Published On: Mon, Dec 31st, 2012

Newtown shooter’s dad,Peter Lanza, claims Adam Lanza’s body

Reportedly, Adam Lanza’s body was claimed by his estranged father recently.

Peter Lanza, who divorced Nancy Lanza years ago, is said to have received his son’s remains for burial. ABC reports Monday that for family privacy and safety, very little details are available about Adam Lanza’s funeral or final resting place.

Adam Lanza handout photo

Adam Lanza handout photo

Adam Lanza, age 20, killed himself after he shot his mother and then slaughtered 20 children and six school staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14 in one of the worst school shootings in American history.

The funeral home wants to remain anonymous and geneticists at the University of Connecticut have agreed to a request from the state medical examiner to study his DNA in what seems to be a first of its kind study.

But like many of the mass murderers before Lanza, what happens to his body will likely be unknown.

James Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University and a mass shooting expert said in these types of cases “the grave is not marked because the family is afraid the grave will be defaced.”

“When there is a funeral for the perpetrator it is private,” Fox said. “Press is not kept apprised of when it is or where it is for the same reason.”

Fox said it’s often also because the “families don’t want the attention.”

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