Norwegian serial killer, Anders Behring Breivik has revealed that he planned to behead Norway’s former Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland.
He claimed he had been cut short in his real mission on the day he hit the holiday camp where he killed 69 revelers, claiming he had wanted to eliminate the entire 500 youths attending the summer camp on Utoya island.
At least 69 revelers were killed at the holiday camp as Breivik struck late last year. Another eight were killed at a government house in Oslo bringing his total killing to 77 people.
On the fourth day of his trial in Oslo, Breivik laid out the scale of his plans in cold, explicit and excruciating detail. This testimony, perhaps the most disturbing he has yet given, caused some in the court to weep.
Speaking in calm and controlled tones, the far-Right killer said his first aim had been to detonate three car bombs, two of them weighing a tonne. But obtaining the requisite chemical fertiliser had proved impossible, forcing him to plant a single device before executing the gun attack on 22 July last year.
Breivik had hoped that Mrs Brundtland, who led Norway as a Left-wing prime minister three times between 1981 and 1996, would be attending the Labour party’s summer camp on Utoya on the day of the massacre.
“I fixed a bayonet to my rifle and I also had a knife with me,” Breivik told the court. “The plan was to chop her head off while filming it.”
Breivik explained: “Decapitation is a traditional European death penalty method practised in France until 1960 and it was also practised in Norway. So it was not only al-Qaeda who used this method as a very strong psychological weapon.”
Breivik, who was carrying handcuffs, aimed to shackle Mrs Brundtland before decapitating her. She was, he explained, a “category A traitor” because of her support for multiculturalism.
Everyone at the youth camp shared her guilt, added Breivik, describing them as “political activists”. In the event, he shot 67 people on Utoya while two more drowned after plunging into the sea in terror.
Yet Breivik said: “The objective was not to kill 69 people on Utoya island, the objective was to kill all of them.” His gun attack was designed to “detonate” panic that would cause all his targets to flee into the sea and drown. “The water was the weapon of mass destruction,” he said.
Some 500 people were taking part in the camp and Breivik’s youngest victim was only 14. “I knew that to kill a person under the age of 18 would be controversial,” he said. “But my starting point was that everyone was over the age of 16 and I would be able to distinguish those who were under 18. But it turned out to be impossible.”
In fact, Breivik killed 33 teenagers under the age of 18. Nonetheless, he said: “I’m not a child-murderer. I believe that all political activists who choose to fight for multiculturalism and work for that and have leadership positions in a political party are legitimate targets.”
Breivik added: “I would still have done it again.” As a shocked hush fell over the court, he announced there was “no better political target” than Utoya’s summer camp.
But he had assessed other options, including attacking the Labour party conference with “biological bullets” filled with toxin. He had bought 15 mililitres of pure nicotine from China, with 0.1 mililitres being a lethal dose.
He also examined building a “poor man’s atom bomb” by hijacking a petrol tanker and igniting its payload with explosives. This would have killed “several thousand” people at the annual Labour Day parade.
Yet building these weapons had been beyond him. He also considered attacking Oslo’s royal palace, but he would have picked a day when King Harald V was absent. “In my opinion, it would be unacceptable to attack the royal family,” said Breivik.
The case continues.