- Nancy Lanza, 52, a ‘survivalist,’ was preparing for the end of the world economy by stockpiling food
- She was killed by her son, Adam Lanza, before the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut
- She had five guns registered to her name, two of which her son used for killings
- Adam’s father, Peter, is divorced from the mother and lives with new wife in Stamford, Connecticut
The mother of Newtown school massacre gunman Adam Lanza was a survivalist who was stockpiling food because she thought the world economy was on the verge of collapse.
Nancy Lanza began hoarding food and water because she feared that the onging financial crisis was going to bring about the end of civilized society.
She reportedly became ‘obsessed’ with guns and taught Adam how to shoot, but on Friday in a grim twist he blasted her to death while she laid in her own bed.
Law enforcement sources told the Hartford Courant that she had not gotten up – and could have even been asleep – when her son killed her.
The disclosure raises the prospect that Adam could have had the same apocalyptic views as his mother, and that she could have even encouraged them in him.
The Mayan Apocalypse, which the ancient Mayan people thought would mark the end of the world, will supposedly take place on December 21, although it is not clear if Adam thought that was the case.
In an interview the killer’s aunt said Nancy Lanza was ‘self-reliant’ and indicated she was a ‘prepper’, or a person who prepares for Doomsday by learning essential survival skills – like how to shoot a gun.
Speaking from her home near Chicago, Marsha Lanza, 57, said: ‘She was stockpiling food. We talked about prepping a lot. She was getting ready for the economic collapse.
‘I think she had the guns for self-defense because she lived alone.’
She added that Nancy was ‘meticulous’ and would ‘never leave the guns out.’
It was revealed yesterday that Nancy Lanza had taken Adam to a shooting range and taught him how to use a firearm before he turned a gun on her and shot her dead, then executed more than two dozen terrified children and teachers at an elementary school.
She had legally purchased five firearms, all registered in Connecticut, according to police records.
‘She said she would often go target shooting with her kids,’ Dan Holmes, owner of the lanscaping firm Holmes Fine Gardens, told Reuters. He recalled that she once showed him a ‘high-end rifle’ that she had purchased.
‘She was very proud of it,’ he told the New York Daily News. ‘She loved her guns.’
Adam killed his mother in the home they shared on Friday morning by shooting her in the face using one of her own guns.
Adam then allegedly took his mother’s car keys and several guns belonging to her – including a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, and a .223 caliber rifle – and drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he massacred 20 children and six adults, before shooting himself.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, it was widely reported that Nancy Lanza was a kindergarten teacher at the elementary school.
But Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said Saturday that she had ‘never met’ Miss Lanza and that she was not in the school database as a staff member.
Some reports alleged that Nancy had retired from working as an educator many years ago to take care of her son, Adam, who allegedly had behavioral and personality issues.
Nancy and Adam lived in a well-to-do part of Newtown, a prosperous community of 27,000 people about 60 miles northeast of New York City…