After long battle for access, Sandy Hook letter offers little

(WTNH)– Just days after the Sandy Hook shooting, a letter postmarked from New York City arrived at Sandy Hook Elementary. It claimed to be from shooter Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza.

The contents of that letter were mentioned only in an itemized list of pieces of evidence sent for fingerprint and DNA testing from the crime scene. The contents of that card have remained redacted by State Police investigators.

To get access to that card, the News 8 Investigators filed a Freedom of Information request and subsequent complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission when our request was delayed and denied.

Sources tell the News 8 Investigators that the card was not sent by Peter Lanza and they ruled out Adam Lanza as well, based on DNA testing. The only match they found was an unnamed felon living in New York. The card was postmarked from New York City.

This is a contrast enhanced image  of the Christmas card sent to News 8 by attorneys for the state police.
This is a contrast enhanced image of the Christmas card sent to News 8 by attorneys for the state police.

The letter reads:

“Dear Children of Sandy Hook E. School:

Please accept my apologies for the terrible crime committed against your former classmates by my irrational son, Adam.

He wasn’t in his right mind.

Perhaps if I had taught him to play golf and baseball he would have done well.”

One source close to the investigation amounted the letter to little more than a tasteless hoax.

Still, groups have argued that not enough about the investigation was made public.

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