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December 21st, 2012
08:28 PM ET

Survivors show Newtown they're not alone

Minnesota's Red Lake High School knows the horror of violence all too well. Just seven years ago, a shooting at the Red Lake Reservation school claimed the lives of five students, a teacher and a security officer.

This week, four students from Red Lake drove 32 hours – from Minnesota to Connecticut – to show the community of Newtown they are not alone.

CNN's Poppy Harlow spoke to the students.


Filed under: CT Shooting
December 20th, 2012
09:37 PM ET

Newtown gunman Adam Lanza considered military career

We're learning that Adam Lanza was interested in joining the military. He first made his interest known in 2009 when he was 17, around the same time he stopped taking classes at Western Connecticut State University, according to the Connecticut Post.

Nancy Lanza buried undisclosed location

Connecticut Post's Marianne Gail Brown is the writer who broke the story.

 


Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting
December 20th, 2012
09:12 PM ET

Exploring the brain of a killer, finding traits of a psychopath

Adam Lanza left few clues for investigators as to why he went on a shooting spree killing 27 people last Friday. A geneticist has now joined the investigation to help determine what role biology may have played.

Dr. Jim Fallon is a neuroscientist who studies the biological traits of psychopathic killers.

A relatively new science, he has analyzed the brains of more than 70 murderers to gain some insight into what factors contribute to the profile of a criminal - even tackling what Dr. Drew Pinsky said on the show last night that yes, people can be born to kill.

Three years ago, Dr. Fallon collected brain scans of seven family members, including his own, to asses their risk of developing Alzheimer's. After discovering that his father's ancestral line was connected to killers he decided to correlate his family's scans with those of the murderers he studies to find cues of aggression and violence.

Dr. Fallon found that certain areas of a killer's brain are often damaged. But three combined factors are what set off a murderer to commit the crime: violent genes, damage in some parts of the brain and exposure to traumatic experiences during childhood.

OutFront tonight Dr. Jim Fallon, Neuroscientist, University of California, Irvine.


Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting • Health
December 20th, 2012
06:48 PM ET

What should happen to Sandy Hook elementary school?

When the children of Sandy Hook Elementary return to school on January 2nd, they'll be attending classes in the Chalk Hill Elementary School in nearby Monroe Connecticut.

Chalk Hill officials asked the media to stay away when classes resume, in order to protect the children. That's a request we will of course respect.

We can't imagine how hard it will be for those children to return to school. And we wonder whether they will want to return to their own school building in the future.


Filed under: CT Shooting • E-Block • OutFront Poll
December 19th, 2012
09:27 PM ET

Investigators sweep Lanza house for clues behind Newtown massacre

Investigators spent the day at the home of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, sweeping the entire house for any evidence of a motive behind his rampage that killed 20 children and seven adults, including his own mother.

Vance: Lanza house had capacity to lock up guns

There are also new details about Nancy Lanza's whereabouts in the days right before the shooting.

CNN's Deborah Feyerick is OutFront with the latest.


Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting
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