Adam Lanza: How Newtown gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner

Changing face of a killer: How gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner who liked to burn himself with a lighterThe shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkwardMother Nancy Lanza believed he'd begun to burn himself so he could 'feel something'Peers remember him as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to classGrew up around guns with his mother's guidance on how to shoot Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Gunman killed his mother at home they shared in Newtown, then stole her guns and carried out massacreReporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 17 December 2012 After perpetrating one of the worst mass shootings in American history Adam Lanza has become a household name, but details on the man behind the monstrous act remain maddeningly scarce. But from what we now know about Lanza from former classmates and those few who spoke with the deeply disturbed young man alternately described as shy, intelligent, and a masochist, it seems Lanza went from meek fresh-faced schoolboy to a home-schooled loner who hurt himself so that he could 'feel something.' At his most innocent, Lanza is described as a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays. Innocent once: Gunman Adam Lanza was just another fresh-faced student once, described by peers as shy but intelligent Killer: Adam Lanza would sometimes burn himself as if he was trying to find a way to feel, his mother said Weird: Students said Lanza while quiet was developing into a kid who hung out with the 'freaks' Nancy Lanza's home in Newtown, Connecticut, where she was found shot dead from a gunshot wound to the face He also suffered from Asperger's syndrome and was painfully shy and awkward, former classmates said.

Adam Lanza: How classmates remember the "genius" who turned heartless killer

How 'ticking time bomb' Adam Lanza went from 'genius' tech geek who grew up in a $1.6million home to heartless killer The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkwardPeers remember him as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to class Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Gunman killed his mother at home they shared in Newtown, then stole her guns and carried out massacreReporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife Moved to tears, President Obama says 'our hearts are broken today'Flags around America being flown at half staff | UPDATED: 10:41 GMT, 16 December 2012 Crazed killer Adam Lanza was a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkward, former classmates said yesterday. Last night, a troubling portrait began to emerge of the ‘Goth’ loner, who dressed all in black and was obsessed with video games. Others say Lanza used to be a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays.

"She would often go target shooting with her kids:" Nancy Lanza, mother of "murderer" Adam Lanza was "avid gun…

PICTURED: The mother of massacre gunman Adam Lanza who taught son how to shoot before he went on killing rampage Nancy Lanza, 52, was killed by her son, Adam Lanza, before he massacred 26 people and killed himself at Sandy Hook Elementary in ConnecticutNancy Lanza once showed off a 'high-end rifle' to family friend Dan Holmes and recalled 'she was proud of it… she loved her guns' The mother had five guns registered to her name, two of which Adam Lanza used to carry out the execution-style killingsA third gun belonging to Nancy Lanza was found in the back of the car that Adam Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary Peers remember Adam Lanza as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to class Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Reporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife | UPDATED: 20:43 GMT, 15 December 2012 Adam Lanza, a troubled 20-year-old loner with a history of autistic behavior, is the monster behind a horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Nancy Lanza took her son, Adam, to a shooting range and taught him how to use a firearm before he turned a gun on her and shot her dead, then executed more than two dozen terrified children and teachers at an elementary school.