Five years ago today: the Sandy Hook Shooting (14 Dec. 2012)

‘‘… History remembers the killer’s name and rarely does history remember the name of the victim, … Everyone should read the names and look at the faces of the people who lost their lives that day… Take a moment to remember them…’’

Allison Wyatt (6) | Ana Marquez-Greene (6) | Avielle Richman (6) 
Benjamin Wheeler (6) | Caroline Previdi (6) | Catherine Hubbard (6)
Charlotte Bacon (6) | Chase Kowalski (7) | Daniel Barden (7)
Dylan Hockley (6) | Emilie Parker (6) | Grace McDonnell (7)
Jack Pinto (6) | James Mattioli (6) | Jesse Lewis (6)
Jessica Rekos (6) | Josephine Gay (7) | Madeleine Hsu (6)
Noah Pozner (6) | Olivia Engel (6) | Anne Marie Murphy (52)
Dawn Hochsprung (47) | Lauren Rousseau (30) | Mary Sherlach (56)
Rachel D’Avino (29) | Victoria Soto (27) | Nancy Lanza (52)

I’ve never seen the TCC commemorate victims. Here.

Never forgotten. Always remembered

  - Ted Bundy’s victims-

 Donna Gail Manson, age 19. 

 Susan Elaine Rancourt, age 18. 

 Roberta Kathleen Parks, age 22

 Brenda Carol Ball, age 22. 

Georgeann Hawkins, age 18. 

 Janice Ann Ott, age 23. 

Denise Marie Naslund, age 19. 

Nancy Wilcox, age 16. .

 Melissa Anne Smith, age 17. .

 Laura Aime, age 17. 

 Debra Kent age, 17. 

 Caryn Campbell, age 23. 

Julie Cunningham, age 26. 

 Denise Oliverson, age 25. 

 Lynette Culver, age 12. 

 Susan Curtis, age 15. 

 Margaret Bowman, age 21. 

 Lisa Levy, age 20. 

 Karen Chandler, age 21.

 Kathy Kleiner, age 21. .

 Kimberly Leach, age 12. 

     - Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims-

         Steven Hicks, 19 

        Steven Tuomi, 26 

      Anthony Lee Sears, 26 

James Doxtator, 14 

      Richard Guerrero, 22

    Raymond Lamont Smith, 33 

     Ricky Beeks, 27 

     Ernest Miller, 22 

     David C. Thomas, 23 

     Curtis Straughter, 19 

     Errol Lindsey, 19 

    Tony Hughes, 31

    Konerak Sinthasomphone, 14 

     Matt Turner, 20 

     Jeremiah Weinberger, 23 

    Oliver Lacy, 23

    Joseph Bradehoft, 25 

   -   Richard Ramirez’s victims-

           Mei Leung, 9 

Jennie Vincow, 79 

          Christina and Mary Caldwell 

            Vincent and Maxine Zazzara:

            William Doi       

            Mable Bell

            Mary Louise Cannon, 75

            Chitat Assawahem

           Peter Pan 

           Tsia-Lian Yu, 30

           Dayle Yoshie Okazaki, 34

         Lela and Max Kneidings 

      Elyas Yakub Abowath, 35


             - Charleston Shooting victims -

        Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54).

       Susie Jackson (87)

       Ethel Lee Lance (70) 

        Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49)

        Clementa C. Pinckney (41) 

         Tywanza Sanders (26)

      Daniel Simmons (74)

       Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45)Singleton.

       Myra Thompson (59)

  - Columbine Massacre victims-

       Rachel Scott (17)

      Steven Curnow (14)

       Corey DePooter (17)

       Kelly Ann Fleming (16)

        Matt Ketcher (16)

       Daniel Mauser (15)

       Daniel  Rohrbough (15)

       Cassie Bernall (17)

       Isaiah Shoels (18)

       John Tomlin (16)

      Lauren Townsend (18)

       Kyle Velasquez (16)

      Dave Sanders (47)

  -  John Wayne Gacy’s victims-

  • Timothy McCoy (16)
  • John Butkovitch (17)
  • Darrell Sampson (18)
  • Randall Reffett (15)
  • Samuel Stapleton (14)
  • Michael Bonnin (17)
  • William Carroll (16)
  • James Haakenson (16)
  • Rick Johnston (17)
  • Kenneth Parker (16)
  • William Bundy (19)
  • Gregory Godzik (17)
  • John Szyc (19)
  • Jon Prestidge (20)
  • Matthew Bowman (19).
  • Robert Gilroy (18)
  • John Mowery (19)
  • Russell Nelson (21)
  • Robert Winch (16)
  • Tommy Boling (20)
  • David Talsma (19)
  • .William Kindred (19)
  • Timothy O'Rourke (20)
  • Frank Landingin (19)
  • James Mazzara (21)
  • Robert Piest (15)

         also rest in peace and hope you are found:              

           Body 28. Backyard. Male aged 14-18.

  • Body 26. Crawl space. Male aged 22-30
  • .Body 13. Crawl space. Male aged 17-21.
  • Body 21. Crawl space. Male aged 15-24.
  • March 15, 1977. Body 5. Crawl space. Male aged 22-32.
  • Body 10. Crawl space. Male aged 17-21

             - Ed Gein’s victims-

            Bernice Worden   

             Mary Hogan 

        - Edmund Kemper’s victims-

         Maude Kemper               

       Edmund Emil Kemper I

      Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa (18)

      Aiko Koo (15)

     Cindy Schall (18)

     Rosalind Thorpe (23) and Allison Liu (20)

     Clarnell Strandberg and Sally Hallett


-    Dennis Nilsen’s victims-

   Stephen Dean Holmes (14)

   Kenneth Ockendon (19)

    Billy Sutherland (27)            

    Martyn Duffey (16)   

   Malcolm Barlow (24)    

    John Howlett       

   Archibald Graham Allan

    Steve Sinclair (20)

 Also rest in peace to the unidentified victims! Hope you are found!

      -Sandy Hook shooting victims-

        Rachel D'Avino, 29

  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47 
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52,
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Leigh Soto, 27
  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison Wyatt, 6

   -Chardon High School shooting victims-

     Daniel Parmertor (16)

     Russel King Jr (17)

     Demetrius Hewlin (16)

-The Manson Murders-

    Steven Parent

    Sharon Tate

   Jay Sebring

   Gary Hinman

   Abigail Folger

   Leno LaBianca

  Rosemary LaBianca

  Donald Shea

  Wojciech Frykowski        

           -Aurora Shooting victims-

  • Jonathan Blunk, age 26, 
  • Alexander J. Boik, age 18, 
  • Jesse Childress, age 29, 
  • Gordon Cowden, age 51, 
  • Jessica Ghawi (a.k.a. Jessica Redfield), age 24,
  • John Larimer, age 27, )
  • Matt McQuinn, age 27, 
  • Micayla Medek, age 23, 
  • Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6, 
  • Alex Sullivan, age 27,
  • Alexander C. Teves, age 24,
  • Rebecca Wingo, age 31

       -Boston Marathon Bombing victims-

      Krystle Campbell (29)

      Martin Richard  (8)

       Lu Lingzi (23)

Rest in peace to every one of them and also every murder victim!

Never forgotten, always remembered.

May your souls rest in peace!

on december 14, 2012, the unthinkable happened. 20 year old adam lanza, shot through a glass window to gain entrance into sandy hook elementary school to begin his rampage. 26 lives taken at the hand of a bushmaster xm-15 in minutes. beforehand, nancy lanza, was shot four times in her own house during her slumber. today marks the five year anniversary.

let’s take a minute to remember some brave acts of the fallen

dawn hochsprung, principal of sandy hook at the time, who was in a meeting, yelled “stay put” after hearing the initial commotion. six year old jesse lewis, told his classmates to “run” as the shooter was reloading his gun. teacher’s aide anne marie murphy, used her body to shield student dylan hockley.

we will not forget allison wyatt. we will not forget ana màrquez-greene. we will not forget anne marie murphy. we will not forget avielle richman. we will not forget benjamin wheeler. we will not forget caroline previdi. we will not forget catherine hubbard. we will not forget charlotte bacon. we will not forget chase kowalski. we will not forget daniel barden. we will not forget dawn hochsprung. we will not forget dylan hockley. we will not forget emilie parker. we will not forget grace mcdonell. we will not forget jack pinto. we will not forget james mattioli. we will not forget jesse lewis. we will not forget jessica rekos. we will not forget josephine gay. we will not forget lauren rousseau. we will not forget madeleine hsu. we will not forget mary sherlach. we will not forget nancy lanza. we will not forget noah pozner. we will not forget olivia engel. we will not forget rachel d'avino. we will not forget victoria soto.

Remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, 5 years ago today:

  • Nancy Lanza, 52 perpetrator’s mother
  • Rachel D'Avino, 29, teacher’s aide
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47, principal
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52, teacher’s aide
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30, teacher
  • Mary Sherlach, 56, school psychologist
  • Victoria Leigh Soto, 27, teacher
  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • Ana Márquez-Greene, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison Wyatt, 6

All were beautiful angels whose lives were cut too short, and had so much to live up to. My thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims, and the Newtown community on this day.

The children who were victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre

(1) Caroline Previdi

Caroline Previdi was one of the 20 young children killed in the massacre that left the town of Newtown, Conn. grieving. 

(2) James Mattioli

James Mattioli, 6, was another one of the young victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Fondly called “J” for short, the energetic young boy loved math, sports and cuddling on the couch with his mom at the end of the day.

(3) Daniel Barden

Daniel Barden, 7, was another of the victims. His father Mark is a musician, and he and his family wrote the following words in memorial of their son: “Everyone who has ever met Daniel remembers and loves him. Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy. Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. He earned his ripped jeans and missing two front teeth. Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world. Our hearts break over losing him and for the many other families suffering loss.”

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Jennifer Pozner on What Not To Wear from Reality Bites Back

Gah! This is one of my biggest issues with What Not To Wear, which in its inchoate, British incarnation at least allowed women (and men) some semblance of personal style. Hey Stacy and Clinton, there are women who don’t “don frilly dresses,” or don’t want to “feel feminine” and are still stylish. Or not. And that’s okay.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Five Year Anniversary

I didn’t realize it until now, but 4 days ago was the 5 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Sandy Hook isn’t too far away from me (only around 45 mins away) and a lot of kids in my school has friends and family who worked and went to school around and at Sandy Hook Elementary. The day it happened, I was 9, and excited for the upcoming Christmas break. My 4th grade class was going through our normal schedule, morning routines, and we were probably doing math, maybe learning division. It was pretty much like any other day. Until the teachers got notified shortly after the shooting occurred. Some kids were called home, because family and friends living in that area. A kid I knews mom survived that day. Rumors spread. And my parents had to sit me down and somehow try to explain to a fucking nine year old that some man went into a school and killed kids only a year or 2 younger than me. For no good fucking reason. And me, as a nine year old, asked questions society should have answered years ago. Why a fucking twenty year old should be able to get his hands on a gun, let alone semiautomatic one. Why innocent kids who just wanted to see their best friend at recess and were excited for the school lunch today were killed by a madman. And why people still protest that gun control is an invasion of human rights. 

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting took place 5 years ago, when I was only nine, leading my parents and many other to have to explain to their elementary school kids that kids just like them were killed.  It was the fourth deadliest shooting by a single person, and it used to be higher, before many shootings, including Las Vegas, happened just this year. It was the fourth deadliest shooting, and almost all the victims were children of ages six to eight. Kids who had whole lives ahead of them. Who may have gone to Harvard and made a scientific breakthrough, or could have married someone, had kids and spend their lives watching their family grow. They were just kids. And their whole lives were ripped from them because one guy could get his hands on a deadly weapon when he clearly wasn’t mentally stable.

And I plan to give these kids justice. Because if Adam Lanza lives just a couple miles over, it could have been me and my friends. I will not let this, nor any other shooting or terrorist attack stay as just a “tragedy” for people to pray for them then not think about it besides a rare occasion. I will give these people justice by fighting for these kinds of useless deaths to stop in any way we can stop them.

and now, I say sorry.

sorry to 

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Márquez-Greene, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

I’m sorry that this country decided not to do anything about your deaths besides send “thoughts and prayers.” I promise I will try to make it right 

With determination,
James Henry

מחר מדליקים נר ראשון, הזדמנות להעלות כאן תמונה שלא תתואר. היא צולמה ב-1931בעיר קייל, מעט לפני עליית המפלגה הנאצית לשלטון. החנוכיה נמצאת בביתו של הרב עקיבא ברוך פוזנר, מול בית המפלגה הנאצית. רחל, אשתו של הרב, צילמה את התמונה וכתבה מאחוריה: דגלם מבקש את מות יהודה, אבל יהודה תשרוד והאור שלנו יגבר על דגלם. באמת תמונה מרגשת. הלוואי ויהיה חג חנוכה שמח.

Tomorrow we light the first candle of Hanukkah, and it’s an opportunity to upload an indescribable picture. It was taken in 1931 in the city of Kiel, Germany, shortly before the rise of the Nazi regime. The Hannukkiah is in the home of Rabbi Akiva Baruch Pozner, in front of the Kiel Nazi HQ. Rachel, the Rabbi’s wife, took the picture and wrote on its back “Their flag seeks the death of Jewish kind, but Jewish kind will survive and our light will overcome their flag.” A moving image, truly. I wish you all a happy hanukkah.
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting conspiracy theories

On December 14, 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred. The perpetrator, Adam Lanza, fatally shot his mother before murdering 20 students and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and later committing suicide. A number of fringe figures have promoted conspiracy theories that doubt or dispute what occurred at Sandy Hook. Various conspiracy theorists have claimed, for example, that the massacre was actually orchestrated by the U.S. Government as part of an elaborate plot to promote stricter gun control laws. Other conspiracy theorists, such as Alex Jones, have denied that the massacre actually occurred, asserting that it was “completely fake." 

No evidence supports these conspiracy theories, which make a number of implausible claims. Moreover, many Sandy Hook conspiracy theories contradict one another. A number of sources have published articles debunking various claims put forward by conspiracy theorists. 

Conspiracy claims: 

United States government involvement: Some conspiracy theories have alleged that the shooting was a hoax and a false flag operation staged by the United States government. Others claim the attack is being used by politicians to push through new gun control legislation, or to otherwise persecute gun owners and survivalists. 

Lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz - best known for her promotion of Barack Obama citizenship ("birther”) conspiracy theories - was quoted as asking “Was Adam Lanza drugged and hypnotized by his handlers to make him into a killing machine as an excuse as the regime is itching to take all means of self defense from the populace before the economic collapse?" 

Talk show host Clyde Lewis wrote: "Don’t you find it at all interesting that Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter at Sandy Hook, woke up one day and decided to shoot up a school and kill children at about the same time that Barack Obama told the U.N. that he would sign the small arms treaty?" 

According to Live Science, "No one, regardless of what side of the gun control issue they are on, can deny that guns played a key role in the Sandy Hook killings. So the conspiracy theorists must instead challenge the claim that the attack even occurred. They believe it’s all a hoax to scare people into supporting more gun control and a step toward an outright repeal of the Second Amendment.” They also found that the vast majority of evidence used by conspiracy theorists to support the concept that Sandy Hook was a hoax is contradictory. Snopes.com also debunked several claims of alleged United States government involvement in the shootings. 

Claims broadcast by Iranian television: Press TV, the official state media outlet of Iran, has promoted various antisemitic conspiracy theories blaming “Israeli death squads” for the shooting. Press TV interviewed Veterans Today website Gordon Duff, who quoted Michael Harris, a former Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, who made the “Israeli death squads” claim. Harris has publicly associated with neo-Nazi groups in the past and has previously claimed that Israel was responsible for the 2011 Norway attacks. Duff asserted that the attacks were an act of “revenge” for the perceived cooling of Israel-United States relations under President Obama, especially as a response to Obama’s decision to nominate former senator Chuck Hagel, a perceived critic of Israel, for the position of United States Secretary of Defense. In another broadcast by Press TV, Holocaust denier James H. Fetzer claimed that the massacre “appears to have been a psy op intended to strike fear in the hearts of Americans” that was conducted by “agents of Israel." 

The Washington Post reported that claims broadcast on Press TV contain a large number of "obvious logical fallacies” typical of Iranian propaganda, which “has a well-earned reputation for incendiary anti-Israel stories and for wild conspiracy theories.” The Atlantic wrote that the story “obviously plays on the worst fears of those who believe in secret Jewish cabals that run the world, but it’s a pretty pathetic attempt at slander, even for Iran." 

Additional conspirators: Ben Swann, a Cincinnati news anchor for Fox affiliate WXIX-TV, has suggested on his personal YouTube channel that Adam Lanza was accompanied by another shooter; he has made similar claims about the Aurora shooting and the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting from earlier in 2012. Other conspiracy theorists have claimed that as many as four shooters were present. 

There is no credible evidence that any additional shooters were present at the event. Some such reports may have been influenced by confused early news reports of the events. 

Relationship to LIBOR scandal: Other conspiracy theories have focused on the claim that Adam Lanza’s father was an executive with GE Energy Financial Services. According to these theories, Lanza’s father was supposed to testify before the Senate Banking Committee with information about the Libor scandal. However, no search hearings were scheduled. Similar claims had been made about the father of James Holmes, the convicted perpetrator of the 2012 Aurora shooting. 

Timestamps of memorial sites: Conspiracy theories have claimed that various timestamps for creation dates, whois records, and Google caches of various memorial websites, fundraising sites, and Facebook were created before or immediately after the date and time of the shooting and are therefore "evidence” of a conspiracy or cover up. However, timestamps are frequently incorrect, particularly on search engines. Some timestamps are initially created and assigned to URLs that are then re-purposed, meaning that a URL linked to a current event can have a much older date. 

Alex Jones claims: In September 2014, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who runs the website InfoWars, which had previously claimed that the murders were a “false flag” attack perpetrated by the government, made a new conspiracy claim: that “no one died” at Sandy Hook Elementary School because the Uniform Crime Reports showed no murders in Newtown for 2012, and that the victims were “child actors.” This claim is false and misrepresents the FBI report. In reality, because the Connecticut State Police was the lead investigator after the attack, the Sandy Hook victims were included in Connecticut’s statewide records (under “State Police Misc.”) rather than under the Newtown statistics. 

James Tracy: James Tracy, a former professor at Florida Atlantic University who taught a course on conspiracy theories, has suggested the shooting either did not actually occur or occurred very differently than accounted in mainstream reports, claiming political motives for the cover up. His allegations were strongly criticized by Patricia Llodra, a Newtown select woman. Additionally, Florida Atlantic president Mary Jane Saunders issued a statement that Tracy’s views were “not shared by” the university. In response to his comments, the university opened an investigation of Tracy, who had tenure. 

In December 2015, after the family of Noah Pozner claimed that Tracy had harassed them, FAU moved to fire Tracy. Chan Lowe of the Sun-Sentinel speculated that the comments were a publicity stunt by Tracy. Tracy later declined an appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper, suggesting that Cooper wanted to bring him and his family members harm by identifying him in a prior broadcast. The university fired Tracy on January 5, 2016, citing his refusal to file required paperwork related to outside employment for several years. 

While Tracy has since withdrawn some of his suggestions, conceding that real deaths occurred in the shooting, other sources have continued to claim that the entire event was a hoax. A video similarly questioning official accounts of the shooting received several million views on YouTube within a week of its posting, although the video has since been modified to display a disclaimer explaining that its creators “in no way claim this shooting never took place, or that people did not lose their lives." 

Other conspiracy theorists and claims: On September 12, 2014, during a political debate, Colorado Republican Party candidate Tom Ready (who was running for Pueblo County Commission) was accused by his opponent, Sal Pace, of posting an article on his Facebook page claiming the Sandy Hook shootings "never happened”. Ready responded: “Well, there is some question of whether it happened, Sal.” This was followed by more statements of the same tenor, prompting outraged yells from the audience. After allegedly receiving a death threat the next day, Ready reportedly apologized for his remarks. 

Other conspiracy theorists have tried to connect the shooting to references in popular culture. Suzanne Collins, the author who lived in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, Connecticut wrote The Hunger Games and in The Hunger Games 22 children are “ritualistically” killed, and 20 children were killed in the shooting, and “Sandy Hook” can be seen on a map in The Dark Knight Rises. This is what some conspiracy theorists refer to as predictive programming.
Several conspiracy theorists have also claimed a six-year-old victim of the shooting subsequently appeared in a photograph with President Barack Obama. In fact, the child in the photograph is the victim’s sister, wearing her deceased sister’s dress. 

Analysis: Writing about the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, Benjamin Radford argued that most conspiracy theorists who allege contradictions in official accounts ignore contradictions in their own accounts, citing research from the University of Kent that conspiracy theorists selectively focus on or ignore particular details in order to fit their preferred narrative. The conspiracy theories have also been called evidence of “the need for a national debate on mental illness." 

The debunking website Snopes ran an editorial debunking the "Sandy Hook Exposed” video, explaining how many of the theories make little sense, and answered many questions conspiracy theorists wanted answers to.

Harassment by conspiracy theorists: Gene Rosen, a Newtown resident who was reported to have sheltered six Sandy Hook students and a bus driver in his home during the shooting, has been subject to harassment online alleging he has complicit in a government cover up, among other things. Some journalists have cited such incidents as part of a “Sandy Hook Truther Movement” analogous to the 9/11 Truth movement. A writer for the Calgary Herald reported that the movement self-identities as “Operation Terror.” 

In May 2014, 28-year-old Andrew David Truelove stole a memorial sign from playgrounds dedicated to victims Grace McDonnell and Chase Kowalski. He then went on to call the parents of Grace McDonnell, proclaiming that he stole the sign and that he believed their deaths were a “hoax”. He was eventually arrested on May 30, where the signs were found in his home. Truelove was eventually convicted of the theft and sentenced to 12 months in prison. 

Robbie Parker, the father of victim Emilie Parker - after doing a CNN interview on the day after the shooting - became the target of conspiracy theorists, who claimed the interview was staged. Parker has been attacked by theorists who believe he is a “crisis actor” and was “getting into character” before going on CNN to grieve over the loss of his child. 

In April 2016, Matthew Mills, a 32-year-old man from Brooklyn, accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors on one count of interfering with police arising from an incident in November 2015, when Mills angrily approached the sister of murdered teacher Victoria Soto - who is regarded as a heroine for her attempt to protect her students from the shooter in the Sandy Hook attack - shoved a photograph in her face, “and began angrily charging that not only did the Sandy Hook tragedy not take place, but that Victoria Soto never existed.” Mills entered an Alford plea and was thus found guilty; he was given a suspended sentence of one year in jail and two years’ probation. 

In December 2016, Lucy Richards, a 57-year-old woman from Tampa, was charged with four counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce for sending death threats to Lenny Pozner, whose son Noah was the youngest of 20 children murdered. Pozner has been particularly targeted by internet trolls and conspiracy theorists because he was vocally fought back against them. Richards had been expected to plead guilty to one count of transmitting threats, with both the prosecution and defense to recommend a sentence of probation and house arrest. However, in March 2017, Richards - who was free on bond - failed to show up to court for a change-of-plea hearing and sentencing. An arrest warrant was issued, Richards’ bond was revoked, and she was soon apprehended. On June 7, 2017, Richards was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment. 

Lenny Pozner, the father of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner, founded an organization called HONR, which takes legal action against harassers of Sandy Hook survivors and families.

Sandy Hook 2012.12.14

It’s been five years since Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.

Today we are commemorating the victims of the Sandy Hook Shooting, and the families of the ones we’ve lost. We can never know the pain they’re living in. That day was a lost to the world. And we’ll never forget.

Allison N. Wyatt

Ana M. Marquez-Greene

Anne Marie Murphy

Avielle Richman

Benjamin Wheeler

Caroline Previdi

Catherine V. Hubbard

Charlotte Bacon

Chase Kowalski

Daniel Barden

Dawn Hochsprung

Dylan Hockley

Emilie Parker

Grace McDonnell

Jack Pinto

James Mattioli

Jesse Lewis

Jessica Rekos

Josephine Gay

Lauren Rousseau

Madeleine F. Hsu

Mary Sherlach

Nancy Lanza

Noah Pozner

Olivia Engel

Rachel Davino

Victoria Soto

Adam Lazna

Rest in peace!

rumhamwineincan  asked:

Мне нравится ваш блог! Я англичанка но сейчас я в России три месяца потому, что я учу русский и Немецкий и это мой год за границей. Я очень интересуюсь советским союзом. Можете ли вы рекомендовать книги по предмету советского союза? Спасибо больше и извините за ошибки. Учу русский около двух лет :)

Hi @effieandhaymitch5eva! Great job on your Russian! Here are a few of my favourite non-fiction books:

1. Намедни - a sort of encyclopedy of Soviet Union, by decade (there’s a book for each decade). An amazing collection of books, I have them all!

2. Подстрочник: Жизнь Лилианны Лунгиной - the story of one Lilianna Lungina, a Jewish girl in the Soviet Union. This book had a huge impact on me. A must read.

3. Прощание с иллюзиями - memoirs of the one and only Vladimir Pozner, and a true masterpiece in my opinion. Deep, thoughtful, touching. 

4. Окнами на Сретенку - a memoir that takes us through the war and post-war life in Moscow, with all its difficulties. Maybe less of a literary masterpiece, but a very interesting read with a great detail to everyday life. Check out the whole series - Memoria by Corpus Publishing. A great collection of biographies! 

5. Антисоветский роман (Stalin’s Children) by Owen Matthews, an incredible love story of an Oxford graduate and a Soviet girl as told by their son. Originally published in English.

I’ll be happy if you find these recs helpful. I added links to OZON.ru which is the biggest Russian online book store. Happy reading!!

They should have been tweens now

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

Ana Márquez-Greene, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

I still can’t fathom the sandy hook shooting. I hope the best for their families

Studies back Pozner’s observations up. Conspiracy theorists often feel that they have no control over their lives in the grand scheme of things, but their theories at least assure them that there is a grand scheme. The people secretly running the world may be evil, but at least there’s someone in charge, and we aren’t randomly hurtling through space until we all die. Their lives matter. Now remember that picture of Noah in Pakistan? How could a supposed vast international conspiracy be so sloppy? Hoaxers thought the government did it on purpose to taunt them. That’s their mindset: In a world where parents sometimes see their children murdered, the conspiracy theorists are really the ones in the middle of the story. It’s all about them.

“For some people,” says Pozner, “that helps them cope with how uncertain and fragile life really is.” Sandy Hook was, after all, an especially powerful reminder of life’s fragility. So while we might stereotype hoaxers as lonely basement dwellers, Pozner noted that a lot are parents with kids who can’t process the idea that what happened to Pozner could happen to them. “They don’t want to believe that someone could look a six-year-old child in the eyes and pump bullets into their face. No matter how fantastical the theory might be, it’s easier to accept than that reality.” It’s almost enough to make you sympathize with hoaxers, except for the part where they sent a grieving father death threats for three straight years.

6 Horrifying Realities Of Dealing With Sandy Hook ‘Truthers’

From mother, Veronique Pozner:

The sky is crying, and the flags are at half-mast. It is a sad, sad day. But it is also your day, Noah, my little man. I will miss your forceful and purposeful little steps stomping through our house. I will miss your perpetual smile, the twinkle in your dark blue eyes, framed by eyelashes that would be the envy of any lady in this room.

Most of all, I will miss your visions of your future. You wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a taco factory manager. It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos.

You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn’t always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.

Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar. You now have the wings you always wanted. Go to that peaceful valley that we will all one day come to know. I will join you someday. Not today. I still have lots of mommy love to give to Danielle, Michael, Sophia and Arielle.

Until then, your melody will linger in our hearts forever. Momma loves you, little man.