Nightly News   |  July 24, 2011

Motive emerges in Norway mass murder

Anders Breivik posted a 1,500-page manifesto online Friday that detailed his violent plans for starting a revolution to end multiculturalism. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports.

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LESTER HOLT, anchor: The tears flowed freely in Norway today as a nation shocked and saddened by Friday's bombing and shooting massacre searched for comfort on a day of mourning. The death toll stands at 93, most of them kids, teenagers, trapped on a tiny island that a gunman turned into his personal killing ground. Rarely do we get into the mind of a confessed mass killer so soon after such a horror; tonight, however, the man who police say admits to the attacks is talking. But sadly, his words may only add further trauma to a hurting nation. NBC 's Martin Fletcher has new details from Oslo tonight. Martin , good evening.

MARTIN FLETCHER reporting: Hi. Good evening, Lester . A chilling, racist picture of the confessed killer is emerging from his own writings. He wrote that he wanted to bring about a revolution that would end the centuries old Muslim colonization of Europe. United in grief.


FLETCHER: Norway 's prime minister called Friday's bomb and shooting attacks a national tragedy.

Unidentified Woman:

FLETCHER: In Oslo 's 17th century cathedral today, King Harald and Queen Sonja cried with their people. Ninety-three victims, including about 80 teenagers, sacrificed to one man's obsession to transform society. His weapon: mass killing. Charged with terrorism, tomorrow Anders Breivik will be arraigned in court. His lawyer said he wants to explain, but he already laid it all out on the Internet . Friday, Breivik posted a chilling 1500 -page manifesto, which he says took him years to write, with chunks of it lifted from writings by the Unabomber . In the very first sentence, he wrote, "It is better to kill too many than not enough." Later, "We do not want to do this, but we're left with no choice." And finally, "I believe this will be my last entry. It is now Friday, July 22nd ." Within hours, Breivik killed seven in Oslo and at least another 86 on the island.

Mr. ARSHAD ALI (Survivor): To my mom, I said there's a shooting on the island. I don't -- I don't know what's going on. And I love you. I think I said, I don't know if I will see you again, but at least I love you.

FLETCHER: The search continued today for bodies, little hope that any of the missing will be found alive. Police also searching the island for signs of a possible second shooter.

Mr. SVEINUNG SPONHEIM (Acting Oslo Chief of Police): He said -- says that he was acting alone, but we have to make sure that that's true.

FLETCHER: NBC 's Jay Gray spoke exclusively to Breivik 's lawyer.

Mr. GEIR LIPPESTAD (Anders Breivik's Attorney): He believes in a revolution. And he believes that the only way he can make revolution is through violence.

JAY GRAY reporting: Does he feel as if he's accomplished his goal?

Mr. LIPPESTAD: Well, it's difficult to understand, of course, but in his head, he takes pride in this. Yes.

FLETCHER: Breivik 's goal, to stop Muslims from emigrating to Europe , to end European attempts to have different peoples live side-by-side, what they call multiculturalism. Growing numbers across Europe agree. Right-wing parties are becoming more powerful. Iver Neumann is no right-winger, but facts are facts.

Mr. IVER NEUMANN (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs): I grew up in a lily white society . Now every fourth person in Oslo is born of a non-Western parentage. That is a lot of change in a relatively small number of years.

FLETCHER: In Norway , Islam is the second religion now. Most Muslims are recent immigrants and happy to be here.

Unidentified Man: And we live in peace and love now here, this country, and we love Norway .

FLETCHER: Breivik called his manifesto a European declaration of independence. He wrote that the massacre would serve as a tool to market his manifesto, a confessed killer with a message. Lester :

HOLT: Martin Fletcher in Oslo starting us off tonight. Martin , thank you.