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Adam Lanza's Bizarre Call to Radio Show Released (Audio)

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Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 12:39 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A man who friends identified as Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza called in to a radio show a year before his shooting rampage and went on a twisted rant about the similarities between the chimp that clawed a woman's face off in 2009 and mass murderers.

Two former friends of the 20-year-old confirmed that it was Lanza's voice on the Dec. 11, 2011, audiotape from a broadcast of John Zerzan's "Anarchy Radio" show on the University of Oregon network, KWVA 88.1 FM, according to the New York Daily News.

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Lanza took his own life after fatally shooting his mother in December 2012 and then storming Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where he killed six adults and 20 children.

Using the name "Greg," Lanza called into Zerzan's show and drew comparisons between Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and the chimp named Travis that attacked a woman in 2009.

"His attack can be seen entirely parallel to the attacks and random acts of violence that you bring up on your show every week, committed by humans, which the mainstream also has no explanation," Lanza says of Travis at one point. "I just ... don’t think it would be such a stretch to say that he very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that."

Two people who went to high school with Lanza, including 21-year-old Kyle Kromberg, confirmed that the voice on the tape is his.

"It's him," Kromberg told the Daily News. "I talked to him every day for about an hour each day from freshman to junior year, so I know his voice. He's a very soft-spoken kid, but very articulate."

Lanza's online activities also bolster the argument that he was the caller. According to a police evidence report obtained by the Daily News, Lanza began posting under the user name "Smiggles" on Shocked Beyond Belief, a fan forum for a video game based on the 1999 Columbine massacre, in 2009.

On Dec. 10, 2011, the day before "Greg" called into the show, "Smiggles" posted, "I should call in on John Zerzan's radio program about Travis. I'm really surprised that I haven’t been able to find anything he’s written or said about the incident, considering how often he brings up random acts of violence. It seems like Travis would be a poster-chimp of his philosophy."

On the day after the call, "Smiggles" wrote: "It didn't go as horribly as I anticipated. I wish that I hadn’t spoken nonstop about Travis for so long, but I didn’t want to seem crazy by randomly bringing up a chimpanzee for unknown reasons. … I at least sounded less incoherent than usual. I normally speak much softer and swifter, with less articulation, less inflection, and more mumbling."

Zerzan, a 70-year-old radio veteran, told the Daily News that he remembers the call.

"The only thing that seemed odd was his voice seemed kind of robotic ... but what he was saying made sense," he said. "There's nothing there indicating he was considering something so heinous and inconceivable. It was a year before Sandy Hook, so no one has any idea what he was thinking a year before. ... I don't see how anyone could have guessed that with what was said."

Casey Jordan, a criminologist and law professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, told CNN that she thinks Lanza's call reveals something more sinister.

"I think the subtext of what he is saying is that violence is innate and instinctual to humans and really should not be punished because it is their natural basis," she said. "That's the message he's trying to get across, and the parallel to himself is obvious. He feels possessed by this need this compulsion to commit violence."





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