As the days drag on details are emerging about the life Adam Lanza led prior to his murderous spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. While some may say "forget Adam, these details can't bring his 27 victims back," but maybe they will help all of us understand how to prevent something this horrific from happening again.
What made Lanza unhinge and mercilessly slaughter 20 innocent children and six adults? The answer may lie in his past, in the relationship he had with his mother.
FoxNews.com reports exclusively that Adam knew that his mother, Nancy Lanza, was planning to have him committed to a psychiatric facility.
Adam, reportedly diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and suffering from mental health issues, lived with his single mother, who was his primary caregiver.
A neighbor described as a family friend told Fox that Adam knew Nancy was feeling overwhelmed and feared she could no longer care for him so she began the process of petitioning the court for conservatorship. Previous reports have suggested Nancy considered moving with her son to Washington State so that he could attend a special school that could address his issues.
She had the sole right to make these decisions as part of her divorce agreement with Peter Lanza.
They both were only required to consult each other on decisions related to Adam's care, but Nancy had final say.
Divorce paperwork suggests the Lanzas were required to complete a parenting education class, which the decree shows she did.
So the question remains: could the fear of losing his mother partnered with his existing health concerns and his reported obsession with video games, like the popular but incredibly violent "Call of Duty," be part of what drove Adam to the unthinkable?