Out of the box: Personal effects.

After the traumatic death of a loved one, his or her things live on. Clothes, hairbrushes, books, cell phones, journals, toothbrushes, CDs, plants, recipes, jewelry, memorabilia add to the burden of loss. It falls to the survivors to deal with these personal effects, and it is never easy.

Take, for instance, the case of Amy Lawton, the youngest daughter of George Hochsprung from his first marriage to Janet (Walzer) Hochsprung. Amy gave an account of her experience receiving her step-mother’s personal effects in a New York Times article, dated April 28, 2013. Here is an excerpt from that article (boldface is mine):

“Last week the pain and grief from these deaths were handed to me in physical form: my dad gave me eight boxes of personal effects from my stepmother’s office, packed up for him by the police, and my ex (no, I mean my “co-parent”) dropped off five boxes of my things, the last remnants of our life together.

“What do I do with all of these things?

“A quick glance into the boxes and it felt difficult to breathe. Dawn’s were half full of books, (easy; donated them to my school) but the rest of the items have stopped me in my tracks. Worn emery boards, a comb with strands of her hair in it, piles of thank you cards from years of students (my favorite says, “You are important to our school because you get supplies and money and eat lunch with the bad kids.” I love that. Is that what being a principal means?) There’s a Dove candy wrapper that she saved (“Be mischievous. It feels good.”), stationery with her name on it, magnets and tampons and photographs.”

Two observations. While reading this article a while ago, what first struck Cinderella was the polish of Amy’s prose. Easily explained: she’s an English teacher who, at the time of the article, was a faculty member of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

But the second observation was that one of Mrs. Hochsprung’s step-daughters received a cache of her sentimental, personal items. Not her older daughter, Cristina Hassinger, or her famous daughter, Erica Lafferty, but her literate step-daughter, Amy Lawton, George Hochsprung’s youngest of three. And it was handed to her by her father at a time when she was burdened with the storage boxes of a failed marriage, a fact that is also covered in the article.

What’s wrong with that picture? Basically, everything.

Step-sibling rivalry. As a teacher, Amy might have been the logical recipient of the books, but why the other items? Was George’s choice merely an oversight?  (Read the comments under the article and you’ll see that I’m not the only reader to question this choice.)

Why would George, knowing that his daughter was packing up in the wake of a divorce, burden her with still more boxes containing the belongings of her step-mother — items that Cristina or Erica had more right to claim?

The questions above are particularly relevant considering that there was already evidence of conflict between the Lafferty daughters and their Hochsprung step-sisters.

“They CANNOT call themselves daughters.” See the Facebook entry below by Cristina Hassinger (Dawn’s older daughter), a mini-diatribe against her step-sisters.  The prickly reaction was provoked by an article they co-authored in support of gun control.*


A question:  Why would George Hochsprung heighten the tension between the daughters and their step-sisters by giving his youngest the lion’s share of Mrs. Hochsprung’s personal treasures from the school?

The pilgrimage. Less than two months after Amy received eight boxes of Mrs. Hochsprung’s books and memorabilia, Cristina Hassinger was given a personal tour of the crime scene. You can read about her pilgrimage with a police officer, step-father George and Mrs. Hochsprung’s poodle, Bella, here.

Here is an excerpt from the article that quotes Cristina (boldface is mine):

“The detective got there a few minutes after we did. She had a pile of papers and posters and a couple envelopes of things that were in my mom’s office. She was going to bring my mom’s clothes that she was wearing that day but they weren’t ready.

“We’d been waiting to get her clothes back and had a lot of conversations about … if we even wanted them back. I had mixed feelings about not getting them. I was disappointed that I didn’t get them, but relieved that I didn’t have to deal with that just yet.

“We have so many things from her office. What do you do with it all?”

So, during a tour of the Sandy Hook Elementary school, Cristina received “a couple envelopes” and a “pile of papers,” but no bloody clothes — which would have been part of the evidence held in the state police major crime division’s archives.

What’s wrong with this picture? Again, nearly everything.

Why were the items from Mrs. Hochsprung’s office handed off in two batches – one to Amy and one to Cristina?

Why would Cristina, Mrs. Hochsprung’s firstborn, receive the left-overs?

And why would the state police be willing to relinquish gory evidence to the daughter of a victim?  Years ago, a relative of Cinderella’s was murdered with his clothes on and her family still hasn’t received one scrap of cloth from the carefully preserved and sequestered evidence bag. Normally, in fact, whether or not a case is solved, evidence is not released to family members at all — unless a judge approves first. This is because evidence can become more definitive and revealing as new technologies (e.g., DNA testing) become available. Also, blood-stained clothing is considered a potential biohazard and treated as such.

Clothing riddles. Much has been said about the clothing Mrs. Hochsprung was wearing on 12-14-12. As pointed out and documented in this Reich Watch video, there are still questions as to whether Mrs. Hochsprung was wearing an orange dress (as described by SHES custodian Rick Thorne) or a pair of jeans with a red shirt and a gray-and-red hooded sweater, as described in the State of Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety  Investigation Report.

Apart from these questions, both of Mrs. Hochsprung’s biological daughters have been consistent about the condition of their mother’s body and garments. In a recent tweet, for instance, Erica Lafferty said that her mother’s body was “bullet riddled,” implying that the clothes must have been badly damaged, too.

Cristina’s statement on the subject was provoked by former Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones’s tweet that Sandy Hook was a hoax. (Click here.) In response, she tweeted, “Come for dinner. You can meet my grandmother-less children and I’ll show you my mom’s clothes riddled with bullet holes.” See below.


Neither Erica Lafferty nor Cristina Hassinger specify the number of bullet holes in their mother’s dress or sweater/jeans. Or whether they ever received the bullet-riddled clothes. Interesting word they use: “riddled.” That means pierced with multiple holes.

Were the clothes bullet-riddled? The official report doesn’t say they were. Here is the official description of Mrs. Hochsprung’s clothing: “Mrs. Hochsprung had brown hair and was wearing a gray and red hooded sweater, red long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and calf-length brown-colored boots.” (For the full description, go to the 26:00 mark here, or go here for the full report.)

If the clothing was bullet-riddled, you would expect that the report would say it was, wouldn’t you?

The police report for the murder of Cinderella’s relative, for example, describes the clothes of the victim this way: “…a black stained jacket containing T shaped holes in the chest region …”  Exactly what you’d expect of a police report about a murder involving gunshot wounds.

Something is wrong with the various accounts of Mrs. Hochsprung’s clothing. Like a badly coordinated business suit, they simply do not match up.

Post script. Chipper Jones, it seems, was never forgiven for his statement. And the Hochsprung step-sisters might never have been forgiven for theirs, either. A funny thing about people: They hold onto personal slights, while discarding facts. And with or without Alzheimer’s, forgetting has become the most natural thing in the world.



*The original article by the Hochsprung sisters (presumably dated earlier) ran on the site for 1 Million Moms for Gun Control here. As you will see, that article is no longer linked.




Cinderella’s Fake News Forum: #1

Occasionally, Cinderella will be posting items on the Sandy Hook 12-14-12 Event that give you, the reader, a chance to exercise your wits in determining whether or not a news story or social media item (posts, Tweets and messages) is true or false.

Most will be small items not previously closely examined in the continuing Sandy Hook narrative. Some may seem trivial to the point of pettiness, but Cinderella has found that many tiny hanging threads eventually unravel a whole sweater, especially if the sweater is cheaply made.

We’re calling these little threads Cinderella’s Fake News Forum. Cinderella will do her best to provide  background, research and commentary to aid you in your reality check journey. As always, feel free to ferret out more facts on your own and share them with us.

News Item #1: Tweet by Erica L. Lafferty, December 6, 2016.


In the item above, Erica L. Lafferty asserts that she dressed the post-mortem, bullet-riddled body of her mother, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, for her funeral. True? False? Let’s examine some of the facts.

The body. This is the central point. If someone says she “dressed” a body, the casual listener automatically assumes there is a body to be dressed. Not necessarily. Click here for a host of reasons why this may not be true. Click here for information on how corpses can be faked. And click here for another interesting article on a similar subject.

The dress. According to this source (New York Daily News), Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung had an open casket funeral on December 19, 2012 – five days after the Sandy Hook Event – in which her reported body wore “a green silk dress and black cardigan.” So Ms. Lafferty is ostensibly referring to this particular dress and sweater in her Tweet.

The funeral. We are told in this article (Washington Post) that Mrs. Hochsprung’s funeral took place at the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in Woodbury, Connecticut. By Connecticut state law, Munson-Lovetere would be the party responsible for handling the death certificate and all subsequent matters concerning the body. (See The law, below.)

The reported body’s transfer. After the funeral, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung’s reported body was transported over state lines to Halgas Funeral Home in Broadalbin, New York, and was buried a day later (12-20-14) in the Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery. You can read about such facts and the evidence supporting them here. Note that the town clerk of Broadalbin, with whom we spoke by phone in October 2016, expressed bewilderment as to why she does not have a death certificate or burial transport permit in her files for Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung.

The law. What does the State of Connecticut have to say about transporting, cleansing and dressing dead bodies? Well, quite a lot actually. From this official Connecticut Judicial Branch website, we found these passages (most relevant language in my bf italics):

“Connecticut law requires a licensed funeral director or embalmer to be involved in a number of ways throughout the burial or cremating process including the death certificate; removal, burial and transit permits; removal of the body; and transporting, washing, and wrapping of the dead body.

“PREPARATION AND TRANSPORTATION OF DEAD BODIES / Public Acts enacted in 2007 (PAs 07-104, amended by PA 07- 252) established requirements for transporting, handling, and cleansing dead bodies. These acts set out a number of specific requirements addressing how a dead body must be transported, washed, embalmed, wrapped, and disinfected. The law also prohibits an embalmer or funeral director from removing a dead body from the place of death to another location for preparation until the body has been temporarily wrapped (CGS § 19a-91(a), (b)).”

Of course, the State of Connecticut doesn’t have a spotless record in enforcing its laws where funeral directors/embalmers are concerned.  Here is one egregious example.

The procedure. Dressing a dead body is no picnic for the squeamish and hyper-sensitive. All the more so if the dead body is, as Erica claimed, riddled with bullets. That is because certain things must happen first that only a professional is fully equipped to handle. A post-mortem examination in the case of murder victims, for instance, then transport to a qualified funeral home. If embalmed, the body must be bathed, drained of blood, infused with chemicals and bathed once more. The eyes must be fitted with “eye caps” to hold them closed. Makeup is applied to the face. And while family members are called upon to supply the clothing, they don’t normally dress the body.

For obvious reasons, in most circumstances, families leave the cleaning, draining and dressing to the professionals, and are required to do so by certain states.

But there are some hardy do-it-yourselfers for whom such a task might be an experiential adventure. They step out of their normal milieu, perform tasks for which they aren’t qualified, then mount the podium to tell others all about it. George Plimpton, for instance. Remember him?

The bullets. Erica doesn’t tell us how many bullets riddled her mother’s body. Yet, if the murder happened as has been alleged, surely she knows this fact. It seems odd that, to our knowledge, this detail has never been disclosed by someone so personally invested in the authenticity of the Sandy Hook event and the issue of gun control.

On the day of the shooting, Dawn Hochsprung herself was reported by the Newtown Bee to have said that the shots fired were “more than she could count,” and went “on and on.” The statement was retracted by the Bee three days later as an error. But the cache date on the article (12-13-12) told a different story. (Click here and here.)

It should be stated that the exact number of bullet wounds are recorded somewhere in the autopsy report; however, in Connecticut, such data are not available to the general public without the written consent of a family member or a court order.

Key questions.

  • Was there a dead body belonging to Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung?
  • If so, was it dressed by her daughter Erica L. Lafferty or not?

If your answer to one or both of these questions is, “No” or “I’m not sure,” then you should pursue the Sandy Hook matter further on your own through as many sources as are available to you. Cinderella’s Broom is the least of these. Here is another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And on and on and on and on it goes, more by now than we can count.


Revisiting a storybook character.

As Sandy Hook records another 12-14-12 memorial event, Cinderella has been opening her scrapbook and examining old pictures and clips. It never hurts to review our history, and, not surprisingly, others are following suit in an effort to understand what really happened that day and in the weeks and months (and years) preceding it.

One photo that appeared in the pages churned out by the mainstream press continues to haunt: Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung dressed as a storybook fairy queen in a high-necked bridal gown while holding a star-tipped wand. The full-length photograph can still be viewed with a Google image search and a little luck. Here it is below:


The photo appears to have been taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School on November 16, 2012, based on a related photo that appears on Mrs. Hochsprung’s Twitter account.

Mrs. Hochsprung’s fairy godmotherish appearance aside, does the photograph serve another purpose? Is it possibly an example of the predictive programming we have witnessed in connection with multiple disastrous events, including Sandy Hook? (Click here for more on that.)

More to the point, is it an example of “revelation of the method,” by which a gangster Cryptocracy mocks the public — revealing its devices before or even after creating a traumatic event? (Click here.)

Let’s examine the elements of the photograph more closely.

The missing head. What struck us as very odd is the way this photo was cropped in the Patch article where it first appeared. For some reason – a mistake? – the editor (Paul Singley*) cropped out Mrs. Hochsprung’s head, as shown in the truncated version below:


{from Patch article, “Sandy Hook Principal: Mother, Educator, Leader, Hero,” Jan. 24, 2013}

Mistake or not, the cropping has created an unfortunate visual pun: the “head” (of the school) is gone.  While we doubt that this was Patch’s intention, one has to acknowledge it. And there’s another possibility: the head was purposely cropped out to focus attention on the book beneath it.

Of course, the missing head photo could mean nothing at all. It’s likely a mistake someone overlooked and it has survived over the years as typos often do. But as readers of this blog know, Cinderella thinks we can learn a lot from people’s mistakes.

A book about a disaster. The star-tipped wand is posed and angled to point toward the title of the book. Given the way Mrs. Hochsprung is dressed, we might expect the storybook to be The Wizard of Oz or some other fable involving a fairy princess. But instead we find the title of a rhyming book popular among very young children: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. More on that title below, but first let’s examine what the book is all about. Amazon provides the following description from Publisher’s Weekly:

“In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: “Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!” All the family members race to help, as one by one the letters recover in amusingly battered fashion.”

“Boom! Boom!” Cinderella doesn’t need to tell her readers why that example of onomatopoiea is relevant to our subject.

Let’s take a look at an excerpt from one of the less enthusiastic customer reviews of Chicka Chick Boom Boom from Amazon’s review page: I think I just don’t get the appeal of this book, or maybe I’m not reading it with the right inflection. People love this book, including our baby sitter. I just don’t. It kinda outlines a disaster type scenario in a lighthearted way, that is really superficial (the coconut tree falls down with all the little children/alphabet letters in it and everyone is a little banged up). But it doesn’t really present this in a way that’s Mr. Roger’s like (“look for the helpers”), it just focuses on how banged up all the kids are.”


26 characters. Twenty-six people were reported to have been gunned down (“Boom!”) at Sandy Hook Elementary by Adam Lanza on 12-14-12. In Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, we have a story in which 26 characters (the letters of the alphabet) fall down and go boom at the base of a tree. It could be taken as prophetic forecasting of another disaster, obviously not by the book’s authors, but by someone or Something. You get my point. Of course, it may mean nothing at all.


{Sandy Hook Promise symbolic “tree” logo: A large hand reaching up to 26 small hands}
All of the above may be nothing more than a string of coincidences, interesting ones that “rhyme” with the Sandy Hook 12-14-12 event. Or they may be the fingerprints of something else, of which predictive programming is but one possibility.
As for the title of the book Mrs. Hochsprung is holding in the photo, it’s a shame that such innocent words now carry the freight of coded sexual innuendo. Of course, there may be no connection whatsoever between such things and the storybook the fairy queen is holding. Cinderella is not making an accusation, merely an observation. There is a difference.

In a normal world, where children are valued and loved – and not exposed to unspeakable acts by depraved adults – discovering the sinister nestled cleverly within the innocent would be a rare occurrence. But that isn’t the world we live in, is it. Unfortunately not.

So we must conclude that there may be something wrong with this picture.


*Paul Singley, the editor credited for the Patch article containing the cropped photo, was a friend of Mrs. Hochsprung’s. See the excerpt below from this article:

“Hochsprung took a personal interest in her employees, so much so that it changed the course of some of their lives. In addition to encouraging her to become a teacher, Hochsprung played matchmaker for Singley, introducing her to journalist Paul Singley, who was at the school covering an event for the local newspaper in November 2005.

The couple married three years later and now have a young daughter.

“She gave me the greatest gift anyone has ever given me,” an emotional Paul Singley, now a senior editor for the online news service Patch.com and an adjunct professor at a local community college, told the hundreds gathered in Naugatuck on Tuesday night. “I look at my daughter and I can’t help think she gave me another great gift in this world.””

In search of Dawn.

Where lie the remains of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, former principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, reported to be slain by Adam Lanza during the Sandy Hook massacre of December 2012?

The answer isn’t found in Mrs. Hochsprung’s obituary, which lists the burial site as “unknown.”

We hit another impasse in a Huff article about Mrs. Hochsprung’s funeral on December 19, 2012. We’re told that it took place at Munson-Lovetere Funeral home in Woodbury, Connecticut, but the funeral and burial were “private.”

That left us with our assignment, one that took us to Broadalbin in Fulton County, New York during two trips earlier this year. Broadalbin is where George and Dawn Hochsprung built their dream home prior to the massacre.

It seemed as good a place to begin as any. As aging Sandy Hook researchers, we were tired of Newtown, Woodbury and the looming haunts of Fairfield Hills. The search supplied impetus for a much-needed change. So off to Broadalbin we went with our hopes, our fears and our suspicions.

The friendly village. The village of Broadalbin is where Dawn Lafferty’s mother, Cheryl, is said to have grown up. It’s small and navigable and mostly on the way to other places. It boasts one very elegant inn, but lacks the mountain views and tourist attractions found farther north.

Our first impression of Broadalbin and its environs was disappointing. Obama economics has bitten down hard on the area, which depends on middle-income vacationers passing through en route to Lake George. “One home, One store for sale” reads a sign on a boarded-up gift shop we passed on one of Fulton County’s many straight, seemingly endless two-lane highways. Dreams are costly here, and die quietly.

Despite the sign that reads “Broadalbin, the friendly village” as you enter town, we met no cheery locals. All seemed busy scratching out a living or en route to destinations that require a full tank of gas. Nearby Saratoga Springs was about to begin its biggest horse race and we imagined the cars that passed us wanted to get there first.



During our visit, Broadalbin was having a village-wide yard sale with items ranging from the sad to the sentimental and serviceable. A walk away from lawns where household goods were being tagged, we found the Masonic Temple of Broadalbin on North Main. You just can’t miss it, and just can’t avoid it either.


Dawn’s former home in Broadalbin is not in the village, however, but on a particularly desirable stretch of Great Sacandaga Lake property. We visited it during the first day of our stay in Broadalbin.

Dream home. The Great Sacandaga Lake is not “remote” as it has been misrepresented to be by the mainstream media in their reports about Dawn and George’s lakeside dream home.

Sacandaga Lake is very much in your face. It’s huge: stretching five miles wide by 29 miles long, it offers 125 miles of shoreline. Compared with most lakes of that size, it’s thinly settled, and that may be because its boating community has a shortened season. The lake is drained in the early fall to feed the Hudson River, transforming the shoreline. Unless you live up on a hill, as George Hochsprung does, you’d have a view problem.

In 2011, George and Dawn Hochsprung, according to the official story, began building their dream home on the hill right next to Mother Cheryl Lafferty’s summer home on the Sacandaga Lake.

For privacy reasons, we will not include any photos of these residences.

Across the street from both houses is the Broadalbin Boat Launch Site, where the Hochsprungs have a private beach and dock, according to this article.

This is a key article, because of what George is purported to have said in it, but also because it links to photos of George Hochsprung strolling along his private lake beach and other somewhat strained photographic proofs of his property ownership and marriage to Dawn (a close-up of his wedding ring, for instance).

We wanted to walk down and see the beach, but the “PRIVATE” signs start near the parking area. Here it is, taken from a safe distance, below. One of the lake islands appears as a Lilliputian refuge from the world.


A dead end? From the same Connecticut Post article comes this quote: “On many days, George walks with Bella [his dog] two miles to the cemetery where Dawn is buried.”

Now, this is odd because, there is only one public cemetery two miles from the lake house: Union Mills Cemetery in Broadalbin. But it doesn’t list Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung among its residents. Click here.

You’ll see, as we did, that Dawn Hochsprung is not listed among the deceased at the Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery.

In fact, Dawn Hochsprung is not listed by any cemetery in the U.S., according to findagrave.com. Once again, see for yourself. Go here and fill in the blanks with Dawn’s full name (Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung), date of birth (1965), date of death (2012), country (US) and any state. No headstone exists for Dawn in this database.

Contradictions from another news source. Equally odd is the fact that this New York Daily News article implies that Dawn was buried in Connecticut, not New York, making it impossible for George and Bella to visit her grave on foot.

In that article appears the famous photo of Dawn’s daughter, Erica Lafferty Smegielski, kissing the top of her mother’s headstone on her wedding day. You can find that image here in the New York Daily News article. Or visit the photographer’s site at Sarah Beck.  For Beck’s article about the photo, go here.

From that same New York Daily News article, we have this: “Lafferty visited the Connecticut cemetery on July 6, hours before she married her fiancé, Christopher Smegielski, at her mother’s lake house in the Adirondacks.”

There it is: “Connecticut cemetery.” While that statement turns out to be 100% incorrect, Cinderella discovered that pictures do not lie as easily as mainstream media reports.

A clue from the photograph. The kiss photograph gave us the only clue we were likely to receive from the mainstream media. In its background you’ll find a chain-link fence bordering a sandpit. By doing a Google map search of Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery on Union Mills Road, we came away with this marvelous screen shot:


{Imagery 2016 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2016  Google }

(The shot has been enlarged and cropped to give you a better view of the chain-link fence and sandy area in the background.)

It appeared that our quarry was in the Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery after all. And one hot, dusty ride later, we were able to confirm it with photos of our own.

Found: One headstone. While paying our respects, we took photos of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung’s remarkable resting place. Besides the chocolate sign, now heavily rusted, the top of which also appeared in the famous kiss photo, the grave is now embellished with various other mementos: a basket of artificial flowers, an urn, a decorative dove, candle holders, metal wings and stars. Note the words from a famous Irish blessing on the front of the headstone: “May the Wind Always be at your back.”   And the other words on the back: “Your light will continue to inspire the human spirit.” It seems odd to this researcher that there is no more personal epitaph noting Dawn as the beloved teacher, devoted mother and wife she was acclaimed to be.


Front of headstone


Back of headstone


Close-up view of chocolate sign

Further confirmation. The caregiver of Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery was happy to share these facts about the grave site of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung:

  • Date of interment: December 20, 2012
  • Specifics on location of the headstone: Section 3, Lot 113, Grave #2
  • Specifics as to nature of interment: Full burial in casket
  • Funeral Home: Halgas Funeral Home, Broadalbin, NY

Note that the funeral home listed here is not the one specified in the Huff article referred to in the intro of this post (Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in Woodbury, CT). We put a call in to Halgas Funeral Home to question this and were told that Mrs. Hochsprung’s body was transferred from Woodbury, Connecticut to Broadalbin, New York after the December 19th funeral at Munson-Lovetere. No further information was obtained from that source.

Still missing: Burial transit permit and death certificate. In New York State, according to public health law 4145, “No person in charge of any premises on which interments, cremations and other disposition of the body of a deceased person are made shall inter or permit the interment or other disposition of any body unless it is accompanied by a burial, cremation or transit permit, as provided in this article.”

A copy of such a permit (and the rules that apply) may be found here.

Likewise, the State of Connecticut has laws governing the transfer of bodies over state lines. From a Word doc titled “Transportation of Bodies of Deceased Persons,” found here:

Sec. 19-49-1: “Transit permits, as required by section 7-69 of the general statutes, shall be secured in duplicate, one copy being designated as a transit permit to be attached to the coffin or casket. Information for transit permits, other than what is contained in the death certificate, shall be supplied to the registrar in writing on forms furnished by the state department of health.”

We put a call in to Broadalbin’s town clerk (518-883-4657) to request a copy of the burial transit permit for Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, deceased in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012 and buried in the Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery on December 20, 2012. The friendly clerk searched the records and called us back. “I’m sorry, but there is no burial permit or death certificate for Dawn Hochsprung,” she said. Her voice reflected her bewilderment.

We explained that Mrs. Hochsprung’s body was transferred from Connecticut to New York prior to interment. “Could that be the reason for the missing documents?” we asked.  “No,” she said. “If she’s buried in Broadalbin, I should have both documents.” She asked us to get in touch with her if we were able to obtain a death certificate.

Cinderella isn’t willing, at this time, to risk her life with Debbie Aurelia Halstead, the town clerk of Newtown, who once denied journalists access to any death certificates for six months. Perhaps you are willing, however, and, if so, be my guest. To request a copy of Mrs. Hochsprung’s death certificate, go here.

You will need to enclose a copy of your driver’s license, a postal money order for $20 and this completed form.

Are Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung’s remains beneath the headstone at the Broadalbin Union Mills Cemetery? Without a full legal exhumation,* one can only speculate.

But at least one person knows it’s possible for someone to fake one’s burial. His name is Donald J. Trump. See his fake headstone here.

Many thanks for going on this journey with us.

*Cinderella wishes to make it absolutely clear that, apart from a legal court-ordered exhumation, digging up a grave post-burial is a criminal act. In no way does this blog suggest that such actions be taken. ~C.

When “mum” was the word: July 19, 2012.

Cinderella was going through an old trunkful of Sandy Hook Elementary school memorabilia and came across this scrap. Mr. Halbig’s recent appearance in a hearing room in Connecticut reminded her, so in we went, rummaging until we found it.

It’s all about an email exchange on July 19, 2012  between Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the former headmistress of Sandy Hook Elementary school, and the school janitor, Kevin Anzellotti. Many of you know about it.

But for the sake of new SH event skeptics, go here to Memory Hole blog for a quick jog.

You’ll find this tete-a-tete:

On the morning of July 19 Hochsprung emails Anzellotti:

“How does this look? [Apparently referring to an attached pdf excluded from the document disclosure.] NOT set in stone! I have to notify teachers after we meet next Thursday, then we can get moving. Of course, they will need to come in and pack… This is going to be really hard!”

That afternoon Anzellotti responds:

“I got it and it is what it is it’sbad [sic] for us but I would not what to [sic] be in your shoes as your telling them but all still have jobs I guess that’s a good thing mums the word [sic]”


We have Mr. Halbig to thank for his diligence in wading through 200+ emails to find this snippet. Unfortunately, the link to the original doc has been broken, but here is what it looked like:

Email with Janitor

I find it helps to review old mail. Cinderella does this after a breakup to discover exactly where things began to fall apart. Of course, in Sandy Hook Elementary School’s case, I think things were beginning to crumble long before this email!

What do you think?