Breivik's father examines causes of massacre in book

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Anders Behring Breivik, who is being held apart from other inmates at a high-security facility after killing 77 people in 2011, has sued the Norwegian state accusing it of "inhuman" and "degrading" treatment
Anders Behring Breivik, who is being held apart from other inmates at a high-security facility after killing 77 people in 2011, has sued the Norwegian state accusing it of "inhuman" and "degrading" treatment (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Oslo (AFP) - The father of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will publish a book in October entitled "My Fault? A Father's Story" on his role in fathering a killer, his publisher announced Wednesday.

"I feel some guilt and I feel some responsibility. What would have happened if I had been a better father? Would Anders have done what he did?" writes Jens Breivik in an excerpt of the book released by the publisher Juritzen.

His son is serving a 21-year jail sentence, which can be extended, for the murder of 77 people in Oslo and the island of Utoeya in July 2011 -- most of them adolescents at a summer camp.

Jens Breivik -- a former diplomat who moved to France when he retired -- has often been described as an absent father, as he was separated from his son's mother shortly after the boy turned one and lost contact with him when he was a teenager.

During the murder investigation and trial it emerged that Norwegian social services had suspected Breivik was neglected at home as a child. At the time his father had attempted to win custody over him but failed.

Written with the help of a ghost writer, the book is a form of "self-trial" according to its editor Arve Juritzen who said that Jens Breivik re-established contact with his son this year.

"In fact he is pretty hard with himself," he said.

Another book about Breivik's late mother Wenche Behring Breivik -- which she first collaborated on but later rejected -- portrayed Jens Breivik as a domestic tyrant.