A year before he opened fire on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Adam Lanza reportedly called into an Oregon radio show to discuss mass shootings.
The New York Daily News obtained audio from the call into “Anarchy Radio” that took place in December 2011. In the call, Lanza discussed “Travis,” the domesticated chimpanzee who mauled a Connecticut woman in 2009, leaving her severely disfigured.
“His attack can be seen entirely parallel to the attacks and random acts of violence that you bring up on your show every week, committed by humans, which the mainstream also has no explanation,” Lanza said in the call.
“I just … don’t think it would be such a stretch to say that he very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that,” he added.
A former high school classmate of Lanza’s told the Daily News that he recognized the shooter’s voice in the call. John Zerzan, who hosts the program in Eugene, Oregon, recalled the conversation.
“We remember the call,” Zerzan told the Daily News. “The only thing that seemed odd was his voice seemed kind of robotic … but what he was saying made sense.”