Gene Rosen, Sandy Hook Hero, called by conspiracy theorists a pedophile and a satanist and say he is lying for the government

 By Meredith Bennett-Smith

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, Conn., 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 upquestioning Rosen’s motives for sharing his story.

YouTube video linked to on shows Rosen speaking into a camera about his ordeal. The video’s title alleges that the crudely edited clips are an “audition” tape, and the description accuses Rosen’s recollections of having “pedo under-tones.” The video has been viewed more than 27,000 times.

A similar clip, which reposts an official interview Rosen gave on CNN, claims that Rosen is a Screen Actors Guild thespian. “The only thing consistent about this clown’s act, is all the fake crying,” the video’s About section reads. “The man has never shed an actual tear in a dozen interviews over the last several days.”

Yahoo News points to a forum post on a conspiracy theory blog calling Rosen a “bad crisis actor,” claiming he changed his story during his various interviews and saying that his testimonies focus on the sound of gunshots for political effect:

Gene’s oft repeated, and changing, story about that day, focuses totally on the kids and the sound of gunshots. Even though his eyes and ears should’ve taken in the whole scene, his story focuses completely on the kids and the guns.Why? Well, if this was a false flag event designed to move political opinion on gun control, here in America, then you would get a lot more bang for your buck by talking about the innocent little children. That’s what tugs on America’s heart strings the most … especially around Christmas time.

“I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children, and it kind of helped me work through this,” Rosen told Salon of his decision to give interviews to the media. “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”


2 responses to “Gene Rosen, Sandy Hook Hero, called by conspiracy theorists a pedophile and a satanist and say he is lying for the government

  1. Gene Rosen is just a single old man with certain mannerisms who lived next to a primary school and kept a lot of children’s dolls and stuffed animals in his house in case of emergency. I am sure anyone could confidently allow this strange sweet old man/ hero to babysit their own children.
    Move along, nothing to see here!

  2. Reminds me of Bradley Manning’s dilemma. The conspiracy theorist want to be and actually perceive themselves to be undercover agents for some entity or the other.

    An excerpt:Jordan Davis, a philosophy student who was one of his few friends in the town, said last night: ‘He would watch GoldenEye over and over and play an 007 video game.

    ‘He was determined to join the Army and become a secret agent. Part of it was that he wanted to experience some kind of excitement, of which there isn’t much in Crescent.

    ‘But another part of it may have been that he wanted people to look up to him, to be a hero and to be in control.

    For this reason they are unable to separate fact from fiction. They are the sick ones. It’s easy to see what they are up to by the screen names they use.

    They try to force others into spying when in reality there’s nothing really going on. They are bored, ignorant, and seeking rewards for their criminal behaviors.

    They call others liars in an attempt to get them to prove something that needs not be proven. They commit crimes in groups and try to force others to prove it.

    These people are sick and they enjoy making others sick, too.

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