In Final Newtown Shooting Report, Nancy Lanza Cites “Difficult Life”


Connecticut officials released a final report on last year’s Newtown school shootings, including what the New York Times called painfully detailed descriptions and eyewitness accounts from students and school staff members, and snapshots of emergency workers dashing to locked doors, at times straining to convince terrified teachers on the other side that they were officers. Shooter Adam Lanza’s mother, Nancy, told an acquaintance the day before the shooting that she had traveled to New Hampshire for a brief trip as “an experiment to allow Adam to stay at home alone for a few days.”

During a lunch with the acquaintance, Ms. Lanza “described a difficult life but gave him the impression that she was courageous and 'handling everything.' Lanza's father, Peter, divorced from the killer's mother, supplied documents that included resources he had sought out about autism and Asperger's syndrome, which his son reportedly had. There was a birthday card, signed “Love, Dad,” with an offer to take his son “hiking or shooting.” For all its material, the report did not appear to alter the broader understanding of the shooting, for which no clear motive has been established.

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