“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
Chapter Eight, Part One
By: Allan Powell
“The trucks were from United Van’s Connecticut branch. From the state of the leaves on the trees, the last oak leaves are falling so I would say late October or early November.” pg. 139
I know everyone can’t wait to hear all about trees, but before we dive into the really exciting stuff, let’s get something out of the way: this photo, like nearly every photo (with the exception of one) through page 142 is from Detective Peter Farr’s scene photos (“Farr – scene photos.pdf”), which were absolutely taken on December 17th, 2012. This is corroborated by CFS 1200704597, 00118710.pdf:
Now the only trees that are not completely barren in this particular photo are a few conifers, which surrounded the school. The large one on the left, behind the moving truck, is probably an eastern white pine or something extremely similar. I don’t know, I’m not an arborist, although I feel like I probably know a little more about trees in the northeastern United States than some Aussie crank. It’s definitely an evergreen, which keep their needles year-round. I don’t see any oak trees, with leaves, anywhere in this photograph. That’s not to say they don’t exist on school grounds, but if they did, they would certainly be more colorful in late October or even in November as they turn orange (not green, as seen here) before they drop their leaves.
Here are two pictures demonstrating what Newtown, CT looks like in early November (taken on the 6th and 2nd, respectively), which is the absolute latest Allan Powell believes that these photos were taken. And here’s a video flyover of Newtown that shows just how vibrant it can be that time of year:
“The trucks unloaded school furniture and props which may have been in storage with William B. Myers since the school was decommissioned and then re-installed at the school to make appear to be a functioning reality.” pg. 139
The school furniture was never in storage. These moving trucks were used to transport Sandy Hook’s furnishings to the former Chalk Hill Middle School, which was actually closed in 2010 (as opposed to Sandy Hook Elementary, which was never closed) due to declining enrollment. This was done in an attempt to make the students feel “as comfortable as possible”:
“Teachers photographed their classrooms at Sandy Hook in order to replicate everything about them, from the pictures on the walls to the crayons left on the students’ desks. This is all part of an effort to make the students feel as comfortable as possible.”
The move was not a particularly clandestine operation. Large crowds watched the trucks, escorted by police cruisers, make the roughly six mile trip through town, in broad daylight. The whole thing was documented in numerous news articles and photographs:
Source: Contractor moving furniture from Sandy Hook Elementary School: “I’ve seen things I don’t even really want to talk about”
In this photo, not only is there a large crowd of onlookers and press that has gathered at the entrance to the school, but you can even make out the “Everyone Must Check In” sign sitting in the fire department’s parking lot, which we’ve confirmed did not appear until sometime on December 15th. It’s impossible for it to have been there in “late October or early November”, as Powell has claimed:
Amanda Raus – an anchor for Connecticut’s Fox affiliate – even tweeted about the move as it happened:
Two moving vans escorted by police are making their way to Chalk Hill Middle School. Police say furniture from Sandy Hook will be brought in
— Amanda Raus (@amandaraus) December 17, 2012
“A wet but not freezing day, probably late October or early November” pg. 139
It’s wet because it rained that morning, as seen in the three photos above. Look at the asphalt. This is also corroborated by Weather Underground’s historical weather data. As for the temperature, the low for the day was 35 °F, so it wouldn’t appear to be freezing because it wasn’t freezing. At any point. Even if they had started their work at 6AM, it still would have been 36 °F.
“Here we see some of the United removal staff standing by the empty stacked yellow plastic cartons after the school has been filled with props.” pg. 140
Logically, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. If the contents of these cartons had already been emptied in the school, then why stack and then store them outside? And they would have had to have been stacked outside as they wouldn’t fit through the doors otherwise. Wouldn’t it make infinitely more sense to return the crates directly to the trailers, which are only a few feet away from their current location and totally empty (according to Powell)?
Furthermore, why does one man appear to be pushing three full cartons, stacked on top of one another, towards the trucks?
“The sign “Meyer” on the back of the removal truck shows clearly the United agent was William B Meyer.” pg. 140
Brilliant investigative work; you read the back of a fucking truck.
“In the background the leaves are brown but not yet fallen.” pg. 140
Let’s be real: there’s one tree that isn’t 99% barren and it appears to be a younger tree, which can keep its leaves well into the winter. I don’t know what kind of tree it is as it’s a bit too far to make out, but the green trees are evergreens, which (again) keep their foliage year-round. Look to the left a bit and you’ll see nothing but completely barren trees. This scene would look a lot different in the fall. For example, let’s look at a picture taken at the intersection of Riverside and Dickinson (which is the entrance to the school, though the sign has been removed), taken by Google’s Street View cameras in October of 2014:
Compare the fullness and colors of the trees and shrubs to this photo of the same exact area, taken on December 15th, 2012:
There’s obviously a very marked difference here.
Now compare Powell’s photos (taken from Detective Peter Farr’s scene photos) to these two photos and ask yourself which one they more closely resemble:
Powell makes no mention of the Christmas wreath on the grill of the white pickup. If this were indeed “late October or early November”, the driver of this truck would be awfully premature. A Christmas wreath before Halloween? Certainly not impossible, but highly unlikely.
“Three semitrailers in the background, one in the foreground.” pg. 140
Great, you can count!
“There’s a white unmarked FEMA trailer by the portable toilet.” pg. 140
So it’s unmarked, but it’s definitely a FEMA trailer? What is this based on?
“Also visible is the portable mortuary referred to by Wayne Carver, Medical Examiner” pg. 140
And here’s where Powell’s crackpot theory really collapses upon itself, in truly spectacular fashion.
In this photo (page 133 of “Farr – scene photos.pdf”), the back of the mortuary tent is almost entirely visible, blocked partially by the portable toilet, the white trailer, a black or dark blue Chevrolet Impala, and a fire company truck:
Here’s a closer look (page 130 of “Farr – scene photos.pdf”):
Keep in mind that Allan Powell contends these photos were taken in “late October or early November”, which places them at least five weeks before the shooting (or “drill”, depending on whether or not you’re an insane person). Notice that the parking lot is maybe half (or less) full, and many of the vehicles are work trucks or cruisers (the silver Ford Crown Victorias, the black or dark blue Chevrolet Impalas, and the Dodge Charger are all police vehicles). We can see them much more clearly in this photo, which I’ve stitched together using pages 120 and 121 of Detective Farr’s scene photos:
In the front row we have a couple of work trucks (there’s another one in the fire lane), five police cruisers, and the portable mortuary tent. In the second row we see the blue Toyota Camry that was struck by bullets exiting classroom #10. Notice that there are no cars parked to the Camry’s left (and we can see on page 126 of Farr’s scene photos that nothing is parked in the 5-6 spaces to the car’s right either). In the row behind the Camry are another police cruiser and a maroon Volvo station wagon. There are a few more cars parked in this row, but they’re a bit further down, in the direction of the mortuary tent.
What this all means is: according to Allan Powell (and I’m assuming James Fetzer as he invited Powell to write this chapter), the mortuary tent must have appeared either before or as the inside of the school was being “staged”, which Powell claims took place in “late October or early November”. Otherwise it would not be visible in these photos. However, with the exception of a handful of cars that were not released until after the 17th (corroborated by CFS 1200704559, Book 4, 00182444.pdf), the lot is full of construction and police vehicles. This presents a serious problem when you look at this photo, which was taken before the Porta Potties arrived at ~1:30PM:
The cars in the lot – which Fetzer and crew (of course) claim were staged – are entirely consistent with what we’ve seen in Shannon Hicks’ evacuation photos, footage taken from two different helicopters, and the crime scene photos. Notice this is early enough in the incident that there is no triage area, no crime squad van, no blue tent, and most importantly, no portable mortuary tent. The tent that was there while the school was allegedly being staged is now gone. Here’s another photo taken a little later in the day:
Notice that the crime squad has arrived, the blue tent has been set up, and the fire truck has left the premises. There is still no portable mortuary tent. And here’s one final shot, taken shortly after the previous photo:
Finally, the portable mortuary tent has arrived while everything else remains exactly the same. This makes Allan Powell’s already outlandish scenario even more so as it would mean the moving trucks were on site to drop off the school’s furnishings at the same time as the mortuary tent, but not as the same time as the lot full of cars. But the cars were also on site without the mortuary tent and then again with the mortuary tent.
Obviously the only way that any of this makes sense is the way it’s told in the final report: the moving trucks arrived on December 17th, three days after the shooting and one day after almost every car had been claimed. The blue Toyota Camry is an obvious exception, but CFS 1200704559, Book 4, 00182444.pdf shows that this car was not released until December 18th, or one day after the moving trucks arrived:
And, as we’re about to find out, this isn’t the only (major) problem!
“This image shows the work done, the empty United trucks from Bridgeport Connecticut.” pg. 141
If the work is done, then why are these trucks just sitting there with their overhead doors rolled up and their ramps down? And if these trucks were just emptied (and all at once rather than one at a time, I guess), then why do multiple classrooms already appear to be fully furnished? We can see clear evidence of this on pages 6, 13, 16, 19, 21, 28, 34, 35, 36, 39, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 75, 76, 98, 101, 103, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 115, and 116 of “Farr – scene photos.pdf”, which is where Powell’s photo is from. In fact, on pages 97 through 117, we can plainly see that the main crime scenes – classrooms #8 and #10 as well as the lobby – are already jam packed with books, bins, decorations, etc. This means that workers would have had to have unpacked their contents from the trucks, emptied the containers into the classrooms, and then fully staged them down to the last bit of clutter on the windowsill as well as the up-to-date magazines in the lobby. All before the trucks even had a chance to close up and leave!
“Wm B Meyer has failed to answer any questions I have put to them about the presence of their trucks at the school.” pg. 141
They likely don’t have the time or patience to deal with insane dipshits. They have a business to run.
“Unmarked FEMA vehicles arranged deliveries at the back door.” pg. 141
By unmarked do you actually mean marked? Because the same circular logo is visible on both vehicles:
They’re unfortunately a bit too small to read, but they look like they could be the Newtown township seal
But why even bother with unmarked vehicles? They’re rolling in and out of there with a bunch of enormous, branded tractor trailers, which drove straight through the center of town:
Clearly there’s no attempt at maintaining any level of secrecy here. And what would they even be delivering that wouldn’t be on one of these massive trucks?
“Weed growing and wires hanging loose indicate the fact the school was disused.” pg. 141
This is the “weed growing” at the back of the school that Allan Powell believes proves the school is “disused”:
Seriously! That’s it! Not surprisingly, Powell does not mention the landscaped lawn and shrubbery that surrounds the school. Remember that this is a school that has allegedly been abandoned for five years, yet the bushes are trimmed, the grass is cut, and the beds aren’t overrun with weeds:
“They took photos with the mover’s tags still attached” pg. 142
Another monumental oversight, according to Allan Powell. Almost unbelievable seeing as how scene photographer Detective Walkley would have had to have missed the sticker while taking the photograph, missed the sticker again while compiling the photos into one document (“Walkley – scene photos.pdf”), intentionally placed the photo at the end of the document in an attempt to make it look as if it was captured 5-6 days later than it was, and then included a description of the photo in his photograph report (CFS 1200704597, 00187025.pdf):
You may remember from earlier chapters that Detective Walkley’s crime scene photos are presented in chronological order. The photo with the sticker is page 738 of 760, which places it somewhere around December 19th or 20th. The photo Powell alleges was taken “next” is actually page 89 of the same document, likely taken on the 14th. And while it wouldn’t be impossible to remove every trace of residue left over after peeling off such a sizable sticker, the fact that none exists only serves to strengthen the official story.
“I’ve sent W.B. Meyers an email requesting that they confirm that the stickers belong to them and if they could tell me when they made the delivery of the props to Sandy Hook. They have not replied.” pg. 142
Think of how many rambling e-mails from Allan Powell the poor people at W.B. Meyers have to delete on a daily basis. Hopefully they’ve already set up an inbox rule.
“Over the orange stickers, the label of William B. Meyers can clearly be seen. This indicates that both storage and moving were part of the Meyers contract.” pg. 143
It actually identified which items are to be moved to Chalk Hill, which is where these items are headed.
“Additional cars were staged as crime scenes as the drill stagers hadn’t fully decided the scope of the production. A drill is more likely to test a given situation in which participants have been instructed, so here the participants knew the FEMA/DHS drill would involve a shooter but they would not be given exact details of what the drill would involve.” pg. 143
This is definitely one of the dumber claims made in this book. So even with at least five years to plan, not only were they unable to avoid a number of serious, obvious mistakes in their “production”, but they couldn’t even decide on the “scope”? TYPICAL BUREAUCRATS, AM I RIGHT?
“The Lauren Rousseau car referred to in the section on the Lanza home appears in the car park and is shown under a small pavilion as is this vehicle.” pg. 143
No lie, I just searched the entire chapter on the Lanza home for the words “Lauren”, “Rousseau”, “car”, and “auto”, and I didn’t see a single word about this car. So I have zero idea what this is all about. I also searched the entirety of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” (taken on December 14th and into the early morning hours of the 15th, which would require this car to be in two places at once) for any trace of a light green Honda Civic and came up empty-handed.
“This vehicle appears to have been struck by a bullet which came through the window of classroom 10, turned left, advanced for forty meters, made a right turn and then a left turn into the rear passenger door.” pg. 143
Total bullshit. According to the official bullet strike report (CFS 1200704597, 00050860.pdf): “Investigators also located three unoccupied vehicles in the school’s parking lot that had sustained suspected bullet strikes. It should be noted that investigators did not locate and were not advised of any obstructions between the exterior north wall of classroom 10 and each of the vehicles that had sustained suspected bullet strikes.” The investigators found no obstructions. The bullets traveled straight from classroom 10. And minor quibble, but the bullet did not travel forty meters; it traveled 38.65 meters (or 126 feet 8 inches).
From the same report, regarding the blue Camry:
“Bullet strike 5 (BS5) was located on the exterior portion of the passenger side rear door of a 2006 Toyota Camry bearing Connecticut registration 913UNY, which was positioned in the parking lot approximately 126 feet 8 inches northeast of classroom 10’s north wall, where the grouping of the previously described suspected bullet strikes were located. Upon inspection of bullet strike 5 (BS5), investigators observed the strike first entered the passenger side rear door approximately 36 1/2 inches upward from the ground and approximately 5 3/4 inches inward from the hinged portion of the door. Further inspection revealed the projectile fully penetrated the door entering the rear passenger compartment area of the vehicle directly beneath the door’s interior opening handle. The projectile partially penetrated the passenger side rear seat’s seat back portion and projectile fragments deflected, coming to rest on the rear driver’s side seat’s sitting surface.”
The report continues. Keep in mind that Powell suggests it’s bullet strike 5 that took an impossible path:
“Investigators utilized a laser pointer affixed to the end of a protrusion rod on bullet strikes 1, 3, 4, and 5, in an attempt to determine a more precise originating point. For bullet strikes 1, 3, 4, and 5, the laser pointer targeted in a southwesterly direction to the north wall of room 10 and in the general vicinity of the bullet strikes located on classroom 10’s north wall. Precise trajectory angles/measurements were not obtained due to the confined grouping of bullet strikes on classroom 10’s north wall in relation to the distance between each involved vehicle and the unconfirmed certainty of each projectiles path of travel following its initial contact through the classroom’s north wall. Bullet strike 2’s initial strike to the ‘A’ pillar was too distorted to secure the protrusion rod and no further analysis was performed. However, the location of bullet strike 2 in relation to the other bullet strikes on the involved vehicles appears consistent that it too originated from the vicinity of classroom 10’s north wall.”
There’s even more bullet strike information as it relates to the cars in the parking lot in the scene report (CFS 1200704597, 00118939.pdf):
“Trajectory was performed by members of the WDMC Van Squad on two (2) holes of the four (4) holes previously mentioned as being located in the top metal frame portion of the second window pane of the third window from the east wall of classroom #10. The laser was mounted on the trajectory rod and in both cases the laser terminated at a point on a vehicle struck, however, the actual hole on the vehicle was located three to four feet north of the laser area and on the same horizontal plane. That is to say that the point was the same height from the ground as the bullet hole but was three to four feet south of the actual hole. This information is consistent with the projectile having hit an intermediary barrier (metal window frame) at an angle and deflecting to its impact sight thereby not matching the actual straight direction of the laser end point. It should be noted that there was no damage consistent with a bullet hole or strike in the area of the laser end point on the vehicles. No further trajectory was attempted, by the WDMC Van Squad, from the window into the parking lot due to the previously demonstrated fact that the projectiles were deflected, from the intermediary object (the windows), and therefore such trajectory efforts would not glean any fruitful information.”
“The vehicle has been moved to that location; it has cordon tape trapped under the back wheel.” pg. 143
As I’ve already demonstrated, these cars never moved. Check the evacuation photos, the aerial photos and helicopter footage, the crime scene photos, etc; they are seen in the same exact locations in every available photo. And while Fetzer and his crew continue to make claims that these cars have been here, there, and everywhere else, they’ve never provided a shred of evidence. The tape was simply blown underneath the car and caught by the wheel.
“This vehicle has been moved during the forensic session and appears to have driven over the yellow cordon tape, trapping it under the front wheel.” pg. 144
Second verse, same as the first! This minivan is never seen anywhere other than this exact parking spot. In fact, you can see that in every available photo, this car is consistently closer to the right dividing line.
“This is the Lauren Rousseau car which also was staged as being in the Lanza house driveway.” pg. 144
As discussed a little earlier and contrary to Allan’s claims, this car – a light green 2004 Honda Civic belonging to Lauren Rousseau – is never mentioned anywhere in the previous chapter. Shockingly, Powell doesn’t actually provide any photographic evidence, but we can see everything that was parked in the driveway at the Lanza home on page 433 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”:
I’ve cropped the Connecticut state police van out of the picture as it’s obviously not Lauren’s car. What we’re left with is one Dodge Charger, three Chevrolet Impalas, and one almost entirely obscured car. The very tail end of it is visible on page 435 of the same document, and I’m almost certain that it’s another Impala. It’s definitely not light green and the rear looks nothing like a Civic. So where is this mystery vehicle? I doubt even Allan Powell knows.
“The condensation drip of moisture from the exhaust pipe on to the car park surface indicates that the vehicle has only recently been driven to that location, probably within an hour.” pg. 144
Or it’s just an oil stain, which most parking lots are littered with. It couldn’t have possibly come from the Civic as its exhaust pipe is located on the right side of the car.
“The car from Exhibit 13 would have been shielded from any bullet damage to its right side from Classroom 10 by the Rousseau car, yet a bullet hole in the rear right side passenger door was recorded by the forensic’s team.” pg. 144
Angles, how do they work? As stated above, the bullet struck the Camry 36.5″ upward from the ground. The bullet strike report does not include incredibly detailed information, but if the bullet did not travel through the space in between these two vehicles – and there were at least a few feet – then it would have easily sailed over the Civic’s hood. Again, using far more sophisticated methods than Allan Powell, crime scene investigators determined that this bullet came from classroom #10.
“The bullet here appears to have been retrieved from a ballistics testing medium and then placed in the trunk of the Rousseau car.” pg. 144
No. From the bullet strike report (CFS 1200704597, 00050860.pdf):
“Upon inspection of bullet strike 3 (BS3), investigators observed the strike fully penetrated the vehicle’s exterior portion of the front passenger side door approximately 33 3/4 inches upward from the ground and approximately 16 3/4 inches inward from the hinged portion of the door. Further inspection revealed the projectile traveled through the front passenger door nearest the interior opening handle, into the front passenger side compartment area, striking and fully penetrating the front passenger seat’s seat back portion nearest the interior region of the vehicle. The projectile appeared to continue into the rear driver’s side passenger compartment area, penetrating the seat’s seat back portion. Investigators followed the path of travel into the trunk area of the vehicle and located a projectile along the driver’s side of the trunk. The projectile was seized by investigators as evidentiary item 506.”
“The Rousseau car was photographed in multiple locations. Here it is under the pavilion.” pg. 145
No, it wasn’t. And there is no “pavilion”; it’s a portable canopy. You know, kind of like the ones you would see at other crime scenes:
Since it’s clearly raining in the photograph Powell chose for this “exhibit” (page 76 of “Meehan – parking lot photos.pdf”), I think most reasonable people would understand the importance of something like a portable covering when searching a vehicle for evidence.
“A man is visible in the background at the window through which the bullets were purported to have passed.” pg. 145
“The stage managers went out of their way to fake their forensic evidence.” pg. 145
Or you’re looking at an actual crime scene.
“These two cars and a faked bloodstain are cordoned off as part of the pretended shooting. No reference is made by The Sedensky Report to any discharge of the Bushmaster in the parking lot other than to breach the window in order to enter the school.” pg. 146
The cars aren’t cordoned off; only the blood evidence is.
The Sedensky Report does not reference any discharge of the Bushmaster in the parking lot because there was no discharge of the Bushmaster in the parking lot. So that’s (still) totally accurate. This is blood from one of the injured victims who were carried or otherwise transported through the parking lot to the triage station at the fire house. It likely belongs to either Deborah Pisani or Olivia Engel. The (very real) blood was swabbed and entered as exhibit 502.
“Here’s the faked blood between the two cars. The shadow cast from the eastern sunrise shows that this is early morning” pg. 146
Poor, stupid Allan Powell: not only does he not understand mirrors, as we saw in the previous chapter, but it appears as if he also has trouble with his cardinal directions. Oh, and shadows.
If you were to face the front entrance of Sandy Hook Elementary School, you’d be looking in a southerly direction (note: I had previously said “facing south” and someone on Facebook noted I was being a bit liberal, and that’s entirely fair, so it’s been changed to be more accurate). You can confirm this yourself by looking at the location (12 Dickenson Drive, Newtown, CT) on Google Earth. With that in mind, take a look at these two pictures (which I’ve stitched together using pages 154 and 161 of “Farr – nighttime exterior photos.pdf”, which is also where Powell’s photo comes from) and it’s clear that the sun is in the process of setting. I’ve circled the blood shown in Powell’s photo for reference.