Investigators in Connecticut released a report yesterday concerning the December 2011 murders in Newtown. It says the shooter was "obsessed" with mass murders.
From the Wall Street Journal:
During their search of the (redacted) home, law-enforcement officials found a spreadsheet that tracked mass murders over the years, including the names of the assailants and information about each incident. They also found a "large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings" as well as a "computer game titled 'School Shooting' where the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students" and "commercial movies depicting mass shootings," the report said.Stephen Sedensky III, state's attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, CT, who led the investigation said they may never conclusively know the killer's motivation "despite the collection of extensive background information on the shooter through a multitude of interviews and other sources."
However, the shooter's obsession with mass murders in general and Columbine in particular serves to prove Ari Schulman's contention that the media-driven publicity of these killings only serves to feed the next killer.