1. “The Reckoning.” The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers.
“’Adam was not open to therapy,’ Peter told me. ’He did not want to talk about problems and didn’t even admit he had Asperger’s.’ Peter and Nancy were confident enough in the Asperger’s diagnosis that they didn’t look for other explanations for Adam’s behavior. In that sense, Asperger’s may have distracted them from whatever else was amiss. ’If he had been a totally normal adolescent and he was well adjusted and then all of a sudden went into isolation, alarms would go off,’ Peter told me. ’But let’s keep in mind that you expect Adam to be weird.’ Still, Peter and Nancy sought professional support repeatedly, and none of the doctors they saw detected troubling violence in Adam’s disposition. According to the state’s attorney’s report, ’Those mental health professionals who saw him did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior.’ Peter said, ’Here we are near New York, one of the best locations for mental-health care, and nobody saw this.’”