It was a horrific mass murder that took the lives of 20 children and six adults and shattered the community, and now one young man is making a mockery of the entire thing by stealing memorial signs from a playground dedicated to a victim.
Even worse, the unidentified thief found amusement in taking photos of all the stolen signs in his living room — defiling the memory of the victims by flipping his middle finger up.
The thief targeted in particular a playground set up to celebrate the life of 7-year-old victim Grace McDonnell and according to TheDailyBanter.com, who first obtained the shocking photos, the thief called the deceased child's mother, Lynn McDonnell, claiming she was part of an elaborate Sandy Hook hoax and that her daughter never existed and was never killed.
A sign from a memorial honoring victim Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski, 7, was also taken by the thief.
On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Conn., after shooting his mother to death in their shared home, and began shooting at children and teachers.
Lanza shot himself in the head before authorities could apprehend him.
Chillingly, the thief is said to have directly contacted TheDailyBanter.com with his photos and the site thinks he may live in Northern Virginia.
"When I told him that I personally knew about a dozen people who covered Sandy Hook and were on-scene in the aftermath of the shooting, he demanded to know if those people had actually seen any bodies," the author who spoke to the man with the stolen signs wrote, noting that he often referred to the Illuminati in their conversation.
"He insisted, among other supposed giveaways, that none of the parents of the Sandy Hook victims cried on camera, proving that they either weren’t actually grieving or were paid actors."
Author Chez Paziena says after hanging up with the thief he notified local authorities and an editor at the site told Radar they published the photos hoping someone would recognize the house in the photos and help identify the perpetrator.
"I was pissed that anyone would want to claim responsibility for something so heinous, but figured that kind of hubris was just the nature of the conspiracist truther movement and that I’d never hear from him again," Paziena wrote.
"I called the Newtown and Stonington police departments to report the conversation and passed along the number I had called in Virginia."
Below is a transcript of the thief's heartless email that accompanied the photos of his stolen signs:
The first two are images of the bolts that I removed when I stole the sign from the Chase Kowalski playground in Mantoloking, New Jersey. Like I said on the phone, I stole his sign first a few weeks before I stole the one in Mystic. I had to take pictures of the bolts connecting the sign to the posts so I could go to home depot and buy the proper tool (once i found out what tool I needed)…
You see images of the Chase Kowalski playground sign sitting in my house. I tried to take pictures of it that provide a sense of atmosphere, angle, texture, shadow, et al that help prove these images aren’t photoshopped. The Chase Kowalski sign is identical on both sides so I only provide images of the one side.
After I stole the Chase Kowalski sign I called the police and reported it anonymously. I also called Rebecca Kowalski and told her I stole it because the shooting was a hoax. To this day, and despite the publicity of the Mystic sign being stolen, Mrs. Kowalski has apparently never reported the sign stolen, and it has never been replaced.
And then you’ll see the images you most seek: the images of the peace sign I stole from the Mcdonell playground.
Then you see the images of both signs together. These images help prove (I hope) that none of these images are photoshopped. Consult a professional photographer and ask him to analyze whether these images are photoshopped. Hopefully he/she will conclude they have not been; to date I have never used photoshop, ever, and wouldn’t know how to if I wanted to.
The final picture is a picture of both signs propped together in the hallway I keep them in, while my dad sleeps on the couch at dawn. A beautiful shot if I do say so, a triumphant image of the achievement of a man who has gone to great lengths to fight for what he believes is right.
Bill Lavin, founder of the 'Sandy Ground' project spoke with TheDailyBanter.com and confirmed that the photos appear to show the legitimate signs.
“You want to forgive someone like this, but it’s not easy,” he said.
“Mostly, I just want to see him go to jail.”