[Rushtalk] Nancy J. Lanza

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Dec 17 12:00:34 MST 2012

At 01:21 PM 12/17/2012, Tom Matiska wrote:
>Papers in the UK are making it sound like she 
>had an irrational fear of economic 
>collapse.   Some friends  are saying that is an 
>exaggeration, and I wonder what is "irrational" about it?

         How does one quantify and define "gun 
obsessive", anyway? My cousin owns over a $100k 
in firearms, including a MAC10 machine pistol.

>This is a difficult story to follow.  The roller 
>coaster of loosely reported "facts" is giving me 
>motion sickness.  News body counts got ahead of 
>police reports... older brother shot dad and 
>mom, no younger brother shot mom.....older 
>brother taken away by police in protective vest 
>is reported as shooter wearing body armor.... he 
>shot his way in thru the window, no was let 
>in.... mother was a teacher, or a part time assistant not listed as staff?

         Apparently, Adam was an undisciplined 
head case from Day One. Mama should've gotten him 
psychiatric help long ago, but ignored it.

>-- On Mon, 12/17/12, John A. Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:
>From: John A. Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net>
>Subject: [Rushtalk] Nancy J. Lanza
>To: "Rushtalk" <rushtalk at csdco.com>
>Date: Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:08 AM
>Mother of Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza 'was a 
>gun obsessive living in fear of society's collapse'
>Monday, 17 December 2012
>Nancy J Lanza mother of suspected gunman Adam Lanza
>Nancy J Lanza mother of suspected gunman Adam Lanza
>The mother of Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza who 
>slaughtered 20 US schoolchildren and seven 
>adults was a gun-hoarding survivalist who was 
>stockpiling weapons in preparation for an economic collapse, it has emerged.
>Nancy Lanza was shot four times in the head 
>before her son Adam gunned down young pupils and 
>teachers at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
>Her sister-in-law Marsha Lanza told reporters at 
>her Illinois home that her gun-obsessed relative 
>was part of the ‘prepper’ movement that 
>fears an economic collapse will lead to a breakdown in society.
>“She prepared for the worst,” Ms Lanza said.
>“Last time we visited her in person, we talked 
>about prepping ­ are you ready for what could 
>happen down the line, when the economy collapses?”
>Nancy Lanza (52) had five registered firearms, 
>had begun stockpiling food and taught Adam how 
>to shoot. He is believed to have used three of 
>her guns ­ a Bushmaster .223-calibre, and two 
>handguns, a Glock 10 mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm ­ in 
>the school massacre after he shot her dead in bed.
>After taking her car, Adam Lanza (20) blasted 
>his way into the school building in Newtown, 
>Connecticut and used a high-power rifle to kill 
>20 children and six adults, including the 
>principal and school psychologist who tried to 
>stop him. The youngest victims were six and seven, the oldest 56.
>Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Lanza 
>shot himself after about 10 minutes of shooting 
>as first responders entered the building.
>A law enforcement official said Lanza ­ said to 
>be addicted to violent video games ­ had “lots 
>of ammo” on him when he died, enough to carry 
>out significant additional carnage. During the 
>rampage Lanza wiped out a first class of six and 
>seven-year-olds and their two teachers.
>“There were 14 coats hanging there and 14 
>bodies. He killed them all,” a law enforcement officer said.
>Governor Malloy added in a TV interview: “We 
>surmise that it was during the second classroom 
>episode that he heard responders coming and 
>apparently at that, decided to take his own life.”
>All the victims at the school were shot with a 
>rifle, at least some of them at close range, and 
>all were apparently shot more than once, said 
>Chief Medical Examiner Dr H Wayne Carver. There 
>were as many as 11 shots on the bodies he examined.
>All six adults killed at the school were women. 
>Of the 20 children, eight were boys and 12 were girls.
>Parents identified the children through photos 
>to spare them some shock, Carver said.
>Amid the confusion and sorrow, stories of 
>heroism emerged, including an account of 
>Hochsprung, 47, and the school psychologist, 
>Mary Sherlach, 56, rushing toward Lanza in an attempt to stop him. Both died.
>There was also 27-year-old teacher Victoria 
>Soto, whose name has been invoked as a portrait 
>of selflessness. Investigators told relatives 
>she was killed while shielding her first-graders 
>from danger. She reportedly hid some students in 
>a bathroom or closet, ensuring they were safe, a 
>cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News.
>The gunman's father, Peter Lanza, issued a 
>statement relating his own family's anguish in the aftermath.
>“Our family is grieving along with all those 
>who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. 
>No words can truly express how heartbroken we 
>are,” he said. “We are in a state of 
>disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we 
>can. We too are asking why. Like so many of you, 
>we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired.”
>Authorities said Lanza had no criminal history, 
>and it was not clear whether he had a job. Lanza 
>was believed to have been diagnosed with Asperger's, a mild form of autism.
>Richard Novia, the school district's head of 
>security until 2008, who also served as adviser 
>for the Newtown High School technology club, of 
>which Lanza was a member, said he clearly “had some disabilities”.
>The victims
>They were supposed to be for the holidays, but 
>finally on Friday, after much begging, Charlotte 
>Bacon's mother relented and let her wear a new pink dress and boots to school.
>It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead 
>would ever pick out. Charlotte's older brother 
>Guy was also in the school but was not shot.
>Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, have lived in 
>Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn's brother 
>John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minnesota, told Newsday.
>"She was going to go some places in this world," 
>he said. "This little girl could light up the room for anyone."
>Daniel's family says he was "fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life".
>He was the youngest of three children and in a 
>statement to the media, his family said Daniel 
>earned his missing two front teeth and ripped jeans.
>"Words really cannot express what a special boy 
>Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, 
>unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, 
>fair and so thoughtful towards others, 
>imaginative in play, both intelligent and 
>articulate in conversation: in all, a constant 
>source of laughter and joy," the family said.
>His father Mark is a local musician. The New 
>Haven Register said he was scheduled to play a 
>show at a restaurant in Danbury on Friday, a show that was later cancelled.
>On the biography on his professional website, he 
>lists spending time with his family as his favourite thing to do.
>Days before the rampage, Rachel's boyfriend had 
>asked her parents for permission to marry her.
>she was a behavioural therapist who had only 
>recently started working at the school where she 
>was killed, according to Lissa Lovetere, a 
>friend who is handling her funeral planned for 
>Friday. Anthony Cerritelli planned to ask Ms 
>D'Avino to marry him on Christmas Eve, Ms Lovetere said.
>Ms Lovetere said they met in 2005 when Ms 
>D'Avino was assigned to her son, who has autism, 
>in their town of Bethlehem. Ms D'Avino was so 
>dedicated she would make home visits and 
>constantly offered guidance on handling 
>situations such as helping her son deal with loud music at a wedding.
>"Her job didn't end when the school bell rang at 
>3 o'clock," Ms Lovetere said.
>Police told Ms D'Avino's family she shielded one 
>of the pupils during the rampage, Ms Lovetere said.
>"I'm heartbroken. I'm numb," she said. "I think 
>she taught me more about how to be a good mother 
>to a special needs child than anyone else ever had."
>Images of Olivia show a happy child, one with a 
>great sense of humour, as her family said in a 
>statement. There she is, visiting Santa Claus, 
>or feasting on a slice of birthday cake. Or 
>swinging a pink baseball bat, posing on a boat, or making a silly face.
>Olivia loved school, did very well in maths and 
>reading, and was "insightful for her age", said 
>the statement released by her uncle, John Engel.
>She was a child who "lit up a room and the 
>people around her". Creative with drawing and 
>designing, she was also a tennis and football 
>player and took art classes, swimming, and dance 
>lessons in ballet and hip hop. A Daisy Girl 
>Scout, she enjoyed musical theatre.
>"She was a great big sister and was always very 
>patient with her three-year-old brother 
>Brayden," her family said, recalling that her 
>favourite colours were purple and pink.
>Olivia was learning the rosary and always led 
>grace before the family dinner. "She was a 
>grateful child who was always appreciative and never greedy," the family said.
>Her father said she was a six-year-old who had a lot to look forward to.
>Dan Merton, a long-time friend of the family, 
>recalled that she loved attention, had perfect 
>manners and was a teacher's pet.
>"Her only crime," he said, "is being a wiggly, smiley six-year-old."
>Dawn Hochsprung's pride in Sandy Hook Elementary 
>was clear. She regularly tweeted photos from her 
>time as principal there, giving indelible 
>glimpses of life at a place now known for 
>tragedy. Just this week, it was an image of 
>fourth-graders rehearsing for their winter 
>concert; days before that, the tiny hands of 
>nursery schoolers exchanging play money at their makeshift grocery store.
>She viewed her school as a model, telling the 
>Newtown Bee in 2010: "I don't think you could 
>find a more positive place to bring students to 
>every day." She had worked to make Sandy Hook a 
>place of safety, and in October, the 47-year-old 
>shared a picture of the school's evacuation 
>drill with the message "safety first".
>When the unthinkable came, she was ready to 
>defend. Officials said she died while lunging at 
>the gunman in an attempt to overtake him.
>"She had an extremely likable style about her," 
>said Gerald Stomski, first selectman of 
>Woodbury, where Ms Hochsprung lived and had 
>taught. "She was an extremely charismatic principal while she was here."
>Dr Matthew Velsmid was at Madeleine's house on 
>Saturday, tending to her stricken family. He 
>said the family did not want to comment.
>Dr Velsmid said that after hearing of the 
>shooting, he went to the triage area to provide 
>medical assistance but there were no injuries to treat.
>"We were waiting for casualties to come out, and 
>there was nothing. There was no need, 
>unfortunately," he said. "This is the darkest 
>thing I've ever walked into, by far."
>His daughter, who attends another school, lost three of her friends.
>Catherine's parents released a statement 
>expressing gratitude to emergency responders and 
>for the support of the community.
>"We are greatly saddened by the loss of our 
>beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet, and our 
>thoughts and prayers are with the other families 
>who have been affected by this tragedy," 
>Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard said. "We ask that 
>you continue to pray for us and the other 
>families who have experienced loss in this tragedy."
>Chase Kowalski was always outside, playing in 
>the back yard, riding his bicycle. Just last 
>week, he was visiting neighbour Kevin Grimes, 
>telling him about completing - and winning - his first mini-triathlon.
>"You couldn't think of a better child," Mr Grimes said.
>His own five children all attended Sandy Hook.
>She once was known simply for the game nights 
>she hosted and the Christmas decorations she put 
>up at her house. Now Ms Lanza is known as her son's first victim.
>The two shared a home in a well-to-do Newtown 
>neighbourhood, but details were slow to emerge 
>of who she was and what might have led her son to carry out such horror.
>Kingston, New Hampshire, police chief Donald 
>Briggs Jr said she once lived in the community 
>and was a kind, considerate and loving person. 
>The former stockbroker at John Hancock in Boston 
>was well-respected, Mr Briggs said.
>Court records show Ms Lanza and her ex-husband, 
>Peter Lanza, filed for divorce in 2008. He lives 
>in Stamford and is a tax director at General 
>Electric. A neighbour, Rhonda Cullens, said she 
>knew Ms Lanza from get-togethers she hosted to 
>play Bunco, a dice game. She said her neighbour enjoyed gardening.
>"She was a very nice lady," Ms Cullens said. 
>"She was just like all the rest of us in the 
>neighbourhood, just a regular person."
>Jesse Lewis had hot chocolate with his favourite 
>breakfast sandwich - sausage, egg and cheese - 
>at the neighbourhood deli before going to school on Friday morning.
>Jesse and his parents were regulars at the Misty 
>Vale Deli in Sandy Hook, owner Angel Salazar told The Wall Street Journal.
>"He was always friendly; he always liked to talk," Mr Salazar said.
>Jesse's family has a collection of animals he 
>enjoyed playing with, and he was learning to ride a horse.
>Family friend Barbara McSperrin told the Journal 
>Jesse was "a typical six-year-old little boy, full of life".
>A year ago, Ana was revelling in holiday 
>celebrations with her extended family on her 
>first trip to Puerto Rico. This year will be heartbreakingly different.
>The girl's grandmother, Elba Marquez, said the 
>family moved to Connecticut two months ago, 
>drawn from Canada in part by Sandy Hook's 
>sterling reputation. The grandmother's brother, 
>Jorge Marquez, is mayor of a Puerto Rican town 
>and said the child's nine-year-old brother also 
>was at the school but escaped safely.
>Ms Marquez had just visited the new home over 
>Thanksgiving and is perplexed by what happened. 
>"What happened does not match up with the place where they live," she said.
>A video spreading across the internet shows a 
>confident Ana hitting every note as she sings 
>Come, Thou Almighty King. She flashes a big grin 
>and waves to the camera when she finishes.
>Mr Marquez confirmed the girl's father is 
>saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who wrote on Facebook 
>that he was trying to "work through this nightmare".
>"As much as she's needed here and missed by her 
>mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to 
>paradise," he wrote. "I love you sweetie girl."
>The upstate New York town of Sherrill is 
>thinking of Cindy Mattioli, who grew up there 
>and lost her son James in the school shooting in Connecticut.
>"It's a terrible tragedy, and we're a tight 
>community," Mayor William Vineall told the Utica 
>Observer-Dispatch. "Everybody will be there for 
>them, and our thoughts and prayers are there for them."
>James's grandparents, Jack and Kathy Radley, 
>still live in the city, the newspaper reported.
>With broken hearts, Grace's parents said they 
>could not believe the outpouring of support they 
>have received since the little girl who was the centre of their lives died.
>Lynn and Chris McDonnell called their daughter 
>"the love and light" of their family in a 
>statement released by the girl's uncle.
>The family also shared a photo featuring Grace 
>smiling into the camera, her eyes shining and a 
>pink bow adorning her long blonde hair.
>"Words cannot adequately express our sense of loss," the McDonnells said.
>A happy soul. A good mother, wife and daughter. 
>Artistic, fun-loving, witty and hardworking.
>Remembering their teacher daughter, Ms Murphy's 
>parents had no shortage of adjectives to offer 
>Newsday. When news of the shooting broke, Hugh 
>and Alice McGowan waited for word of their 
>daughter as hours ticked by. And then it came.
>Authorities told the couple their daughter was a 
>hero who helped shield some of her students from 
>the rain of bullets. As the grim news arrived, 
>the victim's mother reached for her rosary.
>"You don't expect your daughter to be murdered," 
>her father told the newspaper. "It happens on TV. It happens elsewhere."
>Quick to cheer up those in need of a smile, 
>Emilie never missed a chance to draw a picture or make a card.
>Her father Robbie fought back tears as he 
>described the beautiful, blonde, always-smiling 
>girl who loved to try new things, except foods.
>Mr Parker, one of the first parents to publicly 
>talk about his loss, expressed no animosity for 
>the gunman, even as he struggled to explain the 
>death to his other two children, aged three and 
>four. He is sustained by the fact that the world 
>is better for having had Emilie in it.
>"I'm so blessed to be her dad," he said.
>Jack was a huge fan of American football side the New York Giants.
>Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he talked 
>to Jack's family, who are considering burying him in Cruz's No 80 jersey.
>Cruz honoured Jack on Sunday on his shoes, 
>writing on them the words "Jack Pinto, My Hero" 
>and "Rhode IslandP. Jack Pinto."
>"I also spoke to an older brother and he was 
>distraught as well. I told him to stay strong 
>and I was going to do whatever I can to honour 
>him," Cruz said after the Giants game with 
>Atlanta Falcons. "He was fighting tears and could barely speak to me."
>Cruz said he plans to give the gloves he wore 
>during the game to the boy's family, and spend some time with them.
>"There's no words that can describe the type of 
>feeling that you get when a kid idolises you so 
>much that unfortunately they want to put him in 
>the casket with your jersey on," he said. "I can't even explain it."
>Jack's funeral is scheduled for 1pm on Monday at 
>the Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, followed by a 
>burial at Newtown Village Cemetery.
>Noah was "smart as a whip", gentle but with a 
>rambunctious streak, said his uncle, Alexis 
>Haller of Woodinville, Washington. Noah's twin 
>sister Arielle, assigned to a different 
>classroom, survived the shooting. He called her 
>his best friend, and with their eight-year-old 
>sister Sophia they were inseparable.
>"They were always playing together, they loved 
>to do things together," Mr Haller said. When 
>Noah's mother, a nurse, told him she loved him, 
>he would answer, "Not as much as I love you, Mom."
>Mr Haller said Noah loved to read and liked to 
>figure out how things worked mechanically. For 
>his birthday two weeks ago, he got a new Wii games console.
>"He was just a really lively, smart kid," Mr 
>Haller said. "He would have become a great man, 
>I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad."
>"Jessica loved everything about horses," her 
>parents Rich and Krista said in a statement. 
>"She devoted her free time to watching horse 
>movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and 
>writing stories about horses."
>When she turned 10, they had promised, she could 
>have a horse of her own. For Christmas, she 
>asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and hat.
>The Rekoses described their daughter as "a 
>creative, beautiful little girl who loved 
>playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane".
>"She spent time writing in her journals, making 
>up stories, and doing 'research' on orca whales 
>- one of her passions after seeing the movie 
>Free Willy last year." Her dream of seeing a 
>real orca was realised in October when she went to SeaWorld.
>Jessica, the oldest child in the family, was 
>"our rock", the parents said. "She had an answer 
>for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she 
>outsmarted us every time." A thoughtful planner, she was "our little CEO".
>"We cannot imagine our life without her. We are 
>mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful 
>memories we have of her, and trying to help her 
>brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend," they said.
>"We are devastated, and our hearts are with the 
>other families who are grieving as we are."
>Lauren Rousseau had spent years working as a 
>substitute teacher and doing other jobs, so she 
>was thrilled when she finally realised her goal 
>this autumn to become a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook.
>Her mother, Teresa Rousseau, a copy editor at 
>the Danbury News-Times, released a statement 
>that said state police told them just after 
>midnight that she was among the victims.
>"Lauren wanted to be a teacher from before she 
>even went to kindergarten," she said. "We will 
>miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing 
>that she had achieved that dream."
>Her mother said she was thrilled to get the job.
>"It was the best year of her life," she told the newspaper.
>Ms Rousseau has been called gentle, spirited and 
>active. She had planned to see The Hobbit with 
>her boyfriend on Friday and baked cupcakes for a 
>party they were to attend afterwards. She was 
>born in Danbury and attended Danbury High, 
>college at the University of Connecticut and 
>graduate school at the University of Bridgeport.
>She was a lover of music, dance and theatre.
>"I'm used to having people die who are older," 
>her mother said, "not the person whose room is up over the kitchen."
>When the shots rang out, school psychologist 
>Mary Sherlach threw herself into the danger.
>Janet Robinson, the superintendent of Newtown 
>Public Schools, said Ms Sherlach and the 
>school's principal ran toward the shooter. They 
>lost their own lives rushing toward him.
>Even as Ms Sherlach neared retirement, her job 
>at Sandy Hook was one she loved. Those who knew 
>her called her a wonderful neighbour, a 
>beautiful person, a dedicated educator.
>Her son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, told the South 
>Jersey Times that Ms Sherlach supported the 
>Miami Dolphins American football team, enjoyed 
>visiting the Finger Lakes and relished helping 
>children overcome their problems.
>She had planned to leave work early on Friday, 
>he said, but never had the chance. In a news 
>conference, he told reporters the loss was 
>devastating, but that Ms Sherlach was doing what she loved.
>"Mary felt like she was doing God's work," he 
>said, "working with the children."
>SOTO, 27
>She beams in snapshots. Her enthusiasm and cheer 
>was evident. She was doing what she loved. And 
>now, Victoria Soto is being called a hero.
>Though details of the 27-year-old teacher's 
>death remain vague, her name has been invoked 
>again and again as a portrait of selflessness 
>and humanity among unfathomable evil. Those who 
>knew her said they were not surprised by reports 
>she shielded her first-graders from danger.
>"She put those children first. That's all she 
>ever talked about," said a friend, Andrea 
>Crowell. "She wanted to do her best for them, to 
>teach them something new every day."
>Photos of Ms Soto show her always with a wide 
>smile, at her college graduation and in mundane daily life.
>"You have a teacher who cared more about her 
>students than herself," said Mayor John Harkins 
>of Stratford, the town Ms Soto hailed from and 
>where more than 300 people gathered for a 
>memorial service on Saturday night. "That speaks 
>volumes to her character, and her commitment and dedication."
>Victoria Soto and colleagues saved many lives as the killer Adam Lanza struck
>Music surrounded Benjamin as he grew up in a 
>household where his mother and father were performers.
>They left behind stage careers in New York City 
>when they moved to Newtown with Benjamin and his older brother Nate.
>"We knew we wanted a piece of lawn, somewhere 
>quiet, somewhere with good schools," Francine 
>Wheeler told the Newtown Bee in a profile.
>She is a music educator and singer-songwriter. 
>Sometimes the musical mother would try out tunes 
>on her own children, with some tunes she made up 
>for Ben as a baby eventually finding their way 
>onto a CD, she told the newspaper.
>In writing songs for children, melodies need not 
>be simplified, she said. "I try to make it my 
>mission to always present good music to kids."
>Benjamin's father David, a former film and 
>television actor, writes and performs still, 
>according to a profile on the website of the 
>Flagpole Radio Cafe theatre, with which he has performed in Newtown.
>The family are members of Trinity Episcopal 
>Church, whose website noted that Nate, also a 
>student at Sandy Hook, was not harmed in Friday's shooting.
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