“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
By: Allan Powell and Kelley Watt
Note: Chapter Seven was originally published in two parts. I have gone back, added some information, corrected some grammatical issues, and combined the two parts into this one entry. I have left the originals (while adjusting the content) so that I do not disrupt existing discussion and external links. Thanks!
Let’s say that you’re the kind of person who enjoys magic shows. So you gather up your wife (or husband!) and kids one Friday night and head on down to the… well, wherever it is a magician would perform. You’re feeling great, so you splurge on front row tickets and take your seat, excited for a night of family-friendly entertainment. The magician finally takes the stage and kicks the night off by pulling a rabbit out of his hat. It’s a classic trick. The kids are impressed and everyone’s going nuts. The magician then spends the next hour and a half repeatedly performing the very same trick, pulling the same rabbit out of the same hat, over and over and over again. You’d be pretty pissed, right? Because that’s the situation we find ourselves in with Fetzer and his crew pulling the same dumb trick yet again: presenting photos out of order as well as out of context.
The structure for this chapter’s debunk is going to be a little different: rather than break it down on a claim-by-claim basis, I’m going to address pages at a time, highlighting certain claims where necessary. It’ll be much easier to follow if you not only have a copy of the book (which I hope you didn’t pay for – remember that magician?) as well as the files available through Connecticut’s final report, which I will be referencing frequently.
The bottom photo on this page is how investigators initially found Adam’s bedroom when they arrived late on the evening of the 14th. It’s only page 188 of 472 in “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” (presented in chronological order) and these photos were taken between 9:30PM on December 14th and 8:34AM on December 15th (Ref: “Sec 4 – Primary Digital Report.pdf”). The “messy” photo – the top photo – was taken after investigators had already torn the house apart, looking for further evidence. It’s from Book 2, “00195358.pdf”: the secondary digital photography report. On the 2nd page of that report, it reads “The following photographs were taken on December 20, 2012 as part of processing the residence.” That’s six full days after the first set of photos were taken and it makes them the last available photos of the scene at Yoganada Street.
Items on the bed can be seen in Adam’s closet in earlier photographs of the closet:
“Note the glider pad under the leg of the headboard in order to move the bed around for picture-perfect staging.”
No other heavy furniture has glider pads underneath; only the beds in both bedrooms. Maybe the fact that Adam weighed 112 pounds and lived alone with his mother is a better explanation for why they would need these pads under anything.
“There is no blanket or electric blanket on bed despite 28 degrees outside.”
You know that they’re not sleeping outside, right? And it was probably somewhere between 64 and 70 degrees inside. Actually, it was extremely likely that it was somewhere between 64 and 70 degrees inside. How do I know this? Because crime scene investigators took a picture of the fucking thermostat, set to 64. Page 338 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” shows the upstairs thermostat up close. The downstairs thermostat shows it to be about 68 or so, as seen on page 152 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”:
This is corroborated by page 4 of “Sec 4 – Primary Digital Report.pdf”, which specifically mentions the temperature:
“There is no bulletin board, sports memorabilia, ipads, ipods, headphones, stereo equipment, trashcan, trophies, pictures, magazines, caged pets (such as a snake or hampster[sic]) plants, shoes or shirts, video games or flat screen TV. These items are typical in the room of a 21-year old.”
This may come as a shock, but Adam wasn’t a typical twenty year-old (he was twenty, by the way – phenomenal research here, once again). So what if he didn’t own a bulletin board? Did typical twenty year-olds own bulletin boards in 2012? And hamPster? Who proofread this shit? Did anyone?
Anything that was of any real interest to Adam was located in the computer room (such as his headphones, whose presence Allan specifically points out on the very next page) or basement, which were both full of video games, computers, books and televisions. There’s even a television here, but it’s not “flat-screen”, so I guess it doesn’t count to Powell.
As for sports, Adam – like many boys – played Little League Baseball in the third grade, doing enough to receive a brief mention in the May 18th, 2001 edition of The Newtown Bee:
TAUNTON PRESS 11, BOB TENDLER REAL ESTATE 4: Brian Kuruc and Robbie Phillips powered the offense and helped lead Taunton Press to the win. Evan Barreto and Adam Lanza were stellar in the field while Trevor Todd and Michael Coates had fine pitching performances. For Tendler, George Zaruba pitched well and led the offensive attack. Matt Iassogna and John Metcalf held the defense together.
However, according to a former teammate, interviewed for the book “Newtown: An American Tragedy”, Adam simply was “not a good player”. So while it’s highly unlikely that he ever received a trophy for his efforts, it’s even more unlikely that, as a twenty year-old obsessed with school shootings, they were located anywhere other than a box in the basement.
In regards to clothing, according to everyone who knew him, Adam only wore blue polos (with tan khakis or cargo pants), and you can see a number of them hanging in his closet on page 353 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”. His shoes – black shoes nearly identical to those found on his corpse – were stored in the garage, on the stairs leading into the house. You can see them on page 5 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 2.pdf”:
Not surprisingly, the author makes no mention of Nancy’s extensive shoe collection.
While discussed on the next page, there are no evidence markers here because the pictures represent Adam’s bedroom as it initially appeared to investigators, before it was searched for evidence (as shown in the bottom photo) and the bedroom again long after most of the evidence had been removed. The evidence markers would have appeared and disappeared between these two photos.
According to page 13 of “Sec 6 – Scene Sketch Report.pdf”, only three pieces of evidence were taken from Adam’s bedroom: an external USB drive, a hard drive platter, and a white plastic bag. All three items were located in his closet and can be seen with evidence markers on page 356 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”.
Now on to the computer room photos:
The top photo is that one that was taken first. It is page 43 in “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”, while the bottom photo is page 658 (of 667) of the same document. The white cord running across the floor is an Ethernet cable. Using the crime scene photos, you can trace this cable from Adam’s PC into the basement, where it was plugged into the home’s router. If their router was located in the basement, a wireless signal wouldn’t have sufficed for an avid online gamer like Adam, so he simply ran a very long cable. The computer was taken apart so that Adam could destroy his hard drive. You can see the destroyed hard drive (sitting next to an empty box of Paltor “Blasts” earplugs, made specifically for the “range”, “hunting”, and “military”) in numerous crime scene photos; most notably on page 23 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”:
The two bowls and the “white cloth” – which is actually just an ordinary bath towel – are visible in both photos, so I’m not sure what its significance is. It’s possible that the legs of the chair aren’t very dusty, but maybe someone actually cleaned them seeing as how there’s a vacuum just outside of this room, on the landing. The chair is clearly very well-worn, as seen on page 10 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, and dust is visible on the sides of Adam’s PC case (page 43 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”) as well as on his console collection (page 30 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”).
The claim that the papers you see in most of the later photographs (from page 446 on in “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, page 646 in “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”, and every page in “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 2.pdf”) are an “evaluation form for those managing the arrangement” is repeated over and over and over again in this chapter with zero evidence. Probably because it’s not true. These papers are usually front and center, making the idea that their inclusion in so many of these photos is a mistake totally ludicrous. How could someone be so sloppy as to leave these papers in such a prominent, visible location in nearly every later-stage photograph?
The best look we get at these papers is on page 468 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”:
This is simply the search and seizure warrant. Compare the paper to page 9 of “00194593.pdf” in Book 4, and you’ll see that it’s an exact match, right down to the signatures.
The presence of the search and seizure warrant in these photos is corroborated by pages 5 and 8 of “Sec 4 – Primary Digital Report.pdf” and “Sec 5 – Back-Up Digital Image Report.pdf”, respectively:
The top photo is page 500 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf”. It was taken on December 14th, 2012, sometime after 9:15PM as Adam’s custom-built PC had already been taken as evidence. The bottom photo was taken three days later and is page 105 of “Sec 4 – Scene Search Day 3.pdf”. By that point in the investigation, much of the house had been disturbed and a number of items confiscated, which is why the PC, hard drive, and ear plugs are all missing. Their inclusion as evidence is corroborated by Book 3, “00025726.pdf”.
At this point, I’m honestly beginning to wonder whether Allan Powell mistakenly believes that crime scenes must remain static and untouched forever. But if that were the case, then it would be physically impossible for investigators to actually discover and collect any evidence. The truth is that after a scene is photographed (as seen in the early primary and backup scene photos) and sketched (as seen in CFS 1200705354, “Sec 6 – Scene Sketch Report.pdf”), investigators are free to be as intrusive as they need to be in order to get their job done. From page 102 of “Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction” by Ross Gardner and Tom Bevel:
The act of searching is very intrusive, taken only after the primary scene context is documented. The function of any search is to ensure that all evidence and details are noted.
And that’s not medication; they’re very clearly vitamins or other supplements:
What kind of prescription medication comes with a gold label or a purple top? Or in anything other than a prescription pill bottle? It’s well-known that Adam was a vegan, as well as seriously underweight, so odds are he was supplementing his diet with vitamins. If he didn’t like the mind-altering aspect of medication, vitamins would not have presented any sort of problem for him. These bottles were likely located in a desk drawer – probably the open one – and removed to be examined and documented. They would not need to be entered as evidence in this case, because they’re just vitamins. Similar bottles – including ones with similar gold and green labels (Pioneer brand) or purple tops – can be seen in a kitchen cabinet (page 182 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf” and seen above).
This time it’s the bottom photo that was taken first. The top photo is page 174 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” and represents what the boiler room area looked like shortly after investigators arrived, before they pored through all of those boxes in order to look for anything of any relevance. The bottom photo is page 413 of the same document, taken quite a bit further along in that day’s scene processing. Remember that these photos are presented in chronological order.
By this point, investigators had already shuffled things around a bit. And while it’s not visible in the tiny, low-quality photograph available in Fetzer’s book, the Hoover box, portable storage unit, and black mesh bag were all moved to the side in order to provide access to the “brown/black canvas pistol carrying case found within box” (evidence item #46 – tag #35 – in CFS 1200705354, “Sec 6 – Scene Sketch Report.pdf”). The painter’s paper on the floor gets torn up a bit by foot traffic, but is still visible in the last of the Yogananda photos, which is Book 2, “00195358.pdf” (page 28, visible under the moving boxes).
The top photo is page 657 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf” while the bottom photo is page 461 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”, which means that they were both taken late in the initial processing, very close to one another. Because of that, they depict they exact same scene even taken by two different photographers.
“The question then arises of what will explain the existence of different settings of the boiler room?”
“Training for creating misleading evidence is the only answer I can think of.”
Then you’re an absolute idiot.
The bottom photo (page 363 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”) was taken first, as evidenced by the fact that the clip is still in the gun. There are four more photos of the gun in this exact state and position in “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf” (pages 443-446).
As is standard procedure, the gun was photographed and recorded in the precise location that it was found, secured by removing the clip and checking to see whether it was loaded or not, and then returned to the floor in such a way that the residue (or “matter”) as well as an empty shell casing (marked with evidence marker 26 on page 378 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”) was now exposed. It was at that point that the top photo (page 375 of “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf”) was taken. Obviously residue would not drip or fall to the side of an object like that. But, as we’ll see again shortly, gravity (as well as mirrors, as we’ll see shortly) is a bit of a tricky subject for Allan Powell.
While blood is still visible all over the nightstand, the wall, and the sheets, the goriest photos are (obviously) redacted. That’s what all of those black photos represent, Allan. Again, if you’re confused as to why something is redacted, simply check the redaction index.
Now this is total absurdity. These photos were taken from the firearms survey, which you can view for yourself in “Sec 15 – Firearm Survey – Savage.pdf”. According to the digital image report, they were taken at the Lanza residence on December 15th, 2012 at 1:23PM, a day after the shooting. What you’re seeing is standard procedure for weapons processing at a crime scene, with the rifle being placed in a cardboard evidence box, like the ones seen here:
From an article on packaging firearms at crime scenes:
“A sturdy box is used as the collection and packaging medium. Several slits are put into the bottom of the box. This allows flex-cuffs to be inserted through the slits in the box to create safety straps around the firearm to secure it in place during transport.”
“There’s pretend blood on the muzzle but it’s not very convincing.”
What is this even based on? Why is not convincing? Doesn’t “pretend” blood look identical to real blood? Otherwise it wouldn’t really be “pretend” blood, would it? So how does the author differentiate between the two? Why wouldn’t the cops be able to obtain and use real blood for an operation of this magnitude?
These bullets very clearly do not have uniform damage, as claimed by Powell. Again, readers are only shown a very small, low-quality version of this photo (which is page 21 of “Sec 8 – Autopsy.pdf”) and told what they should be seeing. Here’s a much higher-quality version of that same photo, so you can see for yourself:
It’s also on this page that we’re confronted with another common tactic of Fetzer and his merry band of bullshit artists: make the claim that a piece of evidence is missing, but when you’re eventually confronted with the allegedly missing evidence, simply dismiss it as a cheap forgery without providing any proof whatsoever. Powell utilized this tactic when he made the following claim back on page 123:
“Nancy didn’t bleed much according to the images for having four shots to the head. The general rule with headshots is that the heart keeps pumping blood because of which wounds evince a large quantity of blood.”
But now we’re shown an image from page 665 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Scene 1.pdf” where you can clearly see a large amount of blood that had obviously pooled underneath of Nancy Lanza’s head. Powell makes the totally bizarre claim that this is not blood, but rather a “pomegranate-seed colored stain”. It’s never explained how the two differ visually, but we are told that “it is not the color of dried human blood”. The fact of the matter is that the look of dried blood can vary greatly depending on the amount of blood, the material containing the blood, and the lighting of the photographs. That said, the blood seen here is entirely consistent with similar scenes showing blood on white sheets. For instance, here’s blood from a white pillowcase, found in a Bronx motel:
There’s also a very good reason why there’s no “corpse wearing polka-dot pyjamas” in this photo, and it’s because it had already been removed from the room. According to page 7 of “Sec 5 – Back-Up Digital Image Report.pdf”, the body was removed at some point between pages 567-568:
This picture – again, picture 665 of 667 – was taken very late in scene processing. Why would they leave the corpse there for so long? It’s ridiculous.
The claim regarding the reflection of the bed is a baffling one. Powell seems to be suggesting that this is some sort of vampire blood, completely invisible in mirrors. Unfortunately for him, that’s not the case. What we’re actually looking at here is the bottom of the bed, and not the top. Learn how mirrors work, numbnuts.
More bullshit claims regarding an “evaluation form” (nope, still just the search and seizure warrant) and “electric blankets”, despite a thermostat set to 64 and the obvious presence of regular blankets on Nancy’s bed.
Next we’re shown a small, low-quality version of page 240 from “Sec_4_Primary_Scene.pdf” and told that if we “magnify” it, we won’t be able to see any “blood or brain matter”. Well, no shit. First of all, we’re looking at a picture that was taken from 2nd floor landing, looking into a dimly lit bedroom, of maybe the bottom 75%-80% of Nancy’s bed. As she was shot in the head, the blood is behind her, on the wall, on the nightstand, and underneath her (mostly underneath her). Those areas are of course out of view here.
As for why this photograph even exists: part of the investigator’s job is record the scene as they discovered it before they begin the search for evidence. That includes taking pictures of things such as doors, entryways, etc. The investigator is undoubtedly well aware of Nancy’s corpse in the master bedroom as the tactical unit had already discovered it. Furthermore, numerous photos were taken of the body, as corroborated by the primary photo report (page 4 of “Sec 4 – Primary Digital Report.pdf”):
As well as the back-up photo report (page 7 of “Sec 5 – Back-up Digital Image Report.pdf”):
“The Central Vacuum hose and toilet cleaner in the foreground suggest that a Maid Service has already been called”
Or Nancy Lanza owns a vacuum (all of which is visible on the landing, not just the hose) and toilet cleaner, kinda like everyone else on the planet. And toilet cleaner next to the bathroom? Who has ever heard of such a thing? Obviously something devious is afoot!
We’ve already covered why there is no blood visible in these distant shots, but why are there no “polka-dot body in pyjamas is in sight”? Probably because people traditionally sleep under their blankets. Didn’t Allan just ask how the Lanzas stayed warm? Come on, man.
Again, this is all corroborated by the primary photo report Powell clearly chose not to read, which states that Nancy’s body was photographed “with and without bedding” (see above).
“From the lie of the coverlet, the fake corpse appears to have no feet.”
“If the scarlet coloured material is intended to simulate blood, it has defied the law of gravity as a liquid and has failed to flow down on to the bedsheet.”
I’m admittedly a little confused here, but I suppose the implication is that authorities hastily applied the fake blood very shortly before these photos were taken, not allowing it ample time to run down the bed sheet… right? But if someone is lying in the middle of a relatively flat mattress, why would the blood pooling underneath of them flow off the sides of the bed? That’s not how gravity works! I challenge Allan Powell to spill his juice box in the middle of his bed and discover what happens to the liquid.
“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 and systems (including a New-Style Super Nintendo, 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!