Alleged mass murderer Adam Lanza has been described by those who know him as a “deeply disturbed kid” who was “subject to outbursts.” But no one could have fathomed that his psychological impairments and disfigurements could have translated into arguably the worst mass murder of children in U.S. history.
The 20-year-old man who police identify as the killer of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after murdering his own mother, may also have suffered from what is known as Asperger’s syndrome or another personality disorder.
“This was a deeply disturbed kid,” a family insider told the New York Daily News, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “He certainly had major issues. He was subject to outbursts from what I recall.
“He was smart,” the insider added, describing the intellectual side of a young man being called a “monster.” “He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids.”
Another family friend said Lanza had a rare condition where he couldn’t feel pain.
“A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,” the Daily News reports. “Adam had a lot of mental problems.”
Adam’s father, Peter Lanza, is an executive at GE Energy Financial Services and lives in Stamford, Conn., with his new wife. He and Adam’s mother, Nancy, divorced in 2010. That’s also reportedly the last time Ryan Lanza, 24, a rising star at the huge accounting firm of Ernst & Young, saw his brother alive.
Nancy Lanza had worked at Sandy Hook but several sources close to the case said they believed she was more recently spending her days caring for the troubled Adam.
And here is another tragic connection: the three weapons Adam carried into the school on the day of his massacre — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both semi-automatic handguns, and a 223 Bushmaster, a military style assault weapon — all were owned by and registered to Nancy Lanza.
This is why Adam Lanza was able to mow down young lives with such stunning precision.