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Mass murderer Breivik sent letters to survivors & their relatives — Analysis

According to Norwegian media, Anders Behring Breivik was convicted of mass murder. He sent letters with excerpts from his manifesto containing his thoughts to victims and relatives.

In a report on Sunday, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) revealed that members of the ‘Support Group’ – an organization supporting the survivors and relatives of the July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks – had received letters from the incarcerated killer. 

Anders Behring Breivik wrote the messages. He also included a handwritten greeting over a generic open letter. According to NRK many of these letters contain messages that the killer is repeating from his manifesto before he attacked 77 people with a planned attack in 2011.

Eight pages worth of propaganda about white power are included in the Support Group’s letter. Similar messages were also sent to the Workers’ Youth League – a youth division of the Norwegian Labour Party (members of which were targeted in the 2011 attack) – plus parliamentary representatives, and others who hold public office or positions. 

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Torbjorn Vereide (Norwegian politician) was one of the recipients. “I got a lump in my stomach. I think it was terribly uncomfortable, to be completely honest,”He told NRK. Breivik shot Vereide.

“There is something a bit absurd about someone who has pointed a weapon at you and fired and tried to kill you, now sends a letter to you,”He told Frida newspaper.

The state had already decided to clamp down on Breivik’s communications amid concerns that he may reach out to like-minded people. Breivik has sent or received approximately 3,000 letters since his imprisonment cell.

Breivik committed the worst attack in Norway since World War 2 by launching an attack that killed eight people. Breivik planted the bomb in his van and exploded it in Oslo’s government quarter. Eight people were killed, while hundreds more were injured. 

The white supremacist then travelled 40km north-west out of the capital to the small island of Utoya, in the Tyrifjorden lake, where, dressed as a policeman, he opened fire on youth members of Norway’s Labour Party. The shooting resulted in the deaths of 69 persons, but 500 people survived and many others were able to swim to safety. 

Breivik was declared to be sane, and was sentenced to 21 years.

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