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The State Police in Connecticut on Friday released their final report regarding the texts, photos and 911 calls investigated by detectives from the shocking Newtown school shooting over one year ago, according to local and national news outlets.

The highly anticipated report is thousands of pages long and police officials claim it draws the same conclusions as the local prosecutor's report released just last month.

While its release ends what's been characterized as the "state police's exhaustive probe of a tragedy that stunned the country," it may once again resurrect the American gun violence debate.

On Dec. 14, 2012, just 11 days before Christmas, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his own mother in their Newtown home before he went to Sandy Hook Elementary School and began his murder-spree using a semiautomatic rifle. His violent massacre left 20 students and six educators dead, officials reported.

After his attack on the school ended, Lanza used a Glock handgun to end his own life before the cops could apprehend him.

What has eluded investigators and commentators is the motive for his horrific actions, according to former homicide detective Norman Santiago.

"People -- including criminologists, journalists and politicians -- are left with conjecture when it comes to Lanza's motive for killing innocent children. It's also anyone's guess as to why he committed matricide when such killings are quite devastating to the murderer," said Santiago, who investigated homicides in New York for more that a decade.

However, the local prosecutor determined there may have been a connection since the investigators uncovered evidence that as a child Lanza had been bullied in elementary school.

A summary of Friday's report states that the killer had displayed "significant mental health issues" well before committing mass-murder.

"[Lanza] was diagnosed with Asperger's, a mental condition compared to autism but which isn't associated with violence," the report claims.

Those suffering from Asperger's exhibit strange and seemingly uncomfortable behavior, such as attempting to mimic social behavior and arranging objects in set patterns without realizing it. Many sufferers fear they are intruding in another's "personal space."

However, those suffering from this form of autism are considered high-functioning an may be able to hold down a highly technical job such as accountant or scientist, according to experts.

The Connecticut State Police have been slammed for their slowness in investigating the mass-killings and for the delay in the releasing a completed report. The families of those who were murdered are also angry that they aren't being given copies of the report before the public.

The victims' relatives claim that they were promised they'd be the first to see the final report before it was circulated.



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