Assuming the combination is 3 digits, who is to say that over time he didn't see one or more of the digits his mom dialed and figure out the rest? Because people commonly use digits that are easily remembered, might she have made the mistake of setting her birthdate, or something else that a person having close knowledge would be able to figure out?
Given enough time and knowing his mother, he could have figured out the combination or found where she had hidden the combination. He would know numbers she'd use like birthdays and anniversaries. Being the genius he was an a computer geek, it would be easy enough to set up a camera pointed at the safe. It could be he was refusing to take his meds.
It’s easy to gain access to a safe if you live in the same house and it gets opened regularly.
A tiny camera or fingerprint dust could easily be used to find the code.
Or, if the safe doesn’t have a lockout feature someone could simply try every combination for several days while the mom isn’t home.
I know more than a few people who bought a safe, then never got a locksmith to change the combo from the “factory default”.
The factory default is used by the salesmen so they only need to know one or two. If you know them you can try them to see if it works.
He broke into a locked school! Never say never when it comes to a madman. They connive and watch your every move.
“Whatever measures she may have taken, they were absolutely inadequate. A good gun safe cannot be broken into or picked by a young video game playing psychotic med taking doofus.”
Just wondering... what -is- necessary to get into a “good gun safe”?
A key, and combination, or....?
I’m sensing that the mother did in fact maintain a gun safe, and kept all (or most) of her weapons secured, at least most of the time.
But, for the purposes of “home defense”, how quickly can those stored weapons be accessed in a moment of extreme need?
Perhaps she chose to keep at lease one of them nearby, thinking at night. Perhaps he used that one against her, then discovered the combination, etc.