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Sandy Hook: The Highly Unlikely Suicide of Abe Dabela, Part 2.

This article concludes the two-part series on the murder of Abe Dabela, pronounced a suicide by Stephen J. Sedensky III. Readers are urged to read Part 1 before continuing further.

Above is a map of the crime scene where, on April 5, 2014, Attorney Abe Dabela died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head. Around midnight, he was traveling north on Umpawaug Road, a lonely two-lane strip, cloaked by trees. His overturned car was later found where the road crossed Mallory Lane, too small to merit mention of its name in the map above, but large enough to hide a car and allow a driver to lie in wait.

Part 1 of this series outlined the circumstances that preceded Dabela’s death:

  • His outspoken defense of the second amendment and property rights in at least three local venues.
  • His history of contention over a gun permit with Redding’s chief of police, Douglas Fuchs.
  • And, most significant to this article, the call he made to Wolfgang Halbig to discuss the 12-14-12 Sandy Hook incident approximately three weeks before his death. During this call, Mr. Halbig says that Dabela expressed concerns about Sandy Hook based on 16 questions Mr. Halbig had posed.

In June 2017, Danbury state’s attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, III ruled unequivocally that no homicide had occurred in Dabela’s death. Sedensky had already achieved notoriety as the overseer of the official report on the Sandy Hook incident, a document loaded with inconsistencies.

Sedensky’s ruling on Dabela’s death did not silence Dabela’s family who, in late 2018, were still seeking DNA samples from three firefighters who were later determined to have been at the crime scene.

Where there’s smoke. According to the Dabelas’ attorneys, “[Abe] Dabela had been intimidated by Redding firefighters at a local bar a few weeks before his death.”

Who were these firefighters? This has never been disclosed. But we can say for a certainty that Redding Ridge* Fire Department ambulance – as well as Douglas Fuchs – were present at another, possibly relevant event: the Sandy Hook event of 12-14-12.

We know this because it was documented in the investigation report that Douglas Fuchs submitted to the State of Connecticut. (The full PDF is provided below.) Three dates appear on the report:

  • February 20, 2013 is given as the date that Fuchs’s report was obtained by three Newtown police officers after being “left at the Newtown Police Department.” This date appears on the cover of the report.
  • 3/18/13 is given at the bottom of the report cover as the official “report date.”
  • 2/4/13 is given at the top of page 2 of the report as the “rpt date.”

This is confusing. Apparently it took over a month (from Feb. 20 till March 18, 2013) for Newtown’s Police Dept. to process the report after it was “left.” And it took Fuchs nearly two months (from Dec. 14, 2012 till Feb. 4, 2013) to write the report. In between was a gap of 16 days (from Feb. 4 till Feb. 20) while the report sat in a drawer. Why all the delays?

To review why Douglas Fuchs submitted such a report: He was present and very actively engaged at the Sandy Hook fire house and school during the time of the purported Sandy Hook massacre.

According to his report, he was in his police cruiser at about 9:30 a.m. on 12-14-12, headed to a meeting in the Hartford vicinity, when he overheard radio transmissions from the Newtown Police Department about a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. He offered his assistance through the Redding Police Dispatch.

Let’s examine some of the statements from Fuchs’s document and see where it takes us.

Fuchs’s children. As discussed in Part 1, Fuchs had children attending Sandy Hook Elementary School at the time. A glaring omission in his report is whether or not he sought information on their safety and whereabouts after hearing about the shooting.

CB: If he had, wouldn’t that be in the report? And if he hadn’t, why not?

Ambulances. “… I overheard another transmission on the Newtown frequency in which a Newtown Officer was asking for multiple ambulances as there were ‘bodies everywhere.’”

CB: As we know, those ambulances never actually made it to the school. Instead, they massed up at the firehouse on Riverside Drive, about a tenth of a mile away. So if there were “bodies everywhere,” where were the bodies? At the firehouse?

Firefighters. “The Redding Ridge Fire Department ambulance was also summonsed [sic] and met us at the town line as well.”

CB: Interesting. Fuchs seems to have rallied the Redding fire department to march on Sandy Hook. Remember: Abe Dabela was said to have feuded with some firefighters a few weeks before his death. Were they Redding firefighters? Was Dabela asking them about Sandy Hook?

Four Teachers. “On our way through Sandy Hook Center we encountered four Sandy Hook teachers who had fled the school … all requested that I transport them back to where the students were. I transported all four teachers to the Sandy Hook Firehouse on my way to the school.”

CB: This seems odd. If teachers had “fled” the school, why did they want to return? Had they simply fled and abandoned their students and, perhaps, felt guilty later? Do other police reports make note of four teachers who fled the scene, then returned later, courtesy of Mr. Fuchs? (A question we’ll address further down.)

Later in the report, Fuchs writes that “All staff from Sandy Hook School was gathered and each member was interviewed by the State Police in the firehouse.” How were they gathered? Did they all receive text messages on their iPhones?

According to Fuchs, there were stragglers running around in the Village, whom he transported. It’s quite logical to assume that other staff members also fled the scene and ran home. How is it possible that “all staff” were interviewed “in the firehouse,” unless they had all been informed previously to gather there?

White male suspect. “Upon arrival at the school I met with Chief Kehoe … There was a white, male who had been detained by the Newtown Police Officers and there was great uncertainty as to what, if any, involvement he had in the incident … this individual who was eventually turned over to the Connecticut State Police.”

CB: … And disappeared into the Sandy Hook swamp of permanent obfuscation. Was this the “gingerbread man” – Chris Manfredonia – the alleged father who allegedly went to the SH school to make gingerbread houses? Or was this the shadow man that police and their dogs chased in the woods behind the school at 12:23 p.m. according to this LIVE coverage WTNH report.

Reluctant to leave the scene. Fuchs describes how parents and concerned others were united with students in some detail. According to his testimony, parents and students alike began appearing at the firehouse. Toward the end of his description, this statement appears: “Once parents were reunited with their students, they were strongly encouraged to leave the firehouse to alleviate some of the chaos.”

CB: Apparently, according to aerial footage from the police helicopter, the majority decided not to follow orders; instead, they paced around the parking lot and circled in and out of the building.

Identifying the dead. Fuchs tells us that two students of the 26 dead – transported to Danbury Hospital – weren’t identified, despite a police investigator sending photographs of them by email. It seems odd, given the presence of “all staff” — wouldn’t one of them been able to identify these children? Remember the questions that Wolfgang Halbig posed about these children (see Part 1 of this series). They reveal that the children were left untreated for at least an hour at the school because medics weren’t allowed in. Wouldn’t someone have been able to identify them during that hour of ostensible agony while they lay dying?

Fuchs also describes how he assisted State Police with victim identification through the creation of files and “spreadsheets” that would “negate the need for one on one family identification(s).” In other words, thanks to Fuchs et al., family members would never have to look at their dead loved ones again in order to make the final identifications. Thoughtful of him.

CB: Missing from Fuchs’s description is where all of this activity took place. Never once does he mention going into the school to do this macabre work. From his description, it seems these actions were all electronic, happening on a computer somewhere. If he actually entered the scene of the crime, that information has been purposely omitted. There are no redactions, just what would appear to be missing information.

It’s also interesting that Fuchs et al. created “spreadsheets” of the victims. That same ugly word appears in the FEMA Exercise Plan Mass Casualty Drill scheduled for 12/14/12 that is duplicated in Nobody Died at Sandy Hook on pp. 219-238. On page 234 in Chapter 23 (Player Guidelines), the following appears:

“The drill evaluator is responsible for:

  1. Recording the drill information, including date and location of drill, number of players, etc. (see Excel-based data collection spreadsheet).
  2. Gathering the data collection spreadsheets from each player.

Other testimony. Thanks to Diane Jakopovik, another Sandy Hook researcher, we were able to check Fuchs’s report against other police records archived in the CT State Police Sandy Hook Shooting website.

These include the following:

(1) Report #00179629 (Newtown Police Radio Transmissions on 12-14-12.)

(2) Report #00040428 (Testimony of Sergeant Signore of the Redding Police Department)

(3) Report #00040345 (Testimony of Officer Heibeck of the Redding Police Department)

(4) Report #00251430 (Testimony of CT State Trooper Slaiby)

(5) Section 13 – Supplemental Reports (page 384 by Officer Jeffrey Silver)

Notable items from each of the above that confirm or contradict Fuchs’s report are listed below.

The Newtown Police Dept. transcript (1): At 10:14:02, the transcript refers to “two officers and an ambulance” from Redding as being “en route.” At 10:15:16 they refer to unidentified people “at Subway over there on Church Hill” who asked for “police presence.” At 10:16:05, it’s confirmed that the Redding officers were sent to address the situation at Subway.

The reports from Redding Police Sergeant Signore (2) and Officer Heibeck (3): Signore says they arrived at the Sandy Hook Fire Dept. at 9:45, whereas Heibeck says they arrived there at 10:00. Both accounts do not jibe with the police transcripts, which have the officers still “en route” at 10:14. Like Fuchs, both Signore and Heibeck mention the “white male” who was detained by state troopers. But neither of them mentions the “four teachers” in Fuchs’s report, nor do they mention people at Subway requesting police presence. Curiously, both of these reports list the same dates on their cover pages as the Fuchs report: February 20, 2013 and 3/18/13.

The report from CT State Trooper Ryan Slaiby (4): This intriguing report provides a secondhand account of a female teacher who allegedly fled the school. Trooper Slaiby says that “at approximately 12:05,” presumably on the day of the shooting, he received “a sworn written statement regarding the school shooting” from the teacher. Too bad the verbatim account by the teacher attached to his report is completely redacted. Slaiby plods along, however, and we get the picture: The female teacher and several others climbed out of a window and fled first to the Villa Restaurant, then eventually ended up in the Subway Restaurant at Glen Road and Church Hill. According to Slaiby, the teacher also stated that “a police detective from Redding drove them to the firehouse from Subway to account for their students.”

CB: Ah. Now it makes sense. The teachers ran hell-for-leather from one restaurant to another before remembering their charges, then begged for a ride back to the school.

Oddly or not, the date on the cover of Trooper Slaiby’s report is a mere day after that for Chief Fuchs’s report: 3/19/2013.

The Section 13 Supplemental Reports (5). Oddest of all the reports, perhaps, is this monster, containing literally hundreds of solidly redacted pages. But on the very last page – #384 – we find our quarry: one more salute to Chief Fuchs. The narrative, given by Newtown Police Officer Jeffrey Silver, is about the sorry state of affairs at 36 Yogananda on 12/23/2012, which we are told had not been “properly secured or cleaned since the initial incident.” Preposterous, you say? Well, you can thank our hero, Chief Fuchs, for his prompt intervention. Fuchs is credited with contacting a representative from Home Depot and arranging to have the haunted property boarded up and secured on 12/24/12, just in time for Christmas.

Conclusion. Douglas Fuchs’s report was finally part of the Newtown police record by March 18, 2013. Abe Dabela was murdered on April 5, 2014. In between those two dates, Dabela had plenty of time to review Fuchs’s report and to ask questions similar to those posed above. We can speculate as to whether his questions led to his death. But one thing is for certain: Dabela had questions about Sandy Hook. And those questions were never answered.


*Redding Ridge is a portion of Redding of historic interest. See

H/T: Diane Jakopovic, Alison Maynard, Tony Mead, Anne Berg and Wolfgang Halbig


“The trouble in this case is that everybody has been much too credulous and believing. You simply cannot afford to believe everything that people tell you. When there’s anything fishy about, I never believe anyone at all. You see, I know human nature so well.” – Jane Marple in The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

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Sandy Hook: The Highly Unlikely Suicide of Abe Dabela, Part 1.

Nearly five years have passed since the murder of Attorney Abe Dabela. But some previously unpublished information may remove some of the moss growing over the story of his tragic death.


Leafy, prosperous Redding, Connecticut, which sits near the middle of Fairfield County, was originally named “Reading,” not because of an especially literate population but because of one lawyer named John Read.

Read would help define the town’s boundaries in 1767, but soon after the town was named after him, a decision was made to change the spelling to plain, easy-to-pronounce Redding, obscuring reference to John Read – and literacy. Citizens were left with a name that strongly suggests the color red.

It hardly seems fair to Mr. Read. But there are far worse examples of injustice in Redding involving the color of blood.

A recent one concerns the death of a lawyer named Gugsa Abraham (Abe) Dabela, found dead in his crashed Mercedes SUV near his home in Redding at 2:11 a.m. on April 5, 2014.

Dabela had moved from New York City to Redding in 2011, renting a garage apartment owned by Peter Swan at 8 Indian Hill Road.

In the website named for him (, Dabela is described as “gregarious” and “outspoken.” He was also witty and diligent. With a master’s degree in public health and a law degree under his belt by 2012, Dabela passed bar exams in New York and Connecticut. He was preparing applications for admission to the Maryland and D.C. bars, and had every reason to be gregarious and outspoken and witty and confident. But he would practice law for only a year before falling victim to a killer.

Three stops and a text message. Shortly before his death, 35-year-old Dabela visited two local restaurants within minutes of his home: the Little Pub in Ridgefield and the Black Cat Grille in Redding, both solid establishments with loyal clientele. It was later revealed (by friends of Dabela) that he also visited another pub, The Lumberyard Pub and Sports Bar at 2 Main Street in Redding (now permanently closed), although the police mysteriously omitted this information.

Map showing the restaurants Dabela visited the night of his death, Courtesy of Google Maps ©2019

At about 12:03 a.m., Dabela received a text message, which read: “turn he just didn’t.” The Yoda-like syntax was mysterious enough. Adding to the mystery, according to the case file and a report based on it by Crime Watch, the sender’s cell phone information was deleted after Dabela’s death, while the phone was in police custody.

The crash at Umpawaug and Mallory. While driving back to his home, Dabela swerved for unknown reasons, turning his SUV on its roof. He was pronounced dead less than a mile away from his home, not as the direct result of the crash, but from a gunshot wound to the back of his head.1 Whether the bullet was fired before or after the crash has never been determined, but the driver’s side window was completely shattered, and at the time he was shot, Dabela’s head was positioned near that window.

The crash site itself – on the corner of Umpawaug Road and Mallory Lane – merits close attention. Dabela was traveling north on Umpawaug toward his home on Indian Hill Road. (See map below.)


As speculated by researcher Anne Berg, the site would provide a perfect location for a staged accident, with the perpetrator blocking off Umpawaug and secreting his vehicle on Mallory, then just lying in wait to shoot through Dabela’s car window either before or after the crash.

Perhaps Dabela just didn’t turn in time to avoid the blockade, as presaged by the text message.

A case of police negligence. According to official sources :

  • Dabela’s blood alcohol level was 2.5 times the legal limit for driving.
  • Dabela was in possession of a firearm at the time of his death.
  • The gunshot wound was to the back of Dabela’s head.
  • Dabela committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot: this was the official conclusion before an autopsy was ever performed.
  • There was no suicide note.

It was also revealed by police that an anonymous 911 caller reported a rollover crash at about 1:36 a.m. without stopping to help Dabela.

But police negligence at the crime scene was the real shocker. It was so blatant, in fact, that Dabela’s family filed a lawsuit in April 2016, suing the town of Redding and various members of the Redding police department on 10 counts of civil rights violations. You can find the PDF of the case filing here.

Among the defendants were Douglas Fuchs, Redding’s chief of police; and seven of Redding’s police officers (Ryan Alcott, Mark DeLuca, Peter Quinn, Timothy Succi, Brandon Kaufman, Brittany Salafia and Michael Livingston).

The suit hinged on the family’s belief that Dabela’s case was mishandled and the murder covered up because of racism (Dabela was African-American), an opinion shared by the Connecticut NAACP, which assisted in the family’s investigation.

Other possible motives, while touched on, have not (in this writer’s opinion) been sufficiently explored, such as the fact that Dabela made no secret of his political views, which favored the second amendment and private property rights; and other opinions, which we shall explore later.

The case file includes a full account of what happened according to the plaintiffs. Here are some of the most glaring anomalies it reveals:

  • Dabela had no physical or mental health issues and no history of erratic or self-destructive behavior. Reports from those who observed him at the pubs the night of his death reflect a man in good spirits. And he had made plans with his landlord for a motorcycle ride the following day. Why, then, would he have committed suicide?
  • Dabela’s hands were never photographed and tested for residual gunpowder, as would be expected after such a death. Why? (His hands were originally bagged for this purpose, but later washed without residue testing. His jacket sleeves tested negative.)
  • A gunshot wound to the back of the head is normally attributed to homicide, not suicide. Why did the investigators rule out homicide even before the autopsy? Other facts contradict the suicide theory: The bullet entered the left side of Dabela’s head, yet Dabela was known to be right-handed.
  • A muddy footprint was found on the back of Dabela’s jacket. It’s hard to imagine how it could have been Dabela’s. Whose was it?
  • Dabela’s DNA wasn’t found on the trigger he allegedly pulled. The tests were performed twice with the same negative results.
  • Using a metal detector, the police found a bullet near the crime scene four days after the crash, but it wasn’t the bullet that killed Dabela. The bullet that entered his head was never found. A firearm was found in the SUV along with the spent shell casing of a .40 caliber bullet and a bullet hole in the back of the driver’s seat.
  • Hair evidence was found on the inside of the passenger window in Dabela’s vehicle, but was never tested for DNA or compared with other DNA evidence.
  • The police who discovered Dabela’s body in the vehicle neglected to secure the vehicle or establish a perimeter around the site to protect against evidence contamination. They did, however, place police tape around the entrance to Dabela’s apartment.
  • Whether Dabela was murdered prior to or after the crash is still unknown.

More injustice. In June 2017, Danbury state’s attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, III ruled unequivocally that no homicide had occurred. Sedensky had already achieved notoriety as the overseer of the official report on the Sandy Hook incident, a document loaded with inconsistencies.

Sedensky’s ruling on Dabela’s death did not silence Dabela’s family who, in late 2018, were still seeking DNA samples from three firefighters who were later determined to have been at the crime scene.

According the Dabelas’ attorneys, “[Abe] Dabela had been intimidated by Redding firefighters at a local bar a few weeks before his death.” Note that. It will become important below and in Part 2 of this series.

Rights infringed. Dabela had been the owner of two firearms that he was licensed to carry, but that distinction was not easily won. In Connecticut, obtaining a gun permit means taking an NRA-approved course, obtaining references, visiting a local police department to be fingerprinted, submitting to an FBI check, visiting the state police to obtain the permit, and paying generously at each stop.

From the Dabela vs. Redding lawsuit, we learn that Dabela was an outspoken gun rights advocate. In January 2013, he appeared at Redding’s police department with the requisite documents to obtain permits to carry concealed pistols. Despite meeting all of the requirements, Dabela’s application was delayed. The Chief of Police, Douglas Fuchs, told him that his references would have to be interviewed individually.

Pistol permits normally take eight weeks to process in Connecticut. So when Dabela’s permit was still in limbo by April 2013, he complained in writing to Reuben Bradford, who was then the commissioner of Connecticut Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Bradford lit a fire under Fuchs, who approved the permit shortly afterward.2

Up until his death, Dabela advocated for complainants with gun permit issues. From the case file: “Mr. Dabela had notable victories in Milford, Connecticut four months prior to his murder, and Stamford, Connecticut two weeks prior to his murder.”

Dabela’s other activities included motorcycle riding, frequenting local town hall meetings and conversing with locals about tax grievance issues. This was a person who talked – a lot – about political hot topics in public places and who helped people whose basic rights were being undermined. There’s nothing wrong with that. The question is whether it got him killed.

It may have been premonitory that Dabela began regularly carrying a gun during the last two months of his life.

An altercation. According to the case file, Dabela had a “heated argument” with a town finance official about property taxes two days before his death. To date, the police have not released the identity of this person.

Which town was this person from? Stamford? Milford? Redding? Newtown? Was this person ever investigated? Disagreements in bars between men usually erupt over women, money or sports. Perhaps a property tax squabble didn’t seem like an incident worth pursuing to the police.

A connection to Sandy Hook. Redding police chief Douglas Fuchs, a principal defendant in Dabela vs. Redding, was a Newtown resident who sent his children to Sandy Hook school.

After hearing a police evacuation exercise at the school on his cruiser radio, Fuchs says he responded to the shooting himself. He was interviewed by his alma mater, Brandeis University, about the role he played at Sandy Hook. According to the excerpt below, Fuchs was among the movers and shakers after the incident:

“Over the next 10 days, as Newtown’s police department recovered from the trauma, Fuchs, whose own children had attended Sandy Hook, managed a massive law-enforcement operation in support of the Newtown police and community. He supervised nearly 1,000 police officers from across the state who provided security for the schools and the victims’ families; escorted families to and from funerals; and handled the media, gifts and onlookers descending on Newtown.”

After the shooting, Fuchs says in the same article that he worked to reform gun laws, specifically to limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds. He is quoted as saying that “limiting magazines changes the game in a mass shooting. It’s something we can do that will save lives.”

Obviously, such reforms would have done nothing to save Dabela’s life. And it’s doubtful that Dabela would have agreed with Fuchs’s position if the two men had, say, walked into a bar and conversed.

Officer Death. Fuchs ran into more legal trouble over a suicide case in April 2016, when he allegedly prevented paramedics from helping a Redding man in extremis, claiming the shed where he tried to hang himself was “a crime scene.” The man, Peter Valenti, showed faint signs of life later, but died in the hospital. While an investigation was conducted over a lawsuit filed by Valenti’s family, Fuchs was put on administrative leave. Touchy-feely stories about Fuchs training guide dogs began to appear around that time. But Fuchs remained on leave until his early retirement in June 2018.

A phone conversation with Wolfgang Halbig. About three weeks before his death, Abe Dabela contacted Wolfgang Halbig, using a burner phone.

Following is Mr.Halbig’s account of the exchange (bracketed information is mine):

“He asked me if I could buy one [a burner phone] since he does not trust anyone in town.

“He wanted to know my thoughts on Sandy Hook. He read my 16 questions and he had concerns.

“We spoke and it appeared that I might be able to ask him to represent me with my CT FOIA requests, and never heard back from him.”

Mr. Halbig’s 16 questions3 were provocative enough for Dabela to make contact around the same time that he was alleged to have had an unpleasant encounter with three Redding firefighters. Coincidence? If so, why did Dabela feel compelled to use a burner phone?

Readers should mentally bookmark questions #10-12 on Mr. Halbig’s list (see below). These questions will become important in Part 2 of this series. But the entire set of questions is relevant and, in my opinion, should be regarded as evidence in the shooting death of Abe Dabela.

Shoeless in Redding. The novelist, satirist and social critic Mark Twain built his final home in Redding, CT and called it Stormfield. (You can see how closely situated it is to Abe Dabela’s final home and the crash site in the maps above.) Twain would live in Stormfield for a brief two years before his death in 1910, about the same amount of time that Dabela had in his modest garage apartment on Indian Hill Road.

Two witty but very different men from different times, and perhaps they would not have seen eye to eye on much. But I think Twain and Dabela would likely have agreed on the following quote by the former:

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

The truth, in this case, is still trying to find its socks.


H/T: Anne Berg, Alison Maynard, Wolfgang Halbig and Tony Mead

The author is indebted to all of the above-named, but particularly to Anne Berg, whose astute observations and research led her to suggest a potential connection to Sandy Hook in the tragic death of Atty. Dabela long before anyone else was willing to consider it. You can find her expository article here.



1 It isn’t clear who declared Dabela dead.

2 It’s interesting to note that a letter from Bradford accompanied files released by the CT State Police in December 2013 on the Sandy Hook incident. Bradford said in the letter that the Sandy Hook investigation was closed. He would retire in the same week, after three years as “the first African American to lead the state’s largest police organization.”

3 Wolfgang Halbig’s 16 Unanswered Questions That Demand Truth on Sandy Hook first appeared on They follow:

  1. Who directed the New Haven FBI field offices to classify [in the sense of restricting access to information about] the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Dec 14, 2012?
  2. Why would the FBI classify the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting when they did not classify the Columbine shooting, which also was a mass casualty shooting incident?
  3. Who on Dec. 14, 2012 was the Incident Commander (as required by the Federal Emergency Management Administration) in directing the mass casualty shooting incident at the Sandy Hook Elementary School?
    1. Who on Dec. 14, 2012 at the Incident Command Center made the ordering of porta potties a high priority, since they were delivered within 3 hours of the school shooting?
    2. Who ordered those porta potties from Southbury, Ct?
    3. When I called the porta pottie company after searching for over a week as to who and when they were ordered, I was told that it is classified and  they are not allowed to share that information with me.
    4. The next morning I received a phone call from the Southbury Police Department at my home telling me not to call that company again since I was harassing them.
    5. High priority for toilets — but not for Life Star Trauma helicopters or paramedics?
  1. Why did they not request Life Star helicopters, knowing that children and school staff were seriously injured and clinging to life? Who made the determination not to request them?
  2. Why did they not allow the paramedics and the EMTs inside the Sandy Hook School to treat the seriously injured or those children and school staff clinging to life? Who made this decision?
  3. Who declared all 20 children and six school staff members legally dead within the first 8 minutes?
  4. Who was the Certified Environmental Bio-Hazard Decontamination company contracted by the Newtown Public Schools to remove 45–65 gallons of blood, skull fragments, brain tissues, bodily fluids, blood-soaked carpets and any other materials to be decontaminated inside the Sandy Hook School?
  5. Why does an off-duty lieutenant from the Newtown Police Department refuse to leave his off-duty work assignment at a construction site on Dec. 14, 2012 when hearing that shots have been fired at the Sandy Hook Elementary School?
  6. Who at the Newtown Public Schools notified in writing (as required by CT law) all of the parents who had children attending the Sandy Hook Elementary School as well as every school staff member every school year of all the potentially life threatening chemical hazards? The school had high levels of lead paint throughout the entire building, asbestos in the ceiling and floor tile, asbestos in the insulation and very high levels of PCB.
  7. Who provided the urgent medical care to the two children who were not transported to the Danbury Trauma Center until an hour after the school was deemed safe for that 15-mile drive?
  8. Who treated those two children who had been shot multiple times (three to 11 times) since they did not allow the paramedics and EMTs inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School?
  9. Why did the parents of the two children who died at the Danbury hospital not allow their children to donate their organs to other children waiting for the gift of life?
  10. What happened to the 500 children and 60 school staff members from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012? No videos show any evacuations.
  11. Who was the police officer calling in to the Newtown Police dispatcher stating in his words that he has multiple weapons, he has a rifle and a shotgun — and who had that rifle and the shotgun (as the chain of evidence should show) that was found in classroom eight (8)?
  12. At 9:45:21 am on Dec. 14, 2012, why would a police officer by the name of Lt. Vanghele from the Newtown Police Department after finding a kindergarten female child in the hallway make her go into room eight (8) and leave her? Room eight is a gruesome crime scene with dead children and school staff. Why?
  13. Why would two CT State Troopers enter room ten (10) at 9:55:31 am on Dec. 14, 2012 — a gruesome crime scene with dead bodies of children and school staff – and tell a kindergarten boy they found in the bathroom (whose name is redacted, but who is referred to as “them”) to stay and they will be back when it is safe?
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Sandy Hookish: A patchwork quilt of charitable concerns.

Note: This article is based on collaborative research by Anne Berg, Alison Maynard and the author. Please note that extensive research, much of which is not included here, turned up surprising connections between places and people. Some may be merely coincidental while others may be significant. We have included them so that readers may be informed and arrive at their own conclusions. ~C

In Part 3 of our “Doors of Deception” series, we examined the connection between Room #5 at Sandy Hook Elementary school and the conga line photos by Shannon Hicks that helped build the myth of a police evacuation on 12-14-12. We concluded with our belief that a dual timeline was used, likely involving at least two dates for the photographic record.

In this post, we’ll go beyond the conga line in the Sandy Hook labyrinth – to points southwest and ultimately beyond Connecticut’s boundaries – to examine connections farther afield. If a common theme can be found for all that follows, we would have to settle on one word: Charity. Charity is a virtue, of course, but in the Sandy Hook story – indeed, in the story of our time – it carries other freight.

Let’s begin with an article from an obscure digital source from Oregon, the Bend Bulletin, titled “A Deeper Christmas in Sandy Hook.” The focus is on one of the conga line children, whose mother, Catherine Galda, has family ties to Bend. In the article, Mrs. Galda describes her experience after hearing about the lockdown at the school. After parking her car, she allegedly ran to the firehouse by foot where she met up with her daughter an hour later.

Mrs. Galda’s daughter, Hannah, isn’t clearly visible in the conga line because the child next to her has “her right arm stretched, obscuring Hannah’s face.” Hannah is in a pink top. The top of her head can be seen (based on her mother’s description) directly beneath the sleeve of the woman in the blue-and-white sweater:

The “Iconic” Photo. Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee/AP

We’re told that Catherine Galda is a career psychotherapist married to husband James Galda, a plumber (not of the Watergate variety). It’s an odd juxtaposition, but that’s not what caught our attention.

Got resiliency? Mrs. Galda interested us because of her involvement in the Recovery and Resiliency* Team in Newtown. Her LinkedIn profile is impressive, listing credentials as a psychotherapist and social worker.

After 12-14-12, the Department of Justice bestowed $7 million on the town for the purpose of “recovery care” for Newtown residents. Some 800 families are said to have received counseling under the multi-million-dollar federal funding, according to this article.

The same article describes what happened after the money dried up in 2016: Newtown assembled its own local team of mental health professionals:

“The disbanding of a federally funded trauma team that helps people deal with the Sandy Hook massacre has forced the town to improvise to ensure the recovery care continues.”

In other words, to ensure the continuing flow of funding.

The article points to grants from sources like Praxair, Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation and the federal Victims of Crime Act. And the following caption beneath a group photo discloses who would become the new mental health duennas:

“Deb DelVecchio-Scully, front left, Melissa Glaser, front right, Catherine Galda, back left and Margot Robins are working on a long-term plan for Newtown, Conn., after a federally funded trauma team that helped people deal with the Sandy Hook shootings wraps up its work.”

Recovery addiction: “This is who we are.” “It is a huge challenge, but we need to accept our reality and find the pathway to the resources we are going to be responsible for providing for decades,” First Selectman Pat Llodra was quoted as saying in the same article. “We have to be honest about it and own it and say ‘this is who we are.’ ”

The article goes on to say that more people are coming forward “needing support every day” due to the massacre. The article appeared four years after 12-14-12. Let’s ask the forbidden question: How long can community “recovery” go on? Especially considering how many directly involved in the incident no longer live in Newtown.

And that includes Mrs. Galda herself.

A sudden move. The dream job of 2016 didn’t hold Mrs. Galda in town long, but led to greener pastures. From her LinkedIn profile and the article here, we learn that she migrated due south to become Director with Catholic Charities in November 2016. It’s not surprising that Mrs. Galda’s new position in Central Florida is mostly about trauma and its management. From the article:

“With Behavioral Health, we seek to be holistic, caring for a person’s mind, body and soul. We also provide resources and coordinated care. We also seek to remove the stigma that has made it difficult for people to seek help. We want to help people understand how mental health affects physical health. We also look beyond the immediate concern and find the root causes of a problem that are often the result of a traumatic episode,” said Galda.

The move to Florida was followed by the dissolution (on Hallowe’en of 2017) of a small business, Galda Holdings, LLC, that Mrs. Galda operated together with her husband, the plumber James Galda. The business was located at 15 Sand Hill Road in Sandy Hook, which may have involved the rental of a cottage situated on the property near the main house.

According to our research on, the main property was one of those anomalies in Newtown that has a sale for $0 recorded on Christmas Day of 2009. Zillow puts the resale at $435,000 in September 2017, a nice return.

Other interesting facts about the former Galda property and business:

These may all be mere coincidences; we are merely noting them.

A General Electric connection. Charles lived not far from Newtown at the time when Shannon Hicks was photographing conga lines. But Charles is no plumber. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is Chief Information Officer of Technology Centers and Services, with global responsibility for GE Capital’s Technology Centers.

He has also been on the Technology Board of Danbury Hospital, where two children were allegedly brought and died after the purported massacre. (We never learned these children’s names.)

A charitable history. Why should an upper-level executive position with GE be of interest to SH researchers? Obviously, there is the fact that Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, was a higher-up at the light bulb company: VP of GE Capital as well as serving as a partner at Ernst & Young.**

More important, after 12/14/12, GE loaned expert employees to Newtown Town Hall to help manage all of the charitable donations and generally run things for a year. This reeks of corporatism, but no one seemed to mind. GE had already chipped in $15MM to help manage the overflow of charitable gifts.

With GE then situated in Fairfield and Stamford, and hundreds of high-level employees living in and around Newtown, giving them a place at the table must have seemed perfectly natural to town managers. Hadn’t the corporation earned its right to oversee the Sandy Hook charity ball? (See: GE executives have sat on the boards of local charities for decades.

GE recently moved its headquarters from CT to Boston, causing consternation among the CT towns to which it once contributed hefty taxes. However, according to Wikipedia, GE Financial remains in Norwalk.

Charles Galda may be working elsewhere, having sold his Brookfield home in June 2018. Whatever the case may be, Charles, like his sister-in-law, left behind a record of notable charitable interests, including Walnut Hill Community Church (Bethel, CT) and the Center of Hope (Haiti). Out of curiosity spurred by Galda’s corporate and familial associations, we took a gander at both.

Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel. This evangelical assembly, only a few miles from Newtown, is where Galda has served as an elder and member of the board of directors. In 2013, the church ran into some trouble in the form of civil suits on allegations of sexual abuse of a minor due to negligence by members of the church’s youth leadership. The perpetrator had already been arrested and sentenced in 2010. The 2013 complaint targeted the church itself, the senior pastor, the pastor of community life, the youth pastor and a former elder. Galda was not named, nor has he commented to our knowledge. We weren’t able to determine the outcome of these charges.

Center of Hope, Haiti. Charles Galda also lists among his accomplishments his service as a volunteer treasurer and director of the Center of Hope Haiti, Inc., which has somewhat straitened-looking headquarters in Stamford CT at 22 Vista Street. If you zero in on the sign, you’ll see that the building is owned by an establishment called the French-speaking Baptist Church.

Above photo from:

The French-Speaking Baptist Church has another location in Stamford at 28 Adams Ave. Stamford. It looks a little down-at-heel:

Above photo from:

Unfortunately, the Center of Hope isn’t listed by Charity Watch, since its revenue is below the threshold of $1million.

Charity Navigator lists it, but doesn’t rate it:

Oddly, the above entry (from Charity Navigator) lists the location as Middlebury, CT, not Stamford. Upon clicking the MORE INFO button, we found that the address there is a post office box: PO BOX 1150, MIDDLEBURY, CT 06762-1150. Hm? Why doesn’t the mail go to the Vista Street, Stamford address?

A search of confirmed the above addresses:

Physical Address

22 Vista Street

Stamford, 06902

Payment Address

P.O. Box 1150

Middlebury, CT 06762

The distance between Stamford and Middlebury is 53 miles. Why not a P.O. box in Stamford? It just seems odd. And odder still is another mailing address for the charity on the opposite end of the continent, in Orinda, California.

You can find some of the financials on the Center of Hope at this link. For instance:

A focus on Hispaniola. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the Caribbean island known as Hispaniola, roughly dividing it into halves, with a bit more turf on the Haitian side. It is a vortex of weather woes, disease and poverty, as well as slavery and human trafficking. See the following links:

Hispaniola has been a focus for charity-minded former residents of Connecticut’s western region. Besides Center of Hope, we discovered two other charities with peculiar links to names that readers will recognize from the Sandy Hook incident. We present such facts as we were able to find not in order to accuse anyone of anything, but simply because we found the stories to be instructive, involving odd coincidences and unfortunate twists of fate.

  1. The Batey Foundation, 371 West Farm Rd. Bethlehem, NH USA 03574

This charity is described as “a non-profit, secular, and non-political entity focused on universal principles of human rights, social justice, and community service in the bateyes of the Dominican Republic.” Batey is said to provide scholarships, community support, work and cultural exchange services.

“Bateyes” are settlements around sugar mills, found in impoverished places like Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The foundation takes its name from this odd word. But it was another name that first drew our attention.

George Hochsprung’s first wife. Mr. Hochsprung was the third husband of Dawn Hochsprung, the former principal of Sandy Hook Elementary. His first wife, Janet (Walzer) Smith, works/worked at the foundation, as stated on her Facebook page.

The Batey Foundation is the brainchild of Janet Walzer Smith’s ex-son-in-law, Joshua “Sweat” Lawton, who was married to Amy Hochsprung, Janet and George’s daughter. Amy worked at White Mountain School in New Hampshire and, oddly, the address of that school is identical to that of the Batey Foundation.

Joshua Lawton is something of a social justice warrior according to his bio: “… he focused his studies on the enlightenment thinkers and changing ideas of equality, political independence, and personal freedom. Over the years Josh’s interests evolved into how existing economic, political and social structures affect the human condition, specifically in the world’s poorest regions.” It must be difficult working for such an ex-son-in-law.

The Batey Foundation was founded in 2009. See its Facebook page here. For the Batey Foundation’s IRS information, go here. Interesting. And, as far as we can tell, nothing seems to be unusual at the Foundation apart from having its offices tucked away in another small New England school.

  1. Health e Children International, Inc., 11 Orchard Lane, Ridgefield, CT

Of the charities we examined, Health e Children wins the blue ribbon for odd bedfellows and eerie coincidences. In some ways, it’s a ghost story, because the charity died an ignominious death.

Just last year, it still had a Facebook page, but this link has expired:

Here are two screen shots we obtained while the page was still up:

From 2011:

From 2012:

As shown, the Health e Children FB photo album contained pictures of Ugandan and Haitian people and scenes. The foundation was started on Dec. 21, 2005 by a once-married couple, both of them children’s healthcare professionals (Jens Haerter, physician’s assistant, and Patricia Jorquera, Board-certified pediatrician) in a modest-looking house in Ridgefield, CT. At the same address, the couple operated an entity known as Healtheclinic, Inc., a pediatric practice established to assist the “under-served.”

You can read about both foundations by clicking this link. Information about an Ecuadoran offshoot can be found at this link. 

Both tax-exempt foundations were abject failures according to this link. Health e Children, Inc. doesn’t even appear among listings of Ridgefield’s nonprofits. 

And there is zero income reported for Healtheclinic Incorporated. See the following URLs:

The strange case of the Burberry counterfeit lawsuit. Health e Children seems to have languished rather suddenly after being named as one of hundreds of defendants in a major lawsuit by Burberry Limited, the famous UK garment company. The charity’s website URL was replaced by this link. It led to this page, a notice of the lawsuit:

The complaint alleges that the defendants were caught selling counterfeit Burberry merchandise. See this link.

“Huh?” we asked. Must be some kind of mistake. But we checked the list of defendants at this link.

And, sure enough, there it was among hundreds of Chinese surnames and businesses with the word “cheap” in their names: Health e Children, number 632 on page 41.

Some context: Burberry apparently went on the warpath against counterfeiters as a 12/05/2012 Huffington Post article attests. (Note that date – the Sandy Hook event took place 9 days later. Just a coincidence, but interesting.)

You can find the Huff piece at this link.

From the article: “What lesson did we learn this week, class? Don’t rip off Burberry. Burberry was awarded $100 million in damages this week as Manhattan Federal court laid down the law on an extensive counterfeiting network.”

(The Huff piece attests that the Chinese were heavily involved in this case. In Feb. 2016, Burberry was in court again, this time to sue J.C. Penney Co., Inc. for copying its iconic check pattern.)

So, why was Health e Children named as a defendant in a counterfeit fabric suit? And why is that of interest to SH researchers? Once again, there is a befuddling and totally unexpected Hochsprung connection.

Janet (Walzer) Hochsprung ran a quilt shop out of 5 Front Street in Bethel, CT, as well as renting the apartments on the other side of the building (1,3 Elizabeth Street, Bethel, CT and, catty-corner, 101 Elizabeth Street, Bethel, CT) from January 2002 until at least 2008. (This info comes from the Bethel Tax Assessor’s record and BBB records, corroborated by other sources.)

The shop had multiple names over its duration (which went beyond 2008), including:

  • Homestead Viking
  • JH Homestead Quilts
  • JH Homestead Quilting
  • Homestead Quilts
  • HomeStead Quilts

The Bethel tax assessor’s office confirmed that there had been two owners of the Bethel, CT shop, although they never clarified whether these owners were partners or whether Janet (Walzer) Hochsprung sold the shop to the other owner, whose name is Vivian Hultgren. We also later found much evidence that Vivian Hultgren ran the shop beyond 2010.

Church ladies were recruited to sew frocks for poor Haitian children. We found evidence that the Bethel quilt shop advertised regularly for women to join a sewing circle that benefited Haitian children. In 2011, for instance, according to her FB page (, Vivian Hultgren recruited women (church ladies) to sew frocks for a charity. You can guess which one it was: Health e Children International.

Were the frocks made from counterfeit Burberry fabric and sold, rather than being donated to poor children? It’s just one of our questions.

Other questions were answered by one of the church ladies, whose name we are keeping anonymous for obvious reasons. She told us that two marathon sewing sessions took place at her church to benefit children in Haiti. The seamstresses made “children’s dresses and shorts.” The sewing sessions were coordinated with “a local group of doctors” (she couldn’t remember their names) who, she says, “took the clothes directly to Haiti” to benefit the children.

“They didn’t ship the clothes,” she said. “They actually took them directly to Haiti.”

On December 31, 2013 (a year after the Burberry lawsuit), the Homestead Quilts shop in Bethel, CT closed suddenly with only six days notice. And, on January 1, 2014, a website for a quilt shop with an identical name popped up in LaPine, Oregon – just 30 miles from Bend, Oregon, where this article’s inauspicious first paragraphs begin.

In February 2015, Vivian Hultgren was alleged to have died under circumstances that remain suspicious. We have no idea where the fabric bolts went, or the frocks, or the Burberry labels.

An Americares connection. From this link we learned the following:

 “AmeriCares of Stamford has signed on to help HealtheClinic by donating medicine for the clinic.”

Looking into AmeriCares, we confirmed its long, global reach.

From the website above we found: “Primary Care: a) Expand access to primary health services for low-income communities at AmeriCares Free Clinics serving the uninsured in Connecticut, at our comprehensive family clinic in rural El Salvador, and through mobile medical units in the slums of Mumbai, India.”

It seems that AmeriCares is very involved in serving the poor in Connecticut: “AmeriCares Free Clinics provide primary health care to the uninsured in Connecticut. Three clinics in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Danbury offer medical services to thousands of residents every year, thanks to the work of dedicated and committed volunteer doctors, nurses, interpreters and administrative personnel.”

See also:

But there is an undeniable dark side to AmeriCares. It has been connected with CIA activities, including child trafficking.

And it is linked to the Clinton Foundation. More at this link.

The road to Haiti is paved with Clinton connections.*** We mustn’t forget that the Clintons were instrumental in getting kidnapper Laura Silsby released after she was found guilty of illegally taking Haitian children away from their families. See this article.

From the article: “Of the Americans only Silsby was prosecuted, convicted, and released with “time served” although the prosecutor had recommended a six month sentence. Silsby was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal association, reduced to one count of arranging illegal travel.”

See also this article from

Shortly afterwards, human trafficking researcher Monica Peterson died in Haiti under suspicious circumstances.

See: trafficking/

From the linked article: “Monica Petersen was in Haiti working for the Human Trafficking Center and also previously worked for the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s Data & Research Task Force. She died a few days ago under suspicious circumstances. Her friends on Facebook are looking for answers. Several close friends have made mentions on various FB posts that friends and family have no clear understanding of what happened to Monica except that she died on Sunday.”

 Other commentary from Petersen’s community can be found on FB here.

Blind faith, hope and charity. The charitable impulse is one of humanity’s most prized. In addition to being a virtue much extolled in the Bible, it is the universal voluntary and spontaneous expression of human compassion. Without it, we doubt very much that the human species would have made it this far. While we are not suggesting that charity had a twisted underside in all of the cases examined in this post, we are asking readers to take the closer look that such matters deserve.

And while we are in an asking mode, please also consider that humans under the influence of their best impulses – compassion, empathy, charity, etc. – are often least equipped to ask the right questions. That is why incidents such as Sandy Hook are quicksand for clear cognition. Most people simply cannot offer even a narrow seat to the critic within when the heart is occupying most of the floor space. The curious thing is that, in the case of Sandy Hook, this blind faith has been going on for years. “This is who we are.” But is it? We hope this post will, in a small and compassionate way, help to heal the blind.




*Note how the words “resilience” and “resiliency” are gaining in popularity. To learn more about so-called “resilient cities,” go here for an interview of Deborah Tavares (of who knows the score on this subject:

Her point is that as long as the public perceives our country as being in a “state of national emergency,” people will accept infringements on our Constitutional rights and will succumb to the effects of psychological, nutritional, biological, climate and chemical poisoning. The point is to keep people in a constant state of psychological emergency and biological stress, so they are easier to control. Although Tavares talks mostly about biological, technological, climate and chemical controls, we are positing here that the psychological controls via false flags and hoaxes are all part of the same plan.

**On Dec. 16, 2012, Peter Lanza was called to testify in the “Libor Scandal,” in which banks were said to lie about interest rates to beef up their credit-worthiness:

“The Libor scandal was an event that saw banks lie about interest rate information to make themselves look more creditworthy. The Libor is a calculated average interest rate and used to give an average of the health of the overall economy. Obviously, dishonesty by the banks would affect the Libor rate and the corresponding financial view of citizens. Companies colluded to affect the Libor rate in the hopes that it would result in more business. Student loans and mortgages are just two of the financial products that would have been affected by the manipulation of the Libor rate.”

*** One could say that the road to Sandy Hook was paved with Clinton and Democrat connections as well. For instance, most FOTM readers know that SH parent Francine Wheeler was the personal assistant to Democratic fundraiser Maureen White (see And Eric Holder was in Connecticut just before 12-14-12 (Nov. 27, 2012), meeting with Gov. Dannel Malloy to launch Project Longevity, purportedly formed to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s cities. (See:



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Sandy Hook: The doors of deception, Part 3.

Note: This article is based on collaborative research by Anne Berg, Alison Maynard and the author. For many readers, it will be a rehash. Its value, we believe, lies in evidence that the mainstream media and other official sources effectively confused the public with misleading photography and contradiction concerning the timeline of events. It appears that we are supposed to overlook these blatant contradictions in timeline and testimony in order to accept the official narrative. ~C.

 The Greek word “labyrinthos” is translated in the Online Etymology Dictionary as a “ ‘…large building with intricate passages,’ especially the structure built by Daedelus to hold the Minotaur, near Knossos in Crete.” The word’s ancestor, labrys, means a “double-edged axe,” which was associated with royal power.

We can think of no better metaphor for the Sandy Hook phenomenon, both in relation to the central mythos of the school itself – a shabby brick structure whose corridors and doors had supernatural logic- and physics-defying powers – as well as the Sandy Hook story, an elaborate maze by any reckoning. And, of course, we have the Minotaur, who is the Obamaniac deep state in the guise of Adam Lanza.

So down we went again through those haunted, gone-without-a-trace halls, this time to a door from which a class of second graders is said to have issued, escaping the Minotaur and becoming part of Sandy Hook’s photographic icon.

To enter this door, we first needed to visit the CT State Police report files for whatever information we could gather in between heavy redactions.

And, as luck would have it, we hit pay dirt; that is to say, a lot of the dirt had already been thoroughly turned over by a researcher writing pseudonymously as “Sandy Hooked” at To give credit where it’s due, “Sandy Hooked” has a golden shovel, turning up some choice nuggets in the unwieldy and labyrinthine CT State Police report files. Wherever “Sandy Hooked” has dug, Doubters have surely benefited.

However, a caveat: we believe that “Sandy Hooked” may not be operating on his/her own and may, in fact, be “working for the opposition,” trawling for reactions from the Sandy Hooked Doubter community. This is, admittedly, conjecture based on several observations; among other things, Sandy Hooked is working on a domain hosted by WordPress, which did a major takedown of Sandy Hook Doubter web sites this past August. Yet, “Sandy Hooked” lingers, one of the few non-casualties.1 (If we are wrong about our conjecture, we would welcome the evidence. We believe in giving credit where it’s due.)

In any case, we call readers’ attention to this prolific site with the above caveat and the additional observation that many of “Sandy Hooked’s” analyses are as labyrinthine and murky as the Sandy Hook story itself.

The double doors of Room #5. Sandy Hook Elementary’s Room #5 was situated in the moldy northeast corridor of the school. Unlike other classrooms that we explored in Parts 1 and 2, it had a main doorknob capable of being locked from the inside and outside, and on the fateful day that outside doorknob was locked, according to the state police.

Above: Interior plan of the old Sandy Hook Elementary school; red arrow on Room #5 is the author’s.

But even more unusual, Room #5 was connected to Room #3 by an inside door. (This is corroborated by the State’s Attorney Report — page 22 online; page 18 in print). That inside door was also locked. According to Sandy Hooked’s research, Room #5 was the only classroom with this fortuitous arrangement. As you will see, it made possible a purported rescue and “evacuation” from the school, as chronicled in two photographs beloved by Sandy Hook true believers and the mainstream media.

Ferreted from Sandy Hooked’s post titled “What’s Up with Room 5?,” we have these other reported facts:

  • Room #5 couldn’t be cleared until police broke into it. But instead of breaking in through the locked main door, police chose to break through the locked inside door, from Room #3.
  • The breach of the inside door was noted by police in writing on the wall next to Room #3, instead of the wall nearest the breached door.
  • Room #5 was barricaded by police later, reportedly the only classroom to be treated this way.
  • Some of the police testimony makes no mention of breaching the inside door. Two examples cited by Sandy Hooked follow:

CFS 1200704559 Book 6 000199903 p.2 “I then ran back inside and met with TFC Cournoyer and TFC Cipriano. We then went to room #5. Upon entry to this room we found a room of children and their teacher huddled in the coat area of the room.”

CFS 1200704559 Book 6 00011235 p.2 “I assumed the right flank position and cleared the next two rooms (classroom #7 then classroom #5) teachers and children were escorted out of these rooms and sent toward the exit near the lobby.”

A Room #5 mother who eluded the Minotaur. Among Room #5’s mysteries is one concerning a mother who should have had a close brush with Adam Lanza, but mysteriously did not. (A hat tip to Sandy Hooked for clueing us in to this one, although s/he doesn’t link the incident to Room #5 as we are doing here.)

The story goes like this: On the morning of 12-14-12, around 9:30, a mother is said to have gone to the school to drop off a letter for one “Mrs. Taylor” that her child had written but left at home. (Mrs. Taylor was the Room #5 second-grade teacher, as we shall discuss later.)

The letter is said to have contained the child’s apology for “cheating.” (The mother’s statement is found here in the CT State Police report: CFS 1200704559 Book 5 00005519).

Although the mother’s name is redacted, the Visitor log confirms the allegation. See below:

(From “The Impossible Timeline,”; red rectangle is by Sandy Hooked.)

The mother’s testimony also includes the following:

The mother left the Sandy Hook parking lot at 9:34 a.m. (The first active shooter report is said to have come in to Newtown and Connecticut emergency fire and law enforcement radio dispatch at 9:35:52. – Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, p. 255)

The mother saw no passing cars on her way in or out. Given the above, how is this possible? How did she not cross paths with Lanza the Minotaur?

The mother saw nothing odd or out of place.

The mother saw an older gentleman dressed in dark clothing inside the school, shuffling around with his hands in his pockets while walking toward the first grade classrooms. (These would be Rooms 8, 10, 12, or 50 and 52). Hooked thinks the man was the father who was there for a gingerbread-house-making event. This would be Chris Manfredonia. But Manfredonia was only 41 at the time, and not likely to be discerned as “elderly” or “shuffling.” Did Manfredonia sign in that day? Another unsolved mystery.

So, who was in Room #5, anyway? It isn’t a question that the otherwise inquisitive Sandy Hooked has posed, but we are posing and answering it here.

Room #5 was a second-grade classroom led by teacher Amy Brackett Taylor. According to this article from Bend Bulletin, the children in Room #5 were those who made up the famous “conga line” photographed by Shannon Hicks for the Newtown Bee. We suggest that you pause here to read the article. (And when you do, please notice the little girl referred to as “a peanut” dressed in a pink top. More about this in Part 4.)

Just to clarify: We can safely assume, based on the Bend article, that the conga line was supposed to have issued from the doors of Room #5.

You might wonder why such a dramatic rescue – which involved the breach of an interior door – was never reported in reference to the famous conga line. Why not? The mainstream media, typically poised like a jackal to seize such opportunities, must have slept through this one.

Now let’s turn our attention to the photographer of that moment in time when the conga line emerged before an audience of casually dressed, relaxed-looking parents.

Did Ms. Hicks hiccup? According to this article, Shannon Hicks, a Newtown Bee associate editor and photographer, photographed the evacuation described above at 10:09 a.m. on 12-14-12:

“At 10:09 am, 10 minutes after she [Hicks] climbed out of her vehicle, she snapped the shutter on an elementary school class being led out of the school by two Connecticut State Police officers.”

Here is the iconic photo that purportedly resulted of children being shepherded by police to the neighboring firehouse. (Children’s faces have been blacked out to protect their identity.)

The “Iconic” Photo. Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee/AP

The statement about the 10:09 shutter click is debatable, however, because of a slideshow that Hicks made from 20 of her photos and released on YouTube. Note that this slideshow is said to have been posted on December 14, 2012.

In Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (pages 124-125 online; pages 76-77 in print) Vivian Lee writes that the slideshow was discovered to have been uploaded at 5:44 p.m., Dec. 13, 2012, then made public on Dec. 14.

The evidence for Ms. Lee’s allegation is provided in this video by “QKUltra.” Cinderella et al. aren’t techies, but we present this as credible evidence.

Screen shot above is by QKUltra,

(In case this vid vanishes, just search for Newtown Bee Stinger, YouTube. QKUltra is very good about mirroring his vids, and has been doing so for years.)

If the timing of the video is off, so is much else. Compare the iconic photo with a similar one from the slideshow (as before, children’s faces have been blacked out):

The Casual Parents. Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee/AP

As pointed out by others, notably in Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (page 124 online; page 76 in print):

  • The length of the shadows show that the photo couldn’t have been taken at 10:00 a.m., but must have been taken much earlier in the morning. On 12-14-12, the temperature was below freezing 2 at the time this shadow pattern would have been plausible, in which case, we might expect to see vapor issuing from mouths and frost on the ground.
  • There has been online speculation that the little girl in the aqua blue shirt (in the “iconic” photo) is yawning, not screaming, consistent with an early morning shot.
  • The photos appear to have been staged in order to get the best shot – with parents looking on, their casual body language inconsistent with a recent act of terror. The photos feature different lineups of some of the same kids, but with others missing in one photo. For example, the little girl wearing a pale pink top and skirt in the photo above is not in the “iconic” photo.

All of the above oddities have been noted by other researchers. To these we can add one more:

If all of these second graders came out of Room #5, wouldn’t all of them be in both photos? It would seem unconscionable for the police to have left some of these helpless innocents behind (with their eyes closed as they passed through a hall containing dead bodies), while escorting another group out first.

More slideshow hits. Let’s take a look at another photo that Shannon Hicks placed on her slideshow.

Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee/AP

Note how these cars are parked very close the SHES building wall, two cars deep. If, indeed, they were parked there on 12-14-12 at 10:00 a.m., where was Adam Lanza’s car? It was supposed to have been parked up against the same wall behind police tape. Compare the above photo, purportedly taken after the massacre at around 10:00 a.m. with the ones below of Lanza’s car behind police tape on 12-14-12, before it was towed away.

Above Photo: Meehan, CT State Police Report, Parking Lot Photo #16

REUTERS/Connecticut State Police/Handout via Reuters

Here’s an aerial view of Lanza’s car:

Photo Credit: MSNBC

Below is yet another view of the same area in the parking lot, with a foursome running away from the school. (The child’s face has been blacked out to protect her identity.)

The Running Foursome. Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee/AP

You might ask why the policeman is running away, instead of rounding up more teachers and students. And why do the vehicles in back of the foursome appear out of proportion – rather too large? Once again, they’re parked very close to the building, two cars deep, leaving no apparent room for the Sandy Hook Minotaur’s black Honda.

Ask yourself if the above parking arrangements are anything like the one captured on 12-14-12 by CNN below:

We think it’s plain to see: The line-up of cars behind the four running people doesn’t match the aerial photo, either.

The simplest and most logical reason why the black Honda doesn’t appear in the previous photos is because it wasn’t there. We propose that the reason it wasn’t there is because the iconic and slideshow photos were taken on a previous date. This is consistent with the evidence in QKUltra’s video, which attests that the photos were uploaded on 12-13-12.

The photos were later used to substantiate an “evacuation” of second-graders from Mrs. Amy Taylor’s Room #5. In other words, we have reason to believe that the photos were staged. And if those photos were staged, we can safely assume that everything was.

Who’s who? It may be important to identify some of the adults in the photos that Shannon Hicks took. (The square-ups that follow are screen shots from those photos.) Obviously, not everyone can be positively identified. But here is a brief rundown of some principals:

  Leading the lineup was Rachael Van Ness. Currently assigned to the Western District Major Crime Squad out of the Southbury Troop Barracks, she is also said to have served with the CT state police in this link. Mrs. Van Ness has a LinkedIn profile that also credits her for work as a “self-employed” “detective” as well as “writing and editing.” In this report, she is quoted as having apologized to Newtown families for not providing the CT state police reports “in advance of the release as we had always planned.” Timing is everything with Sandy Hook.

Although not caught on Hicks’s camera (to our knowledge), Officer Ed Benecchi is also credited with arranging the conga line outside of the school. From this article: “ ‘I told them we were going to play follow the leader and whoever kept their eyes closed would win,’ Trooper First Class Edward Benecchi wrote.”

  We don’t know for a certainty whether the face at left (from the iconic photo) belongs to Amy Brackett Taylor, Room #5’s second-grade teacher. But she certainly does resemble the woman on the far left in a photograph at this link, identified as such. And her casual-Friday attire (white top, beige sweater, blue jeans) looks like the same ensemble worn by the woman at the far left in the photo of the running foursome:

  So, why would Mrs. Taylor (or whoever the woman is) appear in two photos showing such disparate emotions? In the first, she appears calm and in control. In the second, she appears to be running for her life with a look of anguish. Which photo came first? And was this woman involved in two rescues or just one? Cinderella et al. admit to utter bafflement.

Mrs. Taylor is still teaching school in Newtown; however, to date, we could find no statements by her about the conga line, the breach of Room #5’s interior door, or Sandy Hook Elementary.

Not so in the case of another Amy Taylor associated with the St. Rose of Lima School, who made public statements about 12-14-12. Go here for more on the other Taylor.

  This woman’s back is turned to the camera in the slideshow photo, but we believe that she may be the same woman in another dramatic photo that appeared (on December 14, 2012) in The Atlantic Monthly, heading up an article by Emily Chertoff (Michael C’s daughter). The blue jacket and size of the woman (click the link above) led us to this conclusion.

The children she is comforting in the Atlantic photo are Henry and Kelly Terifay, whom you can see identified if you go here. The woman in the blue jacket may be their mother, Lisa Papp Terifay.

  We were unable to identify this dark-haired woman at left (from the “iconic” photo) dressed in blue stripes, wearing glasses. But what’s interesting is her resemblance to the dark-haired woman wearing blue stripes (but no glasses) in the “Running Foursome” photo, below. We have the same questions about this pairing as we do about the “Mrs. Taylor” photos.

Camera-shy. Let’s go back in time – to the article that examined the photos Shannon Hicks took on the fateful day. We call your attention to this excerpt from that article (bolded italics are mine):

“Regarding her photograph’s popularity — for lack of a better term — Hicks said it came as a surprise and brings little personal relief. It is the cache of photographs buried on her camera’s memory card, she said, that are hardest to look at and impossible to forget.”

Now let’s move forward a few months to March 25, 2013. That’s when James Tracy contacted Shannon Hicks to ask her about the availability of her photo cache. See the account below from page 305 of Nobody Died at Sandy Hook:

March 25  8:59AM

Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks responds to query from memoryholeblog on whether the multiple photographs she took at Sandy Hook Elementary as the shooting transpired have been shared with law enforcement or will at any time be made publicly available.

“The photos I took on 12/14 have not been shared with anyone,” Hicks said in an email. “We have no plans to do so, either. I would appreciate it if you consider this our final contact,” she continued. “I have enough work to do without getting involved in the kind of ‘research’ that continues to hurt those who live in Newtown.”

Shannon Hicks to James Tracy / [email in possession of author], March 25, 2013.

“Hurt those who live in Newtown”? Why would the release of “buried” photos “hurt” people who never seem to duck when a camera is in the room, creating as many photo-ops as their calendars can accommodate, writing books and reminding the public endlessly of the Sandy Hook experience?

Unless, of course, the buried photos would drag up issues similar to those explored in this blogpost.

The double-axe. As discussed at the top of this post, the origin of the word “labyrinth” is a tough little root that means “double axe,” associated with royalty. It’s our opinion, based on the above, that the Sandy Hook “royal family” wielded a psychological axe of dual timelines and dual roles for participants in the masque. Unless you see the duplicity for what it is – half-mockery, half-illusion – you are doomed to wander the maze forever, searching in vain for the exit door.


H/T: “Sandy Hooked”


1Shortly after this post was published, Sandy Hooked’s site was removed by WordPress. For an account of the takedown, visit Sandy Hooked’s new site here: Based on this evidence, Cinderella leans toward the belief that “Sandy Hooked” is a genuine truth seeker, although his/her conclusions may differ from those of many other earnest researchers. Sandy Hooked’s effort has been prodigious and worthy of note.

2 The temperatures in the link are from neighboring Danbury on 12-14-12. Be sure to click on the View button, then scroll down to Daily Observations for Fri Dec 14 2012. Not until 8:53 a.m. EST did recorded temperatures rise to 34 degrees F. All other recorded temperatures before that time are below freezing.

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Sandy Hook: The doors of deception, Part 2.

Note: This article is based on collaborative research by Anne Berg, Alison Maynard and the author. For many readers, it will be a rehash. Its value, we believe, lies in evidence that the mainstream media and other official sources effectively confused the public with misleading information. It appears that we are supposed to accept the official sources’ many blunders and mistakes as “human error” while remaining convinced that only establishment media are qualified interpreters and reporters of the 12-14-12 incident. ~C.

ABOVE: From the CT State Police report via Getty Images

In Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement, the rough (very rough) draft of a love letter is read by the younger sister of its intended recipient. The ensuing misinterpretations spell disaster for the writer, who is wrongfully accused and imprisoned for rape.

One misinterpreted letter can cause serious repercussions – as true in life as in art.

This is about such a letter. But in this case, the victims are the readers.

Many Sandy Hook researchers have asked why there is no surveillance footage of Adam Lanza as he blasted his way through the SHES front entrance window. From page 24 of Nobody Died at Sandy Hook:

For example, in an era of ubiquitous video surveillance of public buildings especially no visual evidence of Lanza’s violent entry has emerged.”

Memory Hole Blog recently reposted a series of articles by James R. Hanson, an attorney with a long and distinguished record. Hanson gives as evidence for a hoax the lack of any crime scene photos. He refers specifically to a “new door camera system” installed in the fall before the alleged shooting:

 “A coincidence that struggles for credence is that the new door camera system, proudly announced when installed last fall, did not record an assailant shooting through the glass entryway door and plunging inside.  There is also no photograph of this door.  Has it been replaced?  If so, may we see the door that was in place that day?  Do the school financial records show the cost of purchase and installation of a replacement?”

Wolfgang Halbig asked that same question and prepared FOIA requests to obtain work orders for the system. Ultimately, Halbig found himself the subject of organized mockery and persecution. Persistence is not treated as a virtue when it knocks on the devil’s door.

Yet, the question raised by all three of the above inquiring minds was perfectly legitimate. It was spurred, in part, by multiple mainstream media articles that describe the implementation of a front entrance security system still being tested, based on a letter said to have been written by Dawn Hochsprung herself. (Mrs. Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary, allegedly one of Adam Lanza’s first victims.)

A letter with a long beard. A conscientious search on the Web turns up numerous articles by news sources that mention the system installation and/or Mrs. Hochsprung’s letter, among them:

One of the earliest articles to reference Mrs. Hochsprung’s letter comes from the CBS News article (posted at 7:05 p.m., 12-14-12), which reproduced it in full. See the letter below in quotes (boldface is mine):

“Dear Members of our Sandy Hook Family,

“Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety. As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day. Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry. Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in. If our office staff does not recognize you, you will be required to show identification with a picture id. Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification.

“Doors will be locked at approximately 9:30 a.m. Any student arriving after that time must be walked into the building and signed in at the office. Before that time our regular drop-off procedures will be in place. I encourage all parents to have their children come to school and return home on the bus and to remain in school for the entire school day. The beginning and ending of our school day are also important instructional times and therefore we want all our students to reap the benefits of full participation in our program.

“We need your help and cooperation for our system to work effectively. Our office staff is handling multiple tasks. Though they will work diligently to help you into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the handset and allow you to come in electronically. There are times during the day when office personnel are on the telephone, addressing student concerns, or in the copy room; there are other times when only one person is in the front office. Please help our staff by identifying yourself and provide your child’s name.

‘Keep in mind we will be following our district guidelines which may need revision once we test the system.

“Please know your involvement continues to be critical to our school’s effectiveness and your child’s success. We continue to encourage and value your presence in our classrooms and are counting on your cooperation with the implementation of this safety initiative.


Mrs. Hochsprung”

The letter contains all of the clues necessary to prove that the front entry system was not new, was not capable of surveillance, nor was it the fruit of efforts by “Mrs. Hochsprung.”


1. “700 students”: Four days before the alleged Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, during a Newtown Board of Finance meeting, a report was provided, dated October 1, 2012, with head counts for all of the schools. See below: the SHES head count is listed as 454 students.

In the State’s Attorney Report, we find on page 9, footnote #13 the following: “On December 13, 2012, the student enrollment was 489. Official attendance had not yet been recorded as of 9:30 a.m. on December 14, 2012.”

However, a CityData page provides a census of 776 students at SHES for the year 2006. A lot closer to the “700” mark. This is a big hint that the letter probably wasn’t written in 2012, but much earlier, when the SHES census was up.

 2. “Visual monitoring system.” This means a camera of some sort connected to a “handset” through which people could be observed. There’s no mention of a recording device.

3. “Mrs. Hochsprung.” Dawn Hochsprung usually signed with her full name and title, as shown (from the Sandy Hook Elementary School Handbook, 2010) below. The signature line on the above letter creates the impression that it was a prefab letter generated each year as a reminder, likely in a student rulebook.

The letter was likely written in 2007 by a previous SHES principal (Donna Page). In a 2007 annual report for the Newtown Board of Education (, an expenditure of $4,322 was made for a “front entry security” system for Sandy Hook Elementary. The same amount was invested in systems for the Hawley School and Head O’ Meadow School. This is probably the system described in the letter by “Mrs. Hochsprung.” Not a new system, but a relatively old one.

More conflicting information from official sources. Oddly, the State’s Attorney Report (p. 21, following the pagination in upper left) refers to an elderly call box installed in 2005, not 2007. It describes a “camera,” but specifies that it was only for “monitoring,” not “recording.” Convenient.

It’s clear that the letter from “Mrs. Hochsprung” was old, creating multiple misperceptions. Was it fed to the media for that purpose? A non-existent surveillance camera could distract investigators from other glaring inconsistencies and anomalies, such as the doors of Room 5. (More about that in a future article.)

Or did the media find the letter and just spring on it, possibly to make the point that even a security system is no match for a lunatic with a gun?

One thing that’s certain is that a decrepit, shuttered school doesn’t need a new surveillance or monitoring system. In fact, the absence of one facilitated what I believe was a hoax.

Another letter. We also know that Dawn Hochsprung was a real fan of security technology thanks to another (undated) letter that her friend Gerald Stomski wrote to the Connecticut School Safety Committee, apparently sometime after 12-14-12. (See “Somebody who really died after Sandy Hook” for more on Mr. Stomski’s tragic death.) Here is an excerpt:

“In 2009 when I was elected as to [sic] the CEO for the Town of Woodbury, I met with then Principal Dawn Hochsprung regarding her writing a grant for security upgrades at Mitchell Elementary School. I questioned at the time, why were school administrators applying for and ultimately setting up security measures for their respected schools. Without possessing the necessary background in the fields of security and safety, I wondered if this was the most logical way of protecting our schools. Upon further investigation it was revealed to me that not only were administrators responsible for this activity, but that school maintenance workers, janitors, teachers and school administrators were responsible for these safety controls. Questionable decisions at best.

“I worked with Dawn Hochsprung on writing a successful grant and assisted her with the proper application and installations of these security controls for her school. Additionally, Dawn Hochsprung and I formed a relationship whereas we discussed on numerous occasions, what would need to be done should a shooter breach the school security, forcibly entering the school, and open firing once entered. Our discussions led to “trying to buy time” to “notify school teachers, staff and students that eminent [sic] danger was in their school”. Dawn and I even had discussions regarding “giving up your life” should it be necessary to protect her school and her children. She stated, “NOT ON MY WATCH”, would anyone be able to enter her school to conduct an act of violence against her school.”

Why settle? Given all of the above, why would Dawn Hochsprung, principal of SHES since 2010, settle for an inadequate security system for her school? Through no fault of her own, she inherited a monitoring system with no recording capability, as well as vintage 1956 windows that weren’t bulletproof at an entrance that was like a fishbowl. But given her proactive stance at Mitchell Elementary (Woodbury), why didn’t she follow suit at Sandy Hook?

Why settle for classroom doorknobs that locked only from the outside? Wouldn’t doorknob replacements be an expenditure that Mrs. Hochsprung would champion, given her past experience in obtaining security controls?

A building loaded with asbestos and black mold was bad enough. If building repairs were needed at SHES, the presence of these contaminants would have posed serious health risks. Given this, it’s fortunate indeed that – as stated in a Newtown school system report – the allotted budget for SHES building repairs for 2011-2012 was exactly $0.

Keyhole. To conclude, the letter signed by Mrs. Hochsprung was ultimately misleading. But the one signed by Gerald Stomski raises the questions we should have been asking all along about the doors at Sandy Hook Elementary.





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Sandy Hook: The doors of deception, Part 1.

Note: This article is based on collaborative research by Anne Berg, Alison Maynard and the author. For many readers, it will be a rehash. Its value, we believe, lies in evidence that the mainstream media and other official sources effectively confused the public with contradictory reports and photographic overload, on the one hand, and photographic obscurity on the other. It appears that we are supposed to attribute the official sources’ many blunders and mistakes to human error while remaining convinced that only establishment media are qualified interpreters and reporters of the 12-14-12 incident. ~C.

The doors at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were once subjects for rigorous discussion. Think back to those early days when controversy raged over locked bathroom doors and front entrance door cameras. But like Huxley’s “doors of perception,” Sandy Hook’s seem to have had a hallucinatory effect on most, supplanting critical thought with a one-way trip to oblivion.

Those peek-a-boo port-holed classroom doors, for instance, that could only be locked from the outside. How inconvenient if you’re attempting to keep a raging lunatic out. Yet, how convenient if you’re shooting for a particular mortality outcome while constructing a scene from a thriller.

Sandy Hook’s interior doors were perfect for the plot. You could easily picture Adam Lanza’s goggle eyes (with or without sunglasses?), Beatle helmet hair and cartilaginous neck framed in those windows, like a mescaline-induced nightmare.

With the horror behind the doors in the spotlight, the bass-ackwards locking mechanisms were mostly ignored (apparently by safety-conscious SHES Principal Dawn Hochsprung as well as the sleepy-headed public), until the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission recommended that school hardware should lock from inside. You have to marvel at such blinding hindsight.

      ABOVE: Room 12 door handles at the Sandy Hook Elementary school as photographed by Gunsalus for the CT State Police report. Room 12 was Kaitlin Roig’s classroom. Left: Interior door handle; Middle: Exterior door handle; Right: Interior closet handle. Why does the closet door lock from the inside while the room door handle doesn’t?

A theme of confusion and illusion. The official/media portrayal of other doors at the school and other buildings involved in the incident deserves a review, too. Through their keyhole, one can spy a theme of confusion and illusion; whether the outcome is purposeful obfuscation or mere carelessness is a matter of opinion.

What was shown? What was hidden? Why a particular door, as opposed to another? Asking those questions so late in the game may actually be well-timed, since all of the mainstream media (MSM) reports are now in.

The doors tell a similar story. So let’s begin at the entrance to the Sandy Hook School, the one described in an excerpt from a police report provided via a FOIA request by Wolfgang Halbig:

That’s the one I mean.

A gaping hole. Nearly everyone has seen the famous Connecticut State Police photo of the Sandy Hook Elementary window near the entrance doors of the school. Nearly everyone knows it was shot out, allegedly by Adam Lanza, to allow entrance either by ducking forward or bending over backward, being careful not to catch one’s crotch on the shards.

The window in the photo is a fright, but the furnishings appear nice and intact, perfectly aligned and tidy. Even the magazines on the table are squarely stacked.

We’re expected to believe that the six-foot+ Lanza (and, later, a limbo line of police) entered this peaceful sanctum through the hole, crunching forward on glass fragments, without leaving the chaotic signs that violence usually marks its territory with. No boot prints. No stained upholstery, no upside-down furniture, no destruction of anything fragile, such as a flimsy magazine rack that Lanza, it’s presumed, painstakingly slid out of the way and arranged at a nearly perfect 90-degree angle to the window.

Here’s one perspective:

ABOVE: From the CT State Police report via Getty Images

According to sworn affidavits in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Reports (CT Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection), a long line of policemen entered through the window hole.1 If that’s true, as Wolfgang Halbig has asked, why didn’t one of them think to unlock the main door for his chums?

Improbable as this scene seems to Halbig (and likely everyone reading this), certain Sandy Hook believers have insisted on its authenticity over the years. From the cleverly named “Crisis Actors Guild,” for instance, a voluminous wag, “Shill Murray,” claims that the magazine rack sustained a bullet hole. S/He even provides the images below:

ABOVE: From Crisis Actors Guild, “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open,” Part 1

Shill Murray is an urbane enough writer through most of it, until a reader challenges him/her. Then s/he spurts acid and scurrilous language:

[Screen shot above can be found in the Comments section at this link.]

CB: Do you see a bullet hole in the magazines depicted in the photos above? I don’t.

What I do see is a flimsy prop, possibly set in place as a “time capsule” to substantiate the official report that SHES was open in December 2012. All of the magazines but one were 2012 editions, as Shill Murray demonstrates in the first of his/her 15-part series, “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open.”

Shill is so punctilious in his/her examination of those neatly arrayed magazines that you can’t help but marvel. Such timeliness and orderliness are in stark contrast with the dated-looking, chaotic piles we see in other areas of the school.

(Images below are by Walkley for the CT State Police report, from IMGUR,

So it seems justifiable to place the magazine rack on the already long list of Sandy Hook anomalies.

A shattered door window. A 2017 article provides a very different picture of a SHES door, creating more mental clutter and confusion. Below is the photo and caption from the article:

Note that the caption refers to “a door,” not the front entrance door “of the Sandy Hook Elementary School” damaged in the “shooting rampage.” You might understandably conclude that this door was one of Adam Lanza’s targets.

These brown doors are nothing like the metallic silver doors in the entrance photo shown previously. Yet the Yahoo article treats them as if they were the same doors, with a paragraph directly below the photo referring to “the front doors of Sandy Hook.”

Maybe the confusion created by Yahoo is unintentional; maybe not. But why not show the doors and window being discussed? Surely a hole with the circumference of a tire would get more reader views than a window that simply looks vandalized.

The same brown doors depicted above can be found in several other Sandy Hook Elementary photos from the Connecticut State Police report, identified by IMGUR as having been broken out by police officers.

When were they taken? There are no dates, so we can’t be sure. Nothing specific is provided about these doors in the State’s Attorney report except for this (page 21): The conditions of windows and doors were documented, but some may have been disturbed by police and emergency personnel during the emergency response and protective sweep of the building.”

But what if the photos were taken before 12-14-12. If so, why? For a commissioned architectural study prior to demolition of the ratty-looking school? It’s anyone’s guess, but if so, vandals could easily have been the door-smashers, given the frangible nature of the glass.

It’s also possible that the vandalism occurred on 12-14-12. According to this article, based on the Connecticut State Police report (which took five years to complete), certain “dignitaries” trampled evidence at the crime scene and “heavily armed officers not clearly identifiable as police” were hanging about. What happens to the thin blue line in such circumstances?

Another shattered door window. The media trotted out yet another Sandy Hook Elementary door perspective in a video that competes with the ones above. This one is compliments of MailOnline. See below, noting that the left-hand door’s glass is shattered while side windows remain intact.

Closer examination reveals that this is an interior view of the brown doors discussed above.

The photo below of the same type of brown door at yet another SHES entrance reveals the interior door’s push-bar handle. (You have to zoom in on the left-hand door to see it.)

Photo Credit: IMGUR archive of SHES, Farr – Scene Photo #9

Interesting, once again, that these doors – ostensibly shot out by police – were featured instead of the front entrance photo with the blown-out window. Why? Perhaps it was because of that dang magazine rack.

Whoever broke through the brown door must have had one heck of a time getting his/her hand through the gap over that nasty-looking shard to reach the inside push bar. Not an easy maneuver.

Circling the doors. Sandy Hook doubters are already familiar with the circle dance performed around the Sandy Hook firehouse that was captured on videotape by a police helicopter. Around and around people went, out one door, in another and out the door again, creating the illusion that there were mobs of people and mass confusion. This deserves much more discussion and readers can still find some of it on YouTube, notably, Sofia Smallstorm’s “Unraveling Sandy Hook.”

Hidden doors. There are more doors of interest at Chalk Hill Middle School (375 Fan Hill Road in Monroe, CT), which was Sandy Hook Elementary’s twin, made into an “exact replica” according to one ABC report. (You may well ask why, given the horrors that allegedly occurred in the school, anyone would want children in a replica environment.)

Chalk Hill is where Sandy Hook survivors were bused a few weeks after the 12-14-12 incident to finish out the school year. And, according to various sources, they were there well before the incident, too, leaving a breadcrumb trail of invoices behind them.

Unlike Sandy Hook, however, Chalk Hill has done a splendid job of hiding its doors in all of the online photos from U.S. news sources that we were able to find. A large metallic overhang makes it next to impossible to view the entrance where SH children were escorted inside before and after 12-14-12.

Photo Credit: Bill Bittar,, Nov. 18, 2010

Below is the same school as a Sandy Hook “replica.” Confusing, but at least this is honest. Chalk Hill’s use as a Sandy Hook replica before 12-14-12 was cleverly concealed from the public.

Photo Credit: Bill Bittar,, Jan. 3, 2013

It isn’t clear from the above photos whether or not Chalk Hill has any front entrance doors at all. However, here is a photo that proves the existence of Chalk Hill’s back entrance doors, compliments of Google Maps.

ABOVE: Chalk Hill Middle School; Photo Credit: Google Maps

 Insights from Israel. While U.S. media largely failed to capture pictures of the Chalk Hill school’s exits and entrances, Israel succeeded in the window category. Always at the ready to record disasters waiting to happen, the Israeli press (Times of Israel) came up with this beauty (below), crediting AP. Peaked and window-heavy, it bears no resemblance to the shuttered-looking, flat-topped Chalk Hill Middle on Fan Hill Road in Monroe.

The caption reads: “Chalk Hill School in Monroe, Conn., where Sandy Hook Elementary School students from neighboring Newtown began classes on Thursday (photo credit: AP/Jessica Hill).”

It turns out to be Jockey Hollow Middle School in Monroe, photographed by Jessica Hill on Jan. 3, 2013. Ms. Hill either photographed the wrong school despite the likely presence of signs outside – or the sign outside read “Chalk Hill Middle School.” If the former is true, chalk it up to human error. If the latter, you must wonder: Why all of this identity confusion?

Were children in the Sandy Hook and Monroe school systems regularly being shuffled around from one town to the other, swapping classrooms and buildings like germs? Silly notion, but consider the very real evidence that Chalk Hill Middle’s address (375 Fan Hill Road, Monroe) appeared on invoices for Sandy Hook Elementary long before 12-14-12.

Shape-shifting. Sandy Hook Elementary’s identity crisis began long before it became mixed up with Chalk Hill. In a 2003 Newtown Community Facilities document no longer available online, it was once mistaken for Hawley Elementary School.

Cinderella grabbed the above photo and caption from the document PDF early in 2016. Here it is again from a screen capture by researcher Mona Alexis Pressley in her article, “Sandy Hook Had 2 Principals, 2 School Buildings, but 0 CAPT Scores for 2009”:

Big honking typo? Could be – if the Newtown Ministry of Proofreading was on holiday when the document was released.

Or is this part of the same bizarre theme noted above, in which Sandy Hook Elementary was whatever certain people said it was? A school whose doors, windows and magazine racks obeyed certain laws of physics, yet not others; a school on the move, as it were, jumping around from one address to the next, while effortlessly migrating its phone number; a school that could be counted on as a storehouse and a prop for a horror show.

Speaking of props, what about the safety system camera that was supposedly at the front entrance? More about that in Part 2.




1Excerpted from Connecticut’s Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Reports, here are several quotes by various law enforcers on the scene during 12-14-12:

“A group of State Troopers then started to walk into the school from the front door. I believe they walked in through the broken front window. They each had their guns drawn and were asking what was going on.”

 “I entered the school through the broken glass window on the right side of the main doors.”

“TFC Blumenthal and I entered the building through the hole in the glass window.”

“I do not remember how I entered the school, but it may have been through the window.”

“I entered the main entrance of the school either through the front door or the broken window.”

“I am not sure if I checked the doors to see if they were locked but I eventually entered the school through the broken glass windows.”

“We all entered the building through the broken window and entered into the lobby of the school.”

“We entered the main entrance through either the front door or broken window.”

“Utilizing the blown out window, we joined other officers and entered/secured the lobby area.”

“We all entered the building through the broken window and entered into the lobby of the school.”











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Hypocrisy is the theme for Connecticut Democrats this election year.

From Trevor Louden, an article exposes the fact that Connecticut legislators pointing fingers at Pres. Trump for Russian ties are in bed themselves with Communist organizations.

The article quotes each of Connecticut’s senators and five House members who are relentlessly scalding Pres. Trump for his alleged (unproven/fabricated) collusion with the Russian government.

For example, Senator Richard Blumenthal is quoted as saying: “President Trump has catastrophically compromised the FBI’s ongoing investigation of his own White House’s ties to Russia.”

From Congressman Jim Himes: “I will do everything in my power to ensure that this irresponsible move doesn’t end the necessary work law enforcement is conducting to discover the truth about Russia, its interference in our democracy and any and all who might be complicit.”

Louden then goes on to expose the red rumps of Pres. Trump’s accusers: “All seven Congress members listed above have direct ties to the pro-Moscow Connecticut Communist Party, through one or more of its three main front organizations: the Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans, the New Haven Peace Council, or the New Haven Peoples Center.”

No one is spared Louden’s laser. He substantiates his hypocrisy headline with plenty of embarrassing detail, such as Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s multiple trips to communist Cuba.

“Every one of the Connecticut Congressional delegation would, if they were applying for low level federal jobs, struggle to pass an FBI background check,” ruminates Louden.

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Red-Green axis is on fire in Connecticut.

 From, a graphic flier exposes the cozy relationship between Connecticut legislators and eight organizations that support extreme-left-wing and/or Islamic interests.

The organizations include:

  • Muslim Brotherhood (via CAIR and other organizations)
  • Communist Party USA
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Council for a Livable World
  • Working Families Party

Legislators are listed with the committees they serve, so readers can understand the full gravity of the situation.

 Treacherous associations. The big shocker is that all of Connecticut’s finest collude with, promote or are supported by the Communist Party USA.

And all but one (Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro) is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Congressman Jim Himes gets the anti-trophy for his alliance with all of the organizations. All of the legislators are on good terms with at least five of them.

The back of the flier includes links to youtube videos and other sources. For instance, you can view Senator Richard Blumenthal speaking at a 2011 CAIR-CT banquet here.

In case someone doesn’t get the implications, the flier explains:

“The “Red-Green Axis” is the unholy alliance between Communists and the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy America. Both seek to destroy America’s government but for different reasons. Where the Muslim Brotherhood aims to institute an Islamic, Sharia-ruled government through “Civilization Jihad,” the Communists/Progressives/Socialists seek to establish a totalitarian, Marxist government.”

The flier also provides helpful educational links. Nice work!


(Flier posted with permission.)


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A Sandy Hook star crashes and burns

“We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Certainly in the story below, avarice has a part to play. And a good heap of following, too, if you count all of the people who blindly fell in with the popular Sandy Hook mythos.

As for hesitation, there has been enough of that as well, from those fearful of recrimination for looking more closely at the do-gooders behind numerous Sandy Hook charitable foundations.

One of these do-gooders, Kyle Lyddy, is being accused of embezzlement.

Lyddy was the cherubic and ambitious marketing professional who took the spotlight as an active member of “We Are Newtown,” a group that sought to bring the community together after 12-14-12.

Lyddy later served as chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission until stepping down this April. In 2016, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Connecticut’s 106th District state house seat.

More recently, he has been serving as campaign manager of the Oz Griebel/Monte Frank Connecticut gubernatorial campaign.

But on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Lyddy was charged with first-degree larceny for stealing $500,000 from his former employer, Match Marketing Group (Norwalk). The charges followed a month-long investigation.

A Hartford Courant article outlines the sticky-fingered activities that Lyddy is accused of, including a 124-night stay worth $10,000 at the Danbury Holiday Inn on the Match Marketing Group’s credit card. By his admission, Lyddy used a free digital wallet app to charge $60,000 worth of fraudulent purchases. The warrant also listed multiple vacation expenses, including a $7,000 AirBnb stay and, oddly, another $7,000 for the Lyddy family’s annual charity event, Light Up the Point. reports that Match Marketing Group was acquired by Southfield Capital from Beringer Capital in July 2018. According to the Courant, Lyddy had worked for Match since January 2016, resigning in January 2018 after being questioned about fraudulent expenses.

Not fake. Mainstream news sources for this unfortunate incident range from local to national.

Newtown Bee

The Middletown Press

The Hartford Courant

New York Daily News


The widespread unanimity usually points to fake news, but not, I think, in this case.

Scrambling to save face. Statements from gubernatorial candidates Frank and Griebel, as well as Newtown, have been deflective and terse.

From Newtown’s First Selectman, Dan Rosenthal: “At no time did Kyle have access to town funds and there are no complaints from donors alleging malfeasance. Should a complaint arise we stand ready to investigate promptly and fully.”

Newtown resident and lieutenant governorship candidate Monte Frank tweeted: “I am devastated about the news concerning Kyle Lyddy. I’m as shocked as everyone else who knows him. The campaign immediately transitioned his responsibilities to Chris Cooper & Chris DuPont & we are confident that they will guide us forward & sustain our momentum for the people.”

Frank is the Cohen & Wolf attorney who represented the City of Newtown, the Newtown Public Schools and the Newtown Police Department, which acted as a united front during FOIA hearings with Wolfgang Halbig.

A noted gun-control activist, Frank is also the founder of Team 26, a cycling group that lobbies for gun control.

A narrow escape. At one point during Wolfgang Halbig’s determined yet stonewalled FOIA requests (March 2015), Frank canceled a commission hearing on the illegally withheld documents in order to participate in a Team 26 bicycle race.

It’s doubtful that his bike will deliver him from this most recent imbroglio. But maybe he’d be better off sticking to bike races than gubernatorial ones. The Frank/Griebel campaign has been lagging in the polls (low single digits) and fundraising has been disappointing.  No one is commenting on why.

Other criminals? The Sandy Hook 12-14-12 incident already has in its orbit at least one ex-con: Kevin Riley, whose former business, Hartford Trade Service, LLC, was engaged by the State of Connecticut to cremate the alleged remains of accused perpetrator, Adam Lanza.

With this latest development, it appears that more scrutiny may be called for. Avarice is one thing. Embezzlement is another.


H/T: Anne Berg

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Somebody who really died after Sandy Hook.

A friend sent me a story last week about a Bridgeport, CT woman in her thirties who recently lit up a quarter-stick of dynamite. Allegedly, she was rummaging in her basement for alternative lighting during a power outage and mistook the explosive for a candle.

The ensuing explosion blew off several of the poor woman’s fingers. Tragic.

Tempting though it is to compare the poor soul to Wily Coyote or some other intellectually compromised character, it’s pretty evident that many people aren’t proactive about stocking emergency provisions, much less labeling them.

Imagine living out your life without fingers because the lights went out and you were in a blind panic.

Sparking tragic memories. The story reminded me of another victim of an explosion, although this one was the farthest thing, intellectually at least, from Wily Coyote.

On May 31, 2015, Gerald (“Jerry”) Stomski finally succumbed to burns he sustained after an explosion occurred inside his garage in March of the same year. The explosive in this case was the gasoline in Stomski’s lawn mower.

Why should this be of interest to Sandy Hook doubters? Because Stomski had quite a lot to say about Connecticut’s school security systems.

Accidental? A resident of Hampstead, NC at the time of the explosion, Stomski was said to have been working on his lawn mower with the garage door closed. The explosion was blamed on a “gas leak” by Pender County Emergency Director Tom Collins.

From the linked article above: “Collins said investigators are unsure what sparked the explosion, but believe it was accidental.  He said someone passing by saw the smoke, then Stomski lying in the drive way.”

Gasoline is notoriously flammable. (Not the liquid; the vapor.) When mixed with air it will burn at normal working temperatures — actually, temperatures as low as -40F — but only if there’s an ignition source, which could be as minimal as lighting a match.

Working with gasoline in closed quarters is dangerous because vapors can build up instead of dissipating, increasing the chance of an explosion if an ignition source is nearby.

And there’s another factor: If a gas leak occurs, vapors that spread beyond the spill can be ignited from a distance (even from hundreds of feet away) and “flash back” to their source. In this case, a lawn mower or gasoline can. Result: Big explosion.

Without a spark or flame, of course, gasoline won’t burn or explode unless the temperature is around 533 K ( 499.73 F). (This is known as “auto-ignition temperature.”) Unless Stomski was working inside an oven, obviously that degree of heat isn’t what caused the explosion.

Emergency Director Tom Collins wouldn’t even wager a guess as to what ignited the flames. But, whatever it was, working in closed quarters didn’t improve Stomski’s chances.

Surely Stomski knew better. He was by no means challenged intellectually. He held a degree in plant and soil science from UMass; ran a successful landscaping business in Woodbury, CT; served as the town’s “Tree Warden”; and eventually became its First Selectman. The obituary portrays Stomski as a kindly Johnny Appleseed figure, jovially pruning, watering and inspiring children to plant trees.

More relevant to this article, we are given only hints in Stomski’s obituary of his interesting avocations: as an “inventor” and a “security expert.”

Records show that between the years 2001 and 2004, Stomski applied for at least four U.S. patents See:

Transportable security portal for screening potential terrorits [sic]:

Mobile vehicle screening:

Aircraft security system:

Automated security chambers for queues:

It’s obvious from the invention descriptions that Stomski was preoccupied with airport security technology, sparked at least in part by the September 11th “terrorist hijackings.” And this is borne out by the fact that he owned an LLC known as Advanced Automated Security Systems, last registered on Sept. 9, 2003. The location of the LLC had the same address as Stomski’s GS Plant Landscape Enterprises.

A security expert who once spoke his mind. In a Hartford Courant article dated January 17, 2013 – about one month after the Sandy Hook incident – Stomski’s friendship with fellow Woodbury resident, Dawn Hochsprung, emerges as another factor in his biography, and perhaps his untimely demise. (Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary during the time of the 12-14-12 incident, allegedly one of the victims.)

From the article: “He [Stomski] said he believes that airport security technology can be applied to schools.”

There follows a discussion of Stomski’s plans as a school security activist: “He is now hoping to play a role in legislative efforts to improve school safety. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has formed a committee to make recommendations and legislators are expecting multiple bills to be proposed.

“Stomski said he hopes to address legislators if hearings are held and that he is determined to carry on Hochsprung’s motto of “not on my watch.”

“”I hope we are not going to knee jerk our reaction,” Stomski said. “There is not one thing that will solve this issue.”

“Stomski said part of the problem is that schools mostly rely on administrators, teachers or other support personnel to develop plans for their schools when they should be relying on security professionals.

“”The details of security have to go to people in the field. Each school in each town is uniquely different in its security needs. There are different access points, different designs particularly with older schools,” Stomski said.”

The article goes on to describe some of Stomski’s ideas about security measures, such as real-time video streaming “to police headquarters from school parking lots” and beefing up school vestibules with bullet-proof glass.

An undated letter from Stomski to the Connecticut School Safety Committee reveals even more about Stomski’s work with various departments of the U.S. Government (among them, Homeland Security)  as well as his association with the hapless Hochsprung. The letter describes how Stomski met with her in 2009 while she was still acting principal of Mitchell Elementary School (Woodbury):

“I worked with Dawn Hochsprung on writing a successful grant and assisted her with the proper application of these security controls for her school. Additionally, Dawn Hochsprung and I formed a relationship whereas we discussed on numerous occasions, what would need to be done should a shooter breach the school security, forcibly entering the school, and open firing once entered.”

The letter goes on to laud Hochsprung for her actions on 12-14-12 while blaming “the lack of necessary safety precautions and access control measures at that [Sandy Hook Elementary] school …”

Stomski ends the letter with a recommendation that each Connecticut school be profiled individually for particulars like “camera imaging.” One has to wonder what the School Safety Committee thought about Stomski’s full-blown commitment. If set loose, would he drill down into regions beyond Woodbury, profiling the driveways, halls, brick walls, windows and cameras of Newtown and even, say, Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School?

Trouble followed. Perhaps, in his zeal, Stomski asked one too many questions about why, in an era of public video surveillance, there was no security footage of Adam Lanza shattering his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary building. Or maybe certain people didn’t like Stomski’s attitude, which could be “belligerent.”

In any case, less than one month after the Hartford Courant interview, Stomski was in trouble, facing sexual harassment charges after a town resident complained, claiming that she had been offended by Stomski calling her “attractive.” The complaint by Linda Zukauskas was filed with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

The offending word was actually spoken the year before (!), at a May 2012 town meeting. So the timing of the harassment charge is worthy of note.  One Litchfield County Times article framed it as “gender bias,” with the incident described from Zukauskas’s perspective: “ “Harassment is a very subjective thing,” she [Zukauskas] said. “It wasn’t sexual in a ‘Hey baby c’mon’ kind of way, it was sexual in a way that I’m a woman,” she argues.”

Talk about volatile and vindictive. Even the Boston Globe filed a story on it, perhaps only as click bait.

From the Boston Globe article: “Stomski said he uses the word attractive all the time and did not mean it in a sexual way.”

That same year (2013), Stomski would defeat his Republican challenger to become his party’s nominee for First Selectman in November. But he would ultimately lose his First Selectman position and, in 2014, left Woodbury for greener pastures in Hampstead, NC.

A year later, Stomski had a critical safety issue of his own – inside his very own garage – an explosive circumstance that sounds, on its surface, improbable.

Out of character. Think about it: Why would someone as knowledgeable as Stomski box himself in with one of the most flammable substances known to garage owners? And what was the ignition source? Playing with matches seems out of the question.

Stomski’s tragic end may (or may not) be linked with what he knew about the Sandy Hook event.

Such a connection would certainly be more credible than, say, a story about a woman mistaking a stick of dynamite for a candle. Especially in light of this list of people* who, like Stomski, had their own brush with 12-14-12 before falling prey to untimely misfortunes and tragedies.

The above list is likely not complete, but, hopefully, it will ignite something more illuminating than the explosion that took Jerry Stomski’s life: preferably, critical thinking.


*From Duke Reichert (See bottom half of page.)

H/T: Anne Berg and Alison Maynard

See also: Dr. Eowyn’s story, The Case of the Missing Realtor, Robert Hoagland, which also features a lawn mower.






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