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By David Petlansky

Yesterday, I put together a few articles about the Boston Marathon bombing.  If you don't know the details about it, just stay under that rock, you are much safer there.

This morning my wife shared a picture with me on Facebook (pictured on left), that I found interesting. The image pretty much delivers information insinuating that the woman in the picture is a fake victim, used in both incidents.

I love a good conspiracy theory and this especially peaked my interests because I followed a few theories around the time of the Sandy Hook shootings regarding actors being used to portray victims.  I'm sure you've seen the news footage of the "mourning" father laughing before going on air and crying.

So, let's see what we can find.

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Googling "Dawn Sandy Hook Donna Boston" brings some pretty hopeful results.  The first hit (Yahoo Answers) serves more as an entertaining look at the general consensus of society:

Aisling asks "Ok..... the sandy hook principle dawn was 'killed', then theres a pic of 'donna' (same picture as dawn) that was at the boston marathon.... sandy hook was fake and was the actor (dawn) really at the marathon? Thanks."

Now, don't let Aisling's phrasing confuse you. He IS actually asking a question there.  According to Yahoo, some of the best answers were:

Kayla Marie respectfully responds "You're not that dumb are you? The picture is just a photo from the news with a photoshopped picture above it. It's the SAME PICTURE. Look at it. All someone did was take that picture and move it to another one. It's the same picture. Do you really think that she wore the same outfit and posed the exact same way twice? People are dumb when they blame the government. If they were doing it they sure would at least use different actors every time.  I've never seen so many dumb people in one place. I mean come on you actually believe a photoshopped picture? At least some people on here aren't that stupid."


Glen Coco Heart TM (pictured above) says "I'm so freaking confused. Was dawn the principal? And Donna the runner?"


And we wonder why we are fucked.  Let's move on.

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Next hit on Google is Snopes, the very popular and recently possibly debunked website focused on debunking.  Right off the bat, in reading their breakdown of different theories surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing (while it is true that most of them seem bat shit crazy), it is apparent that the authors of Snopes do not attempt to shine any kind of positive light on conspiracy theorists.  Here's what they had to say on the subject of "false victims":

"As happened with the Sandy Hook shooting, conspiracy buffs have circulated images claiming that persons associated with the Boston Marathon bombing are not who they claim to be, but rather "actors" or "plants" employed to pull off a staged event. One such image stated that a news photograph showing a bombing victim who suffered a serious leg injury in one of the explosions actually pictured Nick Vogt, a U.S. Army lieutenant who lost both his legs to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in November 2011.  However, the Boston Marathon bombing victim pictured in the upper left-hand quadrant of the image was identified on Facebook as Jeff Bauman Jr., of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, by his father, Jeff Bauman Sr." (see link below)

[http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_23034567/pray-my-son-father-says-chelmsford-man]

As far as the image that brought this topic to my attention, Snopes said:

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"The woman pictured here is the late Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the school principal who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings. So, either: A television news report ran a picture of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung to illustrate a story about the Boston Marathon bombings, a woman who coincidentally looks just like the late Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung managed to conduct a television interview while posing in the exact same position and wearing the exact same clothing as Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung did in a photograph taken many months earlier. Or This is a manipulated image."


Hey, thanks for the clarification, Snopes.  Moving forward.

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According to AP press, the one sure claim that Snopes made was correct:

"FILE - This July 2010 file photo provided by the Newtown Bee shows Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., who was killed in the shooting rampage there on Dec. 14, 2012. Hochsprung and five other teachers and administrators will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal at a White House ceremony on Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Eliza Hallabeck, File) MANDATORY CREDIT: NEWTOWN BEE, ELIZA HALLABECK"
[http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/dawn-lafferty-hochsprung-1]

In looking at a few forums that came after Snopes on my Google search, it became pretty clear to me this is not something credible enough to take time away from more important issues.  It just doesn't have enough proof behind it. There is no original news footage to be found from where the image was captured.  There's just not enough information about it yet.

Going with the idea that the image in question is true, there is one interesting piece of information that I came across that could explain how the principal from Sandy Hook's photo could end up on a news broadcast about the Boston Marathon bombing; why it would be loaded up in the stock images for that particular broadcast. And it kind of makes for an eerie backdrop to the whole occurrence.  The final mile of the Boston Marathon was dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook.
 


Ly
04/17/2013 11:44am

I get mistaken for so many people out there. Now that is said, it seems like the news might had flash a quick photo of the Sandy Hook's victims. That is all to it.

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David Petlansky
04/17/2013 12:43pm

Yes, I agree. It's too soon to be certain of anything but that's definitely the direction I am leaning.

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04/18/2013 4:42am

Bullshit who paid you to write this story..THE ELITE ARE NOT GONNA CONTROL US ANYMORE

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David Petlansky
04/18/2013 5:26am

Beatty,
I am not collecting a paycheck from anyone for the material I post on TOTR. Please explain your conclusion and what lead you to it.
Thanks!

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John Orion
06/18/2014 6:25pm

Way to go Betty! This David Petlansky is just another game show host like Alex Jones or something like that. The druggie just released another creepy piece of shit video dealing with paranoia and major BS. It's called Black Matter Bullshit. Nobody Cares about you anymore David, Go away!!

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ashley
04/18/2013 12:49pm

You do realize that your quote from the AP is from some date before Feb 15th, 2 months before the bombing...
"Dawn.. WILL BE posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal at a White House ceremony on Feb. 15, 2013."

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David Petlansky
04/18/2013 12:57pm

That is correct. The only purpose of the photo and AP quote was to prove the identity of the woman in the photo. It wasn't a concern to me WHEN she was Dawn, as I assumed that once you are someone, you are always that someone.

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Dan
04/24/2013 12:58pm

Nowhere except in conspiracy theorists minds does it say that the same woman was at both events. Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung was killed in the CT shooting. She didn't come back from the dead and pretend to be at the Boston Bombing. Donna Page is now the interim principal at Sandy Hook was with a group of people from Sandy Hook at the 26th mile in honor of the Sandy Hook victims, including Dawn. The current, alive, totally different person principal Donna was interviewed on TV about the bombing, and when she talked about the memory of Dawn and her picture was shown.

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Bob
06/23/2014 2:25pm

Thank you so for being so intelligent.

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Joe6Pack
04/27/2013 1:46pm

One thing is for sure, we can rely on government to be truthful.

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thomas
02/03/2014 8:55am

You are an idiot my good friend jeff has no legs friend him on Facebook and see for yourself you moron

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thomas
02/03/2014 8:56am

Its people like you who make up lies and circulate it my friend jeff was a real victim he was no marine. People with no lives

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David Petlansky
02/03/2014 5:42pm

Did you read the story, Thomas?

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Queen
09/28/2014 2:05pm

Look on the FBI list for deaths in that area in that time and it said it was none

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leah
10/11/2014 6:03pm

Nothing can be taken at face value

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