulsive behavior, but these issues were never adequately addressed. Accommodations were made in light of Adam’s desire to return to school as a normal student, including permission to come early to classes and leave later, making sure that communications to Adam were very clear, allowing him to e-mail teachers with questions and having a teacher accompany him during fire drills so he would not “freak out.”

A note from a psychiatrist who reviewed his case stated that he was confident that Adam was fully prepared to attend school full time in the fall of 2007, however, this psychiatrist’s name only appeared in Adam’s records once and upon speaking with him, investigators determined that he may have written this letter without ever personally speaking to Adam.

Nancy remained closely involved with planning Adam’s courseload, coordinating with staff at the school through regular e-mail contact, sometimes on a daily basis. At the start of the year, she informed Adam’s English teacher that he worried about dying, being bullied and was “acutely aware that he was different from other kids,” and therefore requested that stories touching on these social issues in a way that Adam could identify with, be removed from the curriculum. She also said that any “boy-meets-girl” literature should be avoided and provided the teacher with an adapted reading list to substitute for the standard curriculum.

Nancy’s messages to the school repeatedly indicate that Adam did not want to identified as a special education student and did not want special accommodations, though he clearly required them. Adam didn’t want to be in a small classroom setting because he saw this as being in a “stupid class.” However, he struggled tolerating the presence of other students in certain classes. She explained that Adam wanted more “independent study” and she apologized, saying that she knew he was a difficult case and appreciated the accommodations but she wanted to make his “experience at school as tolerable as possible.” E-mails show that staff fully supported Nancy and they went out of their way to acknowledge Adam’s issues and work around them in any way they could, and, in order to allow Adam to feel “normal,” sometimes going as far as lying to him about details of policy and requirements at Nancy’s request.

In February 2008, Adam was now 5’10” and still weighed only 112 pounds, which may have suggested anorexia. Despite his ongoing issues with maintaining an unhealthy weight, there was no followup on this possibility and it was never addressed by any physician or mental health professional. By the time he died, Adam was so chronically malnourished that there was resultant brain damage.

In the same month, Steven Kazmierczak killed 5 people at Northern Illinois University and then committed suicide. Nearly five years later, after Adam's death, investigators found an article about this shooting in the Lanza home, which Adam had apparently saved from a newspaper.

Adam was originally scheduled to take a program that included Sociology, AP US History, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, English, Math and Latin but this plan did not last more than a few months. By February, Adam had dropped most of his mainstream classes, including Sociology, History, Chemistry, and Physics and had arranged to complete English as an “independent study.” At this time, there was little to no involvement from professionals who could assess and address Adam’s issues and by the spring of 2008, Nancy was once again considering home schooling. In March 2008, Richard Novia left the school after an altercation with a student and some people believe that this may have motivated Nancy’s decision not to enroll Adam at the high school after summer break.

By April 2008, when Adam was 16, Nancy’s e-mails to her ex-husband reflected his ongoing difficulties with functioning. “He had a horrible night...He cried in the bathroom for 45 minutes and missed his first class.” Two weeks later she wrote, “I am hoping that he pulls together in time for school this afternoon, but it is doubtful. He has been sitting with his head to one side for over an hour doing nothing.” Later on, she wrote, “Adam had a rough night. He moved EVERYTHING out of his room last night. He only kept his bed and wardrobe cabinet.”

Nancy also began to request that Peter not come to see Adam when he had a bad day and Peter started to feel that Adam’s intense relationship with Nancy was creating distance between them. However, at home Adam still seemed to be like his old self much of the time, and he maintained his sense of humor and various interests. Nancy and Peter also began to take him on trips to the shooting range because they knew that the best way to connect with someone with Asperger Syndrome is to engage in their interests. They considered their son to be nonviolent so it was never a concern.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:56 pm

Eleventh Grade and Graduation

It seems that Adam had not been in treatment for many months, but the school may not have been aware of this despite their continued collaboration with Nancy. In the summer of 2008, Adam took two computer classes at Western Connecticut State University, earning an A in Website Production and an A- in Visual Basic.

In the fall of 2008, Adam entered 11th grade but he never again attended mainstream classes at the high school. At this time, he expressed his desire to graduate early and staff worked with him to ensure he earned the 20 necessary credits for graduation at the end of the school year. By the beginning of his junior year he had earned 11.5 credits and by the end, he was credited with 21, which allowed him to graduate a year early. These credits were mainly earned through “independent study,” some of which consisted of granting high school credits for courses he was taking a Western Connecticut State University. Nancy claimed that Adam’s ability to attend high school classes was impacted by his anxiety but when his class work was concentrated into a single time block, as in a college setting, he functioned better.

Around this time, Adam’s parents filed for divorce.

In the fall semester of 2008, Adam registered for Data Modeling and Database Design at WCSU but had to withdraw. He barely passed Introduction to Ethical Theory, with a C.

Adam despaired over a basic German class he took at WCSU in Spring 2009. Nancy wrote, “He finally and tearfully said that he can’t complete the German. He can’t understand it. He has spent hours on the worksheets and can’t comprehend them.” He later withdrew from the class.

In April and May of 2009, Adam registered accounts on two firearms related forums and in June he registered a Wikipedia account which he would later use to edit mass shooting related articles.

Adam still showed signs of struggling from debilitating performance anxiety, even in his last days as a high school student. In June 2009, Nancy e-mailed Adam’s father saying, “He was exhausted and lethargic all day, and said he was unable to concentrate and his homework isn’t done. He is on the verge of tears over not having his journal entries ready to pass in. He said he tried to concentrate and couldn’t and has been wondering why he is ‘such a loser’ and if there is anything he can do about it.” Another e-mail said, “He wouldn’t go to the tutor today. He seemed like he would all along...I checked with him several times during the day and he said he would go, and even 10 minutes before we should leave he was getting ready to go, but then had a meltdown and began to cry and couldn’t go. He said things like its pointless, and he doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know. I tried everything to assure him and let him know it wouldn’t matter if he hadn’t finished the work, or couldn’t finish, or didn’t understand, and that’s what the  tutor would figure out...even if we go back and review Algebra 1...but he couldn’t stop crying, so I said we could try again next week.”  

The IEP from this time did not indicate any goals directed toward Adam’s social or emotional needs, did not reflect his profound disabilities and were sparsely written, though they should have included detailed, individualized transition goals based on Adam’s unique challenges. However, Adam was connected with a consultant for youth with Autistic disorders to offer advice and help prepare him for his college experience and in early 2009, he was also successfully connected with a job coach. In April, he turned 17 and got his learner’s permit. School staff felt that he was on his way to a functional adult life and in June 2009, Adam was exited from special education and received his diploma from Newtown High School. Adam indicated to his guidance counselor that he did not wish to participate in any graduation activities but would like to receive his diploma and a handshake from the principal.

After High School

After graduation, Adam enrolled in several college courses but almost immediately, the pressure overwhelmed him. In July of 2009, Nancy wrote to Peter, “Something must have gone wrong with class today. He wouldn’t speak on the way home and had his hood completely covering his face. He went straight to his room and won’t eat. I gave him time alone to compose and have tried to speak to him twice now, but he just keeps saying “It does not matter” and “leave me” “I don’t want to speak of it.” Did you look at the syllabus? Is it possible he has already missed a deadline or not been prepared for a quiz/test? I don’t know what I should do. I don’t want to try to talk to him again because he sounds like he is on the verge of crying.”

Adam took his last class at WCSU this summer.

In August 2009, George Sodini killed three people before committing suicide and Adam edited the related Wikipedia page days later, mentioning that he had visited Sodini’s personal blog. Adam registered on a third firearms related website and made several posts over the summer and fall. It appears that Adam’s firearms and mass shooting obsessions began to increase at this time. In December, he edited several Wikipedia articles about mass shooters and at the end of the same month, he finally registered an account, as Smiggles, on the Columbine forum.

Adam continued his education by taking classes at Norwalk Community College in Stamford. His struggles continued. In early 2010, Nancy wrote Peter that Adam had been crying hysterically on the bathroom floor. Peter was concerned because it was less than 3 months until he would turn 18 and demanded that Adam explain the source of his sorrow. Nancy finally responded, “I just spent 2 hours sitting outside his door, talking to him about why he is so upset. He failed every single test during that class, yet he thought he knew the material.” Later that day she wrote, “I have the feeling when he said he would rather be homeless than to take any more tests, he really meant it.” Apparently, Adam had been pretending to go to classes and passing his time in the library.

In late March 2010, Nancy purchased the Bushmaster XM-15 rifle that Adam later used in his shooting. In April 2010, she purchased the Izhmash Saiga shotgun that Adam brought with him that day (although he left it in the car when he entered the school).

Less than two weeks later, Adam turned 18. The next month, Adam applied for his driver’s license.

At some point in mid-2010 Adam and his father had a disagreement about the number of college courses that Adam wanted to take. His father stated that he rarely saw Adam angry but this day he was pissed off and insisted that he would take a full load of courses. After this argument, Adam began to withdraw from his relationship with his father. Adam intermittently stopped responding to his father’s e-mails sometime in 2010 and began making excuses not to see him. When Peter showed up for a weekend visit in September 2010, Adam refused to go, and this was the last time they had any contact.  Nancy never informed him of Adam’s mental deterioration so Peter always thought that there would be time to reconcile and didn’t push him too much, instead choosing to periodically offer to spend time with Adam though e-mails. They went ignored.

Later on, Adam wrote that over the summer of 2010, he was more depressed than he had ever been before. There is no specific information available but it appears that Adam attended his last college classes during the fall of 2010.

In November 2010, Adam wrote a message to a friend and explained to them that he regretted not showing how much he appreciated their friendship. He said that although he was a loner, even if had more friends, he thought this person would still be his “favorite person” that he’d ever met. He asked this person to contact him so they could think of something to do together.

Christmas 2010 was the last time Adam saw his older brother, who was now graduated from college and working in New Jersey. Ryan tried to reach out several times but Adam never responded to him either.

Sometime in 2010, Adam took photographs of himself pointing his pistol and rifle at his own head. They were found on his hard drive after his death.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:02 pm

2011

In early 2011, Adam began frequenting a movie theater in Danbury, CT on the weekends to play Dance Dance Revolution. He was there so often that people gave him a nickname, “DDR guy.” He would regularly play with two or three other people, including an employee at the theater. Every weekend, he would be there for hours, playing DDR until he was sweaty and exhausted, sometimes retreating to the bathroom to wipe his face and fix his hair before returning to play.

In February, Nancy and Adam went shooting at a New Milford, CT gun range and in March 2011, Nancy purchased the Sig Sauer pistol that Adam brought with him the day of his attack, though he never fired it in the school.

The same year, he made a friend at the theater and they would occasionally do activities together. They also discussed a variety of topics in which Adam simultaneously showed interest in online, as Smiggles, including primates, human nature, mental health, perception, morality, and pedophilia. His friend said that Adam seemed capable of emotion, and though he was not overly expressive, Adam would smile, laugh and make jokes. Adam also seemed capable of empathy, in his opinion, and it was a topic that they discussed, in the context that chimps sometimes seemed capable of showing more empathy to members of their groups than humans were. At times, Adam would be out of touch for a few weeks and when asked where he had been, Adam would jokingly respond that he had been "moping around" or having an existential crisis.

Sometime in 2011, Nancy informed Peter that Adam had “been doing very well and has become quite independent over the last year. He is starting to talk about going back to school which would be nice.”

In August 2011, Adam’s DDR playing increased from 4 hours a day to over 8 hours a day every weekend. Around this time, his posting frequency on the Columbine forum also increased dramatically.

In late 2011, Adam started to focus obsessively on culture and expressed in one thread on the forum that he was “numbly perplexed over the foreign concept of loving life.” He also started a thread about Travis the Chimp and in December, he called into John Zerzan’s anarchist radio show to discuss the case.

On Christmas of 2011, Adam wrote a post mentioning that he was experiencing wild mood swings. He was as depressed as he gets during one post and then “incoherently giddy with glee.” He talks about depressives who cut themselves to feel better and wonders “what cutting a happy-go-lucker would do.”

Around this time, a friend later claimed that Nancy had told him that Adam was burning himself with a lighter, as if in an attempt to feel something.

2012

On January 5, 2012, Nancy Lanza purchased a Glock 20SF pistol, the gun that Adam used to commit suicide.

At some point, Adam had stopped going to the theater to play DDR. When he returned in Feburary 2012, he was described as being more “antisocial” and no longer played with his acquaintances anymore.

On February 28, 2012 Adam made his last post on the Columbine forum. He explains his theory about the unnatural pressures of modern civilization leading to alienation and other forms of sickness, including mass murder. He cites John Zerzan’s essay about mental health in modern society at the end, after asking another poster with an admitted anxiety disorder, “Do you really think that the way you feel is not symptomatic of anything other than your own inexplicable defectiveness?”

On April 22, 2012, Adam turned 20, the same mental age that he had previously figured Travis the chimp to be, in his call to the radio show. It was the last birthday of his life.

In June 2012, after a disagreement over making plans, Adam and his friend cut off contact.

On June 19, 2012, Adam reached out to another mass murder enthusiast on Wikipedia, thanking him for contributions on articles and explaining that his work helped in the compilation of Adam’s mass murder spreadsheet. He then posted a link to the spreadsheet and also posted link to a playlist of (16 hours worth of) school shooting related music that he had assembled.

In July 2012, Adam wrote a message to an online friend explaining that his interest in mass murder had been perfunctory for a long time. He said, “I don’t care about anything. I’m just done with it all.”

Sometime in August or September 2012, Adam went to the movie theater to play DDR for the last time. An employee noticed a large bruise on Adam’s arm and asked him if he was okay. Adam stated that he didn’t have any money but he “just [didn’t] want to go home now.” The employee handed him $20 and Adam went to play DDR. Another employee had to pull the plug on the game to get him to leave that night.

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the Connecticut coast. The electricity went out in the Lanza home for several days but Adam would not leave to go to a hotel. She told friends that Adam “basically shut down.”

In November 2012, Nancy responded to an e-mail from Peter where he complained that Adam hadn’t responded to his e-mails for over a year. She promised to talk to him about it and said that he had a bad summer and had stopped going out completely. She was finally able to convince him to go to the grocery store to do his own shopping but the car battery was dead because it had not been used for so long.

Later that month, Nancy traveled to visit family for Thanksgiving, leaving Adam home by himself.

About two weeks before the shooting, Nancy told a friend that she had found several extremely disturbing violent drawings in Adam’s room, including one picture of a woman clutching rosary beads and holding a child as she was being shot in the back. As far as anyone knows, Nancy never confronted him about it.

On December 10, 2012, Nancy texted a friend that the day was off to a rough start after Adam bumped his head so badly that he was bleeding.

The next day, Nancy left for a two night stay at a New Hampshire hotel and spa. Adam then sent an e-mail to an internet acquaintance. He discussed several mass shooters and concluded that he must not understand anything about the topic of mass killing because he can’t understand why there aren’t 100,000 every year.

On the morning of December 13, 2012, Adam drove past Sandy Hook Elementary School. Investigators believe that he was probably scouting for his attack. Nancy returned home late that evening

On December 14, 2012, Adam woke up early and murdered his mother while she was still in bed. He then packed weapons and ammunition into his car and drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he murdered 26 people before killing himself.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:04 pm

About Adam

Adam played on a baseball team when he was in third grade. Teammates said he rarely swung at pitches and usually struck out, walking back to the dugout where he sat off to the side by himself. One former teammate said, “Some kids picked on him, making fun of him. He’d always get put in the outfield where he wouldn’t see a lot of action. I remember one time he was hit by a pitch that knocked him over. Someone said he couldn’t feel any pain so what’s it matter anyways and everyone kind of laughed. I felt kind of bad but he didn’t even try to fit in. He ignored all of us.”

As a kid Adam took board games very seriously and no one was allowed to joke around or break the rules while playing.

One Christmas, Adam told his parents that he wanted to use his savings to buy toys for needy children and his father took him shopping for them.

At one time, Adam was a fan of Libertarian (and Republican) politician Ron Paul. Later on, Adam showed admiration for John Zerzan, a writer and proponent of the primitivist strain of anarchism, which is highly critical of modern civilization.

Adam’s father thought that he had a sharp sense of humor. In his younger years, Peter and Adam liked to watch reruns of comedies like The Bob Newhart Show and Get Smart together. Peter once took him to see Bill Cosby live and Adam laughed the whole time. Adam had various comedy clips saved to his computer, including numerous video clips from the show The Whitest Kids U Know and audio clips of comedy skits by Bill Cosby and Bob Newhart.

Adam loved "B-tier" horror movies from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He also seemed to seek out movies about mass murder, especially those based on real life shootings. He posted his top 25 movies on the forum. He also kept a file on his computer where he reviewed the horror movies that he watched.

Adam wrote a screenplay or script called Lovebound, which depicted a relationship between a 10 year old boy and a 30 year old man. He wrote another play in which four male characters have a delusional discussion and ultimately, all but one end up being killed. A file called "babies" contained two fictional stories about being attacked by babies and attempts to defend against them.

Adam was said to enjoy “Japanese techno music” while in high school. Later on, he indicated that the only recent music he really listened to was The Dickies and Flogging Molly.

Adam played the saxophone when he was younger.

Adam liked anime when he was in high school and would sometimes watch shows with other students in the Tech Room at school. His favorite video games at the time were Mario Party and World of Warcraft. Adam once said that he had spent hundreds of hours exploring the environment and roleplaying in WoW. Adam also played an online RPG called Phantasy Star.

Adam was into a FPS called Combat Arms. He belonged to a clan and posted on their forum, including a photo of himself as a child.

Adam had a natural talent and was “brilliant” with computers according to his Tech Club advisor. He understood things very quickly and knew how to build computers from scratch. Around 2009, Adam was connected to an employer through a job coach. His job focused on resolving computer problems and a letter from the employer indicated that Adam was “cordial, professional” and displayed “expert attributes.”

When Adam was in ninth grade, Nancy bragged to friends that Adam was so good with technology that he had hacked into a government website and they had subsequently been visited by the FBI, who she had to convince that Adam was a computer whiz who was just challenging himself. This was never confirmed to be true (but never disproven, either).

In his teens, Adam expressed an interest in becoming an Army Ranger when he turned 18. Nancy and Peter went along with this at first but eventually sat him down and told him that it was an unrealistic goal because of his many conditions.

Adam studied Latin in high school and took private lessons in Mandarin Chinese. He also studied German in college but became overwhelmed by the class and did not perform well.

Adam did not use drugs or alcohol and according to his brother he “hated the thought of it.”

Adam had hundreds of bookmarks on his computer under various headings that included Firearms, Military, Politics, Video Games, Mass murder killing spree, Music, Books, Army Ranger, Computers and Programs, Ammunition, Candy, Economic Books, Mass Murders.

On his computer, he had an 8 page text document titled "me" in which he wrote about relationships, culture, ideal companion, voting, personal beliefs and described doctors touching children as rape. A second text document called "tomorrow" included his daily schedule, desires, a list of the benefits of being thin and negative connotations associated with being overweight, a list of goals and a list of vocabulary words.

A document called "Selfish" explained why females are selfish. Another document titled "umm" detailed how marriage is abusive and harms the people in the relationship.

He had a folder containing saved instant message history from between December 2010 and February 2011 which focused on gaming, homosexual fantasies and day to day activities.

In private e-mails, Nancy expressed doubts that the Asperger diagnosis was appropriate, based on her research. She felt that Adam not have “a preoccupation with one interest, the inability to carry on a two-sided conversation or the absence of caring about other’s expectations.” After Adam’s death, Peter also expressed doubts about this diagnosis or at least felt that something else, like schizophrenia, may have been a factor that was masked by Adam’s lifelong strangeness.

Adam had a strong dislike for sunlight, as well as any artificial light that resembled it and hated having his skin exposed to direct sunlight, which is why he always wore hoodies, long pants and sunglasses. He said that whenever he was exposed to the afternoon sun, it exhausted him. He said that dark, dreary, bleak days put him in a good mood and made him think how beautiful it was outside. This was one reason why he wanted to move to northwest Washington State, as it is one of the most consistently overcast regions in the US. To Adam, bright, “cheerful” days were depressing.

Adam was a vegan and he once posted a recipe for vegan cookies on the Columbine forum. According to a family friend, he was vegan because he did not want to harm animals. He once wrote a post mentioning how he couldn’t think of eating ice cream because of the inhumane treatment of dairy cows. He wrote another post wondering why people would be so concerned about zoophilia when “millions of animals are slaughtered each day.”

Adam loved hamsters and posted pictures of them on the forum, saying “everything about them is amazing.” He had several folders on his computer in which he had saved pictures and videos of hamsters and a webpage on hamster health care. He told his real life friend that he had kept hamsters but it does not seem clear that he ever owned hamsters in real life.

Adam was very concerned about the environment, according to a family friend. He also enjoyed spending time in nature and went on hikes with his father through 2009. On his computer hard drive, he had nature photos dating from June 2008. He liked climbing and when he was younger, he once said that he “wanted to climb every mountain in New Hampshire.”

When asked whether he was right or left handed, Adam referred to himself as ambisinistrous, meaning that he was clumsy with both hands. At the age of 17, Peter mentioned to Nancy that Adam had to stop to tie his shoes during a hike and Nancy was astonished to learn that he had tied his own shoes.

Adam's brother stated that he often became frustrated at not being able to "express himself," but had never been violent.

The nearly universal consensus among his family, former peers and teachers was that they couldn't believe Adam had hurt anyone but there was one former classmate who stated that she could picture Adam doing what he had done "with a smile on his face."

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:50 pm

This guy is so interesting. I really love reading his Smiggles posts from the old forum, too. He really seems like someone I would have known, or at least would have liked to spoken to.

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PostSubject: Re: Adam Lanza Facts   Thu May 04, 2017 3:39 pm

I just wish I knew his motives
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