More than 10 months after Adam Lanza massacred 26 students and faculty and committed suicide at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, questions still abound in the midst of conspiracy theories and prolonged speculation. The October 21 edition of The Hartford Courant, which has been following the story closely since the mass murder last December 14, ran an editorial complaining about State Attorney Stephen Sedensky's delay in releasing the full investigative report, originally expected by the end of June. In the meantime, says the Courant, details continue to leak, feeding "the sick conspiracy mill and prolong[ing] the pain."
But the editorial admits Sedensky's stonewall is prompting a host of relevant questions. What have investigators found that prevents publication? Can investigators explain what prompted Adam Lanza's murderous actions?
Along with the delayed report, other circumstances add to general mistrust. Why is the school building being demolished, access to the site closed to the public, and even photos and videos banned? The Courant continues:
Also raising suspicions are the confidentiality agreements that workers at the elementary school are being required to sign. They are tearing down the school to make way for a new one, a move The Courant supports. But pledging workers to secrecy about what they see is excessive and unlikely to succeed. At this rate the school may be razed before the report is out. What if the document raises questions about the building?
Then there is the subject of the 911 calls. On September 30, the Los Angeles Times reported that Sedensky is appealing the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission's order to release the 911 recordings from the school shooting. Sedensky petitions for "sensitivity toward victims' families." Yet the Times notes, "The secrecy is striking in light of the quick release of information — from 911 recordings to pictures and video — in other notorious crimes."
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Photo of officials outside Sandy Hook Elementary school after the shooting on Dec. 14, 2012: AP Images