Peter Lanza is offering no excuses for his son, Adam Lanza.
Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six educators in an elementary school in Connecticut in December 2012. His father tells The New Yorker he wishes his son had never been born because the Sandy Hook massacre was an act that "couldn't get any more evil," The Los Angeles Times reports.
"That didn't come right away," Peter Lanza said. "That's not a natural thing, when you're thinking about your kid. But, God, there's no question. There can only be one conclusion, when you finally get there. That's fairly recent, too, but that's totally where I am."
In a series of interviews with The New Yorker, Peter Lanza broke his silence on the 2012 rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that stunned the nation and resumed a debate about gun control. Lanza said he hadn't seen his son for two years at the time of shooting and he constantly thinks about what he could have done differently.
"Any variation on what I did and how my relationship was had to be good, because no outcome could be worse," Lanza told the magazine in an article dated March 17. "You can't get any more evil. ... How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot."
Peter Lanza is an accountant who is vice president for taxes at General Electric subsidiary GE Energy Financial Services. Peter and Nancy Lanza separated in 2001 and divorced in 2009. He said he last saw Adam in October 2010. He said he wanted to maintain contact, but Nancy Lanza wrote to say that Adam didn't want to see his father.
Peter Lanza said Adam was 13 when a psychiatrist diagnosed him with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism not associated with violence. But he believes the syndrome "veiled a contaminant" that wasn't Asperger's. "I was thinking it could mask schizophrenia," Lanza said.
Via The Los Angeles Times.