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Published on January 31st, 2013 | by -swansong-81
Sandy Hook Evidence:Sandy Hook Crime Scene
In this article we will go over the Sandy Hook Evidence and take a deeper look at the Sandy Hook crime scene.
Imagine if you will, a crisp December morning in a quiet New England town. The local elementary school is preparing for the arrival of Christmas. Paper snowflakes and Christmas trees created by the children decorate the walls and the smell of gingerbread wafts through the hallways and mingles with the muffled laughter and discussions of a school containing close to 600 souls.
Now imagine that idyllic scene ruptured by a noise…a loud noise, and maybe, was that shattering glass? It reverberates down the hallways attracting the attention of all. Before anyone has a chance to determine what the noise was it’s followed by more loud noises…bang, bang, bang, bang, bang…and screams. 2 adults lay dead. The intercom is on. We can hear more screaming and what is now the unmistakable sound of gunfire. 10, 20, 30 rounds in rapid succession.
Sandy Hook Evidence
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The entire building goes into “lockdown mode”. Sandy Hook Elementary had recently installed a new security system but, even so, not all staff are able to “lockdown”. 30 year old Lauren Rousseau, just 8 weeks employed at Sandy Hook, does not have a key to lock her classroom door. She and all her students perish.
Eight weeks before her death, Lauren Rousseau was hired as a long-term substitute teacher at Sandy Hook. As a substitute, she didn’t have keys to the doors, which her father said locked from the inside only with a key.
Clerk Maryann Jacob was working with a group of 18 fourth-graders in the library when the shooting broke out. She herded the children into a classroom in the library, but then realized the door wouldn’t lock.
Theodore Varga said he was in a meeting with other fourth-grade teachers when he heard the gunfire, but there was no lock on the door.
A custodian is running the hallways shouting, “Guys! Get down! Hide!” The sweet smell of gingerbread has now been replaced by the acrid smell of gun powder. Someone is stalking the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary. He targets a classroom of 1st graders. He murders 14 children and 2 adults in mere moments and with the accuracy of a trained assassin, hits each target between 3 and 11 times. He continues his deafening assault in another classroom…4 more children and 2 more adults lay dead.
Someone manages to call 911. The police have arrived at the crime scene. They have no idea what to expect. How many gunmen? What type of weapons? Is anyone injured? Dead?
Many of those who have not already managed to escape Sandy Hook Elementary in terror are led away to safety by police while the audience looks on.
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Others hide, in closets and bathrooms, waiting for someone to come and rescue them from the nightmare unfolding. Some will wait for more than 3 hours after the building has been officially “cleared”.
Parents have been contacted and they begin to gather at the fire station, up the road from the crime scene, to determine what it is that’s happened and find out whether their child is ok. There is confusion…everywhere, confusion.
As the minutes tick away with no sign of their child and word spreading of what has just occurred, panic begins to set in. That panic will soon be replaced by the life altering news that if their child has not yet been evacuated from the school…they are dead. Their child’s body now lays cold and lifeless, riddled with bullet wounds, on the floor of what once was a school but is now a crime scene.
Nothing will ever be the same.
The above dramatization is based partially on eye witness accounts and partially on my own imaginings. Perhaps you imagine it differently. Whatever mental images you have corresponding to the events at Sandy Hook Elementary I would ask that you try to keep them in mind as you view the following photo and video evidence from the crime scene.
We’ll begin with a diagram of Sandy Hook Elementary. The shooting was limited to 2 classrooms and the office, all in the front of the school. The following image and a crude timeline may be found here.
Sandy Hook Crime Scene
Next, we have an eyewitness to the immediate aftermath. By the way, this witness is the guy in the image above (of the children being evacuated) wearing the USA jacket.
The brother of one of the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, tells HLN affiliate WTNH that his sister heard gunshots and screams over the intercom. He also says he saw police officers bringing children out of the school who were bloody and pale.
But listen to what he says…
“My neighbor called us and said, “We heard gunshots…we heard sirens.” “So my Mom and I, we hopped in the car, and went straight to the school, to check, to see what was going on.”
They hopped right in the car and went straight to the crime scene after they heard sirens. The reporter then asks him to explain what happened, and he says…
“Well, before, when we first arrived there, there was not a lot of security to, uh, guard and there were 3 children that came out, one of them was, had a very bloody face. It was a very violent scene.”
Police were bringing children out of the school but there wasn’t much security? View video here.
Next is raw aerial footage purported to be from one the first helicopters on the scene of the crime. This video focuses exclusively on the school and parking lot. A couple of things to note.
•The yellow/red tarp laid out on the ground near the fire truck as well as the group of yellow vested paramedics. This indicates to me a scene prepared for action. This, to me, does not indicate a scene that has been cleared of any and all possible victims but rather one awaiting students/teachers from the school.
•The lack of an ambulance accompanying the medics, or anywhere else.
•And, as I asked you earlier, try to remember what it is we are supposed to be witnessing. Now reconcile that with the absolute lack of urgency or activity. No one is rushing. The paramedics are gathered in a group, apparently with nothing to do. The police in front of the school are just standing around, some with their hands in their pockets. The fire fighters are also gathered in a group near their truck.
I had originally thought this next image was an earlier one than those captured in the above video. I now think this is a somewhat later photo, between the time of the removal of the yellow/red tarps and the arrival of the CSI truck w/awning. It is of tremendous quality and well worth inclusion.
There are 2 things I will draw your eye to in this photo. The first is Lauren Rousseau’s green car, wrapped in police tape, in the row of parked cars in front of the school. The rounds fired were of such velocity and power that they were able to rip through the school and through Lauren Rousseau’s car. Although, how one bullet seems to have come from inside the car is difficult to explain. Which is likely why no official has tried.
We’ll get to the second thing I’d like to point out in a moment, first, a quick story.
Back in my days as a radio announcer I would have occassion to do “remotes”. Remotes are on-location broadcasts. Many times these were of the sales variety for auto dealerships and sometimes they were large, parking lot sales.
When the dealership would transport the vehicles down to the fairgrounds, mall or wherever the sale was being held they would get a bunch of drivers and move a dozen or more at a time. One car would follow another into their spots, then, another 2 next to them and so on until the parking lot was full of cars all facing in the same direction. That’s the only time I have witnessed such a phenomenon…until Sandy Hook. Take note of the cars in the 2 rows running parallel to the school. Except for one car out of those 2 rows they are all facing in the same direction.
For comparative purposes here is an aerial of Sandy Hook Elementary School taken for/by the town sometime in 2012. It should be readily apparent that this parking lot looks like, well, a parking lot. Cars are parked face to face, back to back but mostly face to face, as you might expect.
At some point in the morning police appear to be chasing someone into the woods beside the school. We have reports of a second and even a possible third suspect. Take note of the shed the officers run past as they go into the woods. The doors are open.
Here is a short clip showing 3 officers and a canine inspecting the shed and we see the doors are still closed. It appears as though one officer attempts to open the door but finds it locked.
The doors of the shed are open in the “chase ” video because a tactical team came by, pried the doors open, and searched it.
With all this in mind we are left to assume that at some point after the 3 officers and canine inspected the area and after tactical teams had searched and cleared the area there was still a man/men who police viewed as possible suspects attempting to escape the crime scene? Apparently so. Someone was brought out of the woods in handcuffs.
The witness was correct because here is our man. No other video or photographic record, of which I am aware, exists of this person.
As far as I’ve been able to tell only one media outlet even ran the photo/story and that page has been removed and replaced. Sorry, I didn’t save a screencap.
The idea of police chasing suspects through the woods is difficult to reconcile with these images of people allowed to roam the crime scene barely noticed by the officer with the rifle. 1:37 mark.
Before we get too far away from the school I want to share this example of the level of tension and security in place at the crime scene that day. I direct your attention to the tactical officers preparing to participate in the security at Sandy Hook Elementary. More specifically, at the 3min mark, notice the weaponry laying around and the casual pace with which the parent and child stroll by. And again, at the 6:20 mark we see an officer near the fire station with weapons laying about and people simply milling around.
Courtesy of a Newtown Bee slideshow we will now be moving away from the school, back up the road to the fire station. From 1 min to 1:30 the images are from in front of a group of police cars blocking the road between the fire station and the school. We are looking towards the fire station. Notice as the EMTs move at a leisurely pace towards us (towards the school) the ambulance does not move an inch, nor could it, even if it wanted to, as it’s blocked from the front and rear.
Next we have a high-resolution aerial video from the same time. Most of this video is focused on the area of the fire station. I mentioned the police blockade in the slideshow above and you’ll be able to get a good look at it in this video. Some other things of which to take note.
•Again, the complete lack of panic, rushing and chaos one would expect.
•8…yes 8… ambulances completely blocked in, unable to move. As a matter of fact we can watch a fire fighter cordon off that area with police tape further hindering any possible movement.
•24 folding chairs setup on a tarp behind the station.
Here we have another video showing the mass confusion and chaos at the fire station, this time from ground level.
Having made it to the fire station, let’s have a peek inside. Both of these images are from the front part of the fire station as indicated by all the overhead doors. Someone was either astute enough to order plenty of water when the shooting started or they were coincidentally prepared. I’m going to estimate the number of bottles of water at between 750 and 1000.
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A return to an earlier video will take us around the general area of the fire station. There are a few things I find interesting about this video.
•The number of people milling around while police are apparently still trying to clear the area.
•The foreign voices that seem to be coming from police officers on the scene.
•The coincidence of being able to get almost all the affected families on camera.
•The absolute lack of urgency on the faces or in the actions of anyone, including those encountering police with drawn tactical weapons.
While we’re in this part of the neighborhood let’s pop in and have a chat with Marilyn Gudsnuk and hear her comments about the day’s events.
To recap…little boys run past the fire station. Black car follows them. Police drive by, then shooting starts. To say Marilyn Gudsnuk’s comments are difficult to reconcile with official accounts would be an understatement.
Before we continue, now might be a good time to reflect on what has happened. Tragedy has struck, people have died, children have died, in a most brutal and violent way. The emotional scars from simply hearing the violence will stay with the children forever. Now, imagine yourself as the parent of an unharmed child. You have arrived at the school and found your child safe. What do you do now? Apparently you hang around the scene all day giving interviews.
From an earlier video you can see our couple, with child, in front of the fire station. 1:20 mark. We’ll hear comments from the family at the 5 min mark. We will then see mother and daughter giving another interview, this time to CNN.
The above video is missing what I think is a rather telling comment (or rather a lack of comment) from the young witness regarding gun shots. You can hear the girl’s full comments here.
It seems odd to me that in a school of, say, 600 students and staff combined and another, say, 300 parents…out of those 900 people we find the same people interviewed over and over again. Furthermore, it seems preposterous that after the carnage your child has witnessed you’d allow her to hang around the scene all day giving interviews. That is, until you hear her comments in their next interview, this time, with ABC.
Reporter: “What happened, Alexis?”
Alexis: “Uh nothing really much. We heard an ambulance and a police officer come.”
I think I would have grabbed my daughter under my arm, ran all the way home and never let her out of the house again. No one could have known if there was another shooter hanging around. There could even have been explosives planted for all anyone knew. At least one other person had been cuffed. Why would police allow people to mingle after getting their kids? You’d think they’d want the area as clear as possible, no?
You’d think they’d want the area clear but apparently not. Here is another repeat interview from the crime scene.
Here they are again, only this time the reporter seems to have some familiarity with them. He seems to know that they have a son in high school and he also seems to know that their daughter was already on TV.
Lastly, in the same video, she says clear as day, that after she heard from her husband about what was happening at Sandy Hook Elementary, SHE GOT A TEXT FROM CBS. I would have thought that might be a bit of a shocker for the reporter but he never asks, “Really, a text from CBS? What did it say? How did they get your cell phone number and so quickly?
As night falls on the crime scene we are told By state police Lt. Paul Vance that identification and removal of the bodies will take some time. When asked how long, he states that he expects the bodies to remain where they are, at the crime scene, until Sunday. Somehow though, between Friday night and Saturday morning all identifications were made and all bodies were removed. This is the only photo of which I am aware that shows what may be a body being removed from the school on Friday night.
Next from the crime scene we have Lt. Vance making one of his final statements of Friday night and some footage of more of the evening’s activities. Nice to see officers finally decided to check the vehicle for more weapons and/or explosives.
Our last video in this series is raw aerial footage from the next day (Dec 15th) showing us M.E. Wayne Carver’s “magnificent thing”. I know you’ve been dying to see it.
Obviously there is much more that could have been added here, other images, other videos. I never touched on Wayne Carver’s performance as medical examiner or Eugene Rosen’s roll as the concerned neighbor. Instead I chose to focus on videos and images that may not have been seen before in an effort to more fully round out your impressions of the crime scene.
As much as it pains me to admit it, we may never know with any certainty what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. The only thing that pains me more is knowing that what I was told doesn’t match with what I’ve seen.
Regarding the video posted above of the woman mentioning a text from CBS. It has been brought to my attention that the text may have simply been a news alert from CBS. As one who does not participate in Twitter or any other social media, and as one who NEVER get’s his info from MSM, this possibility never occured to me.
I have no way of proving if that is what the woman in the video meant but I have to accept it as a possibility.
I have come across a diagram/floor plan of Sandy Hook Elementary. To be honest I’ve had this for a while, forgot about it and cannot remember from where I originally found it. I was able to find a corroborating link from a blog by Libor Jany. You may remember Mr. Jany as the photographer responsible for the photo of the detained suspect in the police car, above. His blog can be viewed here.
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In regards to the “man found in the woods”, the Newtown Bee released an article that mentions this man…and that’s about it. Regardless how many questions this one sentence may raise in your mind, it apparently raised none important enough for the Bee to bother asking.
A man with a gun who was spotted in the woods near the school on the day of the incident was an off-duty tactical squad police officer from another town, according to the source.
A forum poster on the interwebz has provided us with a new, more detailed diagram of the interior of Sandy Hook school. While I can’t independently verify the accuracy of the labeling of the rooms the location and number seem to coincide with the black and white diagram above. Click on the banner for full size.
And another photo has surfaced of the only apparent victim recorded by media. It is essentially the same…only different.