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The Sheltered Storm is an online true crime story that is free to read. It is published serially, with new chapters posted on Mondays and Thursdays. (Follow this twitter account for links each time a new chapter is added.)

Most recent update: Chapter 34: Emergency, Chapter 35: Protection, Chapter 36: Shelter in Place, Chapter 37: Existences, and Chapter 38: The Prison.

Next update: The Sheltered Storm will resume updates after Christmas. If you’ve enjoyed reading it so far, please tell a friend. Thanks for reading and have a safe holiday.

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 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