[note: this timeline is no longer being maintained. The main timeline is posted at the navbar above, or simply click here.]
It’s been widely reported that Adam Lanza obsessed about other mass-shooters, before becoming one himself. I thought it would be useful to add the dates of major shootings to his timeline, to see if there was any sort of correlation between other shootings, his life events, and his online activity as Kaynbred.
The events directly tied to Lanza’s “kaynbred” profile will be in bold. Some unbolded dates will be speculative, per the nature of the reporting so far.
This timeline will be updated more if it proves useful (adding the dates of his mother’s emails if available).
December 5, 2007: Westroads Mall shooting, 9 dead. 2 years later, Lanza edits the wikipedia page associated with this event.
February 14, 2008: Northern Illinois University shooting, 5 killed, gunman commits suicide. Armed with a 9mm Glock 19, a 9mm Kurz Sig Sauer P232, a shotgun, and
April 22, 2008: Lanza turns 16. Reportedly he earns his GED at some point during this year, at Connecticut State University.
November 24, 2008: Adam Lanza’s parents file for divorce.
March 11, 2009: Winnenden school shooting, 15 killed by a handgun obtained from a parent, in Winnenden, Germany. Gunman kills self during shootout with police.
April 4, 2009: George Sodini kills 3 and himself (Collier Township Shooting) with 3 handguns, one of which was not fired.
April 1, 2009: Registers profile Kaynbred on glocktalk.com
May 2, 2009: Registers profile Kaynbred at northeastshooters.com
June 7, 2009: Lanza registers profile Kaynbred on wikipedia.com
Summer 2009: Lanza drops out of college at Connecticut State University; thus his “years in the basement” should begin roughly here, and correlate to the start of his postings (though not his account creations, as noted above)
August 6, 2009: Makes edit to talk page for wikipedia article on Collier Township shooting
August 14, 2009: Makes edit to talk page for wikipedia article on Collier Township shooting
August 25, 2009: Registers profile Kaynbred on thehighroad.org
August 25, 2009: Posts to The High Road about AK47 types
August 25, 2009: Posts to The High Road about 7.62×25 parts for an AR-15
August 26, 2009: Posts reply to The High Road about AK47 types
August 27, 2009: Posts to The High Road about modifying select-fire weapons to fire fully-auto
August 27, 2009: Posts to The High Road, suggesting a Kel-Tec SU
August 30, 2009: makes edit to wikipedia article on Dawson College shooting
September 2009: Peter and Nancy, Adam’s parents, finalize their divorce.
September 7, 2009: Posts to The High Road about Kel-Tec SU-16C’s legality
September 17, 2009: Ansbach School Attack. 10 injured in a attack (using improvised flammable devices and an axe) on a school in Ansbach, Germany.
September 19, 2009: “Enlists” (registers) Kaynbred profile – (ostensibly, starts playing Combat Arms)
October 12, 2009: Posts to The High Road about the legality a Skorpion in CT
October 13, 2009: Posts to glocktalk about adding RAM to his PC
October 13, 2009: Posts to glocktalk about antivirus software
October 13, 2009: Posts to glocktalk about gaming mice
October 13, 2009: Posts reply to The High Road about Skorpion legality, noting his “fetish”
October 14, 2009: responds to post in his thread about adding RAM to his PC
October 20, 2009: Posts to glocktalk about his PC specs
November 5, 2009: Fort Hood shooting. Nidal Hasan kills 13, using 2 handguns.
November 18, 2009: Lanza posts his preferred weapons loadout for Combat Arms in the thread “mg14c members please read” on the mg14c.net forums, as all members had been doing; this marks his “join date” for the clan:
December 9, 2009: Makes edit to wikipedia aricle on Kip Kinkel
December 9, 2009: Makes edit to wikipedia aricle on Larry Gene Ashbrook
December 9, 2009: Makes edit to wikipedia aricle on Luby’s massacre
December 9, 2009: Makes edit to wikipedia aricle on Westroads Mall shooting
December 11, 2009: starts a thread “mg14c mascots?” in the mg14c forums – reaction from forum members is very negative, but most likely the post was in jest. Lanza later deleted its content.
December 13, 2009: Lanza responds to a thead “RL Pictures” (In Real Life) on the mg14c.net forums. Likely he had posted a picture, but web archives have not retained it.
December 14, 2009: Lanza responds to a thead “Funny Screenshots” on mg14c.net – although later deleted, web archives do retain the text of this post, but it is unremarkable (just game related).
December 14, 2009: Lanza contributes his high-score to a thread “best achievement” on the mg14c.net forums
December 14, 2009: Lanza starts a thread “mg14c theme” in the mg14c forums – he later deletes it and its contents aren’t archived. Reply posts indicate it is nothing noteworthy.
December 17, 2009: Makes edits to his previous posts in the mg14c forums – apparently deleting most everything he had posted a few days/weeks before
2010: At some point this year, Adam severs all contact with his brother and father, after his father’s relationship with another woman becomes more serious (they marry sometime in 2010).
January 7, 2010: Timothy Hendron kills 4 (ABB Plant shootings) in St Louis Missouri, then himself.
January 21, 2010: Makes edit to wikipedia article on Sello Mall Shooting
January 26, 2010: Last activity logged in on glocktalk.com
February 4, 2010: Makes 4 edits to wikipedia article on Richard Farley
February 5, 2010: Posts a link to a “baby laughs-a-lot” commercial to his clan’s myshoutbox
- “Baby Laugh A-Lot feels your pain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44e-Y08_B-0&fmt=18”
February 5, 2010: Posts to his clan’s myshoutbox. “Cookies” is already a topic of conversation, and “pepomonster” refers to another user already mentioned. Thus the comment has no real significance.
- “Pepomonster and cookies. Hmm…”
February 23, 2010: Posts to The High Road about .25 ACP chambered pistols
February 23, 2010: Posts to The High Road about .25 ACP rifles
February 23, 2010: Last logged in at northeastshooters.com
February 26, 2010: Posts twice to his clan’s myshoutbox, joking about a youtube video:
(note ‘MI6’ is short for another clan member, ‘MI6OnDuty’ that had posted earlier)
- Kaynbred 02-26-2010 22:46:43
- Hey, MI6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMN5vVEajRI&fmt=18
- Tactis 02-26-2010 22:59:58
- Kayn. That looks like something you see in a bad trip!
- Kaynbred 02-26-2010 23:26:20
- A trip to Neverland Ranch.
March 15, 2010: Nancy Lanza begins the process of purchasing AR-15 Rifle from Krystopher DiBella at Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor. This is the rifle used in the Sandy Hook shooting more than 2 years later. (note “begins process” of purchase, due to waiting periods etc.)
March 23, 2010: Nanping school massacre in China. 8 children killed by knife.
April 4, 2010: Last activity logged on thehighroad.org
Summer, 2010: Adam cuts off contact with his father.
August 3, 2010: Hartford Distributors shooting. Omar Thornton kills 8, then himself as police close in. Note that this was roughly 50 miles from Lanza’s home.
December 5, 2010: Adam’s grandfather on his father’s side, Peter Lanza Sr., dies at 83.
December 25, 2010: Adam Lanza cuts off contact with his brother, Ryan (may be an approximate date, given phrasing of source: “After Christmas 2010, Adam Lanza had no contact with his older brother, Ryan, who had moved away for a job in New York City, according to records and a person with knowledge of the family.“)
January 8, 2011: Jared Lee Loughner attacks Gabrielle Giffords meet and greet in Tucson, killing 6. Uses a Glock 19 pistol. He is restrained by bystanders while reloading, and is arrested when police arrive.
July 7, 2011: Rodrick Dantzler kills 7 with Glock 19 handgun in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He commits suicide after a hostage standoff with police.
July 22, 2011: Anders Behring Breivik murders 77 in Norway bombing/shooting attack. Lanza is reported to have been interested in this specific event per materials
found in the home.
July 20, 2012: James Holmes kills 12 at an Aurora movie theatre, using a tactical shotgun, M&P15 rifle, and two Glock 22s. Note that this arsenal is similar to the
weapons Lanza brought (two semiauto pistols, a long rifle, and a tactical shotgun)
August 5, 2012: Sikh Temple shootings, 7 killed
September 27, 2012: Minneapolis workplace shootings, Andrew Engeldinger kills 6 and himself with a Glock 19 pistol
December 11, 2012: Nancy Lanza arrives in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, for a 2-night stay, leaving Adam alone at home in Newtown.
December 13, 2012: Nancy Lanza returns home in the early evening.
December 14 2012: Sandy Hook shooting