Brookfield Man Implored Police To Consider 'Gas Pipeline Syndrome' In Lanza Investigation

A little over two years before 12/14, Brookfield resident Steve Kohlhase was in Newtown, within relatively close proximity to the Yogananda Street neighborhood, including the residence where Adam Lanza was beginning to exhibit increasingly concerning behavioral changes.

Cryptically, just 48 hours before the then highly reclusive 20-year-old murdered his mother who lay sleeping in that residence, and drove a few miles to his former elementary school to perpetrate one of the worst mass shootings in American history, that same Brookfield resident was dispatching an agitated e-mail to federal energy regulators concerning the same issue that brought him to Newtown two years earlier.

Among the more than 7,000 images, audio files, videos and documents released by Connecticut State Police on Friday is a nondescript subfile marked "0030290." It contains three multi-page documents that have received little or no attention compared to reams of investigatory data from the 12/14 crime scenes, incident responders, witness testimonies, and about the shooter himself.

The "0030290" file also contains a letter from Mr Kohlhase, sent to State Police investigators about six weeks after the shooting, reflecting his conviction that a low frequency audio phenomenon he believes is generated by a nearby high volume gas pipeline, could have had something to do with the behavior the shooter was exhibiting in the months, days and hours leading up to that devastating event.

While law enforcement officials at numerous local, state and federal agencies fielded calls and correspondence from countless conspiracy theorists in the days following 12/14, the information provided by Mr Kohlhase surfaced as one of, or the only item of collateral observation deemed appropriate for inclusion in the final state police reporting. 

In his February 5, 2013 letter to police investigators, Mr Kohlhase writes in part: "For over 3 years western Connecticut has been inundated with a bewildering low frequency noise and vibration problem that most are unaware of and certainly being over looked by many. Besides my own personal issues with it, my wide encompassing research to bring attention to the problem suggests far greater reaching consequences than just annoyance."

He said the problem is "caused by Infrasonic Low Frequency Noise (ILFN) sound waves creating various conditions inside dwellings that at times make those sensitized to it become distressed, both mentally and physically." A source in Mr Kohlhase's reference material also refers to the condition as "Gas Pipeline Syndrome."

Mr Mr Kohlhase said the problem is known as "The Hum," and his research validates it occurrence in Connecticut as well as locations throughout the nation.

"I started sensing it in late 2009 and documented a growing number of others as well in CT and the nation," he continued. "I need to bring to your attention data from Lanza's neighborhood I collected in that area on September 24, 2010 used to understand the extent of where the hum is occurring."

Mr Kohlhase included this data in an information package to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on December 12, 2010. Additionally, he notified FERC by email on December 6 and 12, 2012, of increases of horrendous low frequency hum for the days prior to the tragedy.

"The location and intensities I observed in that neighborhood as well as certain actions of Adam Lanza brought out in the media raise concerns that researchers have greater unappreciated the disastrous effects of long term exposure to these type conditions on fragile people," Mr Kohlhase continued.

He told investigators that the low frequency hum is occurring throughout the nation.

"It is an understudied, rapidly worsening environmental stressor," Mr Kohlhase wrote. "The focus of my work throughout western Connecticut are the Right of Ways of buried high pressure natural gas lines, of which one of those is less than 1,500 feet from Lanza's home where a pipeline 'loop' was added prior to the manifestation of the hum."

The completion of the new pipeline loop was the reason Mr Kohlhase visited the neighborhood in 2010. On January 20, 2013 he said he revisited the area and reaffirmed the sound waves throughout the surrounding neighborhood.

"It is typical that only one individual in a house hold is severely affected, with many neighbors saying they aren't aware of it," he continued. "Sensitized people mostly perceive it in the same way, as an idling diesel engine, some as a high pitch bizz (sic) mimicking tinnitus."

Mr Kohlhase said other symptoms are uncomforting ear pressure, tingly floor vibrations and health issues commonly claimed as chronic fatigue syndrome bad enough to affect fragile people. He said "99 percent of the time the hum cannot be sensed outside of a building making this a very elusive problem to solve.

"It can be heard inside a parked car though," Mr Kohlhase stated. "At times the conditions are so right and so intense to cause surface puddles to vibrate and pool water to vibrate or induce standing waves like an earthquake."

Mr Kohlhase said his concerns had been communicated over and over asking for assistance in multiple filings to FERC and most recently in a number of filings in October and November 2012.

He told investigators that "remembering after the tragedy my visit there in September 2010, I realized data may be important to the investigation team for something they may not be considering":

*One can see the hum was occurring in that neighborhood for over 2 years prior to the tragedy on December 14, 2012.

*One can also see the week before December 14 the hum intensity was horrendous in Brookfield which is indicative of Lanza’s neighborhood.

*One can see the home's location is close to one of the studied gas system lines.

*One can also see it is still active in our neighborhoods.

He closes saying: "The effects of it on Lanza need further investigation in this case by professionals in many fields. This entire field dealing with excessive exposure to this 'Hum' is only being appreciated by a few, and lacks a concerted effort by medical, behavioral, environmental, psycho acoustic, etc. professionals.

Mr Kohlhase adds that, "This unfortunate tragedy needs to be the tipping point to get attention to this matter. I believe contacting the State Police before others the most appropriate way to deal with this. I implore investigators to seriously consider this by engaging subject matter experts."

An accompanying 40-page reference document contains dozens of charts, maps and related documentation Mr Kohlhase asks to be included in the evidence file. There is no direct response to, or any documentation within the "0030290" file that shows police either contacted the Brookfield resident, or considered his information among their concluding narrative, except to include it within the documents released December 27.


The Hum DOES need to be investigated

I agree with "Set the controls" who wrote that Mr. Kohlhase deserves "his day in court." All of the information he gathered needs to be investigated by FERC and any other experts who can shed some light on rectifying the problem of the hum being caused by natural gas lines. The hum is not a nonexistent noise. It truly does exist and can make the life of the unfortunate sensitized person who can hear it a living hell.

I am one of those sensitized people who lives with the hum caused by high pressure gas lines.

What is it like to live with the hum? It is to have your life changed completely by all the things you are now experiencing. It is never knowing any quiet, never being able to relax in your own home. Some of the sounds are less intrusive than others. Some are overwhelming, making it hard to concentrate, making it feel like everything is harder to do. You have to sleep with noise, sometimes very loud noise. You listen to either a motor that is running all the time, a train that never ends, pounding like someone beating on a 50 gallon drum, and worst of all a loud hum, humming its way through your entire day, sometimes so loud that you don't know if you can take another minute of it. Sometimes there are feelings of pressure on your ears, a very uncomfortable feeling that you can't ignore. You try to find other things that you can listen to in order to mask the hum, but in the end, you are just giving yourself another noise to listen to. So there is never any "peace and quiet". Your floors vibrate, you sit in a chair and it vibrates, and you wonder how long your house can go on vibrating like this before it causes some kind of damage. Every so often there is a brief relief period, and for a few days, you feel so happy, so good, so energetic, and ready to conquer any task that needs to be done. You feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Then, just when you start to get used to this wonderful feeling, the hum returns and you go back to your hell on earth again.

It is my sincere hope that FERC and all the elected officials who have been asked to help with this problem would honor the requests of those of us who do hear and feel it. The whole subject of the hum from the high pressure gas lines has to stop being disregarded and pushed aside as something that is unimportant. It needs to be given serious attention because something is very wrong. It needs to be investigated and corrections need to be made so that natural gas flowing through pipelines won't shake peoples homes, be disruptive to their lives and possibly be causing numerous other problems.

Pure science or not...

If a phenomenon is upending a person's lifestyle to the extent that he educates himself extensively, badgers state and federal officials for years, and investigates the phenomenon far afield, beyond his own back yard, then he is entitled to his day in court, so to speak. The brusque and dismissive tones of the pipeline companies and the foot-dragging of the FERC officials were breathtaking. It makes one wonder how many other places in the world have experienced this "pipeline syndrome." That Lanza apparently spent a lot of time in his basement, where one is much more apt to experience ground-based vibrations and low-frequency noise disturbances, since those things travel through the ground.

Pure conjecture with no science behind it

This article is not even interesting to read. It seems to be one man's unscientific conjecture on an unproven, fantastical idea. To believe that a non existent noise could cause violent mental illness is absolute stupidity. No credible research has been conducted by anyone other an the one man who wrote to the state police. No conclusions can be drawn from something that is not even proven to exist, second, even of this bizarre hum did exist, no research exists to correlate it to any illness, let alone a specific undiagnosed or broad spectrum mental illness that Lanza apparently suffered from. Third, if it could be concluded that the hum caused this rampage, why don't the other apparent thousands of people who live close to or on top of the hum also act out in the same manner?

Complete garbage.

Dear "Slapped"

Kohlhase's research was so "unproved" and "fanatical" that they included it in the file... interesting.... Not that I believe that this would be the cause of anyone necessarily killing anyone else, other than the CEO of the company that installed the pipeline.... (that's a joke since you don't appear to have the degree of sophistication to interpret humor.)
"Slapped," perhaps you have been SO institutionalized and brainwashed that you are unable to discern that human beings have different degrees of sensitivity for a plethora of reasons. What a shame.

It wouldn't have to be the

It wouldn't have to be the sole cause--it could simply be a contributing cause. Certainly it's reasonable to explore any potential contributing factor to violence; if it doesn't prove out, that will also be important information. Aside from mental health issues, there has also been a suggestion made that the hum starts up, or grows louder, just before a pipeline rupture. For a number of reasons, then, the hum should be analyzed. Iroquis Gas has acknowledged the hum is real.

A trove of new information...

This is an amazing revelation of data that the writer has compiled that needs
to be further examined. His story is reminiscent to that of the power line
argument that increases cancer occurrences in residents living within close
proximity of transfer stations.

The material can be a little confusing to navigate if you are unfamiliar with
this kind of phenomenon, however you will find that the facts in this
previously unreleased information show that this data collector reported this
information to authorities regarding the location of addresses in the Lanza
neighborhood two years prior and up two days before the SHES shootings.
Insomuch as this information will never grant emotional clemency to the
families of the angels that left us that day, it should promote further
investigation into the association between infrasonic low frequency
noise/vibrations (ILFN) and those living with mental illness.

The writer of the ILFN paper proposes a couple of theories that are directly
related to low frequency noise and Gas Pipeline Syndrome. First, he suggests
that there may be a relationship between ILFN and people considered to have
"sensitized" conditions (such as Lanza) to perpetuate "far greater reaching
consequences than just annoyance". Secondly, he adds that the murder rates
along these ILFN fault lines (gas lines) are greater than those further away
from them. There is little data in his report to suggest any support for the
latter, however his data suggests this is an important area for further

I have to say that when I read this report on newtownbee.com, I couldn't help
but to take a walk to digest what I had just read. The SHES shootings was the
culmination of a perfect storm of conditions, a storm that had several fronts.
On the one hand, we had a young man with a condition that worsened over the
last six or seven years to the point where he stopped all communication and
lived in seclusion. Next, we have a father and a mother who had very little
involvement in seeking treatment for their son's condition and denied him
access to medication and instead fed his desire for firearms and violent video
games. Next, already with no friends, we have a brother who had stopped
communicating with Adam when he went off to college, complicating an already
manifested antisocial behavior within. So now we have a man who has a grandeur
and fascinations of inflicting harm on young children (as previously discovered when
in the fifth grade) coupled with extreme anxiety and obsessive compulsivity armed
with both an arsenal of large capacity semi-automatic firearms and psychotic thoughts
of fulfilling a life-long fantasy. The school was ill-equipped to discourage a barrage of
gunfire through glass windows which allowed access to the locked facility. Once inside,
the rampage carried out was complicated by poor communications between first
responders creating initial confusion and a staff not prepared to face an assault of
military proportions.

The ILFN report adds an important component to the discussion, but will never
solely be responsible for (if any relationship exists) Adam's choices. The
familial circle failed him and he was allowed the opportunity to manifest his
desires without the knowledge of any person close with him. The studies proposed
in the ILFN paper suggest that there be some connection between the two
phenomenon and it would be an injustice to the families not to investigate these
findings further.

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