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Adam Lanza’s Bizarre 2011 Radio Interview Covers Chimp Mauling, Violence, Mall Shooters

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Newtown shooter Adam Lanza gave a seven-minute interview to Oregon’s “Anarchy Radio” in 2011, during which he compared acts of violence between humans to a “domestic” chimpanzee named Travis who went berserk and ripped a woman’s face off in 2009.

On Dec. 11, 2011, one year before the Sandy Hook massacre, Lanza called radio host John Zerzan to weigh in on mass murder, according to the New York Daily News.

Lanza, who said his name was Greg, claimed Travis’s attack on his owner’s friend "can be seen entirely parallel to the attacks and random acts of violence that you bring up on your show every week, committed by humans, which the mainstream also has no explanation.”

"I just ... don’t think it would be such a stretch to say that [Travis] very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that," he added.

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Much of what “Greg” says reveals a great deal about how Lanza may have felt about himself.

"Travis wasn’t an untamed monster at all,” the call continued. “Um, he wasn’t just feigning domestication, he was civilized. Um, he was able to integrate into society.”

The caller shows a stunning amount of admiration in the way he recalls how the chimp had everyone fooled.

“His owner drove him around the city frequently in association with her towing business, where he met many different people, and got along with everyone,” he added. “If Travis had been some nasty monster all his life it would have been widely reported. But, to the contrary, it seems like everyone who knew him said how shocked they were that Travis had been so savage, because they knew him as a sweet child.”

He said Travis “didn't really act any differently than a human child would and the people who would use that as an indictment against having chimps live as humans do wouldn't apply the same thing to humans so it's just kind of irrelevant.”

The chimp attack “brings up questions about this whole process of child-raising," the caller said, in what could be seen as an indictment of Lanza's own mother.

“Civilization isn’t something which just happens to gently exist without us having to do anything, because every newborn child — human child — is born in a chimp-like state, and civilization is only sustained by conditioning them for years on end,” the caller said.

Danbury State Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who took part in the Sandy Hook shooting investigation, said authorities are aware of the call but added, "I do not specifically know whether or not that is Adam Lanza" on the tape.

Two of Lanza’s friends confirm that it is Lanza on the tape, although he might have tried to disguise his voice.

Lanza later posted to a video game website under the screen name Smiggles the day after the call and made reference to the conversation he allegedly had with Zerzan, reported the New York Daily News.

Sources: New York Daily News, Newser