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Adam Lanza's father speaks out: 'He would've killed me'

Adam Lanza's Father Speaks Out: 'He Would've Killed Me'

Adam Lanza took the lives of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary school, and now his father is speaking out for the first time.

Peter Lanza hadn't seen his son in two years at the time of the shooting. He says he wishes he would've pushed harder to see him, but that he thinks what happened would've been impossible to predict.

He spoke exclusively with The New Yorker, saying, 'You can't get any more evil ... How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot.'

Peter Lanza says that he's come to accept that from that day in December 2012 on, Adam was not the little boy he once knew - he'd become an entirely different person.

'With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance. I don't question that for a minute. The reason he shot Nancy four times was one for each of us: one for Nancy; one for him; one for Ryan; one for me.'

Ryan is the family's other son, Nancy is the boys' mother - Peter's ex-wife - who Adam shot and killed, ABC reports.

Nancy was reportedly 'a woman that relatives say would've done anything to help her son if she knew he needed help.'

Peter agrees with that, saying he believes Nancy did not realize just how dangerous their son was.

He does say there were signs Adam was problematic from a young age - at first he seemed like a 'normal little weird kid,' but by middle school it was 'crystal clear something was wrong.'

Adam had anxiety issues and was unable to sleep, CBS reports. He'd exhibited interested in violence at that point. Nancy and Peter tried to get him professional help, but things got worse - eventually Adam cut off contact with Peter.

Now, Peter has nightmares about Adam, and ultimately says he wishes Adam had never been born.

You can read the article in its entirety on The New Yorker's website.

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trifeloco2012 March 10 2014 at 11:14 AM


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raythomas March 10 2014 at 9:19 PM

I live with my son who is mentally ill, you don't know when the next psychotic episode going to happen it happens with out reason no one is the blame you can't control a sick mind when it snaps

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orion15stars raythomas March 10 2014 at 9:29 PM

Adam Lanza wasn't mentally ill. He was autistic, which isn't a mental illness. Autism is a fetal brain development dysfunction, and there was no fixing or controlling the behavior, short of keeping him in a near medicated catatonic state for life. It's a developmental disability. At least, organic mental illness can be successfully treated, in the long term, with the proper psychotropic medication suited to the individual's organic system. The mentally ill can lead a lifelong productive life, as long as their medications are kept at the correct dosages and types.

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William orion15stars March 11 2014 at 12:34 AM

So you are saying that autism causes violence? It's obvious you are clueless on several levels...including the level which would allow you to process the fact that making senseless comments over and over doesn't do anything but negate your credibility. And I'm sure you will go on and on about my comment proving my point.

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LewTag March 10 2014 at 12:58 PM

The only thing for sure here is that no one involved can go back in time and do anything over differently....bad as it seems we can only assume that it must all be god's will or it would be different....not the manmade god of holy books but the prime mover in the universe...generator, operator, destroyer...GOD....it does whatever it wants with whomever it wants whenever it wants...ergo Theofatalism....google for details...

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ritahu2 LewTag March 10 2014 at 1:05 PM

Feel so sorry for you that you feel and think this way..............should see a therapist.

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sylvabugg2 LewTag March 10 2014 at 1:27 PM

Oh so God is responsible for all the evil in the world? I find that amusing considering God is not allowed in schools, public buildings or government. He gave man and woman everything they would ever need in the Garden, they wanted for nothing. The only provision was, they could not eat from one tree. Well, they decided they didn't need God and defied Him. So, God ejected them from the Garden and decided to let them see for themselves how well they would fair without Him. It's been that way ever since. I'd say we made a pretty fine mess of things. No, God is not responsible for the evil in this world, we are.

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ebarnish March 10 2014 at 1:03 PM

This was a horrible,horrible tragedy--unthinkable and unbelievable! I cannot even IMAGINE how that father feels about his son. Sometimes I feel like I'm living in another dimension in time whenever I think of all the horrible events that have occurred since 9/11.

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GEORGE March 10 2014 at 5:47 PM

Just a sad situation.... Victims, Shooter, and all the families...
there is an explanation for everything evil that goes wrong ....

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Lurch March 10 2014 at 10:56 AM

There is nothing you can do if you have a bad kid. Until they do something really bad, no one will listen to you, and their rights are all that matter. If you seek help then you are a bad parent. It is our sick society, and these things are going to happen from time to time, and the bigger the population, the more often they will happen. Live with it.

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raineyesp March 10 2014 at 12:05 PM

Some people are born, for lack for a better word, without a soul and nothing can be done. Adam Lanza may have been such a person. Any further dissection of him should be done in private -- the the families of the victims have suffered enough.

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cat5400 raineyesp March 10 2014 at 12:13 PM

You are part of the problem. Adam Lanza should be talked about...loudly until our society wakes up and makes services and facilities for people with severe mental illness. They are not "without souls". They are ill. Just because it's their brains that are affected doesn't make them worthless.

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Richard March 10 2014 at 10:54 AM

Who says that pure evil does not exist?

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lightendog Richard March 10 2014 at 11:10 AM

Dude, the whole thing is fake. The government can't fool everyone, they can only control the sheep. It's all over youtube.

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robdexter March 10 2014 at 1:08 PM

Who ever said divorce couldn't save your life.

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cilverwolf March 10 2014 at 9:29 PM

I feel very sad for this father. Some families never get the help they need and kids who are severely mentally ill don't get proper diagnoses and treatment. One thing I never understood, but perhaps the mom's denial was so strong, was the use/presence and training in using guns.

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