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Happy Independence Day! Everyday.

No Flag-waving, Sunshine Patriotism. It’s all Phony. We are Celebrating Truth, Instead.

Our gift to our readers, followers, and supporters on this Independence Day. From the movie Idiocracy (2006), President Camacho’s State of the Union address:


Editor’s Note: Idiocracy is a 2006 American science fiction satire/comedy film. The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military human hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where anti-intellectualism and commercialism have run rampant, and which is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights. The main character, Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for the top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive. Many in the media and commentators call the film a “documentary” rather than a comedy, and discuss how the theme of the film is actually coming true!


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And speaking of misinformation, Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. The actual resolution of independence was made on July 2, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress in a closed session. So why July 4th? The declaration resolution was publicized on July 4, 1776. In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration. But it wasn’t until 1870 that the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and only in 1938 did Congress change Independence Day to a paid federal holiday; in 1941 the day was expanded to become a “national” holiday. (5 U.S.C. § 6103). (Source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th, last accessed on July 3, 2019)

That’s the kind of Independence we at Smalbany wish each and every one of our contributors, followers, readers, and supporters. We wish you all a Smalbany Independence Day, every day!

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The Editor Chimes in on Riley’s Song: What have you become, America?

The Editor Responds: What have you become, America?

This is what we’ve become, fellow Americans. It’s nothing to be proud of unless you’re some sort of pervert[1], which most of you are; you like watching without revealing yourselves or speaking up. You like lurking and thinking no one knows your’re there. You like fake names, fake profiles, fake pictures. You like Facebook and fake friends. You like online porn and … well, I’ll stop there. Am I right? Well, now that we can agree on a starting point, here’s where you can give some thought to what you have become —
and whether there’s anything left worth redeeming.

  • On September 12, 2018, 1,464 people read the articlesRiley’s Song: Verse Two” and “Riley’s Mom Responds: A mother’s perspective.”
  • Since we posted “We are Reopening the Case” on September 7, 2018, to September, 13, 2018, we averaged almost 500 new readers a day with an average of almost 600 page views a day.
  • In the period from “We are Reopening the Case” (September 7, 2018) to “Riley’s Mom Responds: A mother’s perspective” (September 12, 2018) we had almost 5,000 new readers on Smalbany Blog.
  • We received a total of 18 comments of which 9 were from cranks with negative comments and 9 were from persons supporting Smalbany’s work on this one investigation.
  • Of the total of 18 comments, 6 were from a sicko calling him/herself “Smalbany is full of crap” using an email “smalbanyisfullofcrap@gmail.com.”  2 were from a weirdo calling him/herself “Douche” and using an email “dickhead@gmail.com ; ”  both of these dingleberries were trying to get a moment of cheap fame in their low lives by stealing from the real issue. The remaining negatives included 1 from a friend of Hagen’s (you can imagine what that one had to say).
  • The remaining 9 were from supporters: 1 from a close friend of Riley (JH), 5 from someone close to Riley, and a touching comment from Riley’s mom (which we published with her permission at “Riley’s Mom Responds: A Mother’s Perspective”). Two others were from a reader/commenter calling him/herself “Tompkins” and more concerned with the name of the road than with the subject matter of the article, and one kind “Keep up the good work” comment.

Do the math: That’s 0.0036% or 4/1000 or 1/250 meaning that only 1 out of every 250 readers got off their ass to make a comment one way or the other. As for the positive comments versus the negative comments, they were evenly divided 9:9. But only 0.0018 or 2/1000 or 1/500 = 1 out of every 500 readers left a comment pro or con.

We can’t believe that so many readers could have been so callous as not to even have left a condolence message for the family, or at least to have insulted Smalbany. Stated another way, we are at a loss that so few of the readers had the courage to have an opinion and share it!

We have to look at these figures and wonder whether Americans have become so dehumanized and so insensitive as not to have given a second thought to a terrible tragedy and a terrible injustice. Yes, readers, this is not only a terrible tragedy, the death of a young man just beginning his life, and a terrible tragedy for his family and friends, it’s a terrible stain on what we so facilely call a country of laws, a God-fearing people, a country founded on humane values, and a country that cherishes family values.

This tragedy is not just a personal tragedy nor is it a merely family tragedy, it’s a social tragedy, an American tragedy. Your responses tell us and everyone just simply viewing the Smalbany blog that Americans are all talk. This tragedy tells the world — Yes! The WORLD! These three articles have been read by people in Canada, France, Sweden, as far away as the Philippines and Dubai, and even in Texas! — this tragedy broadcasts to the entire world what hypocrites Americans are.

I wanna see the world with you
Come on and take me by the hand
Don’t even worry about it you’ll understand
I wanna see the world with you
The way you go out we follow
What’s better than us?
Better than us?
We don’t wanna to know

Riley’s Song[2]

Riley’s Song is a song about youth, love and future. It reminds us of the beauty of Riley “Jeremiah” Kern’s young life and saddens us that his has been cut short.

But our Riley’s Song is the tragic song of what America has become — or not become. Our Riley’s song is about injustice, incompetence, cronyism, cover-ups, infidelity, irresponsibility, lawlessness, favoritism. Our Riley’s song is about a society that has become so materialistic that it has lost all sense of morality and goodness but is so blind as not to even notice the weeping lesions all over its corrupt body.

Riley’s mom asked a question of one of our contributors just yesterday. It was a question about the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, so we had to pass it on to a theologian/clergyperson for a proper response. The fact that she asked the question had more to do with a completely different thought but sometimes things happen for inexplicable reasons. This is one of those things.

You see, she asked what we thought Jeremiah 22 meant. Jeremiah is one of the major Old Testament (First Covenant) prophets, a prophet who is revered as a major prophet by all three Abrahamic traditions: Christianity, Judaism — Jeremiah is so important that he has been made canon in Judaism—, and Islam. Not only is there a Book of Jeremiah, the Book of Lamentations is generally accepted as having been his work. Jeremiah is also known as the “Weeping Prophet,” because when you read his words describing and mourning the fall, capture and destruction of his beloved Jerusalem, and if you read Lamentations, you will hear Jeremiah’s anguish, and yes, tears, in his words. We even have an English word based on Jeremiah’s writings: “jeremiad,” a sad lamentation.

In his response, the Reverend explains:

Jeremiah sends a warning message:

“Doom to the one who builds palaces but bullies people, who makes a fine house but destroys lives, who cheats their workers and won’t pay them for their work, who says, ‘I’ll build me an elaborate mansion with spacious rooms and fancy windows and rare and expensive woods and the latest in interior decor.’” (Jer 22:13-14)

Woe, doom, to the one who takes wonderful care of themselves at the expense of others. Woe, doom, to the one who provides for their own luxuries or comfortable living at the expense of others who work for almost nothing.

We have become driven to get a good feeling without any effort — to make believe that everything is peachy.  Isn’t it right to try to get a good deal, to go where we can get the best deal for the lowest price? Isn’t it wonderful when we can cheat someone out of something and feel good about it, or get a new friend with a mouse click? We love to fool ourselves. When you get a compliment on that fake profile picture on Facebook, we often enjoy telling the story of what great bargain we are. Why is it, when we get something by cheating or screwing someone, we think we’re a smart? Why is it when we have so many virtual friends we actually think we are loved or liked? Is cheap and deceptive always better?

What if we would take a moment when purchasing an item to ask questions like “Why is this so cheap?” or when we accept a friend me invitation, ask, “I wonder who this person really is?.”

We, as a culture, are so absorbed in our consumption of things and entertainment, and even people that we ignore or forget what the actual cost is to ourselves, our own humanness, the rest of the world.  Think of this example, since we are a country that loves kids so much: Some countries are known to use and abuse child labor more than others, and those countries are big exporters to the USA, and Americans do love to get something cheap but they are less interested in knowing the history of the cheap; in other words, they suspend their condemnation of child abuse for a moment so they can enjoy their cheap.

We, as a society, find it very easy to suspend morality, values, ethics, humanity for cheap. But cheap is receiving the benefits without paying the cost involved.

This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. (Jer 22:3)

I hope that helps you to have at least a starter understanding of this great and sensitive prophet.

Somehow, the young man, Riley, picked up the nickname “Jeremiah,” and used it as his alter ego; it even appears on the cross, the roadside memorial, marking the place where he died. Now isn’t that something to think about?

Think of how this all began: In an article published on August 4, 2018, “Three Articles on New Baltimore Scandals: Pick One or Read All,” just days after Riley’s death, we added just a simple footnote. Just a footnote, asking the question:

Is this a cover up to protect a prominent Ravena family? Doesn’t the young man’s life mean anything or do we just sweep the whole thing under the carpet? We need to start asking questions. The 20-year old man is not just another raccoon, Mr Contento!”[3]

Putting all of this in a sort of perspective, most of our readers will recall a scandalous incident that occurred last March 2018, in the Village of Ravena, at Faith Plaza shopping mall. The incident involved two Coeymans police officers in two Coeymans Police Department vehicles harassing and running over a wild raccoon in full view of dozens of witnesses. The incident was videoed by a witness and appeared on Facebook and YouTube; it went viral and created an international uproar. Not only that, a petition was started called “Justice for raccoon killed by officers from Coeymans Police Department” which was signed by more than 110,000 people! The incident was addressed at the Coeymans Town Board Meeting on March 22 by no less than 5 angry citizens, some coming from as far away as Amsterdam, NY (about 50 miles from Ravena). The speakers were interviewed by local television and print media and the interviews broadcast on the evening news. The story was picked up by a large number of newspapers nationwide. It was a real scandal and it was about the inhumane treatment of an innocent wild animal.

Justice Demanded for a Raccoon. It’s a start.

Smalbany covered the story because it was just another nail in the Police Department’s coffin.

Perhaps we’re being unfair and perhaps we’re missing something. But if 110,000 people will come forward and sign an online petition and leave their comments demanding justice for a wild raccoon, and leave their comments expressing their outrage, what have we been missing in the Riley P. Kern case? Are we missing something or are we trying to avoid the perversion, the ugliness staring us directly in the face?

110,000 signatures, almost as many comments for a raccoon. Almost as many outraged comments. Coverage nationwide by numerous newspapers. Coverage by local print and television media with interviews. Outraged citizens appearing to make public statements at a public Town of Coeymans town board meeting on the record. What are we missing here?

We at Smalbany are not missing a thing, ladies and gentlemen. We are fully aware of what’s going on locally and in society. The real question is: “What are YOU missing?”

Perhaps this Smalbany blog, these articles on Riley, are in fact a jeremiad, bitterly lamenting the state of society and its morals in a serious tone of sustained invective, and even containing a prophecy of our society’s imminent downfall.

Perhaps the questions we are asking are going over your heads. Perhaps you are so far gone that you can’t even understand what we are pointing at and saying: “Wake up! This is a sickening state of affairs! Say, DO something!”

Riley Parker “Jeremiah” Kern is dead. Riley Parker “Jeremiah” Kern was a young human being, a young man, good, kind, handsome, talented, smart; he had a wonderful future ahead of him. Riley Parker “Jeremiah” Kern was killed under clearly suspicious circumstances in a freakish accident. Riley Parker “Jeremiah” Kern is crying out for justice, the justice that even a wild raccoon was able to obtain.

Riley Parker “Jeremiah” Kern has become a symbol full of meaning of what we are, have become, but can yet redeem as human beings.

Take responsibility.  Meet your obligations. Demand Justice.

 


[1] Gotcha! You probably read pervert and went off on a tangent. Well, that’s only because you never got a good education. But that’s the subject of another article. Here’s what a pervert is and how we are using it here: A pervert is someone who has detoured from or altered from their original course, purpose or intendment, their meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended. Human beings were allegedly intended or created to be divine images of Good and Justice. Now can you admit you’re a pervert?
[2] Riley’s Song, Featuring VACAY, Alex Zaichkowski & Shane Harte. Album Songs From The Next Step, Season 3, Volume 1.
[3] Mr. Contento is Sgt Daniel Contento, acting chief of police in the Town of Coeymans. When we refer to a raccoon we are referring to an incident that became an international scandal: Two Coeymans police vehicles harassed and killed a wild raccoon in a public parking lot in full view of dozens of witnesses. We covered the incident in our articles “We are speechless! OMG! Coeymans Police Caught on Video Again!” and “Follow-up Report: Coeymans Raccoon Incident. We still have our doubts!, “ and two other follow-up articles: “Truth be Told: On the Heels of the Coeymans Town Board Meeting” and “Officer Identified!!! Coeymans PD Steve Prokrym Involved in Raccoon Scandal!!!

 

Riley’s Mom Responds: A Mother’s Perspective.

We rarely have such an extraordinary moment as this. Riley’s mom read some of the deniers’ and nay-sayers’ offensive comments, and decided enough was enough.

A Mother’s Perspective…

As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over my Kingdom. Isaiah 66:13

The majority of our readers just sit back and read Smalbany, that is, until they need help and then all of a sudden they’re right out there cheering us on and telling us what a great job we’re doing at Smalbany blog HQ. There’s a minority who have nothing to gain by supporting our efforts because they’re the ones we want out of office, out of town, or just behind bars. They are generally cowards who get their pals to comment or to make threats. An even smaller number of readers actually read the articles, understand the facts and evidence, and appreciate the research and work that goes into our writing. Thank God! There is a very small minority who just lurk and take potshots and ambush anything that goes up on the blog. But given our numbers, we expect these proportions. It’s the law of averages.

But Riley’s mom’s comment is really something extraordinary. We say that this is an extraordinary moment for two reasons: Firstly, it is so rare to meet a person with such courage, commitment, and dedication who will come out fighting for what is right. This mom came out like a tigress and, luckily for us, she came out in our defense. We’d sure hate to be on the other end of the stick, that’s for sure. Secondly, her message is far broader than just this particular issue. What she says is encapsulated at the very end of her comment: “People need to step up and people need to do their jobs correctly to avoid all the pain they are causing. Let’s do a proper investigation on the death of Riley Kern! Thanks Smalbany for doing just that ❤.” And that is what we’re all about at Smalbany.

This is a mother writing from her heart and it couldn’t be more believable. You can almost feel the pain and the anger at what’s been done to her young son. This lady is a warrior and instead of withdrawing into a dark place or simmering in her own angry juices, she’s on the front lines seeking justice for Riley. We are incredibly grateful to her for coming out in our defense as well. She knows firsthand what we are doing and how we are doing it; she’s not one of those backroom critics who are constantly taking potshots without a clue about what they’re talking about. Riley’s mom knows first hand what the score is, and we’re out there with her to help her settle it.

We asked her permission to make some small edits and add some notes so that we could publish her comment as a full article. We are grateful that she gave her permission, and so we are reproducing her comment here together with our Editor’s Notes.

This is your mom talking, Rye. Be proud of her!


Hi there “Smalbany Full of Crap.”[1]

I am of Riley Kern’s mother. I just want to let you know that the people of the Smalbany blog are the only ones who have bothered doing any type of investigation on Riley’s death, and if you were in my situation you would be very thankful for them and the amount of time they have dedicated to investigate the cause of Riley‘s death, something the police should have done in the first place.

Now, if you calm down and really think about what they [Smalbany] are saying, and the facts they are putting out, you too would realize that something isn’t right. What Smalbany is saying are facts and nothing less. All they are trying to do is expose the truth which is greatly needed for our family to move on.

I reached out to Smalbany because they were the ONLY ones who sincerely posted about my son after his death.[2] I also tried reaching out to Hagen because initially I felt bad for the man knowing his wife had died and he knows what grief is like.[3] I felt sympathy for the [expletive redacted at commenter’s request] and wanted to let him know that “It’s OK,” but he avoided me as if the whole thing never happened! So as of now my feelings about him have quite obviously changed.

 Believe me when I say that you will not find the facts in the police accident report.[4] I’ve had direct conversations with Officer Foard, and he has contradicted himself over and over again, making things very suspicious and harder on us. Take a look at that diagram of the accident scene and then talk to some of the people who had to pick up Riley‘s bike out of the road, and place it in the grass; the police report shows his bike ended up in the grass to begin with. When I called the investigating officer [Patrolman Ian Foard] one month after my son’s death for some closure, I was told my boy was unconscious, incoherent, and didn’t even know his name, that he probably never realized what was going on. Yet Officer Foard, the investigating officer, made a phone call to Riley‘s father as they were loading him [Riley] into the ambulance and Riley was conversing between the two of them!!![5]

I think it’s highly suspicious that Mr. Hagen did not keep his car at Burns and Sons for the insurance adjuster to come inspect it; he would have been reimbursed for the damages.[6]

I think it’s messed up that Hagen wasn’t given an alcohol test!!!!!!!!![7]

Who was looking after Rileys best interests at the crash site? NOBODY!!![8]

Officer Foard said there was no reason to question the events prior to the accident or to give Hagen an alcohol test, “it was obvious what happened”;  yet my son had to lay in the morgue to have his body torn apart for toxicology and an autopsy to determine the cause of the accident …. I thought that was obvious ???[9]

I was told directly by Officer Foard that he did not take any photos, he took no written statements from the witnesses, and didn’t reconstruct the accident scene! He also told me that he was not the investigating officer?!?!? But that’s what the police report says !!!!![10]

It’s quite obvious that something is not right, and here’s my full-hearted opinion based on facts. Travis Hagan was drunk leaving Sycamore golf club[11], took a left onto NY 143 causing my son to crash into the passenger side of his truck as the pictures show.[12] I also know the exact time of the accident and I know the time that the first responders called to notify us that our Riley was in an accident.

I have nothing against the first responders I believe they did their job well but whatever happened between Riley and Mr. Hagen immediately after the accident wasted precious critical time costing my son his life. My son may have been alive today if he had entered the OR [Operating Room] 10 minutes earlier.[13]

Riley‘s accident was tragic but what’s more tragic is the way the police and Travis Hagen are allowing the community to believe a bunch of lies. Oh wait! Never mind, the community knows nothing of Riley‘s accident because it was never in the media. Hush-hush!![14]

Report indicates Riley was at fault and the people who determined that are idiots !!!! There were no witnesses to the actual accident and I know without a doubt my son did not take that corner too fast, he’s been riding motorcycles for years!!![15]

 If it were your son you would be demanding a better investigation as well.[16]  It makes me sad thinking of Riley looking down seeing these incompetent people making false claims about the situation; they’re making him look like the fool when in fact it’s FOARD and HAGEN!!!

People need to step up and people need to do their jobs correctly to avoid all the pain they are causing. Let’s do a proper investigation on the death of Riley Kern! Thanks Smalbany for doing just that ❤[17]


This is a touching roadside memorial at the accident site
where Riley was killed.
The text on the cross reads “Riley” and vertically, “Jeremiah” his nickname.

Click here to return to Riley’s Song: Verse Two – Update on Our Investigations.

Click here to return to We Are Re-Opening the Case: Riley Kern, Young Man Killed in Coeymans Hollow, Sycamore Golf Course.


Editor’s Notes


[1] Editor’s Footnote: Riley’s mom is responding to a commenter calling him/herself “Smalbany full of crap,” and who posted several inappropriate comments about the article, “Riley’s Song.” “Smalbany full of crap” has since been banned from posting comments but can read others’ comments.

[2] Editor’s Footnote: In fact, our first mention of the accident and Riley’s death was in an article on a completely different subject; our comment was literally a footnote expressing our surprise that a fatal accident had occurred and a young man died but we couldn’t find a thing in the media or elsewhere. We found that to be very suspicious.

[3] Editor’s Footnote: Hagen’s wife was killed in an Amtrak work-related accident. Hagen has since settled for an undisclosed amount.

[4] Editor’s Footnote: We have provided an extensive analysis and discussion of the so-called Police Report. Our conclusion is that it’s bogus, a complete farce. Nothing adds up and there are numerous inconsistencies and contradictions. See our article, “Riley’s Song.”

[5] Editor’s Footnote: This entire situation is not only bizarre, it’s total confusion! Patrolman Foard is a part-time officer in the Coeymans Police Department; he is not an investigator. Foard even admits that he arrived after the EMS team arrived, that is, some considerable time after the accident had occurred and the first call was made for emergency assistance. A lot could have happened in the meantime. In fact, one informant claims that someone [Hagen?] had Riley sign a document saying the accident was his fault. Riley was obviously in shock with internal bleeding and unable to understand anything at the time.

[6] Editor’s Footnote: We find this fact to be suspicious, too. What is Hagen trying to conceal? Obviously, there’s a cover up going on here and a lot of people are involved. We will find out who’s behind it all.

[7] Editor’s Footnote: A new law that went into effect earlier in 2018 requires drug and alcohol testing in all serious accidents. Field Sobriety Testing (FST) is now mandatory in New York in any serious motor vehicle accident, and is no longer at the discretion of the responding or investigating officer! The new law amends Vehicle and Traffic Law sections 603a and 1194.

[8] Editor’s Footnote: We recommend that Riley’s mom get the EMS report on their activities from the time they received the call from Albany County 911 to the handover at Albany Medical Center. At the same time, we recommend that Riley’s mom get the medical records created from the time Albany Medical Center accepted Riley in the ER to the point when they released his body to Ellis Hospital for autopsy. There’s a lot to be learned from those documents and she needs to have them in hand.

[9] Editor’s Footnote: Even accepting as obvious the fact that Patrolman Ian Foard is incompetent and ignorant of his responsibilities and obligations as a first responder or investigator at an accident scene, there is still the question of whether Foard, and Contento as reviewer and Foard’s direct supervisor, violated New York State law (1) by not requesting or demanding FST at the accident scene, and (2) preparing what is conspicuously a grossly inaccurate and untruthful, if not fraudulent Accident Report involving a death. There was no real investigation done, either. Hagen walks away without the mandatory actions being taken, but the dead boy is subject to every conceivable indignity. There’s something wrong with this picture, don’t you think?

[10] Editor’s Footnote: We find it outrageously irregular that no real investigation was done in this case. No reconstruction and not even police photos.  We’ve already reported on the bogus Police Report.

[11] Editor’s Footnote: Hagen is a known drinker. Hagen also has some tight connections with the Sycamore Country Club. Our question is: Has anyone interviewed the Sycamore staff on duty on the evening of July 27, 2018, likely a busy time for a country club and golf course, as to whether Hagen was there at around 6 p.m.? Hagen’s family is tight with the country club because Terry Hagen, Hagen’s father, was a member and an avid golfer. Hagen Sr died in or around 2009, and now the Sycamore Country Club hosts the Terry Hagen Memorial Golf Tournament which supports the Lustgarten Foundation (cure for pancreatic cancer), and was held at the Sycamore this year on August 18, 2018. On July 27, 2018, was Travis Hagen taking care of “business” just before the tournament?

[12] Editor’s Footnote: This is a very important point. The Police Report, if it can be believed at all, mentions several points of damage on Hagen’s pickup truck. Whether that damage was due to the accident is another question. But an experienced EMS photographer/journalist took pictures only of the passenger side of Hagen’s vehicle and, when questioned about this and asked about damage to the driver’s side, responded that the only damage he found was on the passenger side. If there were damage on the driver’s side he would have photographed that, too, but he didn’t. This physical evidence is in direct contradiction with the information recorded by Foard and reviewed by Contento!

Furthermore, if Travis Hagen lives in Coxsackie, it is reasonable that exiting the Sycamore, he would have to take a right hand turn to go South on Route 143, that is, towards, Ravena and US Rt 9W, if he were returning home, to Coxsackie. If, as the police report indicates, Hagen were traveling North on Rt 143, where could he possibly be going at that time of day? There’s little or nothing to the North!

The “Right-hand Turn” scenario would be compatible with the physical damage to Hagen’s truck; the “Traveling North” scenario is ruled out by the physical damage to Hagen’s truck. But now Hagen has his truck back; he’s removed it from the custody of a neutral third party, Burns & Sons Towing, and an impartial investigator has been deprived of the opportunity to confirm any damage alleged in the Police Report as being attributable to the accident. Hagen has, in fact, cut his own throat because now, the evidence, the pickup truck, has been contaminated, tampered with, having been removed from impartial third-party custody! Weasel your way out of this one, Hagen, Foard, Contento!

[13] Editor’s Footnote: Not only was precious time wasted between the time of the accident and the first call, a lot could have happened between Hagen and Riley in that time. One informant has suggested that Riley was forced to sign a document saying the accident was his fault. If that’s true, it will have to come out some time, and will be a very serious charge against Hagen. Besides, given Riley’s condition, he was most certainly in shock and was not responsible for anything he might have said or done. Any such statement would be worthless.

[14] Editor’s Footnote: The fact that absolutely nothing was reported about the accident is still a burning question, one that supports the theory of a conspiracy to cover up the accident and the circumstances.

[15] Editor’s Footnote: We have already analyzed the Police Report and the supporting evidence, which does not support the Police Report at all. We have already commented on the fact that the way the narrative text is written is not only contradictory, if not completely falsified, it actually exhonerates Riley by stating that “Hagen struck Riley,” not the other way around. Moreover, Riley was an experienced motorcyclist and, being from the area, certainly knew the lay of the land. Riley also participated in motorcycle safety training, much more than can be said about most local operators in this area. Again, these facts raise the level of suspicion.

[16] Editor’s Footnote: That is a very poignant question, indeed. These people would be singing another tune if it were their son who died under these circumstances. They’d be out in droves supporting the family in their darkest hours, raising money, organizing events, etc. Where are they now? Well, we’ll tell you: They’re out there denying the truth and trying to find excuses for their drinking buddy, Travis Hagen!

[17] Editor’s Footnote: Yes! That’s the tune we’ve been humming for several years now in the Smalbany blog. How many times must the same song be sung before locals learn the lyrics. That’s why we used the title, “Riley’s Song.”