Holiday card from Nancy to Adam Lanza found with check for a gun purchase inside

Posted at 10:55 PM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 23:03:25-04

They say you never really know what happens behind closed doors, and we’re now learning the quaint exterior of Adam Lanza’s Newtown, Connecticut home concealed an arsenal of weapons and ammunition.

Newly-released information on a handful of executed warrants for the home reveal there were more than

16-hundred rounds of ammunition recovered from the home he shared with his mother Nancy.


Nancy Lanza, 52, was discovered dead in her Connecticut home on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. According to the authorities, she suffered numerous gunshot wounds to the head. Investigators said Adam Lanza killed his mother before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where he opened fire on staff and students, killing 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. (HANDOUT)

That’s not all.

There were several types of guns, samurai swords, knives and a check – written by Nancy Lanza to her son for the purchase of – you guessed it, another gun.

In the ultimate twist of irony, we know that Adam used one of those guns to kill her, before he murdered 20-first graders and a half dozen staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary school.


Forensic Psychologist Dr. N.G. Berrill told PIX11, “What they will come up with is, maybe a timeline, and they will be able to determine is for how many weeks and months prior to the killings was he descending into this violent, psychotic place.”

Detectives will surely scour through Adam Lanza’s journals and other personal evidence recovered in the home, but Dr. N.G. Berill, there’s no guarantee any of it will help answer one key question: Why did he do it?

Dr. Berrill went on to say, “I think in cases like this, it’s never just one reason, it’s never just one variable that going to explain the whole shooting match. No there is no one answer. Simply to say that he was disturbed, we all get that anyway. To say that he was preoccupied with violence, that seems apparent. To say that perhaps his mother fostered – and perhaps wrongfully so, a relationship that encouraged him to use weapons, I think that’s kind of obviously that this was not a great idea, and at the end of the day she was a victim as well.”

Police also found a NRA certificate in the home issued to Adam Lanza. It doesn’t say what kind of certificate, but the NRA released a statement today saying it does not have any membership records for Adam or Nancy Lanza.