Adam Lanza’s Steam account found

Adam Lanza had a Steam account. That much has never really been in question; since we know he was a PC gamer, and had a PC built for 3-D “first-person shooters”, it’d be practically unthinkable that he never installed Steam.

[Quick explanation for those who don’t know what Steam is: Steam is a program that handles both content distribution (buying and downloading games) and “matchmaking” (finding opponents for competitive games). It was created by Valve, a game developer most known for the Half-Life and Portal series. The platform is so ubiquitous among gamers that for Lanza to not have an account, especially during the years we know he was playing PC games (when Steam had no practical competition), would be comparable to someone having an iPod, but never installing iTunes. Technically possible… but very, very unlikely.]

Unfortunately, I so far had had no luck finding what that account was. Part of the problem is that Steam doesn’t function like a forum or other sites in the case; Steam users can change their name whenever they want, and their unique ID (a series of auto-generated numbers) isn’t easily available unless you already know the account you’re looking for.

Now we do know. A reader of the blog, Cole Scott, did some great work (which you can read the details of here) and sent it my way; all the credit for finding this goes to him.

Adam Lanza’s Steam account

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(unsurprisingly, the profile is private)

Lanza’s Steam ID was: STEAM_0:0:17907142

This was located by searching for records of players for various Steam games with the username “Smiggles” which we know the shooter used in other communities. While there is no way to search through a private user’s whole history on Steam, there are websites run by the same people who own gaming servers, and they can publish stats for anyone who plays on their public server. (Basically, “here’s what this player did while he was connected to our server,” similar to the “community ban list” page reported last year.)

Of course, since a Steam user can change their username whenever they want (and there can be duplicates,) finding the username Smiggles isn’t sufficient by itself. However, the additional information about the user, recorded by the website “PsychoStats” when Lanza connected to their “CounterStrike Source: Zombie Mod” servers five separate times between December 2008 and October 2009, leaves little doubt that this was Lanza:

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The first table shows that a name change was recorded; though nine connections were received from that Steam ID (which is unique to each user) the user did not always have the same username. In addition to “Smiggles,” the account also connected under the name “Pedobear”.

Pedobear is apparently a reference to an internet meme about a cartoon bear that is a pedophile. (wikipedia has a more lengthy explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedobear)

This wouldn’t be the first time the word “pedobear” has appeared in the investigation. From the Connecticut State Police’s search of Adam Lanza’s hard drive (the one he didn’t smash):

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…so, we know that the shooter had a specific interest in the “pedobear” character/name.

In addition, PsychoStats recorded the user’s two IP addresses as “24.151.69.37” and “24.151.57.138”.

Now, geo-locating an IP address is not an exact science. For instance, when I click on http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ it shows that I am in Olympia (about 60 miles away from where I really am.) You can click the link and find out how close they get for you. The point is, it’s more of a ballpark, but it will get close.

Tracing the IP addresses logged for the Steam account in question shows that it came from Connecticut, specifically from the city of Trumbull:

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…note the proximity to Newtown, where Adam would have been connecting from; that’s about 15 miles. The IP (24.151.57.138) is also consistent with that listed from Nancy Lanza’s account with Charter Cable (24.151.53.78):

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Finally, there are no connections from this Steam ID after December 14, 2012 (which of course would disprove Lanza’s use of the account.) All of the gaming sessions recorded occur in 2008 and 2009:

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Other sites (for other servers/games) show connections from that Steam user between 2008 and 2010:

http://stompfest1.hlstatsx.com/playerinfo/39418

http://www.kifferstuebchen.de/tf2stats/index.php?mode=playerinfo&player=11065

 

So what?

So, the shooter played more video games than we knew, which we already suspected. So what? Why does this matter?

It matters for the same reasons that the CSP investigated Lanza’s other gaming accounts. Steam has community functions; it is its own social network, with “friends,” instant-messaging, groups/clans, and forums.

I don’t expect that Lanza shared anything directly related to the shooting with anyone online, whoever his “friends” may have been. But he could have. So that possibility is supposed to be ruled out as completely as possible.

Indeed, we can see that the Connecticut State Police recognized that this was a necessary part of their due diligence in conducting their investigation. In the official report, there are copies of the search warrants they sent to Nexon America, the developers of the Combat Arms game he played:

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….as well as the search warrant sent to Blizzard, the developers of World of Warcraft, demanding all of their files regarding Adam’s account(s):

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So the reasons why these accounts have investigative value have already been explained by the Connecticut State Police.

There’s no search warrant for Valve, though. That’s the problem. Whatever he said, posted, or did on Steam is just sitting on a server, locked behind a private account.

 

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22 Responses to Adam Lanza’s Steam account found

  1. CW Wade says:

    Nice job Reed. Excellent work again.

    • CW Wade says:

      We both know CSP abandoned the internet leads.. I dont think they have the skills. The “why” Adam Lanza did this shooting is right on the web.

      • bryan says:

        I think Wade is correct. They arent dedicated or smart enough to chase leads down online. I knew Adam had to have a steam account. Too bad he will never accept the friend request i sent him. His profile is private. I hope we keep learning more. This case and Adam have me completely intrigued. I need to know everything. I wish there were more pictures of him.

      • SlayerOfSodomites says:

        Bryan, you are f***ing obsessed. Take a day off.

      • bryan says:

        Yes slayer i am obsessed with school shootings. This one is my favorite. Then Columbine and Virgina Tech.

      • bryan says:

        I also like mass shootings by people under 30 i.e. Aurora Theater, Von Maur at Westroads, Clackamas town center, and thats just off the top of my head. Im sure theres more…

      • bryan says:

        I guess im most interested in the psychology aspect of things.

      • bryan says:

        Hey Wade i saw your comment on the page with the idiot hoaxing cop. It was pretty hilarious!

  2. Wayne says:

    I wish we could see his writings. I’m interested in reading his “me” essay it could give us an even better understanding.

    • bryan says:

      Ya the one where he talks about his weight and personal reflections. Me too! That would be a huge insight. Ive heard he wasnt fond of himself or the way he looked. He had low self esteem.

      • Wayne says:

        Not to sound rude Bryan but I thought that’d be obvious. Lanza was very insecure.

        Something just struck me. I think all lanza needed was some “tough love” . His parents especially his mom only served to shelter him. They made him feel to comfortable in his bubble. His mom should not have had to change her daily routines for adam she should have made him adjust to normality. It’s his mom that was so afraid that the outside world would hurt little adam that created this tragedy. She did what she did with the best intentions and she didn’t know adam as well as she thought. Adam being forced to deal with real life dissatisfaction at a young age would have made him toughen up a bit.

      • bryan says:

        It is obvious he is insecure but it was not obvious that he had terribly low selfesteem. ;-)

  3. bryan says:

    I tend to wonder if sandy hook hadent happened, what would become of Adam? He had such a hard time with people. Maybe if hehad a friend or two. I wonder if he would have continued going to school or if he would get a job and what that job would be. I wish we could see more photos of him as an adult. Btw have you seen the video on YouTube of Adam playing DDR at the Danbury Theater?

    • Wayne says:

      No, can post the link?

      Lanza was very introverted, as a fellow introvert I know the feeling of being very uncomfortable around people even those I’ve known for a while. I’ve also realized that being forced in a social situation eventually breaks that shell. Sure it happens slowly and you won’t ever turn into an extroverted person but you’ll end up happier in the long run.

      • Wayne says:

        Just saw it. 90% sure it is him.

      • bryan says:

        You found the video on youtube? Regardless of the tards making conspiracy comments, i am very confident that its him especially because the clothes, shoes, hair, and cargo pocket contents make sense.

  4. JohnEbin says:

    I found what could be Adam Lanza’s KickassTorrent’s account
    http://kickass.to/user/smiggles/

    the last visit date certainly adds up

    • Reed Coleman says:

      Interesting. I don’t think there will be any way to confirm it’s him, but as you say, it certainly fits (and apparently indicates he torrented a Twilight film). Also there was a copy of Grand Theft Auto listed on his hard drive summary that was clearly pirated, so that fits too. Thanks for the link.

    • bryan says:

      It is a bit weird because Adam usually capitalizes his name, in every game/program ive seen. This one isnt. But the timing, like you said, fits perfectly.

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  6. I have just seen a picture on the Internet of Adam Lanza at one year of age or possibly younger, playing with a live gun, surrounded by an arsenal of weapons. His Dad now says he wishes he had never been born. I am sure Adam also wishes this now, in retrospect, that he had never been born, certainly not into that family. They, the crazy gun culture of America to which they ascribed and contributed, combined with the absence of tight gun laws in the USA are entirely responsible for this incredibly cruel tragedy. Nothing but the absence of availability of guns will keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill in society. There is no test that can safeguard the community against such a crazed gunman, and no way of knowing when they will strike, where, or at whom.

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    http://www.lulu.com/shop/pamela-lillian-valemont/adam-lanza-and-the-newtown-massacre/ebook/product-21281329.html

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