Norwegian Mass Murderer, Anders Breivik Declared Insane

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Brevik posing with a tactical gear and sniper rifle

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik posing with a sniper rifle. Image Courtesy of the AP

Update (25/08/2012): The Norwegian Courts have since reversed their position and have declared Breivik sane. Read More


You may remember Anders Breivik, the right wing extremist responsible for a terrorist attack that killed 77 of his fellow Norwegians. After a psychiatric evaluation, the Norwegian courts have declared he was insane at the time of the attacks. The NY Daily News reports:
A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation determined he was “psychotic” when he meticulously planned and detonated a bomb blast that killed eight people in Oslo and then executed dozens more in a bloody shooting spree at a youth camp on Utoeya Island, including children as young as 14.

“The conclusion of the forensic experts is that Anders Behring Breivik was insane,” prosecutor Svein Holden said.

The experts who evaluated Breivik described him as a man “who finds himself in his own delusional universe, where all his thoughts and acts are governed by these delusions,” Holden said.

Breivik has a thousand page, rambling manifesto entitled “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence” detailing his reasons for committing his crimes. He was vehemently opposed to immigration and what he perceived as the negative effects of multiculturalism on the Norwegian way of life. He deliberately targeted a camp for the Worker’s Youth League– the youth arm of the Norwegian Labour party– specifically because he felt the Norwegian left were to blame for the effects of multiculturalism.  No doubt killing 77 innocent civilians, most of them children, is not the work of a mentally healthy man. However, there is a difference between being mentally ill and criminally insane. The meticulous level of planning Breivik put into these attacks suggests that although he was incredibly depraved at the time of the massacre, he certainly had full leave of his senses and knew right from wrong. At one point, the Norwegian board of Forensic Medicine seemed to agree:

At the time of the massacre, the head of the board, Dr. Tarjei Rygnestad, said it was unlikely Breivik would be declared legally insane because the attacks were so carefully planned and executed.

On Tuesday, Rygnestad said that he had based his July comments on “secondary information.”

Of course, with Breivik being declared insane, he can now be held indefinitely in psychiatric treatment, rather than face the possibility of release. The maximum sentence any prisoner can receive in Norway is 21 years, so if he had been found guilty, it is likely Breivik, the engineer of the worst massacre in Norwegian history, would be free within our lifetime. Declaring Breivik insane and shuffling him off to spend the rest of his days in a psychiatric hospital certainly seems like a politically expedient way of dealing with him. This way Norway doesn’t have to rewrite its penal code for one case and the Norwegian people never have to worry about seeing a monster walk free.

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7 Comments on “Norwegian Mass Murderer, Anders Breivik Declared Insane”

  1. December 2, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Declared insane, yes. Actual jailtime for killing people? None whatsoever. Very twisted, especially if you knew one of the victims.

  2. James Hill
    December 2, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I think he’ll wind up in a maximum security mental institution for the rest of his life. I think most victims would prefer that rather than see him leave prison a free man in 2032

  3. Anonymous
    December 3, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    The more I read about these types of mass killings the more sick to my stomach I feel.

    Yes, a max security institution seems the right way to go but if the truth be told, there is a whole lot of distraught people in the Norway region who would like to see a PUBLIC HANGING.

    Insane he may have been declared , but you cant tell me he didnt have every brain cell intact when

    he committed that disgusting rampage.

    Very twisted, very twisted indeed.

    • December 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

      Insane or not, some people aren’t suitable for living free.

  4. rich
    December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    “Insane? No I’m not.”

    That being said, we should not give this evil person any more airspace. He is just looking for a pundit on which people will take notice of his extreme views. That is why he killed so many people in the first place.

  5. April 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    It’s been interesting watching the trial unfold on the news in the last few weeks. To me Brevik comes across as completely sane, albeit filled with some extremely sick ideas and guilty of awful crimes. To me he seems far too rational to be insane. Whatever the case he should never be released, I guess the best the Norwegian legal system can do is declare him insane and sentence him to life ‘inside’, as James said, better than letting him walk free in 2032…


  1. Anders Breivik declared sane after all, sentenced to 21 years prison | Intentious - August 25, 2012

    […] Last year we reported that Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik had been declared insane and unfit to stand trial. After much outcry from the Norwegian public, and from Breivik himself, the courts took a second look at the issue and unanimously declared him to be sane. The Age reports: NORWEGIAN mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been found sane and faces a prison sentence of more than 21 years. […]

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