“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
Chapter Seven, Part Two
By: Allan Powell and Kelley Watt
“In setting up this room, as in all the other rooms, the participants were graded. The graders were dumb enough to leave their evaluation forms.”
Holy shit, what?
As shown earlier, this is simply the search and seizure warrant that we’re seeing here. This is corroborated by the digital image reports. We’ve been over this! And while Allan Powell has repeatedly made the claim that it’s actually an “evaluation form”, this is the first time he’s spoken of the bizarre grading element. Why would authorities use something so high profile – a crime scene central to one of the most horrific crimes in American history – for a live training exercise rather than some warehouse or something somewhere? Only Allan Powell, who brings with him literally zero relevant experience, knows for sure!
As for the suggestion that the “graders” were “dumb” for leaving the forms in plain view, consider the fact that they would have had to have walked these forms into the center of each shot, placed them somewhere prominent, left them there while they photographed the scene, missed the forms while reviewing the photos – somewhere around sixty-five of them in total – and then posted the results online. They couldn’t even be bothered to “Photoshop” them out, which is strange considering how technically inclined they are (remember all that green screen bullshit from Chapter Five?). The other possibility being that their inclusion is intentional, but of course that’s just completely insane.
The photo of the “dressing table” is from page 476 of “Sec 5- Back-up Scene 1.pdf”. The reason you can’t see a head or “red coloring” (fuck you, I spell it the American way) is because you’re only seeing a very small portion of the bed, right around where the blankets were folded over, just north (as in closer to the headboard) of the bed’s center. That area is clearly not flat, strongly suggesting a human form underneath. The stains shown in Powell’s “Exhibit 17” are only visible there because Nancy’s body has been removed, and that was not done until somewhere around page 568. So it is still present for this photo.
“The colour and configuration of the bedframe and of the chest appear different to other images of them.”
This is not even remotely true. No examples are given, but I’m assuming Powell is not taking the light from the flash into consideration. All of the wood in Nancy’s room remains consistently dark and the configuration of the furniture never changes. I guess the implication is that they’re swapping out entire beds in between photos, which is pretty stupid, even for an already spectacularly stupid chapter.
The allegedly bloodless photo of Nancy’s bed is page 2 of “Sec 4 -Scene Search Day 3.pdf”, and it was taken on the third day of processing as investigators continued to scour the home and collect even more evidence. Nearly all of Nancy’s bedding had already been confiscated on the 15th, which was one day before this photo taken. This is corroborated by “Sec 11 – Evidence Reports.pdf”:
The staining that remained is almost entirely concealed by the fitted sheet, which has been unsecured from the mattress and is bunched up on top of the bed. Despite this, you can still make out a couple of areas that line up perfectly with what has been seen previously:
“The job of a forensic photographer is to document images as they are originally found”
This is kinda true! So good job, Allan! But that’s only part of their job, and documenting the scene as it was originally found was already done… two days prior to this photograph being taken. Literally hundreds of photos of the home as it was initially found exist, many of which are featured in this book (albeit deceptively).
The top photo is page 452 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, which explains the presence of the search and seizure warrant. For what seems like the hundredth time at this point, it was introduced into nearly every photo after page 445:
The rest of this paragraph is nothing more than subjective speculation as to how someone else’s house should look. For instance, I guess it’s supposed to be suspicious that Nancy Lanza has an area rug in her “south living room” (ignored by Powell), but not in her dining room. Or that there are “no chair pads” in a room that was obviously more for show (and no, please, that is not synonymous with staged) than anything as Adam ate in his computer room, as evidenced by those two white bowls.
As for accusations that Nancy’s curtains and curtain rods are “cheap”, well there’s really no indication as to what this is based on. They look like maybe they’re made of silk or maybe satin, but what the hell do I know? All my shit is from Ikea. At the very least, it’s on the author to find out more about both items, tell their readers how much they actually cost, and let them decide whether they’re “cheap” or not. And maybe they are, but it’s up to Allan Powell to prove it. Then, if he still has time, maybe he can explain to us why expensive curtain rods should be a much higher priority for a single mom to a special needs child.
The second half of this page is a real treat as Allan Powell provides further indication that he may not fully understand how mirrors work. Yes, if you take a picture in the direction of a mirror, your reflection will be visible in the resulting photograph. This is true of any reflective surface, as we see time and time again in the crime scene photos (I counted at least a dozen instances of this before I stopped paying attention):
But acknowledging the fact that these are detectives and crime scene investigators means that we’re looking at a crime scene, and that doesn’t bode well for Fetzer’s totally wackadoo narrative, does it? So instead we’re told that these people are “stager managers” (fairly certain that’s not a real thing, for the record) but offered zero supporting evidence. We’re even shown a second reflection (take from page 94 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”), but this one very clearly shows a crime scene investigator wearing white overalls, white latex gloves, and a mask:
Kelley Watt then makes the claim that there are mattresses stacked on top of one another in the dining room. I initially thought that this may have been some sort of weird spell-checking/autocorrect anomaly or something, but then I realized that if you don’t know what you’re looking at (as these people clearly do not), then you may mistake the side of the couch that divides the “south living room” and dining room as a pile of mattresses. It’s definitely a couch, and you can figure this out on your own by looking at Powell’s source (page 6 in “Sec 5 – Back-up scene 2.pdf”), the couch in question (page 53 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”), and finally the layout of the house (“Sec 6 – Scene Sketch Report.pdf”):
There’s nothing “odd” about the first photo and it certainly was not taken “from above”. That’s an extremely weird conclusion to arrive at, and it leads me to believe that Allan Powell has never actually seen the original, which can be found on page 428 from “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”). As this was taken by the backup photographer, what we’re actually seeing is the primary scene photographer – who is clearly bending over, which is why we are able to see the top of his head – around the corner in Nancy’s room:
“None of them seem to be wearing protective gear, which suggests that they are not forensic experts but photographers”
No protective gear? How many photographers does Allan Powell know? Do they normally hang out wearing white Tyvek jumpsuits and disposable plastic gloves? This is very obviously your standard issue protective gear for forensic investigators:
The second photo is from page 453 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”. Allan Powell believes that this room is suspicious because there are no coffee table books, but there’s clearly one (“Country Ways and Wisdom”) underneath of the search and seizure warrant. You can see it totally unobstructed on pages 52-54 of the very same document. There are more books on the basket next to one of the chairs as well as the large book shelf:
While there are no obvious candlesticks, there are at least two candles in the room: one on the coffee table, in the blue holder, and another on the table in between the two chairs. There’s also a plant on that same table as well as a fern on top of the book shelf, which Powell believes should really be in the dining room (which contains a terrarium, for the record) for whatever stupid reason.
And no magnifying glass? Fuck. By that metric, no one lives in my house either.
Yes, the doors in the “north living room” were breached by the tactical unit as were the front door, the garage door, and the inner basement doors. That’s how tactical teams operate:
So what does Allan Powell – who has zero experience in law enforcement, according to his biography – realistically expect in this situation? They ran the plates on the Civic at the school and it came back as being registered to Nancy Lanza of 36 Yogananda Street. Keep in mind that they had not yet positively identified Adam at this point as the rumor that he had Ryan’s ID on him is total nonsense. This is in addition to the theory – at the time – that there may be multiple shooters. So when officers responded to the Lanza home, they had absolutely no clue what was waiting for them. As discussed in the Connecticut Department of Safety report (Book 6, 00122995.pdf, page six), neighboring homes were evacuated, a perimeter was established, snipers were posted, and the bomb squad was called just in case the house had been rigged with booby traps (much like James Holmes’ apartment had been, five months earlier).
I don’t know how they do things in Australia (which is where Powell is from, by the way, so it makes sense that he has a lot of strong opinions about how they do thing in Newtown, Connecticut), but when a mystery man slaughters twenty-six people at an elementary school, you don’t send a couple of cops to knock on their door and just wait for someone to answer. So Allan Powell demonstrates not only an ignorance of proper law enforcement protocol, but just an embarrassingly flimsy grasp on common sense.
“The water bottles in the freezer compartment would have expanded to split the bottles if they had only arrive at least for three hours after Nancy had been shot.”
That’s the actual sentence, as printed in this book, which was at one point sold for twenty American dollars (thirty if you wanted it autographed). No lie, I’ve read it at least two dozen times now and I’m still not exactly sure what Allan is trying to say. My best guess is that he’s claiming water bottles will split if left in a freezer for more than three hours… which is kind of odd because I’ve accidentally left water bottles in the freezer overnight and while the water was frozen, the bottles themselves were fine. Regardless, sure, it’s a possibility. But maybe Nancy kept the freezer temperature at a lower setting, which is not out of the realm of possibility as this is a backup refrigerator and the freezer compartment seems to be utilized solely for water. And while the settings panel is visible in this photo as well as page 323 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”, it’s a bit difficult to read. It does look like maybe it’s set somewhere in the middle.
More importantly, Allan Powell is either overlooking or ignoring the fact that the safety seals on these bottles are clearly broken, indicating that they’ve already been opened. That’s in addition to the visible condensation in some of the bottles, which wouldn’t exist if the bottles hadn’t been opened. I think it’s obvious that either Nancy or Adam opened the bottles and emptied out a bit of water to account for expansion before placing them in the freezer. I do the same thing before workouts so that my water is cold as shit.
“The filling of the shelves in both the refridgerators [sic] indicates that it was performed by a left handed person, being filled to the left.”
I never knew that there was a left-handed or right-handed way to fill your refrigerator. Seriously. I had no idea that was a thing. I guess I’m still not convinced that it is. At least, I don’t believe that there’s any sort of physiological reason for the way people stock their refrigerators. Regardless, the claim has been made, so let’s talk about it for a minute (and no more than a minute because it’s stupid).
Let’s start with the fridge in the kitchen, which Powell claims is “filled to the left”, but doesn’t bother to include a picture of it:
Well, huh. Everything actually looks pretty “balanced” here to me, especially all of that frozen edamame. Maybe the shelf with the large water bottles on it towards the middle is slightly heavier on the left, but actual number of items is exactly the same on each side. If anything, if seems like if there is a preference, it’s to stock items away from the door. For example, on the freezer side, things seem to gravitate towards the right. This makes a bit of sense as A) keeping things close to the door would make them more difficult to access and B) you’re going to open the door with one hand (the right side with the right hand and vice-versa) and toss in an item with the other. But now let’s look at the basement fridge:
So the freezer is stocked about as evenly as it gets. The top row of the refrigerator is also pretty evenly distributed, with maybe a slight preference towards just left-of-center. Again, I personally feel as if that has more to do with accessibility of items in relation to the door itself. Since you don’t stock your fridge and then just leave everything in there forever, you’re probably going to open the door with one hand and then reach in and grab or return items with the other, and that’s a bit easier to do when they’re on that side of the shelf. Otherwise it’s a bit awkward. But what the fuck do I know? I’m no refrigerator ergonomics expert like Allan Powell. Anyway, sure, yeah, most of the items on the bottom shelf of the basement fridge sit somewhere towards center or left of that. What a bombshell!
“Here’s the study with no laptop or printer and the evaluation form on the Chesterfied chair.”
“Ryan is wearing a graduation gown different to the one in his graduation video.”
So what? You know these things aren’t done on the same day, right? Obviously the graduation photos were taken at a studio before Ryan received his official cap and gown. This is evidenced by the fact that he’s not wearing the traditional gold tassel.
“Workman’s tools are on scene before evidence markers are laid down. This is another image which should not have been allowed to escape by the stagers to public scrutiny.”
Or Nancy Lanza owned a $10 hammer, a screwdriver, a tape measure, a drill, and drywall anchors. It’s crazy to think that a homeowner may own those things, right?
If these tools were evidence of scene staging (and what exactly were they staging with drywall anchors anyway?), why would they even need to be photographed let alone become the focal point of said photograph? Powell provides no answers.
“Stage managers’ bottles of water are caught in photos. My (Allan’s) guess is that there were three of them. * I (Kelley) think the house was being lived in as a security measure against anyone gaining access in pursuit of DNA or other evidence.”
These two mouthbreathers can’t even decide on a narrative! So why the fuck did they write a chapter together?
“The whole house has electricals from 2008 or earlier. A Dell Inspiron laptop Image 25 and a Brother MFC printer fax from around that era.”
Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2011
There’s also an iPhone 4S box right there on the floor, in plain sight, to the left of the printer. And they came out on October 14th, 2011. Despite its relative prominence in the source photograph, it’s completely ignored. The phone itself can be seen sitting on the white ottoman in the north living room (see pages 66, 77, and 78 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”):
This phone is confirmed as belonging to Nancy Lanza in “Sec 13 – Supplemental Reports.pdf”:
REVIEW OF NANCY LANZA’S CELLULAR TELEPHONE RECORDS
On Tuesday May 14, 2013 at approximately 1330 hours this writer reviewed Nancy Lanza’s cellular telephone records. The records were sent to me via email from Detective Alison Peters of the Western District Major Crime Squad for my reivew.
The records detail the activity on Ms. Lanza’s Apple iPhone Model 4-S with the telephone number: [redacted]
“The paper shredder is full. What would Nancy have had that required that much shredding? Those setting up the fake scene for a pretend murder, however, have a lot of paperwork they wouldn’t want seen.”
By that logic, what does anyone have that requires any amount of shredding? Why do they even sell personal shredders? The fuck outta here with this shit. Nancy more than likely shredded the normal amount of shit that any normal person with a shredder would and didn’t empty it after every use. Kind of like everyone else on the planet. Personally, my shredder usually fills up to the point that it threatens the stability of the thing before I bother emptying it out.
Why would a “fake murder” generate this much paperwork anyway? Why would it generate any? More importantly, why would they shred it all at the location and while the alleged “fake murder” was still going on? This picture was taken on the evening of the 14th. There were days left in the investigation.
“Ryan has a Connecticut AAA card and lives in Queens”
At the time of the shooting, Ryan lived in Hoboken, NJ, not Queens, NY. I believe he still lives there. He also used to live in Connecticut and he did not move out of the area until after he graduated college in 2010. Ryan’s AAA Connecticut card is from 2009 and expired in August of 2010:
He was still living in Newtown at the time, so nothing about this is odd.
“Adam has a New England AAA card and lives in Sandy Hook?”
First of all, it’s a AAA pre-paid American Express card, chucklefuck.
Secondly, AAA Southern New England serves Connecticut. Go to AAA’s website, enter 06470 (Newtown, Connecticut) as your zip code, and see what happens. Spoiler: you’ll be redirected to AAA Southern New England’s site, which says “Serving AAA Members in CT, MA, NJ, & RI“. That’s the postal abbreviation for Connecticut.
“These plastic mats are in an unrealistic condition if Adam Lanza was on the computer all hours.”
What is “realistic condition”? Powell doesn’t provide metrics or even examples. Less flattering photos of this allegedly brand new mat show plenty of fading, deep divots, and other wear consistent with long-term use:
“The room is too sparsely filled.”
Again, what does this even mean? How packed full of shit does a computer room need to be in order to convince Allan Powell of its legitimacy? And is there a point at which a computer room becomes too full to be believable?
Regardless, Powell is being duplicitous; this photo is page 105 of “Sec 4 -Scene Search Day 3.pdf”. It should go without saying (as it’s in the name), but those pictures were taken on December 16th, 2012, which is the third day of searching. By this point, over twenty items had been confiscated from this room. Earlier photos – such as page 11 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf” – show a much less “sparse” room.
“There are no books in the bookcase for someone who supposedly shrinks from the world.”
Not every twenty year-old reads “super hero comics”, and I’ve personally never heard anything about Adam Lanza being a fan. It’s like Adam Powell is basing his ideas of what should be found in the Lanza household on caricatures of fourteen year-olds from the 80’s.
“The games are from 2008 and the machines from the same period.”
So the carpet saver is too new and the videogames are too old? Okay, got it.
While the computer room seems to be full of exclusively vintage games (Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, etc), there are newer games are in the basement. And sure, some of them are a whopping four years-old, and nobody on the planet ever plays four year-0ld games, right? That’s why no one has played “Super Mario Bros.” since 1985.
But Powell is frantically grasping at straws here, and in doing so he ignores the fact that not only was Adam primarily a PC gamer but that his console collection also includes games from 2010:
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (for the PSP)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (for the Xbox 360)
Why is Spider-Man a separate category from “super hero comics”? And why Spider-Man specifically? This is not meant as a personal attack (although I have no problem personally attacking Allan Powell for writing one of the dumbest chapters possibly in his history of the written word), but I’d bet any amount of money that Allan Powell is older than time itself. There’s no other explanation. “WHERE ARE HIS SPIDERMANS?”
But no “Star Wars” you say?
The top photos show what are clearly VHS copies of (from left to right) “Return of the Jedi”, “Empire Strikes Back”, and the original “Star Wars”. The bottom photo shows the Star Wars trilogy DVD collection. So he owned copies on multiple formats. Also, no love for Pikmin or Luigi’s Mansion, both of which are represented on posters in the basement? C’mon, Allen.
“Adam was reported to have a huge spread sheet, where The New York Daily News reported that investigators discovered, “a chilling spreadsheet 7 feet long and 4 feet wide that required a special printer, a document that contained Lanza’s obsessive, extensive research —in ninepoint font—about mass murders of the past, and even attempted murders.” But none of the photos we have reviewed suggest any kind of research, much less a special printer or a spreadsheet of that size. If it had been in the home, surely it would have been the subject of photographs. But there appear to be no printer, no spreadsheet and no indications of Adam having done any research on mass murders or any other subject.”
There is zero evidence that this spreadsheet was ever actually printed out by Adam or anyone else. This allegedly enormous document does not appear anywhere on the list of evidence in any physical form. The sole source for this claim is Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, who repeats this now third-hand information from an anonymous “law enforcement vet” who heard of the spreadsheet’s existence from a Connecticut state cop. Look at the how this claim is worded in the Daily Mail:
Connecticut State Police found the 4ft wide document in Lanza’s harddrive that was so big it required a special printer after the December 14 attack that left 26 people dead.
They found the spreadsheet on Lanza’s hard drive. Not in a box in the basement or a safe or anywhere else. On his hard drive. From the Review of Electronic Evidence (Book 4, 00194691.pdf):
Meanwhile, there is plenty of proof that Adam did extensive research on mass murders. Like a lot. From the same Review of Electronic Evidence (which Allan Powell obviously has not read):
The top photo is page 654 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”, which was taken on the 15th. The middle photo is page 18 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 2.pdf”, which was taken on the 17th. Finally, the bottom photo is page 163 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, which was taken on the 14th. That means that these three photos were taken on three different days, with only the bottom photo representing the original state of the scene before investigators tore it apart in the search for evidence.
The couch was moved in order to photograph the target behind it. You can see this in on pages 410-411 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”. It was back in place by page 458.
The grocery bags are from Mrs. Green’s market. According to a boyfriend of Nancy, she would visit the Westport, CT area – 35-40 minutes away – to shop at the “high-end” grocery stores. There is a Mrs. Green’s located in both New Canaan and Fairfield, which are just to the east and west of Westport.
The two “moving fern” photos were taken five days apart. The top photo is page 455 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, taken on December 15th. The middle photo is page 19 of “Farr – house scene photos.pdf”, taken on December 20th. Chronologically speaking, our first look at these ferns is most likely page 318 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”. At this point, the ferns are sitting on the banker’s boxes to the right of the open washing machine. On page 456 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, the banker’s boxes have been moved and likely searched in the process (as they may have contained evidence). In order to access those boxes, the ferns were simply moved a few inches to the left, onto the lid of the washing machine. Again, this is how evidence is discovered and obtained. There’s nothing suspicious or out of the ordinary here.
“The tube of ointment disappears; a pen moves sideways; the phone and its battery rearrange themselves; the Science Club ID conveniently displays itself.”
The photo on the right – which is page 216 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” – depicts how investigators initially found this area. That means that the “Science Club ID”, which is actually a “Newtown Technology Team” ID (again, incredible research), was already displayed. The photo on the left is page 525 from “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”, which places it a bit further along in the crime scene processing. This is made clear by the presence of evidence marker #21, which represents six pieces of evidence: the LG cell phone, a memo pad, a folding wallet with miscellaneous ID, a USB device, a Honda key (likely a spare for the Civic), and Adam’s Capital One Visa.
As for the tube of ointment, who gives a shit? It was of no relevance, so it was likely moved to the other side of the cabinet so that investigators could access the far more important wallet that was underneath of it.
“Since when does a 20-year-old keep phone wallet, etc. in a bathroom cupboard at the lowest level?”
Who doesn’t have a junk drawer? Is this just an American thing? The LG is an old flip phone, unlikely to be anyone’s primary cell phone, just as the wallet is unlikely to be of any importance as it only carried “miscellaneous ID”. So who cares where it’s stored? There’s also a bunch of loose change, arcade tokens, and an old digital camera in there too.
By the way, it was less than twenty pages ago that Allan claimed Adam was twenty-one years old, which is incorrect. He can’t even keep his age straight!
“The garage door on the right shows Adam Lanza didn’t drive the Honda out of that car space. There’s a box blocking the broken roller door which wouldn’t have raised or closed.”
So the door just remained open all of the time, because of a box?
The truth is no one knows whether or not Adam’s Civic was even in the garage that morning. It’s likely that it was, but it could have just as easily been parked in the home’s driveway. Not that it really matters because the box wasn’t moved there until later on in the investigation.
Our first look at the garage area comes at either page 137 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” or page 203 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”; whichever came first. Both photos conclusively show that the box was not there on the night of Friday, December 14th. There is absolutely nothing obstructing the door:
By comparison, Powell’s photos are page 93 of “Sec 4 -Scene Search Day 3.pdf” (taken on the 16th) and page 651 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf” (taken on the 15th).
“And of course the man who delivered the oil didn’t see the wrecked door even though he had to pass it to fill the oil tank. He didn’t investigate and did not call the police.”
If the implication is that Adam simply drove through the door (not true), then it wouldn’t matter if the door could open or shut, would it?
But Adam didn’t do this to the garage; it’s one of the tactical team’s breach points. So of course the oil delivery man (who told police he visited the home some time between 9:30-10AM) would not have seen the garage door like this. Try actually reading the final report, nitwit.
From CFS 1200705354, “Sec 1 – Initial Reports.pdf”:
“Neither wood lice nor earwigs stay in houses during winter. That is their mating season and they seek out the garden in which to mate and live. The image is fabricated.”
There’s no telling how long these dead insects have been here, trapped in that tape, but it looks like we’ve got an entomologist on our hands!
Woodlice will absolutely come inside during winter weather and will typically reproduce in the spring and summer. And I couldn’t find anything that says earwigs will not seek food or shelter indoors during the early winter months. I’d like to see Powell’s source on this.
“The faked oil bill has been placed in the letterbox early on a frosty morning as one more fake effect to create the impression that a family was
living here, which the evidence presented here refutes.”
So the oil bill is fake? What is this based on? Powell never says. But that “evidence”, though!