College ‘Bow & Arrow,’ Sandy Hook Killers Both Geniuses with Asperger’s

by College Fix Staff on December 17, 2012

The Casper College “Bow & Arrow” killer and the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter were both young men who had Asperger’s Syndrome, took college classes as teens, and were considered “geniuses.”

On Nov. 30, 25-year-old Chris Krumm killed his father, math teacher James Krumm, with a bow and arrow in front of students inside a classroom at a Wyoming community college before taking his own life with a knife. Earlier that morning, Chris Krumm also fatally stabbed his father’s girlfriend, also a teacher, with a knife, police say.

On Friday, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 26 people, including young children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

In news reports following the tragedies, it was reported that the assailants attended college as teens, and were considered geniuses with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Lanza took several classes at Western Connecticut State University at age 16. Chris Krumm had earned dozens of college credits while attending high school in Casper.

Chris Krumm’s aunt described him to a reporter as a “borderline genius” upset by the belief he had inherited Asperger Syndrome from his dad.

It has also been widely reported that Lanza was considered a “nerdy genius” by his peers and had Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a mild form of autism. News reports published across the nation Monday emphasized there is no link between violence and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“There really is no clear association between Asperger’s and violent behavior,” said psychologist Elizabeth Laugeson, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told USA Today.

That article goes on to state:

High school classmates and others have described (Lanza) as bright but painfully shy, anxious and a loner. Those kinds of symptoms are consistent with Asperger’s, said psychologist Eric Butter of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who treats autism, including Asperger’s, but has no knowledge of Lanza’s case.

Research suggests people with autism do have a higher rate of aggressive behavior — outbursts, shoving or pushing or angry shouting — than the general population, he said.

“But we are not talking about the kind of planned and intentional type of violence we have seen at Newtown,” he said in an email.

“These types of tragedies have occurred at the hands of individuals with many different types of personalities and psychological profiles,” he added.

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  • mseguin

    You are doing a horrendous disservice to those in our population who have Asperger’s. You draw no conclusions by your speculation that there is a connection between Asperger’s and the horrible violence at Sandy Hook Elementary, you just float a theory for theory’s sake. You are not scientists, you are immature and irresponsible “journalists”. Do everyone a favor and never “report” again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pdurbinwestby Paula C. Durbin-Westby

    I am concerned that an entire generation of gentle children
    and adults with Asperger’s and autism spectrum diagnoses will bear the brunt of
    the misinformed media linkage of Asperger’s and violence. The EXPERT reports indicate that there is NO link between Asperger’s and violence, so please give it a rest. This is shoddy journalism, at best. paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/mother-with-asperger-syndrome-grieves.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/pdurbinwestby Paula C. Durbin-Westby

    “Journalism” such as this will continue to harm people with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum diagnoses. http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/mother-with-asperger-syndrome-grieves.html

  • carole smith

    That bears looking into with more research to see if it is possibly true. After all, some kids with all sorts of developmental or other issues have grown up to be killers. No one is putting Asperger’s as the scapegoat here, but to look into it would perhaps be wise. Not saying anyone has any excuse to kill those teachers and children.

  • Mike Paul

    People with Aspergers have unique interest and go deeply with their interest. Most of people think that people who diagnosed with Aspergers are not able to achieve anything in their life but it’s not true. They can live better life and achieve what they want. There are numerous examples of people with Aspergers who achieve their goal in their life but there is need of emotional support and care. Please refer this URL to know about Aspergers :-
    http://cluas.ie/children/aspergers-syndrome/

  • ManchurianCandidate

    This is really bizarre. Newtown, CT is only 66 miles from Vernon where Krumm was from. What are the odds against that? If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on an MKUltra mind-control/CIA type/Psychiatrist dispensing violence-causing dangerous psychiatric drugs, perhaps under the Asperger diagnosis, with an office or clinic about half-way between the 2 towns, give or take a few miles.

    • FUCK YOURSELF

      Chris wasn’t from Vernon, you stupid cunt. What are you trying to pull?

  • Chuck

    You are so far off base on this report. Please get educated on the topic and stop this misinformation before you do more harm.

  • Palladio

    Don’t make too much of the ‘taking college courses at 16′ theme: what if the courses are pitched for 13 year olds? Any number of community colleges and public universities offer extremely watered down courses. A local community college offers math classes at a junior high school level–classes taken for COLLEGE credit, to be sure.

  • FUCK YOURSELF

    I’m a member of Chris Krumm’s family. You’re a fucking idiot. Check your sources. Guess what, bitch? Chris diagnosed himself with Asperger’s. There’s no connection between Asperger’s and this sort of terrible violence. Chris was a pathetic antisocial cunt. End of story. Except for the part where you are also a cunt and a horrible excuse for a journalist. CHECK YOUR SOURCES MOTHERFUCKER

  • FUCK YOURSELF

    Try to prove me wrong, you piece of shit. You won’t.

  • FUCK YOURSELF

    I WILL END YOUR CAREER