Conpiracy theorists claim that the Sandy Hook shooting was faked, and that the victims do not appear in the Social Security Death Index: http://chemtrailsplanet.net/2014/02...how-no-deaths-in-alleged-sandy-hook-massacre/ The problem with this theory is that if you try to repeat it, then the victims all show up. You can try it yourself here: https://www.dobsearch.com/death-records/ Just put in a name, and the year 2012, and you'll get the result. And rather oddly, the originator of this story also got these results, and yet for some reason they claimed they were fake. So where did they get their actual non-results? They use the text "The originating website uses a purchased copy of the Social Security Death Master File, updated through 1 January 2014, which is public information." That makes it look like they purchased the $1800 file themselves, but they didn't. They used a very non-professional looking site called "sortedbyname.com" http://sortedbyname.com/ Which you navigate manually by clicking on the letters of a person's name - this is about as far from a search of the original SSDMF as you can get, but you eventually get to a page like this: http://sortedbyname.com/pages/b100205.html And as was noted, there's no 2012 death on that page, even though one of the victims (Dawn Hochsprung, the school principal) should show up there. This is taken as proof that that victim is not in the database. In fact, it seems more like evidence that the database is only complete up to 2011. If you look on that page, there are 13 deaths in 2011, 3 in 2010, 5 in 2009, 7 in 2008, etc. But none in 2012. And none in 2012 on any of the other pages either. This can be verified by a Google search comparing dec 2011 results with dec 2012 40,400 vs. 3,790 - less than 10%. Clearly this is a very incomplete database. So basically all the evidence here is that they could not find the victims on one particular site, which was not up to date, but they are listed on more up-to-date sites. But the actual proof that this theory is wrong comes from a REAL manual examination of the death master file. You can actually download a May 2013 version of the database from: https://archive.org/details/DeathMasterFile There are three very large .zip files, Dawn Hochsprung is listed in the first one, on line 4,769,329 with a date of death 12-14-2012. These are the raw files that sites like ancestry.com and even sortedbyname.com use to generate their databases. In fact, the raw copy of the death master file actually comes from ssdmf.info, which is a sister site of sortedbyname.com, both sites (and the raw file) being on the same server: Code: PING sortedbyname.com (188.8.131.52) PING ssdmf.info (184.108.40.206) This is the original source, and this story is debunked.