(WSVN) - The term “fake news” has exploded into a national conversation about separating fact from fiction. But for one South Florida father, online lies and conspiracy theories are a very real reminder of his son’s murder, and he’s fighting back. 7’s Brian Entin has our special assignment report “Cruel Intentions.”
On Dec. 14, 2012, Lenny Pozner dropped his three kids off at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Only two survived the day.
Lenny Pozner: “The footprint of the shooter was right next to all three of my children.”
Noah was the youngest of 20 first-graders and six adults killed in the massacre.
Lenny Pozner: “He loved to tell jokes, he loved his family, he loved to laugh. He loved being a 6-year-old.”
Lenny moved to South Florida after his son’s death. We’re using old pictures of him.
He asked we not show his face today. That’s because in the years since the tragedy, he says he has been harassed, even threatened by people who believe that the horror at Sandy Hook never happened.
Voicemail from woman: “You’re going to die. You’re going to rot in hell. Death is coming to you real soon, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Lucy Richards was one of those who believed the mass shooting was a hoax — say federal prosecutors.
The Tampa woman was indicted in December, charged with sending Lenny death threats.
She has pleaded not guilty.
The voicemails Lenny says he received are disturbing.
Voicemail from woman: “Did you hide your imaginary son in an attic? Are you still [expletive] him? You [expletive] Jew bastard.”
Sandy Hook hoax videos have been viewed millions of times online.
The details vary, but some involve claims nobody really died or the shooting was staged by the government to impose stricter gun laws.
They say grieving family members like Lenny are paid actors.
Lenny Pozner: “‘You guys are fake,’ or ‘your child didn’t die,’ ‘we know the truth’, things like that. They consider me a villain. There’s no compassion.”