The disturbing massacre at a Connecticut elementary school yesterday, by a troubled 20-year old son of a substitute teacher, Adam Lanza, has left the media and police and FBI investigators scrambling for answers. Lanza apparently had a form of autism called Asperger Syndrome.
Lanza showed up at the Sandy Hook elementary school dressed all in black, with body armor. He killed twenty children and several adults before taking his own life.
While media pundits and some politicians are now calling for more gun control Lanza’s actions are eerily familiar to Star Wars fans. In Star Wars Episode 3, Anakin Skywalker shows up at the Jedi Temple, dressed all in black, and proceeds to kill many if not most of the young Jedi students.
According to media reports Lanza was a withdrawn geek and “spent free periods playing video games at the school’s television station studio,” according to a news report. There are in fact Star Wars video games that include Anakin’s attack on the Jedi Temple. Fans can recreate the massacre of the young Jedi students over and over.
Was the disturbed Lanza inspired by the attack on the Jedi Temple in Star Wars, Episode 3? The movie came out in 2005, when Lanza was 13 years old, according to IMDB.com. His parents began their divorce in 2008, concluding it in 2009. Lanza would have been in his most formative years when he first saw Anakin Skywalker killing the young Jedi students. He would have had seven years to play the video games again and again.
We don’t know why Lanza finally snapped. He reportedly killed his mother first before heading to the elementary school – supposedly with his mom’s own guns. In Star Wars, Episode 4, “A New Hope,” Darth Vader, the older version of Anakin Skywalker, ordered his stepfather killed, on Tattooine.
If the Star Wars connection is true it will come out in the ensuing police investigation. Although Lanza did not have a Facebook page he will no doubt have left a vast collection of video games, DVDs, and computer entries for investigators to review.
Is this far fetched? Consider that at least fifteen movies have inspired crimes. But only one movie comes to mind wherein the villain shows up in black and kills youngsters at a school – Star Wars, Episode 3.
The Disney company recently acquired Lucasfilm and has announced plans to make a new Star Wars Film, Episode Seven. Surely a Star Wars connection to the mass murder of children in Connecticut won’t be what Disney had in mind when they made this acquisition.