Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza had done extensive research on mass murders, compiling a spreadsheet containing the names of roughly 500 people before launching his own murder spree last December.
Lanza’s research on murder was so vast that it filled up a 7-foot-long, 4-foot-wide spreadsheet printed in tiny nine-point font size, The New York Daily News reported.
“Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons” were on the spreadsheet, a law enforcement official told the newspaper. “It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis — that was the quality of the research.”
On Dec. 14, Lanza took the lives of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Before the rampage he had shot his mother dead. He killed himself at the school as police closed in.
Investigators believe the spreadsheet was a “score sheet,” the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Daily News.
“This was the work of a video gamer,” the source, who had attended a presentation on the Newtown killings given by Col. Danny Stebbins of the Connecticut State Police at last week’s International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels' mid-year meeting in New Orleans.
The source said police in Connecticut believe Lanza, 20, picked the elementary school because he felt it was “a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills,” and so get a prominent position on his own list of mass killers.
“It was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list,” the source said.
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