Breivik emails published in new book in Norway

A new book out in Norway on Monday publishes the private emails of Anders Behring Breivik, showing a killer fond of emoticons but largely devoid of emotion and illustrating his attention to detail in planning his attacks.

Breivik emails published in new book in Norway
File photo: Vegard Grøtt/Scanpix

The correspondence supports an Oslo court verdict last month that presumed Breivik sane when it found him guilty of the attacks, the book's author Kjetil Stormark said.

Stormark, a journalist who has already published a book on Breivik's July 22nd 2011 attacks that left 77 people dead and shook the Scandinavian nation, has gone through more than 7,000 emails from four accounts used by the 33-year-old right-wing extremist before the massacre.

Most of the emails were business-like, with just a tiny handful sent to loved ones.

"The messages don't give a complete image (of Breivik), but show how patient and empathetic he seems in certain situations," Stormark told

Those traits suggest Breivik is sane and the Oslo court "made the right decision" when it found him of sound mind and sentenced him to prison rather than closed psychiatric care, he said.

On August 24th, the Oslo court handed Breivik Norway's maximum prison term of 21 years, which can be extended if he is still considered a threat to society, for his Oslo bomb attack and shooting rampage on an island.

The book, entitled "The Private Emails of a Mass Killer", is based on correspondence obtained by hackers who accessed Breivik's accounts after the attacks and then gave them to Stormark so he would give them to police, which he did before writing his book.

The emails portray a cold, methodical and rather eloquent Breivik who shows little emotion, in line with the image he presented of himself during his
10-week trial that concluded in June.

There are only a handful of messages sent to loved ones, mostly to his half-sister living in the United States.

"Thanks very much for these great pictures, I'm going to show them to Mum!:D," he writes to his "sis" in March 2010, after the birth of a baby.

"I hope you're feeling a bit better," he wrote, signing off as "Annis" in what could be a phonetic transcription of how a young child would pronounce
his first name.

At the beginning of January 2011, he expressed his condolences to the buyer of one of his weapons after learning of a death in the family.

"I hope that Christmas was OK for you and your family despite this," he wrote.

After the attacks, the first two court-appointed psychiatrists who examined Breivik found him to be suffering from a psychosis, notably citing his lack of emotion.

But a second opinion ordered by the court came to the conclusion that he was criminally sane, a finding later supported by the Oslo court.

The book also publishes a number of exchanges regarding transactions that enabled Breivik to raise money and acquire the equipment necessary for his attacks.

In addition to a never-used rifle that he puts up for sale because he deems it inadequate, Breivik also sells a table service, a set of tyres, a car and
an expensive watch.

At the same time, he buys gear online, including a flashing police light on Ebay in April 2011, three months before the attacks, and pieces of the fake uniform he wore to pass himself off as a police officer on the day of the massacre.

According to Stormark, Breivik could possibly have been detected before the attacks if Norway's intelligence service PST had a computer system capable of correlating suspicious online purchases.

The book also contains messages of support and condemnation sent to Breivik immediately after his attacks.

Breivik's lawyers had protested against the publication of the book, saying it was a violation of his right to privacy.

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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.