Oslo Mass Murderer Threatens to Go on a Hunger Strike If He Doesn’t Get Better Video Games in Prison

Anders Behring Brevik, the Norwegian man convicted of killing 77 people in Oslo, Norway in 2011 is calling himself a human rights activists in letters complaining to the prison about the quality of video games he gets to play while he is serving his sentence. You may recall that Brevik wrote in his rambling manifesto that he trained himself to kill using Call of Duty and enjoyed playing World of Warcraft.

Well apparently, he's upset that he can't get a more mature class of video games to play like other prisoners.

In a November 2013 letter to prison authorities obtained and translated by Agence France-Presse (as reported on by Kotaku), Brevik threatened to go a hunger strike because he thinks he's being treated "worse than an animal." Brevik's list of demands includes access newer consoles like the PS3 (he has a PS2) and better games with mature content.

"Other inmates have access to adult games while I only have the right to play less interesting kids games. One example is 'Rayman Revolution', a game aimed at three-year-olds."

Brevik also said that he behaves better than most prisoners and deserves more liberties because of this. Finally, proving that he is clearly suffering from delusional thinking, Brevik compares himself to other "human rights activists" suffering for fundamental human rights.

"You seem to think that we — all human rights activists who fight for one fundamental human right (cultural self-determination) — … are Nazi monsters who should be pushed into suicide," he wrote.

His other complaints? His chair in his cell is not up to his standards and he would like to have access to a PC instead of the typewriter he is restricted to, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Brevik is serving a 21 year sentence (the maximum sentence you can get in Norway) for his killing spree. The government has the right to hold him indefinitely, though his release situation is reviewed every five years. It is unlikely that, given the brutal nature of his crimes, he'll ever be set free. Breivik is serving out his sentence in isolation at Ila prison near Oslo in a three-room cell.

Source: Kotaku

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    Neeneko says:

    I am in a similar camp in this regard.

    On thing I am always very nervous about when I hear is when we designate people or groups as morally acceptable to treat worse then other similar groups or people.  While it may satisfy a certain desire for revenge or karma, it also means people are buying into the idea that the morality of an action is dependent on who your victim is rather then the action, so perpetrating evil is ok as long as you pick the right people to do it to.

    Which is part of the logic that leads to people like this creep.  It also leads to a lot of smaller scale domestic things and comes up rather frequently in rape and assault trials as a depressingly successful defense.  Thus I view it as a path simply better to drop completely as opposed to trying to only apply it to "people who deserve it"

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    Technogeek says:

    While I can't say I have much sympathy for the guy, he may have a point if other prisoners who committed similar crimes (in method if not magnitude) have access to recreation that he doesn't. Going out of our way to make imprisonment worse for certain people because of moral outrage is part of why the American prison system is as screwed up as it is.

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    black manta says:

    Even though I and a friend of mine champion prison reform here in the U.S., when it comes to this guy, let the punishment fit the crime.  Why yes!  Of course let the guy who based his crime around CoD and WoW have access to those games!  To me, that's like giving a crack addict more crack.

    The other complaints he's giving sounds like he's just being a dick.  He's in prison for the most horrific crime committed in recent European history.  He shouldn't be expected to stay in the equivalent of the Hilton Hotel for that.

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