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The Life of Adam Lanza, alleged Sandy Hook killer

Adam Lanza has been studied, labeled, categorized, mythologized. Like Gumby or Stretch Armstrong Adam has been contorted from super-human to super-killer.

But who really is Adam Lanza, and why did he become the Sandy Hook shooter?

The Life of Adam is an in-depth look into the life of Adam Lanza. The video is the second release from Independent Media Solidarity, the producers of We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook, a video that repeatedly was removed from YouTube.

Watch The Life of Adam before it’s taken down.

See also:

After offering it for sale for about a month, Amazon.com banned Nobody Died at Sandy Hook — a book co-edited by Professor James Fetzer, with contributors who include Professor James Tracy, Dr. Eowyn, and other professionals. In order that Americans know the truth about Sandy Hook, the book is now available for free to anyone to read. To read/download the book in PDF format, click here: NobodyDiedAtSandyHook.

If you want a hard copy (sure to be a collector’s item!), click here. Check it out and let others know. The pdf will remain available to the public for free.

~Eowyn

Facebook is censoring FOTM’s post on gun control

Yesterday morning, I published a post titled “Obama wants to bypass Congress for gun control via Executive Order.”

Any post published on Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) is automatically linked on FOTM’s Facebook page. But that post isn’t.

I tried manually to link the post to our Facebook page, but each time I got this message:

Facebook censors FOTM

My guess is our readers who tried to post a link to their Facebook page were similarly deterred, which explains why that post has ZERO Facebook counts.

I am, therefore, re-publishing that post below.

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This is a follow-up to DCG’s post of Oct. 4, “Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation“.

So much to do destroy, so little time left.

The POS knows he has only a little over a year left in his mal-administration.  At the top of his to-do list is gun control.

Already, when he spoke in reaction to the Oregon college shooting of October 1, Obama went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested that the U.S. do what Australia and Great Britain did in the mid-1990s when their governments instituted virtually complete bans on firearm possession.

Now, as reported by the Washington Post on Oct. 8, Obama is seriously considering bypassing altogether Congress, the law-making branch of the U.S. government, by issuing an executive order to impose new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

Obama actually had proposed that rule, among a list of many gun-control policy proposals, after the Sandy Hoax shooting of Dec. 14, 2012. On Jan. 26, 2013, the POS announced 23 executive actions ranging from restarting federal research into the causes of gun violence to providing parity for mental health coverage under private insurance plans. But his push for legislation mandating universal background checks on gun sales failed in the Senate in April 2013. In August that year, Obama closed two gun-sale loopholes through executive authority, subjecting gun purchases by corporations and trusts to background checks and banning almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.

Now, in the wake of the Oregon shooting, Obama is revisiting the universal background checks issue. He said he had asked his team “to scrub what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

Note to Obama: Neither alleged Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza nor alleged Virginia WDBJ shooter Lester Flanagan nor alleged Oregon Umpqua college shooter Chris Harper-Mercer — all conveniently dead — had a criminal record or a record of being mentally ill.

A senior (but unnamed) Obama administration official said lawyers are still working details to ensure that the rule could pass legal muster. He said, “We are hopeful we can find a way to do this. It’s a lot more clear [sic] today than it was a year ago how to work this out.

I think what the “senior administration official” really meant to say was “It’s a lot easier today than it was a year ago how to work this out.” As Obama’s first senior White House adviser (and now mayor of gun-control Chicago, where never a weekend goes by without reports of multiple gun homicides) Rahm Emanuel famously said, “Never let a crisis go to waste!”

Especially if it’s a manufactured, false-flag crisis. /sarc

See “Gun control does not reduce gun violence“.

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~Éowyn

Obama wants to bypass Congress for gun control via Executive Order

This is a follow-up to DCG’s post of Oct. 4, “Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation“.

Obama_HidesKnifeBehindBack400M

So much to do destroy, so little time left.

The POS knows he has only a little over a year left in his mal-administration.  At the top of his to-do list is gun control.

Already, when he spoke in reaction to the Oregon college shooting of October 1, Obama went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested that the U.S. do what Australia and Great Britain did in the mid-1990s when their governments instituted virtually complete bans on firearm possession.

Now, as reported by the Washington Post on Oct. 8, Obama is seriously considering bypassing altogether Congress, the law-making branch of the U.S. government, by issuing an executive order to impose new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

Obama actually had proposed that rule, among a list of many gun-control policy proposals, after the Sandy Hoax shooting of Dec. 14, 2012. On Jan. 26, 2013, the POS announced 23 executive actions ranging from restarting federal research into the causes of gun violence to providing parity for mental health coverage under private insurance plans. But his push for legislation mandating universal background checks on gun sales failed in the Senate in April 2013. In August that year, Obama closed two gun-sale loopholes through executive authority, subjecting gun purchases by corporations and trusts to background checks and banning almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.

Now, in the wake of the Oregon shooting, Obama is revisiting the universal background checks issue. He said he had asked his team “to scrub what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

Note to Obama: Neither alleged Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza nor alleged Virginia WDBJ shooter Lester Flanagan nor alleged Oregon Umpqua college shooter Chris Harper-Mercer — all conveniently dead — had a criminal record or a record of being mentally ill.

A senior (but unnamed) Obama administration official said lawyers are still working details to ensure that the rule could pass legal muster. He said, “We are hopeful we can find a way to do this. It’s a lot more clear [sic] today than it was a year ago how to work this out.

I think what the “senior administration official” really meant to say was “It’s a lot easier today than it was a year ago how to work this out.” As Obama’s first senior White House adviser (and now mayor of gun-control Chicago, where never a weekend goes by without reports of multiple gun homicides) Rahm Emanuel famously said, “Never let a crisis go to waste!”

Especially if it’s a manufactured, false-flag crisis. /sarc

See “Gun control does not reduce gun violence“.

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~Éowyn

Sandy Hook: The girl who doesn’t exist and her parents’ $0 home

About 3 months ago, I did a post on a curious couple named Joseph and Lynn Wasik who were interviewed by the media in the days immediately after the alleged massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 of 20 children and 6 adults by alleged lone gunman Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, Connecticut.

Although the Wasiks were not victims — their daughter, Alexis, not being one of Lanza’s victims — they readily made themselves available to the media, including this interview with Fox News on Dec. 16, 2012.

What caught my attention was how, during the entire 12-minute interview, Joseph kept his left hand at his daughter’s throat, undeterred by Alexis’ repeated attempts to free herself from his suffocating hold.

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Each time Alexis moved his hand away from her throat, Joseph not only moved his hand back, he clasped his left hand with his right hand to better control Alexis, while the mother, Lynn, reinforced her husband’s grip by putting her hand on her husband’s left arm, thereby increasing the weight of Joseph’s hand against the girl’s throat.

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Something very wrong was going on.

This is a follow-up on that post.

To begin, Email Finder says Joseph Wasik, born in 1969, age 46, who lives at 80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook, CT 06482, has 5 relatives (Lisa J Bishop, Kristin Harlow Gingras, Lynn Marie Ingrassia, Michael J Ingrassia, Michael Andrew Ingrassia), none of whom is Alexis Wasik.

I then searched for “Lynn Wasik, Connecticut” on VerifyPast. It says she’s 44 years old; has lived at 80 Engleside Ter. since 2007; and has one relative: Joseph Wasik. No mention of Alexis.

Next, I conducted a search for “Alexis Wasik,” using three people search engines:

  1. I searched for the birth records of “Alexis Wasik” of Connecticut in VerifyPast. Result: No records.
  2. I searched for “Alexis Wasik” in Archives.com. The only result is an Alexia Wasik, who was born in Ohio.
  3. I searched for Alexis Wasik, female, born in Connecticut, whose parents are Joseph and Lynn Wasik in Ancestry.com. There were 25 results, none of which is Alexis Wasik. Most of the 25 are not even people whose last name is Wasik. When I modified the search to include the address “80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook,” there were 10 results, only 5 of which were relevant (the other 5 results were of people whose last names weren’t Wasik.) The 5 relevant results are:
    1. Morgan Alexis Wasik, born on Jan 9, 1998 in Clark, Nevada, which would make this Wasik 14 years old at the time of the Sandy Hook shooting, which means this is not the Alexis Wasik in the Fox News video because she was identified as a third-grader, which means she was about 9 years old.
    2. The other 4 results were of U.S. School Yearbooks and U.S. Phone and Address Directories of an “Alexis Wasik” whose residence is in Michigan.

When I searched for “Joseph Wasik, Connecticut” in VerifyPast, his addresses previous to the present one in Sandy Hook included POB 6076, Rutland, VT 05702; 222 Bradley Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708, and 650 Mix Ave., Hamden, CT 06514.

So I searched for “Alexis Wasik” in “Vermont” on VerifyPast, but was told, once again, “no records”. I then expanded the search for Alexis Wasik to nationwide on VerifyPast. There are 4 records of “Alexis Wasik,” all of whom are in Michigan; one of whom is 86 years old.

In other words, according to 4 people search engines, Alexis Wasik, the daughter of Joseph and Lynn Wasik, does not exist.

There are some who claim that genealogy websites like Ancestry.com do not publish personal information, such as birth records, of minors.

That is not true. Not only is there no disclaimer on ancestry.com to that effect, I was able to find personal data, specifically the SSDI (Social Security Death Index), of Lanza’s alleged child victims on precisely those genealogy websites, even though those children were first-graders — about 3 years younger than Alexis Wasik. See “Dec. 14 was date of death for every Sandy Hook massacre victim, except Adam Lanza“.

The last search I conducted was for the Wasiks’ home in Vision Government Solutions’ data base. The result:

Owner(s): Lynn Ingrassia and Joseph Wasik
Sale price: $0
Sale date: 12/25/09

Here’s a screen shot I took of the search result, showing the date and time when I took the screen shot (click image below to enlarge):

Joseph Wasik home on Vision Government Solutions

In other words, the Wasiks acquired their home for $0, just like the homes of 17 Sandy Hook victims, and those of the three selectmen (who make up Newtown’s governing body) and of non-victims Gene Rosen and the Phelps (who had made themselves readily available for TV interviews about the massacre) — all of which also had a sale price of $0 and a sale date of 12/25/09. (See “The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes“)

For links to all the posts FOTM has published on Sandy Hook, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

Update (Oct. 5, 2015 – A):

FOTM reader Jan found a birth announcement in The (Danbury, CT) News-Times of May 27, 2004:

DANBURY HOSPITAL

KELLEHER – A daughter, Shannon Theresa, to Thomas and Patricia Kelleher of Cornfield Ridge, Newtown, May 15, 2004. WASIK – A daughter, Alexis Marie, to Joseph and Lynn Wasik of 80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook, May 15, 2004. GREENWICH HOSPITAL ANASTACIO – A daughter, Abigail Olivia, to Stacey and Felipe Anastacio of Carmel, NY., May 2, 2004. FOSS – A daughter, Ava Belle, to Mr. and Mrs. Cody Foss of Sandy Hook, May 9, 2004.

Given this birth announcement, I wonder why the genealogy and people-search websites don’t have a listing for Alexis Wasik?

Of course, anyone can put a birth announcement in a newspaper, which was what Obama’s maternal grandparents did — an announcement of Barack Obama’s birth on August 4, 1961, published on page B-6 of the Honolulu Advertiser of August 13, 1961. I have personally seen the announcement on a microfilm in a major U.S. university library. But as we all know, the newspaper announcement of his birth is not a birth certificate certifying that Obama was born in Honolulu. What Obama proffered to be an image of his birth certificate has been determined by document forensics experts to be a fake.

UPDATE (Oct. 5, 2015 – B):

FOTM reader Crom found another page of New-Times birth announcements, listing three May 2004 births at Danbury Hospital, none of which is Alexis Wasik, whose birth was on May 15, 2004, according to the previous birth announcement (see above under “Update Oct. 5, 2015 – A). Below are the May 2004 births according to this page:

DANBURY HOSPITAL

SCHULTZ – A son, Mason James, to Brian Schultz and Nina Setaro of Washington, May 7, 2004. COLE – A son, Javan James, to Tim and Melanie Cole of Summit Street, Danbury, May 17, 2004. HECK – A daughter, Madison Kathleen, to Michael and Jacqueline Heck of East Liberty Street, Danbury, May 21, 2004.

Alexis Wasik’s birth on May 15, 2004, should be between Mason James Schultz’s (on May 7, 2004) and Javan James Cole’s (on May 17, 2004). But it isn’t.

Why the discrepancy between the two sets of birth announcements?

UPDATE (Oct. 10, 2015):

Is “Alexis Wasik” child actress Aubrey Miller? (h/t FOTM reader cs)

~Éowyn

Sandy Hook families each gets $94k to settle lawsuits against Lanza estate

Americans are notorious for our litigiousness. One of the many curiosities of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings of December 14, 2012, is that, unlike other school shootings, the families of the alleged victims of alleged killer Adam Lanza had not filed lawsuits. (See my post of March 29, 2014, “Why are there no Sandy Hook lawsuits?”)

Two long years after the alleged massacre, however, some of them finally sued, although each victim family had already received MILLIONS of dollars in donations from individual Facebook sites, organized Sandy Hook charities like United Way, and the $11.6 million Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Some of those Facebook and charity sites, curiously, had been created before the alleged massacre, that is, before the alleged victims actually became victims. See:

Three groups of defendants are the targets of lawsuits:

  1. The manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle allegedly wielded by Lanza.
  2. The town of Newtown and its board of education.
  3. The estate of Nancy Lanza — Adam’s mother whom he allegedly had killed before he allegedly drove to the school — for carelessly allowing her son access to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that he allegedly used in the alleged massacre.

For more on the above lawsuits, please see my post “Sandy Hook families sue Lanza estate, as Newtown demolishes the Lanza home”.

Andrew Gorosko reports for The Newtown Bee, August 3, 2015, that the 16 plaintiffs in lawsuits that were filed earlier this year against the estate of Nancy Lanza would receive nearly $94,000 each in a proposed settlement of those legal claims., according to a July 31 letter by Angelo A. Ziotas to Probate Judge Joseph A. Egan, Jr.

Ziotas is the attorney representing one of the litigants, the estate of child victim James Mattioli.

The other plaintiffs are:

  • The estates (i.e., families) of child victims Emilie Parker, Grace McDonnell, Jack Pinto, Charlotte Bacon, Jessica Rekos, Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, Jesse Lewis, and Benjamin Wheeler.
  • The estates of adult teachers Rachel D’Avino, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, and Victoria Soto.
  • Teachers Natalie Hammond and Deborah Pisani whom Lanza had wounded, not killed.

According to Ziotas, the 16 plaintiffs each would receive equal portions of the $1.5 million value of a home insurance policy that Nancy Lanza had on her house at 36 Yogananda Street. When that amount is divided by 16, each of the plaintiffs would receive $93,750 from the insurance firm.

The Lanza home at 36 Yogananda St., now demolished

The Lanza home at 36 Yogananda St., now demolished

According to the lawsuit filed by the majority of the plaintiffs, Nancy Lanza, at some point before the shooting incident, bought a Bushmaster AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. The suit states: “The weapon was an assault rifle designed for military use in modern warfare. The Bushmaster was built to spray rapid fire and pierce body armor in order to inflict maximum casualties on the battlefield, but was sold to the general public by its manufacturer and various other business entities, even though it had no practical civilian purpose for self-defense or reasonable sporting activities.”

The lawsuit claims that Nancy Lanza carelessly and with negligence kept the gun stored unsecured in her home where Adam Lanza had access to it, which was a “substantial factor” in the deaths and injuries of the plaintiffs. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the Mattioli estate states that Nancy allowed her son access to the weapon although she knew or should have known that “his mental and emotional condition made him a danger to others.”

The defendant named in the lawsuits is Samuel Starks, the administrator of Nancy Lanza’s estate, who estimated the family home at 36 Yogananda St., to be worth about $64,000. But the house, in an affluent section of Newtown, was assessed at $523,000 at one point, according to The Hartford Courant .

Vision Government Solutions had the ownership history for 36 Yogananda as:

  • Sold to Estate of Nancy J. Lanza on 2/1/2013 for $0
  • Sold to Nancy Lanza on 2/8/2011 for $0

Note: When a house changes hands from one family member to another, as in a divorce, the sale of the property is usually listed as $0. See also “The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes.”

The last time I checked, the ownership of the house had reverted to Ryan Lanza, Adam’s older brother. But The Courant says that “The house was donated to the town [Newtown] by a New Jersey bank that took over the mortgage that Nancy Lanza had on the property.”

In January, the city of Newtown voted to demolish the Lanza home, just as the city had also demolished Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES), allegedly for asbestos contamination (see “Was Sandy Hook Elementary School already abandoned before the massacre“).

Consigli Construction

The construction workers of Consigli Construction who tore down the school were all sworn to secrecy by signing confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building. Why the secrecy?

Note: The Italian word consigli means “advice or counsel,” as in consigliere to a mafia don or crime boss.

The family-owned Consigli Construction Construction is also building a new replacement SHES, with a generous grant of $50 million from the State of Connecticut, i.e., Connecticut taxpayers.

According to The Newtown Bee, in 2002, engineering consultants had recommended to the Sandy Hook school district that SHES be merely renovated with upgrades to the school’s ventilation systems to meet indoor air quality codes, at a cost of $5 million. The work was supposed to have begun in 2010, over a 9-month period, which meant Sandy Hook Elementary School likely was already abandoned before the massacre.

So the same construction company has the lucrative contract to both tear down the asbestos-contaminated old school and rebuild a $50 million new one. Pretty neat deal.

In October 2014, Consigli broke ground for the new $50 million 87,000 sq.-ft. state-of-the-art school to replace the old 70,000 sq. ft. building. The new building “will include three classroom wings, two of which are two-stories that overlook central courtyards. Breakout spaces in the form of treehouses will be built to create an alternate learning environment. The new school will incorporate the most current and advanced educational approaches, security and design.”

Sandy Hook Elementary School

new Sandy Hook Elementary School

For all the posts FOTM has published on Sandy Hook, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

~Éowyn

Bruce Jenner and Sandy Hook

File this under “Things That Make You Go Hmm.”

At age 65, former Olympics decathlon champion Bruce Jenner is undergoing “transgender” surgery surgical mutilation and recently declared on an ABC primetime special with Diane Sawyer that “I’m a woman.”

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Jenner had been married three times (to women) and sired 6 children.

The simple truth is that a person’s sex or gender is determined by the sex hormones: females have XX chromosomes; males have XY chromosomes. That means no amount of surgical mutilation and hormone “therapy” can actually transform a man into a woman by creating an ovary, uterus or milk-producing breasts; nor can surgery transform a woman into a man by creating sperm, testicles, and a real penis. Those are determined by birth — by our chromosomal DNA. That is why psychiatrist Joseph Berger, M.D. says from a medical and scientific perspective, there is no such thing as a transgendered person.

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, Jenner attended Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut, during his junior and senior years, graduating in 1968. (Wikipedia)

On December 14, 2012, alleged lone gunman Adam Lanza allegedly killed 20 children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School in the same Newtown, Connecticut. (For the links to all our posts on the Sandy Hook hoax, go here.)

Interesting coincidence!

H/t Barry Soetoro, Esq.

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~Éowyn

Are the crew members of 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger still alive?

Friends, wrap your head with duct tape (to prevent it from exploding). It’s Down-the-Rabbit-Hole time!

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If you’re age 40 years or older, you’d probably remember January 28, 1986.

That was day of the Challenger disaster, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:38 EST. All seven crew members were killed, including five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists.

Millions of Americans (17% of the total population) watched the launch live on TV because of Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space. Media coverage of the explosion was extensive: one study reported that 85% of Americans surveyed had heard the news within an hour of the accident.

Challenger disaster

We were told that Challenger disintegrated because of a malfunctioning O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB aft field joint attachment hardware and external fuel tank, leading to the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces broke up the orbiter.

The crew compartment and many other vehicle fragments were eventually recovered from the ocean floor after a lengthy search and recovery operation. The exact timing of the death of the crew is unknown; several crew members are known to have survived the initial breakup of the spacecraft. But the shuttle had no escape system, and the impact of the crew compartment with the ocean surface was too violent to be survivable.

The disaster resulted in a 32-month hiatus in NASA’s shuttle program and the formation of the Rogers Commission, a special commission appointed by then President Ronald Reagan to investigate the accident. The commission found NASA’s organizational culture and decision-making processes had been key contributing factors to the accident.

These are the names of Challenger’s 7 crew members:

  1. Francis Richard Scobee, Commander
  2. Michael J. Smith, Pilot
  3. Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist
  4. Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist
  5. Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist
  6. Gregory Jarvis, Payload Specialist
  7. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist

But wait!

What if someone were to tell you that most, if not all, of Challenger’s 7 crew members are still alive and thriving in their new professions, contrary to what we’ve been told?

That is the contention of simonshack and other contributors on the chat forum, CluesForum.info. They claim 6 of the 7 Challenger crew members are still alive; some even kept their names. Here’s their evidence. (Note: CluesForum.info referenced a short article by Darrell Foss on Opob News, “Was the Challenger disaster a hoax?,” March 2015, as their first source.)

Click pic below to enlarge

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1. Francis Richard Scobee, Commander of Challenger Space Shuttle

Born on May 19, 1939, Commander Francis Richard Scobee was 46 when he died in the Challenger explosion. He would be 75 years old if he were alive today.

Strangely, there’s a man also named Richard Scobee, the CEO of a Chicago marketing-advertising company called Cows in Trees, who bears a striking resemblance (factoring in the 30-year timelapse) to Commander Richard Scobee — same high forehead, same eyebrows, same wide-set eyes that are slightly tilted down in their outer corners.

Richard Scobee

The source of the pic on the right of CEO Richard Scobee is his LinkedIn page.

If you go on Cows in Trees’ website, you’ll see an animation of a rocket-powered cow in the sky with swirling smoke shaped like the number 6, much like Space Shuttle Challenger as it was seen on TV exploding in mid-air. Wink, wink. CEO Richard Scobee sure has a sense of humor! /sarc

Cows in Trees & Challenger explosion

2. Michael J. Smith, Pilot of Challenger

Born on April 30, 1945, Challenger pilot Michael John Smith was 41 years old when he died in the explosion.

There’s a man also named Michael J. Smith, who bears a striking resemblance to astronaut Michael J. Smith — same horizontal eyebrows, same grey-blue eyes, same vertical indentation in the tip of the nose. This Michael J. Smith is a Professor Emeritus (retired) of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose email address is mjsmith@cae.wisc.edu

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Astronaut Michael J. Smith would be 70 years old if he were still alive today. Well, hot diggidy damn, there just happens to be a 69-year-old Michael J. Smith (the professor?) whose addresses include Madison, Wisconsin! (He’s #74 on this LookUpAnyone list.)

3. Ronald McNair, Challenger’s Mission Specialist

Born on Oct. 21, 1950, Challenger’s mission specialist Ronald McNair, the second African-American astronaut, with a Ph.D. in physics, would be 64 years old if he had not perished in the space shuttle explosion. If Ronald (l) were still alive today, he would look just like this pic of his brother, Carl (r).

Ronald McNair

Carl McNair is an author, education consultant and inspirational speaker. He is the founder and president emeritus of the Ronald E. McNair Foundation in honor of his brother. Here’s Carl’s LinkedIn page. (Please scroll down to my Update of May 9, 2015, for the results of my search on ancestry.com for the birth record(s) of Carl McNair.)

4. Ellison Onizuka, Challenger Mission Specialist

Another Challenger mission specialist, Ellison Onizuka, the first Japanese-American astronaut, also has a lookalike brother named Claude. Born on June 24, 1946 in Hawaii, Ellison would be 68 years old today if he had not died in the Challenger explosion. If Ellison were still alive, he would look just like this pic of his younger brother Claude — same eyebrows, same eyes, same crow’s feet wrinkles, same nose, even the same hair-parting.

Ellison and Claude Onizuka

Claude Onizuka is a Liquor Adjudication Board Member of the Department of Liquor Control, County of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii. (Please scroll down to my Update of May 9, 2015, for the results of my search on ancestry.com for the birth record(s) of Claude Onizuka.)

5. Judith Resnik, Challenger Mission Specialist

Born on April 5, 1949, Challenger mission specialist Judith Arlene Resnik, with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, was the first Jewish American astronaut to go into space and the second female American astronaut. She would be 66 years old today if she had not died in the explosion.

If she were alive today, it is not difficult to imagine that after 29 years, astronaut Judith Resnik would look like Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik at Yale Law School — dark curly hair, dark eyes, same eyebrow shape, same lines on both sides of the face extending up from the jaw.

Judith Resniks

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Simonshack draws our attention to how both Judith Resnicks’ upper lips form a slight peak (on their left) when they speak:

Judith Resniks2

I searched Ancestry.com for “Judith Resnik” whose birthday was April 5, 1949 (according to Wikipedia). While there are burials and obituaries for Judith Resnik who was born April 4 or 5, 1949 and died on Jan. 28, 1986 (see below the screenshot I took), I looked through Ancestry.com’s 241 death records for the last name Resnik but cannot find the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for astronaut Judith Resnik or any other Judith Resnik. The only Resnik SSDIs I found are for Gerald Resnik, Paul Resnik, Sharon Resnik, Wulf Resnik, Michael Resnik, Charles Resnik, Stanley Resnik, Gary Resnik, Daniel Resnik, Donald Resnik, and Patricia Resnik. There is no SSDI for Judith Resnik.

↓ Click image below to enlarge ↓

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UPDATE (Sept. 10, 2015):

Here’s a YouTube video comparing the voices of astronaut Judith Resnick and Professor Judith Resnick (h/t FOTM reader CW). They are the same woman.

6. Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Challenger Payload Specialist

Born on Sept. 2, 1948, Sharon Christa McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at Concord High School in New Hampshire when she was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project. If Challenger had not exploded, she would be the first teacher in space. If she had not died in the Challenger disaster, McAuliffe would be 66 years old today.

Well, there’s a Sharon A. McAuliffe, an adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law, who kinda looks like an older astronaut McAuliffe, factoring in the 30 years timelapse. Look at the cowlick of hair, sweeping from the center of their hairlines to the left side of their foreheads.

Sharon McAuliffe

I searched Ancestry.com for the SSDI for “Sharon McAuliffe,” with the birthdate of Sept. 2, 1948. I found grave/burial indexes for Sharon Christa McAuliffe and an SSDI for a Sha McAuliffe. See screenshot I took below (click to enlarge):

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Simonshack points us that “It may also be entirely coincidental” that Syracuse law professor Sharon is a cousin of Terry McAuliffe, the current governor of Virginia who was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Terry McAuliffe, an advocate of gun control, is also very much concerned about NASA funding issues. See here and here.

In the end we need to ask ourselves this question:

It’s one thing that one of the Challenger’s crew members resembles someone alive today. For that, we can chalk it up to a coincidence.

It’s another thing entirely that SIX members of the Challenger crew have doppelgängers who are alive, in some cases with exactly the same names (Richard Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith Resnick, Sharon McAuliffe). What are the chances of that?

You don’t have to be an expert in mathematics to know that those odds defy statistical probability.

H/t FOTM’s Martha Trowbridge

Update (May 1, 2015):

On the genealogy website Ancestry.com, I found the SSDIs of Francis Richard Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and a “Sha McAuliffe” (see above in the section on McAuliffe), but not of Judith Resnik (as I explained above in the section on her above. Here are the screenshots I took of the SSDIs of Scobee, Smith, McNair, Onizuka, and Jarvis. (Click to enlarge)

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It should be said that although SSDI presumably has the imprimatur of the U.S. government, we still have reasons to be skeptical. I refer you to the curious case of Adam Lanza, who on Dec. 14, 2012, allegedly shot to death, first his mother Nancy, then 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We are told that he then shot himself in the head minutes before the police arrived at the school.

Genealogy sites such as Ancestry.com initially had Adam Lanza’s SSDI with a date of death (DOD) as Dec. 13, 2012 — one day BEFORE the massacre. Then when bloggers discovered that strange DOD, the genealogy websites quickly changed his DOD to Dec. 14, 2012. See:

Update (May 9, 2015): The Search for 2 Brothers

Carl McNair

I searched on Ancestry.com for a “Carl McNair,” who claims to be the brother of astronaut Ronald McNair. Carl S. McNair’s LinkedIn page says his birthdate is Dec. 16; Wikipedia’s page on Ronald McNair says his parents are Carl C. and Pearl M. McNair.  So I asked Ancestry.com to search all “birth, baptism and christening” records for “Carl McNair,” born on Dec. 16, whose father is Carl McNair and mother is Pearl McNair.

Result of search: Just one record in Texas Birth Certificates 1903-1932, that of Herschel John McNair, born on 12 Oct 1912 – Rosewood, Upshur, whose father was William McNair and mother was Pearl Watkins.

In other words, according to Ancestry.com, there is no Carl McNair, brother of Ronald McNair. Here’s the screenshot I took of ancestry.com’s search results, with the time (10:18 AM) and date (5/9/2015) when I took it in the lower right corner (circled in red).

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Carl McNair

Just to be sure, I re-did my search for “Carl McNair,” this time without specifying the names of the parents. There were 8,850 results. So I narrowed the search to “Carl McNair,” whose father’s last name is McNair and whose mother’s first name is Pearl. That narrowed the results to 8,980, which include all persons whose last name is McNair or similar-sounding last names, e.g., McNare, McNear, Mackner. Of those 8,980 results, I found no Carl McNair whose father’s name is (also) Carl McNair and whose mother’s first name is Pearl.

No parent names were given for these 3 Carl McNairs:

  1. Carl W. McNair, b. Sept 2, 1950
  2. Carl F. McNair, b. Feb. 9, 1954
  3. Marcus Carl McNair, b. Dec. 23, 1952

Since astronaut Ronald McNair was born on Oct. 21, 1950, we can rule out #1 Carl W. McNair, born on Sept. 2, 1950, as Ronald’s brother. That leaves us with Carl. F. McNair and Marcus Carl McNair.

Claude Onizuka

I also asked Ancestry.com to search for the birth records of “Claude Onizuka,” the alleged brother of astronaut Ellison Onizuka. According to Wikipedia’s entry on Ellison Onizuka, his father was the late Masamitsu Onizuka, his mother is Mitsue Onizuka.

Result of search:  “Your search for Claude Onizuka returned zero good matches.”

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Just to be sure, I re-did the search for “Claude Onizuka,” this time without putting in the names of the parents. There were 36 results, none of which is Claude Onizuka. In other words, according to Ancestry.com, no one named Claude Onizuka had ever been born in the United States.

~Éowyn