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Adam Lanza’s Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair, Motive May Never Be Known

Adam Lanza's Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair, Motive May Never Be Known

Adam Lanza’s hard drive was damaged beyond repair before the 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, leaving investigators fearful that they will never learn the motive for the school shooting that claimed 26 lives.

Connecticut State Police had met with FBI investigators in an attempt to extract clues from Adam Lanza’s hard drive but said it appears he destroyed it before leaving for the school, the Atlantic Wire reported. They said it appeared he took either a hammer or a screwdriver to it, badly damaging the computer.

Police said it appears that Lanza took special care not to leave any clues about his steps before the Connecticut school shooting or his reasons for the massacre.

“He was eliminating [investigators'] ability to figure out what websites he had gone to or who he might have been communicating with,” one investigator said.

Officials also said it appears that Lanza left no letters or notes explaining why he decided to target the school after shooting and killing his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the home they shared. As the first of the funerals began Monday, officials began talking to two of the only people to be wounded and still survive to learn more about how events transpired that day, the New York Times reported.

Police said they still planned to search all they could, including cell phones and game consoles, to find any information they could about Lanza’s motivations.

Though Adam Lanza’s hard drive provided no more insight into his motives for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, police have pieced together other clues. They know Lanza played violent video games and have learned that he had an apparent inability to feel pain — which psychologists said may be related to a disorder that also makes it difficult to feel empathy.

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22 Responses to “Adam Lanza’s Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair, Motive May Never Be Known”

  1. JB Chandler

    I think we should quit using his name in all the news stories. Call him Suspect A until he becomes Killer A. Give the person zero notoriety.

  2. Keshonna Griffith

    Stop blaming video games and other graphic violence. Milliions of people view it every day and we don't commit mass murder.

  3. Bruce Wayne Duvelow

    Damaged beyond repair? If the HD's are beyond repair then get that "Second opinion" on that one.There are many people who have the know how to reconstruct an HD. Yes, if He tore it apart piece by piece then maybe so.Don't let this assumption go by the way side.Look further and find answers.

  4. Adriana Milono

    I dont think it portrays blaming games. Its just a point in which he enjoyed killing. In a video game & tragically in reality. He has no sense of empathy. The mental healthcare system is completely broken. Thats what needs fixed!

  5. William Tacey

    B.S.alert…come on, you must be joking; this is how stupid they think are! If this guy was Muslim, the FBI would already have his life story. The NSA/Google, etc.. has total surveilance over the world; but this guy wrcked his hard drive beyond recovery?

  6. Stephanie Houston

    Why do people keep saying "don't say his name"? Its not like everyone don't know it by now. Its his name. It can't be changed. Use it or ignore it, it doesn't change a thing.

  7. Patrick Frye

    I was just thinking that. As long as the hard drive platters are intact the electromagnetically recorded data should be recoverable. Of course, it's possible he had a SSD and I have no idea how easy it is to recover data from smashed memory cells.

  8. Debra Rymer

    It is true that people with normal tendencies use violent entertainment and do not exhibit obvious forms of violence just as most men can look at pornography without raping women. Yet studies have shown that violent video games do increase antisocial behavior and mindframes in "normal" people and that pornography does make men less happy with their mates. For those folks on the fringe both of these influences can cause some far more serious problems.

  9. Jackie Kidd

    stars200994 i resent your remark, you pig! I play GRAND THEFT AUTO ALL THE TIME! I never thought of going out and killing people!!! Watch what you say about the mentally ill, ASSHOLE!

  10. Belinda Baggins

    I find it hard to believe his hard drive was smashed as a "cover up" considering alot of these people who do these sort of violent acts want their message to be heard. Journals, videos of themselves or computer. Is this a cover up or hiding evidence? What drugs was he prescribed? I see his pupils and blank stare…

  11. Ashton Bret Whiteside

    There have been studies on video games that actually point to the contrary as well. Take that as you will.

  12. Ashton Bret Whiteside

    There have been studies on video games that actually point to the contrary as well. Take that as you will.