Connecticut mass murderer Adam Lanza knew what he was doing when he shot dead 27
women and children, says Prof. Yacov Rofé, a senior psychologist at Bar-Ilan
University’s department of interdisciplinary social sciences.
to commit suicide, and while doing so, he wanted to take as many people to their
deaths with him so he would become immortal‚” Rofé told The Jerusalem Post in an
interview on Monday.
The Bar-Ilan University professor, who has written
numerous books about Freud’s Theory of Repression and “Rational Choice Theory of
Neurosis and Madness,” blames Lanza’s mother – who, he says, isolated her son by
taking him out of high school and cultivated his love of guns by taking him to
Rofé, who says he has researched many cases of serial
killers and mass murderers, also blames the media for “playing up” such violent
cases and giving “too much publicity.”
Since Lanza wanted to become
immortal, “he committed the worst act he could possibly think of to become –
with the help of the media, a household name.”
The gunman’s mother should
never have been allowed to take him out of school; instead of educational
authorities valuing only his success at schoolwork, they should have noticed
that he was social inept and had no friends, Rofé said.
“It is not enough
just to educate children,” he insisted.
The psychologist cited two other
extreme cases of mass murderers and serial killers in the US that show similar
patterns, that of the Unabomber and Charles Cullen.
Theodore Kaczynski, is an American terrorist who engaged in a nationwide bombing
campaign against modern technology from the late 1970s to mid-1990s, planting or
mailing numerous home-made bombs, killing three people and injuring 23
A child prodigy born in Chicago, Kaczynski was a math genius at
Harvard, the University of Michigan and the University of California at
Berkeley, but he then resigned and became a recluse. After being arrested, he
was tried, found guilty of murder and given a life sentence.
he was insane. At 70, he is still in jail. He did it because he was alone
in the world and had no interaction with other people. He felt like a nobody, a
failure. Of course, there are many people who are isolated and depressed, but
not all decide to rehabilitate their ego‚ and improve the quality of his life‚
by becoming notorious. It was an intentional change,” said Rofé.
a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey, killed at
least 40 people, though some law officials think his death toll may be even
“He decided that he would be like God by deciding who lives and
who dies,” said the Bar-Ilan psychologist. “Doing this took him out of his
Lanza, too, suffered from depression and was very lonely,
“His mother detached him from the world, and his parents were
divorced. He wanted to be the star of the media; this was rational behavior. It
was not surprising that he murdered his mother before murdering women and small
children in the school,” said Rofé.
While it is too easy to purchase
weapons in the US, said Rofé, this is not the only factor.
psychologist, noting that serial and mass murders are much less common in Israel
than the US, said he thought the fact that there are “more values in the Israeli
population” such as closer family values as well as strict control of weapons
which make the difference.