Adam Lanza’s mother and he lived alone together in a family home. Nancy Lanza had ladies' nights at the spacious Newtown, Connecticut, home, some 60 miles from New York City, a home surrounded by rolling hills, where the ladies played Bunco, a dice game. She was kidded by some for her extravagant landscaping which no one saw, the landscaping being in the rear of the colonial house. She and her husband had been separated for the past two years, and her older son had moved out at about that time.
In reponse to questioning about a substantial gun collection, Adam's aunt, Nancy's sister Marsha, indicated to reporters that her sister was “gun obsessed,” part of a movement that lives in fear of a coming economic collapse and a subsequent breakdown of society.
Marsha Lanza called Adam a "quiet, nice kid." But he had issues with learning, the aunt reported. She called Adam the “challenge of the family in that house.” Marsha, who lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois, said her sister had issues with the school board, and ended up having her son home-schooled. The aunt couldn’t say whether the issues were pertaining to behavior, or to learning disabilities. She said Adam was a very, very bright boy. She said her sister “battled” with the school board. Referring to her sister’s financial situation, Marsha Lanza said, "She [Nancy] didn't have to work because my brother-in-law left her very well off, very well off. She was always there for her kids."
We may never fully understand why a bright young man with a promising future would shoot and kill his mother, then specifically target and murder helpless children. At this point, we can’t even begin to speculate.
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