More than a year after Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., his father, Peter, has decided to speak about it publicly.
Talking to Andrew Solomon from The New Yorker, Peter says, "You can't mourn for the little boy he once was. You can't fool yourself," referring to Adam, who killed 20 children, six Sandy Hook employees, in addition to his mother, Nancy, and himself on Dec. 14, 2012. "You can't get any more evil," he adds.
Peter explains Adam's changes—both mentally and physically—over his lifetime. Whereas Adam was once "just a normal little weird kid," as his father says, the 20-year-old later changed to a teen who would not make eye contact and asked why anyone needed friends. A psychiatrist diagnosed Adam with Asperger's syndrome when he was 13 years old.
Peter even admits to Solomon that he wishes Adam had never been born.
"That’s not a natural thing, when you’re thinking about your kid," Peter says about that wish. "But, God, there’s no question. There can only be one conclusion, when you finally get there."