Notes & Sources

On Official and Primary Sources

There were several official investigations into the Sandy Hook shooting, the records from which constitute most of the evidence this narrative relies upon: first is Connecticut’s Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the shooting, which was based on the Connecticut State Police’s investigative files, and released in November 2013. This is generally cited below as “The CSP Official Report,” or similar.

Next is the “Child Advocate Report,” released by Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate in November of 2014, under the title “SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.” This report focuses on the childhood development of the Sandy Hook shooter, whereas the CSP report consists more of witness interviews and physical and digital evidence collection, and thus portrays the latter portion of the shooter’s life.

Meanwhile, there were also a handful of journalism pieces published in the years immediately after attack that reported a great many of the events portrayed in this story: “Raising Adam Lanza” by PBS Frontline and the Hartford Courant (including the unedited supplemental interviews and the e-mails Nancy wrote to Marvin LaFontaine) and Andrew Solomon’s interview with Peter Lanza, “The Reckoning,” published in The New Yorker in March 2014.

More recently, there was the FBI’s investigative files, from the support bureau lent to Connecticut for their 2013 report, and which were finally released more fully in October of 2017. In addition to several entirely new revelations, these pages also served to confirm the accuracy of much of the shooter’s online footprint that had been circulating on the internet for years by that point.

Finally, there are the files released by Connecticut as a result of The Hartford Courant’s legal fight to obtain them through FOIA requests. These are mostly school assignments and digital files from the Sandy Hook shooter, which were redacted from the official CSP report. These are generally noted in-text as being part of that release, and cite the Connecticut court decision requiring their release.

(This section is a work-in-progress, and will soon expand to convey more of how The Sheltered Storm was written, as more sources are added below.)


Part I: Over the Horizon

Preface through Chapter 10: Snowdrop

Part II: Tide & Season

Chapter 11 through Chapter 23

Part III: Thin Air

Chapters 24 to 37

Part IV: The Gathering Eye

Chapters 38 – ???