Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in Norway last year in an wide-scale spree murder, does not like prison, thank you very much.
Breivik, 33, killed eight people in a bomb attack on government buildings in Oslo in July of 2011, before targeting a Workers’ Youth League camp on the island of Utøya, in which 69 people were killed. Most of the dead were teens attending the camp.
Earlier this year, we looked at Anders Breivik’s prison conditions, which are far more amenable than those here in the US for convicted killers. But despite what would be considered in most places on Earth to be unusually humane conditions for a man who admitted responsibility in the deaths of 77 people, the Norwegian inmate has penned a strongly-worded letter about the circumstances to which he has been subject in jail.
According to Breivik, his patience has been tested beyond measure by prison officials as described in a letter that begins:
“If it wasn’t for the fact that I am an exceptionally patient person, I would most likely have lost my mind in pure frustration … Anyway, there are limits to what a person can take.”
Among his grievances, Anders Breivik says he has been forced to use a special pen that cannot be weaponized, describing the experience as “an almost indescribable manifestation of sadism.”
And due to supervision by guards, he complains, he has been given no choice but to shave and brush his teeth less frequently than is to his liking, finding the watchful eye of prison employees to be an unwelcome presence:
“Use of a toothbrush and electric shaver is always under supervision. One is therefore under mental pressure to finish quickly as the guards are tapping their feet outside the cell … This limits brushing to once a day and shaving to once a week in order not to have to go through the mental ordeal more often than necessary.”
In the missive, Breivik decries Ila Prison, where he is being held, as a “mini Abu Ghraib.” For his crimes, the Norway spree killer was sentenced to 21 years behind bars.