Anders Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in a massacre in Norway last July, has reportedly received letters from supporters in 20 countries—and according to Kevin Forts, a 23-year-old from Worcester, Mass., at least one of them was from him.
"I believe that Breivik is a rational man who committed atrocious but necessary actions," Forts told Norwegian television in an interview. "I believe it demonstrates a sense of nationalism and a moral conscience. He's fighting against cultural Marxism and the Islamization of Norway and he found that the most rational way to accomplish that was through terrorist actions on Utøya and in Oslo."
Breivik's trial began earlier this week.
Forts continued: "I believe that he used it as an unprecedented attack. I don't believe that it should occur again, but I do believe that it was atrocious but necessary in that it has raised awareness for it and Breivik did that with the executions."
According to his Facebook page, Forts has 552 "friends," likes the Dave Matthews Band, the New York Rangers, Giants and Mets, David Beckham, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, "30 Rock," "Family Guy," John Grisham novels and the film "Love Actually."
Forts, who attended Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., is also on Thursday's front cover of VG, Norway's most-read newspaper. He showed the paper a letter he says he received from Breivik. "I have received letters from supporters in 20 countries, but you appear to be someone who can write well," the accused mass murderer wrote in the purported letter. "Yes, I am absolutely interested in discussing ideological issues with you and am thinking about how we can work together."
According to a Shrewsbury, Mass., police report cited by the Los Angeles Times, Forts was arrested and charged with assault and battery in February. He told VG he began his correspondence with Breivik the same month.
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