Newspaper publishes excerpts from notes made by Breivik in days after 7/22 attacks
Norwegian newspaper, Verdens Gang (VG), has published excerpts from detailed notes made by Anders Behring Breivik in the days after the 7/22 attacks which were subsequently confiscated and copied by the police. In the notes, Breivik documents in diary format the course of events from the time of his arrest.
Pål Abrahamsen, a professional court psychiatrist, has told VG that Breivik writes and reports like a soldier would have done, without being emotional. Abrahamsen says that he believes the diary notes will be important for the conclusions of the new court psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen, as the notes indicate that Breivik understood what he was doing on 7/22.
According to Aftenposten, psychologist and author, Ellen Kolsrud Finnøy, who is currently working on a book about Breivik, is of the opinion that Breivik’s prison notes clearly show that Breivik did not suffer from psychosis at the time. “It is not possible for a person in psychosis to behave so coherently as Breivik does here,” she says.
The first psychiatric report by Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim concluded that Breivik was psychotic during the attacks and, hence, not legally accountable for his actions.
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Mass murderer’s own prison notes
VG has gained insight into Breivik notes written shortly after he was arrested and subsequently seized and copied by the police. Especially the day when he was a terrorist, has 33-year-old has been very detail in their descriptions:
«18.30 – after capitulation – 6 Delta [police special forces], which was guided to my position by the heli-thermo camera. Is secured by Delta and 5 other begins search & destroy missions for other cell members. Give notice that I have not rigged myself [with explosives] and that there are no more cell-mbrs at Utøya. Give also signal to Delta that they must sucure rifle, glock, knife and spores. Delta secures me with double cuffs (metal + plastic) on the hands, back, and strips on the legs. After about 46 min in the woods with Delta (19.15), the police have established a forward positioned operating base in the white main house at Utøya and I am led into this by 1-3 interrogators + regular police take over for Delta and I am being led into the house’s 2nd floor where a total of 3 interrogators gather. 1 from Kripos + 1 from special operations + 1 other (PST?). General interrogation that lasts for 3-4 hours (22.15 to 23.15). The rest of the clothes + equipment taken away + medical examination (including patch on bleeding finger). Thereafter I am transported out in a boat (expropriated from a private citizen) and into a car on land. Thereafter the journey goes to the main jail (Greenland [downtown Oslo]). “…
Original article: Massemorderens egne fengselsnotater
Google translation [edited for clariy]:
- Breivik reports like a soldier
- He is a soldier, and reports like a soldier would have done and does not mix in emotions. What he did, must undoubtedly have been demanding, but he apparently manages to keep distance emotionally, Abrahamsen says to VG.
The psychiatrist believes that the notes show that Breivik is able to distinguish clearly between emotions and intellect. He believes the notes are important for the conclusion of court psychiatrists Terje Tørrissen and Agnar Aspaas that deliver their report about Breivik on Tuesday 10.
- This is an authentic documentation from when it happened – and it is more important than what he said long afterward. It says something about how he was doing, and it says something about him. When he writes this, it suggests that he has been able to understand what he has done without showing emotions, says Abrahamsen….
Original article: “Breivik rapporterer som en soldat”
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