Adam Lanza and the Search for Motive
Details about the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer Adam Lanza continue to emerge as people struggle to make sense of this horrible tragedy. And the same question seems to be on everyone’s mind.
What led this young man to commit such a heinous crime?
In an effort to understand Lanza’s motive for killing his mother, school administrators, young children and eventually himself, investigators and reporters are interviewing everyone who knew the disturbed youth and his mother, Nancy Lanza.
Bob Skupa is a barber in Newtown who cut Adam Lanza’s hair for five years. He remembers Adam as being a shy, quiet and strange boy who rarely spoke. In fact, when Skupa would ask questions to try to spark a conversation with him, it was Adam’s mother who would respond.
When each haircut was complete, Nancy would grab Adam by the arm and yank him up. “It’s time to go, Adam.” And he always obeyed.
Incidentally, Skupa wishes that he had done something while he had Adam in his barber chair. “I wish I would have killed him then,” he recently told reporters. “It would’ve saved all those kids and parents the trouble.”
People who knew Nancy Lanza well have also been speaking to the media. Most describe her as an outgoing, likeable and generous woman who also collected guns and liked taking her sons shooting. However, they all make a point to mention that Nancy was very responsible with regard to gun safety.
If this is true, then shouldn’t her weapons and ammunition have been locked up and out of reach of her troubled son? I’m not accusing her of being irresponsible, especially since the poor woman was murdered, but it does seem odd.
The latest insight into Adam Lanza’s possible motive came from a lifelong family acquaintance, 25-year-old Joshua Flashman. He grew up near Sandy Hook Elementary School and knew the Lanza family well.
According to Flashman, Nancy Lanza was in the process of having Adam committed to a psychiatric facility. And he was not happy about it.
“Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” said Flashman. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”
Flashman also mentioned how Nancy frequently volunteered with kindergarteners at Sandy Hook and how Adam “believed she cared more for the children than she did for him.”
Since Adam killed his mother first and in such a violent fashion, shooting her four times in the head while she slept, I am inclined to believe this motive. Shooting those young children was likely another way for Adam to lash out at his mother, destroying those she cared for the most.
Toss in the fact that Adam was the product of divorce and cut off communication with his father several years ago and the picture becomes even clearer: disturbed young man, mental problems, broken home, gun enthusiast… the pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place.
Of course, none of this evidence means anything since the only person who truly knew Adam’s motive was Adam, and he’s no longer with us. All we can do is speculate and try to prevent these same sorts of issues from affecting other young people. I’m certain that we will never be 100% successful, but even saving one life is worth the effort.
Posted on December 20, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged Adam Lanza, commentary, Crime and Justice, current-events, Elementary school, Nancy Lanza, news, perspectives, Sandy Hook Elementary School, school violence. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.