Norway killer sharpened aim on computer games

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anders Behring Breivik knew it would take practice to be able to slaughter dozens of people before being shot by police.

In a chilling summary, the far-right fanatic claimed Thursday that he sharpened his aim by playing computer games for more than a year before Norway’s worst peacetime massacre.

Breivik told an Oslo court he took steroids to build physical strength and meditated to “de-emotionalize” himself before the bombing and shooting rampage that left 77 people dead.

His lack of remorse and matter-of-fact description of weapons and tactics — he even considered using a flame thrower — was deeply disturbing to families of the victims, most of whom were teenagers.

“They perceive him as evil and dangerous and reopening wounds,” said Mette Yvonne Larsen, a lawyer representing the bereaved. Some of them are following the proceedings in court; others are watching it by live video link in more than a dozen courtrooms around Norway.

“It’s one thing to read explanations, it’s not the same to hear a person present such a message,” Larsen said. “I am personally quite shocked.”

Pictures of the confessed mass killer, smirking or flashing his clenched-fist salute, clutter newspaper front pages. For those who have had enough of his antics, newspaper Dagbladet’s web site allows users to click a button to read a Breivik-free edition.

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