Newtown gunman called Eugene radio show a year before killings

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FILE - This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza. Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, apparently called a radio station a year earlier to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre apparently called a Eugene radio station a year earlier to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

The caller, believed to be Adam Lanza, speaks softly on AnarchyRadio, a show on KWVA, a University of Oregon campus radio station. The caller blames "civilization" for the animal's attack.

It would be the first known public recording of Lanza's voice. The 20-year-old man killed 20 children and six adults at the school in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012. | LISTEN TO THE CALL

A person with the username "Smiggles" describes making the call afterward in a Web posting. State police documents refer to instant messages from "Smiggles" as presumably being from the Sandy Hook gunman.

A former classmate, Kyle Kromberg, told the New York Daily News that he recognized the voice as Lanza's.

In 2009 in Stamford, Charla Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled by a chimpanzee named Travis, who belonged to her friend. Nash had gone to the owner's home to help lure the 200-pound chimpanzee back inside. But the chimp went berserk and ripped off Nash's nose, lips, eyelids and hands before being shot to death by a police officer.

The caller believed to be Lanza said Travis was raised like a child and was highly domesticated, noting he used an electric tooth brush, a TV remote control and even the computer. Travis was integrated into society, the caller said, recalling the chimp's interactions with humans and his acting in TV commercials.

"Look what civilization did to him," said the caller, who identified himself as Greg. "It had the same exact effect on him as it has on humans. He was profoundly sick in every sense of the term and he had to resort to these surrogate activities like watching baseball and looking at pictures on the computer screen and taking Xanax."

Travis was desperate for his owner to drive him somewhere, "and the best reason I can think of for why he would want that looking at his entire life would be that some little thing he experienced was the last straw and he was overwhelmed by the life that he had and he wanted to get out of it by changing his environment and the best way that he knew how to deal with that was by getting his owner to drive him somewhere else," the caller said.

The caller compared the attack to other random acts of violence.

"I just don't think it would be such a stretch," the caller said, "to say that he very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that."

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