Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Adam Lanza and his horror at Sandy Hook

Eleven days before Christmas 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary school, where he shot and killed 20 kids and 6 adults before killing himself.

So why are school shooters always white guys?

With few exceptions, the school massacres we suffer in America are perpetrated by white boys in suburban areas. We try to understand why.

Photo: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter as a toddler

Among the many documents and photos Connecticut police recently released in connection with the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown is a photo of the shooter, Adam Lanza, then 20. In it he is just a toddler, and sits surrounded by guns and ammunition, wearing a camouflage hat. He is teething on a pistol.

Sandy Hook School Shooting documents available online

As promised, police in Connecticut have released thousands of pages of documents related to the investigation into the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook School Shooting by Adam Lanza that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Listen: 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting

Nearly one year later, the legal battle between the town and the state Freedom of Information Commission is over. Last month a judge ruled to release the 911 calls related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Now the town has dropped its appeal, and the tapes are public, including seven made from inside the school during the shooting.

Book Review: ‘The Big Book of Granny’ by Adam Lanza

An investigator’s review of a comic book made by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza called, The Big Book of Granny, in which “Grannie” and her son rob, shoot and kill everyone — even Grannie. A product of Lanza’s pure brain this disturbing cartoon provides a chilling glimpse into the killer’s mindset for those who can bear to look.

About the Rifle Used in the Newtown School Shooting

At a press briefing Saturday, Connecticut medical examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver said the 20 children and six adult women killed in Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school were all shot with a .233-caliber Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Witnesses report that as many as 100 shots were fired. The shooter, Adam Lanza, was carrying several 30-round magazines.

UPDATE: Adam Lanza, Not Ryan Lanza, Identified as Deceased Suspect in Newtown School Shooting

It was initially reported that the name of the suspect in this morning’s Newtown, Conn., school shooting was Ryan Lanza. Now it has been reported that the shooter’s name is Adam Lanza, not Ryan Lanza, and that the two are brothers. CBS reports that Adam, 20, was dead at the scene, and Ryan, 24, has been taken into custody for questioning.

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