Get Rich or Lie Trying: The Life Story of Wolfgang Halbig

Get Rich or Lie Trying: The Life of Wolfgang Halbig

Welcome to Get Rich or Lie Trying: The Life Story of Wolfgang Halbig.

Decades before he became the face of the fraudulent “Sandy Hook Hoax” conspiracy theory in 2014, Wolfgang Halbig was already hard at work: carefully assembling his résumé, creating stories to cover the ugly parts in his work history, studying how to fool and scare people, and—more than anything—coming up with ways to make money by exploiting tragedies. His path through life is an oftentimes sickening, sometimes hilarious story, full of betrayals, humiliations, firings, lawsuits, and one catastrophic failure after another.

This story will be an adaptation of, and extensive update to, the landmark document that exposed Wolfgang in 2015, “The Hoax of a Lifetime” (still available here under The Halbig Archives). Much has happened in the years since that story was told, both in Wolfgang’s life and in the lives of those who chose to give him airtime. There is much to share, and meanwhile, Wolfgang’s story is still unfolding. Check back often for new installments!


Part 1: The Early Years (1946-1970)
Part 2: Gridiron Daze (1970-1974)

(more to come)

Get Rich or Lie Trying – Part 2 (Gridiron Daze)

Part 2: Gridiron Daze (1970-1974)


Wolfgang’s First Grudge (Sophomore Year: 1970-1971)

While Wolfgang Halbig officially exited the armed services in the summer of 1970, he continued working at Dyess Air Force Base for awhile, as a lifeguard and swimming instructor for the Officer’s Club. The Florida State University scholarship he’d been offered prior to his surprise enlistment wasn’t on the table anymore, but that was okay. He wasn’t looking to move back home, Abilene suited him just fine.

His first choice for a place to relaunch his college football career was McMurry College, on the south end of town. He visited the campus in February 1970, ahead of his discharge in the summer, and spoke to Buddy Fornes, the head football coach there, inquiring about a scholarship. Fornes told him to come to their spring tryout camp.

Wolfgang believed his record was proof enough that he deserved a scholarship. He was offended, actually. So he inquired at his second choice, and McMurry’s cross-town football rival, Abilene Christian College. Their head coach Walling Bullington did indeed sign him that same month, saying “Wolfgang has the ability to become an outstanding college player… I think his experience as an athlete in the service will be a great asset to him.” He planned to use Wolfgang “primarily as an outside linebacker” on the Abilene Wildcats.

Wolfgang told the newspaper’s sports reporter in 1970 that he moved from Germany at 16 instead of 12 for some reason. (Strange anomaly and probably a conspiracy)

Wolfgang majored in Science at at ACC, with minors in History and Physical Education.

By the time the football schedule began in early September, he had been shifted to 2nd-string tight end, and played only briefly in the opening game, catching two passes for 21 yards. But Coach Bullington told the papers he “liked what he saw” in Halbig, and that he’d get more time soon.

It turned out this was because, by happenstance, their starting tight end got a separated shoulder, and would be out for the rest of the year. So Wolfgang would start after all, for the rest of the season.

The Wildcats suffered a hard loss in a Halloween-night game against Arkansas State, including two incomplete passes to Halbig, but they bounced back the following week against Drake University, with five completions from Wolfgang. He also suffered a “severely bruised kidney” in that game.

Wolfgang impresses his coach early in the 1970 season (Abilene Reporter Nov 10 1970)

He’d be anxious to get back on the field: the Wildcats were due to face their arch-rivals, the McMurry Indians, at the end of November. And he wanted to show McMurry’s Coach Fornes that he’d made a mistake in not signing him.

The two teams had faced off in 37 games from 1930-1969, with ACC holding a 22-15 edge. And when that year’s game came around, ACC did indeed bring home another victory, 43-26. With that, they officially ending the season with a 9-2 record. And Wolfgang himself had three pass completions in the game, and a first-down. He wasn’t satisfied with his performance overall, though: “I didn’t have a great game, but they knew I could play ball,” he’d tell reporters. He was already looking forward to next season, hungry to do better against McMurry in a rematch.

That was assuming he’d be in the game at all, though; the tight end with the separated shoulder was all better now, and expected to rejoin the team as starter. And when the Southland All-Conference team was announced in December, ten Wildcats players made the list… but Wolfgang only got “Honorable Mention.” It looked like he might be spending more time on the bench next year. But not if he had any say in the matter.

Ten excellent ACC Wildcats players receive all-conference honors — also, separately, Wolfgang’s name is mentioned (Abilene Reporter Dec 6 1970)

Then, sometime in the spring of 1971, Wolfgang was reading the Abilene Reporter-News and saw his name mentioned: sports columnist Carl Dingler wrote that Wolfgang had been moved to starting fullback for the fall season, and “should add power if the coaches leave him there.” He called up the reporter, and was emphatic that there was no “if”: Wolfgang was a lock for starting fullback. Period.

Wolfgang Halbig of Abilene Christian College telephoned to report he WILL be the Wildcats’ fullback this fall… Halbig was somewhat upset over the statement as he is confident he will be at full-back. We did not know anything Wolfgang didn’t know so will concede, Wolfgang, that you will be the starting fullback. However, the information on the possibility that he might be switched comes from the coaches breakdown on next season’s prospects. (Abilene Reporter-News May 15, 1971)

In the summer, Wolfgang is reported to be working out hard, gearing up for the “Bulling Three-Mile,” a workout in which all prospective players must run three miles in 21 minutes. Seven minutes per mile. Wolfgang was particularly determined to clear the test because he almost wasn’t a starting player at all the previous season. “No second team for me, I want to start.” The same article notes that he continued working at the Dyess officer’s club pool over the summer.

Wolfgang works out strenuously in hopes of making starting fullback for the 1971 Wildcats (Abilene Reporter-News Jul 17 1971)

The next month, Wolfgang appears in the press for a different reason: he had shared a humorous story about the difficulty he had in impressing his mother with his onside-kicking skills, since the native German had no understanding of the game (and didn’t grasp that such kicks are supposed to be short):

A confused Gertrude Halbig comments on her son’s kicking ability in Aug 1971

Creeper Vibes (Junior Year: 1971-1972)

Drills for the upcoming season started in August 1971, and Wolfgang gave it his all: he even re-injured his kidney during a pre-season scrum. Coverage of the incident records that Wolfgang had by then earned a nickname on the team, reflecting his national origins (in a coarse and poorly-aged manner): “Kraut.”

Halbig injures his kidney in desperate attempt to secure a starting position for his Junior year at ACC

He had a lot to prove: despite his “correction” to the sports reporter back in May, he was not a lock for starting fullback for this year. He was indeed slotted for that position, but he’d be competing with another player, Jim Lee Williams, to start. The Abilene Reporter-News published a story reporting on Wolfgang in early September, that detailed this jockeying for the same position:

Wolfgang poses for a Sep 8 1971 profile by the Abilene Reporter

It is the first known, detailed profile on Halbig, and it includes a number of insights as to his plans and mindset at the time:

  • For some reason he again claims that he emigrated from Germany at age 16, instead of the truth, which is that he was 12
  • On switching positions, he says, “Changing from tight end to fullback there’s not much difference because you do catch the ball and we have a running backfield”
  • About his competitor for starting fullback, Jim Lee Williams, Halbig says, “He’s just taller and weights a little more, but we’re at about the same level… As to the quality of ball player I don’t think he’s that much better than I am.”
  • Halbig sees himself as “quicker” than Williams
  • He “expresses no qualms at not liking the idea of being a utility man,” that being a player who is skilled at multiple positions— and not necessarily excelling at any of them
  • “I want them to realize that I do have the potential to be a good ballplayer”
  • He does not have aspirations to play professionally, though. “I’m more interested in teaching and going into coaching…. I think by the time I graduate from Abilene Christian College I’m going to enjoy looking forward to going out, making a living and teaching the kids what I know.”

Even as this article was being published, there was proof on the gridiron that Wolfgang had failed in his competition with Jim Lee Williams, and that the article from Carl Dingler back in May had it right all along: he was not the starting fullback for the 1971-1972 season.


Wolfgang Halbig failing to make starting fullback in his Sophomore year at ACC (Abilene News-Reporter Sep 2 1971)
Starting fullback for the 1971-1972 Wildcats, superstar athlete Jim Lee Williams (notable for also being not-Wolfgang Halbig, but instead a completely different dude)

It surely stung Wolfgang to have lost the battle, given how much he had invested himself in making the starting lineup. Still, he would see plenty of play from the second string. And when called upon, he did fine. Adequate. “Workman-like,” one could say. Not the big fish he had been in the small-pond of Avon Park High School, but not embarrassing either.

If there was any confirmation needed on this point, it came on September 11 1971. On that day, the arch-rival Wildcats and Indians clashed once again. In the latest entry in their storied rivalry—the very same event that Wolfgang had been looking forward to ever since his underwhelming (but perfectly adequate) 1970 performance, and his attempt to humble McMurry for spurning his gifts—Wolfgang was ready… except it didn’t matter at as far as Wolfgang Halbig was concerned. He rode the bench for the entire game. Not a factor at all.

Halbig would continue to play 2nd string, at a perfectly acceptable level of skill—but nobody would ever again waste their time writing profiles of him in the context of playing sports.

And so Wolfgang was smart not to have dreams of playing pro ball. He wasn’t that good, and he must have figured that much out by 1972.

He did like being in the newspaper, though. And he liked hanging around in schools. Plus he’d been teaching fitness classes back at the air force base for years, and knew he could do it well; if he fulfilled his goals of becoming a football coach at a high school somewhere, he could assume a position of authority over those around him.

Something about that concept appealed to him. But he had another year at ACC to go.

Wolfgang needed knee surgery in January of 1972, after an injury suffered in the “Purple and White” scrimmage game.

Hospital records show Wolfgang’s surgery stay in January 1972
Wolfgang talks about his knee surgery in his 2012 deposition

He would be on the shelf for the first few weeks of the season. It doesn’t seem he was really missed.

In the meantime, one thing can be said with confidence about Wolfgang Halbig in 1972: He was really, really horny. And it seems like everyone at ACC knew about it.

There was a campus newspaper at Abilene Christian College, the Optimist, and on September 10, 1971, the satirical column “Random Notes” published a “list of freshman women” whom sophomore Wolfgang Halbig supposedly said were “the most datable”:

A (satirical) list of Wolfgang’s top “datable” freshmen, from Fall 1971

Since this was sort of the local version of National Lampoon at the time, it’s tough to know exactly what the joke is. It seems unlikely Wolfgang provided any such “list”, and the names don’t seem to match actual students from the yearbook from 1971-1972. Maybe it’s nothing.

Further in that same class-of-1972 yearbook, there’s a section about “bushing.” It’s all photos of couples kissing.

Photos from the “Bushing” section of ACU’s 1972 yearbook

…kind of weird, just as something to put in a yearbook.

Helpfully, 32 years later, the same yearbook (produced by the 2004 class at ACC, by then renamed ACU) actually explained this forgotten bit of 1970s Texas slang very succinctly:

A yearbook from 2004 explains the “bushing award” that Wolfgang received in 1972

As it turns out, Wolfgang himself is the context of that quoted section. The actual page from back in the 1972 yearbook, given the framing of the photo, actually seems to depict him in mid-recuperation from his knee surgery:

1972’s ACC yearbook The Prickly Pear shows Wolfgang Halbig winning a trophy for PDA

Well, those two things put together, the list of names and the “award” for making out in public… I dunno. I’m kind of skeeved out. Just in my, Blade’s, opinion: As of this point in his story, in 1972, I wouldn’t trust this dude. Just saying. He’s gross.

Anyway, it’s probably just a quirky local story from the 1970s that aged poorly. Probably won’t come up again or have any significant impact on Wolfgang’s life path at all. Whatever.


Awkward Exit (Senior Year: 1972-1973)

Wolfgang continued to be a utility player—the very thing he so vocally resented the year before—for the remaining year of his time on the ACC roster. He bounced around from wingback, to fullback, to placekicker as needed. The team continued to perform, despite his decreasing contributions.

A gala event in May of 1973 recognizes Wolfang, with his mother in attendance

As graduation day approached, Wolfgang developed an exit plan. He had decided he was going to say goodbye to Texas, and return to central Florida, the region where he grew up after his exit from Germany. Where his mother still lived. He’d applied for, and was accepted to, a coaching position on the football team at Lake Brantley High School, the next town over.

Wolfgang summarizes his first stint at Lake Brantley, in 1973 (from his 2012 deposition)

But then, six months into the school year at Lake Brantley, and just as everything seemed to be going according to plan… Wolfgang made a surprise change. He wasn’t going to be a coach, nor would he be a teacher.

He was gonna be a cop. 

There’s really nothing in the third-party sources explain this surprise move. But, in his 2012 deposition, Wolfgang would attempt to give an explanation. Here, even the attorney seems to get a migraine, trying to understand how Wolfgang’s horniness levels somehow required him to make a major career move:

Wolfgang describes his exit from coaching at Lake Brantley High, in his 2012 deposition

This change in career path seems extremely sudden, and bizarre in its rationale. Combining Wolfgang’s explanation for the move, with his conduct just the year previous, when he was still on a college football team rather than coaching high schoolers, it sounds to me like something really, really gross happened at Lake Brantley High during those six months. Maybe something involving “bushing” that got out of hand. I don’t know. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t even born yet actually.

I guess all I can say is that it’s something Wolfgang Halbig could clear up anytime, if he wanted to. But he never has.

Anyway. In the meantime, Wolfgang was ready for the next phase of his adventure: patrolling the highways of Florida, while wearing a badge.

(continued in part 3)

Austin “Blade” Tompkins is a certified forklift and order-picker operator located in the province of Ontario. He was an active Sandy-Hook “hoaxer” from 2013 to 2014. He has been sober since 2015.

(Also, as a proud Canadian, your humble author has little understanding of sports outside of hockey and curling. Apologies if he botched any football terms/rules here, it probably wont be the last time) 

Get Rich or Lie Trying – Part 1 (The Early Years)

Part 1: The Early Years (1946-1970)

May 18th, 2012: Seven months before the Sandy Hook shooting, the man who would become the most notorious denier of that tragedy, Wolfgang Halbig, age 65, enters an office building in Orlando. He takes the elevator to the fifth floor, where some attorneys are waiting for him with a tape recorder, and a series of questions. Some of the questions will be about the facts surrounding the lawsuit he was pursuing against the city of Apopka — over responsibility for some cracked sidewalk that he had allegedly tripped over near his home in 2010 — but they would also be scrutinizing his life in general, the entire path that had brought him there. Practically everything he’d ever done, professionally or personally. And he knows that this time, he has to tell the truth. Or there would be consequences.

Wolfgang sits down at the table. The court reporter begins their recording. Wolfgang raises his right hand, and is sworn in. Then, the attorney begins his questions.

Wolfgang Halbig takes a deep breath.



In the Beginning

Wolfgang Walter Halbig was born somewhere in Germany—probably Heidelberg—on August 10th, 1946. (Making him a Leo, for those interested).

His mother, Gertrude, left him in the custody of her parents immediately after giving birth to him, and then apparently up and left town for the next twelve years. Similarly, whoever his father was, he seems to have already disappeared completely before Wolfgang was even born.

Very little is known about Wolfgang’s father. Wolfgang himself claims he was a US soldier, who had been “in a concentration camp for three years” before the war ended, one located in Posen, Poland. This is plausible, since Posen was the site of POW camp Stalag XXI-D, while Heidelberg would be the site of a US troop garrison after the war, having been spared the destructive bombing campaigns that left many neighboring towns a smoking rubble by the time of the German surrender in May 1945. And Wolfgang’s birthdate suggests he was conceived sometime in December of that year. So, this all sounds credible.

(SIDE NOTE: Immediately, it’s necessary to explain something about the subject of our story: As we will soon see, Wolfgang Halbig develops into a prolific and shameless liar by the time he reaches adulthood. And while we will have plenty of official documents and contextual info to check his answers against in future entries, for these early years, we mostly have just Wolfgang’s word to go on. Furthermore, even if Wolfgang relates these details with sincerity, the fact is he was a small child at this point, and so presumably is only repeating things his mother or grandparents told him, and these relatives could very easily have been spinning stories of their own. So, pretty much everything in this post should be taken with an asterisk next to it, except for a few instances where it’s documented by a third party.)

If Wolfgang’s biological father was simply reluctant to accept responsibility for his child, it is known that the occupying US forces would have backed him up, as they did so even in cases of rape (which was tragically common in Germany after the war). As historian Miriam Gebhardt reports in Crimes Unspoken: The Rape of German Women at the End of the Second World War:

Of course, the men committing the rape didn’t leave an address, but it sometimes happened, especially when occupying troops were billeted in the houses of German civilians, that the women knew the name, rank and company of the perpetrator and child’s father, or had at least sufficient fragmentary information to find out who had made them pregnant. This did not mean that they were able to obtain financial support from them. Even after 1955, there was still a yawning gap between the legal situation and the reality. The headquarters of the US Army in Heidelberg, which was meant to serve the summonses of the guardianship courts – the army refused to serve the soldiers directly – often failed to fulfill its duty and even advised the soldiers in writing that they were not obliged to pay child maintenance and that coercive measures by the German courts were not supported or followed up by the US headquarters.

In many cases the German courts were unable even to ascertain whether a summons or order to pay had been served at all. Or they received a curt reply that, in spite of the precise details of his identity, the accused soldier had not been found by the headquarters. Or the cases were terminated summarily because the soldier concerned had been posted. Once he had departed to the USA, for example, it was impossible to follow up maintenance claims. Legal assistance, even between states within the USA, was unusual. There was no compulsory registration or poor people’s courts that might have paid for an insolvent father.

Whatever the case, Wolfgang claims to have never met his biological father, and no further information about the man is known.

His grandparents were Catholics, and raised him so. But he would not be a practicing Catholic as an adult.

According to a forum post Wolfgang wrote in 2009, he attended public school in Germany starting at age six, and “learned discipline and respect for my teachers and grandparents” during these years.

However, there are also signs that his upbringing involved exposure to domestic abuse. In a 2014 post to his Facebook account, Wolfgang writes “My grandfather beat the hell out of my grandmother because he was an alcoholic and I will never ever forget those days.”

Florida Man

One day, when Wolfgang was twelve years old, everything changed. His mother suddenly reappeared at his doorstep. And she wasn’t alone: she’d remarried, and she had Wolfgang’s new stepdad with her.

As if this wasn’t earthshattering enough for young Wolfgang, they also had some news: his time in Germany was over. Gertrude had married an American, and they were going to reclaim custody of Wolfang, bringing him with them back to the states. Wolfgang relates this milestone day in his life early in his 2012 deposition:

“Well, I never knew my mother till age 12. The week that I was confirmed in the Catholic Church, she shows up with this military guy. They’re married, and she tells me and my grandparents, who raised me up to this point, that “You’re going to the United States;” so I saw my grandparents having a huge fight. And the next thing I know, I’m headed to Rammstein Air Base and I’m coming to the United States. I got my shots and I was displaced from my grandparents and I was not very happy about it, ‘cause I never knew her. I didn’t know what the hell I’m doing with her, you know?”

Wolfgang didn’t know a word of English, and this state of “Florida” he’d be living in must have sounded as alien as Jupiter to him at the time. But he had no choice in the matter.

papers: Wolfgang Halbig Arrives in the United States - August 18, 1953
Wolfgang Halbig arrives in the United States – August 18, 1958

The newly-formed Halbig family thus arrived stateside in the summer of 1958, shortly after Wolfgang’s 12th birthday. But whoever his new stepfather was, he didn’t stick around long; he pulled much the same disappearing act as his biological father not long after the relocation, and is never heard from again.

(Some followers of Wolfgang’s story have speculated that this “stepfather” was actually his biological father, given that both of his parents disappeared shortly after his birth, and that his mother was mysteriously apt to relocate to the United States after spending twelve years in an unknown location — possibly Florida — where she happens to have met another man who had been in the United States military, and whom was also apt to disappear the moment his child appeared. But, that mindset also describes a lot of military veterans. They indeed picked up Wolfgang like he was luggage to bring along for their second attempt at a union, in the states. But we just don’t know.)

Wolfang’s mother, Gertrude, was a stranger to him up to this point, but she would raise him as a single parent until he reached adulthood. And she was also the only person in his new life who could understand German, which made immediately him reliant on her, despite this sense of alienation.

Not much is known about his teenage years; in one comment he posted to a CNN article in November of 2012, Wolfgang claimed “I picked fruit at age 12 all through High School to help my mother and I liked it because I got paid for my work.”

Wolfgang Halbig - Politically Incorrect on CNN
“I picked fruit at age 12 all through High School to help my mother…” – Wolfgang Halbig, November 8, 2012

According to Wolfgang’s recollections of this part of his life, he did not learn to speak English fluently until well after high school. But meanwhile, his body was developing into that of an athlete; he was muscular, with a large frame, qualities that the sports coaches in his district were on the lookout for. By high school, he was six feet tall, and excelling at football in particular—enough for him to get by academically, regardless of his inability to understand the language anyone at the school was speaking. He describes his recognition of this dynamic in an interview with Dave Gahary from 2014:

“I gotta tell you, when I came to this country at age twelve, I mean, I was scared to death. I’m in public schools, I remember being in fifth grade, I couldn’t speak a word of English. They didn’t have [English as a Second Language instruction]. I sat there in the back of the room every day, EVERY day, and eventually I got a scholarship to play football out in Texas, and it sorta changed my life. Athletics changed my life.”

In his 2012 deposition, Halbig recalls that he was first asked to play football “because they thought I was so big; the first thing they had me playing was center…because I was German and didn’t understand the game of football. They told me all I had to do was bend over and snap the ball whenever the guy said a certain number.”

But despite his size, Wolfgang soon found that he was not up for the physical rigors of playing that position — “I got tired of getting beat up all the time,” as he would put it in 2012 — and he requested the team move him to halfback. The team obliged. And the thrived in his new position.

Wolfgang Halbig receives an award (Tampa Tribune, May 30 1965)

His aptitude for playing sports would define his life’s path for the next few years. Although he could “barely” speak a word of English by his senior year at Avon Park High School, he was on the fast-track for graduation. In his 2012 deposition, Wolfgang would struggle to explain how.

Wolfgang Halbig 2012 deposition
Wolfgang Halbig answers questions in a 2012 deposition, about his academic record

The likely explanation is that college football was — and continues to be — a major cultural force in South Florida, and while it appears that Wolfgang was perhaps not quite a future-pro player, he was at least a prospect. According to newspaper profiles from a few years later (Abilene Reporter, Sep 8 1971) he was good enough to earn a full scholarship to Florida State University as he exited high school—though he would first have to spend a year at Coffeyville College in Kansas, which he would describe as “a junior college for Florida State players who couldn’t speak English… they thought my chances in a four-year school were bad and they thought I couldn’t make it because of the English problem.”

In the one year he spent at Coffeyville, he played linebacker, and made All-Conference, helping his team to a 9-1 record for the season. Asked if the year at Coffeyville helped him learn English, he says “not fluently.” But he apparently progressed enough to satisfy Florida State University, who brought him back to their campus in Tallahassee for his second year of college. It was a big opportunity for young Wolfgang — except just four days after he arrived, he got some bad news.

…Draft? What Draft?

As it turned out, Wolfgang was still not a naturalized American citizen at this point. FSU said that was no big deal, they would just need to see his draft card, and they could proceed with enrollment. And that was the REAL problem: Wolfgang had not registered for the draft. And it was 1966. There was a little something called the Vietnam War going on. (Wolfgang would insist in interviews from the 1970s that he had “no idea the draft existed” at the time. This is a highly dubious claim, given how he was surely surrounded with draft-aged men during his year at Coffeyville.)

Wolfgang’s recollection of how this all unfolded is pretty jumbled by the time of his 2012 deposition; it sounds as though he found out that his lottery number would have already been called, if he had registered for the draft, and so they were ready to draft him right there on the spot.

Wolfgang Halbig explains his surprise that there was a draft in 1966

Whatever the bureaucratic process was, in the end he did enlist with the United States Air Force, “rather than joining the army” (per his comments in a 1971 profile). He was first stationed at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base, before a transfer to Dyess Air Force Base, in Abilene, Texas, where he would spend the next few years, primarily as a “combative measures instructor.” He describes the role as “teaching pilots — E-52 bomber pilots, C-130 tanker pilots and load testers — how to kill people in the event they had a crash or eject from the aircraft.” He never got a pilot’s license.

Wolfgang Hablig in his Air Force years (exact year unknown)

One part of his duties that would linger in his memory, given his later career path(s), was that he was responsible for training some of the base staff on safety measures in case of disaster:

“In the United Air Force I was trained in Disaster Preparedness in light of the fact that our base served as a B-52 Bomber base with nuclear weapons. The number one issue that confronted the base and the community on a daily bases was what if a B-52 Bomber crashed and an accident occurred triggering an explosion. How would we handle such a scenario?”

He continued playing sports while on-base, excelling in baseball, softball, and tennis.

Wolfgang receives a “Sportsmanship Award” – Grand Prairie Daily News 12 Jul 1968

Despite the state of the Vietnam War, he would not serve overseas at all; asked why this was the case in his 2012 deposition, Wolfgang claims it was because, again, “I was not a naturalized citizen.”

He rectified that finally in May 1968, in Abilene. This is one of the singular moments in Wolfgang’s life, a scene he would recount over and over in his various sales pitches in the decades to come: standing in the federal courtroom in Abilene, having just finished his exam, and reciting an oath of citizenship with his “right hand raised.” He considered it “earning the privilege.”

The Abilene Reporter documents Wolfgang’s naturalization (May 5 1968)

Halbig got his discharge papers a couple years later, in 1970 — honorable, at rank E-4 — and he promptly picked his life back up, right as he left it in 1966: at the start of what looked like a promising college football career, and what would in many ways be the most successful and happy period in his life… But it was also when his personality first started to become apparent to those around him. And then, the problems start.

(continued in Pt 2: Gridiron Daze)

Austin “Blade” Tompkins is a certified forklift and order-picker operator located in the province of Ontario. He was an active Sandy-Hook “hoaxer” from 2013 to 2014. He has been sober since 2015.


Happy Birthday Wolfgang Halbig!

Howdy, folks. Blade here. I’ve been hard at work polishing up Get Rich or Lie Trying: The Life of Wolfgang Halbig, in between shifts down at the warehouse. But I wanted to make sure we don’t go too long without acknowledging a very important event that happened in the meantime: Wolfgang Halbig turned 74 years old this past month!

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang! (It was August 10th, to be precise.)

Now we all know that when birthdays roll around, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on our lives, and where our path has taken us over the years. So today I thought we could take a look back at Wolfgang’s life, and see how things were unfolding during three of his previous birthdays. Sound good? Let’s go!

Wolfgang Halbig’s Favorite Position

First, let’s go all the way back to around the time of Wolfgang’s 24th birthday, in the summer of 1971. He was just getting into playing college football at Abilene Christian College at the time, after getting out of the Air Force. The local newspaper, the Abilene Report, mentioned this among a bunch of updates in their college-sports coverage, with the reporter noting that Wolf should be able to perform in that position “if the coaches leave him there.”  

What I like about this (this very, very unremarkable article) is that it results in the very first time that Wolfgang Halbig was ever quoted in the press, at the age of just 24, and already, it’s him being butt-hurt and whining over basically nothing. One gets the impression that Wolfgang was actually waiting at the newspaper stand with bated breath, all amped to read about himself and how much the team valued him… then saw what the article said, and immediately went to a nearby payphone to start his cry-fest. 

The next week, the paper issues a correction; there’s only this little fragment available online, but you can tell the reporter was annoyed at what a little baby Wolfgang was about the whole thing:

Wolfgang Halbig of Abilene Christian College telephoned to report he WILL be the Wildcats’ fullback this fall. We had reported that Halbig had been shifted to fullback and should add power “if the coaches leave him there.” Halbig was somewhat upset over the statement as he is confident he will be at fullback. We did not know anything Wolfgang didn’t know so will confess, Wolfgang, that you [fragment ends]

It must have seemed odd, that this big tough-looking dude would call the waaahmbulance over something so minor. But a few weeks later, we learn why Wolfgang was so sensitive about these details: because he only got his last position after someone better got hurt:

Halbig, 25, recently was sidelined with a bruised kidney and didn’t return to drills until Monday, although he’s been running through some passing patterns in shorts. His main challenge this year, he said, is to make the starting lineup. “I don’t want to make it this year because somebody is injured. I did it last year and I think it’s a poor way to have to start.” 

So, he knew his actual abilities on the field had relatively little to do with his success so far, and the suggestion that he might get moved to another spot from fullback, or that he was somehow untested in that role, triggered his insecurities. (These sorts of paranoid thoughts likely played a role in his surprise career change a few years later: he had been talking about going into coaching, or teaching, but then suddenly, quit the school district to go be a cop. He wasn’t any good at that either, but it would come in handy later when he got into the “school safety” racket.)

Vote for Wolfgang

For our next Wolfgang milestone, let’s jump forward to the 1980’s. It’s August of 1982 in Florida, and perhaps if Wolfgang had stuck with the law enforcement career track, he’d be busting cocaine smugglers while wearing a pastel blazer and loafers with no socks, like his colleagues down in Miami around that time. But no, after ‘ol Halbig quit coaching to join the Florida State Patrol, it wasn’t even 2 years before he turned in his badge. (His reasons for doing so are… let’s just say questionable. But that’s another post.) 

So now, at age 36, Wolfgang is back in the education game, and has become a family man. He’s teaching Driver’s Ed at Vanguard High School, but as always whenever he’s teaching, he has little side-hustle project going on too. (It seems like teaching was all he was left with after his coaching gig crashed and burned — see the chapter Hurricane Fail from the archived Hoax of a Lifetime — but he couldn’t ever see teaching students as more than a foot in the door to obtain something more lucrative, so he just goes from failing at one scheme to failing at another, until his retirement.)  

At this time, his side project was to try and get involved in local politics. This started when he was just trying to get a law passed that would make Driver’s Ed mandatory (basically guaranteeing himself employment). He succeeded there, and it must have been a real thrill, because then he started running for office! 

Wolfgang Halbig’s campaign ad from 1982

On August 26, 1982, the candidates for the District 5 School Board seat assembled for a public forum (which was held at a funeral home for some reason). Wolfgang had some public speaking experience from his years coaching, but little more than that at this point.  And he didn’t have long to make the case that change was needed at the school board. So, he chose to argue that the district was afraid to give failing grades to bad students… and used himself as the example:

“When it came time to attend college, Halbig said, he did not have the grades. ‘The school board is responsible. They have to answer to you.’ They had their chance; now it’s time to put a teacher in there who knows the needs’ of local students, Halbig said.”

It’s a bit difficult to parse exactly what point Halbig is trying to make here — especially since he did not “fail” as the black students he cites did, and he did go on to college. I guess his pitch is “as revenge for letting me graduate with failing grades, now you should elect me to the school board.” It’s a bold strategy, highlighting your lack of genuine achievement as a qualification all by itself. Perhaps it’s no surprise that this strategy was not enough to get Wolfgang into a position of power. He lost, and lost so badly that the newspaper didn’t even report his vote totals. But it wouldn’t be the end of his battles with school boards in Florida — or elsewhere.  

The Buzzkill Conspiracy

For our last stop on memory lane today, let’s jump ahead 16 years and see what Wolfgang was up to in August of 1998: he’s just turned 52, and has secured a position as the District Security Chief for Seminole County Schools. This is probably the height of his professional achievements, a role with a lot of visibility and responsibility… so of course, Wolfgang sees it as a stepping stone to something more lucrative, and he starts figuring out how he can exploit it. He and some of his buddies in the school safety racket are already making plans to shift over to the private sector (to collect some of that sweet, sweet, independent-contractor money that Wolfgang already has plenty of experience appropriating). But that’s a competitive industry, and they know they need an edge.

In addition to his role as Director of Security for all schools, Wolfgang is also an administrator at one specific school, Project Excel — an alternative school, for the district’s discipline cases. And one day that August, he learned that none other than the governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, was going to be visiting his school!

At this point, something happens. Here’s how Wolfgang put it, when he wrote about the event in a later article, Breaking the Code of Silence:

One central Florida school district operates a Save-A-Friend hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is contracted out through a private company, which has people manning the phones at all hours. One morning, a call was received from a high school student, who anonymously reported that drugs were being sold in the high school parking lot before the start of the school day.

Under the protocol in place, the company contacted the district’s security director — who, in turn, alerted the high school resource officer. The officer went to the parking lot, where he saw someone talking with students arriving for classes. After the man was approached by the officer and questioned, he became defensive and left. The officer pursued and ultimately arrested the man. He was taken to the administrative office of the school, where he was searched. The search showed he was carrying 22 bags of marijuana.

That morning, a top political leader in Florida was visiting the school. Television reporters were covering his visit. When the district security director received the details of the incident, he immediately informed the principal. Unfortunately, fearing the glare of perceived negative publicity that would be associated with the confiscation of drugs on campus, the principal did not share what had just happened with his visitors. As a consequence of the principal’s silence, state legislative leaders were not made aware of how well the Save-A-Friend hotline worked that morning.

Halbig while working as a representative for security contractor Sonitrol

Note that the “private company” that Wolfgang does not name is in fact Sonitrol, a company he also will go to work for, and that several of his business partners also work for. By 2000, when Wolfgang and said partners have launched the National Institute for School and Workplace Safety, Halbig is still pissed about this lost opportunity, retelling the story to a newspaper reporter… but oddly, the amount of seized cannabis shifts from 22 bags, to 28:

Halbig said the entire community needs to recognize that children will do illegal things, and come together to take preventive measures. An example: Around six months ago, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was to visit a high school campus. The morning of his visit school officials got a call from a student warning them that another student would be selling marijuana in the parking lot. Officials caught the student with 28 bags of marijuana, but the principal didn’t want Gov. Bush – and the hordes of reporters following him – to know about the bust. That frustrated Halbig, who thought it would have made a good learning opportunity about the value of working together to promote safety and lawful behavior in school. “Now Jeb Bush left that day thinking there’s not a problem. We have to share the good as well as the bad and not be afraid of it,” Halbig said.

This is another question that Wolfgang MUST answer, now that I think about it — what happened to the other 6 bags of contranband? Why is Wolfgang hiding this information? Did he smoke it? Did he sell it? Plant it on an innocent student? Personally it’s the not-knowing that really keeps me up at night… but Wolfgang refuses to answer these questions, so what else can we do but speculate?

Anyway, one thing you have to keep mind here is that the company Wolfgang was tied up with, Sonitrol, already had a contract for “tip lines” with the district, and was trying to expand that contract at the time. So in other words, on the day that the governor is visiting that specific school, the tip line that Wolfgang’s buddies profit from got an “anonymous” call that some drug dealing was going on, right where there’d be a chance that Jeb could witness the aspiring-contractor Halbig’s heroic actions in person. Serendipity!

Do you buy that? Because I don’t. I mean… it could be true, I wasn’t there after all. But it sounds to me like a more likely story is simply that Wolfgang knew there were dealers there every day, had failed to do anything about it so far, and then just called in the “tip” himself. Hell, it might even have been weeks or months prior when he first found out about this massive drug-dealing operation going on outside his school, and he chose to sit on it until he knew Jeb was in town.

Also, none of the articles name the person who was supposedly arrested, which is unusual. So maybe it’s completely made up? Maybe he just threw a few dozen ziploc baggies of lawn clippings in a drawer and told his boss he made a bust? Who knows!

Anyway, look, the weed wasn’t even the important thing: the REAL crime was that Jeb never even found out about Wolfgang’s heroism. That’s the part that really stuck with Wolfgang. He would stay mad about it for years.

And so in the years that follow, Wolfgang and his Sonitrol pals would repeatedly and shamelessly email Jeb, essentially begging for a contract (I’ll have to do a separate post just about those emails, they’re hilarious), trying to revive that opportunity that was lost in the parking lot of Project Excel that fateful morning. Maybe if things had gone differently, the National Institute for School and Workplace Safety could have landed that crucial bid, and flourished into a successful business. Wolfgang’s whole life could have gone differently after that… maybe he’d even be wealthy by now, and he’d have every school board in the state begging for his help. He could get back at all those professional educators who laughed at him over the years, and dominate them with his incredibly valuable and consistent ability to keep schools safe.

But it just wasn’t to be. He’d have to find another way to exact revenge on the education system that had so spurned his gifts. Yeah…. someday he’d show everyone…. somehow…

..Well, that’s all for today! Take care, fellow wolf-watchers, and one more time: Happy Birthday Halbig, from your biggest fan!


Austin “Blade” Tompkins is a certified forklift and order-picker operator located in the province of Ontario. He was an active Sandy-Hook “hoaxer” from 2013 to 2014. He has been sober since 2015.

Who is Wolfgang Halbig? 

Welcome to my blog!

If it’s your first time here, there’s a good chance you just found out what a Sandy Hook Hoaxer is, and now you have a question like that stuck in your head: “Who is Wolfgang Halbig?”

I see that a lot. I’ve been occupying this URL for some time, and I see all sorts of searches, yes indeed. And there are many variations on this question, for example:

  • Exactly what the hell is wrong with Wolfgang Halbig?
  • How is it possible that this obvious lunatic Wolfgang Halbig is out walking the streets?
  • Isn’t there even one single person in Wolfgang Halbig’s family who cares about him and will just do something already?
  • How can I make sure that whatever happened to Wolfgang Halbig’s brain doesn’t happen to mine?

Well, the good news is, I’m here to help. 

The bad news is, the answers to these questions are complicated. 

You see, as of this writing, Wolfgang Halbig is a 73-year-old retired man, living all alone in a house in Florida, probably wondering how it all went wrong.

His scam to pretend he was exposing the “Sandy Hook Hoax” has bottomed out. His wife walked out on him, all of his businesses have failed, his much-touted lawsuits have all fizzled, no radio hosts will return his calls, the donations have dried up, and he’s racked up one legal defeat after another. He is openly referred to in court — by his co-defendant’s counsel, no less — as a “raving lunatic.” 

People all over the state of Florida, and across his own neighborhood, recognize Wolfgang Halbig as the broken-down old fool who has burned every bridge he ever crossed in life, and who occasionally is cause for a camera crew to visit, just to get a picture of one of the most loathed human beings in America. 

Even his own children want nothing to do with him (though this should not be confused with them actually taking responsibility for stopping the harm he inflicts on innocent people; they don’t want any of that either, unfortunately. See: “Family” section for details.)

He’s been turned away from every charity website, payment processor, and web host on the internet. Face-to-face, he has been informed by several churches and elementary schools, quite forcefully, that he is not welcome on their grounds ever again. Security guards circulate his picture before events, and whispers precede him wherever he goes — about the creepy, incoherent, slobbering old man who preys on the memories of children. He is, in short, a complete loser, a fraud, and an embarrassment to humanity. Now, as he nears the end of his life expectancy, there’s probably not one single soul anywhere on the planet who could look him in the eye and honestly tell them that they feel one bit of love for him. And deep down, he knows it.

So, all that’s got to suck!

But he didn’t start that way. What a lot of people don’t know is, decades before the events of 2012 that led to him becoming the leader of the fraudulent “Sandy Hook Hoax” conspiracy theory, Wolfgang Halbig began a long transformation into the beast he would become. He spent his life bouncing around different careers, studying how to fool and scare and exploit people, how to lie and get away with it, and more than anything, how to make money by exploiting tragedies.

His path through life is an oftentimes sickening, sometimes hilarious story, full of betrayals, humiliations, firings, lawsuits, and one catastrophic failure after another. Telling that story is what this blog is all about. I call it: Get Rich or Lie Trying: The Life of Wolfgang Halbig.

(The main source for my little analysis is gonna be The Hoax of a Lifetime, a free ebook published about Wolfgang Halbig in 2015. You can still find that version of Wolfgang’s story if you want, filed under The Halbig Archives, or by clicking here.)

Cheers, fellow Wolf-watchers! Stay tuned for more real soon. And remember: never turn your back on a Wolf.


Austin “Blade” Tompkins is a certified forklift and order-picker operator located in the province of Ontario. He was an active Sandy-Hook “hoaxer” from 2013 to 2014. He has been sober since 2015.

Questions Wolfgang Halbig Must Answer




The well-known con man and fraud, Wolfgang Halbig, is on a mission. As the leader of the Sandy Hook Hoaxers, one of his schemes is to claim there are a number of “questions” that those impacted by the Sandy Hook case have not answered.

We have a few questions of our own for him. And unlike Wolfgang’s long-tired act, these questions really are unanswered.

Stop hiding, Wolf. Be a man. Tell the truth.

Here are SEVENTEEN of the MOST important questions that the gutless liar Halbig needs to answer:

Question #1 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer:  

How is it even remotely possible that you were going to high school in America in 1965 and you didn’t know that the United States had a draft?

    • Seriously, nobody on your football team mentioned Vietnam once? You really expect people to belief this nonsense?
    • Were you trying to dodge the draft?


Question #2  Wolfgang MUST answer:  

Why did you try to make it look like you never worked at Lake Weir High?

    • You say on your resume that you were at Vanguard High School from 1975 to 1983. But when we look at what you were up to in 1978, the newspapers say you’d only been at Vanguard for one year at that point, and were about to leave. Why is that?
    • What happened at Lake Weir High School that you don’t want people to know about?


Question #3 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer:

Why were you planning to abandon the Lake Weir High School Hurricanes, right when the children needed you the most?

    • The school trusted you. You told everyone that “by game five you’ll be a different team.” But they were not a different team by game five – under your leadership, they lost every single game!
    • Even worse, you lied to those children about planning for the next two years with them. You were actually doing everything you could to ditch out on them and leave them without any coach for the next season. Some of those kids were probably aspiring college athletes, and you tanked their stats. Why would you lie like that? What sort of person does these things?


Question #4 Wolfgang MUST answer: 

Why don’t you include your stint at Sebring High anywhere on your resume?

  • You just completely leave out 1983-1985 in your career, why is that?
  • Is it because you stabbed somebody in the back again? Is that why you need to cover your tracks every few years?
  • Wasn’t it kind of stupid to dare people to look into your background, now that you think about it? Or do you legit not realize what a blatant scumbag you’ve been for your entire life?


Question #5 Wolfgang MUST answer: 

Why does your wife have so many aliases?

  • Is she hiding something?
  • What do you think it says about her, that she would choose Wolfgang Halbig to be her spouse?
  • How’s she doing these days, anyway? You guys good?


Question #6 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer:

Why did you and your wife get a divorce back in 1993?

    • What happened?
      • Did one of you have an affair?
      • Was it because of your career?
      • Or was it your mental state?
      • Why won’t you just answer these simple questions and put all the speculation to rest? What are you running from?
      • (You look tired by the way)


Question #7 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer:

Why have you been touting your experience as a U.S. Customs Inspector for more than twenty years, when you know that it was an entry-level part-time job at an airport, lasting one year at most?

  • Seriously your resume has more padding than a box of sanitary napkins.  Give it a rest.


Question #8 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer:

If you were such an informed Customs Inspector, why did you buy the Quadro Tracker scam hook-line-and-sinker, a product which the U.S. Customs Service had already declared to be a fraud?

  • Why were you trying to sell a phony bomb detector to the school you work at?
  • Can you imagine if there really was a bomb? Your incompetence would have endangered hundreds of lives at the school. And you were the director of school safety!!


Question #9 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer:

  • How did that student get his hands on your firearm? You’re a director of security for the school system and you let a student got ahold of your weapon?
    • Why didn’t you stop him? Who does that??


Question #10 Wolfgang MUST answer: 

What was the nature of your professional relationship with Mr. Marcum? 

    • Were you guys just really good friends? Who likes to make money together?
    • Did he give you a cut after you got the district to create a job for you?
    • Did you sell any services to his district after you left to go into the private sector?
    • Did you disclose any of this information to the district when you were signing all those contracts?
    • Were you surprised when someone finally called you out on all these conflicts of interest, and you subsequently lost that contract in Maryland?


Question #11 Wolfgang MUST answer:  

Why didn’t you, a former Florida state trooper, explain to your son that drunk driving is illegal and dangerous?

    • You were a driver’s-ed teacher too, did you teach all those students as poorly as you raised your son?
    • Why didn’t you instill in him any respect for safe driving, given the horrors you supposedly witnessed on Florida’s roadways?
    • Why would you allow your son to repeatedly violate the law like this, and endanger innocent people?


Question #12 Wolfgang MUST answer: 

Why did you keep hurting yourself on the job when you worked for various school districts in Florida?

  • Aren’t you a “national expert” on school and workplace safety? Your workplace is a school, and you can’t seem to keep even yourself safe there.
  • You’ve said many times over the years that districts should hire you because “teachers don’t know how to break up a fight,” but most of the injuries you filed for seem to involve you kicking your own ass in that process. How can you have done a job for that long and actually get worse at it?


Question #13 Wolfgang MUST answer: 

What exactly was your job in February 2005?

    • Are you a district employee, or a contractor?
    • Why were you bizarrely referred to as “the man running the safety program” but who is also “not allowed to speak on camera?”
    • Why weren’t you allowed to appear on television, anyway? It was okay in 1996, what happened?
    • What radio show did you appear on? Why don’t you talk about that ever?


Question #14 Wolfgang MUST answer:

What exactly is going on with you and your wife in summer of 2005? Why did you both quit your jobs?

  • Did your wife’s new position, with Lake County, turn out to be a more effective avenue into county tax coffers than yours had been?


Question #15 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: 

How is it that you were in charge of school safety when you let a student get your gun, AND you were in risk management when BOXES of your vital documents were left out for anyone to find?

  • Honestly, was this a joke or something?
  • How do you even find time to embarrass yourself this frequently?


Question #16 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: 

Why did you list on your 2012 resume under Lake County Public Schools “Director of Risk Management, 2005 – Current” when your contract was terminated in 2009?

    • Obviously, you’ve updated your resume after that, since it includes an entry for a corporation you didn’t even establish until 2012. So why didn’t you correct this part?


Question #17 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: 

How could you send those children into those filthy schools in Lake County, knowing about the toxic mold?

    • Why did you run away from the hazard without even telling anyone about it, rather than doing your job and protecting the students at staff at your school?
    • Where are the work orders you should have submitted to address this potentially very serious safety issue?

The Fall of Wolfgang Halbig

Wolfgang Halbig
An exhibit from Wolfgang Halbig’s slip-and-fall lawsuit from 2011, showing what some have described as his “sensitive knees”


January 2015: William Shanley’s trillion-dollar lawsuit is dismissed (though he goes on to file several more, with similar results):

March 13, 2015:During an appearance on The Richie Allen Show,” Wolfgang Halbig announces that he is possession of a firearm, and has trained to use it. [LINK]

There are things happening which caused me to go out and buy a handgun. And, I am taking precautions: I went back to the range, I’m qualified. I’m a sharpshooter. So, it’s sad I have to do these things.”

March 14, 2015: Jim Fetzer posts excerpt from an Alex Jones interview with Wolfgang Halbig.

HALBIG: “Well, you know what? They need to get ready, Alex, I’m coming. If you could be in my office right now today, beyond a reasonable doubt, we have all the evidence. People that anonymously have now come forward from Newtown. We now have documents that will, without a doubt, show that that school did not exist, it was not in operation.

Jones: “Well, You’d better release them as soon as possible or that’d end up, you know what happens to people. They’ll claim you suicided yourself or probably take some of your family out, claim you killed them and demonize you. That’s how they do it now — they kill you and your family.”

HALBIG:[with a big smile]: “Well, Alex, I saw my doctor the other day. I am not suicidal. I told my doctor I’m about as happy as can be. I got three great grandkids. But I’m telling you, the evidence that we have, right now I have an attorney here in Orlando, we filed a lawsuit. The judge here in Orlando allowed us to move forward. She granted me ten subpoenas to be issued two weeks ago, with discovery information. Alex, we are on the move.

March 9, 2015: ESTATE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION INC, the company against which Wolfgang had filed his second lawsuit for his January 2010 slip and fall,  offers Wolfgang a settlement of one hundred dollars.

April 9, 2015: Wolfgang Halbig rejects the $100 settlement from Errol Estates (not accepted within 30 days.) This results in the case moving forward. Several months later, Halbig loses the case, and is responsible for Errol’s court [costs].

April 20, 2015: Wolfgang’s attorney for the FOIA case, Kay Wilson, receives this correspondence advising them that a requested witness will not be attendance at their hearing.

April 23, 2015: The first of Wolfgang Halbig’s FOIA Commission hearings convenes in Hartford, Connecticut. He makes no progress on any of his counts.

June 2, 2015: St. Rose of Lima incident. Wolfgang Halbig is observed by security at Newtown church. Security calls police, telling them “I’ve got two cars here from out of state that are videotaping children as they leave the school and the guy gave me a rough time about leaving. Wolfgang promptly leaves, shortly after they arrive on the scene.

June 3, 2015: A Connecticut FOIA Commission meeting is held, the second half of the court’s hearing of Wolfgang Halbig’s complaints against Newtown. Again, no significant progress is made on any of Sandy Hook Justice’s supposed goals, but Halbig latches onto a response from First Selectman Pat Llodra, who had been speculating that a hazard sign seen at Sandy Hook days after the shooting may have been placed there by “homeland security.” Halbig does not specify what this detail supposedly indicates. He merely says “thank you,” and giggles. He then proceeds to go on a donation drive for Sandy Hook Justice, saying “homeland security” as much as possible.

June 11, 2015: During a “Max Resistance Round Table” public online forum and chat,Wolfgang Halbig falsely claims that a man, apparently chosen at random from one of several CSP dashcam videos from 12/14, was in fact a “Connecticut EMS Director Region 1 Director,” publicly naming the official and accusing them of participation in a conspiracy.

The absurd allegation is quickly and soundly debunked , but not before the “EMS Director at Sandy Hook” story is set upon by legions of hoaxers that litter the internet with propaganda memes demonizing two innocent men.

July 1, 2015: The Connecticut FOIA commission releases its report Wolfgang Halbig’s complaint. In the report’s recommendations, set to be heard in a meeting the following week, Wolfgang Halbig is found to have already received every existing document that he requested. All of the Freedom of Information Act proceedings of the past several months thus accomplished nothing of consequence for Sandy Hook Justice.

July 8, 2015: The final meeting for Wolfgang Halbig’s FOIA case is held, and the July 1 recommendations are approved. Wolfgang interrupts the proceedings, loudly storming out and losing all composure.

In the corridor just after the meeting’s conclusion, a sound and video recording captures Halbig threatening Mr. Frank, who is passing by on his way out of the courthouse. Halbig taunts that he is going to “find” Mr. Frank, as well as “find” one of the deceased child victims at Sandy Hook, Avielle Richman:

“We’re going to find Mr. Monte Frank, and Avielle Richman! Guess what there, Mr. Frank, what do you think? You’re protecting all of those people? Are you protecting Avielle Richman? Avielle Richman, you’re in the synagogue!”

July 27, 2015: Paypal, possibly the last remaining online payment system that Sandy Hook Justice can receive donations through, terminates Sandy Hook Justice’s account.

August 11, 2015: Wolfgang Halbig loses in his court battle against one of several anonymous “bloggers,” (see November 19 2014interview) resulting in a judgement of nearly $23,000 against Halbig, who again achieves absolutely nothing toward his goals, professed or otherwise.

Sept 11, 2015: Len Pozner sues Wolfgang Halbig.

Chapter 12: Year of the Wolf

Wolfgang Halbig

“I pray to God that I’m wrong. And if I’m wrong, I’m gonna march right into [a] mental hospital, I’m gonna enroll myself. Because, I’m serious, my wife is ready to divorce me. I’ve been married 42 years, I’ve got two beautiful sons, three granddaughters, my wife actually believes ‘how dare you question those parents who lost children at Sandy Hook?’ and I said ‘how do you know they died?'” – Wolfgang Halbig, October 6 2014


January 17 2014: Facebook comment from Wolfgang Halbig suggests that Sandy Hook has occupied the same place in his psyche that his obsession with President Obama had in years previous.

January 22, 2014: Wolfgang sends the following email (according to Professor James F. Tracy of Florida Atlantic University) suggesting that Lake County homicide detectives had paid him a visit at some point.

From: Wolfgang Halbig

To: Vance and Kehoe

January 22, 2014

Subject: Why would one of you send Homicide Detectives to my home and Threaten me with Felony Arrest by CT State Police?

Vance and Kehoe;

I do not know which one you of you had the idea that by having the Lake County, Florida Sheriffs Homicide Detectives show up at my house and threatened me with Felony arrest by the CT State Police if I did not stop asking questions about Sandy Hook Shooting.

You want me to stop asking questions in light of the fact that you both have yet to respond to any of my Ct Freedom of Information Act requests for the past 9 months, you both should be arrested for failing to comply with CT State Laws.

I have served honorably in the Military during Vietnam, I served as a Florida State Trooper in Miami, Fl, I worked as United States Customs Inspector at both International AIrports and Seaports.

I graduated at the top of my class at the Florida Highway Patrol Academy and that is why my class elected me as their class president to speak at our graduation.

What you two are doing is just unbelievable and I cannot believe that the law enforcement community across the United States is accepting the Danbury State Attorney report without the FBI Classified Investigative information included.

What in the world needs to be Classified by the FBI?

    • You stated that there was just one suspect and he shot himself in the classroom. Is that correct?
    • He shot 20 children and six school staff members. Is that correct?
    • He fired 153 rounds using both handguns and a .223 Bushmaster rifle as you stated. Is that correct?
    • He shot his way through the front glass door. Is that correct?
    • He parked his black Honda civic in the front parent drop off area with all four car doors wide open as Barbara Sibley a parent witness observed. Is that correct?
    • He left a 12 gauge Ithaca shotgun in the front seat of the black Honda civic. Is that correct?
    • He took approximately 11 minutes inside the school to kill 20 children and 6 school staff members. Is that correct?

So what has to be CLASSIFIED BY THE FBI?

THE WHY’S??????????????

    • Why NO Life Star Trauma Helicopter on Dec 14, 2012 since you use them in every active shooter drill when the news media covers your stories. WHY?
    • Why did you not allow the Paramedics and EMT’S inside the school after 11 minutes?
    • Who was the person who declared all 24 children and six school staff members legally dead? Who?
    • Why did it take over an hour to transport someone to the hospital?
    • Why do you have a 50 to 60 year old women being transported by ambulance as Natalie Hammond when Natalie Hammond is only 40 years old? Why pretend?
    • Why have 26 small Christmas trees behind the Sandy Hook Volunteer fire house on Dec 14, 2012 and then decorate them on Dec 15, 2012 after the shooting? Why?
    • Why have a Lt. of the Newtown Police Department with 24 years not leave his off duty job where he is controlling traffic at a construction work site until two hours after the shooting started? This is the best one of all. Why?
    • Why have a Licensed Registered Nurse who works at Sandy Hook Elementary School that Nancy Lana the mother of Adam Lana is a great and wonderful Kindergarten teacher at her school? Why does she lie on National News?
    • Why have a Police Chief State in the Newspaper article that his Lt. is not a first responder? Does anyone belief that for one-second especially when you have two Ct State troopers escorting a prisoner to the Danbury courthouse when hearing the active shooter call and respond to Sandy Hook. Why them and not the Lt.?

We have all these great Police Investigators and NO one questions the actions of Dec 14, 2012.

You both then did a great job and deserve an Oscar at the Oscars in Hollywood.

Do not send anymore Detectives to my home.

Please answer my questions if you can.


Wolfgang W Halbig


January 21 2014: “Bill Ford” (see: Sonitrol, 2003) posts a video titled “Childrens Safety Institute” to Youtube, promoting the same “Calming Sounds” and “Extra Hands” products that Wolfgang was marketing earlier in the year.

January 23rd 2014: Wolfgang falsely claims that it was his “responsibility to learn englsih” when he came to the United States. Despite this, he consistently admits, when under oath, that he did not learn english properly and could not read, passing thru the public school system thanks only to his ability to play football.


January 24th, 2014:

January 27, 2014: Wolfgang expresses annoyance at “all the racial charges by blacks on a daily basis.”

February 3, 2014: Wolfgang reflects on the consequences of alcoholism and drug addiction after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. He also reveals several facts about his upbringing and family:

The same day:

February 10, 2014: Wolfgang submits a Freedom of Information Act Request. In it, he identifies himself “the Chief Investigator for the Children’s Safety Institute that protects Children with Autism.” and indicates that the Sandy Hook shooting is a factor in his professional life.

From: Wolfgang Halbig [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 9:35 AM


Subject: PLease process as quickly as possible sorry for the urgency.

Importance: High

Freedom of Information Act Request:

Can you please provide me with the F.E.M.A. Sandy Hook School Shooting NIMS or ICS evaluations.

You had over 8 F.E.M.A evaluators on site during the shooting since you could see their I.D badges with pictures provided by observers from the Catholic Church.

NIMS and ICS is your brainchild which requires every school district to have all staff members trained in the NIMS or ICS Emergency Response protocols.

So I cannot imagine that after millions and millions of tax payer dollars that FEMA would not want to evaluate one of the most heinous and horrendous crimes in US school history.

How did NIMS work or How did the ICS command Center work at Sandy Hook on Dec 14, 2012?

It show clearly show who the stupid person in the command center was that did not request the Trauma Helicopters for children and school staff’s urgent medical care.

It should clearly show who the stupid individual was at the command center who did not allow the paramedics or the EMT’S inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School to provide immediate medical care to those clinging to life.

It should show who the stupid individual at the command center was who declared all 25 children and adults legally dead within the first 8 minutes of the school shooting.

It should show pictures of this massive school evacuation of 500 children and school staff. I am sure that the command center would have documented that massive evacuation.

It should show in the evaluations as to why the first police units parked a 1/4 of a mile away from the school when first responding and waiting for backup. That is not the first responder new protocols is it?

It should show why a 24 year veteran of the Newtown police department on an off duty work detail at a construction site not respond to shots fired at an Elementary School until 2 and a half hours after shots are fired. He stayed at the construction site. Is that a new FEMA directive ?

When are parents not allowed to see their dead children at the morgue? Is that a new FEMA directive?

Please provide all of those answers as quickly as possible since I am the Chief Investigator for the Children’s Safety Institute that protects Children with Autism and now since this shooting has cast a malicious stigmatizing effect on all children with Autism as potential killers if not supervised properly, this report is vital.

Thank you and please mail your FEMA evaluation to 25526 Hawks Run Lane, Sorrento, Fla 32776

Wolfgang W Halbig


February 11, 2014: Wolfgang Halbig e-mails American Free Press associated writer Deanna Spingola:

He also comments on a facebook link to the show:

According to Spingola, Halbig contacted her at 6:22am that day, and later called into the show as she was presenting the first part of a critique of a “Sandy Hook Hoax” documentary, which produced by an individual calling herself “Sofia Smallstorm”:

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Wolfgang Halbig, who had never corresponded with me before, emailed me at 6:22am (CST). See those emails below. Later that day, Halbig called into my radio AFP program which broadcast from 2-4pm (CST). On that program, I presented Part 1 of my critique on Sofia Smallstorm’s video: Sofia Smallstorm Unraveling Sandy Hook; Hear the audio of that call. On that same day, Dave Gahary of the AFP uploaded a podcast of an interview that he conducted on 2/4, School Safety Expert Threatened for Questioning Sandy Hook, which went viral throughout the Internet. How did it go viral – the same way the the 27-second video claiming Robbie Parker was an actor went viral. See more here                 

Also on February 11th, 2014: American Free Press writer Dave Gahary interviews Wolfgang. This interview gains traction online, and becomes the avenue through which most early Hoaxers are introduced to Halbig.

Also on February 11th 2014: “Bill Ford” uploads three videos to his Youtube channel, all having to do with Children’s Safety Institute. The first is a demonstration of  the “extra hands” product: [LINK]

The second video is a slideshow narrated by Wolfgang:

The third is footage of a presentation by Wolfgang, pitching the “Calming Sounds headset” along with “Extra Hands.”

February 13, 2014: Wolfgang promotes his interview with Gahary.

February 14, 2014: Wolfgang complains of his “supposed friends” in Florida who are apparently not willing to help him with his quest to get involved with Sandy Hook.

February 18, 2014: Wolfgang cuts an interview short, claiming that law enforcement have arrived at his home (the third visit overall, and the second in 3 days.

The same day, Wolfgang claims to have emailed Senator Marco Rubio regarding the Sandy Hook investigation. When he receives a dismissive response, he uses profanity several times:

February 19, 2014: Professor James Tracy (of Florida Atlantic University) publishes a story “Wolfgang Halbig’s Quest for Truth”, reprinting several emails Halbig sent over the past year.

February 20, 2014: Halbig claims on facebook that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office paid him a visit again, this time in uniform. Wolfgang declares “let the games begin in solving the Sandy Hook Illusion” and announces the Sandy Hook Justice Trust Fund. He starts collecting donations.

February 20, 2014: Jim Fetzer, a Florida-based Professor, calls police expressing concern for Wolfgang Halbig after he had “not heard from him in a couple days,” suggesting regular and expected contact between the two at this point:

February 24, 2014: Snapshot of Halbig’s facebook profile, going back to early January same year:

March 1, 2014: Wolfgang makes the impossible claim that he, in his single year as a Florida State Trooper, personally witnessed over 145 autopsies.

March 4 2014: American Free Press writer Deanna Spingola describes further interaction with Wolfgang Halbig through her radio show:

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, I interviewed Wolfgang W. Halbig on my RBN program, MP3; Program Notes On that program I asked him if he was ever a “homicide investigator” but he avoided the question. When he called into my program on 2/11, he claimed to be a “homicide investigator.” The one thing that I note, whether it was during the “debates” or on a radio show, those who believe that Sandy Hook was a hoax maintain their views about the issues, even when presented with contradictory evidence or when someone answers their questions. Perhaps these people are not really looking for answers. They just wish to impose their views on the population. People who research regularly change their minds as they discover additional data. Change agents do not do that.

March 7, 2014: Wolfgang posts a message to his facebook profile, claiming that his “best business partner” had “quit his job” with CSI, and that thus the company would cease to be:

In a 2015 radio interview with Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy, Wolfgang says he lost his business “Children’s Safety Institute” when he had just finished conducting a “workshop” at “Pittsburgh conference” for children with autism and aspergers. (See: July 2013) [Link to interview]

March 11, 2014: A comment from “Wolfgang Halbig” on an unofficial page for Abilene Christian University suggests her is learning a “new vocabulary”:

To all you trolls and Shills whatever that means since these are new words in my new vocabulary.please check me out with all those I have worked for you might just learn something new called the truth. Wolfgang W. Halbig 25526 Hawks Run Lane Sorrento, Florida 32776

March 17, 2014: Gofundme temporarily shuts down donations to Sandy Hook Justice, demanding more information from Wolfgang about his activities.

The fund is restored soon after.

March 19, 2014: Sandy Hook Justice has raised over $10,000.

March 26, 2014 Comments left by a username “just wondering” contain alleged specifics about who the deputies were that supposedly threatened Wolfgang in December 2013:

It seems when Wolfgang Halbig started asking questions about SANDY HOOK and making freedom of information requests Lauren Ritchie’s friend Sheriff Gary Borders sent a total of four of his Gestapo members to Halbig’s home to tell him to stop asking questions of CT officials. Halbig identified the first two Deputies in Dec. 2013 as Clay Watkins and Chris Huskey. He said they told him if he didn’t stop investigating SANDY HOOK “bad things were going to happen!” He has not released the names of the last two.

Check out Wolfgang Halbig’s efforts to expose the SANDY HOOK HOAX for what it is on his face book page at SANDY HOOK JUSTICE.

Also, the people of Lake County need to realize it was their sheriff Gary Borders who sent his goons out to stop Wolfgang Halbig from seeking the truth about Sandy Hook. Apparently this sheriff is getting his orders straight from Washington.

May 6, 2014: Wolfgang Halbig’s visit to the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department’s firehouse results in police being called. The police determine that the firefighter who got into a confrontation with Halbig had not committed assault, despite Halbig’s claims. Video evidence is key in exposing Halbig’s latest hoax attempt.


Also on May 6, 2014: Wolfgang stops by the Newtown Police Department, with his associate Jim Fetzer (as well as Dave Gahary and others.)

Also on May 6, 2014: Newtown school board greets Sandy Hook skeptics with silence – News-Times article reports on Wolfgang Halbig (along with Jim Fetzer) attending a Newtown School Board meeting, and being met with patient contempt from the townspeople:[LINK]

But board members refused to take the bait, remaining silent throughout presentations by Halbig and several of his supporters who followed him to the microphone. The audience, which included First Selectman Pat Llodra and several other town officials who had come to support the board, also stayed silent.

The only public response came from Newtown resident Jim Fitzpatrick, who was the last to speak. Unable to let this group have the last word, he said, “It’s a shame to see this circus come to town, and I’m offended by the people who have come, and these conspiracy theories. Newtown has conducted itself wonderfully.’

Wolfgang stops at several other (confirmed) Newtown addresses before returning to Florida.

May 28, 2014: Wolfgang receives an email from Len Pozner:

May 31, 2014: Wolfgang Halbig calls police, claiming that Lenny Pozner “tried to come to his house last night” but the security guard “wouldn’t let him through.”

May 31, 2014: Wolfgang once again calls police, making allegations of “harassment” on the part of Newtown parent Lenny Pozner. The responding officer notes that “SUBJ IS S20” – (Signal 20, code for a mentally ill person):

June 3rd 2014: Wolfgang again calls police to report “harassment,” claiming that he “tried to file a report days” ago, but deputies would not come to his home.

Eventually, an officer does come to the Halbig residence to take a statement.

Wolfgang tells the reporting officer about the email received, as well as “two telephone calls, which he believes are from Mr. Pozner,” though he is not able to provide any phone number from which the calls were coming, and Wolfgang never answers whatever these alleged calls were, and the caller did not leave any message:

July 3, 2014: Wolfgang remarks in his status that he has “One day left on facebook”


July 30, 2014: An individual identifying themselves as William Brandon Shanley writes a public letter to “Leadership of Senate and House Judiciary Committees Calling for Joint-Hearings”, associating himself with Wolfgang Halbig and Jim Fetzer and desiring to expose the “Sandy Hook Massacre Hoax.”  [LINK]

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman

The Honorable Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building,

Washington, D.C. 20510-6050

re: Cover-Up in Connecticut: The Sandy Hook Massacre Hoax

Dear Sirs—

My name is William Brandon Shanley. I’m a New London-based filmmaker with experience in TV-based pseudo-reality research in presidential elections and an editor of books on quantum physics. I’m also writing on behalf of Wolfgang Halbig, a former Florida State Trooper, school administrator with 36 years of experience (up to Vice Principal and Principal) and a nationally recognized school safety expert, and, James H. Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota.

August 21, 2014: Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission receives a letter from a man identifying himself as William Brandon Shanley, and claiming that that he represents Wolfgang Halbig’s organization, Sandy Hook Justice, along with team member Jim Fetzer [LINK]:

 Letter from Sandy Hook Justice to Sandy Hook Advisory Commission August 21, 2014


Contact: William Brandon Shanley, New London, 860-857-2042

From: William Brandon Shanley and Sandy Hook Justice

To: Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

August 21, 2014 via Commission website

I request that this letter goes to all members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

I am a member of a team of scholars, journalists and researchers named Sandy Hook Justice:

* Dr. James H. Fetzer, Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota Duluth and editor and journalist for Veterans Today;

* Wolfgang Halbig, former Florida State Police officer, school administrator and national school safety specialist;

* William Shanley, a non-fiction filmmaker and author, with news analysis specialty since the 1980 presidential election…

The letter goes on to list alleged evidence that “Sandy Hook Justice” wishes to present to the commission, which would purportedly establish that the shooting was a “hoax.”

September 22, 2014: Sandy Hook Justice has raised over $27,000 (not including donations made via check or money order.)

 October 6, 2014: Wolfgang Halbig delivers a lengthy speech to an “Oathkeepers” meeting in Long Island, New York. While in the state of New York for this visit, it is documented that Halbig meets with numerous other individuals involved in the “Sandy Hook Hoax” operation.

During his speech, Wolfgang points out that it is “cruel” to use children and teachers as “props” for an agenda, confirming that he is fully aware of the consequences of his hoax.

“I pray to God that I’m wrong. And if I’m wrong, I’m gonna march right into [a] mental hospital, I’m gonna enroll myself. Because, I’m serious, my wife is ready to divorce me. I’ve been married 42 years, I’ve got two beautiful sons, three granddaughters, my wife actually believes ‘how dare you question those parents who lost children at Sandy Hook?’ and I said ‘how do you know they died?’  – Wolfgang Halbig, October 6 2014 

October 9, 2014: Wolfgang Halbig’s Sandy Hook Justice Gofundme account is terminated. Halbig would later claim that the fund had grown in excess of $31,000 USD.

November 19, 2014: Halbig conducts a phone interview with an individual calling themselves “Professor Doom1” (TAV). In it, Halbig complains about his Gofundme account getting shut down, and reveals the Sandy Hook Justice legal strategy: [LINK]

“I had this account Gofundme, and they shut it down. I mean, I’m gonna figure out who did it, because I got a copy of the letter that was written to the president, CEO, and uhh Chief Financial Officer of Gofundme calling me a fraud. I mean let me tell you what, they just butchered me. Okay?

So, I’m hiring an attorney. As a matter of fact, I got a meeting in the morning, I’m going to file a lawsuit in federal court against Gofundme, and try to get a federal judge to issue a John Doe subpoena, uhh, finding out who all the people are that have filed letters of complaint against me, that are calling me a fraud, and — I mean I want to know who these people are. Then, we’re going to turn it around, and we’re going to file the lawsuits against the people who are calling me a fraud, and got Gofundme to shut me down. “

He goes on to claim that the closure of his Sandy Hook Justice fund has “bothered” his family, adding that “my wife is really upset.”

December 15, 2014: William Brandon Shanley begins filing a bizarre series of lawsuits, nearly incomprehensible in their language and demanding absurd sums (in excess of one trillion dollars) over the Sandy Hook shooting. The lawsuits rely heavily on “Hoaxer” articles written by Professor Jim Fetzer:







December 25, 2014: William Shanley issues a press release, announcing the flurry of lawsuits to expose the Sandy Hook “hoax.” The same document proclaims that Jim Fetzer and Wolfgang Halbig will be called as expert witnesses in the case:

After exhaustive research, the good news is that overwhelming evidence reveals that no children or teachers died at Sandy Hook two years ago. For relief, I have filed lawsuits against the media in US District Court in New Haven for Fraud and Terrorism. Here is an example of our abundant evidence, Exhibit D: The Connecticut State Police dash cams record no evacuation of children from school at critical moments: — Smoking Gun evidence no children died at Sandy Hook.”

Attached is a photo staged by the Newtown Bee, a wider view of that action being staged on a different day that the emergency altogether, and a sampling of front pages that terrorized the world with the fake photo.

Mr. Shanley is the producer of The Made-for-TV Election starring Martin Sheen that analyzed media coverage in the tectonic Carter-Reagan election of 1980. He is also the author of books on quantum physics, including Alice and the Quantum Cat (2011).

Dr. James Fetzer, whose 35 articles on Sandy Hook for Veteran’s Today qualify him for the highest investigative journalism awards, and School Safety Consultant, Wolfgang Halbig, whose investigative expertise as a former Florida State Police officer, and loving attention as a former principal, makes this case’s particulars comprehensible to all, will be called as expert witnesses.

It is their scholarship and bravery that makes these Complaints possible for the shear breadth and scope and detail of evidence they have assembled. Hundreds of independent researchers have also made this day possible, and Mr. Shanley claims they will be tracked down and rewarded heartily for their bravery and mindfulness of America.

December 29, 2014: In another interview with “Professor Doom1”, Halbig confirms that he did indeed have contact with William Shanley, and knew of the planned lawsuits, but had cautioned Shanley and several other persons, one of whom is known to be Professor Jim Fetzer, not to go through with them:

“PROFESSOR DOOM1”: [William Shanley] and Jim Fetzer seem to think that they are going to supercede you somehow in, uh, pursuit of a lawsuit, and they were going to be using you for some kind of, uh, professional technical witness or something?”

 HALBIG:”I told them personally, each one of ’em, do not file the lawsuit. You’re messing everything up that everybody has worked on together. I – I begged them not to file the lawsuit.

Wolfgang Halbig then takes great care to distance himself from William Shanley, while admitting that the two were at one time connected in some way, which in turn involved Jim Fetzer in some way.

“I have never met this person, I do not know this person [Shanley], uh, he was introduced to me by Jim Fetzer. Uh, the guy asked me for a donation one time because he doesn’t have any money. So, I didn’t take it out of the donations. I actually gave him a personal check out of my account for three hundred dollars. I didn’t want to use other people’s money to help this guy for whatever reason Fetzer said I should. But, I have disconnected myself from him. I think that — I don’t know what Fetzer and he are up to, I think it’s going to ruin everything we have worked for, and I’m very disappointed in their actions.”

Halbig goes on to express frustration with Professor Jim Fetzer’s implied shift in loyalties:

“I don’t know what in the world’s happened to Jim Fetzer. You know, I trusted that man, you know… from the very beginning, and then all of a sudden, he’s on a whole different tangent. I don’t – I don’t… I don’t know what their game plan is.

Chapter 11: The Scent



Executive Director for the Children’s Safety Institute: 2012-current

January 5, 2012:Recording, preliminary autopsy shed new light” – Wolfgang is quoted for an article regarding the use of deadly force in schools, after police shoot and kill  17-year-old Jaime Gonzalez Jr. after he is spotted with a gun on the campus of Cummings Middle School. Halbig is critical of the officer’s decision to use deadly force.


Wolfgang Halbig, executive director of the National Institute for School and Workplace Safety, based in Heathrow, Fla., believes the officers could have found another way to resolve the issue rather than shooting Gonzalez.

“I hate playing Monday morning quarterback,” but there could have been another way to handle the situation, Halbig said in a telephone interview.

Halbig, a retired police officer and school safety expert, said from reading media reports it appeared that Gonzalez was the only one in imminent danger. He believes if Gonzalez had planned to hurt any other students, he would have immediately shot them while inside a classroom.

Halbig said he has trained about 3,000 school police officers nationwide about what to do when confronted by a student with a handgun.

“I can’t believe they both fired (at Gonzalez),” Halbig said. “He was not a threat to anyone but himself. The rule for law enforcement, whether you are on the street or on the school campus, is to look at all your options. … When you shoot a 16-, a 15- or a 14-year-old in the leg, trust me there is pain. But to take a life. … A headshot is a kill shot. Is that what we are all about?”

January 6, 2012: Wolfgang is interviewed by a local blog regarding the Gonzalez Jr. shooting, and largely walks back most of his claims just a day after he made them. He shows a clear awareness that initial reports and media reports of shootings can be wildly inaccurate. He urges police officers responding to a school shooting to exercise restraint and patience. He also apparently spells his own last name wrong.

By Wolfgang H. Halgib

I would like to respond and clarify to those who responded to this newspaper article. It was not easy to respond to a school shooting in which a middle school student was shot to death. Yes, I was In the comfort of my home when speaking with the news reporter.

I would never respond to an incident in which police officers had to use deadly force unless I walked in their shoes as a former Florida State Trooper working in Miami Florida with gun drawn and having to make a difficult choice.

  My comments in this newspaper article were solely based on the information provided to me by the media and law enforcement. At 1st even they get the information wrong when providing information to the public as quickly as possible.

  What questions would you be asking if that was your child when you received a call stating that your child was just shot and killed while in school?

  My comments are only made because these school shootings by school police officers in such a quick and decisive manner causes me extreme concerns.

  The last case that I worked on was when a SWAT team member used a scope rifle and shot and killed a middle school student while he was isolated and contained in the boys bathroom with no threat to anyone else but himself. This issue was resolved within a 35 min. time frame when the gun was 1st reported, it was a pellet gun.

  The SWAT team member who shot and killed a young boy stated that he was in fear of his life, how is that possible when you’re looking through the scope from behind the wall?

  Please remember that this young man had already entered the classroom and hit another student in the face, he did not shoot that student or anyone else in the classroom or while walking on the campus heading to the hallway where he was isolated since all the other students and teachers and staff were locked down in their classrooms with lights out.

  I took for granted that the police officers used their handguns, now finding out that they use their rifles causes me even more concern and only hope that those who responded on the comments understand that this is not to criticize but to find other options quickly before taking your life.

February 1, 2012 – Wolfgang Halbig contributes $250 to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s election campaign, ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, INC.

Like the previous two recipients of Halbig’s donations, this candidate is opposing Barack Obama.

February 8, 2012: Separate investigations launched into Volusia charter school – Wolfgang is quoted in an article about charter schools in Florida. It is claimed that Wolfgang “opened the first charter school in Florida.NOTE: records suggest the first Florida charter school was Liberty City Charter School, where Halbig was never employed, so Wolfgang’s basis for making this claim is unclear. [LINK]

The Imani School was $400,000 in debt. Ardonnis Lumpkin was an advisor for both schools.

Volusia County Public Schools and the state Department of Education are looking into the school.

The school district is not calling this an official investigation, but it did confirm it has been in talks with top leaders from the charter school because of this situation.

Wolfgang Halbig opened the first charter school in Florida. He said there are good charter schools, but state laws make it easy for schools to spend money with little oversight.

“You see it over and over throughout the state. Have one charter school, they close down, and all of a sudden open up and leave the first school with a half million in debt. They change the name, but the players don’t change,” Halbig said.

February 21, 2012: replies to the thread “Re: Are Teachers Behind in Higher-Order Thinking Skills?”  the forum “Ask a Question” on Education Weekly Forums. He’s banned, so the post is gone.

February 28, 2012: Why we miss school shooting warning signs – Wolfgang comments on a CNN news story about school shootings. 

Wolfgang Halbig

Do you see how every one from the police department to the school superintendent talk about what a great response time they had and how they trained for such an event?

If that was what you call a School Lockdown then this school district has serious concerns for the future.

School Safety or Safety has a definition that all school boards and school superintendents must do. It is what do we do on a daily basis to reduce the safety risks to as low as possible.

School Security are the tools that school boards and school superintendents adopt in order to keep those safety risks to as low as possible. There is not one school district that can promise a parent that his child will be 100% percent safe from harm. There are NO gurantees.

Someday those who are really interested in looking for school safety solutions will change the way they have been brainwashed by the United States Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools.

Does anybody not see what is happening that could have or should have been prevented.

Now the experts from colleges who have not worked in our public schools since who knows are going to tell the school district about school shootings.

Please let’s start a true discussion about school safety and how to reduce to safety risks on a daily bases so others will not get seriously injured or killed.

March 2 2012: Wolf starts the thread “LGTB BULLYING” to the forum “Ask a Question” on Education Weekly Forums. He’s banned, so the post is gone. There were no replies.

March 15 2012 – Posts to the thread “Education Technology” on Education Weekly. Here, or at some time after here  (but not before) his account was banned.

March 27, 2012: Trayvon Martin leaks claim teen attacked first, was suspended for pot – Wolfgang Halbig is quoted in News 13 story about the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford (Halbig was an Assistant Principal at Sanford Middle School in 2005, and was a teacher there in 2011, but is credited simply as a “former Miami state trooper,” a job he left well over three decades ago.) [LINK]

Coming to the defense of Sanford police was former Miami state trooper Wolfgang Halbig, who made it a point to remind reporters that an initial Sanford police report shows Zimmerman looked to be arrested for manslaughter.

Somewhere along the line someone at the department decided that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.

“When you see a dead body lying there, especially when it’s a child, it affects all of us,” Halbig said.

March 28, 2012 Was Zimmerman Nearly Charged On Night Of Shooting? – A news story from WESH Orlando, again covering the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, quotes Wolfgang, now credited as a “law enforcement expert.” His claims are immediately discredited, by actual law enforcement. [LINK]

SANFORD, Fla. —George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was nearly charged with manslaughter the night of February 26.

That claim comes from a law enforcement expert, Wolfgang Halbig, who reviewed the Sanford Police Department’s report.

Halbig said police officers recommended the manslaughter charge and that it was the State Attorney’s Office that decided not to move forward with the charge.

“Whether you are a sheriff or a police chief, the state attorney is the one who decides,” Halbig said.

Sanford police officials said they object to Halbig’s claim because say the charge was not a recommendation; rather, it was something to be reviewed by the state attorney.

April 13 2012: At 2:50pm, Wolfgang Halbig runs a red light while driving westbound on Howell Branch Road, at the intersection of Temple Trail in Winter Park, Florida. He is driving a 2006 Toyota pickup. NOTE: Since Wolfgang’s son drove a truck at this time registered to his father, it’s possible that this was Erik driving.

Friday May 18, 2012: Wolfgang is deposed for his fall lawsuit, WOLFGANG HALBIG vs. CITY OF APOPKA.

During the deposition, he loses composure at several lines of questioning:

Wolfgang also indicates that he dependent on the pain medication Tramadol (though he later adds that “I just don’t believe in Vicodin or Oxycodone.”):

Wolfgang also falsely claims, under oath, that he was campaigning for Lake County Commissioner in 2011, when it reality the election was in 2010 (Wolfgang attended the April 2010 South Lake Hob Nob less than three months after his supposedly debilitating injury.)

June 29, 2012: Several 7th grade students are suspended after a video of them bullying Karen Klein, a bus monitor in upstate New York, goes viral on Youtube. In the ensuing nationwide dialogue on bullying, an online fundraiser collects over $650,000 for Klein.

July 24, 2012 : Wolfgang Halbig posts a comment to a story about Karen Klein on facebook. He announces a fundraising drive, in which the donors would be paid back “once the company is up and running.” This demonstrates his interest in finding a news story to latch onto and collect money off of.

August 27, 2012 – Wolfgang Halbig is ticketed for speeding. The case is eventually dismissed.<

September 26, 2012: Florida drivers pay $7 million a year for driver’s ed program that doesn’t exist – article notes how the taxpayers are still paying the fee for Wolfgang’s driver’s education law, even though driver’s education is no longer mandatory.

Halbig said the worst part is he believes teens have died in crashes because they didn’t take driver’s education.

Now, he said, he knows the money was there.

“When a parent grabs you, they know what it is, and it’s not good news. And you have to take them to the morgue to show them their child. Come on, we can do better than that,” Halbig said.

Septtember 27, 2012: Wolfgang applies for another job with Lake County, apparently for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. On the application, under references, Wolfgang lists himself three times:

It is a general application, and under “Position” Halbig enters “Educational Consultant.”

October 7, 2012: A comment is posted under the name “Wolfgang Halbig” on an ABCnews article about President Obama: [LINK]

wolfgang halbig


Today I am as angry as anyone can get. What is it going to take for the uneducated Americans to get educated and start thinking about how they have responsibilities and not just rights that they throw in our faces everyday.

My father for four years I learned was in a NAZI PRISON in POSEN, POLAND.

Thank God that the Americans found him.

The letters I have now found in GERMANY makes me sick to my stomach as to what Hitler did to the Jewish Race. To this day I cannot believe that someone did not kill him which would have saved 6 million of our people there not just a jewish race they are people just like you and me.

THE UNEDUCATED Just keep watching that Idiot Box all day long because it appears our America is not the America that OUR Baby Boomers protected.

They listened to the RADIO since we had NO Idiot Boxes to watch, we listened to the radio and used our Imagination with the voices and sounds we heard.

October 2012: Comments are left under a number of articles, from the username “wolfgang halbig.” The text is  usually copied from a “birther” website’s “Obama timeline” or similar rumor list. [LINK]

He leaves the same comment here: [LINK]

another similar comment:[LINK]

more: [LINK]

on race: [LINK]

more on African-Americans: [LINK]

Obama “wedding ring” chain email: [LINK]

Hurricane Sandy: [LINK]

November 8 2012: Just days after the 2008 election, a user claiming to be Wolfgang Halbig posts a comment to a CNN article, critical of African-Americans. (see pg3 of this document.)

December 14 2012: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “Hoaxerism” begins almost immediately.

Meanwhile in Florida, Wolfgang’s son is arrested on the same day.



January 30, 2013: Ownership of the Cranberry Isles Way property is transferred from Nancy Halbig to both Wolfgang and Kathy Halbig, as joint tenants.

March 13, 2013 – Wolfgang Halbig delivers a safety presentation for Sonitrol of Southwest Ohio, at the Savannah Center in West Chester:


Hamilton County Disabilities covering it:

How did you choose the speakers for the seminar?

We wanted this to be an interactive discussion, and we wanted people to be able to share best practices because each school is unique, so each of their plans is going to be a little bit different. You don’t want to put your audience to sleep. You want to make sure the speaker engages the audience, keeps them interested, and presents information relevant to your participants.

We had national safety expert Wolfgang Halbig as one of our speakers. He had attended one of our previous school seminars, and he did a really dynamic presentation that talked about active shooters, bullying and all the different types of crime that can occur within a school environment. We also had speakers from the Cincinnati Police Department District 4 and representatives from the Hamilton County Prosecutors office. Because attendees are going to ask a lot of questions, I highly recommend inviting a police district that has a good rapport with your company.

June 29, 2013: “Wolfgang Halbig” leaves a comment on the website “Special Education Advisor.”

June 12, 2013: Wolfgang Halbig applies for another position with Lake County, this time working with criminal offenders and/or victims:

July 13, 2013: Wolfgang conducts a safety seminar at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The event’s description promises sessions on the “EXTRA HANDS” Safety Shield , as well as the  “CALMING SOUNDS” headset.


The description reads in part: [LINK] [LINK]

Learn new Innovative Teacher Strategies and tools that will reduce the use of restraints in the classroom. Too many children and teacher injuries have received national attention in finding new solutions for restraints. These strategies and tools work for college and professional football, baseball and basketball players as well as music and movie stars, and the question is, Why not for children with special needs?

September 27, 2013: According to emails published by Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy, Wolfgang sends the following email to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.

From: Wolfgang Halbig

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:00:43 -0500

To: [email protected]

Cc: [email protected]

Subject: Mike Kehoe your Police Chief should be immediately fired for Negligence

Mrs Llordra:

I find this e-mail very difficult to write but as a Former Florida State Trooper and old now find the actions of your Police Chief very disturbing.

I have dedicated my life in public service and to read about your police chief giving Lt. George Sinko only a letter of reprimand for failing to respond to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Dec 14, 2012

You should ask yourself as to how a Lt. working an off-duty detail at a construction site and making overtime money can ignore 911 calls and a Newtown police dispatcher requesting help from police officers for shots fired at The Sandy Hook Elementary School.

I cannot imagine any police officer ignoring emergency help requests when children and school staff lives are being threatened.  To sit in your car and listen to all those emergency calls go over the airwaves and do nothing is negligence.

For over two hours he sits and does absolutely nothing while children and school staff are being shot and killed.

Your Police Chief states in the newspaper that he is not a first responder.  He also states that he was off duty.

I can tell you and so can any other certified law enforcement officer when working an off-duty detail that you are never off-duty especially when lives of children and school staff are at stake.

We in law enforcement are on duty 24/7 always on call.

This Lt is  24 year veteran and if he does not know his responsibilities then he should also be immediately be fired along with the Police Chief.

This is a national embarrassment that clearly demonstrates negligence by both the Police Chief for not calling him to duty that morning and for the Lt not responding to this crisis.

We are all first responders even if you are a Lt.

How embarrassing for the City of Newtown Ct having a Lt. sit for over two hours and not respond and only be given a letter of reprimand.

I know that there is more to the story and I only hope that you use common sense in handling this huge embarrassment for your City.

Wolfgang W Halbig

October 17, 2013: According to emails published by Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy, Wolfgang sends the following email to Newtown Schools, cc’ing CBS News. NOTE: Stanley Security purchased Sonitrol in 2008 [LINK]

From: Wolfgang Halbig

Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:11:53 -0500

To: Kathy June <[email protected]>

Cc: “[email protected]”  “[email protected]

Subject: Last try for Freedom of Information Act from your Interim Superintendent


Please tell your Interim School Superintendent that his response is total Horsepoop.

Hiding behind the safety of children and school staff in not releasing my information request is unprofessional if he is an educator.

I am simply asking for the Vendors name who you the school district or school hired to install the security system at Sandy Hook Elementary School with address and contact numbers

Just like Stanley Security Solutions has installed all of the security tools at the Sandy Hook replacement school.

They have donated over $100,000 thousand dollars in front door access control with CCTV CAMERA AND ACCESS BUTTON WITH CMAERA BEING A COLOR CAMERA.



What is wrong with your school district and your superintendents?  What are they afraid off?

I need the total cost of the project.

I need the date of completion.

I need the breakdown of the total cost as to what did the cameras cost? Are they color or just black and white?

I do not want to know the locations as I do know the placement of the cameras at the Sandy Hook replacement school and I promise not to ever hurt any child or staff in your school district.

Please comply with my FOIA as soon a possible since I have been waiting forever.

Wolfgang W Halbig

October 31, 2013: Wolfgang sends the following email to the FBI, cc’ing CBS news, ABC news, 60 minutes, and Bruce Winner and Ron Davis (according to a January 2014 facebook post from Wolfgang.) Nearly a year after the Sandy Hook shooting, Halbig expresses suspicion that the shooting did not take place, as well as frustration that his Freedom of Information Act requests are not being acted upon:

From: Wolfgang Halbig <[email protected]>

Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:17:17 -0500

To: <[email protected]>

Cc: “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “Winner, Bruce” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>

Subject: Some one needs to go to jail/Second request


There is no question about what your next step should be in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Dec 14, 2012.

Someone needs to go to jail just for the sheer negligence in failing to request the Medevac Trauma Helicopters to respond to the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In every Active Shooter Training exercise the CT State Police and or local law enforcement always use the Medevac Trauma Helicopters to land at a school site used for practice so educators ail understand what will happen when children and school staff are seriously injured.

Now we actually have a shooting but No one requested the trauma helicopters LIFE STAR. I called Life Star and they where as surprised as I was when they where Not requested that morning. Please contact them and use my name.

Never in my 36 years working as a Florida State Trooper or US Customs Agent or Teacher, Coach, School Administrator have I ever witnessed a school district or law enforcement agency hiding the truth from parents and school districts across this country.

[…] When a US President goes on National Television on the afternoon of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Dec 14, 2012 with tears and promises the country that he will use every resource of his office in investigation this heinous crime.

He stated that he personally contacted the Director of the FBI Robert Mueller and even the Gov of CT Malloy and promising them the same resources.

How in the world with all those resources from the FBI, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service, NSA , Ct State Police and local law enforcement that a school,l shooting is 11 month old with NO information?

Is the Presidents words meaningless? Sparks Nevada in which a teacher is shot and killed and the FBI and Homeland Security have been assigned to investigate and you in Newhaven have NO clue or are you intentionally hiding the truth?

I believe that 1 of 2 things occurred on Dec 14th, 2012. 1) The EMTs/First responders were negligent & should be charged with Sec. 53a-56. Manslaughter in the second degree or 2). When the EMT’s failed in requesting the Medevac Life Star Trauma Helicopters on Dec 14, 2012 they prevented children and school staff from receiving the best life savings medical services available especially since two children died at the hospital. Why?

The Connecticut State Police were uttering false statements & should be charged with Falsely reporting an incident in the first degree (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 53a-180), receive no less than 1 year, nor more than 5 years’ imprisonment; No more than $5,000 fine.

You have a Lt. from the Newtown Police Department working an off-duty detail at a construction site on Dec 14, 2012 which is 1.3 miles from the Sandy Hook Elementary School when the calls goes out that shots are fired at Sandy hook. He chooses not to respond. Why?

The Police Chief of Newtown justified his actions by stating that he is not a first responder. Ask any police officer as to what they would have done if they where working an off-duty detail and heard the call shots fired. If you want the truth.

I called the Newtown Public Schools to find out who they contracted with in sanitizing and decontaminating the Sandy Hook Elementary School since they had serious Bio-Hazard exposure in that crime scene and where considering opening the school again as stated in the Newtown Bee.

They responded by saying what Bio-Hazards are you talking about at the school.

I stated like Blood, Bodily Fluids, Brain Matter on the walls, the floors in the hallway and classrooms, on the school desks and windows because you are looking at 45 to 60 gallons of blood displaced and splattered everywhere.

They would not provide with the name of a company. Why? It has nothing to do with the criminal investigation does it?

21 Ct Freedom of Information Act requests and not one response to just simple questions. Why?

I am requesting that your office personally respond to my allegations in which I believe a Federal Crime has been committed as soon as possible.

The FBI at Newhaven has ignored a Presidential directive in using every available resource in investigating this heinous crime at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec 14, 2012. Why?

All those resources and you after 11 month stay silent which I believe is a crime.


Wolfgang W Halbig


November 7, 2013: Wolfgang Halbig files a lawsuit against Errol Estate Property Owners Association Inc. This is the second lawsuit associated with Halbig’s slip and fall in January of 2013, the previous target being the city of Apopka (reportedly settled for a sum of approximately $11,000, less fees.)

November 20, 2013: Smallstorm and Fetzer on Sandy Hook, Fukushima, RF Radiation – Professor James Tracy posts a link to his “Memory Hole” blog. It is for a radio interview conducted by Professor Jim Fetzer, with a person calling herself “Sofia Smallstorm.” Smallstorm, Fetzer and Tracy all had prior interactions through the 9/11 truth community.

December 2, 2013: Halbig emails Sally Cox and other Sandy Hook shooting survivors, according to emails published by James Tracey (note that Sally Cox hid in a closet during the shooting.)

December 6, 2013: Facebook post

December 10, 2013: CNN Comment: [LINK]

Chapter 10: A Man of the People

April 17 2010: Wolfgang Halbig attends the “South Lake Chamber of Commerce 2010 Hob Nob,”  where an early poll is conducted to gauge support for the County Commissioner candidates. Wolfgang is a candidate.. [LINK] [LINK] [LINK]


June 30 2010: Halbig is featured in “The Right Side of the Lake” newsletter, as “An Alternative” candidate in the race for County Commissioner.The article notes the date of Halbig’s termination, and he is apparently interviewed for the piece.

In the interview, Wolfgang explains how his firing from Lake County Schools was all the result of conspiracy, much like his previous firings.

Wolfgang started out by saying, “My wife, Kathy, found out I was running for county commission when some colleagues at the school board asked her why I was running for county commission.  She wasn’t too happy with me.”

Wolfgang Halbig was the Risk Manager for the Lake County School District until June 30, 2009, when he was terminated by Superintendent Susan Moxley.  This 63 year old, very affable, education security expert believes he saw firsthand the underbelly of Lake County’s political cronyism and intimidation machine.  Based on his experience, where he saw political leaders put their interests above the people, he decided to run for District 4 Lake County Commission seat.

Halbig believes his termination from the Lake County School District was politically motivated by current County Commissioner Jimmy Conner who twisted arms to get his friend insurance work at the district.  Halbig tells a story that, if true, needs a much brighter light shined upon it.  According to Halbig, the school district formed a committee of department heads to review the insurance programs for the district.  After thorough investigations of the current plans, the committee determined that long-time insurance provider, Brown and Brown, was not offering the best program.

According to Halbig, Brown and Brown representative, Scott Hindman, was very emphatic that the school district would not change plans despite the more expensive costs and reduced district advantages.  Halbig said that Hindman told him, “It ain’t gonna happen – I’ve already got three votes.”  Halbig contends that Hindman contacted Jimmy Conner at his home, as well as other school board members, to promote his plan, and despite the third place ranking of the Brown and Brown plan, Jimmy Conner at the board meeting strong-armed the district to retain the program.  He believes it was a sham orchestrated by Conner in conjunction with other school board members.

According to Halbig, the final nail came in his work coffin when he found out the district was being grossly overcharged by Brown and Brown on worker compensation premiums.  He contends Scott Hindman with Brown and Brown was going to charge the district $3.4 million to remain in the program, and after Hindman found out they were bidding the program out, he immediately dropped it by $1 million.

The most troubling aspect was his meeting with School Board Member Larry Metz.  Halbig contends that he told Metz of the overcharges and provided him information supporting it.  Halbig said Carol MacLeod, CFO of the Lake County School District, warned him that if he pursued this change to save money he would be fired; Halbig relayed his concern to Metz.  Halbig said, “Metz did not have enough courage to stand up against the insurance company and other board members, and there was a cowardliness in his voice.”  After the battle regarding the workers compensation program, and despite being offered a tentative contract extension in April, Halbig was terminated in June.  Halbig claims his record with over 30 years in the education system is spotless with positive reviews, and that he had never been terminated before.  On several occasions during our meeting, Halbig expressed concern that his wife, Kathy, who is Manager of Technology at the school district, is worried about retaliation from the school district because of his candidacy.

June 18 2010: Registration closes for Lake County Commission election. Halbig is listed as registering to run for seat 4.[LINK]

June 30 2010: A commenter Bill Tucker on Wolfgang’s profile “An Alternative” claims to have known Halbig through playing racquetball in Ocala in the 1980s. He vouches for Wolfgang.

Name Bill Tucker

June 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

In Ocala the 1980′s Wolfgang and I were part of a group that regularly met on the racquetball court. An affable, bright, good-guy; Wolf will be a formidable candidate for the county commission.

July 6 2010: A commenter on Wolfgang’s profile “An Alternative” simply pastes the text of the “Letter to the Editor” that had expressed alarm about Wolf’s spending on quadro trackers, fifteen years prior:

July 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

 Quadro Tracker Is Not As Effective Or As Cheap As Dog

OPINION – Letters to the Editor

May 14, 1995

REGARDING ”SOME swear by device, others scoff” in the May 7 Seminole Extra, Seminole County school security director Wolfgang Halbig wants to buy 50 ”drug-sniffing” electronic Quadro Trackers. My calculations say he would spend at least $19,750 of Seminole County taxpayers’ money for a device that the maker is afraid to patent and that uses ”voodoo” to find contraband with a method the maker can’t clearly explain. The U.S. Customs Service even tested it: The Quadro Tracker doesn’t work.

Mr. Halbig: Don’t buy the Quadro Tracker and engage in fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer money. If you want to find drugs in the schools, use dogs.

David A. Grubbs

The next day, another commenter does the same, adding the remark “Maybe Wolfgang can buy some Quadro Trackers for Lake County.”

 July 7 2010: A user claiming to be Wolfgang Halbig responds in the comments section of the “An Alternative?” article/profile on wolf. He responds to another user, who had been calling Wolfgang out about the phony drug scanners from the 90s:

Name Wolfgang Halbig

July 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

The rest of Mr. Grubbs story that he fails to tell that we tested the device for Dateline in making sure that the school district and tax payer did not waste school districts funds.

If you are going to tell a side or story, please tell the whole story as we did on dateline.

The FBI bought 100 of thos trackers, Seminole County bought O and that is why we were featured on Dateline.

Nice try.

July 8 2010: A commenter refutes Halbig’s account of saving the school from wasting money on the Quadro:


July 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

Maybe I was wrong, but the article states you were committed to buy one for every school in your District, when you were contacted and “corrected” by a magician……. From your diatribe above I thought you were accustomed to “one sided” stories….

July 25, 2010: Halbig is mentioned as an independent candidate in the Nov 2nd election for  Lake County Commissioner Linda Stewart’s seat. [LINK]

The primary winner will face off in the Nov. 2 general election against Democrat E.K. Emery, independent Wolfgang Halbig and write-in candidates Vance Yochim and George Romano, whose names will not appear on the ballot. Commissioners must live in a district but are elected and serve countywide, so all Republicans in Lake will be eligible to cast ballots in the primary.

July 29, 2010: Hard to Buy Votes With No Money – Right Side of the Lake blog post takes a look at campaign finance in the Lake County Commissioner election, noting that Halbig had raised $211.00:

Aug 3 2010: “Denied” – editorial published on The Right Side of the Lake, bashing a realtor association for endorsing Halbig. The article knocks Halbig for only having been a resident of the county for six years:

In a stunning rebuke, the Realtors Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. (Realtors Association) did not recommend Atkins to the post of District #4 County Commissioner; instead, they’ve chosen to recommend NPA candidate Wolfgang Halbig.  Atkins has spent his life in the realty business, and this recommendation should have been a slam dunk; however, the people who know Atkins the best did not stand up for him.  people for Better Government, L.L.C. contacted Bill Deese, Chairman of the Screening Committee to ask specifically why Atkins wasn’t recommended.  Deese responded by saying, “Being a realtor is not a consideration for the recommendation, and the people felt that Halbig answered our questions the best.”  Deese wouldn’t offer any further comments on Atkins.

Atkins, a lifelong resident of Lake County, has taken very pro-realtor positions such as encouraging incentives to have seniors fill foreclosures and a plan re-establishing Lake County as a retirement destination.  Halbig, on the other hand, is a naturalized American citizen from Germany who has lived in Lake County for less than six years.  Halbig has not established any public position on housing in Lake County, which is why the Halbig recommendation by the Realtors Association can only be described as a slap in the face to Atkins.

Aug 15 2010: “It’s a Win for Working People” suggests that Wolfgang has no chance at winning the election, and that no one is going to financially back an obvious loser.

Aug 16 2010: Larry Metz responds to another attack by local people in blog – Lake County School Board member Larry Metz responds to the allegations Wolfgang Halbig made in his “Right Side of the Lake” profile. His response is posted by another local people politics blog, Lake County Fiscal Rangers. Metz refutes Halbig’s side of the story concerning the circumstances of his dismissal, by quoting the letter Wolfgang sent to the school board on January 21, 2010, “For the Record.” He also presents a different recollection of his conversation with Wolfgang after the insurance workshop.

Mr. Halbig described what actually happened in his e-mail dated January 21, 2010, sent to Lake County School Board members and, ironically, titled “For the Record.”   Yes, Mr. Halbig and I met and he informed me of his concern about the Brown & Brown insurance quote.  However, contrary to what is reported in The Right Side, I acted upon the information Mr. Halbig provided by challenging Brown & Brown on their insurance quote at a School Board workshop.  Mr. Halbig was present and afterwards thanked me for doing so.  Mr. Halbig’s description of what happened is quoted from his January 21, 2010 email below:

We used to pay Brown and Brown $6,158,000 million dollars for the entire package one year and on the average since 2005-2006 we paid over $5,350,000 million dollars and would be paying the over $6,158,000 million dollar price tag had it not been for Larry Metz questioning Scott Hindman on the high premium we are paying since our claims history has now a .99 experience mod.

Just a simple challenge by Larry Metz in suggesting that we may switch to another program caused Scott Hindman to drop our premium insurance over $1,000,000 million dollars in three minutes.

No other school board member raised any concerns and I have always wondered why?

 If he dropped our premium by over a $1,000,000 million dollars in three minutes does that mean he could have done that in 2005-2006, 2006-2007 maybe I guess we will never find out since no other board member held the company accountable.

A scan of Mr. Halbig’s entire email of January 21, 2010, with the above quoted language identified in context, is attached.

Mr. Halbig wrote his email months before he became a candidate for office and a financial contributor to my opponent.   According to Mr. Halbig’s own account, my actions resulted in a savings to the Lake County School District of over $1,000,000.  Clearly, the description of the events attributed to Mr. Halbig in the June 30 edition ofThe Right Side was completely inconsistent with his email.  In this instance The Right Side either misrepresented what Mr. Halbig told them, or accepted his account as gospel without checking it out because it fit nicely into their political agenda.  The same type of false, negative spin is evident in the August 10 and 16 editions.  Readers of The Right Side should not accept its contents lightly, for it is not really a newsletter.  The Right Side is merely a tool used to further the political agendas of those who are behind it.

Larry Metz

 Political advertisement paid for and approved by Larry Metz, Republican, for State Representative, District 25.

August 25, 2010 – A user claiming to Wolfgang Halbig comments on the “It’s a Win for Working People” article from a few weeks ago, apparently responding to the article’s assertion that he will have trouble raising campaign funds. He also corrects the blog’s description of Halbig as a “former Lake County Safety Officer.”

Name Wolfgang Halbig

August 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

Excuse me for being someone who believes that 38 years of public service should count for something.

38 years working to help people and children through public schools.

Being asked by the school superintendent of Lake County to train every school administrator and school staff when a boy was shot and killed at Tavares Middle School causing panic and major confusion should mean ssomething to every paent and student by designing their

Emergency Management Plan. I was not the Lake County School Board Safety Officer, I was hired as the Lake County School Boards Risk Manager in July of 2005 and by June 30, 2009 when I was fired by Susan Moxley for saving this School DIstrict over $20,000,000 million tax payer dollars you must be right I have done absolutely nothing to qualify me to run for County Commissioner,

Cronysim and the old buddy system took a toll on the day we saved those dollars.

Why does someone spent over $110,000 thousnad dollars just to win the primary, is it because she knows that she will be protected by you and your RSOTL information?

An attorney who represent Land Developers with big dollars will represent the affluent not the ordinary citizen that has to pay there bills every month. I did not see those who have children on free and reduced lunch donating at a five hundred dollar clip.

What is she going to do to save tax payer dollars? what is her game plan instead of just saying I am for growth, need jobs, support businesses. protect the enviornment etc. Give us the meat of your campaign. I have NO political consultant at $10,000 dollars a clip to tell them what to say.

I do it from hard work.

Get your facts straight. I have started my campaign and I am hear to win.

Take that to the bank.


Another user responds to Wolfgang’s comment just half an hour later, under the username “Taxed.”

Name Taxed

August 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

Mr. Halbig, excuse me for being someone who believes we need commissioners who were not on the taxpayer’s payroll for 38 years regardless of how well they performed. You are not a taxpayer and therefore cannot identify with those who are. When you pay taxes it is merely a reinvestment into the fund that provides your income to begin with. Your job performance could only be evaluated by yourself and peers rather than by competition in the marketplace. We need someone who understands what Lake County businesses need in order to compete in the marketplace. We don’t need someone who worked 38 years for a system built by cronyism and then came out on the short end of the stick from it. Try doing some of your hard work in the private sector while waiving your pension for the next four years and then get back with us about being a commissioner.

August 27, 2010: Wolfgang responds to the comment from “Taxed”, repeatedly asserting that the person questioning him has mental health issues. He does not disclose his own psychiatric history or recent prescriptions.

Name Wolfgang Halbig

August 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm



You must have a very serious mental problem that could have been available for you if Campione did not shut down the LifeStream proposal when they were trying to open a Mental Health Facility in Umatilla. It would have created over 125 jobs, would have had a 3.7 operating budget and a payroll of 6.3 million dollars. Let me see a lawyer who charges by the hour what is it $200.00 per hour or more and lawyers know how to get out of paying taxes. Let me see public servant and I don’t pay taxes, you get taxed even if you retire. I am willing to donate have of the commissioners salary so one employee from the county offices can be rehired. Maybe if the other four would to the same we now have four more jobs saved. You are absoultely right the Land Developers need big time business and if I recall those Land Devlopers who designed those fancy Community Developement District and ran with the profits leaving the homewoners and board of directors holding the loans. What was it six huge developements are in serious trouble and you are telling me that I don’t understand business. You need mental health and if you are going to attack my 38 years of public service please have the courage to use your name instead of hiding behind NAMED TAXED. This is why Lake County is in trouble.

“Taxed” again responds later that day:

Name Taxed

August 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Mr. Halbig, I must say I’m glad that the mental problem was not available to me. As best I can decipher from your comments, you stand for protecting government jobs and social programs at current or higher levels. I feel these areas need reducing in close proportion to what is available to fund them (taxpayer’s incomes). That is why I’m against lifelong public service employees holding the positions once again. I’m not out to insult you and I would like to discuss our differences in views if you wish to reply with a number or e-mail address.

September 7 2010: Wolfgang Halbig speaks at the public comment portion of a meeting of the Lake County Board of Commissioners meeting.[LINK]

Mr. Wolfgang Halbig, a resident of Sorrento, stated that he has spent the last several weeks studying the budget that was proposed by the Board, and he expressed concern about the lack of consolidation and the duplication of fire and ambulance services, which he believed could save at least $8 million.  He also was concerned that the account for Lake-Sumter EMS contained $3.5 million in reserves.

September 17 2010: a user posting under the name “Wolfgang Halbig” responds to the latest blog post from Right Side of the Lake, which addresses “impact fees.”  [LINK]. Notably, he describes his appearance at the County Commission ten days before, and indicates that he was not well received at the public session.

Name Wolfgang Halbig

September 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

Be careful of what you say because they may find you and sight you with a personal impact fee.

This County is unbeliveable in how they conduct business, you have County Commissioners using their own e-mail accounts to communicate with Contractors, Land Developers, Insurance Brokers, and on and on.

They should be required by policy to use only the Lake County e-mail accounts and use only cell phones provided by the county for their use for accountabilty and Transparency to the public when requested. We are paying their high salaries. This is the least they can do.

I recommended just recently at one of the County Commissioners Board meeting that they need to immediately consolidate the Fire and Lake and Sumter Amubulance Services which is County subsidized with $8,000,000 million tax dollars. This one move would stop duplication of services and save the Lake County Tax payer over $11,000,000 million dollars. No comment from the Interim County Manager who should be presenting that idead for cost savings measures and show some innovation.]

This County needs to hire a bulldog no non sense County Manager who has and is not afraid to take on the good old boys network realizing that he or she may not last long but it will be a cause worth taking on for the benefit of the people of Lake County.

They are looking to approve a Deputy County Managers position payiong a $147,000 thousand dollars when you don’t even have a COunty Manager.

Now what is that about?

Wait till you have a County Manager and then allow him or her to select his Deputy Manager in solving the financial crisis within the Lake County Commission.

NO employee from the Lake County Commissioners offices should have been terminated or placed on taken days off without pay since they can find $11,000,000 million dollars to build an EOC Emergency Operations Center which if you watch clsoely will have the Lake and Sumter Ambulance Dispatch offices within that building. That tells me that my recommendation will have no merit.

Why have public imput at the Lake County Commissioners Meetings? they don’t listen, they mock the peole who speak and show disrespect to Marylin Bainter who does her homeowrk and is serious as a heart beat in trying to make Lake County a better place to live for the taxpayers.

The Commissioners I believe have forgotten that when the public speaks that they are there boss and not be demeaned by there comments by some of the Commissioners.

Repect must be in place at all times no matter what the issues are.

It is time for people to get involved on behave of your children, grandchildren and great grandchildrens future. It is no longer just about us it is about them and what we leave them.

September 21, 2010: at another “citizen question and comment period” session of Lake County board of County Commissioners, Wolfgang Halbig lobbies to consolidate emergency services in the county: [LINK]


Mr. Wolfgang Halbig, after handing out copies of the financial statement and audit of Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services (EMS), related that he had come before the Board several weeks ago to recommend that the Board seriously look into consolidation of Fire and Lake-Sumter EMS services, and he was concerned that the Board was thinking of bidding those services instead. He pointed out that the budget book indicated that there was currently $10 million set aside in tax subsidies for the Lake-Sumter EMS ambulance services, and he opined that consolidation of those services would save $11 million. He also suggested that the County hire a new County Manager immediately before hiring a Deputy County Manager and enact a policy that would require all of the County Commissioners to use only the County e-mail system and phones for County business to ensure transparency.

September 30, 2010: Another story is published by “The Right Side of the Lake” newsletter, claiming that Wolfgang Halbig had become “unhinged” and made potentially racist statements at an NAACP Forum. The event was presumably part of the campaign for the upcoming election. [LINK]

The newsletter then shares several other initiatives that Halbig has championed over the years – such as the Quadro Tracker and the “Real Hero” amendment, all of which lead the Right Side of the Lake writer to the conclusion that Halbig has a history of nutty ideas that really makes him look like one of the tin foil hat wearers”:

In August of 2003, Halbig spearheaded an effort through the Real Hero Foundation to get a petition signed to change the Florida Constitution.  The proposed amendment would have required all Florida House Members to spend four days per year in a classroom.  His attempt to get enough signatures failed miserably, and it would have been ruled unconstitutional anyway because you cannot mandate something like this of elected officials.

“Now, Halbig seeks to add a 5-cent tax on water bottles of just Niagara Bottling to help those children in serious need because of the economy.  The notion sounds all warm and fuzzy, but you can’t selectively tax a business like this, and the Lake County Commission doesn’t have the authority to impose a sales tax of this matter.  This is yet another nutty idea that Halbig has not thought through.

Halbig’s other bright idea is to take the $300,000 paid to the Orlando EDC and use it to market Lake County’s foreclosed properties to areas which are subjected to natural disasters.  What he doesn’t understand is that foreclosed homes are being marketed, but not many people are able to purchase them because they can’t get a loan.  His plan does nothing to address the real issue of selling distressed properties; rather, it only alienates the economic development of people who could help us the most.  Plus, who’s going to force these people to move from natural disaster areas?”

The blog also calls him out about his possible negligence regarding mold inspections, under the sub-heading “Putting Children at Risk”:

According to information we obtained from Halbig himself, and his files, he has a history of filing workers compensation claims against his employers at Lake County and Seminole County Schools. When we asked him about this, he claimed there was a tripping incident at Dabney Elementary, and he told us that he was suffering from respiratory issues due to him investigating mold issues at new schools.  He said the district was turning off air conditioning chilling units at night, which was causing toxic mold, and he believes he was exposed to it over a four year period.

We asked him if he ever reported the mold to the proper authorities because of the health hazard to children and teachers and he said, “You do not want to hear about the toxic mold because it get parents really upset and the last thing I want to do is create problems that cannot be fixed because the rule makers are the school board members and the school superintendent. The State Department of Education has no say on Indoor Air Quality and Toxic Mold issues in schools or employee work centers.”

The above statement by Halbig is horrific because, if true, he’s put the health of Lake County’s children at risk while he was Director of Security and Safety.  He obviously was more concerned about his job at the School District back then.  Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. believes that the Lake County School Board should immediately inquire into the issue of possible toxic molds in our schools.  Our concern is how many children have been knowingly exposed to toxic mold because some school bureaucrat decided to save a few pennies at night by turning air conditioners off?  This is serious; shame on Halbig for not letting parents and teachers know!

Question #17 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: How could you send those children into those filthy schools, knowing about the toxic mold? You call yourself an “expert witness” but if you witness, some toxic mold in a school, do you run from it rather than doing your job? Where are the work orders you should have submitted to address this potentially very serious safety issue?

September 30, 2010: A user claiming to be Wolfgang Halbig comments on the article claiming that Wolfgang had become “unhinged” at NAACP event. The user explains that the confrontation at the event occurred when Halbig called out another candidate for having supposedly put up signage in the predominately black community only the night before.

The lengthy rant includes spelling and grammatical errors that will become a Halbig trademark in the coming years, along with the rhetorical distractions that will become familiar, such as claiming that anyone questioning him must be “worried” about his likely triumph:

Name Wolfgang Halbig

September 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

First of all this was a Tri-City NAACP Forum Meeting in Eustis in which all the Candidates were invited to speak regarding their experience and qualifications for the office they are seeking.

Please interview the African American Community Members to get your facts straight.

When Campione shows up with her stooges every time their is a Homeowners or meeting such as the Tri-City NAACP they stack the deck. I guess spending $40,000 thousand dollars on a Tallahassee Political Consulting Group makes her not a politicain I guess in your eyes.

The female audience memeber was Alan Hayes wife who stuck out her finger trying to stop my comments about Campione which is true. She has not placed any signage in the Black Community until that night flooding the Community Center with signs and her stooges.

When you are telling the truth they call it obnoxious she just didn’t want to hear that she did not up up signs until that night. I stated that you get support from the black community the day you run for office not when you just need their votes.

The question I raised is why is there not a Black County Commissioner or Hispanic Commissioner?

As a High School Head Football and Baseball Coach I have worked very hard in every black and white community in doing what was best for their kids 24 hours a day. I drove them home after games when parents had no cars or did not pick them up or feed them. I don’t need to be noticed by the black community. If they check me out they will see that I am what I am.

You are right I blamed the big money donors and Land Developers who have controled Lake County for too long, they raised over $120,000 dollars for Campione to beat Steward.

Politicians love to have cookouts to get peole to come out to hear them speak, please tell me I am wrong.

I blame Land Developers for being Greedy and leaving not one but SIX COMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS IN BANKRUPTCIES with the retirees and family homeowners in those district holding this huge debt set up by the Land Developers.

Don’t print rumors because they are an outright lie.

Please check with the National Republican Party and my Donations for their causes, I was appointed by GOvernor Jeb Bush to the School Safet Commission and approved by the Florida Senate.

If you received unsubstantiated reports why are you writing about it as it where true.

Not know not ever have I recieved Democratic Support, another huge lie.

11/28/07 I donated money to the Hillary Clinton Campaign because when I vote I vote for the best person and donate to that person at that time whether Republican or Democrat. That is exactly what is wrong with our system today and that is why I am running as a NO PARTY CANDIDATE because I don’t want a party telling me what I need to do. I think I am smart enough to do my research and donate to whom I want without the RIght SIde of the Lake telling me what to do. I hope that others don;t follow their advice or Lake COunty will stay in Financial trouble.

I donated money to the MaCain Campaign because I am a Veteran serving in the United States Air Force in 1966-1970 if you want to check that out. I support the courage and honor that Macain showed. He endured torture day after day and the politicians in Lake County will never understand my vote that day as a Republican.

This blog has been played with in distorting the facts as to who really wrote the article. Please provide the hard copy and the source for accuracy.

I don’t even know Emery or what he really does. Never had a private meeting or even a phone call, unbelivable lies jsut to help the Land Developers and your comapny to get busines from the homebuilders, I hope that the people in Lake County are a little smarter that youn think!

I never bought 50 Quatro Trackers and you need you apologize for that lie immediately since the the Seminole County Purchasing Department will verify your outright lie.

We were featured on Dateline NBC for exposing the fraud since the FBI bought over 100 of these devices and you are trying to make me look bad to the voters.

I do believe that we will not fix Public Education in FLorida until every Florida Legislator substitutes teaches four school days a year which was attached to the class size amendment.

Guess what the Republican Legislators wrote to me; is it safe for me to go to the schools and do that? Another wrote am I qualified to be a substitute? Now just think about those two statement it makes you wonder why are schools are failing.

United States Senator Bob Graham gave up one day a month to work in jobs that would allow him to observe, speak with the workers, understand their frustrations, work conditions and he worked no reporters just work. And now you the Right Side tell me it is a stupid idea, well I will share that with the former Florida Governor and U.S Senator since you have all the right solutions in calling people names such as NUTTY. LOOK atb yourself first and what are you going to get out of supporting Campione.

The County Commissioners should have placed a .05 cent impact fee on every bottle ever produce by the Niagara Bottling Company because of the plastic and its effects. If you check there are water bottling comapnies paying a nickel to get the bottle back. Getting pretty desperate.

Please all those who read this site and just believe in rumors you need the buy the National Enquire it is far better reading from what the Consumer Magazine states.

When you hire a County Manager that is in charge of the entire County Budget and Manages all of the county mployees on a daily basis does not have to have lived in Lake County, FLorida. Now if you want to be a County Commissioner you must have have lived in Lake County all your lif so you and your friends can reap the benefits of the old buddy buddy syatem along with cronisym all over the place. They will make their money and move to North Carolina Mountains and leave the Lake County Tax payer holding the bag

It is time for an outsider to shake up the sytem or are your afraid of what he may find. I was a republican until Jim Greer the Head Of the FLorida Republican Party stole all of the money that voters donated. And you worry about me. I take that as a compliment.

Where does Parks live?

I live in the District that I am running for. Come an visit anytime.

The people in Lake County see through your lies and deception, you must be worried about the election or this article would have never been written.

I have said it all along this buddy buddy system is now clearly visible and now we know who the real players are.

wolfgang halbig” adds a short comment again, the same day:

October 2, 2010: Another user responds to Wolfgang’s latest online outburst, pressing for more information about his job history, and raising several points about possible inconsistencies.

October 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

Wolfgang, I am very distressed by this account. You were very high on my list until these items were pointed out and after research on the internet, some were confirmed.

There are some areas in the original article that you didn’t respond to and I would like you to respond.

What was your job at the school system? The original story lists you as the Director of Security and Safety but when I inquired at the school office, they said that you had nothing to do with security and you were not in that position. They say that you were the Risk Manager and responsible for workers compensation and insurance. Is this correct?

That leads to my next questions, the original story says that you have a history of filing workers compensation claims at two counties that you have worked, the most recent at lake county. When I called I was forwarded to the risk department. The lady that answered said you were formally the risk manager. When I asked about your claims they would not comment. I have several friends in that work in the tavares office and they said that this is correct and let me know of other actions you have done to make the school administraton look bad since you were let go. I would like to hear you comment about this, especially about communication with the governers office and to the department of envromental protection. Did you claim injuries after you found out that you were going to be let go? Did you get in touch with the state about issues after you were let go? (All this was furnished by asking the same question to two people that work for the schools in different departments in the main office.)

Also what were the circumstances of your leaving the seminole county schools?

The same day, another user (identifying themselves as “John Hendricks”) posts a comment directed at Wolfgang, strongly criticizing him:

Name John Hendricks

October 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

Wolfgang ~ I’m sure you are a good person who is simply disgusted with the direction your adopted country has taken. You are right on many of your issues. The main problem with you and your candidacy is you have way too many issues! For instance, where Parks lives is none of your business. If you bothered to read the law the courts have ruled a person can run for political office such as commissioner, sheriff or whatever without a residency requirement. However, if elected they are required to move into the district! Most cities refuse to accept this court rulling and most candidates for same do not push the matter.

As too your comments concerning the Lake County good ole boys, it has always been that way. Your problem is you think you know everything and don’t know crap! For instance who do you think the real players are? You accuse commissioner Jimmy Conner of fraud in the insurance dealings with Brown and Brown at the school board since Conner has been a LCBCC member and as you say to some of the accusations made against you, where is the proof? The fact is here you are, a legend in your own mind. You come to Lake County uninvited after you are dumped over in Seminole county. You bless the Lake county school board with your presence and ultimately cause such desention you are terminated. This apparently is the cause of your mission. I can honestly say the one thing that brings about more laughter concerning you and your ways is the fact that you are actually more arrogant, oboxious and condecending than Jimmy Conner. If in fact Lake County could afford the misfeasance of your services of the BCC along with Conner the taxpayers could tune in to comedy hour and watch you and Conner attack each other for the next two years! However, that is not the case! […]

October 4, 2010: “Wolfgang Halbig” responds to the two most recent blog comments directed at him:

October 8, 2010: Toxic schools: Grand jury laid out mold problem – In an Orlando Sentinel article about mold in Lake County schools, Wolfgang is quoted. He asserts that his dismissal was as a result his reporting of mold problems, a new twist on his story that is immediately refuted by the school district, who maintain that he never once discussed any mold issues and was dismissed as a result of his contract expiring. [LINK]

October 18, 2010 By Denise-Marie Balona, Orlando Sentinel

And years after the grand jury report, Florida schools continue to battle chronic mold and water-intrusion problems, according to an Orlando Sentinel investigation.

Wolfgang Halbig, a former risk manager for Lake County schools who is now a school-safety consultant, argues that if the Florida Legislature does not make districts fix mold problems, they will get worse.

The situation, he warned, is already being exacerbated by districts’ attempts to save money by raising the temperature in schools and shutting off the air conditioning in at least some portable classrooms at night, on weekends and during kids’ winter and summer vacations.

In recent years, Central Florida teachers, parents and others have filed thousands of complaints about indoor-air quality in schools — blaming their runny noses, headaches and respiratory distress on mold discovered in classrooms, cafeterias, media centers, locker rooms and even nurses’ quarters.

“The state needs to really get a handle on how serious the toxic mold problem is in Florida,” said Halbig, a former executive director of the National Institute for School and Workplace Safety who said he was let go from his job in Lake last year, in part because he confronted higher-level administrators about the district’s mold problems.

District officials said Halbig was let go simply because his annual contract expired. He never discussed mold issues with schools Superintendent Susan Moxley, said the district’s executive director of human resources, Laurie Marshall.

October 20, 2010: Money fuels Lake County commissioner race  – Sentinel article quotes Halbig on campaign contributions: [LINK]

Halbig bought $3,300 worth of campaign signs earlier this month. His campaign has raised about $11,000, including a personal loan of $5,000. The former high school athletic coach said he has been careful to ask for donations only from friends.

When someone gives you $500, there’s an expectation that they’ll be getting something back,” Halbig said. “I didn’t want to make any promises to anybody.”

He said he didn’t mean to insinuate that Campione is beholden to anyone: “She’s a class act. She’s Lake County. She’s home-grown. She’s earned her way.”

October 20, 2010: Did Wolfgang Halbig seek psychiatric treatment? – A story is published by “The Right Side of the Lake” newsletter, reporting the indications that Halbig may have mental health issues.

The newsletter points out that Halbig was recommended to seek  psychiatric treatment with Dr. Rosen after his compensation claim for the fall in Seminole County (which Wolfgang would elsewhere claim not to have followed up on, however they apparently do not learn of the anti-depressants and anger issues he experienced during and after the period he worked under Dr. Moxley):

October 23, 2010: With the November election date drawing near, Wolfgang conducts a candidate interview with the Daily Commercial newspaper:

Nov 3 2010: Election day. Halbig gets 5.7% of the vote. [LINK] 

December 1, 2010: Article about Kathleen landing a $750,000 federal funding grant for Lake County Schools.

The primary focus of the grant was middle school science classes, but our goal was to get as much technology as we could in all of our schools,” said Kathy Halbig, Manager of the Innovative Learning Department.


January 7, 2011: Wolfgang shown to have applied for a job at Sanford Middle School.

March 2011: Sanford Middle school newsletter lists Wolfgang as a Grade Recovery Class teacher:

June 2011: Wolf registers twitter account @halbigW. He begins tweeting and retweeting a variety of stories, usually attacking President Obama.

October 2011: Halbig is treated by a psychiatrist (he states in his May 2012 deposition that the treatment occurred “seven months ago.”)

December 2, 2011: a user “Wolfgang W. Halbig posts a new thread to Education Weekly’s forums, under the title  United States Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools Failed Promises with Billions $ Waisted. Note that this a forum on the same site that “Wolfgang Halbig” used to post comments on, but the two systems (comments and forums) appear to be entirely separate.

Since the Wolfgang W. Halbig account has since been banned, the post is gone. This entry is account’s first known post, and was in the subforum “Introduce Yourself.” The beginning of the post is still available in preview: