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Emails obtained by NY Daily News have revealed a wealth of information about Newtown, CT mass shooter Adam Lanza and his mother, Nancy Lanza. In a slew of email exchanges with her colleagues, Nancy provided insight into her family’s medical history that may have drove her son to shoot her and more than 20 students and faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary school, before turning the gun on himself.
Nancy told her friends that Adam suffered from a form of autism known as Asperger’s syndrome. The disease caused a sensory perception disorder that prevented him from recognizing pain and caused him to recoil from being physically touched. Nancy’s grandfather had died from the disease in just six weeks. Nancy was also battling her own medical challenges. In 1999, doctors found lesions on her brain, in which she described as “like living on top of a time bomb.” She decided not to tell her children. “I am carrying the gene for this type of self-destruct,” she emailed a friend at the time. “My diagnosis was not good. I was going under the premise that I had a limited time left . . . about enough to get the boys settled in. . . . At one point I was trying to deal with the time frame of about 12 months.” Although the disease went into remission, she told a friend in January 2012 saying it had “flared up.”
By November 2012, Nancy noticed her son’s problems were deeper than just genetics. Two weeks before her son became known to the world as a cruel mass shooter, Nancy discovered sinister drawings of dead bodies in Adam’s room, but failed to confront him. “Nancy was disturbed, really disturbed, but didn’t confront him,” Nancy’s friend Marvin LaFontaine said. “She wanted to think it over.” LaFontaine described one of the gruesome illustrations: “One (drawing) had a woman clutching a religious item, like rosary beads, and holding a child, and she was getting all shot up in the back with blood flying everywhere.” Nancy had a very interesting take on parental bonding that many believe determined her fate. “Parental bonds are formed so early in life . . . they are either there or they aren’t. It is a direct product of how much the parent put into that relationship,” she wrote.