Game-obsessed Sandy Hook gunman was trying to ‘out-score’ past serial killers, new report suggests

Monday, 18th March 2013 16:03 GMT By Dave Cook

The gunman responsible for the Sandy Hook school shooting was so obsessed with video games, that he created a score sheet filled with the names of past serial killers in an attempt to out-score’ them. That’s the claim of a new report by the New York Daily Times.

Investigators researching the killer’s motives are said to have found a seven foot long, four foot wide spreadsheet filled with the kill tallies of past serial killers, the site suggests.

The details on the alleged sheet suggests the shooter placed extensive research into the study, and the New York Daily Times states quite explicitly that the document was a score sheet, as backed up by an unnamed ‘law enforcement veteran’.

The anonymous source supposedly said, “We were told (the shooter) had around 500 people on this sheet. Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons. It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research.”

The source then continued, “They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet. This was the work of a video gamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list.

“They believe that he picked an elementary school because he felt it was a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills. That’s what (the Connecticut police) believe.”

If true it really does paint a grim picture of the shooter’s mental state at the time, rather than the explicit, direct fact that he was a gamer.

Meanwhile, an ex-FBI profiler recently went on record in response to the killing spree, and said that video games do not directly cause violence. Check out what she said here.

What do you make of the statements above? Should games be distanced from the matter, or could there be some sort of link? Discuss below.

Thanks Gamespot.



  1. monkeygourmet

    Nothing to do with video games.

    Serial Killers have often tried to ‘beat’ a previous killers ‘tally’. Thats why the police don’t usually like to release the death toll. The media usually likes to root around for that, so they can go with the:

    “50 PEOPLE GUNNED DOWN TERROR!!!!” headlines on the news.

    Smacks of bullshit to me.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    I’m beyond getting outraged by sensationalist garbage like that.

    A demented mass killer who wanted to outdo previous demented mass killers? That kinda applies to all of them. Serial killers do the same thing.

    What’s next, was Breivik grinding for loot on Utøya?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Also, if the police / special agents / FBI / Criminal Psychologists truly believe this, it’s a sad state of affairs all round.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. onefivefive

    Shall we wait until we lay down a few more facts before we dismiss this as bullshit? The gaming community seriously needs to be a little bit more receptive to analysis.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 What analysis? That would be fair if there was somehow a reasonable accounting for cause and effect. There’s not. They’re picking a specific variable and going with that.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. zinc

    More smoke & misdirection by pro-gun lobbyists if you ask me.

    Ironic that they’ll argue for censorship, which goes against the First Amendment, in their desire to protect the Second.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mreko3230

    Just what is considered a “video game obsession”? What I’ve read in other publications is that he didn’t play games any more or less than any other 20 year old. I guess maybe if he had a point value for each kill or something like that then maybe I could see a connection.

    Sounds to me he was more obsessed with serial killers, their weapons and their kill numbers more than video games. I don’t see where one has to do with the other. They said the spreadsheet of the killers and their murders looked like a doctoral thesis work- Then where is his doctoral thesis work on video games? The 2 just don’t connect.

    Other serial killers and mass murders would keep newspaper clipping of other serial killers and mass murders to keep track and compare. This just seems like another way of doing that.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Cobra951

    Here’s a novel idea. Let’s blame killing on the actual killers. Radical, I know, but give it a chance.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    Wow. Just wow. Anything to make it someone else’s problem. #4 is right to a degree that we need to be receptive and objective about this but just like movies and music before hand, a media source gets blamed long before anyone considers that it was an unbalanced individual with ACCESS TO GUNS that caused the problem. I’m all for people owning guns if they have proven knowledge, control and the ability to store them safely, but it seems to me he was able to obtain weapons and use them without anyone stopping him despite what appears to be years of psychologically questionable activities. I think they seriously need to look at their priorities!

    Edit: @10 When they’re desperate for a reason to regulate and control the video game industry in America this ‘someone stupid’ could be just the sort of evidence they’re looking for.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    Someone stupid said something stupid. Yawn.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. nollie4545

    Cock head pro gun lobby agenda purported as fact, say it ain’t so?

    Game-obsessed? More like GUN obsessed. I ain’t never seen someone killed by a video game.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dansolo

    “They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet. This was the work of a video gamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list”.

    He may have played video games but, this was not the work of a video gamer, this was the work of a psycho killer who happened to play video games. If video games did not exist, maybe this guy would have studied serial killers in books at the library. It would not be smart to demonize books as a result.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ohms

    “They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet. This was the work of a video gamer”
    Can anyone explain to me how can this statement make sense? It’s score sheet, yes. The killer tried to be on top of the board, yes. But how can you link this directly to game? Sport also has score sheet and leaderboard. In facts, the concept of leaderboard every games using was derived from sport. So, why the hell did they not make a connection between killer and sport? Why only games?

    There’s nothing new here. When shit happen, everyone will try to find something to blame. And, sadly, games always be number one choice.

    #13 2 years ago

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