Sunday, May 26, 2024

Connecticut Gunman’s Mother Nancy Lanza: Her Brother is a New Hampshire Cop


Thanks to the Union Leader in New Hampshire, we have some real reporting: The Lanza family is from New Hampshire. Nancy Lanza’s maiden name is Champion. Her brother is a police officer. The AP managed to interview Nancy Lanza’s mother, now living in Florida. According to the Union Leader: “The killer’s parents, Peter J. and Nancy (Champion) Lanza, lived on Depot Road in Kingston on property that had been in Nancy Lanza’s family for decades. Records at the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds show that Nancy Lanza acquired the Depot Road property from her mother, Dorothy (Champion) Hanson in 1987.”

I will write and/or post a few things about this terrible tragedy even though it’s not about showbusiness. I am from Fairfield County; the Sandy Hook school is almost a straight line north about twenty miles from my family’s home. We have often traveled that route.  The school psychologist who died, a hero, lives in the town in which I grew up. This is the kind of thing we think only happens in Colorado or some distant place. Now the monstrosity of a huge shooting has arrived quite literally in our backyards. It’s unacceptable that this occurs once a week in the United States at different levels of insanity. When I lived in Fairfield County full time, mass shootings were certainly not what children had to adapt to. There’s no reason why they should be now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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