Newtown truthers (conspiracy theorists who posit the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax perpetrated by a shadowy government cabal for unknown reasons) have been bleating their tales of intrigue across the web, alleging a team of “crisis actors” including Gene Rosen are responsible in part for the alleged “coverup” in the massacre.
Almost immediately after the incident, the Newtown conspiracy allegations began, with many of the web’s most paranoid citizens joining the Sandy Hook truther movement and making weighty allegations — such as the one about Newtown parents faking grief because they displayed a range of emotions in the aftermath of the intense shock of the murders. (We have explored the Newtown conspiracy movement in previous posts about the controversy overall as well as the Batman related “theories” that mention Sandy Hook.)
Now Gene Rosen, the Newtown resident who took six terrified children into their home, fed them cookies and juice, and cried for what he witnessed, has been victimized by many of the Newtown conspiracy theorists — enduring harassment detailed in a piece on Salon as the Sandy Hook truthers gain momentum on the web.
Reading of Gene Rosen’s plight after Newtown is certainly depressing — the article quotes the 69-year-old as he describes how photos of his home have been posted online, impostors have attempted to malign him on social networks, and anti-semites on white supremacy boards have mocked the “emotional Jewish guy.” An email quoted in the piece masqueraded as business-related but then went on to allege:
“How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”
Rosen, who himself is probably dealing with the traumatic aftermath of not only the shooting but discovering six shell-shocked first-graders in his driveway, explains:
“I don’t know what to do … I’m getting hang up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?'”