There were three samurai swords, with blades 13 inches, 21 inches and 28 inches long. There were hundreds of rounds of ammunition. There were targets, a bayonet, knives, pictures of a bloodied body wrapped in plastic, and guns. Lots of guns. And there were plans to buy more.
Among the items discovered by police after Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a holiday card from his mother, Nancy, with a check inside for her son to buy another gun, according to search warrants made public Thursday.
The documents offer a chilling view of Nancy and Adam Lanza's home and of the 20-year-old's actions Dec. 14, when his massacre sparked calls for stricter gun laws and set the stage for the showdown underway in Washington between supporters and opponents of such laws.