"To me, it is the first concrete, indisputable evidence of the Report being fabricated"
As reported by SandyHookFacts.com:
The email is not only in dispute, it is proven to be modified to the extent that it is nothing but a phoney.
The hoaxer crew posted an email that purported to prove the bucket hat Adam Lanza wore in his attack on Sandy Hook Hoax Elementary School was made after 2013. She alleged she obtained this information from an email from Flexfit that stated the sweatband in the hat was the new sweatband and was not produced until 2013.
The Hoaxers ran with the story without doing a single bit of internet research or fact checking. Soon, Flexfit's Vice President declared in the Hoaxer email was manipulated by the hoaxers, prior to posting it and changing what the employee had said.
The Vice President's email further went on to detail that the new Flexfit sweatband, a band that did not go into production until a "running change in 2014". The one shown in Lanza's photo was manufactured between 2005-2013, and was the old style. A photo of the new headband was provided by Flexfit's VP and makes clear the difference.
|New style sweatband|
|Crime Scene photo: old style sweatband|
This is the first time that we have documented it from the very moment they began their perpetration.
Lets take a close look at the' alleged email and look at online archived web evidence of the sweatband:
First, the text of the email as posted by Bridget , taken from Jim Fetzer's
Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM
Subject: RE: HELLO??
Hello Bridget, Sorry for the delay in responding… I have reached out to my Production Team here and in NY.. And I contacted my factory overseas….to see if I could get some answers regarding: The production cycle – and being able to identify product by label etc… So it has taken some time to go to the appropriate people who might help
In identifying the timeline as to when this was made, who purchased the hat and when we changed our labeling.
Unfortunately – I cannot give you a ‘definitive’ answer, although I can give you a really good idea and bet that I am 98% correct. I would just hate to find out that it could be wrong, so please keep that in mind.
The only photo given – is limited in view, however I am able to blow the photo up and found more markings and numbers that have helped us in our search. Here are the areas of issue:
1. I cannot see if there is a Flexfit ‘Flag’ label (This specific label was only produced and sold on the east coast for a period of time. I can speculate that it was during this time based on the style of the hat, because I have been working here for well over 20 years, but it is not definitive.) This is on the brim, where the crown meets the brim top side.
2. Our inside label has identifying markers as to season/year of production, however the numbers on this hat do not seem to match any that we have produced, which is odd because I have contacted our overseas production department as well, and they also do not use those numbers.
We produce blank inventory such as the bucket cap – and they are shipped to 2 different distribution centers. One on the east coast and another on the west coast…so stock levels are sold and replenished regularly, but we do keep track of the numbers on the hats for inventory and identifying sales.
This style is carried over from year to year with little to no change –as it is a staple item. So we need to keep it consistent as possible for our customers/distributors who purchase it yearly, but I do recognize that this hat was during a year we had been making changes by the lot.
My California distribution center alone – receives on an average 5 to 7… 40 foot containers of various cap styles weekly.
3. We have done 5 updates to this cap within the last 20 years that I have been with the company.
a.) We removed the flag label from the brim – (I mentioned above) approx. 3 years ago. with that being said, that would have been in 2011. This photo was taken in 2012. That does not mean that this person would have not kept on to the hat after the year we removed that label. I would assume most people keep their hats years after their original purchase.
But we would have continued to sell through any product still in the warehouse until it was sold out – so it could have carried over longer than when we actually stopped producing it with the label. I know that they stopped selling this item on the east coast and west coast both around the end of 2012. (not sure on the exact month and day).
b.) We updated the sweat band inside in 2013….but we continued to sell through the previous sweat band until stock levels depleted…However the new sweat band is pictured in this photo you have sent me. This is odd given the information you have given me.
There is an ‘identifying marker’ on this item I can see from the photo you have given – that can tell us when it was made and where it was purchased…However I am still looking into the number listed on the hat, trying to find out who made it (if it was even Felxtfit and find out the purchaser from this number.)
I’m sorry I could not be of more help right now – if you have any further questions please let me know. Until then I will continue to look into this and get back with you as my time allows. Sorry for the delayed response.
I wish you luck with what you’re looking for. I know it meant a lot to you.
Thank you, Best Regards, Leslie
There are several problems with Norris' weak attempt at passing off this fake email.
When the screen shots were posted of the emails she allegedly exchanged, they appeared fake.
All of the emails bear the familiar style formatting known of current Gmail:
"One of these things is not like the other, can you tell me which one it is?"
An enlarged sample of the above shows that the alleged email does at least match the style and formatting of a real Gmail, and she is able to provide header data.
However, Bridget's original post does NOT match Gmail. Neither do Fetzer or Yvonne's versions. An offline created fake? Very likely.
The header not only doesn't match Bridget's previous Gmails, it doesn't match the Gmail style or format; an obvious sign of Bridget's dishonest tactic.
Fraud #2: "Markings & Numbers?"
The alleged email from Flexfit:
"The only photo given – is limited in view, however I am able to blow the photo up and found more markings and numbers that have helped us in our search. Here are the areas of issue"
|Walkey 476 - Crime Scene Photo|
For the purposes of this blog, I retrieved a copy from the report itself, to give us the best possible view of the photo.
Pay close attention to the wording above that Bridget alleged "I am able to blow the photo up and found more markings and numbers"
I don't care how much you blow that photo up, there are only TWO numbers on that photo. "98" and "2", as in "98% Cotton" and "2% P.U. Spandex". Feel free to test it out yourself.
The fact is, there are NO other numbers, strongly indicating this portion of the email was likely completely fabricated.
Fraud #3 More mysterious numbers:
The alleged email from Flexfit:
2. Our inside label has identifying markers as to season/year of production, however the numbers on this hat do not seem to match any that we have produced
The hat is 98% Cotton and 2% Spandex, for years, as attested to by the wayback machine, this archive being from 2011:
Prior to 2011 the Flexfit 5003 bucket hat was archived here, going back to 2009 -
The fabric percentages are the only numbers in the photo indicating fraud because the writer is talking about numbers that quite simply, do not exist. The fabric numbers have not changed since at least 2009, as far as Wayback Machine goes.
Fraud #4 New Sweatband
From alleged email from Flexfit:
b.) We updated the sweat band inside in 2013….but we continued to sell through the previous sweat band until stock levels depleted…However the new sweat band is pictured in this photo you have sent me. This is odd given the information you have given me.According to the VicePresident of Flexfit and according to the website and current inventory listings on numerous websites (include even ebay), the new Flexfit headband is currently being sold and looks quiet different than the one in the crime scene photograph. From Flexfit's website, which matches the email from the Vice President:
One can easily tell the new flexfit sweatband does not have the big writing "Flexfit" on it.
According to the 2013 Catalog, the old one was in use:
That matched the Wayback Machine from August 2013:
which, incidentally, the description of the did not change since wayback archived the website in 2011 (above), matching what the Vice President of Flexfit said in his email.
March 2014 brought the nerw style to the website in March 2014 according to the Wayback Machine:
|New Flexfit sweatband|
http://web.archive.org/web/20140326214204/http://flexfit.com/hats/223/5003-flexfit-cotton-twill-bucket-hatThis matches the current webpage:
Likewise, the new catalog describes the new sweatband and shows a photo (see page 14):
The old style, matching the shooters can be seen here:
Note I archived it for furture reference: https://web.archive.org/web/20140831054418/http://capon.se/hattar/flexfit-buckethat-khaki
Fraud #5 More Mysterious non-existent numbers:
The alleged email from Flexfit:
However I am still looking into the number listed on the hat, trying to find out who made it (if it was even Felxtfit and find out the purchaser from this number.)
Felxtfit? Anyway... WHAT NUMBERS?
There are NO NUMBERS to identify this hat in the photo.
Fraud #6 This isn't the sweatband we are looking for
Attempting Jedi mind tricks after being caught red handed in multiple lies, The hoaxers deftly switch gears because the distinctive new sweatband could never be confused with the old sweatband. To attempt to weasel out of the lies they dug themselves, they are pushing a new and improved slant:
"The band itself is not what we are looking for. It could be the smallest thing like stitch, color, materiel used. etc
The band is not what we are looking for?
But didn't your alleged email clearly state:
We updated the sweat band inside in 2013….but we continued to sell through the previous sweat band until stock levels depleted…However the new sweat band is pictured in this photo you have sent me.Nice attempt to change gears.
The new sweatband patent design was filed by Yupoong August 20,2013. Click Here
A list of all Yupoon patents: Click Here
The evidence of Hoaxer scheme is overwhelming. In fact, there is not a shred of evidence to back up hoaxer claims. We must "take their word for it" and must do so in the face of a mountain of contradictory evidence, a statement by the Vice President of the company, and archived historical web data.