Modus Operandi

  • Ramón SpaaijEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


In the aftermath of the double terrorist attack in Norway on 22 July 2011, it became apparent that the alleged perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, had meticulously planned the attacks. Breivik’s copious writings suggest that he planned his operations at least months in advance, gradually gathering the tools and the expertise he needed to carry out the attacks. Breivik [1] describes a long preparation phase during which he writes, reads, attends shooting classes, buys weapons, chemicals and other supplies, studies online bomb-making manuals, and spends the last 80 days manufacturing the explosive devices. Breivik [1, p. 1470] writes that it would have taken him only 30 days had he had experience:


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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