Author of book found in Lanza's home speaks outPosted: Updated:
A book on the communication disorder known as Asperger's syndrome was discovered in the home of Adam Lanza, who was the gunman in the Newtown school shooting.
On Dec. 14, Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother while she slept in her bed before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 children and six adults. He then killed himself as police entered the school.
Five search warrants on the investigation were released to the public on Thursday and revealed Look Me in the Eye was found in the Lanza home.
"All of us feel the hurt of other people looking at us and looking away," said author John Elder Robison. "And I can't imagine Adam didn't feel that pain too."
Robison is the author of Look Me in the Eye as well as two other books, which all discuss the autism spectrum.
"People with Asperger's are far more likely to be victims of violence than the average person," Robison said.
That is why he believes there must have been something else going on with Lanza.
"Asperger's and autism aren't predictors of violence," Robison said. "There's no association between violence and Asperger's with us attacking other people. So I have no idea what else may have been going on in his mind or what dynamic may have been happening within the family."
Robison said he grew up with autism spectrum and was diagnosed at 40. His son also has Asperger's syndrome.
So, he said he decided to write books to help families understand the disorder.
"Look Me in the Eye was on the list of things police took out of the Lanza house and people asked me how I felt about that," Robison said. "I was surprised at first."
Robison said parents buy his books because they're looking for ways to understand their autistic kids.
"They got my books as a means of seeing into the minds of their own children and understanding what life was like," he said.
Robison said he doesn't think there is a connection between Lanza doing what he did on that December day and Asperger's syndrome.
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