Peter Lanza, whose son killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, doesn’t understand why his “normal weird” son turned violent, writes Andrew Solomon in a haunting New Yorker profile.
Adam Lanza was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder, then Asperger’s Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He tried a psychotropic drug for a few days, had a bad reaction and never took meds again. He refused therapy. He saw many mental health professionals. Nobody predicted his violence. His father thinks the autism may have masked something else, perhaps schizophrenia.