Killing Spree: Anders Brievik, Terror in Paradise

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    • 00:05

      NARRATOR: In 2011, during just one afternoon,Anders Breivik embarked on a murderous rampagethat would send shock waves around the globe.

    • 00:13

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: We all had the sensationthat an act of war was really taking place.

    • 00:18

      NARRATOR: As the clock ticked, the body count rose.

    • 00:20

      MARIUS ARNESEN: We had no idea if therewas 15 people shooting, one person shooting.

    • 00:26

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD: Death toll was just rising all the time.

    • 00:29

      ADRIAN PRACON: Now, I was convinced I was dead.

    • 00:31

      NARRATOR: And with it, the question,why had Breivik waged a 3 and 1/2 hour waron his own innocent countrymen?

    • 00:38

      JOHAN TANDBERG: It's like trying to understandTed Bundy or Adolf Hitler.

    • 00:43

      NARRATOR: --and committed history's deadliest killingspree?

    • 00:47

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: Who did this?Who is behind this?Where did the hatred come from?[EXPLOSION][THEME MUSIC]

    • 01:19

      NARRATOR: The 22nd of July, 2011, Norway,a Scandinavian country admired for its landscape, high livingstandards, and for having one of the lowest murderrates in the world.In the capital city of Oslo, the day had began like any other.

    • 01:36

      MARIUS ARNESEN: 22nd of July in the middle of the main holidayin Norway. [Marius Arnesen, Journalist]And of course, the weather was pretty bad, as it always is.But it's still summer.So most of the people were actually at holiday.Pretty normal summer's day in Norway, actually.

    • 01:54

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD: We were in the office.And it was quite a busy Friday. [Joachim Ringstad,Shop Manager] We were all looking forward to the weekend.

    • 02:06

      NARRATOR: At 3:18 PM, a white vanis captured on CCTV parking next to Norway's governmentheadquarters.Its driver is 32-year-old Anders Breivik.And cameras record him leaving the scene armed and dressedin police-style uniform.

    • 02:26

      NARRATOR [continued]: Minutes later, at 3:26 PM, the countrywill be changed forever as the world's worst killingspree began.

    • 02:41


    • 03:00

      NARRATOR: Joachim Ringstad, a local shop owner,would feel the ferocity of the explosion first hand.

    • 03:06

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD: I remember just being in the office.And suddenly, there was just like a big pressure wave,that kind of felt like it just blewthrough the whole building.[EXPLOSION]There was debris and dust everywhere in the air.

    • 03:28

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD [continued]: I thought the building would come down as well.

    • 03:36

      NARRATOR: Local businessman Johan Tandbergwould be one of the first on the scene to witness the unfoldingfallout.

    • 03:44

      JOHAN TANDBERG: When the bomb exploded,I was underneath this building here in my car, driving.[Johan Tandberg, Rescuer] Actually, I was on my way home.I had to lay down on the floor in my car.I thought the ceiling was coming down.I was scared.It was a big air pressure through the tunnel.My car stopped actually.

    • 04:04

      JOHAN TANDBERG [continued]: I started it again.And I drove out of the tunnel.Immediately, when I got out from the tunnel,I saw this disaster that had occurred outside.I started to feel maybe it's secondsafter the blast or the bomb went off.

    • 04:18

      NARRATOR: The massive deadly blast, killing eight,transformed Oslo from tranquil to terrifying.

    • 04:25


    • 04:38

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD: I thought it wasa truck that ran into the building or an earthquake.Everybody around me just froze.And I didn't know what to do.And I just ran out to see what was going on.And then, when I got to the door,the second I got out there, I saw glassfalling down from the sky.So I couldn't run out.

    • 04:58

      JOHAN TANDBERG: I saw people on the street.People were laying on the street.It was very quiet.I can remember, it was totally silent.Only thing I can hear was the alarm inside the buildings,the fire alarms.

    • 05:15


    • 05:19

      NARRATOR: With authorities beginning to arrive,the scale of the task facing them quickly became apparent.

    • 05:26


    • 05:51

      JOHAN TANDBERG: The blast, you could hear it all over Oslo.Up to 70, 80 kilometers away from this spot,people could hear the bomb went off.

    • 06:02

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: We could feel it,[Aage Borchgreving, Author] even where I was living.So I went outside.And I looked toward the center of the town.And there was smoke coming up, where the government buildingsare.

    • 06:14

      JOHAN TANDBERG: The first thing I thoughtwas Norway was under attack.[SPEAKING NORWEGIAN]One building I went in to help some people out.One building was so damaged.So I couldn't go into it.

    • 06:35

      JOHAN TANDBERG [continued]: I was afraid it will fall down.[SPEAKING NORWEGIAN]It was vacation.It was summer.It was 3 o'clock in the afternoon.Most of the people were not at work, thank god.

    • 06:57

      JOHAN TANDBERG [continued]: So most of the offices were empty.The doors, the walls, everything was smashed in.So you can't see that it has been an office.People were really scared in town, for more bombsor for who did it.

    • 07:12

      NARRATOR: The white van parked outside the governmentbuildings had been packed with almost a tonof fertilizer-based explosives.Its detonation had left eight dead and more than 80 injured.

    • 07:26

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: We all had the sensationthat an act of war was really taking place.And we were wondering, who did this?Who is behind this?Where did the hatred come from?[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 07:47

      NARRATOR: At 3:26 PM, the 22nd of July, 2011, Norway's capitalcity of Oslo had been devastated by a massive car bomb.It was a day that Anders Breivik hadbeen preparing for for months.And the bombing was merely the beginning of his killing spree.

    • 08:13

      NARRATOR [continued]: The 13th of February, 1979, Oslo.Anders Breivik is born to a diplomat and a nurse.His childhood was marked by the divorce of his parentsand worrying behavior that would draw

    • 08:34

      NARRATOR [continued]: the attention of the authorities at a very young age.

    • 08:38

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: He was under observationby child psychiatrists when he was at the age of three or fouryears old.And they all gave him a quite serious diagnosisthat he was already different psychiatric set-upthan normal kids.

    • 08:57

      CRAIG JACKSON: At the age of four,Breivik was assessed by psychologists.Because they became quite concerned about the home life.His mother was bringing him up in.They thought that he had been sexualized in some wayand that his mother was projecting her own ideasonto him that weren't appropriatefor a 4-year-old boy.

    • 09:17

      NARRATOR: The family unit would quicklybegin to dissolve, leaving Andersin the care of his increasingly unstable motherand isolated from his father.

    • 09:26

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: I think Breivik's father is presentmostly in the form of his absence.He was not there for Breivik

    • 09:33

      CRAIG JACKSON: He certainly didn't havemuch of a family to live with.I would say he was of a neurotic background.He was an individual who was prone to outbursts or dramaticscenes and shows of largess.[SIREN]

    • 09:52

      NARRATOR: As the dust began to settle in Oslo City Center,the investigation had begun into whocould be behind the atrocity.

    • 09:60


    • 10:16

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD: I actually thought about 9/11,something like that.Because it was like a disaster area.Because people were just walking around slowly.They were like zombies in a sense.

    • 10:27


    • 10:39

      JOACHIM RINGSTAD: Oslo and Norwaywas completely unprepared for something like this.And they were taken with their pants down.

    • 10:48

      CRAIG JACKSON: One of the interesting thingsabout Breivik's spree, of course,is that he bought himself extra time.For a while, the police are only taking callsabout the bombing and nothing else.

    • 10:59


    • 11:15

      NARRATOR: Pictures coming through to the police controlroom would offer the first crucial clues in their huntfor the perpetrator.

    • 11:24


    • 11:47

      NARRATOR: But the culprit was already one stepahead of the authorities.And what he had planned next woulddwarf the carnage in the city and shock the entire world.

    • 11:59

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: Breivik was driving out of townwhen his bomb exploded.

    • 12:06

      CRAIG JACKSON: I think he enjoyed the deception.He was absolutely relishing the artistry of what he was doing.

    • 12:13

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: He was striving for about 40 minutes,until he came to the nearby lake of Tyrifjorden.

    • 12:22

      NARRATOR: With confusion and tensions mountingacross the country, Breivik wouldbegin to execute the second stage of his plan.The island of Utoya was hosting a summer campof young Labor Party activists.And Breivik was headed straight for them.

    • 12:40

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: And he parked his car on the ferry crossingsover to Utoya.And he presented himself as a security police officerthere to instruct them about security measures thatneeded to be taken in light of the explosion that had justhappened in Oslo.And they sent the ferry over to collect him.

    • 12:59

      NARRATOR: What would come next wouldbe an act so sinister it would stripa generation of its innocence.Located 50 minutes outside of Oslo,the picturesque island of Utoya isfamed for its outstanding natural beauty.

    • 13:19

      ADRIAN PRACON: Utoya Is actually like [Adrian Pracon, Survivor]a whole Norway just placed within a couple of thousandsquare feet.

    • 13:28

      NARRATOR: Playing host to the annual summercamp for the Youth Division of the Labor Party,Utoya seemed a perfectly formed paradise.

    • 13:37

      ADRIAN PRACON: From air, it looks like a heart justdropped into the Arctic ocean.

    • 13:42

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: Every year, we'vebeen using the island for a big summer camp where we gather,[Asmund Grover Aukrust, Survivor] maybe,700 youth one week in July.

    • 13:53

      ADRIAN PRACON: I cannot explain it in any other word,that perfect summer camp.

    • 14:02

      NARRATOR: But this island idyll would soonbe transformed into a nightmarish vision of violenceby Anders Breivik.

    • 14:10

      ADRIAN PRACON: People were playing football, volleyball.Everything was just normal, perfect.Suddenly, the one who was runningthe island-- we called her Mother Utoya--comes in with a look on her face that I've never

    • 14:32

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: seen before on anyone.And she said, something has exploded in Oslo.

    • 14:38

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: Of course, we were shocked.And we saw pictures.And it was like seeing scenes from a city in a war.

    • 14:47

      ADRIAN PRACON: It was like someoneswitched a light off and took the breath outof everybody's lungs.It was no joy anymore.I remember walking up here.And my mother called me.She was worried something happened to me.And I said, no, nothing happened.I'm on Utoya.

    • 15:09

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: I wasn't in Oslo, and she should be just calm.Because I'm probably at the safest place in Norwayright now.

    • 15:19

      NARRATOR: No one could have imaginedthat the man behind the bombing in Oslohad his sights set on the island of Utoya.Anders Breivik's position as an outsiderhad been defined at an early age.

    • 15:35

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: Breivik we grew upin a very affluent part of town.But he had a single mother and an addressthat was not kind of on par with his classmates.And I think he felt rejected.

    • 15:51

      NARRATOR: Aged just 14, he had sought acceptanceby joining a nationalist gang.But his natural demeanor set him apartfrom the other gang members.

    • 16:01

      DEKOR: As I remember meeting this guy,[Dekor, Former Friend] it was probably on to party.I can kind of see him just sitting there, watching, tryingto figure out how to blend in.

    • 16:18

      NARRATOR: However, there was one aspect of youth culturethat Breivik did excel at, one whichdemonstrated his ability to prepare and executea plan in extreme detail.

    • 16:29

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: He would also try to establish a reputationas a graffiti artist.So he was apparently-- according to the peoplein the [INAUDIBLE]-- planning his graffiti raids likea general, extremely good with the logistics,getting the number of cans, and planning his missions.

    • 16:50

      DEKOR: He was definitely searchingto get some recognition, to be someone.

    • 16:57

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: As it happened all the time with him,he worked very hard for recognition.But he ended up being rejected also by these people.

    • 17:06

      CRAIG JACKSON: Breivik has certainlymade reference to being isolated when he was youngerand in his teens.But he's also showed adept skillsat belonging when he needed to.So although he postures himself as being the outsiders'outsider, as a narcissist, he's alsovery capable of working on the inside when he needs to.

    • 17:26

      NARRATOR: Such capabilities wouldprove crucial in carrying out the second stage of a killingspree that has already seen eight dead.

    • 17:32


    • 17:50

      NARRATOR: At 5:17 PM on the 22nd of July, 2011,the ferry arrived at the island of Utoya.Disguised as a police officer and claiming an obligationto keep Utoya's inhabitants safe from harm,Breivik was welcomed.

    • 18:11

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: They sent the ferry over to collect him.And they carried his big suitcase with his ammunition.

    • 18:19

      NARRATOR: At 5:21, the first shotswere fired, beginning what would beover an hour of unimaginable horror.

    • 18:27

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: The first thinghe did was to go and ask for the guardsmen of the islandto come with him and the woman who was the head of the camp.And then, he drew his pistol.And he shot them both in the head.

    • 18:43

      ADRIAN PRACON: I could see people runningand him shooting.And I could see three people fall just right here.

    • 18:59

      NARRATOR: At 5:23, Anders Breivikapproached the cafeteria, a building busy with youngsters.

    • 19:07

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: I were in the cafeteria.And then, I saw very many people that were running outside.And I called them, because there were no reasonto run like they were doing.And one of them told me that some a guy were shooting them.And I both took it serious, because hehad a very stressed voice.

    • 19:27

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST [continued]: But also, I thought it was a joke.

    • 19:30

      ADRIAN PRACON: I thought maybe this was an act.I thought, this day has been already soabsurd it couldn't get any worse.

    • 19:37

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: I ran outside of the building.And then, there were already some peoplethat were lying outside that were killed.And then, that was the moment I understoodthat this was for real.

    • 19:48

      NARRATOR: As confusion spread amongst the campers,Breivik maintained a menacing calm.His singular purpose-- the intention to kill.

    • 19:58

      ADRIAN PRACON: There was this girl approaching himfrom a distance.He looked like a policeman.And this man walked normally, with a normal speed,towards this girl.And this girl was just walking normally towards him.He pulls up his gun that he held in his hand down by his thighs.

    • 20:24

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: He points it up at this girl.She stops and slowly started working backwards.He continues with the same speed towards her.And a series of rounds goes off.And he shoots her down into the ground.

    • 20:46

      NARRATOR: There were around 500 young peoplegathered around the cafeteria and the campsite.

    • 20:52

      ADRIAN PRACON: It was like nothing, not even a single leafor straw of grass, moved.Everything just stood completely still.And at the same time that girl hit the ground,it seemed like the ground just lifted itselfup and started running away.And that was all the people running.

    • 21:14

      NARRATOR: At 5:31, Breivik began working his waythrough the campsite towards the woods.

    • 21:21

      ADRIAN PRACON: Between the strings and the tentsand the things lying around-- chairs--it was like an obstacle course.This was an obstacle course where, if you fall,you will die actually.

    • 21:40

      NARRATOR: The gunman had already shot and killed 21.As he made his way through the woodstowards the southern tip of the island,he would take 15 more lives.

    • 21:50

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: I just ran.And then, I came to the sea.So there were no place to run anymore.And then, I just hide in the grass.

    • 22:01

      ADRIAN PRACON: You could hear the trees crunchingfrom the bullets that were fired away.You can also see bullet holes.

    • 22:11

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: We heard a lot of shooting.And so, at the time we heard shooting, it was, of course,terrible.Because we knew what was happening.

    • 22:21

      ADRIAN PRACON: Even though I never prepared for thisand never prepared for running for my lifeor being attacked like this, it's also quite impressivehow the body reacts.And the only thing the mind is set on is to survive.Before you even start to think about something,

    • 22:43

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: your body and your mind has already done it.Before you realize you have to run, you're already there.Before you start to think, swim, you're already in the water.

    • 23:03

      NARRATOR: Rumors of the atrocities unfolding on Utoyabegan to circulate across Norway.Journalist Marius Arnesen would be dispatched in a helicopterto investigate.

    • 23:14

      MARIUS ARNESEN: When we approached Utoya,the weather was really, really bad.It's raining from all directions.And you have to go in pretty low, like, as slow as possible,without breaking any laws.And I just told my pilot to start circling the island.I need an overview.I need overview pictures.I need to understand what's going on.Because I had no idea.

    • 23:33

      NARRATOR: For many on the island,the only option was to swim for their lives.

    • 23:39

      ADRIAN PRACON: Leaving my cell phone behindand my wallet in my pocket, so I could be identified,we started swimming.

    • 23:50

      MARIUS ARNESEN: I started seeing people in the water.And the strange thing about your mindis that you don't expect people to be swimming awayfrom an island, like, scared.This was a summer camp in my head.And my head told me, oh, they're taking a swim.And it takes, like, a second.And you're-- no, they're not swimming.

    • 24:11

      MARIUS ARNESEN [continued]: They're not bathing.They're swimming away from the island.

    • 24:14

      ADRIAN PRACON: I couldn't breathe.So after 50, maybe 100 meters, I turned back.I realized this was going to be too far.And I also realized that I was probably going to drown.

    • 24:27

      MARIUS ARNESEN: At that time, we startedto realize that this is a process that goes over time.Because it doesn't really add up.Your head doesn't really want to believe it.You think, OK, it's a reported shooting.It might be someone playing with fireworks,on the one side of the scale.And on the other side of the scale,it might be a mass murderer.But that's highly unlikely.

    • 24:50

      ADRIAN PRACON: I remember, the water levelwas probably around my hip or thigh somewhere.Standing, coughing, there was no one around me.So I talked that there was.And suddenly, the same man that I saw earlier

    • 25:11

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: comes out of the woods just right next to me, 8,maybe 10 meters away and started screamingthat, I'm going to kill you.And you must all die today.

    • 25:34

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: [MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 25:40

      NARRATOR: At 3:26 PM, on the 22nd of July,2011, the Norwegian capital of Oslowas devastated by a massive car bomb.Eight would die and more than 80 would be injured.

    • 25:55


    • 25:60

      NARRATOR: Nearly two hours later,a new horror had begun 25 miles away,when a gunman began running amok on Utoya,a small island packed with young peopleattending a Left-wing Labor Party camp.Journalist Marius Arnesen was in a helicopter above the island,but was as confused as the people on the ground.

    • 26:22

      MARIUS ARNESEN: At that point, wehad no idea if there was 15 people shooting,one person shooting.We didn't know that there was one guy dressed as a cop.But I remember, I saw a big tall character,which I then thought, OK, that might be police.

    • 26:39

      NARRATOR: The gunman, dressed as a police officer,was 32-year-old Anders Breivik.And he had already taken the lives of 36 peopleon the island.At 5:40 PM, he began shooting at the youngsters in the water.

    • 26:56

      ADRIAN PRACON: He started shooting into the waterafter the people that were swimming.And when you saw the columns of waterthat were rising from the bullets, you realized,this is happening for real.And after he finished shooting, he turned around towards meand aims at me.

    • 27:17

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: You could see into the barrel.I don't know why I screamed.But I did.I screamed that, no!Don't shoot me!In the blink of an eye, he pulls down his rifle,turns around, and walks away.

    • 27:37

      NARRATOR: Later, Breivik would claimthat he hadn't shot Adrian at that momentbecause he looked right-wing in appearance.When he was 27-years-old, Breivikhad left his shared flat and began detaching himselffrom the world.He moved into his mother's apartment

    • 27:58

      NARRATOR [continued]: and began immersing himself in a world of online gamingand extremist internet sites.

    • 28:05

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: He was isolated,living with his mother, staying mostly in his room,playing computer games almost incessantly,visiting extremist websites.He also started to behave rather oddly.He would be, sometimes, very angry with his mother.

    • 28:26

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK [continued]: And when she was ill, he would use a face maskto avoid contamination somehow.And he would go around in the apartment dressed upin some of these uniforms that he purchased.It was really props for this characterhe was building for himself.

    • 28:45

      NARRATOR: Friends would notice a change in the anti-Islamist,describing him as increasingly withdrawn and reclusive.

    • 28:53

      CRAIG JACKSON: Many spree killershave undergone a period of social withdrawaland social isolation in the few monthsbefore they actually engage in their lethal attack.It could be that, while Breivik was in his period of isolation,he began focusing more and more on his spreeas the only solution.But it could also have been a very canny way for him

    • 29:13

      CRAIG JACKSON [continued]: to go off the grid.

    • 29:15

      NARRATOR: Years later, he would turn his violent video gaminginto reality.6:08 PM, the 22nd of July, Utoya Island.Anders Breivik had already taken the lives of 49 people.

    • 29:41

      NARRATOR [continued]: With police occupied by events in Oslo,local residents took to the waterin boats in a bid to begin a relief effort,plucking those that had chosen to swim to safetyfrom the freezing lake.One of those residents was local hotel worker Viggo Larsen.

    • 29:59


    • 30:31

      NARRATOR: The local police dispatched officersto the island.Norway's specialist counterterrorism unit,Delta Force, would also be called into action.

    • 30:41

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: I called the police several times.And they said they were on their way.But it took more than one hour.So yeah, we were completely helpless.

    • 30:54

      NARRATOR: At around 6:10 PM, a large group of youngsterswere at the pump house when a police officerarrived and informed them that the culprit had been caught.As they gathered together, he opened fire.It was Breivik.And 14 would die at that moment.

    • 31:13

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: The really striking aspectabout the massacre on Utoya is how calm Breivik was,how methodical he was, and how careful he was.

    • 31:24

      CRAIG JACKSON: One of the common mistakesthat journalists and media reports make, particularlyin the immediate aftermath of a spree,is they believe that the killer was crazed, deranged,and shooting victims at random.We certainly see, time and time again in spree killers,that they are focused and calm and very muchin control of both their emotions and the situation.

    • 31:47

      NARRATOR: For Adrian and those still trapped on the island,the terror would continue.

    • 31:54

      ADRIAN PRACON: I was there all alone.I thought maybe lightning wouldn'thit the same place two times.But it did.And then, suddenly, a group of people arrived.You could hear someone whispering, he's coming.

    • 32:10

      NARRATOR: By 6:30 PM.Breivik had circled the island and returnedto the southern tip, where he began shooting again.The moment was captured from the circling helicopter.

    • 32:24

      ADRIAN PRACON: And the first shot was so loud.Before I even could open my eyes,I felt something warm next to my head.It felt like my head exploded.Now, I was convinced I was dead.

    • 32:46

      NARRATOR: Adrian had been wounded in the shoulder.Five of those around him would die.

    • 32:54

      ADRIAN PRACON: From what I know, the last bulletthat was fired on here was the bulletthat hit me in the shoulder and still is there.He was captured 1 minute and 20 seconds after the last shot.

    • 33:16

      NARRATOR: After an hour and nine minutes of unchecked bloodshed,Delta Force would arrive on the shores of Utoyato face down Anders Breivik.

    • 33:25

      MARIUS ARNESEN: The last thing that we were actuallyable to see was the police walking,like in tactical formations, like terror cops do,and checking out stuff.

    • 33:37

      NARRATOR: Then, the man responsible for a massacrewould surrender without a fight.

    • 33:43

      CRAIG JACKSON: Breivik's spree was certainly differentfrom many other sprees that have gone before it.Predominantly, spree killers eitherkill themselves or they are killed by law enforcement.Clearly, Breivik wanted to be taken alive,so he could give his ideological views a platform.

    • 34:06

      NARRATOR: Although the violence may have been over,for those survivors left on Utoya,the trauma would continue.

    • 34:14

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: I was rescued by the police.And they took me away.And I was taken by a private boat.But when we came to the hotel where everybody was gathered--all those who survived-- I immediatelyunderstood that the numbers of the killedwill be extremely high.

    • 34:33

      ADRIAN PRACON: I would like to say anything happened so fast.But actually, it didn't.It happened very slowly.It seemed like we were trapped here forever.And some part of my probably still is.

    • 34:49

      NARRATOR: In one afternoon, Anders Breivikhad claimed the lives of 77 of his countrymen, eight in Osloand 69 on Utoya Island.He claimed to have committed the massacre as a political act.

    • 35:11

      NARRATOR [continued]: Several months prior to the attacks,the reclusive right-winger had movedfrom his mother's Oslo flat to an isolated farmtwo hours north.All the while, he kept a diary of his preparations.These would form a significant part of a large manifesto, onethat he intended to publish.

    • 35:32

      CRAIG JACKSON: He played a very savvy gameof taking lots of media-friendly pictures of himself posturingwith guns, posturing in uniforms,looking very Aryan on some occasions,showing his blue eyes and his blond hair.He saw himself as being suitable for breeding, almostlike a stud for future generations of the Aryan race.

    • 35:53

      CRAIG JACKSON [continued]: So he's clearly a very narcissistic individualwho knows how to sell the image of whathe was trying to pass on.

    • 36:01

      NARRATOR: Under the guise of becoming a vegetable farmer,Breivik would use his seclusion to his advantage,gathering ammunition and planning his attack.

    • 36:11

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: This is when he researched and plannedand got there with all of his equipmentand started manufacturing his bomb.

    • 36:21

      NARRATOR: On the 21st of July, 2011, the daybefore his killing spree, Breivikcompleted a final [INAUDIBLE] in Oslo City Centerbefore returning to the farm one last time.He was picked up at Rena Station by taxi driver Arild Tangen.

    • 36:46

      ARILD TANGEN: I meet Breivik in the train station.[Arild Tangen, Taxi Driver] And he stands there, wants a taxi.So I asked him if I maybe will drive him home.This farm is about 12 kilometers from Renacentral, big farm with a lot of space.He had the place to do what he was going to do.

    • 37:10

      CRAIG JACKSON: Breivik has claimedthat he spent 11 months preparingfor his spree and bomb attacks.He clearly knew what he was doing.And he knew the best way to go about it.He could effectively disappear while he ordered the partsand stockpiled the weapons and bomb-making equipmentthat he would need.

    • 37:29

      ARILD TANGEN: After I drive him home, he went out of the car.And he just stand in the middle of the courtyard.When I let him out, he was just standing therewith his briefcase.I think, why don't you go in or do something?But he just stayed there.So I took my time just to see.

    • 37:49

      ARILD TANGEN [continued]: I'd never been down to the farm before.He had no intention to go inside the house,because he was in a hurry.

    • 37:57

      NARRATOR: Breivik would wait for the taxito leave before driving back to Oslo.At 2:09 PM, Breivik would make his motivations public,sending out his 1,500-plus page manifesto to supposedsympathizers across Europe.Just over an hour later, his killing spree, the deadliest

    • 38:19

      NARRATOR [continued]: in world history, would begin.But what had driven Anders Breivik to commitsuch an unimaginable crime?[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 38:41

      NARRATOR [continued]: On the 22nd of July, 2011, Norway had changed forever.Anders Breivik's attacks in Oslo and on Utoyahad left a nation in mourning.

    • 38:53

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: It is sometimes easyjust to talk about the number, about the attack.But these were 77 individuals that are no longer with us.Most of them were very young.The youngest was 14.The majority were below 18.So yeah, that is what 22nd of July is about.It's those who lost their lives.

    • 39:24

      JOHAN TANDBERG: I didn't feel anger.I just felt sorrow.I felt sorry for the whole situation.This guy I didn't feel sorry for.But all the people that he hurt and all the familiesthat he destroyed-- I just wish him dead.

    • 39:43

      NARRATOR: In court, Breivik wouldattempt to use his trial as a platform to promotehis twisted ideology.

    • 39:50

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: It seemed like the court waskind of the theater for him.What the whole trial was about for himwas to get recognition as a political terrorist,as an extremist, as a militant, and notto be somehow written off as crazy.

    • 40:09

      CRAIG JACKSON: That picture of Breivik giving the fistedsalute probably did as much for his PR as his 1,500-pagemanifesto did.And again, that is one of the legacies of Breivik's murdersis that he's been allowed to liveand allowed to publicize his deranged beliefs.

    • 40:28

      NARRATOR: Anders Behring Breivik would be found guiltyof the murders of 77, eight losing their lives in Osloand 69 on the island of Utoya.He would receive a 21-year sentence,the maximum possible under Norwegian law.The question that still puzzled however

    • 40:48

      NARRATOR [continued]: was, what could have caused this manto commit such chilling crimes?

    • 40:54

      JOHAN TANDBERG: To try to understandthe people like this, I don't think it's possible.It's like trying to understand Ted Bundy or Adolf Hitler.It's impossible.

    • 41:08

      MARIUS ARNESEN: That's, I guess, the question that most of ushave been asking, is how can one person do this?How can you be able to do it as a human being?

    • 41:17

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: The core, the essenceof the hatred of Breivik, stems from child abuseand was somehow refined over the years.

    • 41:28

      CRAIG JACKSON: Breivik wasn't mentally ill.But there is evidence to suggest he was eithera paranoid personality type or, indeed, hewas more likely to be someone with a narcissistic personalitydisorder.

    • 41:40

      AAGE BORCHGREVINK: If you think about,could he have been stopped earlier?--is that the one time he was really within the system,when somehow the Norwegian State Authority recognizedthere was something wrong was at a timewhen he was really young, when he was 3 or 4-years-old.But the system let him go.

    • 42:03

      NARRATOR: For Adrian Pracon, the court casehad answered a disturbing question.

    • 42:09

      ADRIAN PRACON: It doesn't make any sense for me.And I don't know why I'm alive.How can I be this lucky?

    • 42:17

      CRAIG JACKSON: Many spree killings, wesee some victims are shot.Others are allowed to live.In Columbine, in Hungerford, and again in Utoya with Breivik,we see some victims are toyed with.And they're allowed to survive, on the whim of the offender.

    • 42:33

      ADRIAN PRACON: He explained in court, after a week,that he remembered why he spared me.And he said I looked like one of his,like a right-wing extremist.I didn't look like a Marxist.

    • 42:54

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: And he thought that I should stay alive.

    • 42:57

      NARRATOR: Despite Breivik having taken aim at his own peopleand striking at their very heart,their refusal to be cowed by their attacker stands strong.

    • 43:09

      ADRIAN PRACON: One minute we are falling, because someoneis shooting after us.And a couple of days later, we'reall standing in the streets with our roses and torchesand rising again.And I believe that's the best experiencea country can have with themselves,

    • 43:30

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: to fall and rise together.

    • 43:35

      NARRATOR: Although the innocence of Utoyamay have been lost on the 22nd of July,its beauty will remain.

    • 43:44

      JOHAN TANDBERG: It affected Norway in the waythat Norway is not so small and safe anymore.

    • 43:52

      ASMUND GROVER AUKRUST: My daily life is like before.But of course, it changed.It changed Norway.And it changed me as a person.

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    • 44:11

      NARRATOR: For Adrian Pracon, the experience of that daymay have been harrowing, but his bondwith the people that traveled there that fateful summerhas survived.

    • 44:23

      ADRIAN PRACON: I still say it and the closest peoplearound me also say it, that I never returned home from Utoya.And that's because a part of me is still struggling out there.

    • 44:43

      ADRIAN PRACON [continued]: [MUSIC PLAYING]

Killing Spree: Anders Brievik, Terror in Paradise

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The 2011 Norway attacks were the deadliest killing spree in history, killing 77 people. The attack started with a bombing of government building and was followed by a mass shooting. This documentary examines the bombing in Oslo, the motivations behind the murders, and the shooting on the island of Utoya.

Killing Spree: Anders Brievik, Terror in Paradise

The 2011 Norway attacks were the deadliest killing spree in history, killing 77 people. The attack started with a bombing of government building and was followed by a mass shooting. This documentary examines the bombing in Oslo, the motivations behind the murders, and the shooting on the island of Utoya.

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