Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has written to several researchers and journalists, reports an Oslo college’s website, because he wants them to interview him and conduct research on him. Two researchers have agreed to do so.
The website Khrono for Høyskolen i Oslo og Akershus (the College of Oslo and Akershus) reported Friday that Lars Gule and Øystein Sørensen are among those arranging a meeting with Breivik, a self-professed ultra-right-wing terrorist who killed 77 persons in attacks on July 22, 2011. Breivik has said he targeted the Norwegian Labour Party and Labour-led government in an effort to kill off the next generation of politicians likely to continue allowing immigration to Norway.
“There are arguments for simply forgetting (Breivik) and not giving him any form of attention,” Gule, who specializes in researching Islam and right-wing extremists, told Khrono. “But I don’t think we can avoid terror and Breivik. Just trying to ‘turn him off’ won’t succeed, and researchers must relate to (the July 22 attacks) regardless.”
Two other researchers at the state police academy also intend to interview Breivik, now serving an indefinite prison term at the high-security Skien Fengsel. One of them, Tore Bjørgo, said their questioning will be limited to how terrorists choose their targets. “We’re not interested in the terrorist himself or his ideology,” Bjørgo told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
Breivik has made it clear that he’s bored in prison and views his solitary confinement as a form of torture. He wrote in his letters to researchers that he wants nationalists and fascists to be taken seriously, and therefore make it less likely that they’ll resort to violence.
News emerged Friday that a transcript of a police interrogation shortly after his arrest had been stolen from police headquarters a month after his arrest. The theft was not reported to Breivik’s defense counsel.