Norway Mass Killer May Be Declared Insane

Confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was legally insane when he killed nearly 80 people, many children, during a bombing and shooting rampage in Norway in July, according to a psychiatric evaluation ordered by the court, the Associated Press reports.

Breivik, 32, said he claimed a modern day affliction, World of Warcraft gaming addiction, to prevent those close to him from prying into his personal life in the days, the weeks leading up to his twin attacks in Oslo. Fellow guildmates and gamers described Breivik as a likable loner. If the insanity evaluation is accepted by the court Breivik would likely be sent to a psychiatric ward, not prison.

The 243-page report still needs to be reviewed by a panel of forensic psychiatrists before a ruling by the court is made.

In the report, Breivik is described as a man "who finds himself in his own delusional universe, where all his thoughts and acts are governed by these delusions," prosecutor Svein Holden said. "They conclude that Anders Behring Breivik during a long period of time has developed the mental disorder of paranoid schizophrenia, which has changed him and made him into the person he is today."

In a 1500-page manifesto, Breivik recommends using Call of Duty to train combat skills for an upcoming war with Islam. He also suggests that an obsession with massively-multiplayer role playing game World of Warcraft is a useful cover story to explain the time one is actually spending plotting attacks.

Norway does not have the death penalty.

Psychiatric evaluation finds Norway killer insane [AP News]


Comments

    I saw this on the ABC news website this morning and was glad they ignored the video game connection as it's irrelevant to his state of mind.

    I'm disappointed to see this on Kotaku once again making it look like video games sent this ****er on his killing spree.

    Let's be honest, most gun wielding, right wing extremists aren't usually all that sane to begin with.

    No doubt we'll hear from groups like the ACL that maybe it was violent computer games that made him go insane.

    He is a Terrorist, not just a Mass Murderer.
    Sick of the media not stating this, just because his a Christian extremist and not Muslim extremist.

    "...which would make him mentally unfit to be convicted and imprisoned for the country's worst peacetime massacre."

    Insane or not, he doesn't deserve to be let off the hook. If Norway's legal system is as corrupt as America's I wouldn't be surprised if this is just an act to reduce his punishment.

      yeah kinda makes me sick that if a muslim extremist kills a bunch of people then its terrorism but if a christian extremist does it then he is just crazy =/

        *atheist

        Anders is an atheist, and an extremely paranoid one at that.

          Atheist?
          No, he pretty firmly believes in God. He mentions it over and over and over.

          Now, he may not follow the teachings you are taught, but that hardly makes him an Atheist. (Atheism being a rejection in the belief of a deity figure/figures).

            Oops, sorry for that. Early coverage indicated that he "may" have been an atheist, but the manifesto makes it pretty clear he's a christian. My bad

    Oh look ACL one of your fellow nutjobs killed all these people, you guys gonna defend him? Course not, cause the devil called video games corrupted this man.

    This guy shouldn't get off, and he should be subject to capital punishment. 80 people, I know eye for an eye isn't the best way to go about things, but this is like eye for 80 eyes, an extreme case. Put him down and be done with it, bury him in his Skins if you want.

    There's something about his eyes that just freaks me out.

    Firstly, him being insane would hardly be surprising.

    Secondly, why the heck is this on Kotaku? The connection to games is tenuous at best, and is hardly conducive.

    a bit of a no brainer that someone who does that is insane!

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