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Sandy Hook: The curious case of Adam Lanza’s ex-con funeral director

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza was the 20-year-old alleged mass murderer of Sandy Hook who, on December 14, 2012, first killed his mother, Nancy, with four shots to her face in their family home, then drove a short distance to Sandy Hook Elementary School. There, in the space of 11 minutes, he shot to death 20 first-graders and 6 adults, before killing himself with a shot to the lower back of his head.

Among the many curiosities about Lanza, such as not leaving any online footprints despite being a computer wiz, is the fact that genealogy websites, e.g., Ancestry.com, initially had Lanza’s date of death, according to the Social Security Death Index, as a day before the massacre, on December 13, 2012. It was only after the curious date had been discovered by bloggers, did the websites revise it to the day of the massacre. (See “SSDI changed Adam Lanza’s date-of-death from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012 !!!” and “Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza’s strange Dec. 13 date-of-death just won’t go away”)

This post is about another Adam Lanza oddity: The funeral home and director who cremated his body.

Adam Lanza’s Death Certificate

On Dec. 23, 2012, the UK’s Mirror reported that Lanza was to be cremated in secret “to stop hater mobs targeting his remains”. On Dec. 31, 2012, ABCNews reported that Lanza’s “body” (presumably his ashes) had been claimed by his father, Peter, whose divorce from Nancy was finalized in 2010, and that the funeral home wanted to remain anonymous.

It turns out there is good reason for the funeral home to “remain anonymous”.

The alleged death certificate for Adam Lanza, published by the Sandy Hook skeptics-bashing SandyHookFacts.com, identifies two businesses that were involved in Lanza’s funeral arrangements:

  1. Linwood Crematory as the business in charge of “Disposition” of Lanza’s body (see Box #29 of death certificate).
  2. Hartford Trade Service as the “Funeral Facility” (Box #33), next to which is an illegible scribble as the “Signature of Funeral Director” (Box #34), whose license number is 2698 (Box #35).

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Adam Lanza death certificate

Linwood Cemetery and Crematory is at 41 John Ward Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. Why Linwood was chosen is a mystery because it is located in Massachusetts — not Newtown, Connecticut, where Lanza killed himself; nor Stamford, Connecticut, where Peter Lanza resides; nor Kingston, New Hampshire, where Nancy Lanza was buried. (See Daily Mail)

To add to the confusion, a blogger has “A Statement of Death” for Adam Lanza by a funeral director at an entirely different funeral homeBrookside Chapel and Funeral Home in Plaistow, New Hampshire. (See my post, “Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza’s strange Dec. 13 date-of-death just won’t go away”.) Stranger still, that “Statement of Death” initially also had Lanza’s date of death as 12/13/2012 – a day before the alleged massacre. Nine days later, on 1/24/2013, Brookside made an amended “Statement of Death” with Lanza’s date of death changed to 12/14/2012. 

Hartford Trade Service & the ex-con funeral director kevin riley

That leaves Hartford Trade Service as the “Funeral Facility” for Adam Lanza’s body, and its funeral director who had signed Lanza’s death certificate with an illegible scribble, and whose license number is 2698.

Hartford Trade Service

We did an Internet search for Hartford Trade Service and found several news reports on HTS’s crooked funeral director Kevin Riley.

Kevin Riley, director of Hartford Trade Service

Kevin Riley, director of Hartford Trade Service

According to Hartford Courant, on January 25, 2011, Kevin Riley, 54, funeral director and owner of Hartford Trade Service, was sentenced to eight months in prison for using “a body-removal contract with the state medical examiner’s office to gain access to the estates of people who had died and stole assets from some of them,” and for double-billing state agencies for body removal. 

Prosecutors said Riley had himself appointed administrator of the estates of people with no relatives, giving him access to money and property with little or no scrutiny. Riley and his co-conspirator, Yolande Faulkner, who also was charged with larceny, would then steal money, jewelry and paintings and sell some of them through an auction house where Faulkner also was the bookkeeper. All told, Riley, through Hartford Trade Service, billed the Department of Social Services and the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner more than $25,000. In many of those cases, Riley also charged the state $1,800 in burial fees — while also charging the person’s estate that same amount.

Riley surrendered his funeral director and embalming licenses to the state Department of Public Health and agreed to repay the estates he stole from as well as two state agencies that he had double-billed. Additionally, he must perform 50 hours of community service during each of 3 years of probation once he is released from prison.

Below are the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health‘s notification of Riley’s voluntary surrender of his license, and the discipline citations against him and Hartford Trade Service:

State of Connecticut Dept of Public Health citation against Kevin RileyState of Connecticut discipline citation against HTS and Kevin RileyThe Phonecall

We looked up Hartford Trade Service (HTS) on Legacy.com and found its address and phone number:

Hartford Trade Service: 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108, (860) 282-4500

We called that number, and had an interesting and cordial conversation with HTS’s owner, Kevin.

After 4-5 rings, a man answered. We asked if Hartford Trade Service is a funeral home. He paused, then answered hesitantly, “Yes,” and explained that HTS is a “non-traditional” funeral service because it:

  • Only does cremation; and
  • Does not deal with the public but works “behind the scenes” as a subcontractor to (regular) funeral homes.

He said HTS does not have a website and that his name is “Kevin.” He said HTS is still in business, despite some accounts that it had closed in 2011. Kevin also confirmed that some employee at HTS was in legal trouble a few years ago. He said he’s been HTS’s owner since 2010.

From the phone conversation, in all likelihood “Kevin” is Kevin Riley, funeral director of Hartford Trade Service, who in 2011 was convicted and sentenced to 8-months in prison for overbilling the State of Connecticut (for which HTS must have served as a subcontractor); and for stealing from the homes of deceased, then selling the stolen goods to antiques dealers.

Hartford Trade Service on Google Map

Zillow says Hartford Trade Service’s address, 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108, is a single-family home (lot 5.6 acres), last sold in Jan. 2011 for $280,000. YellowPages.com has HTS as “Open Now”, M-F 8am-5pm.

But when we searched for 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT on Google Map, the building is identified as River Bend Funeral Home Crematorium! Below are two pics we took of the building at 623 Main St.. Curiously, as you can see for yourself, the building carries a sign identifying it as River Bend Funeral Home, not Hartford Trade Service.

River Bend, front copy Signage, River Bend copyIndeed, Funeral Home Resource and AgingCare.com both say River Bend Funeral Home & Crematory is at 623 Main St., (860) 282-4500 — the same address and phone number as Hartford Trade Service’s.

The Visit: Who’s Kevin Davidson?

An in-person visit to 623 Main St. confirms that the building carries only a sign that says “River Bend Funeral Home”. No where is there any indication that the building also houses Hartford Trade Service.

Kevin wasn’t there, but a male assistant “Joe” was, who  said that River Bend Funeral Home’s owner is Kevin Davidson (not Kevin Riley)Here’s Kevin Davidson’s business card, identifying him as the owner of Hartford Trade Service:

Kevin's Business Card copyCuriously, Joe scribbled on the back of Kevin Davidson’s business card the name “yolande” and a phone number (860) 268-2991. According to EmailFinder, that number is the cell phone number of Yolande Faulkner — Kevin Riley’s convicted co-conspirator and partner-in-crime. 

Back of card with Yolande's p.n. copyThe only problem is this: The website ConnecticutCorps: Company Profiles of Connecticut, has Kevin Riley as the owner of River Bend Funeral Home, 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108 — which means the assistant lied. More disturbing still is what ConnecticutCorps says about River Bend’s “Company Overview”:

RIVER BEND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, LLC is a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Connecticut and its company number is 0901394. RIVER BEND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, LLC was registered on May 29, 2007. The company’s status is listed as Dissolved.

As proof, here’s a screenshot of ConnecticutCorps page on River Bend, with the time and date (4/27/2016) when the screenshot was taken:

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ConnecticutCorps on River Bend Funeral Home

The Search for Licenses

We then went on the State of Connecticut’s eLicensing website to search for the licenses of Hartford Trade Service, funeral director Kevin Riley, River Bend Funeral Home & Crematory, and funeral director Kevin Davidson. Alas, we came up empty-handed on all four:

  • We searched for Hartford Trade Service and got this: license expired 1/5/2011.
  • We searched for River Bend Funeral Home and got this: license expired 1/4/2011.
  • We searched for Kevin Riley, funeral director of HTS, and got this: No records found for the criteria entered.
  • We searched for Kevin Riley, funeral director of River Bend Funeral Home, and got this: No records found.
  • We searched for Kevin Davidson of River Bend Funeral Home, and got this: No records found.

Below are screenshots of the search results:

Hartford Trade Service inactive license1Kevin Riley on elicense.ct.govRiver Bend Funeral Home inactive license1

eLicensing search result for Riven Bend Kevin RileyeLicensing search result for River Bend Kevin Davidson

That the State of Connecticut’s eLicensing has no records for funeral home Hartford Trade Service is also confirmed by an anonymous tipster to Professor James Fetzer. In an email, the tipster wrote:

Hartford Trade Service’s business expired 1.5.2011! This is very big as Hartford Trade Service not in business when Sandy Hook occurred! Closed for almost 2 years!

Hartford Trade Service
License type: funeral home
Licence no: 467
Expiration date: 1/05/2011
Granted date: 6/1/1989
License status: Inactive

Conclusion

To summarize, our investigations — online, by phone, in person — found that:

  • The funeral home for Adam Lanza was Hartford Trade Service, which has an expired license, but its owner said on the phone it is in business.
  • Though in business, the building that houses Hartford Trade Service does not identify itself as HTS, but as River Bend Funeral Home & Crematorium instead.
  • The funeral director of Hartford Trade Service, Kevin Riley, is a convicted felon, whom an employee claims to be Kevin Davidson.
  • But a website on company profiles in Connecticut identifies Kevin Riley, not Kevin Davidson, as the owner of River Bend Funeral Home.
  • The State of Connecticut eLicensing website has no records for funeral homes Hartford Trade Service or River Bend Funeral Home, or for funeral directors Kevin Riley or Kevin Davidson.

However, if the Sandy Hook massacre never took place, and Adam Lanza never died (or, as some say, never even existed), then an unlicensed funeral home with an unlicensed funeral director who’s an ex-convict would be the perfect candidate to pose as the “funeral facility” for a non-existent corpse.

See also “A retrospective in crime,” on the checkered “career” path of Kevin Riley.

~Eowyn and Cinderella’s Broom

For the links to all the posts Fellowship of the Minds has published on the Sandy Hook hoax, see our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

For a free copy of the Amazon.com-banned book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook,  click here. To buy a hard copy of the book, sure to be a collector’s item, click here.

Update (April 29, 2016):

A reader, Kelley, of Prof. James Tracy’s Memory Hole Blog called River Bend Funeral Home and spoke to a man who identified himself as Kevin Davidson, the owner of River Bend. He denied that Kevin Riley and Kevin Davidson are the same person, and when Kelley read this post to him, he called my post “shoddy reporting”.

Alas, as I stated in my post, the website ConnecticutCorps: Company Profiles of Connecticut, has Kevin Riley as the owner of River Bend Funeral Home, and that the status of River Bend is “dissolved”. In other words, “Kevin Davidson” lied to Kelley.

Someone should really ask the State of Connecticut why:

  • River Bend, a “dissolved” funeral home whose license, according to the State of Connecticut’s own eLicensing website says has expired, is still in business.
  • Hartford Trade Service, also with an expired license, somehow managed to be the “funeral facility” for Adam Lanza’s corpse.

~Eowyn 

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

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

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

Three groups of defendants are the targets of lawsuits:

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

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

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

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

The other plaintiffs are:

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

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

The Lanza home at 36 Yogananda St., now demolished

The Lanza home at 36 Yogananda St., now demolished

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consigli Construction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sandy Hook Elementary School

new Sandy Hook Elementary School

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

~Éowyn

Sandy Hook families sue Lanza estate, as Newtown demolishes the Lanza home

Americans are notorious for our litigiousness. One of the many curiosities of Sandy Hook is that, unlike other school shootings, the families of the alleged victims of alleged killer Adam Lanza had not filed lawsuits. (See my post of March 29, 2014, “Why are there no Sandy Hook lawsuits?”) Two long years after the alleged massacre, however, some of them are suing, although each victim family has already received MILLIONS of dollars in donations from individual Facebook sites, organized Sandy Hook charities like United Way, and the $11.6 million Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Some of those Facebook and charity sites, curiously, had been created before the alleged massacre, that is, before the alleged victims actually became victims. See:

Lawsuit #1

On Dec. 14, 2014, two years to the day after the alleged school shooting, the families of 9 of Lanza’s 26 victims, as well as a teacher who was wounded, filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that Lanza allegedly had used to kill 20 first-graders and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in less than 5 minutes — a remarkable feat for a young man who reportedly had Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that often results in impaired motor skills and coordination.

Note: By the way, have you ever wondered why Adam Lanza, described as a “genius” with computers by media reports and acquaintances, left no online footprints? — no email, no comments on blogs or news sites, no participation in online video games, although he was a member of a high school technology club that held LAN (local area network) parties, in which students would gather at a member’s home, hook up their computers into a small network and play games. The FBI claims that Adam had smashed his computer’s hard drive, but Adam could not have scrubbed every trace of his online footprints as well.

Then, there’s the curious matter of the Social Security Death Index having Adam’s date-of-death as Dec. 13, 2012, one day before he shot himself after killing 27 people. To this day, despite Freedom of Information Act requests, the State of Connecticut has refused to make public his death certificate, although death certificates are a matter of public record.

The lawsuit claims that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use and is unsuited for hunting or home defense, and that its manufacturer, Bushmaster, is clearly aware that the rifle has become the weapon of choice for mass shootings.

For the names of the plaintiffs, see “Sandy Hook families sue Bushmaster gun manufacturer”.

Lawsuit #2

Then, on Jan. 12, 2015, the parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner, who are also the plaintiffs in Lawsuit #1, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the town of Newtown and its board of education.

Note: Noah is the same Noah Pozner whose image is among posters of the victims of a school shooting in Peshawar, Pakistan, seen in a BBC news video. Curiously, the BBC seems disinterested in why Noah died a second time, nor is Noah’s dad Lenny Pozner protesting against the inclusion of his son’s image among the Peshawar dead. This is the same Lenny Pozner who is waging a relentless campaign, prevailing on YouTube to take down videos uncovering the Sandy Hook hoax, and harassing bloggers like Timothy Hunter, a college kid, into silence. See also “The curious parents of Sandy Hook child victim Noah Pozner.”

BBC Noah

The lawsuit against Newtown and its board of education claims that security measures at the school allowed the attack to happen — that SHES had security policies and procedures in place that teachers weren’t able to follow on the day of the killings, including:

  • Classroom doors could only be locked from the outside with keys, leaving teachers vulnerable to intruders.
  • The front of the school didn’t have security glass to protect against gunshots.
  • A teacher in one of the two classrooms where students were killed was a substitute, didn’t have a key and didn’t receive training on the security protocols. (Daily Mail)

Lawsuits #3

On March 14, 2015, The Hartford Courant reports that in late January, two separate lawsuits were filed by the families of eight Sandy Hook victims against the estate of Nancy Lanza — Adam’s mother whom he allegedly had killed before he allegedly drove to the school on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012. The lawsuits claim that Nancy carelessly allowed her son access to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that he allegedly used in the alleged massacre:

  1. The plaintiffs of one lawsuit consist of the families of three child victims (Benjamin Wheeler, Dylan Hockley, Daniel Barden) and four adult victims (Rachel D’Avino, Mary Scherlach, Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau), as well as two teachers who were injured (Natalie Hammond and Deborah Pisani). Their lawsuit was filed by Bridgeport attorney Joshua Koskoff.
  2. The second lawsuit was filed by the family of child victim James Mattioli. The lawyer is Angelo Ziotas of Stamford.
The Lanza home at 36 Yogananda St.

The Lanza home at 36 Yogananda St.

Stamford attorney Samuel Starks, the administrator of Nancy Lanza’s estate, is named as the defendant. Starks estimates the estate is worth about $64,000, but attorneys have said Nancy also had as much as $1 million of insurance on her home that the plaintiffs could seek. Nancy’s estate is worth only $64,000? Her house at 36 Yogananda St., in an affluent section of Newtown, was assessed at $523,000 at one point, according to The Courant.

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

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

See “The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes.”

The last time I checked, the ownership of the house had reverted to Ryan Lanza, Adam’s older brother. But The Courant says that “The house was donated to the town [Newtown] by a New Jersey bank that took over the mortgage that Nancy Lanza had on the property.” In January, the city of Newtown voted to demolish the Lanza home, just as the city had also demolished Sandy Hook Elementary School, allegedly for asbestos contamination, with all the construction workers of Consigli Construction sworn to secrecy by signing confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building.

Note: Newtown had known about Sandy Hook Elementary School’s asbestos and other environmental contaminants for years, which — together with other evidence — points to the school having already been abandoned long before the alleged massacre. See “Was Sandy Hook Elementary School already abandoned before the massacre?

Consigli is the Italian word for advice. Mafia dons or bosses have personal counselors called consiglier.

Needless to say, demolishing the school and the Lanza house is also a neat way to destroy evidence. Defendants in the aforementioned Sandy Hook lawsuits should take note! H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV For the links to the posts we’ve published on the Sandy Hook hoax, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page. ~Éowyn

Sandy Hook families sue Bushmaster gun manufacturer

Sandy Hoax

One of the many curiosities about the Sandy Hook massacre of Dec. 14, 2012 — in which alleged lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, allegedly killed 20 kids and 6 adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — is the absence of lawsuits by the victims’ families. (See my post of March 29, 2014, “Why are there no Sandy Hook lawsuits?”)

That has to be a first in notoriously litigious America, where in 1994, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled a cup of hot McDonald’s coffee on herself sued McDonald’s restaurant and was awarded $2.86 million by a New Mexico civil jury. (The trial judge later reduced the final verdict to $640,000, and the parties settled for a confidential amount before an appeal was decided.)

On Dec. 14, 2014, two years to the day after the alleged massacre, the strange absence of Sandy Hook lawsuits came to an end when, as the AP reports, the families of 9 of the 26 people killed, as well as a teacher who was wounded, filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that Lanza allegedly used in the shooting.

The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use and is unsuited for hunting or home defense. As attorney Josh Koskoff put it in a release, “The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the United States military to meet the needs of changing warfare. In fact, one of the Army’s specifications for the AR-15 was that it has the capability to penetrate a steel helmet.”

The lawsuit claims that Bushmaster is clearly aware that the AR-15 has become the weapon of choice for mass shootings: “Time and again, mentally unstable individuals and criminals have acquired an AR-15 with ease, and they have unleashed the rifle’s lethal power on our streets, our malls, our places of worship, and our schools.”

As one of the plaintiffs, Bill Sherlach, put it, the gun industry needs to be held to “standard business practices” when it comes to assuming the risk for producing, making and selling a product. “These [gun] companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the 10 plaintiffs, 9 of whom are the families of:

  1. Daniel Barden, child
  2. Rachel D’Avino, special ed teacher
  3. Dylan Hockley, child
  4. Jesse Lewis, child
  5. Noah Pozner, child
  6. Lauren Rousseau, teacher
  7. Mary Sherlach, school psychologist
  8. Vicki Soto, teacher
  9. Benjamin Wheeler, child
  10. The 10th plaintiff is Natalie Hammond, a teacher who was injured in the shooting.

The lawsuit names three defendants:

  1. Bushmaster Firearms, the manufacturer of the rifle.
  2. Camfour, a firearm distributor.
  3. Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor where Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza, allegedly had purchased the Bushmaster rifle in 2010.

Bushmaster Firearms International

There have been two notable lawsuits against gun manufacturers:

  • In 2002, a federal judge in California ruled that Bushmaster and other gun manufacturers were not responsible for a 1999 shooting spree that killed a postal worker and injured five people at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles. The judge said a lawsuit by the victims’ families did not show a link between the manufacturers and the shooting rampage.
  • In 2004, in a lawsuit over the .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle used in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper shootings that killed 10 people in 2002, Bushmaster and a Washington state gun dealer agreed to pay $550,000 and $2.5 million, respectively, to two survivors and six families. It was the first time a gun manufacturer had agreed to pay damages to settle claims of negligent distribution of weapons.

In 2005, Congress and President George W. Bush approved a federal law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields gun makers from lawsuits over criminal use of their products, with 6 exemptions. One of the exemptions is the “negligent entrustment” exemption, defined in the law as “the supplying of a qualified product by a seller for use by another person when the seller knows, or reasonably should know, the person to whom the product is supplied is likely to, and does, use the product in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury to the person or others.”

Dan Altimari reports for the Hartford Courant, Dec. 15, 2014, that the Sandy Hook lawsuit will test the 2005 federal law designed to protect gun companies by using the negligent entrustment exemption, normally applied to car accident cases. In a negligent entrustment case, a party (Bushmaster) can be held liable for entrusting a product, in this case the Bushmaster rifle, to another party (Nancy and Adam Lanza) who then causes harm to a third party (Lanza’s victims).

Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton, who has written a book about the history of lawsuits against gun companies, said an example of negligent entrustment would be the sale of a weapon by a gun retailer to a suicidal person. A negligent entrustment lawsuit would claim the retailer should have known not to sell that person a gun. Lytton said, “The court needs to decide whether they want to extend negligent entrustment from a retailer selling a gun to someone standing right in front of them to the theory that the manufacturer of the weapon is also responsible when the weapon they made is then sold by another party to a third person.”

Dennis Henigan, former vice president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that extending negligent entrustment to the gun manufacturer Bushmaster Firearms is unprecedented, having never before been brought before a court. It is therefore difficult to predict what will happen, although “Most state judges will want to find a way to allow these victims their day in court.”

There are rumors on the Internet that financier George Soros, a gun control advocate, had bought Bushmaster. If this is true, we would have good reason to question the Sandy Hook lawsuit and if the lawsuit would ever go to trial.

But the rumor is not true. (See my post of Nov. 1, 2011, “Is Soros Buying Up Guns in the U.S.?“)

Instead, Bushmaster and other leading gun makers had been acquired by a company called the Freedom Group that the New York Times calls “the most powerful and mysterious force in the American commercial gun industry today.” Behind Freedom Group is the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management (CCM), which is named after Cerberus, the 3-headed dog that guarded the gates of Hades or Hell in Greek mythology. Steve Feinberg, CCM’s chief executive, co-founded CCM in 1992 with William L. Richter, who currently serves as a senior managing director.

From The New York Times, Nov. 26, 2011:

In recent years, many top-selling brands — including the 195-year-old Remington Arms, as well as Bushmaster Firearms and DPMS, leading makers of military-style semiautomatics — have quietly passed into the hands of a single private company. It is called the Freedom Group — and it is the most powerful and mysterious force in the American commercial gun industry today. […]

Even within gun circles, the Freedom Group is something of an enigma. Its rise has been so swift that it has become the subject of wild speculation and grassy-knoll conspiracy theories. In the realm of consumer rifles and shotguns — long guns, in the trade — it is unrivaled in its size and reach. […]

Behind this giant is Cerberus Capital Management, the private investment company that […] has been buying big names in guns and ammo. […] “We believe our scale and product breadth are unmatched within the industry,” the Freedom Group said in a filing last year with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

[…] Mark Eliason, the vice president for sales and marketing at Windham Weaponry, a new competitor of Bushmaster that was established by Bushmaster’s founder […] estimates that roughly 20 percent of the long guns for sale here are made by Freedom Group companies. […] About a third of it [ammunition] comes from the Freedom Group […].

Some gun enthusiasts have claimed that the power behind the company is actually George Soros, the hedge-fund billionaire and liberal activist. Mr. Soros, these people have warned, is buying American gun companies so he can dismantle the industry, Second Amendment be damned.

The chatter grew so loud that the National Rifle Association issued a statement in October denying the rumors. “N.R.A. has had contact with officials from Cerberus and Freedom Group for some time,” the N.R.A. assured its members. “The owners and investors involved are strong supporters of the Second Amendment and are avid hunters and shooters.”

Mr. Soros isn’t behind the Freedom Group, but, ultimately, another financier is: Stephen A. Feinberg, the chief executive of Cerberus {…] a Princeton graduate who [joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps while at Princeton].

Today, Mr. Feinberg presides over a private empire that rivals some of the mightiest public companies in the land. Cerberus manages more than $20 billion in capital. Together, the companies it owns generate annual revenue of about $40 billion — more than either Amazon or Coca-Cola last year.

Why Cerberus went after gun companies isn’t clear.

[…] Cerberus brings some connections to the table. The longtime chairman of its global investments group is Dan Quayle, the former vice president. The Freedom Group, meantime, has added two retired generals to its board. One is George A. Joulwan, who retired from the Army after serving as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe. The other is Michael W. Hagee, formerly commandant of the Marine Corps.

For the links to the posts we’ve published on the Sandy Hook mystery, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

No one died in Sandy Hook: Testimony from Social Security Death Master File

When a person in the United States dies, his/her death is recorded by the federal government.

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records created from the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF). Most persons in the U.S. who had died since 1936, had had a Social Security number, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration are listed in the SSDI.

Unlike the Death Master File, the SSDI is available free to the public on several genealogy websites, such as Genealogy Bank. The “state of issue” refers to the state that had issued the individual’s Social Security number.

On January 20, 2013, I undertook a search on Genealogy Bank for the SSDI of Adam Lanza — the alleged mass murderer of his mother, Nancy Lanza, and 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

To my astonishment, Genealogy Bank had Lanza’s SSDI as December 13, 2012 — a day BEFORE the alleged mass shooting. (See “SSDI says Adam Lanza died a day before Sandy Hook massacre“)

Here’s a screenshot I took of Adam Lanza’s SSDI record on the website GenealogyBank.com. The date (1/20/2013) and time (2:29PM) when I took the screenshot can be seen in the lower right corner of the image below.

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Adam Lanza died 12-13-2012

After the discovery of Lanza’s 12/13/2012 SSDI went viral, on or around February 2, 2013, Genealogy Bank changed Lanza’s SSDI to 12/14/2012, the day of the alleged massacre. (See “SSDI changed Adam Lanza’s date-of-death from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012 !!!”)

Another genealogy website, Ancestry.com, was slower on the uptake. Three days after Genealogy Bank had changed its SSDI for Lanza to 12/14/2012, Ancestry.com still listed Lanza’s SSDI as 12/13/2012. (See “Ancestry.com still has Adam Lanza’s date-of-death as a day before the Sandy Hook massacre”)

Lanza’s curious SSDI aside, I was able to find on Genealogy Bank the SSDI (of 12/14/2012) of all of Lanza’s victims, except one — that of Ana Marquez-Greene, age 6, whose father is jazz musician Jimmy Greene. In my search for Ana, I had used every variation of her name: Ana Marquez, Ana Marquez-Greene, Ana Greene, to no avail. I hypothesized that the lack of a SSDI for Ana Marquez-Greene may be because her parents had not yet obtained a Social Security card/number for her. (See “Dec. 14 was date of death for every Sandy Hook massacre victim, except Adam Lanza“)

But wait!

Remember what I’d written at the beginning of this post — that the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records created from the federal government Social Security Administration’s Death Master File?

What if I were to tell you that the Death Master File does NOT contain the SSDIs for any of Adam Lanza’s victims?

In other words, according to the United States Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, nobody died at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

That’s exactly what blogger LivingonPlanetZ of Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon reported on Feb. 22, 2014.

LivingonPlanetZ refers us to what he calls an “originating website” — a document published on archives.org (date unknown), titled “Sandy Hook – NO DEATHS, NO VICTIMS; According to SSDI Official Master File.” (You can also read the document in PDF here or here.)

The anonymous person who uploaded the 107-page document to archives.org had accessed the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, updated through January 1, 2014, and searched for Adam Lanza’s victims — in vain.

The document says:

You are invited to search all of these records for the putative ‘victims’ of the Sandy Hook massacre. The children should all be 6 to 7 years old (“born” 2005-2006), and should have “died” in 2012. The adult “victims” appear in the appendix. (Each entry is followed by a 6-7 digit serial entry number, which demonstrates the continuity of the alphabetical listing – in other words, that they are presented here unaltered.)

I did just that and can verify the claim that none of Adam Lanza’s victims is in Social Security’s Death Master File. But before I present my findings, here are the Sandy Hook victims (name, birth date, gender, age at death), according to news accounts:

CHILDREN

  1. Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)
  2. Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)
  3. Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)
  4. Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)
  5. Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)
  6. Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)
  7. Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)
  8. Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)
  9. Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)
  10. Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)
  11. James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)
  12. Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)
  13. Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)
  14. Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)
  15. Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)
  16. Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)
  17. Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)
  18. Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)
  19. Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)
  20. Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

ADULTS

  1. Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (age 29)
  2. Dawn Hocksprung, 06/28/65, female (age 47)
  3. Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (age 52)
  4. Lauren Russeau, 1982, female (age 29)
  5. Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, female (age 56)
  6. Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (age 27)

Here are the search results for each of the above names in the Social Security Death Master File (DMF). In the list below, the names of alleged child victims are colored pink; those of adults are colored green:

  1. Charlotte Bacon: DMF has 36 individuals named Charlotte Bacon, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Charlotte Bacon.
  2. Daniel Barden: DMF has 6 individuals named Daniel or Danny Barden, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Daniel Barden.
  3. Olivia Engel: DMF has one Olivia Engel, but she was born on May 18, 1905.
  4. Josephine Gay: DMF has 29 Josephine Gay, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Josephine Gay.
  5. Anna Marquez: DMF has 21 Anna Marquez, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Anna Marquez.
  6. Dylan Hockley: DMF has no one named Dylan Hockley.
  7. Madeline Hsu: DMF has no one named Madeline Hsu. The closest, an individual named M. Hsu, was born on Oct. 27, 1940.
  8. Catherine Hubbard: DMF has 68 individuals named Catherine Hubbard, none of whom is the Sandy Hook Catherine Hubbard.
  9. Chase Kowalski: DMF has no one named Chase Kowalski. The closest, Chas Kowalski, was born on April 10, 1900.
  10. Jesse Lewis: DMF has 565  individuals named Jess or Jesse Lewis, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Jesse Lewis.
  11. James Mattioli: DMF has no one named James Mattioli.
  12. Grace McDonnell: DMF has 38 individuals named Grace or Gracie McDonnell, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Grace McDonnell.
  13. Emilie Parker: DMF has 12 individuals named Emilie, Emilia, or Emiline Parker, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Emilie Parker.
  14. Jack Pinto: DMF has 12 individuals named Jack or Jacob Pinto, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Jack Pinto.
  15. Noah Pozner: DMF has no one named Noah Pozner.
  16. Caroline Previdi: DMF has no one named Caroline Previdi.
  17. Jessica Rekos: DMF has no one named Jessica Rekos.
  18. Avielle Richman: DMF has 5 individuals with a first name that begins with the alphabet A and a last name of Richman, none of whom is Avielle Richman.
  19. Benjamin Wheeler: DMF has 206 individuals named Benjamin (or Benjamine, Benjemin, Benj, Benji) Wheeler, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Benjamin Wheeler.
  20. Allison Wyatt: DMF has 4 individuals named Allison Wyatt, none of whom is Sandy Hook’s Allison Wyatt.
  21. Rachel Davino: DMF has no one named Rachel Davino.
  22. Dawn Hochsprung: DMF has no one named Dawn Hochsprung.
  23. Ann Marie Murphy: DMF has 11 individuals named Ann (or Anna) Murphy, 4 of whom are named Ann Marie Murphy, but none of them is Sandy Hook’s Ann Marie Murphy.
  24. Lauren Russeau: DMF has no one named Lauren Russeau.
  25. Mary Sherlach: DMF has two Marian Sherlach, but none named Mary Sherlach.
  26. Victoria Soto: DMF has 50 individuals named Victoria Soto. The closest is a Victoria G. Soto who was born about 1985, married in Texas on July 2, 2011, but is not dead.

LivingonPlanetZ posted about the document “Sandy Hook – NO DEATHS, NO VICTIMS; According to SSDI Official Master File” on February 22, 2014.

It is noteworthy that a month later, Social Security Administration changed its policy on the public’s access to its Death Master File. On the website of the Social Security Administration, it says beginning March 27, 2014, the public can have only “limited access” to its Death Master File. To gain access to the DMF, we the American people must now jump through several hoops:

  • One must be “certified” (via having one’s application approved) to be granted “limited access”.
  • Only certain people are eligible to be “certified”. One must have a “legitimate” fraud prevention interest, or have a “legitimate” business purpose pursuant to a law, governmental rule, regulation, or fiduciary duty in order to be certified under the program. (The critical word “legitimate” is undefined, which means Social Security Administration’s bureaucrats decide what “legitimate” means.)
  • Those who are “certified” for access to the Death Master File must pay a hefty annual per-person subscription fee of $995.

Then there’s this cover-their-posterior all-purpose qualifier by Social Security Administration:

This [Death Master] file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are available to the SSA: social security number, name, date of birth, date of death. The SSA does not have a death record for all persons; therefore, SSA does not guarantee the veracity of the file. Thus, the absence of a particular person is not proof this person is alive.

But wait!

We don’t just have to depend on Social Security’s Death Master File data to know that no one died at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

How do we know that?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tells us so!

Adan Salazar reports for Infowars, Sept. 24, 2014, that recently released FBI crime statistics show that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, despite reports that 20 schoolchildren, 6 faculty members, and Nancy Lanza were killed or, in the case of Adam Lanza, committed suicide on December 14, 2012.

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FBI 2012 crime stats1

In contrast to the Connecticut report, the 2012 FBI crime report for the state of Colorado shows that 29 murders occurred in the town of Aurora that year, a figure that takes into account the 12 people who died in the Century Theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012.

FBI crime stats2

To conclude, no one was killed on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. More perverse still, according to the Social Security Administration’s records, none of the alleged Sandy Hook victims ever lived!

As the author of “Sandy Hook – NO DEATHS, NO VICTIMS; According to SSDI Official Master File” puts it:

ALL of the identities of the “children victims” of the supposed Sandy Hook massacre, are purely fictitious identities, with no record of either birth or death. As to the adult “victims”, the only one with an identity possibly verifiable from the intact SSD Master File, is Victoria G. Soto. The other identities may or may not have been assumed by real people at some time; but the identities themselves are nevertheless fictitious. Secondary copies of the Master File, or perhaps earlier versions, appear to have been altered or “corrected”, to include the fake identities. Such altered copies appear to be in use by popular genealogy search websites, though inconsistently.

H/t Nicholas K, Kelleigh N, Victoria M.

For Fellowship of the Minds’ other posts on this great deception, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

~Eowyn

Are Sandy Hook children killed a year ago still alive?

A video uploaded to YouTube two days ago has a startling claim — some of the children who allegedly were shot dead by alleged mass murderer Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School may be alive.

Not only are they alive, the video claims they actually were members of the Sandy Hook choir that sang at last year’s Super Bowl.

Unlike another video making the same claim, this video has the merit of side-by-side pics of the Sandy Hook child and the allegedly-same child (though older) at the Super Bowl.

Here’s the video:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinarily rigorous and compelling evidence. The claim that at least some of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School a year ago are still alive is an extraordinary claim. For me, the problems with such a claim include:

1. Children can change a lot in just a few years because they are growing and not yet fully formed.

2. Comparing a child today with a picture of the same child one or more years ago (we don’t know if the photos of the murdered Sandy Hook children were contemporary or, as some bloggers have claimed, several years old) is difficult and fraught with uncertainties.

3. Such a comparison is made even more difficult because the child’s hairstyles and poses are different.

That being said, I am troubled by this:

It’s one thing to find ONE child in the choir who resembles a supposedly murdered child, but to find EIGHT in the choir who bear a resemblance, no matter how vague, to EIGHT supposedly murdered children stretches one’s credulity. Here are the eight:

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The authorities at Newtown and Connecticut can put these suspicions to rest by:

  • Releasing the death certificates of the 20 children and 6 adults who allegedly were killed at Sandy Hook school. But they refuse to do that — not even the death certificates of Adam and Nancy Lanza! — even rejecting the AP’s and other media’s Freedom of Information Act requests. Adam Lanza’s death certificate is especially important because Social Security Death Index (SSDI) had his date of death as December 13, 2012, a day BEFORE the massacre.  SSDI later changed the date to December 14 only after bloggers had discovered the Dec. 13 date of death.
  • Releasing Sandy Hook Elementary School’s surveillance tape or, if the school didn’t have surveillance cameras despite recently installing a new surveillance and security system, tell the public the school didn’t have a surveillance camera. Alas, we are not told that.
  • Release a FULL report of what happened that awful day on December 14, 2012, including the 911 audio recording and autopsy reports of the dead. Instead, the state of Connecticut released only a PARTIAL report on Nov. 25, 2013.

What do you think?

H/t FOTM reader Sande

For all the posts FOTM has published on this shooting, see our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

Update (Sept. 27, 2014):

Please see “No one died in Sandy Hook: Testimony from Social Security Death Master File

~Eowyn 

Sandy Hook Massacre: 14 never-before-seen photos

Adam & Nancy Lanza

Adam & Nancy Lanza

Yesterday, State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky released the long-awaited but not-a-full report* of the State of Connecticut’s investigation into the Sandy Hook massacre of December 14, 2012, wherein alleged shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School, after first shooting his 52-year-old mother Nancy 4 times in her face in their home at 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut .

* See “Secrecy continues over Sandy Hook massacre

Nancy Lanza had just returned from a 3-day “mini break” to Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, wherein she stayed at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, checking out at 12:27 pm on December 13. Nancy had left Adam alone in their $1.4 million mansion in Newtown, CT. Reportedly, these “mini-breaks” were something Nancy often took.

Lanza home 36 Yogananda St.

The Lanza family home at 36 Yogananda St., with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on 2.19 acres. Curiously, the real estate website Zillow says the house is not for sale. Assuming Adam’s brother, Ryan, inherited Nancy’s estate (since she is divorced), why would Ryan hang onto the house?

The state attorney’s report details every step Lanza allegedly took as he “shot his way” into the school building, as well as evidence seized from his possessions, including news about school shootings, a school shooting video game, and materials on pedophilia and rights of pedophiles. The report describes Lanza as having Asperger Syndrome: a type of autism characterized by restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests; significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication; and reduced empathy. But the report offers no motive for his alleged killings.

Click here for the HufPo article. Click here for the full report.

Along with the written Report of the State Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, are some never-before-seen photos.

Here are 14 of those photos (source: Radar Online):

SH1Firearms and ammo found inside a safe in Lanza’s bedroom.

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Lanza’s badge from the Newtown Technology Team

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SH3A photo of a shattered window at the elementary school

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The windows of Adam Lanza’s bedroom in the basement appeared to be blocked out with garbage bags held up with painter’s tape.

SH8SH9Video games such as Left 4 Dead, Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4 and Metal Gear Solid were also photographed as evidence.

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Click here for links to all the posts FOTM’s published on the massacre.

UPDATE:

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Another photo of the smashed window in the lobby of Sandy Hook school (source: ctpost.com)

~Eowyn