Breivik ‘gets love letters from 16-year-old girls’

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has shown his psychiatrists some of the love letters and messages of support he has received since killing 77 people in dual terrorist attacks last July.

Breivik 'gets love letters from 16-year-old girls'
Anders Behring Breivik listens to psychiatrists Terje Tørrissen and Agnar Aspaas (right) in court on Monday (Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix)

Psychiatrist Terje Tørrissen took notes on the letters in order to document the sort of responses the 33-year-old right-wing extremist has received since carrying out the July 22nd attacks.

“They were clear declarations of support,” Tørrissen told the Oslo district court on Monday.

“They support both his ideology and the operation itself.”

He described reading adoring love letters to Breivik from 16-year-old girls. The sheaf of correspondence also contained marriage proposals, letters from religious groups wanting to convert him, and ringing endorsements of his actions from entire families in Sweden.

The psychiatrist said he had noticed that many of the correspondents used the same sort of terminology as Breivik when describing how they view the world.

“One person also wrote that politics has become more extreme as a result of his actions,” he said.

Tørrissen's colleague Agnar Aspaas said Breivik tried to respond to as much of the correspondence as possible but was unable to reply to everybody because of the sheer volume of letters. Breivik also received a lot of hate mail, including two concrete death threats, Aspaas said.

Tørrissen and Aspaas said they had found it difficult to analyze Breivik's responses when compiling their report.

“He modifies himself, adapts, and answers the questions strategically,” said Tørrissen.

Unlike the psychiatrists who carried out the first tests on the prisoner, Tørrissen and Aspaas concluded that Breivk was sane at the time of the attacks and could be held criminally responsible.

The question of Breivik’s sanity is central to the case. If the court finds he was sane, he is likely to face the maximum sentence of 21 years, a punishment that may be extended if he is still considered a danger to society.

If deemed insane, a fate he wants to avoid, Breivik will instead face closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.

Judges are expected to present their verdict on either July 20th or August 24th.

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.