The man who killed 77 people last summer to protest Muslim immigration to Europe said on Monday he believed he could tell the ideology of his prospective massacre victims by looking at them and spoke of his plans to steal a plane to fly to Utoeya island.
Anders Behring Breivik has given a detailed account of his car bomb attack at government headquarters in Oslo, which killed eight people, and a follow-up gun massacre at a Labour Party island camp where he killed 69, mostly teenagers, all within a few hours on July 22.
Speaking on the sixth day of a trial on Monday, he explained how he picked off “Marxists” with his rifle and pistol while passing over a young man he thought looked conservative.
He also told the court he was going to take a sea plane in Oslo harbour and fly to Utoeya, saying he had learned how to fly a plane from watching clips on a social media website.
Psychologist Paal Groendahl, who has been listening to Breivik’s testimony, said his confidence appeared to fall apart under questioning.
“When the prosecutor confronts him — ‘How are you supposed to take an air plane based on images and instructions on YouTube when you are not able to reverse a car?’ Then we see a Behring Breivik who is struggling to maintain high sense of self image. He doesn’t like those kind of confrontations,” Groendahl said.
Ahead of the trial, one court-appointed team of psychiatrists concluded Breivik was psychotic while a second team found him mentally capable.
If Breivik is deemed sane, as he hopes to be, he could face a 21-year prison sentence with indefinite extensions for as long as he is considered dangerous.
“We are now looking at a person whose perhaps delusions are so pronounced that he might be insane,” Groendahl added.
The editor of Dagbladet newspaper, John Olav Egeland, said Breivik considers himself to be a super hero, pioneering a new kind of terrorism.
“He regards himself as a super hero, as a founder of a new kind of terrorism. And at this point this becomes too surreal. Many of the psychiatrists think that he’s got a so called narcissistic personality disorder,” said Egeland.
Breivik has denied criminal guilt, insisting that his victims were traitors whose multiculturalist views facilitated what he saw as a Muslim invasion of Europe.
The trial is expected to last 10 weeks and a verdict is expected in mid-July.