[Rushtalk] Nancy J. Lanza

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Dec 17 17:43:42 MST 2012

At 03:12 PM 12/17/2012 -0800, William White wrote:
>Much of the reporting on this case is abysmal.

The first reports said 4th graders were killed.
What happened to that?

>From: Tom Matiska <tom.matiska at att.net>
>To: Rushtalk Discussion List <rushtalk at csdco.com>
>Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 1:21 PM
>Subject: Re: [Rushtalk] Nancy J. Lanza
>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?
>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?
>-- 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 
> LanzaThe 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
>CHARLOTTE BACON, SIX 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 BARDEN, SEVEN 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. RACHEL D'AVINO, 29 
>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." OLIVIA ENGEL, SIX
>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, 47 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." 
>MADELEINE HSU, SIX 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 
>HUBBARD, SIX 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, SEVEN 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. NANCY LANZA, 52
>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, SIX
>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". ANA MARQUEZ-GREENE, SIX 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." JAMES MATTIOLI, SIX 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 
>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. ANNE MARIE MURPHY, 52
>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." EMILIE PARKER, SIX 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 PINTO, SIX 
>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 POZNER, SIX 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 REKOS, 
>SIX "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 GABRIELLE ROUSSEAU, 30
>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." 
>MARY SHERLACH, 56 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 BENJAMIN WHEELER, 
>SIX 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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