Items belonging to Sandy Hook School Shooter Adam Lanza – including spreadsheets and violent writings – will have to be released by the Connecticut State Police, after a ruling in the state Supreme Court.
The Court ruled 5-0 Tuesday that Lanza’s belongings would have to be provided to The Hartford Courant, after reporter Dave Altimari requested they be made public in accordance with a Freedom Of Information Act Request in January, 2014.
Altimari believed that an examination of Lanza’s personal items could inform the public and mental health professionals about his state of mind before the mass shooting.
“This was by far the worst crime that’s ever happened in the state of Connecticut and anything that can shed any light on why Adam Lanza did what he did or tell us more about who he was, I think the public has a right to know,” Altimari said.
The items were seized from Lanza’s Newtown home after the state police searched the home twice in the days following the shooting. According to a warrant obtained by the Courant, they include a spreadsheet that ranked mass killings and a story about a violent grandmother written by Lanza called “The Big Book Of Granny.”
It’s not clear when the the items will be made public. Connecticut Public Radio has reached out to the state police, but it has yet to comment on the matter.
Lanza murdered 20 students and six adults with an assault rifle on December 14, 2012. He killed himself after the shootings.