The mentally troubled gunman in the Newtown massacre had obsessive
behavior, changing his socks as many as 20 times a day, and his mother
tried to manage her life around the bizarre quirks of her son, according
to thousands of pages of documents released by Connecticut State Police
The documents, interview reports, photographs,
video and audio recordings give the most complete picture yet of the
terror unleashed by Adam Lanza inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
the release of the investigative files, which marks the end of the
police investigation into the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting that killed
20 first-graders and six educators, offered only glimpses into what
might have motivated Lanza, 20.
He had apparently displayed signs
of the potential for violent behavior to at least one former teacher.
The school massacre occurred just one day after his mother, Nancy Lanza,
had returned from a two-night trip to New Hampshire, and came as she
was mulling a move out of state, according to witnesses.
Lanza's former teachers told investigators that the shooter was
anti-social and that he rarely interacted with other students.
"I remember giving creative writing assignments to students
instructing them to write a page or two on whatever they wanted to talk
about," she said. "Adam would write ten pages, obsessing about battles,
destruction and war. In my years of experience, I have known (redacted)
grade boys to talk about things like this, but Adam's level of violence
was disturbing. I remember showing the writings to the Principal at the
time. Adam's creative writing was so graphic that it could not be
Lanza killed his mother at the home they shared. He then
drove her car to the elementary school, went on a killing rampage, and
then killed himself with a handgun as police arrived at the school.
documents released Friday were heavily redacted to protect the names of
children and witnesses and to withhold some of the most grisly details
of the slayings.
One witness, a man who told police he'd known
Nancy Lanza for about two years, said he was aware that Lanza "suffered
from Asperger Syndrome. He never met Adam and had only been inside
Nancy's residence once, approximately a year and a half ago. (He said)
that Nancy never related any incidents in which Adam was violent with
her. However, (he) felt that Nancy did a lot for Adam to assure that he
was happy and appeased."
That witness, who last spoke with Nancy Lanza the evening before the
shootings, told investigators that "over the past year Nancy had shared
with him her plans to sell her home in Newtown and move to either
Washington or North Carolina."
The witness said she had to
postpone the sale of the house because "Nancy knew that she was not
going to be able to effectively show/sell her home while Adam was living
within. Her plan was to purchase (a Recreational Vehicle) to facilitate
their move to either Washington State or North Carolina. During their
trip, (the witness) related that Nancy would then sleep in a motel/hotel
and Adam would sleep in the RV as he would not sleep in a motel/hotel.
In this process, she could have Adam out of the house, they could
effectuate their move and meanwhile, sell their house."
witness showed police a text message from Dec. 10, 2012, in which Nancy
Lanza said "Adam had 'bumped his head' 'really bad' and they were
dealing with blood at 5:30 in the morning."
A former schoolmate of
Lanza told police he often rode the bus with him and was in Tech Club
with him in 2007 to 2008. The classmate "remembered that Lanza was
quiet, and dressed neatly with a button down shirt with a pocket
protector. (He) could not remember any odd behavior that stood out to
him at the time. (He) did says Lanza was always fixing his hair, and
carried a bag with cleaning supplies with him."
Another witness told police that Nancy "had taken him out of school
because he was sensitive to sound and light." A nurse told investigators
that Nancy Lanza had to do three loads of laundry a day because Adam
Lanza obsessively changed his clothes, sometimes changing his socks 20
times a day.
On Dec. 11, 2012, Nancy Lanza checked into a hotel in
Bretton Woods, N.H., checking out in the early afternoon on Dec. 13. A
witness who who told police that he had lunch with her on Dec. 13, in
Lebanon, N.H., said she told him, "Adam had some sort of autism."
witness) said that Nancy Lanza told him she had no intentions of
re-marrying and accepted the obligations of caring for Adam. Nancy said
that she and Adam planned for her trip to New Hampshire. The trip was an
experiment to allow Adam to stay at home alone for a few days."