January 16th, 2014
07:33 AM ET

Newtown Shooter Heard on Radio One Year Prior to Rampage?

Take a listen to the video above and see if you can determine if this the voice of Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza.

According to a report in the "New York Daily News," you are hearing Lanza.

The cover-story includes what is purported to be recently uncovered audio recorded a year before the 20-year old committed one of the deadliest mass murders in American history.

The paper spoke to two classmates of Lanza who said it was him.

The audio obtained by the "Daily News" is from an Oregon college radio show, called "Anarchy Radio."

The man the paper identifies as Lanza wanted to discuss the death of a domesticated chimp named Travis with radio host and self-proclaimed anarchist John Zerzan.

In 2009, Travis was shot and killed by a police officer after he brutally mauled a Connecticut woman. The caller who identifies himself as Greg, compares the violent chimp attack with that of a teenage mall shooter in an over seven minute interview.

"Greg" says: "His attacks can be parallel to the attacks the random acts of violence that you see on your show every week, committed by humans which the mainstream also has no explanation for. An actual human, I don't think it would be such a stretch, he very well could be a teenage mall shooter or something like that…."

Zerzan doesn't know who the caller was but remembers the call, saying, "The voice was kind of odd…sort of robotic… and maybe he was trying to disguise his voice or something I don't know."

According to a blogger cited by the "Daily News," Lanza posted under the username "Smiggles", a name Sandy Hook investigators say he may have used in instant messages.

In one 2011 post uncovered by the blogger, "Smiggles" wrote about calling into John Zerzan's radio show.

Criminologist Dr. Casey Jordan says "I think the subtext of what he is saying is that violence is innate and instinctual to humans and really should not be punished because it is their natural basis. That's the message he's trying to get across and the parallel to himself is obvious. He feels possessed by this need, this compulsion to commit violence."

If this audio is Lanza, it might bring insight into the mind of a young man who spent much of his time in his bedroom with windows covered in black trash bags, being preoccupied with violent video games and refusing to speak to his mother before going on a shooting rampage that shattered a nation.

Peter, the father of Adam Lanza, is cooperating with the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and will release any medical records he can about his son.

A month ago, the commission said that it was vital to have access to Adam's mental history.

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December 26th, 2013
08:17 AM ET

Couple Sues Company After They're Fined $3,500 for Review

A Utah couple who was fined $3,500 for writing a negative review of Kleargear.com is now suing the merchant for retaliating against them, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday on the couple's behalf by Public Citizen.

Their story - first reported by CNN's affiliate in Salt Lake City KUTV- started in 2008 when John Palmer bought his wife's Christmas gifts off KlearGear.com. The items never arrived and the Palmers said the transaction was automatically canceled, CNN’s Pamela Brown reports.

After repeated calls to KlearGear.com to find out what happened, Jen Palmer posted a review of the company on RipoffRreport.com saying in part,"There is absolutely no way to get in touch with a physical human being. No extensions work."

More than three years later, the Palmers received an e-mail appearing to be from KlearGear.com stating that they would be fined $3,500 if the negative review posted on RipoffReport.com wasn't taken down within 72 hours.

"It's ridiculous that anyone would turn around and try to extort us like this, especially for doing something as simple as posting a review online," Jen Palmer says.

“But the Palmers apparently signed away that freedom when they agreed to Kleargear.com's non -disparagement clause forbidding them from taking any action that negatively impacts Kleargear.com,” Brown says.

The Palmers tried to take the review down but couldn't and Kleargear apparently reported the $3,500 bill as unpaid to a collections company. Attempts to settle this amicably turned up empty as the couple never heard back from the company.

According to the Palmer's, the company left them with no choice but to file a lawsuit.

“They are asking the court to declare they never owed the $3500 and are seeking compensation to be determined by a jury,” Brown says.

CNN repeatedly tried reaching out to Kleargear's phone number and email on its website but did not hear back.

Kleargear.com did respond via email back in November to CNN affiliate, KUTV,  defending its actions saying, the request for the Palmers to take down their comment was not blackmail, but  “a  diligent effort to help them avoid the fine.”

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October 22nd, 2013
10:55 AM ET

SpongeBob Squarepants Gravesite Controversy

Army Sgt. Kimberly Walker survived two tours of duty in Iraq - only to be killed back home, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Now, eight months later, her family is mourning again because they can't keep two SpongeBob Squarepants memorials at her gravesite.

To say Walker loved the cartoon character may be an understatement.

"Every year, my sister had a SpongeBob birthday party," Walker's twin sister Kara said. "Everything she had was SpongeBob."

Even her curtains and bathroom were decked out with the underwater fry cook's image, her mother told CNN affiliate WLWT.

"The funeral home actually bought the pillow of SpongeBob and we asked if they could put it in her casket," Deborah Walker said.

So the family decided to spend $26,000 on two massive SpongeBob monuments at Walker's gravesite - one in an Army uniform for Walker, and another in a Navy uniform to honor Kara, an IT specialist for the Navy.

Each of the monuments stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs 7,000 pounds.

Before the family ordered the SpongeBob memorials, it got the go-ahead from a cemetery representative, Deborah Walker said.

"They came and said, 'Yeah, we can go ahead and do SpongeBob.' She gave us a statement, we signed a contract, and then they started the design," the mother told WLWT.

The stone SpongeBobs finally arrived on October 10. But less than a day later, Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati said it was going to remove the statues, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.


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