Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's spreadsheet detailing centuries of mass violence served as a road map to murder

courant.com | 12/9/2018 | Staff
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“I made the argument in the report for both the commission and the [report put together by the state Child Advocate’s office] that his extreme anorexia may have produced an organic brain syndrome – brain damage from starvation,” Schwartz said. “While still a theory, these documents support that conclusion.”

The 6-foot-tall Lanza weighed 112 pounds when he walked into the Sandy Hook school and started shooting.

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Schwartz said the new documents are “further evidence of the very dark place that was Adam Lanza’s world” and “further evidence of his fascination with mass murder and with death in general.” He said they do not explain why he walked into the Sandy Hook school and became a mass murderer.

“The huge majority of people who have terrible psychiatric difficulty will never become killers. Likewise, there are very few people who are fascinated with mass murder of familicide who will ever shoot anyone,” Schwartz said.

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The newly released documents also reveal a connection to one of the victims of the shooting. Among the several Planning and Placement Team meeting documents released is one going back to when Lanza entered the Sandy Hook school after his family moved to Newtown from New Hampshire. The records show that Mary Sherlach, among those Lanza shot and killed, was the chairperson of his PPT team as far back as 1998.

The records show she was in charge of communicating with Nancy Lanza and coordinating the school experts that were working with her son, including a speech therapist and an occupational therapist.

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There also is correspondence between Nancy Lanza and school officials in which Lanza’s mother praised Sherlach’s efforts. “Mary Sherlock (sic) also has been very helpful in keeping Adam’s stress level at a minimum,” she wrote in 2001.

Sherlach was the second person killed after Lanza breached the front door of the school by...
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