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The Sheltered Storm is an online true crime story that is free to read. It was originally published here serially, with new chapters posted twice weekly between October 2019 and March 2020.

The conclusion of the story was posted on March 2:

Chapter 78: Homecoming — Family and friends gather in New Hampshire, to lay Nancy Champion to rest.

Chapter 79: Fall — Another wave of mass shootings hits, as Newtown tries to move on after the Sandy Hook attack, and battle lines are drawn for the next fight over gun rights in America.

Chapter 80: Light — The village comes to a decision on what the final fate of the pale yellow house at 36 Yogananda Street will be.

Epilogue: New Horizon — From 2015 to 2019, the phenomenon of mass violence in America continues to grow in strength, and change in form, as it spreads across the globe.

(This page will update to something more permanent soon. Thanks for reading.)

When complete, The Sheltered Storm will represent the definitive account of the events that led to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The story is told primarily through the life of Nancy Lanza, over the course of her 20-year effort to find out what is wrong with her son; a goal that eventually, tragically, leads her to purchase him an AR-15 rifle. And, all while Nancy travels this long path, there are outside factors — national elections, changes in state laws, the evolution of the US gun industry, the ongoing collapse of the mental health care system, and the rise of digital communications — that shape the eventual outcome: one of the most shocking tragedies in modern American history, and a 100% man-made disaster.

More is explained in the story’s a href=”https://shelteredstorm.com/preface/”>Preface. And whenever a chapter is added, a corresponding section for it will be added to the Notes & Sources section. To start reading the story from the beginning, just click “First Page” from the menu.

This story will be free to read from start to finish. There is no subscription to sign up for, there isn’t going to be a Patreon, and I won’t be asking for donations. If you do wish to donate to a worthy cause over the course of reading this story, I encourage you to give to any of those listed by the families at MySandyHookFamily.org. (I do not represent or have any connection with these charities.)

Finally, this is a story for mature readers. Not everyone is going to like it, or like that it was written. But there is a purpose to its telling; after all, the factors that led to tragedy in Sandy Hook are still a part of our lives. The man-made disaster is ongoing. This could happen in your town.

Thank you for reading.

– Matthew Nolan