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Shannon Hicks denies staging her fake “iconic” Sandy Hook photograph

Shannon Hicks denies staging her fake “iconic” Sandy Hook photograph


by Jim Fetzer and Dennis Cimino

“I am not in that photo. I took that photo. And I took it while covering the evacuation of SHES on Friday, December 14, 2012″–Shannon Hicks

What became of her?

What became of her?

The photograph to which Shannon Hicks, Associate Editor of The Newtown Bee, refers is one that I (with Dan Cady) published in “The Sandy Hook ‘Smoking Gun’: Game, Set, Match!”, which seems to be one in a series of staged photographs.

Among the features that suggest they were staged is that, in the one to which she refers, a little girl is at the front of the conga line of students led by a police woman in uniform. But she is missing in Shannon’s “iconic” photograph.

If this was taken in real time under emergency conditions, how could she have taken more than one? And, as we explain below, the white arrow is not in the same position in the two photos, which suggests the second was taken later.

And there is no sense of urgency about any of this. You have bystanders–whom Shannon Hicks claims were parents picking up their children–but does anyone buy that? And there should have been around 600 students to evacuate: Where are they?

The “Smoking Gun”

Perhaps the most extraordinary proof that the Sandy Hook “shooting” was a fabricated event in which no children died is the “iconic” photograph that was taken by Shannon Hicks, Associate Editor of The Newtown Bee, whichDennis Cimino and I have subjected to an extensive and detailed analysis. It is the only photo we have of any children being evacuated from the school:

Photo attributed to Shannon Hicks

Hicks claims to have taken this on 14 December 2012 during the evacuation of children from Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES). Rather to our astonishment, Dan Cady, “The Sun and Sandy Hook”, had published another photograph on 14 January 2013, more than a year-and-a-half prior to the efforts of Dennis Cimino and me to establish when her photograph was actually taken. Notice the absence of any frost on the ground or exhaust from their breathing, which will become important.

On the basis of a shadow analysis, Dan concluded that the Shannon Hicks’ photograph was taken at 9:45 AM on 12 November 2012, over a month before Sandy Hook. But shadow analysis turns out to be surprisingly complex and, given the distribution of the vehicles in the photo and such, it would not surprise me if it had been taken in much closer proximity to the event. It is less important when the photograph was taken than that we now have a second photo at approximately the same time:

Photographer taking the photo

Notice how many indications are present that this photo was staged. There was no emergency in progress, the people behind the woman in the center (closest to the children, whom Dan Cady has identified as Lisa Terifay) appear part of a drill by their body language, where the conga line sequence in the first photo is missing the girl in the front, meaning Hicks’ claim that she took that photo under emergency conditions is indefensible: they staged multiple shots and selected the one that they thought was best.


Dan Cady has conjectured that Shannon Hicks is taking the picture of the conga line and the parents. It is his guess that Lisa Terifay (near center, blue sweatshirt, clear line of sight to the kids, in front of Shannon) took the photo that got the most attention. A relative of mine with a keen eye, however, has observed, on the basis of the location of the (driving direction) white arrow, that the “iconic” photo was taken later and from a different position, which reinforces that it was a staged photo.

William Shanley and Shannon Hicks

William Shanley, a film maker of some note who resides in Connecticut, was  so incensed by this discovery that he wrote to Shannon Hicks about it, where she has now asserted that she had also taken the second photo above (which appears to have been taken prior to her “iconic” image) and that she is therefore not in the photograph itself, implying that Dan Cady’s conjecture was wrong:


William was not satisfied and wrote back his strongly expressed dissatisfaction that what she was telling him was true. The key point here, I think, is not whether Shannon Hicks was in the second of these photographs that has now emerged but whether the first–the “iconic” photograph–was of a real event (a bona fide shooting in which 20 children died) or was instead staged (during a drill):


Dennis and I believe that his photograph not only proves the “iconic” Shannon Hicks’ photograph was staged but that the entire episode–the alleged shooting at the school–about which so many have published so much– was indeed an elaborately fabricated event in which no children died (as Paul Preston has reported has even been confirmed by officials in the Department of Education) to promote Barack Obama’s anti-gun agenda.

Enter Dan Hennen

Imagine our surprise when I (Jim) discovered (among the comments on my “Smoking Gun” article) one from Dan Hennen, which provided a link that I had initially overlooked. When I followed the link, I was taken to a web page with the following (now familiar) photograph, accompanied by a caption stating, “Picture at Sandy Hook taken on October 17, 2012, during emergency drill at the school”, which reinforces the question it raises:

(7) Dan Hennen photo

Bear in mind, Shannon Hicks has acknowledged that she took this photograph. If we take for granted that she too it as well as her “iconic” photograph, then when was it taken? She appears to be compounding the fraud by reaffirming that she took it “during the evacuation” of students at SHES. But we and others have noted before the absence of evidence that any evacuation took place, including that 600 students are nowhere to be seen.

(8) Dan Hennen web page

As C.W. Wade and others who are attempting to defend the indefensible have observed, Shannon Hicks claims to have taken hundreds of photos at Sandy Hook, including of the evacuation. But when you take a look, there are no photos beyond those we have already seen. There are some of kids walking along Dickinston Drive (who even appear to be 7th graders) and others standing beside a car, but those are not “evacuation photos”. This is further confirmation that there was no “evacuation” because it was a drill and not an emergency event.

Resolving the date

We now have at least three dates attributed to this photograph: the official date of 14 December 2012 (by Shannon Hicks and the NENPA, presumably, which made her “Photographer of the Year” for taking it); on 12 November 2012 (by Dan Cady); and on 17 October 2012 during a drill conducted at SHES (by Dan Hemmen). It’s obvious that this photograph was staged, as can also be seen from this photo on that day with frost on the ground and exhaust from the cold:


We have no frost on the ground or visible exhalation from the cold in the Shannon Hicks’ photograph, which makes the date of 14 December 2012 no longer even remotely plausible. We should be able to narrow it down between 12 November 2012 and 17 October 2012, where we are inclined to believe that it was taken during the earlier drill as Dan Hemmen reported. But it cannot be an authentic photograph taken on 14 December 2012, as this woman claims.

It was also an essential element of (what can only be described as) an act of terrorism. The events reported to have occurred at SHES on 14 December 2012 instilled fear into the hearts and minds of every American–parents and children alike–in order to make the people more amenable to manipulation to promote a political agenda. It was despicable conduct and a grotesque form of treason for which Barack Obama and Eric Holder bear ultimate responsibility.

Dennis Cimino, who has extensive engineering and support experience with military electronics, predominantly US Navy Combat Systems, was the Navy’s top EMI troubleshooter before he went to work for Raytheon in the 1980s.


Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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