Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass killer who showed no remorse for killing 77 people in 2011, hugged his mother and apologised for ruining her life before she died of cancer this year, according to a new biography.
The Mother, based on hours of conversations with Wenche Behring Breivik by journalist Marit Christensen and published on Thursday, says she once described herself as the world’s “saddest mother” who both hated and loved her son.
She had no inkling he was planning the attacks on Jul 22, 2011, cooking him a dinner of spaghetti that got cold as she waited in vain for his return and watched the news of bombings and shootings. She broke down in tears when the police came to her house to say Breivik was to blame for the massacre — a bombing in Oslo that killed eight and a shooting rampage on a nearby island that killed 69, many of them teenagers.
A few days before Wenche Breivik died of cancer in March, she was taken by ambulance to visit her son.
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