Anders Breivik's World: How Sick Is Norway's Mass Murderer?

Anders Breivik's World: How Sick Is Norway's Mass Murderer?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2012

Seventy-seven people died in the attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya last July. The central question in the trial of the perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, is whether or not he is criminally liable. There is much to suggest that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Can a delusional person be punished for their crimes? By Gisela Friedrichsen more...

Life after Utøya: Massacre Survivors Struggle to Overcome Trauma and Guilt

Life after Utøya: Massacre Survivors Struggle to Overcome Trauma and Guilt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2012

As the trial of Anders Breivik gets underway in Oslo, survivors of the massacre he perpetrated are using a range of sometimes unique therapy methods to overcome their trauma. But, for many of them, the hardest question remains: Why did I survive? By Gerald Traufetter and Antje Windmann more... Comment ]


Mass Murderer's American Pen Pal: 'I Dream of Meeting Breivik'

Mass Murderer's American Pen Pal: 'I Dream of Meeting Breivik'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2012

He's an American in his early twenties and he worships a mass murderer. On the third day of the trial against Anders Breivik, Kevin Forts has outed himself as a pen pal of the accused. Breivik's delusional ideology is gaining support in a small, but growing scene of Islam haters. By Gerald Traufetter in Oslo more...

The World From Berlin: Breivik Trial 'Won't Be Easy to Endure'

The World From Berlin: Breivik Trial 'Won't Be Easy to Endure'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2012

The first two days of Anders Behring Breivik's trial have proved to be difficult for everyone involved. The remorseless defendant has used it as a platform to boast about committing 77 murders and spout far-right rhetoric. German commentators say on Tuesday that the proceedings will put Norway to the test. more...


Lay Judge Dismissed For Urging Death Penalty: Breivik Boasts About 'Sophisticated' Attack

Lay Judge Dismissed For Urging Death Penalty: Breivik Boasts About 'Sophisticated' Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2012

The second day of the trial of Anders Behring Breivik began with an upset as the court dismissed a lay judge who had called for the death penalty for the mass murderer in an online comment. Once the trial resumed, Breivik boasted he had carried out "the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack committed in Europe since World War II." By Gerald Traufetter in Oslo more...

Conflicting Assessments: New Report Finds Breivik Sane Ahead of Trial

Conflicting Assessments: New Report Finds Breivik Sane Ahead of Trial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2012

Contrary to an initial assessment, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik is not criminally insane, a new report found on Tuesday. Now both reports will be used when he goes on trial for killing 77 people last year. The defendant himself claims to be mentally fit and plans to defend his actions in court. By Gerald Traufetter in Oslo more...


Attacks in France: Toulouse Serial Killer's Motives Remain Obscure

Attacks in France: Toulouse Serial Killer's Motives Remain Obscure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2012

A massive manhunt for the perpetrator of the Toulouse school shooting is under way in France, but police have few clues about the identity of the killer or his motives. There are theories that the murderer, who is also believed to have shot dead three paratroopers in recent days, may be a former soldier and neo-Nazi. By Holger Dambeck in Toulouse more... Comment ]

Shooting in France: Gunman Kills Four at Jewish School in Toulouse

Shooting in France: Gunman Kills Four at Jewish School in Toulouse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2012

At least three children and one adult were killed in a shooting at a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse on Monday morning. The gunman "shot at everything he could see" before fleeing the scene, a local prosecutor said. It was the third in a series of similar attacks in the region recently. more...


Public Pressure: Court Orders New Psychiatric Review for Breivik

Public Pressure: Court Orders New Psychiatric Review for Breivik

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2012

An Oslo court on Friday ordered a second expert opinion on the sanity of confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik. A first report concluded he was insane and incapable of guilt. But public pressure and criticism from experts has prompted the court to reevaluate. Many would like to see him land in prison rather than a mental ward. By Gerald Traufetter in Oslo, Norway more...

Mama's Boy and Mass Murderer: Experts Disagree on Psychological State of Norwegian Killer

Mama's Boy and Mass Murderer: Experts Disagree on Psychological State of Norwegian Killer

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2011

Psychiatrists evaluating the Norwegian man who killed 77 people this summer have diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenic psychosis. But a number of forensic psychiatrists disagree. They believe he has a narcissistic personality disorder -- and can therefore be held responsible for his actions. By Gerald Traufetter more...