The court hearings were agonizing for survivors, for the families of the dead, for most Norwegians—and they raised an unsettling question: In an era of copycat extremist attacks and social media wannabes, would this court appearance make Breivik a greater threat?

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On the afternoon of July 22, 2011, he detonated a bomb outside the prime minister's office in Oslo, killing eight people.

Two hours later, wearing a police uniform he had made, he took a ferry to Utøya, site of the youth camp run by Norway’s then-ruling Labor Party.

Even far from Norway, Breivik’s supporters found comfort in seeing him perform the Nazi salute.

“He is a hero of his people, and I cannot wait for his liberation from captivity at the hands of swine,” says one supporter, Andrew Auernheimer, an American extremist who now lives in the breakaway republic of Abkhazia, in Georgia. His lawsuit and Roman salute have only increased sympathy and appreciation for him.” Mourners comfort each other outside Oslo City Hall during a 'rose march' in honor of the victims of the summer attacks.

The general gist: Europe is being invaded by Muslims, and governments are doing nothing to stop this catastrophe; our elites are traitors who deceive us; if we don’t react now, Europe will end up as an Islamic caliphate.

Breivik tried to make contact with right-wing ideologues online, but he struggled to find a sympathetic audience, so he started buying weapons and ammunition and rented a farm so he could buy hundreds of kilograms of fertilizer and other ingredients for a bomb.

Only then did thousands of people read, discuss and comment on his 1,500-page manifesto.

Keep up with this story and more Breivik has not forgotten the power that comes from sparking outrage.

From the farm, in the dense forests by Sweden’s border, he planned his attack on these so-called traitors, the political elites and their children.