Tonight, we take a look at the family of Josephine "Joey" Gay, one of the alleged student victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting on December 14, 2012.
Not only was Joey's birthday a mere 72 hours before the incident, but her family had just moved to Sandy Hook weeks before, and were planning to move again in a few weeks when the shooting occurred! It also becomes clear, while watching these news clips, that an effort to keep students safe can easily morph into the militarization of our school system.
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Let’s start with CAROLINE PHOEBE PREVIDI, born in Danbury on September 7, 2006. [PLAY VIDEO 001] For some reason, that video says Walker is Caroline’s sister, but it actually appears to be her brother. According to Caroline’s obituary, she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church (46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470). Contributions in Caroline's memory may also be made to the Church.
Caroline is also survived by her maternal grandparents: Roger and Patsy Johnson of Asheville, her paternal grandparents (Joy and Gene Previdi Jr), her Aunts and Uncles which include Helen, Lindsay and Gene Previdi III, (Chet and Stephanie Graham from Chattanooga), and several cousins. (CJ, Pearson, Ches and Cole)
It turns out Helen (Caroline’s Aunt) worked for GE Money for 18 years, and is now Senior Director of Financial Partnerships at Hilton Worldwide. For GE, she was the General Manager overseeing the Sotheby’s MasterCard, and created hundreds of millions of dollars in income in only 2 years, among other accomplishments. This is the same company that Peter Lanza, the alleged shooter’s father, belongs to: Lanza is a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services
(Jeff and Sandra: 203-426-4213 (also 312-274-1308) Jeff and Eugene A: 203-364-0404)
Caroline’s parents Sandra “Sandy” Johnson and Jeffrey W. Previdi live at 4 Narragansett Trl in Sandy Hook with Eugene A Previdi (06482-1147). Caroline’s father, Jeff Previdi, is the Account Executive for the NewPage Corporation. They are the largest US manufacturer of printing papers, making $3 billion in 2012. This line of work is not surprising given Jeff’s background (which we’ll get to later). NewPage is a Fortune 1000 company and employ 5,000 - 10,000 people.
A day before the Newtown shooting, NewPage won court approval to reorganize, and exit bankruptcy with only $500 million in debt: they were able to shed almost $2.7 billion in obligations! According to court records, a committee of creditors began investigating a 2007 buyout of NewPage which expanded the company, as well as a 2009 refinancing. These were challenged as fraudulent transfers that harmed lower-ranking creditors. NewPage then filed for bankruptcy (in September 2011) claiming their $2.7 billion of debt exceeded the value of their assets, and they didn’t have to pay lower-ranking creditors.
So the court not only allowed NewPage to walk away from its enormous debt, but allowed it to continue operations: “Our company recognizes that we borrowed money that is not going to be paid back,” CEO George Martin told the Judge during the hearing. “We are going to make sure that when we get this second chance that we succeed.” Remember that NewPage made $3 billion dollars in 2012 that would otherwise have gone to paying their debt. I’d say NewPage walked away from the deal in pretty good condition, and the creditors got screwed. Jeff must be doing a heck of a job as Account Executive.
According to multiple news sources, Jeff Previdi graduated from Bethany College, in West Virginia, class of ’94, and is a member of the fraternity Beta Theta Pi (Psi Chapter). The fraternity set up a scholarship fund in Caroline's name to benefit students majoring in education. By December 21, they'd raised $13,000. I’m not sure how much they’ve raised by now. Let’s take a quick break to watch this news clip explaining the situation:
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Beta Theta Pi is one of the oldest collegiate fraternities in the US. It was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Like most American college fraternities, Beta Theta Pi can be traced to the influence of Freemasonry in early American society.
Freemasonic influence had peeked directly after the revolution, and a few Greek Letter societies were formed in rough emulation of the Masonic structure. The pivotal Morgan incident of 1826, where a group of Freemasons were suspected of killing a member of their lodge who threatened to publish society secrets, lead to an outbreak of anti-masonic sentiment and heralded a decade of widespread suppression of masonic lodges.
One of the results of this suppression was that many of the condemned masonic secrets, rituals, and structures were published for the first time in the mainstream press. The unintended consequence of this informational watershed was that a number of otherwise ignorant citizens became aware of Freemasonry, especially students in the young and burgeoning American college system.
The anti-masonic suppression and exposition had been strongest in New York and New England, and it was accordingly in these areas that the first neo-masonic orders were founded once the ferocity of the anti-masonic rhetoric began to cool by the mid-1830s. It is nearly indisputable that the dearth of masonic information influenced the early formation of Theta Beta Pi, and that the masonic framework was a structure to which they melded their philosophical and literary interests.
In an 1843 letter to E. Bruce Stevens, Pater Knox described the origin of Beta Theta Pi: “It was during the winter season, 1838-39, that the idea of forming a secret association first suggested itself. I saw that there were many advantages in such an association, which could not otherwise be enjoyed… The history of many of these secret associations had always possessed a charm for me... There was an interest about the actions of men who bound themselves together by vows which were never broken, and who pursued the great objects of their association…” Yet, even Knox admits, “in some of these societies… were to be found many objectionable features which rendered them liable to be used as engines of evil as well as instruments of good.”
Jeff’s uncle, Cecil J. Previdi, 45, president of Danbury Printing, also died under mysterious circumstances: in a plane crash on Nov. 17, 1987, over Fort Atkinson, Wis. Cecil’s twin-engine plane trailed smoke and seemed to fall apart moments before it crashed into a wooded hillside, killing all eight people aboard, witnesses said. The victims included businessmen from Connecticut and Illinois who were flying from the Chicago Graph Expo '87 to Baraboo for a tour of a Perry Printing Corp. plant. Webtech had sponsored the visit to demonstrate its press equipment there.
The plane crashed in only light rain, about 60 miles from Baraboo, after the pilot radioed a mayday distress signal. ''It lost its wing before it hit the woods,'' said John Dahlgren, who lives across a road from the crash scene. ''One wing was laying up in the field farther north of here. There's a motor laying alongside the woods.''
Thomas Beane said the craft was only about 150 feet overhead as it plunged toward his farm fields. ''We saw the plane go over our buildings and it left a trail of smoke,'' Beane said. ''We all commented that this plane's in trouble.'' Roger Ehrke, 20, who was working on his uncle's farm a mile away, said the plane spiraled in a nosedive. There were explosive sounds ''like maybe two or three shotguns going off at the same time,'' Ehrke said. ''It was a real loud bang and then it started spinning.''
Rich Reichert, Jefferson County coroner, refused to release the names of the victims, saying some relatives had not been notified, but Cecil’s aunt, Virginia Previdi, of New Fairfield, Conn., also said Anthony Vitti, a company vice president, was among four other company officials killed.
Danbury Printing employed 360 people and had annual sales of $20 million to $50 million a year, according to the Connecticut-Rhode Island Directory of Manufacturers. Their history stretches back to 1931, when the Previdi family owned a company called Modern Printery. It began to grow after 1946, when Eugene Previdi bought the family business from his brother, John, changing the name to Danbury Printing & Litho.
The company grew and added a second location near the Airport, and a third on Backus Avenue. It’s rise was the work of Cecil Previdi, one of Eugene's sons. Cecil was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and eventually became the president of Danbury Printing. He invested in new technology and hired the best workers available. But the 1987 plane crash was a devastating loss.
Much of the wreckage was scattered for several hundred feet in woods and corn fields. Portions of the craft were almost a mile apart. ''What we've seen so far is indicative of an in-flght breakup,'' said Stephen Wilson, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator. ''These bodies were disintegrated. There were pieces all over the place,'' added the coroner. ''It was a real mess,'' Beane said. ''There were just body parts all over the place ... plane parts all over the place.''
The plane left Meigs Field in Chicago at 7:51 a.m., about 95 miles southeast of the crash site. ''The pilot was on his descent toward Baraboo when he radioed 'mayday, mayday' several times,'' said Mort Edelstein, an FAA spokesman in Chicago. The pilot's broadcast carried no indication of the nature of the problem, only light rain was falling and visibility was limited to about eight miles when the plane went down. The plane was registered to Dan-Par Inc., a subsidiary of Danbury Printing.
Previdi's widow, Melissa, who was director of sales and marketing, took over as president. She kept the Previdi name in the company for 7 more years until Banta Corp., a national printing firm, bought the Danbury plant from the Previdi family. In 2007, RR Donnelley bought Banta. After five years, Donnelley closed the site, which was terrible news for its employees.
Well, so far I think we’ve established that the Previdi’s are very wealthy and powerful, with at least one other mysterious death in the family. In a Dec 19 article, a woman named Pam Fehrs, whose daughters allegedly went to dance class with Caroline, came forward to say, "She was happy. She was innocent. She danced everywhere she went.”
“It was very sad in there," said Joan Fehrs, Pam's mother, referring to Caroline’s funeral. She also said it was painful. Many who came to the service wore green and white ribbons in tribute. Others wore pink, which was said to be Caroline's favorite color. Caroline was eulogized by her brother, Walker, a third grader and a Boy Scout.
Her parents, Jeffrey and Sandy, also spoke. "They tried to remember happy things. There were a lot of good memories," said Brian Smiffin, who works at a country club the family belonged to and where Caroline would apparently swim. Her mom called her a precious angel.
Monsignor Robert Weiss told mourners that Caroline was probably the happiest addition to heaven in a long time. Strangely, one of Caroline’s great aunts told the CTPost, "She was wonderful. At that age they are all wonderful." Yet she refused to give a name.
Here’s another instance of someone on camera, who seems to be speaking about Caroline. It’s a short clip of an unnamed woman from local news coverage.
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This next report comes out of the Middletown Press: "We have a new saint," Monsignor Robert Weiss declared to a crowd that filled every seat in St. Rose of Lima's church. There was an overflow crowd of about 50 listening on newly-installed speakers outside. "She will intercede for us; turn to her," Weiss told them all. "We have an angel." An angel -- that word just kept coming up, over and over. Caroline Previdi, was "probably the happiest addition to Heaven in a long time," the pastor of her church told the hundreds of people sitting in a sea of pink.
In a pew at the very front sat Caroline's parents, Jeff and Sandy, and her older brother, Walker, surrounded by family, close friends and two big, smiling, full-color blowups of their little angel. "Our prayers are with you. Our love is with you," the Rev. Weiss told the Previdis. "Our hearts are with you."
The noon start of the funeral mass had to be delayed for a few minutes because the 10 a.m. memorial service for one of her classmates, Daniel Barden, still was going on. Hundreds of mourners for Caroline lined up along the side of the church, in the parking lot and on a nearby hillside. Those leaving Daniel's mass walked past those arriving for Caroline's, and some people stayed for both.
Security and traffic control for the two funerals was provided by State Police as well as officers from all over Connecticut and even Westchester, N.Y. Inside, near Caroline's family, sat Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, religious leaders, and elected officials from a host of neighboring communities.
Sandy Previdi, who spoke toward the end of the mass, flanked by her husband and her son, called Caroline "our precious angel" and said the little girl -- nicknamed "Boo" -- "brought joy to so many people." She recalled how her husband, Jeff, "remembered reaching into his briefcase once while traveling" on business to find a little picture that his daughter had drawn for him, which read, "I love you, Daddy!"
Caroline "was Walker's little shadow -- sometimes to his dismay," her mother said, getting a few laughs amid the tears. Walker Previdi elicited more giggles when he remembered how "passionate" his little sister was about being a Yankees fan, and when the family went to Boston for a game, "she refused to go in." But he had people crying again when he said, "We will always remember our little angel. She is now in heaven with our savior...and all of her little friends."
Earlier, Msgr. Weiss told people, "we gather this morning to remember and to thank God for this beautiful little girl." He recalled a beautiful, "well-balanced," always-smiling child "who always had something in her hair." He said at age 5, Caroline "broke into her piggy bank," put the money in a bag and brought it to the church to donate to St. Rose's fund to buy toys for needy kids.
He made an odd comment though about her brother, Walker, telling him, "I saw you there with your arm around your sister [in church]... That doesn't usually happen." Walker elicited laughs when he told the monsignor that, in fact, it does. "Well, I've never seen it," Weiss responded. He then told the crowd that the shootings made it clear "we have to change," but, "it's not up to the institutions," he cautioned. "It's up to us... That's how things change..." he said. "We all need to ask ourselves, 'What can I do to make it a better world.'" Weiss said he recognized that people are angry, but added, "You know, if you think you've been angry, you haven't felt anything yet. ... Things like this should never happen -- and yet they did... So what do we do?" he asked, suggesting the answer is to "stand up and show what we are."
[What kind of “change” was Weiss speaking of? I think that will become clear during the course of this video presentation.]
As mourners left the church -- many wearing Caroline's school photo around their necks on black lanyards -- some were sobbing. Others held children in their arms. Brian Sniffin, Caroline's swim instructor, said he enjoyed the times he spent with Caroline and watching her and Walker swim together at the pool. "There are a lot of tragic memories," Sniffin said. A close friend of Caroline's mother, who was identified by her first name, Julie, closed the service by reading a poem.
NOTE: Interesting that this article quotes Sniffin as having said “there are a lot of tragic memories,” when in the previous CT Post article he was quoted as saying “there were a lot of good memories.”
Let’s move on to our next subject, ALLISON WYATT.
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Brevard County records show Benjamin Charles Wyatt married a woman named Cheyanne Wirtz in 1998. Both lived for a time on Merritt Island, and a woman by the same name went to Eau Gallie High and graduated from Brevard Community College in 1994. Benjamin and Cheyanne possess a home in Sandy Hook, Conn., as outlined by records.
An anonymous neighbor of Wyatt’s allegedly described Allison as very kind and outgoing, according to Florida Today. Digital First Media reported that Kate Capellaro, her former day care teacher (Kids in Ridgefield) said Allison would sometimes cry when her mom dropped her off. Capellaro told the site. “She was a real sweet and caring girl. She loved everything.”
Ben’s old Linkedin profile said he worked for Pitney Bowes, Johnson & Johnson and Boeing, among others. When I looked up his name and address on Intelius, he was connected to Association Theological Schools, iTunes, Sports Podge, WSM Communications, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, and Rigby Cooke Lawyers. I have not been able to independently verify these yet. Several previous addresses were listed for Ben including Sandy Hook, New Canaan, Norwalk, and Hamden, CT. Ben seems to have participated in several golf tours like the Red Bull Tournament. He apparently studied at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, and University of Melbourne
The Wyatt family wants all donations to be sent to Ben’s employer, TRANSACT, an IT company which focuses on printer manufacting, but sells all kinds of office technology. Note that the Previdi family is heavily invested in printers. Wyatt is yet another parent involved in big--maybe more accurately, massive--business. He is directly responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars.
The address for the Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund is: Steve DeMartino c/o TransAct Technologies Inc - One Hamden Center - 2319 Whitney Avenue, Suite 3B - Hamden, CT 06518. Steve is the President and CFO of Transact. When I Googled & MapQuested the address for TRANSACT on Whitney Ave., names that come up associated with that address are accounting firms, investment firms, and law firms.
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Joyce works at the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. When a crew from WHIO-TV pulled up the Wyatt home (a few miles from Sandy Hook Elementary) two people were standing in the driveway crying and hugging, then went inside. A state trooper answered the door at the home and said neither family nor neighbors were available to comment.
The New Haven Register reported that Allison’s former day care teacher, Kate Capellaro, said the girl was a shy, quiet child who was “sweet and caring.” Her older sister Lauren, a second-grader, apparently survived the Sandy Hook shootings.
Her grandparents' church encouraged parishioners to pray for the family. When news of the shooting broke, one of Allison's aunts posted on Facebook that her nieces attended Sandy Hook school, and asked for prayer. "One is fine and the other is missing at this time," she wrote. "We are remaining positive at this time and counting on the power of prayer." Later, after news of Allison's death, she asked for prayer again.
Narrration for VIDEO 006: Here we can see several different photographs of the girl said to be Allison Wyatt (slide 1), but Allison was first listed as the girl seen here on the right (slide 2). Then the real mother of the girl pictured spoke out. The girl first identified as Allison Wyatt is actually named Lily Gaubert! (slide 3-4) Then she started being listed as Madeline F. Hsu, another one of the victims (slide 5-6). Now this story broke on December 28, this means it was almost two full weeks after the funerals, after the pictures were posted all over the internet… And it was only when the real mother came forward that we discovered this. Why didn’t Allison’s real parents notice that this was not a photo of her daughter being broadcasted for the world to see? (Play ReviewManify video after this)
Let’s move on to MADELINE HSU who I mentioned a few minutes ago. "She was a sweet, unique, bright, sparkling, determined little girl," her family said in a statement about the first-grader. "She was an avid reader who loved running and dancing. She was a born leader."
A Facebook account for a woman whose records indicate she is a relative of Madeleine's features the photo that also appears on Legacy.com. Several friends commented on the Facebook picture. "A beautiful little soul who was very loved, full of life and I know will be missed dearly by all who knew her," was one of the comments written Saturday evening by Christen Buchert. Judi Muir wrote Monday, "She is such a beautiful granddaughter and now a beautiful angel."
People magazine reported that at night, she shared a bed with her two sisters. "They had their own rooms," an anonymous family friend told the magazine, "but they slept in the same room because they wanted to be together. ... She was a gorgeous, gorgeous little girl."
The father appears to be John (Long-Fong) Hsu, married to Donna Arnold. In the past, John was involved in the Casualty Actuarial Society. A casualty actuary analyzes the financial implications of future contingent events with respect to property & casualty insurance, and similar risk exposures. An actuary will know how these various risks interact with each other and the environment in which these risks occur.
John Hsu established a business under the name Hsu Long Fong in 2007 and incorporated in Newtown, CT. Current estimates show this company has annual revenue of $58,000 and employs a staff of 1. He performs “Business Services, NEC, Nsk” So that’s two fathers who are involved in the IT business.
NEC is a Japanese multinational provider of information technology (IT) services and products to business enterprises, communications services providers and to government agencies. NSK produces a wide range of industrial bearings & modules as well as automotive steering systems. NSK´s products and solutions are sold globally.
Karen Dryer claims she, and her son Logan, lived across the street from Madeline “Maddy” Hsu on Moccasin Trail. Caroline Previdi, lived down the block. Dryer claims the Hsu family moved into the neighborhood within the last few years, and that she would see Madeleine's mom waiting for her at the bus stop at 3:15 every afternoon. Dryer would wait too, for her son who is in kindergarten, and would bring the family's golden retriever with her. Madeline allegedly “would come off the bus and her face would light up when she saw the dog," Dryer said. "She was just an absolute doll," Dryer said. "She seemed very shy, but she was just so sweet." (AP)
Karen’s son Logan apparently suffers from panic attacks whenever he has to go to school. So the two girls, who were both a year older than Logan, would allegedly meet him at the bus stop, hold his hand as he climbed onto the bus, and sit next to him during the short ride, telling the trembling child that school was fun and there was no reason to be scared.
"They may not know me, but their children made a real difference in my son's life," she said. "They were very special little girls… [Madeline] proclaimed herself my son's protector on the bus," Dryer said in a phone interview. "She took that job, protecting my son, very seriously."
Dryer also claims to have had daily conversations with Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach about how to calm her son's anxieties. "They cared so much for those students," she said. "They worked very hard to do whatever they had to do to make my son feel safe in school." The morning of the shooting, Logan had a panic attack and Karen kept him off the bus. "How am I going to explain this to my 5-year-old?" Dryer said. "He was already scared of school.”
However, by January 2, 2013, Karen Dryer was claiming that her five-year-old was so anxiety ridden that she pulled him out of school two weeks before the deadly massacre. This would seem to contradict her earlier story that she had planned to send him to school that day: they had already made their weekly visit days earlier.
Karen started telling stories about her “clairvoyant” son to a blog called HollywoodLife. She claims, “Logan started kindergarten in September 2012. He was perfectly fine in September and October, and then in November he started acting strange. I got an email from his teacher saying he was a little weepy and then I started getting phone calls that Logan was crying and wanted to go home.” The article goes on to say that, “little did she know, that like her own late mother, her son had the gift to foresee the future.”
Karen continues, “Eventually it got so bad that I took him to the doctor who ran tests, saying that Logan was perfectly healthy. I remember the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, getting on her knees and saying to Logan, ‘We love you and this is a wonderful place.’ Logan screamed back saying, ‘No, no! It’s not a safe place. I am scared.’ Logan’s doctor suggested that we take him out of school for a couple of weeks and home school him. So we had a tutor come in once a day for an hour and we would visit the school once a week so he could see his friends and teachers. But whenever we visited the school, he would start shaking and trembling. He would cry and he wouldn’t open his eyes.”
“Logan was perfectly normal wherever we were except at school,” Karen explained. “We couldn’t even say the word ‘school’ in the house because he would get so upset. I would cry because I couldn’t understand what was wrong with my son. I just wanted him to be normal. My teenage daughter went to Sandy Hook and she loved it. So we have a long history there. I would get so frustrated, but I know my son and I had to listen to what he saying. I was not going to give him medication. I just had to be with him and trust that everything happens for a reason.”
“We live down the street from the school and had just been there two days before the shooting. I remember getting a text that said there had been an incident and the local schools would be on shut down. Then I went on the Internet and read that there had been a shooting at Sandy Hook. I don’t know why but I grabbed my son and ran down to the school. I wanted to help. I felt so fortunate because I was one of the lucky parents holding their child.”
“My mother, Milly, who passed away a couple of months ago was very psychic, and I know now without a doubt that my son has the same gift. Today (Jan.2) when we went to the open house, Logan was back to normal. He said he loved the new school, ‘I love it, it looks like a college.’ The teachers were amazed at what they saw because he used to be so scared of school. Now he was running around the school like he owned it. He danced for the teachers. He told me that Grandma was with him at the school and helping him play and that she was also helping me. His doctor is completely dumbfounded. I am blessed that I listened to him.”
Now I mean no disrespect, but I’m not stupid. I’ve heard some whoppers in my time, but that one beats them all. It turns out that Karen Dryer is also an entertainer, so before we continue, let’s take a quick break and listen to one of her songs.
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The next alleged victim we’ll be discussing is Catherine Hubbard. She is the niece of an ABC News employee. Her father, Matthew, was born in 1972, and has lived in Sandy Hook from at least 2005 to 2012. For some reason, Matthew’s bio lists him as graduating Midland Park High School (NJ) in 2006, which seems odd.
Matthew works for the Information Technology company ESI International as a Senior Marketing Database Manager. So that’s the third father in the IT business. ESI is a contractor for governments and corporations who are looking to improve the way they manage projects, contracts, etc.
They contracted with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) after the General Accounting Office (GAO) of Congress issued a decidedly negative report on the BLM. Congress halted any major IT projects until the agency improved project management. The GAO's report stated, "The Bureau of Land Management lacked a stable environment for developing and maintaining software, over-committed staff to projects and abandoned procedures when executing projects."
Matthew Hubbard also has his own IT company registered to 3 Owl Ridge Lane in Sandy Hook, 06482. It was established in 2006 and incorporated in Connecticut. Current estimates show this company has annual revenue of $100,000 and employs a staff of about 2. It specializes in Business Services, NEC (same as Madeline Hsu’s father).
Jennifer Sullivan Hubbard, Catherine’s mother, is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a double major of Art History and Communications (’95). She may have a background in television marketing and broadcasting, and seems to be a primary school teacher now, but I was unable to verify that information since her Linkedin account has changed.
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Jennifer’s grandmother was Geraldine Holden, and her parents were Susan and Leo Sullivan. They all used to live on Lindall Hill, Massachusetts, and her Uncle Bud still does. An attorney named Dick Gilmore, is Uncle Bud’s close friend and planned to go to Catherine’s funeral. The two men are both longtime Kiwanians. Kiwanis International is a non-profit fraternal organization, originally known as the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers. Kiwanis is working closely with UNICEF to vaccinate “more than 100 million mothers and their future babies.”
Bud called Dick when he learned about the shootings, and then went immediately went to Newtown to be with his family. Dick noted that the family not only lived in Danvers, they were also members of the Maple Street Church.
Catherine Hubbard is also the niece of Matt Sullivan, a North Carolina police attorney. Sullivan, a former cop, also acted as Crisis Counselor for the Chapel Hill PD. His duties included providing crisis intervention services to victims, their families, and law enforcement personnel. He would respond to critical incident scenes, perform critical incident stress management activities, and oversee coordinated human service response.
Matt Sullivan is skilled at stabilizing and assessing victims of crime, and other traumas. He has a lot of experience collaborating with investigative personnel and the judicial system. Sullivan also provides departmental in-service trainings on topics like “Interacting Effectively with Special Populations.” He conducts ongoing community education programs and serves as a departmental hostage negotiator.
On August 8, 2013, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter met with Jack Sullivan (Matt’s young son) who allegedly created “Catherine’s Peace Team,” a group raising funds for a Catherine Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
Starting at $400, you can adopt a micro-chipped dog (show slide) We also saw the Hubbard family in the news when the “Sandy Ground” project began. We’ll be getting into the details of Sandy Ground in a moment, but first, let’s take a look at what the Hubbard’s and the mainstream media have to say about it:
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After the assembly, Frederick was given the microphone and allegedly told the firefighters, "Stop standing around and get back to work.”
The “Sandy Ground” topic also leads us into the next victim & family we will discuss, which is that of OLIVIA ROSE ENGEL. Check out these clips from the groundbreaking at her playground in New Jersey.
I stumbled upon what is perhaps the most bizarre aspect about the Engel family when I used the Internet Wayback Machine to check up on Brian Engel’s old website, (www.BrianEngel.com). I came across many photos which are no longer available publicly, and in some of these, we can see a younger Brian and Shannon. It struck me that the parents we see in these photos look much different than the ones pictured in the Sandy Ground video! There were also photos of Olivia as a child.
Let’s analyze what we know about the Engels: Olivia’s mother, Shannon Merlino, was born in Danbury and grew up in New Milford, CT, with her parents and younger brother. She graduated from the Univeristy of Connecticut in Storrs with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She later attended Western Connecticut State University where she earned her teaching certificate in Elementary Education. She is now a teacher at St. Peter School in Danbury, CT and is currently working towards her Masters in Education with an emphasis on reading. This seems like a similar background to that of Mrs. Hubbard.
Olivia’s dad Brian was born in Danbury, CT and grew up in Sherman, CT. He also went to New Milford High School and graduated from the Univeristy of Connecticut in Storrs, CT (1994-98). He now works as a Manager of Cloth and Materials at the North Sails Milford manufacturing facility. They produce the world’s best sails for premiere racing yachts. Brian’s passion is sailing on Long Island Sound and his e-mail at one point was email@example.com.
Although they went to the same high school and college, it was not until after graduating that Brian and Shannon met through mutual friends. They were engaged on January 18, 2003. “I received an email from Brian telling me to pack some clothes for my birthday weekend. I had no idea where we were going! We took a train into New York City where Brian led me to a hotel right in Times Square. There Brian gave me two tickets to see Les Miserables on Broadway that same night. Before the play, we went to an Italian restaurant for dinner. After the meal Brian got up to ask the waitress to take a picture of us. When he came back he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”
They were married on September 25, 2004 at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in Block Island, RI. The Reception was held at Spring House Hotel also in Block Island. “It will be a fun island wedding at one of the oldest inns on Block Island with a gorgeous view of the ocean!”
On Saturday, March 19, 2005, Jeffrey Merlino died in an early morning accident after his car ran off the road and rolled over. Jeffrey, of Littlefield Road, was driving home after visiting friends shortly after midnight when his 2004 Dodge pickup truck crossed into the opposite lane. According to a police report, the vehicle left the road and hit a tree stump before rolling on to its right side. Merlino, who was alone, was extricated from the vehicle by EMS but died an hour later.
Merlino, who was married with two grown children, was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and was a graduate of Western Connecticut State University. He was a former resident of New Fairfield but spent most of his life in New Milford where he was based as a regional sales manager for the Yellow Pages. In addition to Shannon, Merlino’s obituary also mentions a son named Jeffrey Jr.
Merlino was well known in New Milford as a member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of New Milford Jaycees. Jaycees are the United States Junior Chambers, which provide leadership training and civic organization for people. Areas of emphasis are business development, management, community service, and international connections.
Brian’s employer, North Sails, is hosting a fundraiser for the Engel family. None of them knew six year old Olivia Rose Engel, whose father worked at a plant 2000 miles away, but Jeff Holden was shocked and saddened when news of the shooting broke, and said, "Like everybody else I wanted to do something… Money can't replace their daughter, but maybe it can help them get through what's ahead… They're going to need counseling. There's bills to pay. There's a whole lot of things this family is going to go through for the rest of their lives." Here’s the Facebook page where you can send your donations:
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofTheEngelFamilyFund or https://www.facebook.com/NorthSailsUSA/posts/379665462126428
Olivia Rose Engel was supposed to be a nativity angel at her church play. Her cousin John spoke for the family about her on the today show: "I think the most important thing I could say is that this is a family of faith,” he said. “Olivia led grace every night, at mass. Their faith is getting them through this.”
The one Engel family member who appeared in the most interviews was Olivia’s uncle. Let’s watch a few clips of him and then move on to our next case subject.
JESSICA REKOS is another one of the children said to have died in the Sandy Hook shooting. Here is a breakdown of her family:
Father - Richard S. Rekos, 36, has lived in Sandy Hook, Newtown, Bethel & Philadelphia. Works for the QuestionMark Corporation.
P. Uncle - Brian G. Rekos (33-41) of Newtown & Bethel
P. Grandparents - Richard J Rekos (63) of Danbury & Norwalk, and Mary Anne Rekos (60, Sandy Hook, Trumbell, Woodbury, Newtown, Bethel & Seminole, Largo, FL)
Also a Darlene Rekos listed…
Mother - Krista Lehmann Rekos, 35, has lived in Monroe, Newtown, Fairfield, & NYC, St. Petersburg, FL. M. Grandparents - Krista A Lehmann (81) from Newtown, Monroe, Fairfield, & NYC, St. Petersburg, FL.; John Lehmann-Haupt (82) from Newtown, Monroe, CT & Tierra Verde, St. Petersburg, Clermont, FL & New York, NY & Madison, NJ. This man’s sister may be Suzanne A Lehmann (78) from Newtown, Monroe, FL & Tierra Verde, Groveland, St. Petersburg, FL.
Also listed are Karyn A (51), Sandra, and Karla Lafferty.
I pursued the Lafferty line, because the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary is named Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, but all I got was a Christine and a Curtis…
The QuestionMark Corporation is registered to: 535 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, Connecticut 06854, but also has offices in London, UK. Their phone number is (203) 855-4526. They are a government contractor which “provides technologies and services that enable organizations to measure knowledge, skills, and attitudes.” Recently they’ve been paid at least $7000 by the State of Connecticut for ADP Software for the Department of Agriculture, and have between 51-200 employees. Richard is a systems administrator there, having gone to La Salle’s School of Business Administration.
There are several websites where a Richard Rekos has been asking questions about HTML code for asset tracking, and his email is listed @questionmark.com
Krista is a fan of Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for military in Israel and Slovakia that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. She apparently studied Elementary education and Marketing. She went to Newtown High School (’95), Fairfield U. (’99), Fairfield U. (’07).
So let’s continue with the family of CHASE KOWALSKI: His parents are Rebecca (or Becky) and Stephen (or Steve). Steve is a foreman at an air-conditioning/heating firm in Stratford.
During her dead son’s wake, as hundreds of mourners prayed over the child’s coffin in a public viewing room, Becky (with Stephen at her side) sat in a private office in the funeral home and gave an interview to the NY Daily News in which she Becky claims her 7-year-old son visited her in a vision just two days after Sandy Hook incident. She and her husband, Stephen, say the visit inspired them to make the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund, which they hope will foster gun control and 'bring God back to America.'
“The worst day of my life started on Friday morning when I was just finishing a kickboxing class in town when I heard something was going on at the Sandy Hook school. Then one of my two best friends, Michelle Orzechowski, texted me, ‘Call me.’ I tried calling Michelle. Couldn’t reach her. But I got my friend Kathy, who said something bad is going on. I remember taking my towel and putting it over my mouth. I started freaking out. Then I calmed myself down.”
Becky rushed outside, climbed in her car and dialed her husband. “I was in Greenwich on business when Becky called, but I started driving straight for Sandy Hook,” Stephen says. Becky continues, “Then I heard from Michelle, who told me no children were injured but they were busing all the kids to a safe location but I needed to go home and wait to hear where that location was. So I did. Then I called another friend and her husband was picking up her son at the firehouse next to the school.” So Becky Kowalski raced to the firehouse.
“And I saw all my friends with their children and taking them home,” she says. “I started asking them, ‘Did you see Chase? Did you see Chase?’ They kept telling me to go the firehouse. So I went in there. I was starting to panic. Then I asked my friend Lisa if she’d seen Chase. She said, ‘I think I saw him.’ I said, ‘Okay, okay.’ That gave me the pause I needed, the hope that kept me from losing it, from plunging into total despair. It was a gift Lisa gave me at that critical moment to know that she thought she saw my son.”
Becky’s son was in Amanda D’Amato’s class and a state trooper told her that the parents for that teacher’s class should wait in a special room in the rear of the firehouse. “So I went into the back and called Stephen and told him they’d taken kids to different locations,” Becky says. “That was before they told us that 20 children were dead,” says Becky.
She takes a deep breath, stronger than anyone could imagine this mother to be at her son’s wake.
Who told them there were 20 dead children? “I heard it on the radio on the way to the firehouse,” Stephen says. “The state police told us in the firehouse,” Becky says. By this time, almost an hour had passed. “I figured maybe he was shot and in a hospital and alive,” says Becky. Stephen says, “Then I got to the firehouse and the troopers made me sign a sheet of paper. I counted the signatures. There were 20 signatures. I had a sense then that my son was gone.”
He nods, as strong as Becky, which means they must have had a pretty damned tough little kid. Becky found Stephen in the firehouse, and they went into the back room again. “Then they assigned each of us a trooper,” Becky says. The trooper asked Becky what Chase was wearing that morning. “I told him a green long-sleeved shirt, black sweatpants with a gray stripe, and black L.L. Bean shoes. I’ll never forget because when he came out of his room that morning I looked him up and down and said, ‘Hmm, nice outfit.’ He picked it out himself so I was letting him go because he was such a funny little guy.”
“Yes, he sure was,” says Stephen. “By 3 o’clock, the troopers came to us again and said the two kids who went to the hospital had perished,” Becky says. “I knew then. But I felt they weren’t forthcoming. I understand that they did what they did to keep us as calm as they could so that we could give them descriptions so they could identify the kids.” Especially the ones who were unidentifiable. “And then Gov. (Dannel) Malloy came out and gave a speech and said he wasn’t gonna take any questions from the families of the dead kids,” Stephen says. And that’s how they knew Chase was gone.
The Kowalskis say Friday night and Saturday were hours of grief and numbness, of huddling with their daughters, Brittany, a high schooler, and Erin , who is in middle school, and accepting the reality of Chase’s death.
Becky takes a deep breath on Wednesday in the funeral home and says, “Okay, the best day of my life started on Sunday morning when my son came to me in a vision. He came to tell me to explain to my husband that the scope of this event was so large and that there were so many people around the country and the world we were touching. I felt that my son was here in this vision to tell me that the not-for-profit scholarship organization that we are starting in Chase’s honor will save lives, change building codes, demand gun and ammunition control, and that in Chase’s name I would like to bring God back to America. These are the first starting goals of the organization.”
She says she will keep Chase alive in her life through the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund. “I don’t know where it’s going,” she says. “All I can say is that it’s in the beginning stages. But after I received that vision from Chase, my sadness left me and I have been strong since. He’ll stay alive through the work this organization does and I will never let people forget Chase or any of the other 19 children who were lost that day.” Becky excuses herself to go back and greet the mourners streaming in.
“I’m completely on board,” says Stephen. “I believe my son did visit his mom. I have never before seen a look on Becky’s face like that morning. I believe now that things like that can happen. I was amazed at the peace and strength Becky received from that vision. She’s transferred it to me. I’m at peace now, too. Feeling strong. After she told me what Chase had said I got up and went straight to the bank and opened the scholarship fund that morning. Because I feel, like Becky, that Chase is still with us and will be in the work of the organization in his name.”
Contributions can be sent to the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund c/o People’s Bank, 470 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT 06468. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Newtown Bee wrote an article on Nov 16, 2012, which read, "Throughout the school's cafeteria Monday morning, students sat with their esteemed guests to eat and talk, like Chase Kowalski who sat with his 'Pop Pop' Anthony Kowalski..." It appears this article was scrubbed from the Newtown Bee’s website after the shooting less than a month later. Anthony Kowalski appears to be Chase’s paternal grandfather.
Chase Kowalski allegedly taught himself how to swim, and he stopped using training wheels on his bicycle, when he was four years old. "He was like, 'Dad, I want to take them off,'" said Steve. At age 6, Chase ran a road race with his mother, Becky, who could barely keep up with him, and won his first triathlon. To honor the memory of their son, the Kowalskis ran with about 200 of their friends and family members (part of a massive group of 15,000 people who engulfed the streets of Hartford) in the Sandy Hook Run for the Families 5K. They crossed the finish line holding hands.
Chase, a first-grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was one of the 26 victims of the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown. The Race4Chase team was one of many teams Saturday honoring different children and teachers who were killed in the massacre. Before the race, they gathered in an Allyn Street parking lot, with a DJ blasting music, wearing Race4Chase shirts, hugging, talking and remembering. "This is a celebration of what Chase was into," said Bob Terry of Newtown, who has known Steve since grade school and Becky since they all went to Masuk High School in Monroe. "He was always running, ultra-competitive, never slowing down… This is a celebration. As much as we're mourning, we're really celebrating."
He and another of Steve Kowalski's friends from high school, Greg Ruel of New Jersey, set up a Facebook page for the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund. Ruel ran Saturday. So did Kevin Bresnahan of Colchester, another family friend, who plans to run 1,000 miles for Chase this year and is taking pledges per mile that will go toward the fund. His blog, 10004Chase.blogspot.com, has taken $7,000 in pledges so far. Bresnahan is giving a dollar for each mile he runs. The goal is to build a community center where children and parents can come together and participate in sports, have pasta dinners and go to homework club. It will be called Chase's Place.
Becky is outgoing and friendly. She ran and walked Saturday, occasionally complaining good-naturedly about how much farther they had to go before the finish. She and Steve blended into the crowd as two runners among so many, rather than grieving parents who had lost their youngest child in a horrific tragedy. "How am I so positive?" Becky asked. "I've always been a people person. I have so many great friends… He's in a better place. He's happy. He's running with his friends. He filled me with peace."
Becky had a vision of Chase two nights after the shootings. She was sleeping but not deeply. "He explained everything to me," she said. "What I needed to do. Before he left me, he filled my heart with peace. So I don't have that burden of a broken heart. Steven and I — I married my husband because he made me laugh — if you can't laugh, I'd be crying all day long and I can't do that. I can't do that to him. It wouldn't honor him.”
“He told her how everything was going to come together," Steve said. "She wrote it all down. About the community center. ... She was just rattling it off and here's a lady who doesn't talk like that. She became this machine." So there was that. And the support from friends and family and the nation and the world. Letters and cards and teddy bears. And whales. "We've got whales," Steve said. "Six or seven whales named after him. You can buy a whale. So we've got a few of those. A goat and a soccer ball that was donated to Africa. He's got 10 stars named for him." And the goat? "I don't know what they named it," Steve said. "It could be dinner now. Who knows?" They can still laugh.
And they have their memories. "When I got home every night, he'd say, 'Dad, what are we doing?' 'I just got home, give me a minute,'" Steve said. "'Let's play football, let's play baseball.' If it was raining, I'd pull the cars out and we'd play hockey down in the garage. He was always playing a sport. Something. The bean-bag toss game, we'd be doing that in the basement in the winter. Anything. Just to beat me. 'I'm going to beat you.'" Chase would have loved Saturday's race. "He would have been right on the front line," his mother said. "He would have kicked our butts. Absolutely."
In a January 2007 obituary, Margaret M. Kowalski, age 65, of Monroe, is described as the beloved wife of Anthony Kowalski. She was the daughter of the late Michael J. Cunningham, and was a part time charity worker at St. Vincent DePaul. She was a member of the Fayer-Weather Yacht Club of Fairfield. Survivors in addition to her husband, Anthony, include two beloved sons, Robert A. Kowalski and his wife, Tami, of Wolcott, and Stephen J. Kowalski and his wife, Rebecca, of Sandy Hook; her loving mother Catherine J. (Gallagher) Cunningham of Marco Island, Fla.; one devoted brother, Michael T. Cunningham and his wife, Mary Lou, of Marco Island, Fla.; three cherished grandchildren, Brittany, Erin and Chase Kowalski; and several nieces and nephews. Her funeral services took place at the same location that Chase’s would several years later. Anthony Kowalski lives at 911 Long Hill Rd in Guilford, CT. Robert Kowalski may be connected to a Susan, Kathryn, and/or Katie Kowalski.
Dean and Tricia Pinto are the parents of JACK PINTO, our next subject. June Pinto (the grandmother to Jack) is "a longtime teacher at North Haven High School"
The day after the massacre the family had the time and resources to reach out to someone like Victor Cruz just to say "Hey, Jack was your favorite player, we're going to bury him in your jersey". And Victor Cruz was on Sportscenter talking about it. I believe he supposedly went to the funeral. Anyway, I started a little research on Victor Cruz, and found out that he has his own clothing line. He also was a big Obama supporter for Latinos. He is also in the makings of signing a deal with Jay-Z. Then, I see him on Time Warner commercials: a new endorsement. And he is also currently discussing his contract with the NY Giants which will be a long term deal from $810 million each year. For a 2 year football player, he’s already involved in much outside of the game. By the way, Jack Pinto isn't wearing a Victor Cruz jersey in any of his pictures, but this does make beautiful story for football lovers, Giants fans, and Victor Cruz.
Jack Pinto's dad is a lawyer at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Licensed in practice for 1 year. The school's psychologist husband also works there. One page claims that Dean Pinto is an “Executive Director” at Morgan Stanley. His phone number is (914) 225-5596.
Tricia Pinto has also been a lawyer, for 14 years, having graduated from Quinnipiac College. 4 COBBLERS MILL RD Sandy Hook, Connecticut 06482-1458
So is her dad, Alfred Armistead Volkmann (6302 Route 25a Wading River, NY 11792). He works for United States Power Squadrons (a boat safety company), and owns a 37 ft. long, 23 ton, yacht. The Volkmann’s are big in the yacht industry it seems. An Arthur E. Volkmann is Vice Commodore (in charge of land-based activities) for the Moriches Yacht Club. Remember that Grandmother Kowalski was also a member of a Yacht Club.
Andrea Trager, 51, remembered the boy as a typical boisterous 6-year-old. “He was everything a young boy is — innocent, and he loved playing. He had the world ahead of him. He was beautiful. He loved sports,” she said. Andrea’s husband works with Jack’s father at Morgan Stanley.
Boy's Father: Keep Newtown Photos Sealed
June 02, 2013|By DEAN PINTO | OP-ED, The Hartford Courant
“I'm the father of Jack Pinto, a six-year-old boy who was murdered in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As you can imagine, I deal with unimaginable grief every day. What you might not know is that the families of the victims of that terrible tragedy deal not only with grief, but continual victimization. From the conspiracy theorists who claim we are all actors and our children and loved ones aren't really dead, to the person in Florida who calls one family, says their murdered daughter's name, laughs, then hangs up … the list goes on and on.
Little did we know the worst was yet to come. We recently learned that crime scene photos of our loved one's bullet-riddled bodies and audio recordings of the gunshots that ended their lives may soon become available to the general public. How can that possibly be?
It turns out that Connecticut's freedom of information laws are outdated. Historically, crime scene photos have not been released and, when they were, the newspapers and other mainstream media that requested them exercised common sense and didn't print them. We now live in the Internet age where anyone can request copies of these photos, misuse them for their own political agenda and spread them across the globe for all to see, including the families of those who were killed. In fact, requests have already been made. After learning of this, I and many other Newtown families, asked the Connecticut General Assembly to close this glaring loophole.
Some legislators hesitated to act because they believe the law should apply more broadly than simply to Newtown. I couldn't agree more. My son Jack was exceptional, but I'm his father and all children are exceptional in the eyes of their parents. I miss him terribly, but I know that Jack's life is no more or less important than the lives of victims of violence in Hartford, Bridgeport or anywhere else in our state. If our legislators are willing to pass a law that protects all victims of crime during this legislative session, I am behind them 100 percent. If not, we need a law specifically addressing the Newtown tragedy before its too late. There are only a few days remaining during this session and once those photos and audio records are posted to the Internet, they are there forever.
So why is the Newtown tragedy different?
If you think back to how you felt on Dec. 14 you know why. Twenty six young children and teachers were brutally murdered in their elementary school, resulting in worldwide media coverage. The scene was so horrific, veteran police officers and other first responders couldn't return to work for months and are still haunted by what they saw. Imagine the impact these images and sounds will have not only on our families, but on the other young children, teachers and first responders who were there that day and relive the tragedy through horrible nightmares each night. Imagine the impact on all of Newtown.
What kind of person would want to view and hear such things? One person who probably would have requested them is Adam Lanza. Information released by the police suggests he was obsessed with other tragedies such as Columbine and the killings in Norway and even had images of dead bodies in his home. If we experience another school shooting and graphic photos of the Newtown victims are found hidden away in the bedroom of the next Adam Lanza, will we be to blame?
My family has received thousands of letters from people all over the country asking what they can do for us. We finally have a reply. Please contact a Connecticut state legislator and tell him or her that we need to protect victims of violence from further exploitation and stop the release of graphic crime scene photos and audio recordings.
CHARLOTTE BACON was the daughter of Joel and JoAnn Bacon. Her uncle is John Hagen. Charlotte had allegedly been shopping for a new outfit for the holidays. "She had been working on my sister for weeks to wear this outfit," Mr. Hagen said. "If she wanted to get something, she was going to get it. She had a strong personality." Having lived across the country, the Bacons settled several years ago in Sandy Hook, where Joel Bacon worked as a scientist and his wife was a stay-at-home mother, said Hagen, 52, of Minneapolis. Mr. Hagen recalled one of the last times he saw Charlotte. The families had gathered for a reunion at a summer home in upstate Minnesota for the fourth of in July in 2011.
The uncle was on a pontoon with Charlotte. "She was about 4 to 5 years old at the time," he said. "I watched her go and run off the pontoon and into the water with total confidence. She lived life with gusto. This little girl knew how to live life." Upon learning of the shooting Friday, Joel and JoAnn Bacon went to firehouse staging area near the school, where they soon met their 9-year-old son, Guy. "At the fire station, Guy came and no Charlotte," he said. "They were there until 4 o'clock that afternoon waiting, probably knowing the end result already." "She knew something bad had happened because all the families in the fire station were from Charlotte's class," Mr. Hagen said.
JoAnn told him that she'd served as the Girl Scout troop leader for Charlotte. "She said there was 10 of the girls in the group," he said, "and five of them are gone."
Aaron and Christi Carlson, whose daughter, Ava, was a longtime friend of Charlotte, co-founded Newtown Kindness.org, and say they had no idea it would grow so fast. Aaron Carlson said that Charlotte was known for her daily acts of kindness and that in life, no kind deed is too small.
Grandparents and other loved ones of 6-year-old Charlotte Helen Bacon traveled from Nisswa, in north-central Minnesota, to Newtown for the little girl's funeral. "It's so huge, and it touched everybody's hearts because it is children," said Irene Hagen, who spoke of her granddaughter Charlotte's schoolhouse slaying as she and her husband, John Hagen, packed Sunday to head to Connecticut.
Their daughter, Charlotte's mother, JoAnn Hagen Bacon, attended Orono High and St. Cloud State University before moving to Newtown for her husband's job. Friday morning, JoAnn called Irene in Nisswa, mentioning that granddaughter Charlotte's school was on lockdown and that she was heading over there. "Later in the day, we found out Charlotte was one of the children killed," Irene Hagen said. "It's surreal; we can't get through it."
Charlotte, her 10-year-old brother, Guy, and parents JoAnn and Joel Bacon lived in the woodsy New England community known for its good schools. Charlotte was a peppy, very bright little girl who wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up, her grandmother said. She was precocious and strong-willed, too, Hagen said.
Dan and Lindie Bacon, former residents of Batavia and members of St. Mark's Church, are the grandparents of Charlotte Bacon. They are former missionaries with OMF International (an organization that works to promote Christianity in East Asia) who had moved to Newtown to be near their son's family. Geneva's St. Mark's Church website lists Dan as the chair of the church's Mission Commission.
Joel was a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, PA (’88).
Friendly and caring, the Bacon family was always willing to help anyone in need, said Pat Casselberry, a family friend. They were the kind of neighbors you dream of. "They're just a wonderful family," Casselberry said. Dan and Lindie Bacon, both missionaries, lived in Robesonia for about 20 years, raising three bright, sweet boys. The youngest, Joel, was brilliant, funny and full of energy, Casselberry said.
Joel and Casselberry's son, Josh, were inseparable "bosom buddies," she said, who bonded over both being the "new kid" in town. The boys' friendship soon led to the families becoming friends, and Casselberry said the Bacons were amazing people. Like the time Josh went skiing with the Bacons and crashed, suffering a concussion and spending nine days in intensive care. Dan and Lindie stayed by Josh's side, tending to him as if he were their own son.
…Or when Casselberry's daughter Amy was hospitalized in Colorado after a car crash. The Bacons, who at the time lived in Denver, rushed to the hospital to be with her until the Casselberrys caught a flight. "They're the family that did nothing but good for people," she said. Casselberry, who now lives in Florida, said her children have been in contact with Joel, and he's holding up about as well as could be expected. She said he's been very thankful for the support he's received.
The Bacon family once lived in North Aurora, Ill., but moved to Newtown about 7 years ago. Joanne and neighbor Teresa Martin bonded over their pregnancies. "I cried when I saw the name," Martin said.
Described by her parents as an extraordinarily gifted young girl who wanted to be a veterinarian, Martin says she never met Charlotte. But she remembers the day she received her birth announcement via email.
"Gorgeous baby girl. Cutest baby. Prettiest girl I'd ever seen in my life. I was so happy for her," Martin said. Despite the time that's passed since they were neighbors, Martin said she's struggled to come to terms with the news that the daughter Joanne wanted for so long is gone. She wrote a letter to Joanne in the hopes that it will alleviate a mother's pain.
"I would crumble if it were my own child is taken away -- but not Joanne. She's strong. She's the best mom. She can handle this. I would tell her, 'Don't let the killer destroy her spirit,'" Martin said.
JoAnn Bacon graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (2001) as a Pastry Chef. Before that she had graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications. She went to Orono Senior High School in Minnesota (where she’s originally from).
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Our last subject is JOSEPHINE “JOEY” GAY, survived by her parents (Michele and Bob Gay), sisters (Sophia and Marie Gay), maternal grandmother (Katherine Hartman), paternal grandfather (Robert Gay), paternal grandmother (Louise Gay), and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Hartman.
Josephine allegedly turned 7 three days before her life was taken, and suffered from autism and a apraxia. Said to be born in Maryland, she was a Baltimore Ravens fan and liked everything in Ravens’ purple. “She touched so many people,” her father, Bob Gay, said in an emotional eulogy. “She did not care about prestige or possessions. She calls all of us to be better.”
Joey’s mother, Michele, added, “Our daughter was here to teach us.” She joined her husband in listing the life lessons they learned from their daughter. “Don’t sweat the small stuff, because it’s all small stuff,” said her father. “You really cannot appreciate a movie until you’ve watched it at least 300 times,” said the mother, bringing smiles to the crowd as she described one of her daughter’s favorite pastimes. She said the best lesson she learned from Joey was, “Never give up on people. It may take a while, but eventually they will get it.”
Seaford parish touched by Newtown tragedy by The Dialog
Joey was the granddaughter of Robert and Louise Gay, members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Seaford (Diocese of Wilmington). Josephine Grace Gay was baptized at Our Lady of Lourdes by Father Joseph Hurley on Dec. 27, 2006, according to the parish. Bob and Michele Gay, Joey’s parents, released the following statement: “We will not let this tragedy define her life. Instead, we will honor her inspiring and generous spirit. We have established Joey’s Fund in her name through the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. The proceeds of this fund will help families raising autistic children.”
BALTIMORE —A Towson native is preparing to bury his daughter this Saturday who was one of the 20 child victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut.
Calvert Hall mourns alum's daughter in Sandy Hook shooting by Justin George, The Baltimore Sun
Calvert Hall College High School is mourning the loss of Josephine Grace Gay whose father attended the Catholic preparatory school in Towson. Robert Gay graduated from Calvert Hall in 1978. In an email to alumni and others, school President Thomas Zoppo said Josephine died in Friday's massacre, three days after her seventh birthday. "Our particular thoughts and prayers go out to the Newtown ... community, most especially Bob, his wife Michele, and daughters Sophia and Marie," Zoppo said in a statement.
After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof September 10, 2013
Bob Gay of Newtown, Conn., has a tattoo on his arm of his daughter Josephine's footprints as a baby and the number "2560," for the number of days she was alive. Michele Gay, was a second grade teacher at the time of the Columbine shooting, and she remembers questioning how she would respond if something like that happened in her classroom.
On Dec. 14, Michele Gay stood in the firehouse next door to Sandy Hook Elementary, waiting for her daughter's class to appear. She says, "I kept hearing that over and over, 'How could this have happened? Isn't there security? How could somebody get in the building?' And I remember thinking at that point, 'Oh God, you know, there really wasn't anything to stop anybody but our locked front door.' "
After Joey's death, the Gays joined with other parents of Sandy Hook victims to found , a nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging communities to think about school security and take steps to protect kids. They plan to offer tools on their website to help empower school officials and parents to make schools safer.
Sandy Hook parent Bob Gay says people are fooling themselves if they think shootings like the one that took his daughter won't happen again. "I think if they wait for already overburdened state or local or federal governments to do something about the problem in a meaningful way, it's not going to happen," he says. "[You've] got to take action in your own school." Around the country, parents and school districts are considering strategies and looking for the budgets to do just that.
Josephine's behavioral therapist, Rachel D'Avino, allegedly wrapped her arms and body around her and other children, shielding them from the gunman. D'Avino and other educators are said to have had close bonds with 7-year-old Josephine, who was autistic and could not speak. "She protected them and provided them with comfort and love when they really needed it," Michele Gay said in an interview. "I can't say enough about the people that worked with Joey. They were amazing." In spite of the devotion of Josephine's aides, the family was constantly looking for resources to keep up the care they wanted.
In her memory, Michele and Bob Gay have set up “Joey's Fund" through the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to help other families raising children with autism. Bob Gay, who works for a consulting firm that focuses on higher education, said they decided to create Joey's Fund within a couple days of the tragedy as people asked how they could help. For the family, the fund is a way of dealing with their pain. "If I didn't believe in God it would be really difficult to go on and handle this because I miss her," Bob Gay said. "I can still feel her hug when I'd get home at night."
It allegedly took months or years of work to teach Joey skills such as walking and eating that came easily to her two older sisters. While her father worked long hours to pay for her therapy, her mother stayed home to research treatments, deal with insurance companies and work with the support team at her school. "Sadly, health insurance covered little of her therapy, and the school system had very few resources to offer us," Michele Gay said. "We are not exceptional. We are like any other family who just won't give up on their child or their sister whether they are typical or special needs."
Michele Gay, 40, and her husband, Bob, 52, told the AP that they are not concerned about the tragedy generating stigma for autism. "You've got to give people some credit. We have a pretty educated population and, for that matter, a lot of people have experience with autism in their families," Michele Gay said. "The numbers are staggering. If not in their family, they know somebody who has autism."
D'Avino, 29, allegedly worked with Josephine for only a few weeks, unpacking her backpack in the morning, taking her to the bathroom and helping her pick out library books. "They gave everything they had and they really, really loved her," Michele Gay said of her daughter's aides. "And she loved them."
Bob Gay (aka Robert Edward Gay) is also listed as having a possible alias of Robert Shaw Caltrider, as well as being associated with names like Nan, William, Vanessa, Robi, and Jada Caltrider. This Caltrider family seems to be from Severn, MD. I believe it to be simply an overlapping person, not the same as our SH parent. Bob Gay lived in Sandy Hook/Newtown, but Clarksville, Baltimore, Columbia in Maryland, as well as Arlington, VA and Sudbury, MA are also listed. Glen Burnie and Parkville, MD, are also listed but seeing as these towns do not match his wife’s profile, they could belong to Caltrider.
Bob Gay has apparently lived in Clarksville, MD, working as a manager for BHVG, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC). This is an inactive company from Houston, TX, filed (created?) on Thursday, July 25, 2002.
I found this info after coming across an address for “MICHELE CLAIRE HARTMAN-GAY” at 6812 WALNUT CREEK CT. CLARKSVILLE 21029. This document seems to have been created on 8/21/2013.
Joey’s mother, Michele Claire Hartman Gay, studied at Marymount Manhattan College. She too has overlapping records with a Michele M Mallardi-Gay who seems to have business dealings in Ridgefield, CT. There are other addresses listed including Sudbury, MA; Block Island, RI; New York and Cold Spring Harbor, NY; Clarksville, Towson, Columbia, and Balitmore, MD; Venice, CA; Houston, TX; and Arlington, VA. (bold indicates same as Bob Gay).
I thought I’d check up on Michele Mallardi-Gay, just to be sure. She graduated Cornell University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. From 1994-1996 she worked for “Teach For America.” A long absence where we have no information is followed by a short stint at the “My Beauty” (myBBF) company from 2008-2010. Mallardi-Gay became President of the Alcone (makeup) Company in March 2012. She focuses on Marketing & Advertising.
I continued to find an overlaps with Mallardi-Gay. This site lists Michele Claire Hartman as having worked for myBBF Inc, another makeup company, and has other associates including Maria Mallardi, Humberto Mallardi, Robert Caltrider, Mary Mallardi, Charles Gay, Katherine Hartman, Barbara Mallardi, Chris Hartman, Vincent Mallardi, and Maret Mallardi (bold indicates same as intelius report). Also lists Garrison, NY in addition to towns from intelius.
Mybbf is located at 126 Indian Cave Road, Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877. It has an annual revenue of $1-5 million and employs 10 – 20 people.
I’m pretty confident these are simply overlapping profiles, and not aliases.
IN CONCLUSION, we’ve seen that many of these fathers are IT professionals, and all of the families are extremely wealthy, with ties to powerful corporations. There is evidence which seems to back up the official family histories, including obituaries apparently written years beforehand, and pictures of the children with their parents posted online. Yet, there are many anomalies which call into question the legitimacy of this information.