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Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony


Photo of Janice Pockett taken shortly before her 1973 disappearance

Friday, July 26, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Janice Pockett’s disappearance and presumed abduction and her family has an invitation for anyone and everyone which they’ve posted on Janice Pockett – missing since July 26, 1973, a Facebook page with over 1, 238 likes.

The town of Tolland, CT is honoring my sister by placing a memorial bench at Cross Farms Recreational Complex, just a short distance from where she disappeared in 1973. A Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday July 26, 2013, the 40th anniversary of her disappearance. Everyone is welcome – please come and help us remember Janice.

Name of Memorial: Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony
Date: Friday, July 26, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cross Farms Recreation Complex Tolland, Connecticut

Janice Pockett was a 7-year-old child from Tolland, Connecticut when she vanished on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 1973. She had caught a butterfly earlier that morning about three-tenths of a mile up the road from her home, and hid it under a rock. She left her home on her green bicycle to retrieve the butterfly but never made it. Her bicycle was found on Rhodes Road near the intersection of Anthony Road but Janice was never found.

Janice was born on October 15, 1965 and would be 47 today. So far there have been no main suspects in her alleged kidnapping and nothing to indicate she was murdered however, almost 4 decades later any hopes for a safe return have dwindled.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Connecticut State Police at (860) 685-8000
You can also email family of Janice Pockett at

Son, 27, desperately searches for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was charged with custodial kidnapping of him and his brother (DailyMail)

A man is desperately searching for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was accused of kidnapping him and his brother amid a custody dispute with her former husband.

Jonathan Wiegand, 27, still sleeps with a picture painted by his mother Linda under his pillow at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut, and said he does not know whether she is alive or dead.

But due to a lack of court resources, the charges against her have been dropped – so Jonathan hopes he will finally see her again.

‘I’m praying to God that she’ll come back now,’ Wiegand told the Hartford Courant. ‘It’s really affected my life. I’ve cried so many nights because of this.’

On the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 - four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been droppedOn the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 – four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been dropped

Linda Wiegand vanished after she was arrested in Las Vegas July 1996 with her two sons, whom she had allegedly kidnapped from their home in Connecticut.

At the time, her ex-husband, Thomas Wilkinson, had custody of Jonathan, who was 10, and his brother Benjamin Wilkinson.

She was charged with custodial interference and the boys were returned to their father. But when he caught day arrived, she never showed up.

Click here for full article published by MailOnline

Two Similar Unsolved Cases of Unidentified Females Found In NY

These two cases are very similar. Both females were discovered in NY, both are Hispanic/Black woman, each with a similar tattoo on their breast, both murdered and unidentified, both with missing body parts when they were discovered. They were found ten years apart.

Victim One:


A small tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast

  • Unidentified Hispanic or Black Female
  • The victim was discovered on March 3, 2007 in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York
  • Estimated Date of Death: Last week of February, 2007
  • State of Remains: Torso and two legs only
  • Estimated age: 35-50 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 6’1″; 180 – 200 lbs.
  • Other: The torso had a stab wound and belonged to a large woman.
  • Clothing: She was wearing gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels.

A female torso inside a suitcase washed ashore at Harbor Island Park in Nassau County, New York on March 3, 2007. About three weeks later, the two legs were found a day apart — on March 21 off Cold Spring Harbor and March 22 off Cove Neck, along Nassau County’s Gold Coast. Each leg had pink toenail polish on some toes. DNA confirmed the legs and torso belonged to the same woman.

Since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, authorities have said it could have come from almost anywhere.

The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word “cinco” and the phrase “begin to live.”

Mamaroneck Police Department are working jointly with Nassau and Suffolk Police


Victim Two:


A tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core was located on her left breast.

  • Unidentified Black / Biracial Female
  • Located on June 28, 1997 in Lakeview, Nassau County, New York.
  • Estimated Date of Death: No more than 3 days
  • Cause of death was homicide
  • Estimated age: 16 – 30 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown
  • Scars/Marks: She had an abdominal scar, possibly from a caesarean section.

On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard.

She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase.

With no leads to the woman’s identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.

NCIC Number: U-037859772
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Detective William Brosnan
Nassau County Police Department

Source: Doe Network

Sandy Hook Hero, Gene Rosen, Now Being Harassed By Conspiracy Theorist Who Believe The Newtown Resident Is Nothing More Then A Fake

It’s been exactly one month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and according to Huffingtonpost,  Gene Rosen (pictured) is now being harassed by conspiracy theorist also known as “truthers”, who believe the alleged hero is nothing more than an actor and pedophile.

 A good Samaritan who harbored six terrified survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre has been singled out by conspiracy theorists accusing him of being a liar and an actor.

On the morning of the shooting, Gene Rosen of Newtown, Connecticut, was feeding his cats when he discovered four terrified children hiding out in his driveway. They told him their teacher was dead, and he listened to their chilling account of the tragedy still going on at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In the aftermath, Rosen, 69, was interviewed by many of the media outlets that descended on the small community, and his anguished face flashed across television screens around the world.

The sincerity of that anguish was questioned by a group of conspiracy theorists who call themselves “truthers,” Salon reported earlier this month. These truthers have so far posted Rosen’s personal information online, created fake social media accounts using his name and harassed him via email and phone.

“I don’t know what to do,” Rosen, a retired psychologist told Salon in a follow-up interview on Tuesday., “There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long. And I sat there with my wife, because they couldn’t take the bodies out that night so the medical examiner could come. And I thought of an expression, that this ‘adds insult to injury,’ but that’s a stupid expression, because this is not an injury, this is an abomination.”

Unfortunately for Rosen, it is an abomination that has gained ground in the weeks since the deadly school shooting. Websites, like, have sprung up questioning Rosen’s motives for sharing his story.

Click here for the full article and video published by Huffingtonpost

Moment of Silence One Week After Sandy Hook Massacre

Overcome: Sarah Baroody, pictured, holds her daughter Sophia's hand and cries while observing a moment of silence as bells rang 26 times in Newtown

Sarah Baroody, pictured, holds her daughter Sophia’s hand and cries while observing a moment of silence as bells rang 26 times in Newtown

Support: Joe Saleem, right, remembers the victims during a minute's silence

Support: Joe Saleem, right, remembers the victims during a minute’s silence

Remembering: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy, centre, stands with others on the steps of Edmond Town Hall during a moment of silence and ringing of church bells at 9:30am

Remembering: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy, centre, stands with others on the steps of Edmond Town Hall during a moment of silence and ringing of church bells at 9:30am

Memorials: A woman visits a roadside memorial before a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village December 21, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut

Memorials: A woman visits a roadside memorial before a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village December 21, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut

Names: A man kneels at a picket fence with the names of shooting victims during a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Names: A man kneels at a picket fence with the names of shooting victims during a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Rescue: Members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue department hug after a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Moment of silence: Members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue department hug after a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

12/21/12 article – 

Americans remember Sandy Hook school shooting victims with a moment of silence a week after massacre that shook the nation

The families of Sandy Hook Victim’s speak out

The children and teachers listed below were all gunned down on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Parents and loved ones reflect on the good memories of those who were taken away so quickly.



Chase Kowalski, 7, standing besides his mother, Becky Kowalski – Chase was gunned down along with his entire 1st grade class  in the Sandy Hook tragedy. His family has set up the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund in honor of their child.

Becky and Steven Kowalski have finally spoken out and recounted the moment they learned that their son was one of the victims – Mother whose 7-year-old son was gunned down at Sandy Hook describes the ‘best day of my life’ when he visited her in a vision two days after the tragedy



Daniel Barden, 7, one of the 20 child victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.

The image of Daniel that comes to mind for neighbor Peter Bernson is a very special, happy glimpse into the life of the first-grader: a laughing, brown-haired boy heading to the bus stop every morning atop his father’s shoulders. The youngest of three children, he was a familiar face at swim practice, among other activities. “This is a warm, loving family,” a co-worker of his mother, Jackie Barden, tells the AP. “The kids were the type of kids parents want their children to be around: warm and wonderful and caring and kind. This is heartbreaking.” Photo: Courtesy of the Family


Little Daniel’s family during an interview several days after the shoot-out. Photo show’s the victim’s big brother and both parents.

“Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation; in all, a constant source of laughter and joy,” a statement from the family reads. “Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. … Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world.”

  • Heroic first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, 27, will also be laid to rest (see link below)

A heart-breaking guard of honor for their little comrade: Fire heroes line funeral of seven-year-old Daniel Barden who dreamed of joining their ranks – but whose life was cut short at Sandy Hook



Photo of Dylan Hockley, Sandy Hook 1st grade victim originally from UK, Dylan’s family moved him to the US two years ago for a ‘better start in life’

A shared anguish: Ian and Nicole Hockley and their elder son Jake at Friday's memorial service for Dylan

Photo of Dylan’s family Ian and Nicole Hockley and their other son Jake at Dylan’s memorial service which was held Friday, exactly one week after the Massacre

A silver butterfly is pinned above Nicole Hockley’s heart on the vibrant purple sweater she wore in honour of Dylan who she called ‘Mister D’. She spoke of her ‘special angel’ who will never get to unwrap the Christmas presents that sit under the family tree.  ‘Dylan brought untold fun and joy into our lives,’ she says with a smile. ‘Something good will come of this. His death will have meaning.’

Dylan, who suffered from autism, died cradled in the arms of his devoted special needs teacher Anne Marie Murphy who was also killed.



Anne M. Greene (6)

Just two months ago, Ana’s family moved to Connecticut from Canada, drawn by the school’s impressive reputation in town. Now, her memory lives on in a song her father, jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene, penned in her namesake, “Ana Grace.” “As we work through this nightmare, we’re reminded how much we’re loved and supported on this earth and by our father in heaven,” Greene told the Ottawa Citizen. “As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you, sweetie girl.” Photo: Family Photo/Rex USA


Photo of Ana’s devastated parents the day they found out their beloved daughter was one of the victims



Victoria Soto (pictured) was laid to rest today – Click here for article

Victoria Soto was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was also a victim but her name did not go down in vain. She will always be remembered as a hero for saving her students from Gunman Adam Lanza.

Victoria hid her students in closets and cupboards. When Lanza walked in she told him her students were at Gym on the other end of the school. Lanza then shot Mrs. Soto and walked off. Leaving her students unharmed.

The heartbreaking photo of Carlee Soto, Victoria Soto’s sibling, frantically trying to get in touch with her sister who was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Articles will say this photo was taken the moment she found out her sister’s fate but that is incorrect. She learned the truth shortly after.

Connecticut Community Copes With Aftermath Of Elementary School Mass Shooting
Right: Donna Soto (mother) Left: Carlee Soto (sister) – the devastated family attended a vigil in Soto’s honor



Jessie Lewis – 6 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 1st Grade

  • Scarlett Lewis, 44, had planned to make a gingerbread house with her son at school that Friday afternoon
  • After a desperate search, she said ‘I just kind of knew. All the other kids were gone; we’re just sitting there’
  • Scarlett Lewis, 44, described her son Jesse as a blessing and a gift
  • Mrs. Lewis raced to a Sandy Hook neighbor after she heard some children were being kept safe there. She was told by Gene Rosen that Jessie wasn’t one of the six children he discovered at the end of his drive-way

The desperate moment mother of Jesse Lewis realized her six-year-old son had been killed in massacre… just hours after he wrote ‘I love you’ on her frosty car door



Emilie Parker (6) 1st grader – Sandy Hook Elementary School

Emilie Parker, the little girl with the blond hair and bright blue eyes, would have been one of the first to comfort her classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School, had a gunman’s bullets not claimed her life, her father said.
“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving support to all the victims because that’s the kind of kid she is,” her father, Robbie Parker said as he fought back tears, telling the world about his “bright, creative and loving” daughter who was one of the 20 young victims in the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
“She always had something kind to say about anybody,” her father said. “We find comfort reflecting on the incredible person Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch.”
Emilie, 6, was helping teach her younger sisters to read and make things, and she was the little girls would go to for comfort, he said.
“They looked up to her,” Parker said.


Emilie’s parents – photo taken moments after finding out their daughter was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Friday night, hours after he learned of his daughter’s death, Parker said he spoke at his church.
“I don’t know how to get through something like this. My wife and I don’t understand how to process all of this,” he said today. “We find strength in our religion and in our faith and in our family. ”
“It’s a horrific tragedy and I want everyone to know our hearts and prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you and I want you to know our family … love and support goes out to you as well.”



The funeral for Charlotte Bacon (6) occurred at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown on December 19, 2012, five days after she was gunned down by Adam Lanza. 

They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, December 14, 2012 after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon’s mother, JoAnn Bacon, relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.

It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte’s older brother, Guy, was also in the school, but was not shot.

JoAnn and Joel Bacon had lived in Newtown for four or five years. At Charlotte’s funeral service, JoAnn spoke of her daughter, telling those who attended that her daughter’s favorite color was pink and she had a love for animals. She went on to describe Charlotte as an exuberant, bubbly child who was willing to argue for the things that appealed to her.

“She said her daughter would say “I want it, I want it. Then it would be `I need it, I need it.’ ” JoAnn said during the service.

Her parents find comfort in knowing their slain daughter is in heaven.



Caroline Previdi (also 6) was a 1st grader just like Charlotte Bacon. She was also laid to rest on Dec. 19, 2012

Caroline, born in 2006, was a lifetime resident of Newtown, CT.  She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, and loved to draw and dance. Her smile brought happiness to everyone she touched.


FrankEndWeeb drew this photo of Caroline Previdi


Another online user posted this sketch of Caroline on a Facebook page. Although I’m not sure who exactly drew it due to the page being expired.



Photo of Noel Pozner (6)

Noah Pozner and his twin sister Arielle celebrated their sixth birthday on November 20, 2012. Less than one month later Noah was gunned down. Arielle however, escaped Sandy Hook unharmed.

Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. He was excited that he got a new Wii for his birthday.

The twins uncle, Alexis Haller told The Associated Press back in December that he was “smart as a whip”, gentle but with a rambunctious streak. He also said that Noah called his sister Arielle his best friend.”They were always playing together, they loved to do things together,” Haller said.

“He was just a really lively, smart kid,” Haller said. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”

Veronique Pozner, Noel’s mother, was at work at Grove Hill Medical Center in New Britain, 38 miles from the Sandy Hook school, administering chemotherapy to cancer patients when a patient got an alert about the Sandy Hook shootings, said Doreen Berube, the office administrator. Pozner, an oncology nurse, came to Berube and said simply, “I’ve got to go.”

When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, “Not as much as I love you, Mom.”


Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung

Dawn L. Hochsprung

Dawn Hochsprung was a step-parent, grandmother and in 2010, became principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was devoted to her family and to the students and teachers at her school.

Hochsprung sprung into action while attending a staff meeting. She heard the shots and didn’t hesitate to find the source of those bullets. Moments after running out of the meeting, bullets were heard over the intercom and might have saved the lives of many others. The others in the meeting barricaded the door after hearing the shots. A few minutes later, Lanza was banging on the door and telling them to open. He fired a shot threw the door and walked off.

”I had only known Dawn for 10 years. I watched how she made my dad so happy. Her big smile and infectious laugh added color and vibrancy to our family. This fall, as I struggled through my own tough time, I grew to value and appreciate her even more — for her constant support, her phone calls and texts when other people in my life remained silent. I feel so thankful that a week before she was killed I sent her a card telling her that. It was open on the counter when I got down to Connecticut on that awful Friday night, carrying both my sleepy 2-year-old daughter and my shock in my arms. I’m thankful that she read it in time.” said Hochsprung’s step daughter, Amy.

Click here to read what Dawn Hochsprung’s daughters have to say about their beloved mother’s death and how they feel about gun control and the laws that go with it.


Below is a list of all the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School


Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Aveille Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6

Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Rachel Davino, 29
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27


Help for victims of Sandy Hook tragedy – Learn how to help the families of victims affected by the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy (CNN)

Sandy Hook Elementary School Nurse Sarah Cox Relives Terror of Newtown, Connecticut Shooting (NYPOST)

Sandy Hook Elementary School nurse Sarah Cox was on the phone with her daughter, Bonnie, when she heard the strange, loud popping noise coming from outside.

“What’s that?” Cox asked.

She was calling to Barbara Halstead, a secretary who worked in the main office at the school’s entrance, which is adjacent to the infirmary.

When Halstead responded she didn’t know, Cox abruptly ended the call with Bonnie and prepared to investigate.

Then she heard Halstead call her name.

“The way she said my name, in a terrified tone of voice, I knew it was bad,” said Cox, a 60-year-old grandmother who has worked at the school for the last 15 years.

TERRIFYING: Sarah Cox, at her home in Newtown yesterday, recalls how the killer entered her office as she hid under her desk.

PICTURED: Sarah Cox, at her home in Newtown yesterday, recalls how the killer entered her office as she hid under her desk.

Cox, known as Sally to friends and co-workers, took no chances.

“I just dove under my computer desk,” she told The Post in an interview at her home in Newtown, a day after Adam Lanza stormed into her school and gunned down 20 children and six staffers.

Within seconds, the popping sounds stopped as quickly as they had started, and Cox held her breath when she heard someone open her office door.

Through the openings of the desk, she saw a pair of legs from the knees down wearing dark clothing and boots.

“I could see by the position of the feet that they were facing my desk,” Cox said, describing her brush with Lanza, 20, who had earlier killed his mother, Nancy, before unleashing his terror on the school.

Cox said he was no more than 20 feet away from her.

“The person was there just a few seconds,” Cox said. “I was frozen in fear.”

Cox crouched paralyzed under her desk.

“He turned around and walked out, and as soon as the door closed I heard more popping,” Cox recalled.





In the main office, Halstead had also been hiding under a desk.

“By the grace of God, there were no children in the office, and in my office,” Cox said.

Halstead then made a dash for the infirmary and dove under Cox’s desk. She grabbed the office phone and immediately called 911.

“Help, we have a shooter,” Halstead said into the phone. “It’s the school. Get help right away.”

Seconds later, the two terrified women ran into the first-aid supply closet to hide.

“I could hear popping and screaming, and it was horrible, knowing I couldn’t do anything,” Cox said.

They remained in the closet for more than an hour.

“We were praying, ‘Please stop, please stop,’ ” she said. “We had hoped that nobody got hurt. That maybe he was just spraying bullets around.”

At 11:15 a.m., they opened the closet door a crack. From her office window, Cox looked out into the courtyard where she saw several men wearing fatigues and toting weapons.

She said she didn’t know whether they were SWAT team members — or the attackers.





Neither Halstead nor Cox had their cellphones with them.

She and Halstead had no idea what was going on, but they could hear helicopters overhead, people on the roof of the school, shouting and yelling. At one point, someone jiggled her office door, but did not call out.

It would be another two hours, at 1:15 p.m., before the two women summoned the courage to open Cox’s office door.

“I just got brave enough to open up the door to a slit,” she said.

That’s when she saw police, who eventually escorted her and Halstead out of the school.

“They didn’t really tell me too much,” Cox said. “When they walked me out of the school, they told me to close my eyes.”

When she learned Lanza’s identity, she could not recall him being a student at the school.

Cox, who takes pride in knowing all of the 580 pupils who attended Sandy Hook Elementary, said she didn’t yet know the names of all of the victims of Friday’s violence.

“I haven’t asked,” she said. “I haven’t wanted to know.”