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January 16th, 2014
08:38 PM ET

Radio show host recalls 'chilling' phone call from Newtown shooter Adam Lanza

Is the Sandy Hook elementary gunman speaking from the grave?

According to the New York Daily News, Adam Lanza called into an Oregon radio show almost a year before he massacred 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut and the disturbing recordings may give some insight into what motivated the 20 year-old killer.

The 2011 call to a show called "Anarchy radio" lasted nearly seven minutes and focused on a story about a chimpanzee in Connecticut named Travis who mauled his owners neighbor.

Newtown shooter may have called radio show year before attack, newspaper says

The caller, who identifies himself as Greg compares the chimp attack to a teenage mall shooter. Take a listen.

"His attacks can be parallel to the attacks the random acts of violence that you see on your show every week, committed by humans which the mainstream also has no explanation for. An actual human I don't think it would be such a stretch he very well could be a teenage mall shooter or something like that…."

OutFront: John Zerzan is the radio show host who took that call and Katherine Newman is the Author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings."


Filed under: Crime • Justice • News • Newtown
December 10th, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Has Obama kept his promise on guns since Newtown?

Has the White House done enough to deliver on its promise to fight for measures to prevent future Sandy Hooks?

Nearly one year since the devastating Newtown massacre, Vice President Joe Biden met with families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

He pledged $100 million in funding for a mental health initiative as one way to stem gun violence.

It's part of litany of promises the president has made over the past year.

President Barack Obama: "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens – from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators – in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this." (December 16, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden: "The recommendations we provided to the president on Monday call for executive actions he could sign, legislation he could call for, and long-term research that should be undertaken." (January 16, 2013)

President Barack Obama: "We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn't just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it." (March 28, 2013)

But has the Obama administration really done enough to fulfill all these promises?

OutFront: Paul Helmke, the former president of the Brady campaign to prevent gun violence and Michael Skolnik is the editor-in-chief of Global Grind.com


Filed under: Gun Control • News • Newtown
December 4th, 2013
08:39 PM ET

Hutchinson: Armed guards in schools are part of the solution

Sandy Hook Elementary was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Shortly after the tragedy, the National Rifle Association funded a study to review school security.

The man who led that review is former Congressman and Drug Enforcement Administrator Asa Hutchinson.

He's recommended armed guard as part of the solution to keep school safer.

But is this a viable solution?


Filed under: Crime • News • Newtown
December 4th, 2013
08:35 PM ET

Newtown school shooting 911 calls released

Newly-released 911 calls reveal the chilling scene at Sandy Hook Elementary last December just moments after 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into the school and went on a massive killing spree.

Newtown school shooting 911 calls released

Lanza killed 20 children and six faculty members before turning the gun on himself.

CNN's Deborah Feyerick has the latest.


Filed under: Crime • News • Newtown
November 25th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

New reports reveals details about Sandy Hook shooter

Connecticut officials released a 44-page report Monday that outlines how 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 young students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

Motive behind Sandy Hook shooting remains unknown, Conn. officials report

Investigators say Lanza was obsessed with mass murders and even collected newspaper clippings about school shootings.

How did that not raise a red flag?

Criminologist Casey Jordan is OutFront.


Filed under: News • Newtown • School Shooting
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