Scientists will be studying the DNA of Newtown mass murderer Adam Lanza to see if an “evil” gene that might lead to answers on why what led him to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The first of its kind study, on a mass murderer, will be looking for any abnormalities or mutations in the 20-year-old’s DNA to see if they can find answers as to why he felt the need go on a killing spree.
On December 14, 2012 Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown, CT home and then continued his shooting by killing 20 first graders, 6 staff members, and his own mother.
It’s been called the worst school tragedy in America.
The massacre prompted President Obama to look into new gun controls and banning assault rifles such as AR-15 Bushmaster used by Lanza in his rampage.
The study of the killer’s DNA has been ordered by Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver who carried out the post mortems on all the victims. He has contacted geneticists at University of Connecticut’s to conduct the study. Geneticists said they are likely looking at Lanza’s DNA to detect a mutation or abnormality that could increase the risk of aggressive or violent behavior.
They could analyze Lanza’s entire genome in great detail and try to find any unexpected mutations.
“I don’t think any one of these mutations would explain all of (the mass shooters), but some of them would have mutations that might be causing both schizophrenia and related schizophrenia violent behavior,” Arthur Beaudet, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, said. “I think we could learn more about it and we should learn more about it.”
Beaudet said geneticists should be doing this type of research because there are “some mutations that are known to be associated with at least aggressive behavior if not violent behavior.”