(Image source: Family of Nancy Lanza)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Nancy Lanza is the woman police say was her son Adam’s first victim before Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. But who was Nancy Lanza?

CHANNEL 4 NEWS: “Adam Lanza lived with his mother Nancy. The house was 4,000 square feet. It cost about $1 million on the open market.”

ITV NEWS: “Like many Americans, Nancy Lanza was a gun owner, five in total, all legally owned and kept at home. She took her son Adam to target practice, teaching him to shoot.”

NECN: “Friends painted a picture of a woman who loved her son, Adam, despite his difficulties.”

Lanza and her husband divorced in 2009, and the Associated Press reports Lanza got custody of Adam and more than $200,000 a year in alimony. But it’s her reported enthusiasm for guns getting the most media attention.

VIA WPVI: “We learned the weapons found, the bushmaster assault drive, the sig sauer and glock handguns were purchased by mother, Nancy, between 2010 and January of this year. And 30-round magazines for the bushmaster that fired over 100 shots.”

WHDH interviewed Nancy Lanza’s sister Marsha — who told the outlet Nancy had talked about quote ‘prepping’ for disaster — fueling media reports and speculation that Nancy Lanza was a so-called “doomsday prepper.”

“...stockpiling caches of weapons and preparing for the end of the world not knowing her end would come at the hands of her son.”

All of which, leading some to even blame her for Friday’s horrific mass shooting.

The British tabloid The Daily Mail had initially headlined one of its stories: “Did paranoid, gun-crazed mother trigger Sandy Hook Connecticut Killing Spree?”

And a ChicagoNow blogger asked, Why the hell did she have five guns in her home?”

But others see nothing wrong with a single mother living close to the woods owning multiple guns. And friends and family members say Nancy Lanza was a devoted mother who tried to teach her children to be  responsible gun owners. One friend told NBC’s “Today:”

"Guns require a lot of respect, and she really tried to instill that responsibility within him, and he took to it.”

Still others say there were signs. A former babysitter told KABC, Nancy Lanza had told him never to turn his back on Adam.  

“His mom, Nancy, had always instructed me to keep an eye on him at all times and never turn my back or even go to the bathroom or anything like that. ... Looking back at it now, I guess maybe there was something else going on.”

And The New York Daily News spoke with an unnamed person the paper describes as a “drinking buddy of Lanza’s,” who told the outlet, “...her son Adam had long been troubled and rarely came up in conversation. ‘She just looked down at the glass and said, ‘I don’t know. I’m worried I’m losing him.’”

But in all the speculation, The Examiner’s Thomas Peracchio says outside observers should keep in mind they know very little about the Lanza family.

“When tragedies happen the world looks for quick answers to our questions. Unfortunately quick answers are not correct answers. Unfortunately quick answers often promote stereotypes which lead to misconceptions.”

Nancy Lanza was 57 years old when police say her son shot her several times in the head.

Nancy Lanza's Life Scrutinized in Press

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Dec 17, 2012

Nancy Lanza's Life Scrutinized in Press

(Image source: Family of Nancy Lanza)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Nancy Lanza is the woman police say was her son Adam’s first victim before Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. But who was Nancy Lanza?

CHANNEL 4 NEWS: “Adam Lanza lived with his mother Nancy. The house was 4,000 square feet. It cost about $1 million on the open market.”

ITV NEWS: “Like many Americans, Nancy Lanza was a gun owner, five in total, all legally owned and kept at home. She took her son Adam to target practice, teaching him to shoot.”

NECN: “Friends painted a picture of a woman who loved her son, Adam, despite his difficulties.”

Lanza and her husband divorced in 2009, and the Associated Press reports Lanza got custody of Adam and more than $200,000 a year in alimony. But it’s her reported enthusiasm for guns getting the most media attention.

VIA WPVI: “We learned the weapons found, the bushmaster assault drive, the sig sauer and glock handguns were purchased by mother, Nancy, between 2010 and January of this year. And 30-round magazines for the bushmaster that fired over 100 shots.”

WHDH interviewed Nancy Lanza’s sister Marsha — who told the outlet Nancy had talked about quote ‘prepping’ for disaster — fueling media reports and speculation that Nancy Lanza was a so-called “doomsday prepper.”

“...stockpiling caches of weapons and preparing for the end of the world not knowing her end would come at the hands of her son.”

All of which, leading some to even blame her for Friday’s horrific mass shooting.

The British tabloid The Daily Mail had initially headlined one of its stories: “Did paranoid, gun-crazed mother trigger Sandy Hook Connecticut Killing Spree?”

And a ChicagoNow blogger asked, Why the hell did she have five guns in her home?”

But others see nothing wrong with a single mother living close to the woods owning multiple guns. And friends and family members say Nancy Lanza was a devoted mother who tried to teach her children to be  responsible gun owners. One friend told NBC’s “Today:”

"Guns require a lot of respect, and she really tried to instill that responsibility within him, and he took to it.”

Still others say there were signs. A former babysitter told KABC, Nancy Lanza had told him never to turn his back on Adam.  

“His mom, Nancy, had always instructed me to keep an eye on him at all times and never turn my back or even go to the bathroom or anything like that. ... Looking back at it now, I guess maybe there was something else going on.”

And The New York Daily News spoke with an unnamed person the paper describes as a “drinking buddy of Lanza’s,” who told the outlet, “...her son Adam had long been troubled and rarely came up in conversation. ‘She just looked down at the glass and said, ‘I don’t know. I’m worried I’m losing him.’”

But in all the speculation, The Examiner’s Thomas Peracchio says outside observers should keep in mind they know very little about the Lanza family.

“When tragedies happen the world looks for quick answers to our questions. Unfortunately quick answers are not correct answers. Unfortunately quick answers often promote stereotypes which lead to misconceptions.”

Nancy Lanza was 57 years old when police say her son shot her several times in the head.

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