• Fairfield Hills,  Matthew Hunt,  Military ops,  Sandy Hook,  Secret tunnels

    In and around and beneath Fairfield Hills.

      Like Charles Dickens’s Court of Chancery in “Bleak House,” there are some places haunted by a taint of corruption, death and mystery so strong it reeks, no matter how much they’re sprayed with Lysol and presented to the public as prime real estate. A figurative fog surrounds them, obscuring what might be going on within, above, and, in the worst case scenario, beneath. Newtown, Connecticut’s Fairfield Hills is one of these. Obviously, “beneath” in the foregoing sentence refers to the tunnels of which, by now, nearly everyone is aware, unless you’ve been living in a bunker yourself for the past decade. Opened in 1931 as a psychiatric facility and…

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    The Sorcerer of Wry ~ Part 3.

    Cinderella encourages readers to visit “The Sorcerer of Wry ~ Part 1” and subsequent parts before reading this installment. As with the foregoing,  all characters in Part 3 are fictitious; any resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental. The same goes for the fictional towns. They are mere figments of a scary fairy tale. § The fake wedding, the faux charity and preparations for multiple polyester deaths Sarastro and his minions adored coronations, pomp and ritual. Of all forms of self-aggrandizement and self-congratulation, none was more popular than the funeral. You might think of the Temple of Grandiosity as a death cult with party favors. And the favors were all…

  • Fairfield Hills,  Matthew Hunt,  Sandy Hook

    Beyond mortar and marble.

    “What story belonged to this disaster? What loss, besides mortar and marble and wood-work had followed upon it? Had life been wrecked as well as property? If so, whose? Dreadful question: there was no one here to answer it — not even dumb sign, mute token.”– JANE EYRE, Chapter XXXVI, by Charlotte Bronte § Architecture is one of  Connecticut’s few free cultural experiences. A dwindling number can afford to buy their own estates, but anyone can afford to look at one, comment and take pictures. Unless you lack imagination, it’s impossible not to be intrigued by the architecture at the 770-acre, 16-building Fairfield Hills complex, the remains of a former…

  • Illusions/Delusions,  Sandy Hook,  Sandy Hook school building timeline

    “Special.”

    What is it about the Sandy Hook Elementary School and special education? Cinderella sees no reason to mince words on this subject. After Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung began her short term as principal of the school, Sandy Hook Elementary became increasingly “special” in the teachers it hired and the classrooms it harbored. Why? Was there a larger percentage of needy learners among Sandy Hook students than among peers in other Newtown elementary schools? Were they slower readers, slower speakers, more intellectually or behaviorally challenged? Were they more likely to need physical therapy and psychological services? If so, why should this be the case? And, if this was the case, what were…