One of the more pervasive zombie myths still being propagated by the Sandy Hook denialist cult is the lie that Sandy Hook Elementary School quietly closed in 2008 and was therefore empty when Adam Lanza (who may or may not have even existed, depending on which wackadoo you’re dealing with) carried out his deadly attack on December 14th, 2012. This alleged closure was so quiet, in fact, that not a single local media outlet covered it.
This absurd fantasy seems to have originated with professional conspiracy theorist James Fetzer, a bloated carny who has been supplementing his retirement income with a series of increasingly insane (and lazy, based on the fact that nearly every word in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” was lifted from a pre-existing blog entry) books declaring everything that has ever happened – from the moon landing to the Boston Marathon bombing – to be an elaborate fake. And despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary (including numerous photographs depicting a bustling school, years worth of PTA meeting minutes, school facilities surveys, news articles, job listings, etc.), Fetzer has seemingly based this outrageous claim entirely on a combination of outdated information and a total – and possibly intentional, though that may be giving him too much credit – misunderstanding of how the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine functions. That’s it.
“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” Chapter Three By: James Fetzer
It bugs me to present these chapters out of order, but Wolfgang Halbig was in the midst of his second FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) hearing on my original run-through, so I wanted to wait until the dust settled before tackled this one, just in case anything interesting popped up. Ultimately nothing really did (outside of Halbig’s usual lies), and I’ve included some information in regards to that hearing at the end of this article.
Wolfgang Halbig’s spent about $20,000 raised through his charity, Sandy Hook Justice, for two days worth of hearings. He was awarded no documents and the majority of his complaints where dismissed in their entirety. It should also be noted that the documents Halbig obtained at a cost of about $20,000, Sandy Hook Facts obtained for under $100.
Let’s say – and this strictly hypothetical here, so please don’t get offended – that you’re a Sandy Hook denier, also known as a Sandy Hook hoaxer. Maybe you’re a lifelong conspiracy crank looking for your next hustle, or maybe you just don’t want to believe what took place that day actually happened (which is, in a way, perfectly understandable), but you’re having a very difficult time coming up for an alternate explanation for something so many people experienced firsthand and so many more saw play out in the media. And while it barely makes any sense whatsoever, the story you ultimately bet the farm on involves Mossad death squads a FEMA “Active Shooter” drill taking place at an abandoned school. But there’s a problem: there isn’t really any evidence that supports your claim. Not only does FEMA not host “Active Shooter” drills (let alone at abandoned schools), but this imaginary drill does not appear anywhere on their calendar. So what do you do? You fake it. It’s so easy, a Florida scumbag could do it!
So this is it. This is the infamous “FEMA manual” that James Fetzer can’t stop gushing over. I don’t blame you if you find it kind of really underwhelming. Probably due to the fact that it’s an obvious forgery, more so than anything else. But before we take a deep dive into this thing, a little background…
Professional crank James Fetzer and his band of loopy dipshits put a lot of stock in Twitter updates (or “tweets”, as the kids call them), citing them as evidence a handful of times throughout the despicable “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”. In fact, in Chapter Five, Vivian Lee considers a handful of confusingly time-stamped tweets (the product of a well-known Twitter “bug”, as discussed in Chapter Five) to be one of the “top ten reasons Sandy Hook was an elaborate hoax”. On page 67, under “4. There was foreknowledge of the event”, she writes:
In addition, tweets about the shooting began before it occurred, a tribute was apparently uploaded one month before the event, and web pages honoring the victims, including a Facebook page R.I.P. Victoria Soto, were established before they had “officially” died.
Much has also been made of a single seemingly innocuous tweet originating from Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter account, posted on October 17th, 2012, showing the school’s students participating in their annual evacuation drill. Despite not looking anything at all like the chaos that unfolded less than two months later (which should come to an enormous shock to no one, ever), this is somehow supposed to be proof that what occurred on December 14th, 2012, was actually just a drill:
Of course this would not be at all noteworthy if the authors had any doubts whatsoever regarding the legitimacy of the account, just as tweets from the morning of the 14th could not possibly be considered one of the “top ten reasons Sandy Hook was an elaborate hoax” unless they also had total faith in the site’s ability to accurately time-stamp its user-generated content. With this in mind, Fetzer and his “expert researchers” logically have no choice but to accept the fact that all of the the photographs shared by Dawn Hochsprung on Twitter between September and December of 2012 must also be genuine. As these photos depict a busy and bustling elementary school, this would obviously deal a devastating blow to Fetzer’s absurd claim that Sandy Hook had been closed and unoccupied since 2008; an idea which acts as the foundation for his entire theory (and, as such, this book). So it shouldn’t come as much as a surprise to anyone who understands how these hucksters work that the book make no mention of Dawn’s timeline outside of the evacuation photo and, in their attempt to hide it from their readers, even cite their own blog entries about the evacuation photo in the footnotes rather instead the actual source. An example, from page 96:
Why wouldn’t they provide the URL to the photo on Dawn’s timeline as their source? What is it they don’t want their readers to see?
“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” Chapter Eleven By: James Fetzer and Kelley Watt
When I saw that the title of this chapter was “Are Sandy Hook skeptics delusional with ‘twisted minds’?”, I thought “Great! This will be the easiest chapter yet! I’ll answer ‘yes’ – or ‘yes, of course’ if I’m feeling particularly chatty – publish, and move on!” But it turns out that there are actual claims being made here and while the majority of them are rehashed from earlier chapters, a couple of new ones rear their ugly head… heads?
Chapter Ten is an interesting one; not because it finally, miraculously offers up even a sliver of compelling information (it doesn’t, not that there was ever such a possibility), but because its content was very thoroughly debunked long, long ago (by Metabunk, by Snopes, by USA Today, etc). And while the same could be said for nearly every other chapter in this completely asinine book, this time the authors openly acknowledge it. And they do so within the very first paragraph! But somehow the chapter doesn’t abruptly end there. Instead, James Fetzer and Maria Chang awkwardly fumble their way through a counterargument that basically boils down to “nuh-uh”.