Adam Lanza was the 20-year-old alleged mass murderer of Sandy Hook who, on December 14, 2012, first killed his mother, Nancy, with four shots to her face in their family home, then drove a short distance to Sandy Hook Elementary School. There, in the space of 11 minutes, he shot to death 20 first-graders and 6 adults, before killing himself with a shot to the lower back of his head.
This post is about another Adam Lanza oddity: The funeral home and director who cremated his body.
ADAM LANZA’S DEATH CERTIFICATE
On Dec. 23, 2012, the UK’s Mirror reported that Lanza was to be cremated in secret “to stop hater mobs targeting his remains”. On Dec. 31, 2012, ABCNewsreported that Lanza’s “body” (presumably his ashes) had been claimed by his father, Peter, whose divorce from Nancy was finalized in 2010, and that the funeral home wanted to remain anonymous.
It turns out there is good reason for the funeral home to “remain anonymous”.
The alleged death certificate for Adam Lanza, published by the Sandy Hook skeptics-bashing SandyHookFacts.com, identifies two businesses that were involved in Lanza’s funeral arrangements:
Linwood Crematory as the business in charge of “Disposition” of Lanza’s body (see Box #29 of death certificate).
Hartford Trade Service as the “Funeral Facility” (Box #33), next to which is an illegible scribble as the “Signature of Funeral Director” (Box #34), whose license number is 2698 (Box #35).
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Linwood Cemetery and Crematory is at 41 John Ward Ave., Haverhill, MA01830. Why Linwood was chosen is a mystery because it is located in Massachusetts — not Newtown, Connecticut, where Lanza killed himself; nor Stamford, Connecticut, where Peter Lanza resides; nor Kingston, New Hampshire, where Nancy Lanza was buried. (See Daily Mail)
To add to the confusion, a blogger has “A Statement of Death” for Adam Lanza by a funeral director at an entirely different funeral home — Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home in Plaistow, New Hampshire. (See my post, “Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza’s strange Dec. 13 date-of-death just won’t go away”.) Stranger still, that “Statement of Death” initially also had Lanza’s date of death as 12/13/2012 – a day before the alleged massacre. Nine days later, on 1/24/2013, Brookside made an amended “Statement of Death” with Lanza’s date of death changed to 12/14/2012.
HARTFORD TRADE SERVICES & THE EX-CON FUNERAL DIRECTOR
That leaves Hartford Trade Services as the “Funeral Facility” for Adam Lanza’s body, and its funeral director who had signed Lanza’s death certificate with an illegible scribble, and whose license number is 2698.
We did an Internet search for Hartford Trade Services and found several news reports on HTS’s crooked funeral director Kevin Riley.
According to Hartford Courant, on January 25, 2011, Kevin Riley, 54, funeral director and owner of Hartford Trade Services, was sentenced to eight months in prison for using “a body-removal contract with the state medical examiner’s office to gain access to the estates of people who had died and stole assets from some of them,” and for double-billing state agencies for body removal.
Prosecutors said Riley had himself appointed administrator of the estates of people with no relatives, giving him access to money and property with little or no scrutiny. Riley and his co-conspirator, Yolande Faulkner, who also was charged with larceny, would then steal money, jewelry and paintings and sell some of them through an auction house where Faulkner also was the bookkeeper. All told, Riley, through Hartford Trade Services, billed the Department of Social Services and the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner more than $25,000. In many of those cases, Riley also charged the state $1,800 in burial fees — while also charging the person’s estate that same amount.
Riley surrendered his funeral director and embalming licenses to the state Department of Public Health and agreed to repay the estates he stole from as well as two state agencies that he had double-billed. Additionally, he must perform 50 hours of community service during each of 3 years of probation once he is released from prison.
Below is the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health’s discipline citation against Hartford Trade Services and Kevin Riley:
We looked up Hartford Trade Service (HTS) on Legacy.com and found its address and phone number:
Hartford Trade Service: 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108, (860) 282-4500
We called that number, and had an interesting and cordial conversation with HTS’s owner, Kevin.
After 4-5 rings, a man answered. We asked if Hartford Trade Services is a funeral home. He paused, then answered hesitantly, “Yes,” and explained that HTS is a “non-traditional” funeral service because it:
Only does cremation; and
Does not deal with the public but works “behind the scenes” as a subcontractor to (regular) funeral homes.
He said HTS does not have a website and that his name is “Kevin.” He said HTS is still in business, despite some accounts that it had closed in 2011. Kevin also confirmed that some employee at HTS was in legal trouble a few years ago. He said he’s been HTS’s owner since 2010.
From the phone conversation, in all likelihood “Kevin is the same “Kevin” of Kevin Riley, funeral director of Hartford Trade Services, who in 2011 was convicted and sentenced to 8-months in prison for overbilling the State of Connecticut (for which HTS must have served as a subcontractor); and for stealing from the homes of deceased, then selling the stolen goods to antiques dealers.
HARTFORD TRADE SERVICES ON GOOGLE MAP
Zillow says Hartford Trade Services’ address, 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108, is a single-family home (lot 5.6 acres), last sold in Jan. 2011 for $280,000. YellowPages.com has HTS as “Open Now”, M-F 8am-5pm.
But when we searched for 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT on Google Map, the building is identified as River Bend Funeral Home Crematorium! Below is a screenshot from Google Map:
An in-person visit to 623 Main St. confirms that the building carries only a sign that says “River Bend Funeral Home”. No where is there any indication that the building also houses Hartford Trade Services.
Kevin wasn’t there, but a male assistant was, who insisted that River Bend Funeral Home’s owner is Kevin Davidson, not Kevin Riley.
The only problem is this: The website ConnecticutCorps: Company Profiles of Connecticut, identifies Kevin Riley as the owner of River Bend Funeral Home, 623 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108 — which means the assistant lied. More disturbing still is what ConnecticutCorps says about River Bend’s “Company Overview”:
RIVER BEND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, LLC is a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Connecticut and its company number is 0901394. RIVER BEND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, LLC was registered on May 29, 2007. The company’s status is listed as Dissolved.
As proof, here’s a screenshot of ConnecticutCorps page on Riven Bend, with the time and date (4/27/2016) when the screenshot was taken:
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THE SEARCH FOR LICENSES
We then went on the State of Connecticut’s eLicensing website to search for the licenses of Hartford Trade Services, funeral director Kevin Riley, Riven Bend Funeral Home & Crematory, and funeral director Kevin Davidson. Alas, we came up empty-handed on all four:
We searched for Hartford Trade Service and got this: license expired 1/5/2011.
We searched for River Bend Funeral Home and got this: license expired 1/4/2011.
We searched for Kevin Riley, funeral director of HTS, and got this: No records found for the criteria entered.
We searched for Kevin Riley, funeral director of River Bend, and got this: No records found
Below are screenshots of the search results:
That the State of Connecticut’s eLicensing has no records for funeral home Hartford Trade Services is also confirmed by an anonymous tipster to Professor James Fetzer. In an email, the tipster wrote:
Hartford Trade Services business expired 1.5.2011! This is very big as Hartford Trade Service not in business when Sandy Hook occurred! Closed for almost 2 years!
Hartford Trade Service
License type: funeral home
Licence no: 467 Expiration date: 1/05/2011
Granted date: 6/1/1989 License status: Inactive
To summarize, our investigations — online, by phone, in person — found that:
The funeral home for Adam Lanza was Hartford Trade Services, which has an expired license, but its owner said on the phone it is in business.
Though in business, the building that houses Hartford Trade Services does not identify itself as HTS, but as River Bend Funeral Home & Crematorium instead.
The funeral director of Hartford Trade Services, Kevin Riley, is a convicted felon, whom an employee claims to be Kevin Davidson.
But a website on company profiles in Connecticut identifies Kevin Riley, not Kevin Davidson, as the owner of River Bend Funeral Home.
The State of Connecticut eLicensing website has no records for funeral homes Hartford Trade Services or River Bend Funeral Home, or for funeral directors Kevin Riley or Kevin Davidson.
However, if the Sandy Hook massacre never took place, and Adam Lanza never died (or, as some say, never even existed), then an unlicensed funeral home with an unlicensed funeral director who’s an ex-convict would be the perfect candidate to pose as the “funeral facility” for a non-existent corpse.
A makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
A tenured professor at Florida Atlantic University who was fired earlier this year after writing that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was an elaborate hoax has filed a lawsuit claiming his rights to free speech, due process and academic freedom were violated.
James Tracy, who had been an associate professor, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court against the university, some of its leaders and the faculty union representatives, challenging the constitutionality of the university’s “conflict of interest/outside activities” policy, charging the university violated its own principles of academic freedom and broke its agreement with the faculty union. The lawsuit also accuses the United Faculty of Florida, two of its officials and the Florida Education Association of helping the university fire him rather than defending him.
Tracy’s case has been closely watched, by both free-speech and academic-freedom advocates and by people shocked by his views.
Tracy has questioned the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., when police and media reported 27 people, including 20 young children, were killed by a gunman who then shot himself. Tracy has written that it was all a hoax staged in an effort to pass gun-control laws.
“Both Florida Atlantic University administrators and the University’s faculty union claim they are committed to protecting constitutional rights and principles of academic freedom, but their actions speak loud and clear,” said Louis Leo IV of the Florida Civil Rights Coalition and Medgebow Law, in a statement issued Tuesday.
“Tenure, free speech, due process and academic freedom are under attack. Without judicial intervention, employees and faculty at Florida Atlantic University and other universities around the United States, will continue to be censored, deterred or chilled from sharing unpopular information or or opinions for fear that they will be disciplined on a pretext.”
Joshua Glanzer, a spokesman for Florida Atlantic University, said in an email Tuesday, “We do not comment on any pending litigation, and we have yet to be served in this case.”
Tracy had been threatened by the the university with disciplinary action in 2013, according to the case, but was successfully defended by union representatives. He added language, suggested by the university, according to the case, to his blog saying his writings were his opinions and not those of any institution.
This winter, the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed at Sandy Hook, Lenny and Veronique Pozner, wrotein the Sun-Sentinel that Tracy had harassed them for proof that the murder happened. They wrote that although Tracy’s freedom of speech is protected, his job is not, and said his position on the faculty at Florida Atlantic lent unmerited credence to his views.
They wrote that conspiracy theorists who deny the tragedy was real “seek us out and accuse us of being government agents who are faking our grief and lying about our loss. …
“Tracy even sent us a certified letter demanding proof that Noah once lived, that we were his parents, and that we were the rightful owner of his photographic image,” they wrote. “We found this so outrageous and unsettling that we filed a police report for harassment. Once Tracy realized we would not respond, he subjected us to ridicule and contempt on his blog, boasting to his readers that the ‘unfulfilled request’ was ‘noteworthy’ because we had used copyright claims to ‘thwart continued research of the Sandy Hook massacre event.’ ”
Lenny Pozner declined to comment Tuesday.
He told The Washington Post in January that he often gets hateful comments on social media, asking him how much he got paid for faking the tragedy, for example, and someone telling him they wouldn’t be satisfied “until all the coffins are opened.” After Tracy was fired, he got several death threats, including a slur- and expletive-laced phone message warning him to look behind him because he was going to die soon.
Within days after the Pozners’ piece ran, the university moved to terminate Tracy.
Leo wrote in an email that “the Pozners’ allegations are both false and defamatory in that Dr. Tracy never harassed anyone. Quite the opposite is true. Pozner was the one who harassed Dr. Tracy, through false copyright infringement claims.” Leo included an explanation Tracy had previously given that Lenny Pozner asked him to remove a photo of Pozner’s son from a blog post in which Tracy wrote that an identical image was used after a deadly attack on a school in Pakistan in 2014, and that Tracy asked them to document their copyright claims.
Leo said that Tracy would not be available to comment Tuesday.
Soon after the Pozners’ piece had published, Tracy wrote an online post re-asserting his beliefs that no one was killed in Newtown that day, that “local co-conspirators” got financial benefits for faking grief and that the parents were trying to get him fired.
“Do ‘the legitimate interests of the university’ include the pursuit of truth?” he wrote. He gave examples of research about the “performance” at Sandy Hook, such as, “no surge of EMTs in to the building, no string of ambulances to take them to hospitals to be declared dead or alive, no Med-Evac helicopter called to the scene, no 469 other students evacuated and no bodies placed on the triage tarps outside. ”
Tracy earned his doctorate in mass communications at the University of Iowa and specialized in communications, media studies and conspiracy theories. He was hired in 2002 and granted tenure in 2008 by Florida Atlantic, where he taught classes including “Culture of Conspiracy” and was praised by Project Censored, a group that highlights exposure of underreported or suppressed news, for a story on wireless technology as a “looming health crisis.”
The university’s policies strongly support academic freedom and pledge that the board of trustees, who are named in the lawsuit, will defend the right of students and faculty to learn and teach “ideas that might be unpopular or not in the mainstream of accepted thought.”
But the lawsuit argues that the university’s policy about conflicts of interest and outside activities is confusing and vague and is used to restrict speech protected by the Constitution; it cites comments from a faculty meeting in September at which professors objected to the confusing nature of the policy and feeling they were being ordered to get prior approval from the university before writing or expressing personal opinions on topics unrelated to Florida Atlantic.
The lawsuit alleges that the union representatives did not respond to the university’s intent to terminate, nor did they file a grievance on Tracy’s behalf, and that as a result he was automatically terminated in January.
Representatives of the Florida Education Association and United Faculty of Florida did not immediately respond to requests for comments Tuesday. Tracy's lawsuit includes a call for his reinstatement on the faculty and compensation.
It could easily be said 2016 has been the year so-called conspiracy theorists were vindicated — and we aren’t yet five months in.
Before explaining why that is the case, make no mistake — the term conspiracy theorist originated with the CIA as an effort to discredit viable theories from credible people who chanced upon the truth.
First revealed by the New York Times in 1976, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request, the CIA had written a dispatch of its “psychological operations” — disinformation — specifically to “provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries” and to “employ propaganda assets to refute the attacks of the critics.”
That said, 2016 thus far has proven remarkable for the sheer volume of information brought to light by people, events, and the general crumbling of the deep-seated establishment narrative — and it’s no small matter for those whose claims had previously been met with scorn and derision.
Following are just eight items of erstwhile contention, which 2016 has confirmed for posterity — and perhaps to the ultimate detriment of the establishment paradigm.
1. Though trading a pinch of liberty for an ounce of security has never panned out for anyone but government, people continue to allow the fuzzy blanket feel of increased ‘protection’ from terrorism to cloud their perception of possible future outcomes. Such has been the case with the insidious PATRIOT Act, whose repercussions from blanket, indiscriminate surveillance culminated this year in a gloriously horrible way.
In March, it was divulged domestic law enforcement will now have access to information swept up by the National Security Agency’s broad net of data collection performed on all Americans. Shocking though that may be, global tumult in recent years — which naturally has begun to sweep the U.S. — evidences a paranoid and increasingly fascistic government in decline. Its imperative need at this point wholly comprises self-preservation.
What better way to effect and maintain control than to have its every enforcement arm keen to those who might organize sufficiently to oust said government from its pedestal of power. Of course, when Edward Snowden first revealed the NSA’s dubiously extensive program, privacy rights advocates suspected there would be more to follow — and now we know.
“What does this rule change mean for you?”queried the ACLU. “In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages.”
2.While it’s entirely likely eyes will roll at first mention of the name Rothschild, 2016 saw substantiation of theories the notorious banking family claims nearly direct ties with the government — in particular, Hillary Clinton.
Ongoing, sporadic disclosures of Clinton’s ostensible personal email account have been indexed and made searchable by Wikileaks — and thankfully so, considering the files comprise thousands of documents. An arbitrary search performed by The Free Thought Project for some conspiracy theorists’ ‘favorite’ family names revealed a doting relationship between Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild.
“I remain your loyal adoring pal,” Rothschild penned in one email. Another graciously thanks Clinton for “personally reaching out to us,”and adds, “You are the best, and we remain your biggest fans.” Clinton signs one response to Rothschild, “Much love, H.”
Though, as reported, nothing overtly nefarious jumps out from this search, it’s worth recalling this gushing friendliness was found in mostly non-redacted and unclassified emails — it’s a matter of conjecture what may have been secreted by the government.
3. Mainstream media inarguably functions as the de facto propaganda arm of the State, but recent revelations divulged the Associated Press had capitulated to Hitler’s Nazi Party in the 1930s to maintain its ability to report from Germany.
According to findings by a German historian, the New York-based AP had agreed to report news from a pro-Nazi slant in return for permission to remain in the country while other outlets had been forced to vacate German operations. This comfortable arrangement, The Free Thought Project reported, “created a paradigm in which the AP became virtually the sole hub of information about Nazi Germany being disseminated to the rest of the world.”
Once those other news organizations fled, the AP’s exclusive lock on information held little value other than serving as Hitler’s mouthpiece. As the Guardian noted, the AP was required “to hire reporters who also worked for the Nazi Party’s propaganda division. One of the four photographers employed by the Associated Press in the 1930s, Franz Roth, was a member of the SS paramilitary unit’s propaganda division, whose photographs were personally chosen by Hitler.”
4. Building on voluminous anecdotal reports of cannabis’ success in treating epilepsy in children, three official studies in the last five months have declared cannabidiol oil (CBD) enormously beneficial for curtailing — and in some cases halting — seizures in afflicted youth.
Of countless victims of the State’s insidious and utterly failed war on drugs, perhaps the most inexcusable victims are children living in cannabis prohibition states who suffer dozens, if not hundreds, of seizures daily. CBD, the three studies (of many) found, often halt symptoms in their tracks — and can allow children to live comparatively healthy, typical lives similar to their peers.
Many parents have turned to CBD after myriad pharmaceuticals proved useless to treat their children’s epileptic seizures and — according to just one of these three studies — fully 45 percent experienced “a significant reduction” in frequency.
5. In another ostensible conspiracy theory now validated, Deutsche Bank settled a lawsuit for its part in rigging the gold and silver markets — and agreed to turn on co-conspirators as part of the settlement.
Since 2007, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Société Générale, and Bank of Nova Scotia allegedly harbored no compunctions in taking opportunistic advantage of their position in the daily silver price fix, and, as Bloombergdescribed, reaped “illegitimate profit from trading, hurting other investors in the silver market who use the benchmark in billions of dollars of transactions.” UBS later found itself added to the list of culpable financial institutions for its role in the silver fix.
As The Free Thought Projectpointed out, the “Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the government agency that is supposed to regulate these banks, initiated its own investigation in 2008 and found no wrongdoing.”
While likely a stunning disclosure to mainstream society, conspiracy theorists everywhere sighed a collective ‘I told you so,’ when Hillary Clinton’s notorious emails provided the information equivalent to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — bad pun intended. Falsely premised as a humanitarian mission, the Western nations-backed Libyan intervention, it turns out, had been fueled by French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s insecurity over losing influence in what some consider Francophone Africa.
As the West pulled the collective wool of saving lives over the woefully gullible eyes of the American public, a NATO-led military operation quashed Gaddafi’s attempt to bring monetary independence to African nations via his pan-African currency.
7. Perhaps no other subject in recent years has been as widely dubbed a ‘conspiracy theory’ as the massive effort to reveal the truth behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Now, vindication for those deemed tinfoil-hat wearing nutjobs has partly culminated in national media attention to Saudi Arabia’s virtually indisputable complicity in the attacks — albeit to an extent or capacity as yet unknown.
In the course of just two weeks, The New York Times revealed Saudi Arabia threatened to pull its nearly $775 billion in U.S. investmentsshould Pres. Obama decide to allow passage of a bill designed to aid 9/11 victims’ families in seeking justice. Obama then appeared to side with the Saudis in announcing his plan to veto the bill under the guise of protecting Americans abroad — though, in actuality, it appears his motives lie elsewhere.
Should Obama remove the Saudis’ immunity from prosecution for potential complicity that day, the move would also give breadth to those seeking justice for any U.S. role in both 9/11 as well as any involvement in any terrorist acts worldwide. Appearing to succumb to the pressure of economic and political blackmail, Obama’s veto promise might more accurately amount to a ‘cover your ass’ maneuver. Obama then found himself royally snubbed by the kingdom over the controversy, when King Salman refused to greet his plane upon arrival in Riyadh for an international summit. This story, of course, is still unfolding.
8. Perhaps the only positive outcome of the 2016 electoral chaos has been the sweeping realization the system is, in fact, rigged to install only establishment candidates.
Tumultuous most aptly, if mildly, describes the ongoing primary season, which thus far has found the New York City Board of Elections the subject of an audit.