First pictures of idyllic home where school shooter Adam Lanza murdered his mother – and the empty children's slide sitting out back
19:05 GMT, 17 December 2012
A sad and lonely children's slide stands outside the home where Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman Adam Lanza lived – a poignant reminder of the 20 children he gunned down last Friday.
Attached to a wooden climbing frame, the slide is positioned right outside the side door to the grand home Adam, 20, shared with his mother Nancy, who he gunned down inside before he left to commit his massacre.
A side porch light has been left on outside the white $1.5 million dollar home which is set atop a steep, manicured green lawn which is surrounded by dense forest on either side.
Home: The $1.5million Sandy Hook house where Adam Lanza lived with his mother Nancy before gunning her down inside on Friday ahead of his ruthless killing spree
Happier days: An old, lonely children's slide sits on the lawn of the impressive white property echoing merrier times at the Lanza household
Above the front door of the home where Lanza set off on his unimaginable mayhem is a large Christmas wreath, indicating that his mother and he were looking forward to Christmas.
Police tape surrounds the home on Yogananda Road in the affluent suburb of Sandy Hook, Connecticut and two officers from Danbury Police Department stand guard on the road – having come to relieve their exhausted colleagues from the Sandy Hook force.
The quiet suburban road, which has
become one of the centers of the second worst shooting of its kind in
American history, is also home to Ian and Nicole Hockley – who lost
their six-year old son Dylan in the tragic shooting.
plan view on the front lawn of the Lanza family home – which Nancy kept
as part of her divorce agreement with her ex-husband – Peter – is a
large boulder which stands around 10 feet in front of the poignant
Family: Adam Lanza (left) who killed 28 people at Sandy Hool Elementary School last Friday shortly after shooting his mother Nancy (right) at their Connecticut home
The road, which had been closed off since Friday evening is still considered to be part of a crime scene and as such police were prohibiting members of the press to speak to any of the Lanza's neighbors.
Every curtain inside the deserted home is closed, including those of the second floor, where Lanza shot his mother four times in the face in her own bed using one of the guns she had taught him to use.
It has been reported that Lanza could have shot his mother while she was still asleep and left her in such a state that she was virtually 'unrecognisable'.
The well kept and handsome four bedroom, three-bathroom Colonial-style house is situated on 2.19 acres of land – a picture postcard for the rural idyll that the 20-year-old shooter shattered on Friday morning.
Adam Lanza's father, Peter, is tax director and vice
president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services in the New York City
Under the terms of the divorce,
Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, received $289,800 in alimony this year as
well as the Sandy Hook property. There is no evidence of bitterness in
the court file, no exchange of accusations or drawn out custody
Off-limits: The road, which had been closed off since Friday evening is still considered to be part of a crime scene and as such police were prohibiting members of the press to speak to any of the Lanza's neighbors
Missing from the driveway now is Nancy Lanza' car which Adam, who had only recently learned to drive, used to travel the ten minute journey to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed 20 children and six members of staff.
The police tape which covers the entire front lawn of the home is an indication that the home is still a crime scene – where investigators will try and uncover a reason why the troubled young man decided to kill so many.
Inside the home is expected to be confirmation that Nancy Lanza was a survivalist, who was stockpiling food because she thought the world economy was on the verge of collapse.
Having divorced her husband Peter Lanza in 2009, relatives of Nancy said that she became obsessed with guns and taught her son who to fire weapons.
Speaking from her home near Chicago, Adam Lanza's aunt Marsha Lanza, 57 said about her sister-in-law: 'She was stockpiling food. We talked about prepping a lot. She was getting ready for the economic collapse.'
Unspeakable: A single bouquet of flowers is left outside the home of Dylan Hockley in Newtown after his neighbour Adam Lanza shot the boy and 19 of his schoolmates on Friday
Stay out: Yoganada Street where victim Dylan Hockley, 6, and killer Adam Lanza both lived, is blocked by a police car
Just across the street, a single solitary bunch of flowers lies at the base of the mailbox of the Hockley family – who lost their six-year old son Dylan in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on Friday.
Placed at the top of parents Ian and Nicole's long and winding driveway, the flowers are the only sign of the terrible tragedy that has struck this quiet and picturesque suburban, Connecticut street.
Together with 20 other parents across Sandy Hook the Hockley's have been grief stricken by the events of Friday and just before the atrocity Ian had told friends that his family was enjoying a 'dream life' in America.
Dylan Hockley, 6, had moved to the States from Britain with his family
That life was shattered forever on Friday when in a terrible twist of fate, the Hockley's neighbor, Adam Lanza, who lived with his mother directly across the road from the Hockley's, unleashed his gun rampage, taking the lives of 26 people.
Ian, who is in his early 40s, had told friends in his local pub on a visit home to the UK that he and his U.S.-born wife, Nicole, were enjoying a 'wonderful American adventure' after moving their with Dylan and his older brother Jake in January 2011.
Relatives said that they had emigrated for a 'better life for the family' and chose to settle in Newtown, Connecticut, because it seemed so 'safe and peaceful'.
The house they chose to begin this new life though was directly across the street from the home of troubled gunman Adam Lanza, who killed 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School after first shooting his mother inside the home he shared with her.
And before the massacre, Mrs Hockley had given a poignant interview to the local newspaper in Newtown, describing the area as a 'wonderful place to live.'
She said that her and her husband, who works for IBM as a finance manager 'felt happy and comfortable' leaving their life in Eastleigh, Hampshire in the UK to live in New England.
Nancy, 42, told the Newton Bee that 'The schools here have been amazing, and the people in my neighborhood are incredible.
'Newtown is a wonderful place to live and we're looking forward to being here a long, long time.'
Back in the UK, Maria sweet, 81, a retired nanny who lived next to the tragic family said that she was 'brokenhearted' at the news.
Close: The Hockley family lived at number 39 Yogananda Street just across the road from the Lanzas who lived at number 36
She said: 'Dylan was such a lovely little boy and very intelligent too, he enjoyed school.
'I would often offer him a drink and some biscuits and he'd come up to me and give me a cuddle.'
The elderly lady revealed that dad Ian had been back in the UK only one week before to finalize the sale of their house and fully commit to their new life in America.
'I an and Nicole worked so very hard here and I think they wanted to move to American for a quieter life.
'I remember Nicole being really excited about going and the two boys were looking forwards to seeing their grandparents more. They thought it would be a nice place to bring up their children.'
Dylan's grandmother Theresa Moretti, who lives in the States said that she heard the news from her daughter on Friday while she was out shopping for Christmas presents.
'She kept saying, 'Mum, how do you tell an eight-year-old his six-year-old brother is dead and not coming back
'Jake was at school that day. He heard the gunfire that killed his brother.
'The family isn't doing well…Why did he have to shoot 20 innocent babies They were only six and seven years old.
'Dylan was a lovely boy. He had dimples and blue eyes and a mischievous grin…We are shattered and will never be the same.'