Kelley Watt, under the username “gr8mom,” sends harassing messages to families of shooting victims.
She says she believes mass shootings are false-flag attacks and that she’s “proud” of her actions.
Watt’s claims were featured in the book “Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth.”
“Prove to the world you’ve lost your son,” Kelley Watt wrote under the username “gr8mom” to Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old, Noah, was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.
A suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma, grandmother of two, Watt has spent the greater part of the past decade “researching” mass shootings — which she says she considers false-flag operations intended to push gun-control legislation through the US government, despite the fact that no significant legislation has been passed in response to such shootings.
Her “research” involves sending harassing messages to surviving family members of people who have died in mass shootings, including the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first-grade students and six adults dead.
“I just had a strong sense that this didn’t happen,” she said in an interview with Elizabeth Williamson. “Too many of those parents just rub me the wrong way.”
Watt shared her story with Williamson for the recently released book, “Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth,” and told the author she was “proud” of what she had done and continued to do.
She said she spent hours trying to prove her baseless claims about Sandy Hook. Some of her theories are: The photos of the shooter’s bedroom were too barren to have a teenager living in it, Chris and Lynn McDonnell — whose 7-year-old, Grace, was killed in the shooting — didn’t cry enough for parents who had just lost a daughter, and other parents were “too old to have kids that age.”
But nothing, not even proof that she’s wrong, has dissuaded Watt from her theories, which are in line with those pushed by the likes of the “InfoWars” host Alex Jones — who was found liable in at least four defamation cases for spreading lies that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.
For example, Watt spent several years trying to prove that no company had been contracted to clean the elementary-school crime scene. When presented with the name of the business and police report, Watt was momentarily silent before casting further doubt on the evidence.
“I haven’t seen that document,” Watt said. “But where are the receipts?”
Moving the goalposts of an argument in this way is a common tactic among conspiracy theorists, who are often driven by feelings of superiority and specialness and think they know something other people don’t.
Watt’s daughter, Madison, said she didn’t have much hope for changing her mother’s mind. Watt’s promotion of conspiracy theories has led, at least in part, to the dissolution of Watt’s marriage and contributed to tense relationships with her children. The stakes of acknowledging that she is wrong after she has lost so much are too great, her daughter said.
“There’s a great deal of narcissism in this idea that ‘everyone’s got it wrong and we’re in this select group of people that knows.’ It would explode her own persona to allow any doubt to come in,” Madison said of her mother’s progressively extreme theories.
“Her whole identity has been built on this for so many years,” Madison added. “She’s invested so much.”
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