I am mentioned midway through the story:
Zerzan said he was stunned when he first learned from Connecticut-based blogger Reed Coleman that he might have spoken with the mass murderer.
(I emailed John Zerzan last week, shortly after breaking the story in this post)
The NY Daily News article has subsequently been picked up by The Daily Mail, New York Magazine and others (but most omitted any reference to me or this site, so I’m returning the favor).
I also did appreciate that the New York Daily News was able to obtain verification that the call really was from Adam Lanza:
21-year-old Kyle Kromberg, who attended Latin class with Lanza from freshman to junior year at Newtown High School, recognized his voice instantly.
“It’s him,” said Kromberg. “I talked to him every day for about an hour each day from freshman to junior year, so I know his voice. He’s a very soft-spoken kid, but very articulate.”
Kromberg said he and another classmate often made a point of talking to the extremely introverted Lanza, who he recalled would dart out of the classroom as soon as the bell rang.
“As soon as he opened his mouth (in the audio clip), I knew it was him,” said Kromberg. “There’s no voice distinction.”
…backed up by a second source who also knew Adam Lanza:
Another of Lanza’s former high school classmates, who last spoke to the killer back in late 2010, said after hearing the recording that it sounded like Lanza was trying to disguise his voice.
“Yes, I think it’s him,” said the friend, who asked not to be identified. “It does sound like something he would say. But he is talking funny.”
Asked to elaborate, the friend said, “He doesn’t usually talk like that.”
I’d say the most interesting detail, though, is the input from State Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who was responsible for the long-delayed official report that did not include any information about the call:
Danbury State Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who led the official probe of the Dec. 14, 2012 slaughter of 20 first graders and six staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, said investigators were aware Lanza reached out to a radio show.
“Adam Lanza may have called a radio station, but I do not specifically know whether or not that is Adam Lanza” on the audiotape, Sedensky said.
The (probably intentionally) ambiguous wording of Sedensky’s response leaves it unclear if the investigators actually did know Lanza made the call; all it suggests is that they can’t definitively state that he didn’t.
It’s really puzzling why the Anarchy Radio call, or more specific content from the “Smiggles” account, wasn’t included in the report; the investigators knew he posted on Columbine message boards, and knew that he used the Smiggles username at some point (though in a different context). So, did the investigators find the actual posts? If so, did they miss the “Travis the Chimp” thread with the link to the show? Was the information on the hard drive incomplete?
I don’t know any reason to leave out this very relevant information, if they found it. It’s the closest thing to a motive for the crime that was being investigated.
Perhaps they just couldn’t sufficiently verify it. Yet, Zerzan has confirmed that the authorities never contacted him. And admins from the ShockedBeyondBelief board have confirmed the same thing.
Anyway, I forwarded the call, as well as the “Smiggles” posts, to Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission last week; it will be interesting to see if they follow up on this story, given their focus on the shooter’s mental health.