By Keith Johnson —
There’s seemingly no limit to how far some will go to enforce on others their warped interpretation of what happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
Less than a week before Mother’s Day, on May 5, a sign honoring seven-year-old Sandy Hook victim Grace McDonnell was stolen from a playground in Mystic, Connecticut. According to the local NBC affiliate, a man claiming to be the thief called the deceased child’s mother to say that her daughter “never existed” and then informed her that he stole the sign because he believed the “shooting was a hoax.”
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the ongoing witch-hunt against the surviving Sandy Hook family members. In recent days, these already traumatized victims have increasingly become the targets of harassment and defamation by those who accuse them of being paid actors in a staged event orchestrated by the government as a pretext to gun confiscation.
Robbie Parker, whose daughter Emilie was one of the 20 first-graders killed by lone gunman Adam Lanza, is no stranger to this kind of abuse. A day after the tragedy, Parker was labeled a “crisis actor” and accused of “getting into character” as he nervously stepped before CNN cameras and proceeded to express grief over the loss of his child.
Parker has now become the focus of a fresh new series of attacks, this time coming from University of Minnesota Duluth’s Professor James Fetzer. In a May 14 article for the website “Veterans Today,” Fetzer declared: “We got him! Robbie Parker, crisis actor, at long last exposed!”
According to Fetzer’s article, Parker’s real name is Samuel Travis Delaney, an actor and musician from Texas who “uses multiple aliases” and was paid by the government to “manipulate gullible Americans.”
As proof that Delaney and Parker were one and the same, Fetzer provides a few photographs of the two men for a side-by-side comparison along with an unsubstantiated claim that they’d “uncovered” Parker’s “audition tape for Sandy Hook,” the same tactic used to convince people that dead children sang at the Super Bowl.
It didn’t take long for this story to completely unravel. Though Fetzer was absolutely convinced that he’d unmasked “the real Robbie Parker,” he was forced to make a full retraction two days later after the man—whose real name is John Matthew Walker—came forward and set the record straight.
“I am a penniless actor and musician from Austin, TX,” Walker wrote to Fetzer. “Last year, some internet wackos decided, through a convoluted process of ‘Facebook Connect-the-dots’, that I am in actuality Robbie Parker, parent of one of the Sandy Hook victims. Not only do I look little like him, at BEST I could pass for a relative, I am nearly a foot taller [figuratively, not literally] and COVERED in tattoos.”
In a follow up article, Fetzer—apparently fearing “the potential damages” of a lawsuit—admitted he was dead wrong. “John Matthew Walker did not play the role of ‘Robbie Parker’ at Sandy Hook,” he wrote. “We have revised our conclusion on the basis of the scientific requirement of total evidence, where another alternative is better supported given the totality of the available evidence.”
Though a mistake of this magnitude might compel some to think twice before making another outlandish claim, Fetzer wasted no time coming up with an alternative theory courtesy of a fellow Sandy Hook skeptic, who calls himself “Dr. Eowyn,” of the website “Fellowship of the Minds.”
In his supplemental article, Dr. Eowyn scrutinizes the photo of a brand-new “look-alike” suspect and opines: “Unless Robbie Parker of Sandy Hook has an identical twin (which no media account ever claimed and who, strangely, did not attend the memorial service for his niece), he is the same Robby Parker who’s a ‘quality assurance engineer’ at SpotterRF, a defense contractor that’s linked to Homeland Security and the CIA.”
This AMERICAN FREE PRESS reporter contacted Robby Parker at SpotterRF on May 19. When asked if he was aware of the allegation on the website “Veterans Today,” Parker laughed and said: “I saw that. That’s a different Robby Parker.” He declined to answer any further questions.
It cannot be denied that the lives of the surviving Sandy Hook family members have been put in jeopardy as a result of the libelous accusations and speculative claims made against them. Today, it’s a stolen sign and a malicious phone call. What about tomorrow?
Even Professor James F. Tracy—a devoted Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist—recently expressed his concern about potential violence after being approached by parties who “suggested that vigilante justice be visited upon the alleged Sandy Hook perpetrators.”
Is it just a matter of time before a parent, child or first responder connected to the Sandy Hook tragedy is physically assaulted by an unhinged Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist whose violent act was entirely motivated by hearsay?
Maybe there are some who are deliberately moving gullible people in that direction. Perhaps that’s the hoax we should really be worried about.
Keith Johnson is a writer based in Tennessee. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org