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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
What do we know about Adam Lanza’s father, Peter?
According to a harrowing story in the Stamford Advocate, a reporter broke the news to him Friday afternoon about his son Adam’s alleged involvement in the Newtown massacte.
“Is there something I can do for you?” he asked me, after stopping his blue Mini Cooper in his driveway and rolling down the window. He wore a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt, his hair neatly parted to side.
I told him I was a reporter for the Stamford Advocate, and I was surprised that no click of recognition flash across his face. So I continued, explaining that I’d been told someone at his address had been linked to the shootings in Newtown.
His expression twisted from patient, to surprise to horror; it was obvious that this moment, shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday, was the first time he had considered his family could have been involved. He quickly declined to comment, rolled up the window, parked in the right side of the two-car garage and closed the door.
Moments later he sat at a table in the front of his three-bedroom house, a phone to his left ear and a palm to his right cheek.
The Advocate reports that Lanza is a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services.
According to his LinkedIn page:
* Career dedicated to developing and refining partnership tax planning and transactional skills.
* Significant amount of experience working on many very large and complex transactions.
* Work closely with many of the preeminent partnership tax advisors in the United States on a daily basis.
* Tax skills continually reinforced and refined through teaching and outreach activities.
And also according to the paper:
Peter and Nancy Lanza divorced in 2009 due to “irreconcilable differences,” according to court records in Stamford. The couple had been married for 28 years. About nine months after Nancy filed for the divorce, the two worked out an in agreement that included joint custody of their son Adam, who was 17 at the time. As part of their parental agreement, Adam was to live primarily with his mother, with Peter permitted “liberal visitation and vacations.”
David Daley is the editor-in-chief of SalonMore David Daley.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)