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Anders Breivik's mother dies, Norway mass murderer asks to attend funeral

Wenche Behring Breivik died Friday at age 66 after long illness.

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Anders Behring Breivik's Facebook photo. The Christian fundamentalist has issued a list of demands to police including the resignation of the government. (Photo by Facebook via Getty Images) (Facebook)

A decision to release Norway’s mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to attend his mother’s funeral rests with Norway’s prison board.

Wenche Behring Breivik died on Friday at age 66 after a long illness, The Associated Press reported.

Knowing she would not recover from her illness, Wenche said goodbye to her son earlier this month during a prison visit. Now, Breivik would like to attend the funeral.

“I spoke to him this morning,” Breivik’s lawyer, Tord Jordet, told the AP. “He was grieving. It was very sad news to him.”

Breivik, 34, is serving 21 years in prison for Norway’s worst peacetime murder.

He admitted to killing 77 people—mostly teens attending a political youth camp—on July 22, 2011.

Breivik detonated a car bomb in downtown Oslo, killing eight people. He then made his way to the island of Utoya where, dressed a policeman, gunned down 69 others.

He claimed to be part of a secret society trying to rid Norway of immigrants.

During the trial, prosecutor’s introduced testimony that said Wenche feared her son was “insane” when he moved back home roughly six years before the murders, The Telegraph reported.

She told forensic psychiatrists that “he was totally beyond reason and believed all the nonsense he said.”

In response, Breivik called his mother an “Achille’s heel” who had the potential to make him “emotionally unstable.”

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Pamela Mcdonald More than 1 year ago
Norway is very soft on crime...USA would have given him life with no parole.....21 years for 77 people ? thats insane !
Sylvia Framnæs More than 1 year ago
Norway is soft on crime, but he didn't get the kind of 21 years you probably think of. He got 21 years of detention, which is a kind of life prisonment. In order to be set free, he has to apply for it, and he can do so every 5 years.
Sylvia Framnæs More than 1 year ago
In order to be set free, he must not be seen as a danger to society or likely to do new crimes. In light of what he has done, and the kind of attitude he has, I think it's unlikely he will be out of prison before he is a very old man, perhaps never.
Joey Trevino More than 1 year ago
He's sad over the death of his mom...i didnt know he had feelings for anyone. He killed 77 people, and didnt feel anything for them.
Ng More than 1 year ago
These sort of news are worth publishing..? Slow news day.
Kathy Healy More than 1 year ago
I think he caused his mother enough pain while she was alive...he should leave her in peace now. Not like should could have proud of her son!