Inside the vacant mind of a mass murderer

One of Us The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway By Asne Seierstad; translated by Sarah Death Virago, €19

20th March, 2015
Inside the vacant mind of a mass murderer
Anders Breivik at his arrest: driven by a desire to smash himself against the world Getty

Anders Behring Breivik, the man who murdered 77 people and injured 300 more during a series of attacks in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and on the nearby island of Utoya nearly four years ago, at first looks like a familiar figure: the radicalised loser, the marginal inadequate so desperate for recognition that he at last resorts to violence to draw the world’s eye.

We’ve seen his type before, or so it seems: he’s another...

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