Lanza’s Storybook Shows His Mind Was “Loaded With Violence”–Expert


Newtown, Ct., gunman Adam Lanza may have taken his motive to the grave, but mental health experts are looking at a disturbing storybook he wrote a decade before the massacre for clues as to why he killed 20 children and six educators, says the Hartford Courant. Detectives sent “The Big Book of Granny,” a black spiral-bound book with an angry-looking, cane-waving cartoon grandmother on the clear plastic cover, to the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Va. Lanza’s storybook falls squarely into what clinical psychologist Stanton Samenow has been hearing from killers he has interviewed since 1970: “When a bizarre, exceedingly violent crime occurs, there is always antecedent thinking that may have gone on for years.”

“It shows [that] this guy goes way back. It’s a mind loaded with violence — methodical, calculating, fascinated by violence,” said Samenow, author of “Inside the Criminal Mind.” “Innumerable times in this man’s life, he has annihilated many people [in his fantasies], including children.” Dr. Harold Schwartz, chief psychiatrist at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living, cautioned that predicting violent behavior from people’s fantasies is often “a precarious art only slightly influenced by science.” He said of the storybook: “Any parent should be distressed by it. It would have called for the parent to look into ‘what is going on with my child, why is he having such violent fantasies?'”

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