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Judge puts gag on what police can tell about Sandy Hook massacre

It is now one month four days since the terrible massacre of 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Despite the passage of time, questions and skepticism about the official account of what happened not only persist, but are mounting. A main reason for that is the decision by a Connecticut Superior Court judge to gag law enforcement.

The normal sealing period on criminal cases is 14 days. In the case of the Sandy Hook massacre, however, as reported by John Pirro for the ctpost, on Dec. 27, 2012, State Superior Court Judge John Blawie ruled that search warrant affidavits for the cars and home of alleged lone shooter Adam Lanza and his mother would stay sealed for another 90 days, that is, until late March, 2013.

Blawie granted motions filed a day before by State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky to extend the statutory sealing period for the five warrants, including three for the Lanza family home on Yogonanda Street where 20-year-old Adam had fatally shot his mother, Nancy, four times in the face on the morning of Dec. 14, before embarking on the rampage that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. The judge’s order also covers the two other search warrants, for the 2010 Honda Civic Adam Lanza drove to the school and for Nancy Lanza‘s 2009 silver BMW, which was parked in the garage attached to the home.

Judge Blawie’s rationale is that “The court finds that due to the nature and circumstances of this case and the ongoing investigation, the state’s interest in continuing nondisclosure substantially outweighs any right to public disclosure at this time.” That is most curious because the alleged perpetrator of the killings, Adam Lanza, allegedly shot himself dead in the school when he heard police arriving — which means there won’t be a criminal trial. Nor are there any lawsuits pending. For that matter, the lawyer who had filed the only lawsuit about the massacre (on behalf of a 6-year-old girl who had witnessed and survived the shootings) quickly withdrew his petition “after facing strong disapproval from people across the country.”

State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky said in his applications to extend the statutory sealing period, that the affidavits contained information “not known to the general public” and that premature disclosure would “seriously jeopardize the outcome and success of the investigation” by “divulging sensitive and confidential information” known only to investigators. Although no arrests have been made and “none are contemplated,” Sedensky also said the possibility has not been ruled out, and that releasing the information would make it difficult to solve crimes that others might have committed.

All of which leaves us wondering what exactly is the “sensitive and confidential information” “not known to the general public” but “known only to investigators”.

In addition to the questions raised in FOTM’s posts — about police and eyewitness reports of more than one gunman, Sandy Hook memorial and fundraiser webpages and documents dated BEFORE the massacre, the odd behavior of family members of the victims, and the role that professional crisis actors might have played — we have more questions about the massacre. (Go to FOTM’s “Sandy Hook Massacre” page for the questions we’ve raised.) Here is one for today:

Who is Christopher Rodia?

Initial news reports about the massacre, such as this one by Fox News on December 16, 2012, were that sometime before 9:30 a.m. EST on December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, age 52, with a .22 Marlin rifle at their Newtown home. Adam then drove his mother’s car to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Yahoo! News on Dec. 16, 2012, even had a picture of the car said to be Lanza’s being impounded by police:

Rodia's carPhoto by Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters

On Yahoo! News below the above photo is this: “The car driven by Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is towed from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, December 16, 2012. Lanza carried hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he killed 26 people and then himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School, police said on Sunday.”

Note that the car is a black Honda Civic with license plate “872 YEO”:

Rodia license plate

Adding more credence to the black Honda being the car driven by Adam Lanza is the video below, which shows the police taking a long gun (allegedly one of the firearms Lanza brought to the school) out of the trunk:

But the audio of the Newtown police scanner recordings on the morning of the Sandy Hook shooting referred to a Christopher Rodia as being the owner of the black Honda Civic.

  • An officer says “Connecticut 872 Y Yankee, E Echo, O Oscar, 872 YEO possible suspect vehicle.”
  • At 2:04, an officer with a deep voice, clearly NOT the officer that made the previous 872 YEO license plate report, says: “run the eh… operator, he’s a Florida license Connecticut as well, first name is Rodia, R-O-D-I-A, Christopher A. Date of birth is, eh… August 6th ’69.”

There is a Christo­pher A. Rodia in Connecticut, born in 1969. If you Google his name you will find a report by WTNH8 on July 29, 2012, about Rodia and a young woman (reportedly his niece) being arrested for stealing copper from a home construction site in Westport, CT: “Christopher Rodia, 42, was charged with 3rd degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, criminal mischief, possession of narcotics and failure to carry prescription drugs in a prescribed container.” Their court date was set for August 7, 2012. Here’s Rodia’s mugshot:

Christopher RodiaChristopher Rodia in 2012

UPDATE (Jan. 19, 2013):

We’ve found more info after we first published this post. Turns out Adam’s mom, Nancy Lanza, did own a black Honda Civic, as you can see in this document of her property/vehicle revenue record:

Nancy Lanza tax bill

As you can see in the document below, Christopher Rodia owns a 1999 Chevrolet:

Rodia-tax

All of which just goes to show that rumors proliferate in the absence of official police information because they are gagged by Judge John Blawie!

H/t Thumbleberry of DailyPaul and USAhitman

~Eowyn & Steve