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My view: Sandy Hook conspiracy theories. (Part 2)

Now, the second and final part of this page, dedicated to quashing the ‘theories’ of the Sandy Hook hoaxers.

CONTENTS (Part Two):

  1. Are the ‘victims’ still alive?
  2. Deceased Sandy Hook principal at Boston bombing?
  3. Is Adam Lanza still alive? Was he a real person?
  4. Why were there no tears in the aftermath of the tragedy?
  5. Online memorial pages created before tragedy?
  6. Would frantic kids be difficult targets for an unstable teenager?
  7. Why is the entire Sandy Hook building being demolished?
  8. Concluding point.

1) ‘Victims’ still alive?

Another claim by some hoaxers is that some of the supposed Sandy Hook victims are not victims at all, and that they are still alive. This claim is based upon the discovery of some photos of people who look similar to some of those apparently killed during the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The victim who is most commonly used in this hoax theory is Emilie Parker (mentioned above), but there has also been a claim made about Victoria Soto, a teacher who was also (apparently) killed in the shooting.

Madeline Parker (2nd girl from left - red skirt) is pictured here with President Obama.

Madeline Parker (2nd girl from left – red skirt) is pictured here with President Obama.

A portrait of the Parker family, dated 2010.

A portrait of the Parker family, dated 2010.

Starting with Emilie Parker then, the hoax claim is based on the fact that a girl who looks similar to Emilie is shown in a photograph with President Barack Obama, soon after the shooting. The key word in that sentence is similar, and the similarity is expected, as the girl pictured with Obama is Emilie’s sister, Madeline. The heart-warming photo is shown here. The hoaxers claim that Madeline is in fact Emilie, and this is proof that Emilie didn’t die in the Sandy Hook shooting. First of all, this is a preposterous claim, as surely the people orchestrating the hoax would be sensible enough to not photograph one of the supposed victims, when they had recently created a fake scenario which would mean she was dead.

Proof that Emilie Parker is NOT the girl pictured with Obama after the shooting.

Proof that Emilie Parker is NOT the girl pictured with Obama after the shooting.

Secondly, if you look at the close-up photos shown here, you can easily see that Emilie and Madeline Parker have different appearances, and therefore it is easy to see that Emilie is not the girl pictured with Obama after the shooting. There are three main differences in their appearances:

  • Emilie’s nose is wider at the base than Madeline’s.
  • The girl’s hair partings are in different places (Madeline’s is more central)
  • Madeline has a more prominent chin than her sister.
  • CLICK THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE!

Clearly the girl photographed with Obama is Madeline Parker, not her sister, Emilie.

There are a couple more hoaxer points about the Emilie Parker case, but neither of them have a leg to stand on. One suggests that the Parker family portrait has been photoshopped, due to the ‘peculiar’ shape of Samantha Parker’s hand (the girl at the center of the photo). This is a poor claim though, as several photos have surfaced online of other children making hand shapes identical to Samantha’s.

Finally, some hoaxers question why Barack Obama and the children in the photo (above) are smiling so much. Well, this photo was taken only a day or so after the shooting, the children wouldn’t have fully understood the idea of death at that point, nor would they have completely acknowledged the permanent loss of their siblings. They are entitled to be smiling due to their juvenile innocence. Obama, in these children’s eyes, would be a figure of hope and cheer if they saw him smiling. This is a photo that these children will treasure for the rest of their lives, as Obama was comforting them at this point.

Victoria Soto, aged 27, was killed in the shooting, but saved the children in her class

Victoria Soto, aged 27, was killed in the shooting, but saved the children in her class.

Moving on to the idea of Victoria Soto still being alive, this is a more fruitless claim than the Emilie Parker one, as there is no photographic evidence that supports this. Victoria Soto was hailed as a heroine of Sandy Hook, because when she heard gunfire, she herded her class into a store closet before Lanza reached their classroom. As he entered, Soto told him that the class were in the gym. Lanza shot her, but the children in the closet all survived. For hoaxers to try and tarnish the memory of such a remarkable woman is quite frankly, sickening.

One of the hoaxer claims about Victoria Soto (and the most ludicrous one) is that the picture of here shown here, is obviously photoshopped, due to an “impossible leg-to-torso angle.” Apparently hoaxers have never tried sitting down before, because the manner in which Soto is sitting in the above photograph is far from impossible. This ridiculous claim can be found through this link: http://nodisinfo.com/Home/victoria-soto-isnt-real-fake-photos-fake-tweets/.

Carlee Soto, sister of Victoria, is pictured in this iconic photo, as she learns of her sister's death.

Carlee Soto, sister of Victoria, is pictured, as she learns of her sister’s death.

The second claim made by hoaxers is that Victoria Soto was acting the role of her sister (Carlee) on the day of the shooting. Carlee Soto was pictured in the iconic photograph of her in shock, as she realizes that her sister was killed in the shooting. However hoaxers dispute this, and they say that the woman in that photo isn’t Carlee Soto, but in fact her sister, Victoria, playing the role of her own grieving sister. This can be easily quashed by simply looking at the close-up facial photos of Victoria and Carlee Soto (shown below).

The family resemblance is clear, but they are far from identical. There is no way that they are the same woman, meaning that this hoaxer theory is worthless.

Carlee (left) and Victoria Soto (right)

Carlee (left) and Victoria Soto (right).

There are a number of other minor claims, from hoaxers showing us photos of grieving Sandy Hook parents and then photos of crisis actors and saying that they look similar. But all of these claims can be quashed in the same way that I have done above (for Victoria Soto and Emilie Parker). “Similar” does not mean “the same”!

Dylan Hockley, aged 6, was killed in the shooting.

Dylan Hockley, aged 6, was killed in the shooting.

That same rule applies to the final claim made by hoaxers, regarding the victims still being alive. Dylan Hockley, a 6-year old boy killed in the shooting, is apparently (according to hoaxers) still alive. There is a photo of a child standing behind Obama, at a speech he made a month after the shooting, this child looks similar to Dylan, but if you look closely it is not.

The photo of Dylan Hockley’s look-alike is shown below, pictured with Obama during a Presidential speech. At first glance they look very much alike, but once again, similar doesn’t mean the same.

  • The child with Obama has larger ears.
  • Dylan clearly has striking blue eyes, the eye color of the child below is darker.
  • The child with Obama is clearly older than Dylan, he has longer arms and broader shoulders.
  • Dylan has thicker eyebrows than the child with Obama.
Dylan Hockley's look-alike, with Obama in January 2013.

Dylan Hockley’s look-alike, with Obama in January 2013.

Simple, face recognition software could undoubtedly provide us with more differences between Dylan and this child photographed with Obama. But even a superficial look at the faces, and the bodies of these two children shows that they are not the same person.

Any further claim by hoaxers concerning Dylan Hockley, Victoria Soto or Emilie Parker is therefore fruitless.

2) Deceased Sandy Hook principal at Boston bombing?

Very short section here, because it’s that easy to debunk. There is a fake image made by a hoaxer that apparently shows Dawn Hochsprung’s name on the list of casualties at the Boston Marathon bombing 2013. Hochsprung was the principal at Sandy Hook school and she was killed during the shooting there. No official casualty list has Hochsprung’s name on, nor is there any photographic evidence of her being in Boston that day, but some hoaxers still try and promote this story. Give me strength!

REAL: Dawn Hochsprung at Sandy Hook (left), and apparently at Boston (right) FAKE

REAL: Dawn Hochsprung at Sandy Hook (left), and apparently at Boston (right) FAKE

Another badly-formed story by some hoaxers is that Hochsprung wasn’t a casualty in Boston, but she was there on that day. The story keeps changing, huh? The image that is used to support this claim is laughably fake. Apparently there was a news interview with someone called Donna that day, and hoaxers have photoshopped Hochsprung’s photo into that news snapshot. The picture is shown next to this paragraph. The image on the left is the news coverage of Sandy Hook, revealing that Hochsprung was a victim. The image on the right is the faked news snapshot which suggests that Hochsprung was still alive and was in Boston on the day of the bombing. Obviously faked, whichever hoaxer created this claim, hang your head in shame!

3) Adam Lanza alive? Was he a real person?

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter.

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter.

Another claim made by hoaxers is the idea that Adam Lanza, the 20-year old madman who murdered 26 people during the school shooting, is actually still alive. Adam Lanza lived with his mother about five miles away from Sandy Hook elementary school, he was reportedly autistic, although he was described as intelligent but seclusive. He attended Sandy Hook school for a brief time, but he was bullied heavily there, which may have been a motive for his attack.

Ryan Lanza, being arrested on suspicion of committing the murder which his brother had committed earlier that day.

Ryan Lanza, being arrested on suspicion of committing the murder which his brother had committed earlier that day.

The main claim made by hoaxers about the gunman, is that he and his brother, Ryan, are the same person, therefore he is still alive. So it’s the same old story about people who look similar, but they’re not the same person. The two photos next to this paragraph don’t necessarily prove this, because both of them are quite obscure in terms of facial details, although at first glance they do have some differences. Ryan has a wider face and a different hairstyle, but these are inconclusive.

However the group of photos below, shows Adam and Ryan Lanza growing up, as different people.

  • Adam Lanza has always had quite harsh, naturally-wide eyes from a young age, whereas Ryan’s eyes appear more ‘normal.’
  • Ryan looks more well-built and generally bigger than his brother.
  • In the picture of Ryan, second from the right, you can see he has some muscle on his arm, whereas photos of Adam show that he has skinny arms even in his late-teens.
  • Adam also has a thinner, more hollow-looking face, whilst Ryan has a more rounded face.
  • Apart from the very first photo of Ryan, he has always had a clear parting in his locks of hair, whereas Adam has always had a straight fringe.
  • The brothers also have different noses, Adam’s nose is slightly upward-facing at the base, whilst Ryan’s is pointier and downward-facing (where his nostrils are).
  • Adam has a thinner neck than his brother.

There are probably a few more differences, but the point of the matter is clear, Adam and Ryan Lanza are not the same person, and this is clear from the photos of them growing up (shown below). Therefore it is entirely reasonable to believe that Ryan is still alive and Adam is dead, after killing himself in the Sandy Hook shooting last year.

Adam Lanza (top row) and Ryan (bottom row). Are they the same person? No!

Adam Lanza (top row) and Ryan (bottom row). Are they the same person? No!

Even having just proven beyond reasonable doubt that Adam and Ryan Lanza are not the same person, there will still be hoaxers who refuse to acknowledge this. They can’t be helped, but one of the other pieces of evidence that hoaxers use is the fact that Ryan Lanza’s ID was found on his brother’s corpse, at the Sandy Hook crime scene. Adam Lanza did have one known ID of his own, this was for a college he attended in 2009. The photo for it was the rather manic-looking one of Adam (third from the right in the above picture). On that ID, Adam refused to describe himself or even disclose his gender, affirming his seclusive nature.

But why was Ryan’s ID at the crime scene, when he hadn’t seen his brother for two years? This, by the way, was the reason for the initial confusion about whether Ryan or Adam had committed the crime, thus leading to Ryan’s precautionary arrest (shown above). Anyway, most forms of ID are valid for two years or more, so Adam having a valid ID of his brother at Sandy Hook is perfectly credible. Although, even an invalid ID would have had the same effect initially.

The main question is why Adam was using Ryan’s ID in the first place? It doesn’t point to conspiracy, it’s far more likely for someone as insecure and seclusive as Adam Lanza would have wanted to protect his identity right up until his death. It is also possible that he wanted to disrupt the investigation as much as possible by providing false ID, making the work of the police force (part of the society he despised) more difficult. He had already stolen his mother’s car (after killing her), which would be a slight obstacle in the investigation, as it wouldn’t have been registered in his name.

4) No tears in the aftermath of the tragedy?

Similar to the theory regarding Robbie Parker’s smiling (see Part One of this post), another hoaxer idea is that there is little or no evidence of people crying at the school, after the tragedy occurred.

Clearly not everyone cries, even after family bereavement.

Clearly not everyone cries, even after family bereavement.

Again this is an idea which has been exaggerated and blown out of proportion by the conspiracy believers. There were people who genuinely cried in the aftermath of the shooting, and there is photographic evidence to prove this. Of course there were also many people who didn’t cry. This is, once again, natural human behaviour, not everyone grieves in the same way! For instance, at a funeral, not everyone cries. Hoaxers seem to be expecting everyone at a murder site should be bawling their eyes out, well this simply doesn’t always happen. A simple Google search can show how there are many people who are unable to cry initially, even after a relative’s death (a sample of this is shown in the snapshot).

Especially after such a shocking event as Sandy Hook, the shock manifests itself first, the grief comes later – this was the case for many people, evident by the photos taken at the crime scene. The photos in the compilation below can all be found on Google images, (search: Sandy Hook crying).

Some are crying, some are in shock, the grieving process after the shooting was very varied .

Some are crying, some are in shock, the grieving process after the shooting was very varied .

Other hoaxers are suggesting that President Obama faked crying in his first national address following the shooting. This is an erroneous claim, he certainly didn’t fake crying as there are photos which show Obama with teary eyes, as if he was welling up. You can clearly see the wetness in his eyes, in the photo above.

You can also see three photos in the compilation above, which show children crying. Whatever hoaxers may think, those children are not crisis actors, and you cannot get an untrained child to act grief and crying in that way.

The hoaxer argument about some people not crying after the shooting is fruitless. Not everyone grieves in the same way, after the shocking event at Sandy Hook, many people reacted in a stunned silent manner. Only later, when away from the public eye, would their tears arrive, and the exterior grieving began. Other people, reacted by crying immediately. It is not concerning or peculiar, as sentient beings we are very diverse, and the reaction to something as complex as death is naturally different from person to person.

5) Were there online memorial pages created before the shooting?

How was this page created four days before she died?

Was this page created four days before she died?

Admittedly, this was another hoaxer point that was difficult for me to find a solution before, but as with the previous ones, there is a sensible one. First, the point itself is that there were a number of pages on the Internet, honoring the victims of the tragedy, which were apparently created before the tragedy occurred. For instance, a Facebook page entitled “R.I.P Victoria Soto” was apparently created on 10th December 2012 (four days prior to the shooting). You can see the date at the bottom of the page, in the screenshot (click to enlarge).

Well, there are two possible causes for the erroneous date on this obituary page. Firstly, there is no proof or evidence which shows that this page was created under the title “R.I.P Victoria Soto.” The erroneously dated page was first noticed on 15th December (the day after the tragedy). Before the tragedy, the page may have been named something else, maybe something completely unrelated to Victoria Soto or Sandy Hook. If the page was created under one name, and then changed to another name, the creation date will remain the same. The date of the name change isn’t listed on Facebook. Of course you can never entirely disprove the idea of it being created as an “R.I.P” page, but logic states that you can never disprove something completely. The onus is on those who believe the hoax, to prove that it was called “R.I.P Victoria Soto” even when it was first created. Good luck.

Hoaxers also question why this particular Facebook page was deleted a few days following the tragedy. They seem to believe that this was an effort to hide the evidence of a hoax or cover-up, by deleting the already-leaked page. Well this was not the reason. Sadly the page had become a target for conspiracy theorists to vent anger and speculation, as opposed to being an obituary/tribute to Victoria Soto. You can see some of these distasteful comments in the snapshot above. To prevent this page from being a forum for anti-Sandy Hook animosity, it was deleted to protect the dignity of Victoria Soto’s family.

Secondly, the Internet is hardly reliable when it comes to dates on websites. This idea is easily visible with a time-restricted Google search. If you search “Sandy Hook school shooting” on a search engine, and then restrict the results to 2010 (for example), you will still get detailed webpages about the 2012 school shooting. This is visible in the Google snapshot below. The dates on Internet pages refer to the date that they were originally created on, not necessarily the latest version of the webpage’s material. Yes, erroneous dates are far from rare when it comes to pages of the Internet.

Sandy Hook in 2009!? 2011!? (Don't always trust the Internet)

Sandy Hook in 2011? 2009!? (Don’t always trust the Internet!)

  • Did Adam Lanza die the day before the shooting?
Did Adam Lanza die the day before the shooting?

Did Adam Lanza die the day before the shooting?

A small but critical sub-point now, which relates directly to the above points, as it surrounds the idea of erroneous Internet dates. According to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Adam Lanza died one day before the shooting took place, as they initially listed his death date as December 13th, 2012. This page was eventually edited to show the correct date, but of course, hoaxers seized on this mistake and claimed that it’s proof that Adam Lanza isn’t real or he didn’t carry out the Sandy Hook massacre.

Well there is no evidence to suggest that this erroneous date wasn’t the result of an innocent mistake. The rest of the evidence and reporting suggests that Adam Lanza was in Newtown, Conectcicut on that Friday morning, and did carry out the the shooting. As you can see from the webpage snapshot below, the SSDI (Social Security) incorrectly lists around 14,000 Americans as dead, each year! The mistake made with Adam Lanza’s death date clearly isn’t an isolated incident.

The SSDI's other fatal mistakes.

The SSDI’s other fatal mistakes.

6) Would frantic kids be a difficult target for an unstable teenager?

One of the more gruesome questions I’ve seen asked by some hoaxers, is how Adam Lanza would have killed so many children (small targets), if he was so unstable? Well, Lanza’s instability was confined solely to his mind. Physically, apart from being quite a skinny person, he was perfectly healthy. Worse still, his mother had given him weapons and target training as he was growing up.

So as well as being physically healthy and familiar with the concept of shooting on target, Lanza was shooting at panicking children, who were trapped in small classrooms and had little or no idea of what was truly going on. As horrible as it sounds, the children at Sandy Hook were easy targets for Lanza.

Moving swiftly on.

7) Why is the entire Sandy Hook building being demolished?

The final point in this debunking page is another fairly simple one for me. Several hoaxers have highlighted the recent news that the Sandy Hook school building is to be completely demolished, and claimed that it is a sign that there is a cover-up, as they don’t want anyone to ever see inside. There are a couple of reasons why this claim is clearly false.

The original Sandy Hook school building has been vacant since the shooting, during which time it has been boarded up, and a tall fence has been erected around the perimeter of the school. Meanwhile, the surviving teachers and pupils are temporarily attending a previously disused school, which has been renamed Sandy Hook Elementary school. Loud noises are prohibited within that school, as even the sound of a door slamming brings back painful memories for the survivors of the shooting. The original Sandy Hook building is to be demolished and a new school will be built in its place, at which time, pupils and teachers will return.

The original Sandy Hook building (left) and its temporary replacement (right).

The original Sandy Hook building (left) and its temporary replacement (right).

Hoaxers say that the high security around the original building (tall fence and CCTV surveillance) is proof that there is a cover-up going on. There is no proof that this is the case. The Sandy Hook building is a no longer a school, it is a federal crime scene, and the place of death for 26 innocent people. Sadly, the hoaxers have proved themselves wrong. The security is there to prevent desperate conspiracy theorists and other trouble-makers from breaking into the school, disrupting the investigation and possibly damaging the property. It is a scene of a mass murder, the authorities don’t want people strolling in at will, the security is a necessity after such a traumatizing event on that location.

The now-disused Sandy Hook building is to be torn down.

The now-disused Sandy Hook building is to be torn down.

The decision to demolish the entire school did perplex me slightly, although it didn’t make me think for one moment that it was proof of a hoax. The decision was made at a town meeting in Newtown, and the families of surviving Sandy Hook students had the final say. The cost of demolishing the old school and building a new one is said to be around $55 million, and will be completed by 2016. The only reason I was confused by this decision is because only one section of the school was affected by the shooting. After giving it more thought, I came to the conclusion that the entrance/reception area of the school was also affected, and those attending the school would have to walk through that area every school day, knowing of the murders which took place there. And whilst the whole building wasn’t physically affected by the shooting, the whole school was affected by the panic, the knowledge of the massacre and the sound of gunfire. Moreover, it is the decision of the parents who would be sending their children to school. If their kids are uncomfortable or afraid going back into a building where their friends were slaughtered (reasonable), then their wishes must be respected.

The hoaxers seem to have forgotten about the idea of respect. Even if there was evidence of a cover-up in the school, this evidence would be hidden/removed before they reopened the school. The demolition of the school is due to the discomfort of parents and schoolchildren, not because of a cover-up. If anything, the demolition of the school is evidence of a genuine massacre, not a cover-up. The people behind the hoax would have rather spent about $5 million, hiding all evidence of a cover-up and then reopening the school, instead of $55 million demolishing it and building a new one.

8) Concluding point.

The evidence highlighted on this page (part one and part two) is sensible and fact-based proof that Sandy Hook wasn’t a hoax. Yes, there are anomalies here and there which are hard to explain (eg. Robbie Parker smiling and the false-dating of memorial pages) but all of them can be explained to some extent with common sense and facts. Other points that have been quashed on this page (eg. Dawn Hochsprung at the Boston bombing) are so blatantly false that it’s embarrassing for anyone who believes them.

At the end of the day, a hoax that is convincing enough to fool the entire world would need a huge amount of money and dozens of people willing to help. The idea that all this was prepared and then carried out perfectly, without anyone finding out is ludicrous. As is the idea that dozens of people have been so quiet about it since, not one official leak has been recorded. No way!

For a genuine conspiracy to exist, there would have to have been a good reason to create the hoax in the first place. Why would Obama’s government carry out such an extensive and complex hoax, just to pass a ban on guns. It seems like a lot of unnecessary work, considering that President Clinton passed a ban on assault weapons in 1994, without the help of a fake-massacre.

The evidence and all sense tells you that Sandy Hook was not a hoax. None of the points which support the hoax idea are debunk-proof, and none of them are based on fact. The speculation and “what ifs” are very unconvincing, and to those who think it’s clever to speculate about mass murder: it isn’t, now get a life.

sandy-hook-ribbon

 

R.I.P to the 26 Sandy Hook victims.

God Bless America.

 

 

 

PS- I’m sorry but I have had to disable comments on this page, as that section was being regularly abused by people who were not here for a discussion, rather they came to read 1-2 sentences of my blog, and then chuck hateful insults in my direction. I apologise to anyone who genuinely wished to have a proper discussion, I’m afraid that some of the conspiracy “hoaxers” ruined it for everyone.