James Fetzer frequently brags about the quantity as well as alleged quality of his book’s contributors, usually as a way of deflecting attention away from the actual quality of his research (or lack thereof). After all, a book written by multiple doctors couldn’t possibly be wrong, could it?
One of the book’s more flagrant chapters – Chapter Two – is written by someone calling themselves “Dr. Eowyn”, who goes to great lengths to remain anonymous not only throughout this book, but on their own crank website, “Fellowship of the Minds”. But I wanted to know a bit more about the kind of person who could shit out something so vile and have the audacity to commit it to print. Were they actually a professor and professional author, as they so proudly claimed? Without a name, we have only their word, and can we really trust the word of someone capable of making so many elementary mistakes? So I did some digging and it wasn’t long before I found the information I was looking for.
Sandy Hook Elementary School was full of evidence that showed it to be an open and active school on December 14th, 2012. In Part One, I showed how the waiting area in the lobby was stocked with magazines from 2012, including one that had only been released 2-3 weeks earlier.
On page 74 of Walkley’s scene photos, there’s a small bin from the library on the floor, next to a LifePak 12 defibrillator/monitor. In that bin is a book titled “The Obstinate Pen”, which wasn’t released until April of 2012:
In order for James Fetzer’s totally absurd theory that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed in 2008 and used for a mock shooting in 2012 to work, you’d have to accept his claim that the school – previously used as “storage” in his alternate reality – was staged for the sake of highly redacted crime scene photos. Not surprisingly, Fetzer never stops to contemplate how elaborate the alleged staging would have had to have been. The photos contain so many small details and clues as to the state of the school that even those who have looked over them numerous times have probably missed them. If they were on Fetzer’s radar, he omitted them from his book for the likely reason that they didn’t bode well for his fairy tale.
In my first look at some of those overlooked details, I’m going to start with the school’s lobby (with a quick stop in the school’s kitchen), where Adam Lanza bypassed the school’s strikeplate security system by shooting his way into the school.
“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” Chapter Four By: James Fetzer
James Fetzer, exploring the limits of hyperbole, refers to his personal interpretation of the infamous Shannon Hicks evacuation photos as his “smoking gun”. And I’m assuming that he stands by that claim as he’s essentially taken that article, peppered it with a few stolen photographs (which I’m about to do as well, but hey) and stretched it out in order to fill an entire chapter of his book. So what is it about this photograph that’s so damning? Let’s take a look…
There are so many unbelievably disingenuous claims in this sad and ugly book that it’s actually rather difficult to choose one as the most egregious, but just about everything on page 32 can be considered a serious contender.
“Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi said (5:45 mark), “The school’s been closed down for God knows how long. [Neighbors] can’t understand why there were kids in that building because it was condemned.” pg. 30
Which neighbors? Not a single name is given, and seeing as how this claim comes from a “reporter” for one of the most notorious and profitable conspiracy cranks on the planet (Alex Jones), a grain of salt may not be enough: you may want a shaker’s full before you even consider ingesting this one. The fact is that you can find a number of interviews with area residents all over the place, and none of them seem to be even the slightest bit confused by the fact that children were at the school. Certainly if the school had been closed for some time, as Fetzer claims, someone would ask what they were doing there.
Disgraced professor James Tracy spends a lot time harping on the kinds of inconsistencies common in breaking or early news reports; an unfortunate side effect of the 24 hour news cycle. They’re so common that entire books have been written about the subject, including Howard Rosenberg’s “No Time To Think”. So rather than spend my time pointing out the glaring obvious (that misinformation thrives in chaos), I’m going to try and limit my fact checking to claims that are not based solely off of those early, flawed reports. There will be exceptions when I believe they are necessary, or the claims are particularly egregious.