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Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza's Father's Speaks Out In Revealing First Interview: He "Would've Killed Me In A Heartbeat"

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This is intense.

The father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, has spoken in an interview for the first time ever, and it's pretty hardcore stuff.

Peter Lanza's interview with the New Yorker magazine will appear in stores on March 17th, and are Peter's first public comments on his son ever.

In it he claims that his son would've killed his father if given the opportunity. And, he reveals so much more, saying:

"With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance."

He then reveals why he believes his son shot his mother Nancy four times. He said:

"The reason he shot Nancy four times was one for each of us: one for Nancy; one for him; one for (his brother) Ryan; one for me."

Peter said he hadn't seen his son in two years when Adam Lanza shot his mother before fatally shooting 20 children at the school, six staff workers, and then shooting himself. The effects of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 are still being felt to this day.

The father said he often questions if there was anything he could've done to prevent the tragedy. He said:

"Any variation on what I did and how my relationship was had to be good, because no outcome could be worse. 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."

The father also doesn't believe that the fact that his son had Asperger's syndrome was the cause of his violence. He said:

"Asperger's makes people unusual, but it doesn't make people like this."

Peter also claims his ex wife was totally unaware of any violent tendencies in their son. He said:

"She never confided to her sister or best friend about being worried. She slept with her bedroom door unlocked and kept guns in the house, which she would not have done if she were frightened."

Still, Peter and Nancy Lanza knew something was wrong with their son once he reached middle school. Peter said:

"The social awkwardness, the uncomfortable anxiety, unable to sleep, stress, unable to concentrate, having a hard time learning, the awkward walk, reduced eye contact. You could see the changes occurring."

Since the tragedy, Peter has reached out to the victims' families, and has offered to meet with all of them. So far two families have met with him, and one victim's family member told Peter that they forgave his son. Something which left Peter totally speechless. He said:

"It's gut-wrenching. A victim's family member told me that they forgave Adam after we spent three hours talking. I didn't even know how to respond. A person that lost their son, their only son."

Like we mentioned before — this is intense. If you'd like to read the entire interview, you can find it HERE.

[Image via AP Images.]

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10 comments to “Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza's Father's Speaks Out In Revealing First Interview: He "Would've Killed Me In A Heartbeat"”

  1. 1

    Sad story. I don't think the father should blame himself, some people are just evil or have bad genes.

  2. 2

    Actually, my boyfriend's younger brother has Asperger's, and he was very violent when not medicated. They actually called the cops on him. He was extremely violent and threatened them with knives. So Asperger's is a very ugly disease, despite what people think. Violent tendencies are more common than you think.

  3. 3

    Re: eflaves – I have Asperger's and it does NOT make you violent. It is not at all an ugly disease (many people like me live with it not even being noticeable to other people) and you should probably learn more about it before assuming his behavior was a direct result of his disorder.

  4. fuckacrybaby says – reply to this


    haha.. @ the dude who has the disease automatically being offended. God damn, dude, just because you're not violent doesn't mean that the person that that guy knew wasn't. All things are circumstantial. Damn.

  5. Deborah says – reply to this


    The real tragedy is that this child who needed help and support wasn't properly cared for by his parents - why did the mother keep weapons in the house at all? How could a boy with a mental disability even reach them? How desperate was he if he was driven to such a violent act? Asperger's syndrome itself has nothing to do with being violent or even "evil", by the way. The dumbheads who post such opinions should google the disease and get better informed before stating such crap.

  6. Jacqui says – reply to this


    The sandy hook shooting was a hoax, why are they still trying to convince people?

  7. Sutton says – reply to this


    Re: eflaves – My older brother has Aspergers. He does not have violent tendencies. It's an ugly condition depending on how it's handled. My brother is unmedicated. My parents worked very hard with him when he was a child to make sure that he had an outlet, a way to express frustration and to learn to use his words. In cases like this, the mother was ignorant. The father knew supposedly but took no action. There are so many ways this could have been handled. It's your child. You do whatever you can to make them okay. Too little was done here.

  8. marlee says – reply to this


    well you should partially blame yourself for not seeing your son for two years…

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Jacqui – Shhh. BTW, can you believe what this missing 'Dad' said?
    It doesn't ring like a parent's words should.

  10. doooooc says – reply to this


    Race smace. Zimmerman would have followed him too. Creepy is creepy.