Newtown Report Adds to “Grim Thesis” On Shooters’ Columbine Obsession


Connecticut investigators found no manifesto to explain why Adam Lanza would embark on the deadliest school shooting since the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. Of all the odd and dark surprises in the Lanza home, at least one finding that caught investigators’ attention was a familiar one: Lanza was fascinated by the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, says the Los Angeles Times. And not just fascinated — Columbine marked the center of his “obsession” with mass shootings, investigators said.

Lanza had “hundreds of documents, images, videos pertaining to the Columbine H.S. massacre including what appears to be a complete copy of the investigation,” said the Newtown report released Monday. Lanza had downloaded videos about the killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who shot to death 12 fellow students and a teacher before shooting themselves. This likely adds another chapter to a grim thesis held by some researchers: that 14 years later, the Columbine massacre still serves as a master script of nihilistic, spectacular violence for other shooters to follow. In an analysis of school rampages between 1999 and 2007, Prof. Ralph Larkin of John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that eight out of 12 shooters “directly referred to Columbine.”

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