Photos of dead bodies. Suicide videos. Material advocating for pedophiles' rights. Images of Adam Lanza holding guns to his head.
Authorities searching the home of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooter discovered these items and more in the days following the massacre. The findings are detailed in a report released Monday by Connecticut's Division of Criminal Justice and the lead investigator on the case, State Attorney Stephen Sedensky III.
Police have only made public 45 pages of the report, some of which is dedicated to weapons, digital media and other items found in Lanza's mother's home at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown. Those items are listed below.
The weapon used to kill Nancy Lanza, the .22 cal. Savage Mark II rifle, was found near her bed and seized. In the chamber of the rifle was a spent .22 cal. shell casing and three live rounds were in the magazine. Three other spent .22 cal. shell casings were found in the room and seized ... Investigators found a large number of firearms and related items in the home. All firearms involved in these incidents were legally purchased by the shooter’s mother over the years. The home also contained many edged weapons, knives, swords, spears, etc.
A GPS device found in Adam Lanza's room shed light on trips he was taking prior to the attack:
The routes taken indicate a number of trips from 36 Yogananda Street to the area of a local theater where a commercial version of the game “Dance Dance Revolution” is located. Over that time period, trips were made that took the driver in the vicinity of some schools in Newtown, including Sandy Hook Elementary School. On December 13, 2012, a trip was recorded from 2:09 p.m. to 2:32 p.m. starting and ending on Yogananda Street and driving in Sandy Hook, which is in the area of SHES, though the route does not indicate the shooter drove up to the school.
Video games found in his "basement computer/gaming area" include but aren't limited to:
- “Left for Dead”
- “Metal Gear Solid”
- “Dead Rising”
- “Half Life”
- “Call of Duty”
- “Grand Theft Auto”
- “Shin Megami Tensei”
- “Dynasty Warriors”
- “Team Fortress”
Some random items noted in the report give further evidence that Lanza's reading material was both morbid and relevant to the shooting investigation:
- A Christmas check from the mother to the shooter to purchase a CZ 83 firearm
- 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
- Photocopied newspaper articles from 1891 pertaining to the shooting of school children
The report didn't give a conclusive motive for the attack, but did note that "the shooter had a preoccupation with mass shootings." The evidence found on his computer and hard drives appears to prove that point. Investigators believe that Lanza purposefully damaged another hard drive, of which the contents have not been recovered.
- Bookmarks pertaining to firearms, military, politics, mass murder, video games, music, books, Army Ranger, computers and programs, ammunition, candy, economic books
- Web page design folders
- Two videos showing suicide by gunshot
- Commercial movies depicting mass shootings
- The computer game titled “School Shooting” where the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students
- Screen shots (172) of the online game “Combat Arms”
- “Dance Dance Revolution” (DDR) game screen shots
- Videos of shooter playing DDR
- Images of the shooter holding a handgun to his head
- Images of the shooter holding a rifle to his head
- Five-second video (dramatization) depicting children being shot
- Images of shooter with a rifle, shotgun and numerous magazines in his pockets
- Documents on weapons and magazine capacity
- A document written showing the prerequisites for a mass murder spreadsheet
- A spreadsheet listing mass murders by name and information about the incident
- Materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles (not child pornography)
- Large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings and documents on mass murders
- Large amount of materials on firearms - Comedy videos
- Images of hamsters
- Images of Lego creations