Stylists at Adam Lanza's former barbershop recalled feeling "uncomfortable" during their encounters with him, saying he would routinely ignore their requests and listen only to his mother while getting a haircut.
Lanza had been going to the barbershop in Newtown, Conn., since he was a little boy, only stopping about a year before he killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, last Friday as well as 20 children and six adults before killing himself.
According to head barber Bob Skuba, Lanza would come in to get his haircut every six weeks or so. During the visits, Skuba recalled, Lanza would often wait his turn, sitting in a chair with his head down, eyes fixed on the floor, and rarely speaking to anyone.
"I would say, 'Adam, come on.' He wouldn't move. And his mother would have to say, 'Adam, come on, he's ready. ' It was like I was invisible," recalled Skuba.
Skuba has operated Robert Anthony's Hair Salon for the past 13 years with his mother and sister, and he and his fellow stylists had been cutting Lanza's hair since 2004, before the haircuts stopped about a year ago.
"His mom, Nancy Lanza, would jump in and answer for her son . . . Lanza would not say a word. Every now and then, he'd mumble something. His mother was the boss. She'd pipe up when the barber asked Adam if he liked his haircut. 'I don't like it,' Mom would say. 'Cut it shorter, trim his sideburns,'" said Skuba.
When the haircut was done, the barber would tell Lanza it was time to get up. But he'd just sit there, like he was still getting clipped. His mom would grab him by the arm and yank him up.
"'It's time to go, Adam. Your haircut is done.' The boy would listen to his mother. Always, always, always. Never would he disobey her," Skuba said in an interview with CNN
Another stylist at the shop had a similar experience when dealing with Lanza and his mother.
Cutting Adam Lanza's hair "was a very long half an hour. It was a very uncomfortable situation," stylist Diane Harty told ABC News. Harty said she never heard Lanza’s voice and rarely heard his mother speak either.
During the CNN interview, Skuba said he wished he had killed Lanza while he was in his chair.
“I should've slipped and stabbed him by accident,” he said “It would've been a lot better for those people."
"I wish I would've killed him then. Or he should have killed himself a long time ago. He would've saved us all the trouble," said Skuba. "He should've run in front of a bus, or some other type of terrible death he should've done to himself."
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