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He led parallel life as disguise

When Anders Breivik was not plotting mass murder and fine-tuning the bomb he detonated last week,he was busy playing video games and blogging,listening to Euro pop and watching episodes of ‘True Blood’.

Written by New York Times | Oslo |
July 26, 2011 1:19:34 am

MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ & MATTHEW SALTMARSH

When Anders Breivik was not plotting mass murder and fine-tuning the bomb he detonated last week,he was busy playing video games and blogging,listening to Euro pop and watching episodes of ‘True Blood’.

It was a parallel life he maintained meticulously in recent years. Former classmates and colleagues described him as unremarkable and easy to forget,qualities,perhaps inborn,that he cultivated — consciously,he would say — to mask his dedication to what he called his “martyrdom operation.”

For years,Breivik,32,participated in debates in Internet forums on the dangers of Islam and immigration.

It is not clear at what point he decided that violence was the solution to the ills he believed were tearing European civilization asunder.

“He didn’t say anything you could remember,” said Stig Fjellskaalnes,who knew Breivik when he was a member of Norway’s conservative Progress Party. “He’s one of the crowd,if you know what I mean. You forget him.”

Yet it was about a decade ago that Breivik started to change. Once a schoolboy who was fond of hip-hop and had a Muslim best friend,in his 20s he began to view the immigrants who flowed freely into Norway and elsewhere in Europe as enemies,and those who sought to accommodate them as traitors,worthy only of execution.

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