I recently saw a video in which you made a number of ridiculous, patently false claims regarding the Sandy Hook shooting and its aftermath. A number of these claims revolved around the availability (or alleged lack thereof, I suppose) of the victims death certificates. These claims are nothing new and were debunked years ago, so I was a bit surprised when I discovered that this video was relatively new. As a self-professed reporter (and please correct me if you have any sort of formal training in this field) affiliated with a popular Internet “news” program, I would have guessed that you would be a bit embarrassed by this misstep and eager to correct your mistake once you learned the facts, but apparently that is not the case. As of today, it doesn’t appear as if you have issued a retraction. It’s almost as if you’re not actually interested in the truth. Again, please correct me if anything I’m saying here is off-base. After all, this is just hearsay.
So what I’d like to do is extend a challenge to you: I – as a private citizen – will attempt to order a yet-to-be-determined number of the victims death certificates, from the town of Newtown, at $20 a piece. You have made the claim that this is impossible; a “felony”, I believe it is you said. If I am successful, you must donate the cost of those certificates (again, $20 for each one ordered) to the charity of my choosing. For example, if I successfully order and receive five death certificates from Newtown, then you are to donate $100. If I fail, I will donate a $300 flat fee to the charity of your choosing. And if you’re not a particularly charitable guy, I’ll even allow *ahem* “legal funds”, such as the one Wolfgang Halbig claims to have started for Jonathan Reich. Of course, if you are right and obtaining these death certificates is a felony, you won’t receive any money… because I will be in jail.
So what say you? Are you brave enough to put your money where your mouth is? Will you man up, accept the truth (which I fully understand isn’t as attractive to your audience), and issue a retraction (unlikely as I don’t believe InfoWars has ever issued a single one)? Or will you do what I fully expect of you and ignore this altogether? The latter certainly wouldn’t surprise me as Wolfgang Halbig has owed me $1,000 for months after I called his bluff and accepted (and met) one of his challenges. He won’t even respond to my e-mails at this point. Speaking of Wolfgang, are you sure that this is the kind of guy you want to get your information from? He’s barely literate and a known, exposed liar. You may want to look into the time he wanted to purchase dowsing rods for an entire school district, believing they would help him locate guns and drugs. James Randi ultimately had to talk some sense into him. Or look into the time he claimed to be Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal driver. That one’s a real hoot.
I’ll be posting this letter on my blog (feel free to check it out if you’re into actual research) and while I won’t hold my breath, I certainly do hope you will consider taking me up on my challenge. It’s a great opportunity to expose the truth – the real truth – and raise some money for charity. I am a man of my word and will do whatever is necessary to make good on my end of the deal.
Shill Murray (not my real name, BTW)
Perhaps, maybe for the first time in this site’s ten month history, I rushed a post. “Debunking Claims Made About The Child Victims Of Sandy Hook”, to be specific (thought I still recommend you read that one first). While it still took me a handful of days to get everything just the way I wanted it (larger entries – such as the full chapter debunks – can take me weeks), the end result would have been significantly better had I waited just a little while longer.
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This post has been updated, expanded, and is available here. This version has been preserved for the comments.
Maybe you don’t read all of my posts. I don’t know, and I’m not about to tell you how to read blogs. Maybe you’re busy! But if you do have a tendency to jump around a bit, maybe you skipped right over my June 13th, 2016 entry, titled “Dust Your Checkbook Off, Wolfgang”. If so, let me get you up to speed: self-professed school, gay nightclub, and whatever else now expert Wolfgang Halbig has for years offered up a number of cash rewards, ranging from anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000, in exchange for very specific photographs from Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Easy money”, according to Halbig. But of course these rewards are entirely fictitious; extensively advertised (but never delivered) in a transparent bid to bolster his credibility. After all, who would dare to offer up such substantial rewards – even if they were presumably taken from the six figure sum he’s somehow managed to earn in donations – unless they were absolutely certain that no one could possibly claim them? Or at least I assume that’s the logic behind it. But the truth is that this trick, much like Halbig’s entire carny routine, is as old as time (thanks to Stephen Tobey on Facebook for the great read).
Halbig has offered up one such mythical reward a number of times on his personal Facebook page, placing a $1,000 bounty on pictures from Sandy Hook’s 2012 Veteran’s Day breakfast:Read More →
When I wrote Part Seven of this series, I had mentioned that I was in the process of sorting through somewhere around one hundred and twenty additional photographs taken in and around Sandy Hook School between 2008 – the year Sandy Hook deniers and hoaxers such as James Fetzer erroneously claim that the school was secretly shuttered, all while failing to provide even a single piece of empirical evidence to support their ridiculous fairy tales – and 2012, which is of course the year Adam Lanza broke into the school and murdered twenty-six people. Many of those photographs ended up in the entries that followed while others provided even further proof that Wolfgang Halbig is nothing more than a liar (spoiler: he never paid me).
Even after all of that, I still had over one hundred and one photographs left over – all collected from The Newtown Bee (which helpfully provides photographic metadata to the public for nearly all of their content) and The Newtown Patch – that were a bit more difficult for me to organize. So this entry serves to act as a “dumping ground” of sorts, heavy on photographic evidence of the school’s operation while lacking the structure or narrative seen in previous entries in the series.
Since there are so many photographs, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for me to post every last one of them. Instead, I will post those I believe to be the most important or incriminating to deniers like Fetzer and Halbig while simply linking to the remainder. I will also do my absolute best to present them in chronological order and with the corresponding articles whenever possible. Photos that are of no real significance and contain personal information (and there are about a half dozen or so of those total) will be left out for obvious reasons.
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The Sandy Hook School library was a hotbed of activity for both students and faculty alike. As such, there is plenty of evidence that shows the area in use between 2008 – the year con men such as James Fetzer falsely claim the school was closed – and 2012. Some of this evidence has already been shared and discussed in earlier entries. For example, when children’s author Patricia Polacco visited the school on September 15th, 2011 (covered in “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open”, parts six and seven), she signed copies of her books in the library, as seen in this photograph from the 2011-2012 Scrapbook:
Note that both Mrs. Polacco and school principal Dawn Hochsprung are both wearing the very same outfits seen in the following Polaroid (also taken in the library – note the SMART Board used as a backdrop), posted to Mrs. Polacco’s Facebook page on June 15th, 2016:Read More →
Like the previous seven entries in the series (and those still to come), today we will continue to present even more evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School was open and fully operational – and had been for fifty-six years – when Adam Lanza shot his way into the school and murdered twenty children and six adults. This of course runs completely contrary to the absurd idea – presented by conspiracy theorists such as James Fetzer and Wolfgang Halbig – that it was quietly shuttered in 2008 due to a non-existent asbestos problem. Or dirty walls. Or whatever the claim is these days.
Throughout the years, the students and staff of Sandy Hook lent their time to a number of charitable causes, from collecting Valentine’s Day cards for American troops every February to Thanksgiving food drives. These photographs represent just some of the events that took place at the school, featured here because they can be corroborated by write-ups in The Newtown Bee and/or on social media. Other examples of the school’s giving spirit can already be seen elsewhere on the site, such as the “small bags, bears, books, and basics” as well as the hats and mittens collection drives seen here. Many more are outlined in this article (“Sandy Hook School 3rd And 4th Graders Focus On Community Service”), published by The Newtown Patch on June 21st, 2012.Read More →
As I sort through nearly one hundred and twenty additional photographs taken in and around Sandy Hook Elementary during the four year period James Fetzer and his brain dead supporters erroneously claim the school was closed, I noticed that a handful of well-known and accomplished children’s authors generously came and met with the students. As the dates of these visits can be corroborated, one is forced to wonder whether Fetzer believes these accomplished authors A) are complicit in the “hoax”, B) were somehow lured into a convincingly staged school full of children (which was simultaneously being used as “storage”, according to Maria Hsia Chang and Allan Powell) for the sake of a couple of photographs quietly published in the local paper. Or maybe he’ll just dismiss them as “fakes”, much like he does with everything else that he can’t twist and manipulate to fit into his narrative.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the guests who have passed through the school between 2010-2012:
Author of “The Lemonade War”
October 28th, 2010
Internet panhandler Wolfgang Halbig must have collected more money from his frequent donation drives than he knows what to do with because he’s practically begging people like me (as well as CW Wade of Sandy Hook Facts) to take it from him, one grand at a time. There’s simply no other way to explain his repeated offers to hand out $1,000 to anyone who can produce photographs from the 2012 Veteran’s Day Breakfast, an annual tradition at Sandy Hook School.
Here’s just one example of Halbig’s proposal, taken from his official Facebook page (which is an borderline unreadable mess, for the record):
And here’s the full text. I’ve left all spelling and grammatical errors intact because this is the guy that has positioned himself as the lead “investigator” for Sandy Hook “truth”:Read More →
#10 – “There Was An Emergency Preparedness Drill/Exercise Nearby”
Mentioned at least three times in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”, FEMA’s “Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters” is alternately mischaracterized as a “drill” or an “exercise”. In reality, “Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters” is a six hour independent study course, based on material taken from this document by Save The Children. While FEMA offers the course online, some state organizations also teach it in a classroom environment, which means that it ends up looking a bit more like this:
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