Nancy Lanza, mother of the Adam Lanza, 20, was, according to friends, a paranoid survivalist who believed that the world was on the verge of economic collapse. She was what people call a “prepper”, a person who is preparing for the end of civilized society.
She reportedly became obsessed with guns and taught both her sons – Ryan and Adam – how to shoot. Adam used the knowledge his mother had given him to kill her along with those he murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza shot his mother four times in the head, then went onto Sandy Hook Elementary to continue his massacre.
In addition to firearms preparation, Nancy Lanza was also stockpiling food and water. Lanza’s aunt, Marsha, said Nancy Lanza spoke with her quite often about how she was preparing for the coming economic meltdown.
‘She told me she liked the single-mindedness of shooting,’ said Dan Holmes, who cared for Lanza’s garden.
‘I would ring the bell on the front door and she would come out the side and meet me,’ he said. ‘It was a little weird. It’s stranger now thinking back on what happened.’
Adam Lanza was described as a bright but troubled young man. His father is an executive for the financial firm Ernst & Young.