“After consultation with the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and the attorney for the Town of Newtown who is a party to the appeal in the Superior Court, we have decided not to pursue an appeal on the denial of the application for a stay,” Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III just said in a news release from the Dpt of Criminal Justice. No further explanation, but New Britain Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott last week repudiated all of Sedensky’s arguments for keeping the recordings secret. So Sedensky must have though the Appellate Court would have gone along with Prescott.
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Sedensky issues brief statement on why he won’t appeal Judge Eliot Prescott’s order to release Sandy Hook 911 calls
Gilles Rousseau, the father of Lauren Rousseau, who died in the classroom with her first grade students, said he was not surprised with anything in the report, though there were some details he didn’t know.
“I glanced at the report. We have been kept up to date for the last eleven months by the state police who didn’t want the members of the families to be shocked by what was in the report,” Rousseau said. “They did a very good job, giving us little bits at a time.”
A week ago, he saw the report for a short time and read the part that talked about his daughter, Lauren.
“But we had been told how she had died when we visited the school. We were told she was there standing in front of her little kids,” he said.
He’s glad this report is out but expects the media and some people won’t be happy until the 2,000 page report is released.
“The problem is that for a lot of people, it doesn’t give you answers. We all like to have answers to our questions,” he said. “It”s difficult. “Why did he do it? Could the police department acted differently? I don’t torture myself with it. I prefer living and remembering Lauren for who she was.”
Cristina Hassinger, the daughter of slain principal Dawn Hotchsprung, said there was very little in the report that families hadn’t already learned from meetings with investigators in recent months.
“I think people were looking for some big ground breaking development, and there isn’t one,” she said.
Hassinger said her biggest fear with the release of the report is that it will spark “a whole new wave of conspiracy theories.”
“Most people had hoped this report would stop them , but they are only going to find a way to twist this information into their own agenda,” she said.
Major findings: Lanza was a loner, with Asperger’s, OCD, a shut-in with shooting, computer games, dancing for pastimes
Murderer Adam Lanza wasn’t a tortured anti-social genius. He had an average IQ and no learning disabilities, but soaring levels of anxiety, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger’s and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. But he refused to take medication or engage in recommended behavioral therapies, according to the new report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. He wouldn’t handle door knobs, changed his clothes frequently and repeatedly washed his hands.
“Dance, Dance Revolution,” a video game in which people dance as directed, engaged the unemployed, possibly unemployable Adam Lanza, who made video recordings of himself dancing at home. At a nearby theater that had a commercial version of the game in its lobby, he would play the game on weekends for four to 10 hours up until about a month before the school massacre. At the same time that he played the non-violent dance game with a friend, Lanza confided that he had an interest in mass murders.
Growing up he loved Sandy Hook School, which he attended from first through fifth grades. But in pre-school his behaviors included repetitive traits, temper tantrums, excessive hand washing, “eating idiosyncrasies” and smelling things that weren’t there.
By fifth grade, for a class project he wrote a book in which the protagonist had a gun in her cane to shoot people. The story included violence against children, but was never turned in. Withdrawn, he initially loved music, studied the saxophone and played in school concerts in fifth and sixth grade. But as he grew older he became more of a loner. By seventh grade, Lanza stopped playing the sax and withdrew from athletics. He didn’t like the “noise and confusion” and didn’t like walking between classes. While at Newtown High School, from which he graduated in 2009, he was also home-schooled. He had non-violent “episodes” of up to 15 minutes in length that would prompt his mother to come to the school. Evaluations over the years showed Lanza with speech and language needs; and seizures. In 2005, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s, displaying symptoms of anxiety and social impairments. “It was also noted that he lacked empathy and had very rigid though processes. He had a literal interpretation of written and verbal material.”
“It is important to note that it is unknown what contribution, if any, the shooter’s mental health issues made to his attack on SHES,” the report says. “Those mental health professionals who saw him did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior.”
The 43-page report is a profile of a troubled, well-armed young man who brought multiple weapons to Sandy Hook Elementary School – where he spent five of the happiest years of his younger life – along with his obsession for mass murder. After shooting his mother several times with a .22 rifle on the morning of December 14, he took a military-style semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle to the school, blasted through the front door, killed 20 first graders and six adults. At 9:40, he shot himself in the head with a Glock 10-mm pistol in Classroom 10, near the body of Victoria Soto, 27. Eleven of the children in Classroom 10 survived, with nine fleeing the room and two others hiding in the class restroom.
So far, families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have not read the report.
Jackie Barden, whose son, Daniel, was among the 20 first graders who died that day, had not seen the report Monday afternoon.
“We’re not interested in the report. We haven’t seen anything today,” she said.
George Hochsprung, whose wife, Dawn, was the principal of Sandy Hook, said he has not yet seen the report that summarizes the event that killed his wife, five other educators and 20 children that day.
He said his daughter, Beth, reminded him that there was no good time for the report that had to come out some time.
“I’m not going to read it. Well, I shouldn’t say that. I think my curiosity will get the better of me,” Hochsprung said Monday. “The public is entitled to the information and what people do with it is their decision. I think most people will look at it in a cursory fashion. Maybe, since it’s so close to Thanksgiving people will be too busy to read it.”
Teresa Rousseau, whose daughter, Lauren, was among the six educators who died in the shooting had not read the report Monday.
She said she was not at a family meeting last week where they were allowed to look at parts of it.
” I don’t plan to read it today and I don’t know when I will,” Rousseau said.
She expressed sympathy for the state’s attorney, Stephen Sedensky, who has received so much criticism about wanting to protect the public from disturbing details.
He was the one who released the report.
Lanza “displayed no aggressive tendencies,” studied mass murder techniques, had photos holding handgun, rifle to his head
Nancy Lanza wanted to sell her house and move to Washington or North Carolina and Adam had said he would agree to move to Washington. Knowing Adam wouldn’t stay in a hotel, she planned to buy a recreational vehicle. On December 10, she cooked him some of his favorite meals and left to visit family in New Hampshire, returning on Thursday, the 13th at 10 p.m. Investigators said they could find no one at SHES with whom Lanza might have had personal contact.
“He was undoubtedly afflicted with mental health problems; yet despite a fascination with mass shootings and firearms, he displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies. In some contexts he was viewed as having above-average inteliigence; in others below-average. Some recalled that the shooter had been bullied; but others – including many teachers – saw nothing of the sort. With some people he could talk with them and be humorous; but many others saw the shooter as unemotional, distant, and remote.” In had been about two years since Adam Lanza had contact with his brother Ryan, four years older. His father, Peter Lanza, from whom Nancy was divorced in 2001, lost contact with Adam Lanza in 2010.
From the report on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School:
A list on things found in Adam Lanza’s room:
- A New York Times article from February 18, 2008, regarding the school shooting at Northern Illinois University;
- Three photographs of what appear to be a dead human, covered in blood and wrapped in plastic;
- The book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, Jossey-Bass, 2007, by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher;40 and
- Photocopied newspaper articles from 1891 pertaining to the shooting of school children
Newtown report summary
Newtown Report: Appendix Cover
Newtown Report: Lanza’s Honda Civic CT Reg 872YEO
Newtown report: Lanza home search warrant, 12/16/12
Newtown report: Lanza home search warrant, 12/15/12
Newtown report: Lanza home search warrant, 12/14/12
Newtown report: AT&T call data 2
Newtown report: AT&T call data
Newtown report: Lanza home search warrant
Newtown report: Verizon call data
Newtown Report: Combat Arms Nexon
Newtown report: World of War Blizzard
Newtown report: timeline — redacted
Newtown: Sandy Hook floorplan
Newtown Report: Sandy Hook parking lot map
Newtown Report: Sandy Hook ballistics diagram
Newtown Report: Sandy Hook exterior description
Newtown Report: Lobby, hallway, room 9 description and ballistics
Newtown report: Ballistics room 8
Newtown report: Ballistics — Guns and ammo on Shooter
Newtown Report: Weight of Guns-Ammo
Newtown Report: Newtown Emergency Response Plan Redacted for DEMHS
Newtown Report: Sandy Hood Elementary School photographs
Newtown report: Lanza home report — redacted
Newtown report: Digital Image Report from Lanza home
Newtown report: Photographs from Lanza Homa
Digital evidence report from Lanza home
Newtown report: Lanza toxicology
SHES report indicates Adam Lanza, a collector of violent video games, had a possible dress rehearsal, drove near the school the day before murders
On last December 13, from 2:09 until 2:32, Lanza, according to his GPS records, drove from the family home on Yogananda Street to the Sandy Hook neighborhood, “though the route does not indicate the shooter drove up to the school.” Investigators found a dozen violent but-popular video games in his home, including Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Doom, Left for Dead, Dead Rising, Half Life and Battlefield. A prescription bottle in Adam Lanza’s name, for acetaminophen with codeine (equal to Tylenol with codeine) was found in his mother Nancy’s bedroom.