A Facebook page with Anders Behring Breivik's name and photo lists a preference for violent movies, war-themed video games and the TV drama 'Dexter.' Police describe him as a 'right-wing Christian fundamentalist' while friends reportedly say he had begun been voicing increasingly extremist views.By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times July 23, 2011, 11:48 a.m.Reporting from Vienna— In the photographs now circulating around the world, Anders Behring Breivik looks almost preppy. Neatly parted blond hair frames a boyishly handsome face. The upturned collar of a peach-colored polo shirt pokes through a dark Izod sweater.
It's hard to reconcile the softly smiling young man in these professional studio shots with the monster that witnesses say donned a police uniform and ruthlessly hunted down scores of young Norwegians, even firing at those who jumped into freezing water in a desperate bid to escape his rampage.
"I'll kill every one of you," he shouted at victims, witnesses recalled.
Now it is up to investigators to fit the two seemingly incongruous images together in an effort to comprehend what motivated the man believed to be behind the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II.
According to a Facebook page with Breivik's name and photo, the 32-year-old described himself as a former business school student with an interest in Winston Churchill, bodybuilding and Freemasonry. He listed a preference for violent movies, war-themed video games, classical music and the Showtime drama "Dexter," about a guilt-ridden serial killer.
Police are focusing on a darker side. Though they said Breivik had no criminal record, they described him as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist." Officials declined to speculate on whether his political or religious views played a role in the attack.
Friends of Breivik -- a single man who lived in Oslo with his mother until recently -- said he began voicing increasingly extremist and nationalist views, according to Norwegian media reports. He was a gun enthusiast, with several weapons registered in his name.
On social media forums, he claimed to be a disgruntled former member of Norway's anti-tax, small-government Progress Party, according to the Norwegian Nettavisen news service. His postings reflected strong anti-Islamic views and a deep skepticism about the mixing of different international cultures.
In one post, he claimed to have penned a 1,000-page political manifesto, according to Nettavisen. In 2009, he founded a farming company called Breivik Geofarm, which cultivates melons and roots, according to Norway's TV2.
Now investigators are focusing on whether he used the business to buy fertilizer that could have been used to construct a powerful bomb he is suspected of planting near a government facility in downtown Oslo.
On a Twitter account created recently in his name, a posting July 17 quoted British philosopher John Stuart Mill and gave little indication of a man preparing to use guns and bombs to deliver his message: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."