Peter Lanza: Suspect's father learned news from a reporter

Peter Lanza's face "twisted from patient to surprise to horror" outside his Stamford, Conn., home

By David Daley
December 16, 2012 2:30AM (UTC)
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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

David Daley is the author of "Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy" and a senior fellow at FairVote.

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