Jens Breivik, father of Danish mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has warned that his son is more extreme than ever, and may be more dangerous. Speaking at a press conference upon the release of his book, Breivik Snr confirmed that his son has refused to see him in prison unless the father ascribes to fascist politics, The Local has reported.
Jens attempted to visit Anders in prison in Skien last year whilst writing the book. However, Anders sent his father a long letter outlining his political viewpoints, which he has turned into a fascist manifesto, and asking that his father commit to them before visiting. “The letter scared me and still scares me. He just becomes more and more extreme, and maybe he becomes more dangerous as well,” Jens told the gathered reporters.
Anders gained notoriety in 2011 when he killed 77 in Oslo and Utøya, the majority of whom were teenagers attending a Labour Party summer camp. Earlier this month Breitbart London reported that he plans to start a fascist party from jail, claiming that his aim is to prevent another massacre of the type he committed. In a 34 page letter sent to a media outlet, Breivik Jnr claimed to be embracing democracy and turning his back on violence as a means to achieve his ambitions, and explained that he was embracing the ‘fascist’ label so as not to allow people to dismiss the party as ‘neo-Nazi’.
Following the massacre his father Jens came under fire by a public determined to find a cause for the atrocity. He was labelled ‘distant’ and ‘uncaring’, with many pointing to the all-but abandonment of his son as the reason for his son’s actions.
Jens’ book has been written with the intent of setting the record straight on the relationship between himself, Anders, and Wenche Behring Breivik, Anders’ mother, who he divorced when Anders was just one year old. The father applied for custody of his son when Anders was four, but the request was denied and they met only once a year until Anders was 16, beyond which point they had no contact.
“Quite a lot of [what has been said about me] is speculation, half-truths and fiction. To avoid making it stand as the final facts and truth, I have chosen to tell my story,” Jens told NTB.
“There are many children growing up with only one parent who do not become terrorists. The fact that [Anders] grew up with a bad relationship with me, does not explain what he did,” he mused.
“I have to continue to live even though I’m the father of a mass murderer. I can never forget what happened. It always stresses me.”