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‘Connor Betts Obituary’ From 2014 Trends On Major Search Engines Stirring Conspiracy Theories And False Flag Rumors

During the past 24 hours, some online users have apparently searched for the obituary of Connor Betts, the alleged Dayton, Ohio gunman who killed nine, including his sister Megan Betts, and injured many more early Sunday morning.

As of 9:45pm Pacific on August 4, Google’s search prediction algorithm lists ‘Connor Betts obituary’ as the second result when simply searching for the name ‘Connor Betts’:

Connor Betts Obituary Google Search Prediction 2

While viewing the search term in Google trends, you can see an increase in activity starting at around 7:00am Pacific on Sunday morning:

Connor Betts Obituary Google Search Trends
Google

News website The Count recently published an article titled ‘Connor Betts’ 2014 Obituary Stirs Dayton OH Mass Shooting False Flag Rumors On Social Media.

It discusses an obituary of a man named Connor D. Betts who died in 2014 in Suffield, Connecticut.

The obituary is located on Legacy.com and is publicly available to view:

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Legacy.com

The information itself was reportedly first published in The Hartford Courant on February 23, 2014.

Interestingly enough, the name Megan Betts, who was one of the victims in the Dayton shooting, is listed as a sibling in the obituary from five years ago:

Megan Betts Listed In Connor Betts 2014 Obituary

James LaPorta, a reporter from Newsweek, took to Twitter and attempted to debunk the claim that the man in the obituary was the same person as the alleged shooter, citing differences in their middle names and birth years:

An ABC News article also confirmed the suspected gunman’s middle name was Stephen:

The suspected shooter, identified by police as 24-year-old Connor Stephen Betts, allegedly carried out the massacre with a .223-caliber rifle that he legally purchased and had two drum magazines that had 100 rounds of ammunition combined, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

Still, some on social media weren’t entirely convinced:

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UPDATE #1: The Legacy.com web page may have been created on Sunday, August 4, 2019 –

We ran a custom search string on Google. Here are the results –

Connor Betts Obituary Date Published
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UPDATE #3:

Legacy.com Page Not Found
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UPDATE #4: More information and analysis from social media –

UPDATE #5: Here are two “fact-checking” articles debunking the conspiracy theory –

Did the Suspected Dayton Mass Shooter Actually Die in 2014?

No, the Dayton shooting suspect didn’t die in 2014

UPDATE #6: From Newsweek

Debunking Conspiracy Theorists Who Believe The Dayton, Ohio Shooting Never Happened

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