Mass murderer Anders Breivik has received letters of support from sicko fans in the UK.
The Norwegian racist, who slaughtered 77 people last summer, has had more than 100 messages from warped well-wishers around the globe. Several of his penpals said they were “inspired” by the far-right nut. Breivik, 33, has been so overwhelmed by the volume of notes that he has been unable to reply to them all.
Knut Bjarkeid, director of the Norway’s Ila Prison, which has been holding Breivik for the past nine months, confirmed the killer received letters every day. And in a psychological report, jail psychiatrist Terje Tørrissen revealed they had been sent from Britain, Sweden, Russia and Germany, among others.
He said: “These letters are full of support and they contain the same political views held by the defendant. There are political cronies who have written. They use the same language and terminology as him. Some say they have been inspired by him and have become more extreme as a result of seeing his actions.”
Tørrissen quoted Breivik as saying: “I welcome these letters from people who share the same opinion and with whom I can work together in the future.”
The case is being screened on television and there are fears it is inspiring other far-right activists in the UK and around the world.
The killer has spoken of his links to UK groups and claimed a meeting in London with a Brit called “Richard the Lionheart” laid the foundations for his rampage. Breivik had been in regular contact with members of the anti-Islam group the English Defence League and has 600 EDL members as Facebook friends.
UK security services have taken these British links “extremely seriously” and there are concerns a UK supporter of Breivik could carry out a copycat killing spree here.