I’ve been looking through the Internet Archive of the old SCMRPG discussion forum, looking for posts from Adam Lanza that didn’t show up in the Google archive of ShockedBeyondBelief. Posts that have slipped through the cracks, in other words. I’ve found three, and all were in the same thread: Non-Columbine Spree Movies.
I’ll post them here, with some brief explanation for context.
The conversation takes place on July 5th and 6th, 2010 and concerns – as the title of the thread would suggest – movies that depict incidents of mass violence other than the Columbine shooting. The content of Lanza’s first post is familiar, in that he recommends two films which we already knew were favorites of his:
My favorite two are Bloody Wednesday (It was significantly better than The Shining even with its many editing errors) and Stalking Laura. It’s impressively detailed for a “The following is based on a true story.” movie, like it’s the more fictionally-oriented Richard Farley version of Zero Hour. It’s my favorite movie of any genre.
Smiggles recommended Stalking Laura, in addition to expressing a strong admiration for the real-life mass killer, Richard Farley, whom the film is based upon, in several other threads that I’ve already covered. However this is the only time where he goes so far as to declare it his “favorite movie.” The film Bloody Wednesday, meanwhile, he previously mentioned among his favorites in the thread “Favorite Films.” He also referenced it in the thread “Earliest movie portrayal of a mass/spree shooting?” – a topic which he started himself to discuss the 1968 film Targets:
I don’t know how I can describe it. It’s like a blend of Bloody Wednesday and Stalking Laura. It isn’t serious in the various ways that those two can be taken (Yes, I just called Bloody Wednesday serious in some sense), while still being sincere. It’s like what Duck! should have been. I think it’s the most pleasurable movie about a mass shooting that I’ve seen.
Back to the “Non-Columbine Spree Movies” thread, another user responds, touching off an exchange of two more posts. In the first, Smiggles again admits that Bloody Wednesday is not a film that most would consider to be of quality:
ForumUser: Ooh, Farley and Huberty! Thank you!
Smiggles:I’m probably the only one here who would like Bloody Wednesday, but Stalking Laura is completely different. You should definitely see that one.
The same user replies again, as does Smiggles:
ForumUser: Are you kidding? That was awesome. Took a while to warm up to it, but it had me at the teddy bear Russian roulette scene. Great shooting scene, too. Though it reminded me more of Hennard than Huberty.
Smiggles:I had the same reaction. I was wondering “Where is this going?” when he was being chased in the hotel, and then the teddy bear suddenly blew me away.
I originally found out about the movie by looking up George Sodini videos last year. One of them was the restaurant shooting scene with a title like “Pittsburgh shooting caught on security cameras”.
Bloody Wednesday is a movie about a delusional, probably schizophrenic man who experiences delusions of committing murders in between being attacked (or hallucinating being attacked) by street thugs and snakes, and it ends with him committing a mass shooting at a diner (supposedly inspired by the James Huberty massacre at a McDonalds in California.)
The “teddy bear Russian roulette scene” refers to this sequence, during which his teddy bear commands him to kill, with a gun that he produced from inside the same bear:
This is enough to recall the teddy bear that investigators found perched atop the gun safe in the Lanza home, positioned to watch Adam Lanza while he was plotting his own mass shooting:
…but I’m inclined to think this was either a coincidence, or just a sick joke (to himself) on the killer’s part, rather than a sign that he actually heard voices from his teddy bear.
The admission that Smiggles was researching George Sodini further cements the notion (although I don’t think any reasonable person is disputing it at this point) that Smiggles is indeed the same person that posted as Kaynbred on wikipedia. I analyzed Kaynbred’s fixation on George Sodini here.
I’ve found a few other discussion threads that I think are important in this archive, but this is the only one that Lanza actually participated in. And I’m pretty sure these three posts are all there is to find as far as Smiggles posts that haven’t already been uncovered, since I checked (I think) all archives that were made during and after the time Lanza was posting.
But if anyone wants to look for themselves, just click through the archived links here. There’s almost 27,000 pages. Good luck.