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Monday, March 10, 2014

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"You can’t mourn for the little boy he once was. You can’t fool yourself.”

“Any variation on what I did and how my relationship was had to be good, because no outcome could be worse,” he said. Another time, he said, “You can’t get any more evil,” and added, “How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he’s my son? A lot.”

Andrew Solomon interviewed Peter Lanza, the father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza in this week's New Yorker. They touch upon Adam Lanza's childhood, Asperger's diagnosis, and his relationship with Nancy, his ex-wife and Adam's mother. It is a heartbreaking and fascinating read.



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Eyre Apparent

Pardon me, ladies, but your link appears to be non-functional.

isabelle bleu

@Eyre Apparent yes, just came here to say the same thing; it's missing the colon in the URL. Try http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=1

Eyre Apparent

@isabelle bleu Oh, thank you!

OhMarie

Interesting! I think about this kind of thing a lot--a dude I grew up with is in prison for murdering his girlfriend. It's hard to think about.

stonefruit

@OhMarie Yes, so do I. A guy from my class in high school was in an international online child pornography ring that was ... exploded? exposed? disbanded? I don't know the term. Anyway, he was a member of a site that required you to both post homemade videos as well as watch the ones there, he'll be in jail for the rest of his life (and thank G-d). There were other horrifying details - he was a second-grade teacher and had installed cameras at low heights to take photos/videos of his students; he made videos of the sleeping children he babysat for. I have no idea how to reconcile this evil/sickness with the shy, kind, funny guy I remember from history class.

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