Norway killer's mother tells of 'paranoid delusions'
Published 01/12/2011 | 05:00
The Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik showed signs of paranoid delusions as early as 2006, his mother has admitted in a tearful interview with forensic psychiatrists.
"He must have been insane, he became so different," Wenche Behring was quoted as saying in the psychiatric evaluation submitted to the Oslo court on Tuesday.
According to the evaluation report, leaked to Norway's 'Verdens Gang' newspaper, Mrs Behring said that soon after the 32-year-old moved back in with her five years ago he began to behave erratically.
In interviews, she described to two psychiatrists how her son became obsessed with politics and history.
"He was totally beyond reason and believed all the nonsense he said," she added.
In July, Breivik killed a total of 77 people in shootings on the island of Utoya and a bomb attack in Oslo.
Breivik told psychiatrists that his mother was his "Achilles' heel", and said that he hoped she would not attend his trial.
By April this year, when he was in the final stages of preparation for his attacks, he began wearing an antiseptic face mask whenever he was in the house, fearing she would infect him.
At one point he called the family doctor, accusing his mother of infecting his sinuses, but then failed to turn up for the appointment.
He often refused to eat anything she cooked, although he sometimes sat unusually close to her on the sofa, Mrs Behring said.
Breivik was brought up by his mother, who divorced his diplomat father when he was one. After a falling out in his teens, Breivik had almost no contact with his father.
The psychiatrists' conclusion that Breivik was insane surprised some of their peers, who had argued that the attacks were too meticulously planned to be the work of a schizophrenic.
If the psychiatric assessment is supported by an expert panel from Norway's Board of Forensic Medicine, he will not go to prison but will be sent for psychiatric treatment instead. (© Daily Telegraph, London)