The Aberfan Disaster- Wales – 1966.

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  • #836950
    psyopticon
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    The fiftieth anniversary of the 1966 Aberfan Disaster comes around on 21 October.

    The Guardian kicks off commemorations with a review of Owen Sheer’s “Film Poem” – The Green Hollow, to be screened on the BBC (21-23 October)

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/09/aberfan-50-years-owen-sheers-the-green-hollow-film-poem

    Carole, Tom and Felix have already plucked out the loudest ‘alarm bells’ sounding in this psyop.

    Perhaps one of the big clangers was the decision to inter all the victims in a mass grave in a communal ceremony. Which runs quite contrary to human nature in grieving and funeral tradition. Surely real families would expect individually-tailored funerals, paying in-depth, personal tribute to each of the loved ones?

    Rather unconvincingly, the Daily Mail (Tues, Oct 25, 1966) explains that Aberfan families agreed to a communal funeral — 82 interments in one morning service — after “an appeal by local clergymen”. Although why any clergymen should actually want that is not explained.

    Of course, one grand funeral greatly enhances the psychological impact of the psyop, as well as being somewhat cheaper and significantly easier for the psyop paymasters.

    The funeral service apparently attracted “ten thousand” mourners, was inter-denominational — and included the [Anglican] Bishop of Llandaff, Dr. Glyn Simon, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff, Dr. John Murphy, and Rev. E. Stanley Lloyd, representing the Non-Conformists. All bases covered.

    Priests and religion figured large in this whole operation. A relic of the day, maybe. The Pope called on worshippers in St Peter’s Square to pray for Aberfan: “It is a disaster which fills one’s heart with tenderness and grief,” he mourned.

    One of the Aberfan priests was Reverend Kenneth Hayes, Baptist Minister. He lost his eldest son { Dyffryg / Dyfrig / Roger / Ronald } to the slag slide.

    Rev. Kenneth Hayes at the Zion Baptist Chapel in Aberfan. His son Dyffryg, 10, died in the disaster. He decided that his role was not to dig for bodies but to do what he could for souls. He helped methodically with the grisly task of establishing the death roll

    Revd. Kenneth James Hayes. Born Risca, Glamorganshire, 1930 [actually Nov 8, 1929], married [1954 Llanelli, Elizabeth M Jenkins] with one son [Gwilym D Hayes, b.1959 Hereford; mother: Jenkins] and one son deceased [Roger Ronald Dyffryg Hayes, b.1957 Hereford; mother: Jenkins], died Sheffield 25 December 1997.

    The Aberfan resource on Nuffield College website, carries an obit for Rev. Hayes, published Jan 31, 1997 in The Independent. A hat-tip of sorts on Hayes’ key role in the hoax? Despite losing his son in the Disaster, he carried on stoically, ministering to the souls of the community, including the visiting press corp and TV pack, whom he reduced to tears with his passionate preaching. What a load of doo-dah.

    On the Sunday after the disaster, the day after his son’s body had been found, he preached in his chapel to an audience of journalists, many of them in tears throughout. In the awful months that followed, he and his wife kept the community afloat. They ran an appeal for toys for the surviving children of Aberfan that generated a huge and emotional response, as did the main disaster appeal. Kenneth Hayes’ manse became the office in which the local solicitor took the statements that would confirm the Coal Board’s culpability for the disaster.

    Key actor.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GSvcid=132050&GRid=17500870&

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=awPGiqoCrSgC&pg=PA174&lpg=PA174&dq=kenneth+james+hayes+baptist&source=bl&ots=8dXYz75X_D&sig=sY9brsQvYdna8P5pFNJFmHE47Ow&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiv0vD27s3PAhUROsAKHcRoDu0Q6AEIJjAB#v=onepage&q&f=false

    On Sunday, 12 hours after his son’s body had been found, Hayes kept faith with his chapel, substituting for his normal act of worship a simple service of prayers and hymns at his Zion Baptist Church. Only those villagers who were too old or too young to dig came; the bulk of the congregation consisted of journalists and television reporters, many of whom cried throughout the service. In his address, Hayes appealed to the Coal Board to abandon its policy of tipping and then urged that there be no bitterness: “Let us thank God that things are not worse”. As the congregation broke into the hymn “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”, Hayes sat down in his chair on the dais and wept.

    http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/politics/aberfan/hayes.html

    Rev Hayes arrived in Aberfan in 1964, around 18 months before the Disaster. A psyop sleeper? Planted in readiness in his target community; awaiting his call to service? The Hayes family never seem settled in the area; few roots there. Before being called to his mission in Aberfan, we’re told he ministered on the English side of the border, and their two boys were born in Hereford. Rejecting a communal grave in Aberfan for his own son Daffryg lost in the tragedy, opting instead to inter him in the isolated West Wales village of Pontyberem, about 50 miles away. Daffryg’s funeral conducted by Rev. Hayes’ wife’s cousin, Rev. Milton Jenkins, a leading figure in the Welsh Baptist Union. This Aberfan thing, a close family business for the Baptists.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-37575152

    Rev. Hayes himself died in Sheffield on Christmas Day 1997. His wife Elizabeth doesn’t seem to get a mention anywhere.

    #836951
    psyopticon
    Participant

    These aerial “photos”, to my untrained eye, look very fake.

    Created in miniature model? With a strong “Hornby-ish” feel to them.

    The minute detail isn’t there. A characteristic of modelling. The really small things are just too small and too fine to model. So they’re omitted altogether. Yet a real-life photo should normally include the ‘high entropy’ of those fine features. So why is it missing here?

    This fauxto above also has a very two-dimensional feel to it. Like the houses are just cardboard cut-outs. Well maybe they are. Photographs of real Aberfan houses. But pasted into that model of an oozy black mess; a gooey blob cooked up on a lab bench to simulate the slagheap slide.

    #836952
    Justsayin Dude
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    Wow, I must admit I am struggling to come to grips with the idea that they have been doing this stuff for so long, I don’t know why. I do want to compliment you on the research above (all of y’all) because it is amazingly in depth.

    I don’t know how you could pull this off without co-opting a town, or at least a few hundred people, but that does not mean I think it stacks up

    I have just scanned through this quickly, and would like to raise three points.

    1- I can’t help but notice (forgive me) that: “Donations flooded in to the appeal and within a few months, nearly 90,000 contributions had been received, totaling £1,606,929[18] (2008:£21.4 million)”. The total figure (1606929) sums to 33. I am not a brilliant mathematician, but I wondered how many 7 digit combos sum to that?

    2-In the full colour photo shows the town, the slip, and lots of little dots which of course are the rescuers, right? Or first responders, using the new buzz word. So unless I misunderstood that, what the heck are several hundred “rescuers” doing walking way, way up the gut on the slip towards the hill top. Are they digging out sheep?

    3- Finally, I spotted and obvious typo. Tom Dalpra even put it in bold (unprecedented media scrum) Clearly it should have said unprecedented media scum – sharpen up Tommy.

    Love your work

    #836953
    xileffilex
    Participant

    Interesting, Edna. Elizabeth Hayes may have pre-deceased him in 1996 [Elizabeth May, Dewsbury b 1926] Unverifiable. What is verifiable is that Ronald’s brother Gwilym is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Sheffield area [hence his father’s final location] and who doesn’t appear to have written or spoken a word about the event.
    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/06904970/filing-history
    https://www.facebook.com/siobhan.hayes.378

    Rev Kenneth Hayes’ brother Ronald George Hayes died in 1973 aged 41 no probate. Hmmmm

    I lose track of Kenneth’s sister who was living in Ty-Isaf Park Rd, Risca in the early 2000s
    http://www.192.com/atoz/people/bidder/ines/np11/2971677363/

    paras 55-57 in this article stand out a contrived narrative, particularly the conveniently stolen telephone wires..
    http://www.dmm.org.uk/ukreport/553-20.htm

    …not to forget this snippet from Rev Milton Jenkins, cousin of Elizabeth Hayes –
    “The mortuary was the vestry of a local chapel, and Kenneth Hayes, he was allowed in, I wasn’t allowed in.”
    From this source
    Meet Detective Sargeant Charles Nunn, Welsh Regional Crime Squad, 1966
    with a copy of the original Police Review from 1987

    Click to access thedisasterofaberfan_charlesnunn_thepolicereview_.pdf


    Charles Nunn:” “The team in the mortuary were composed entirely of Regional Crime Squad Officers drawn from all over Wales….We were tasked to set up a mortuary, and identify the 144 victims of the disaster. I was designated the Senior Identification Officer and worked with my team in the mortuary at Bethania Chapel in Moy Road, Aberfan for 15 days until the last body, and body piece, was identified.”
    and for keeping out people like Rev Jenkins…the report has that familiar Drill ring to it, and nowadays would be filled with endless simulated DNA identification data. The “Co-ordinator” at the “mortuary” was named as [Superintendent] John Parkman. of the Regional Crime squad.

    I don’t think any body, civic, religious, political, meda is still in any position to question to narrative – witness Hansard 24-27 October 1966
    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1966/oct/24/aberfan-disaster
    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1966/oct/25/the-aberfan-disaster
    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1966/oct/25/aberfan-disaster-tribunal
    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1967/oct/26/aberfan-disaster
    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1966/oct/27/aberfan-disaster-tribunal

    The early and mid 1960s was a time of mass emigration to Australia.

    “Great Train Robbery” judge – another red flag and another crime psy-op from the past.
    The “Water bomb” theory of William Shepherd, Coal board “expert”. – another safe pair of hands along with NCB Geologist Robert Price who adopted the “theory” seems far fetched.
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19661024&id=oWsgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5mYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2422,6350971&hl=en

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    #836955
    xileffilex
    Participant

    Cbarles Nunn again emerged with his narrative in 2010 [no mention of pathologists anywhere or doctors cerfying death]
    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/former-top-cop-hits-out-1904208
    August 22 2010
    [Retired police chief superintendent] Charles Nunn, [75, who now lives in the Wirral] was part of a team of experienced detectives tasked with the identification of the 144 people who died in the 1966 tragedy…one of a team of more than 20 Regional C **rime Squad Officers who worked 12-hour shifts for 15 days to establish the names of some of the most badly disfigured and mutilated bodies pulled out of the fallen slurry…Our role in Aberfan was to do with the identification of 144 bodies, nothing else. It was a terrible thing to have to do and it was not always an easy task. There were 158 body parts for 144 bodies because of the terrible pressure of the tip when it came down…..“Because the bodies came up covered in slurry we had to clean them up first as best we could. We would then cover them with blankets and give each blanket a number…. when we labelled them up, some of the bodies were so disfigured we had to write ‘not to be viewed’. We could not ask members of the family to go through such a thing when the bodies were so unrecognisable.

    “It was very, very disturbing seeing all those bodies which weren’t fit to be viewed, some of them were so badly mutilated you just can’t imagine it.”

    Mr Nunn said the identification process was not always straight forward and his team needed to be imaginative at times to determine who was under each blanket……..“We also had a leg with a shoe on it but we didn’t know who it belonged to so we went to the local cobbler who said ‘I recognise that shoe, that’s my work and it belonged to this woman’….when we left Aberfan we had a couple of days off and then we were back at work chasing criminals.

    Hmmm The covering blanket routine, standard Middle East psy-op fare.

    ** remarried 1980
    Daughter from first marriage
    http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/health/health-advice/what-its-like-to-be-a-nurse
    another police connection
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-crock-4b559183

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    #847431
    xileffilex
    Participant

    From a link at DIF posted by Evil Edna
    https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=312566
    Mr Stephen Andrew, caretaker at the village’s junior school, described how he rescued children by passing them through the window of the boiler house. “Then”, he said, “I started digging and then after that I cannot remember anything. All I knew was that my two boys were there somewhere, underneath all the rubble” His sons were killed

    https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10147-20577009/stephen-david-andrew-in-billiongraves
    Stephen David Andrew died December 12 1993 aged 67. No probate

    Further work by the same author here
    http://hubpages.com/family/Is-There-a-List-of-Aberfan-Survivors-Names


    source – https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10147-20577008/kelvin-david-andrew-in-billiongraves

    Kelvin David Andrew and Malcolm Andrew of 77 Moy Road, Aberfan diedn aged 10 and 8 respectively, 1966
    Winifred Barbara Andrew nee Jones, died February 5 1996 aged 70

    express probate – 6 March 1996

    some further research here
    http://hubpages.com/family/Moy-Road-Aberfan-Houses-Destroyed-in-the-Aberfan-Disaster-1966

    some interesting comments – e.g ” I did wonder why a 13-year-old and a 7-year-old were both at home on a schoolday; they could have been ill, of course”
    indeed ;=)
    no 77 is still standing. The writer reprots that Mr Andrew had “just popped home” so missed the “disaster”….and had a baby at home. Fancy that. [Christine Margaret Andrew, b 1966[3]

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    #847473
    psyopticon
    Participant

    There’s an online list of Aberfan victims, identified by street and house number; the victims concentrated to just a few streets in the town. Easy to stage when all those houses were owned by the Coal Board and/or Local Authority.

    http://www.dmm.org.uk/uknames/u1966-01.htm

    Was the town pre-packed with acting families? Embedded in weeks and months previous into those Coal Board houses? Settled in situ, ready for the psyop to roll?

    Those actors only drifting off once their roles were fulfilled. That exodus of families achieved under auspices of evacuating them, for fear of “further” landslides.

    The narrative — up to 100 families demanding immediate re-homing — was played out in the Daily Mail (Dec 3, 1966). And articulated by key Aberfan gatekeeper, the town Baptist minister, Rev. Kenneth Hayes. Hayes was joint chairman of the Aberfan Parents’ and Residents’ Association, who lost his own son. So it is said.

    #847482
    Tom Dalpra
    Participant

    These aerial “photos”, to my untrained eye, look very fake.

    ‘These aerial ”photos” ‘ Which ones ? No links are posted.
    Did you mean ‘this’ photograph looks fake to your ‘untrained eye’, Psyopticon ?
    ds
    This was reproduced in a double page spread in LIFE magazine, I believe.
    They probably enhanced the image to suit the colourful. glossy mag, but I doubt it’s an image of a model!

    This model idea, is the same thing you said about an aerial shot of the Lockerbie incident , Psyop’.
    What we can conclude, perhaps, is that aerial photographs look like Hornby models to Psyopticon, and yes, when you’re up high the things on the ground do look a bit like toys, I agree.

    In the case of Aberfan, though, there are quite a lot of aerial photographs seemingly showing the same thing. Are all these fakes, too ? I don’t think so.

    There really was a great big slag-slide at Aberfan and it really did pour down in to the village. No need to fake the photos. No need, at all. The ‘evidence’ was there for all to see from the air and on the ground and witnessed by many people. This real scene was very much part of this Op (if that’s what it was ) and to suggest the ‘aerial images’ are maybe fake doesn’t make much sense to me.
    It’s calling ‘fake’ on part of the Op which was real and witnessed by many.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=aerial+photos+aberfan&espv=2&biw=1830&bih=987&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwgfusxJnQAhVHPxoKHdgFAN4Q_AUIBigB&dpr=1#imgrc=iisWdMfct4TtBM%3A

    DalTampra

    #847487
    psyopticon
    Participant

    There really was a great big slag-slide at Aberfan and it really did pour down in to the village.

    There really was, was there? And it really did happen, did it?!

    The ‘evidence’ was there for all to see from the air and on the ground and witnessed by many people.

    Oh! So the witness accounts are real, too? And the 144 victims? Just like 911, eh?! Everything real! Who’d have thunk it!

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    #847490
    psyopticon
    Participant

    Another thing..

    There was huge public outrage over the misuse of the Aberfan Disaster Relief Fund; the disgraceful misappropriation of the Fund by the National Coal Board.

    On one level, this was a secondary narrative to underpin the main hoax itself. The government falsely hauling itself over the coals, so to speak, for embezzling charity donations intended for Aberfan “victims”.

    The millions gifted to the Fund expropriated by the Coal Board. Never distributed as intended – for relief of suffering in the devastated town. Instead, the donations paying for the removal of the coal tips at Aberfan and Merthyr Vale. Outrageous misuse of charity cash. Or so it would seem.

    Now here’s a funny thing. Soon after the ‘Disaster’, the government confirmed plans for a ‘major new road link between north and south Wales’. The A470 Cardiff to Glan Conwy Trunk Road.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A470_road

    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1970/apr/20/a470-cardiff-north-wales-trunk-road

    The proposed route of the new road passing directly through those Aberfan coal tips. On the hillside to the west of the town. Immediately above Moy Road. Exactly where the tragic “slag-slide” occurred (or didn’t).

    See where this is going?

    From Daily Mirror (Oct 8, 2016) — http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/50-years-after-aberfan-mining-9006550

    “The main Cardiff to Merthyr [A470] road now runs on a hillside above the village, passing right through the path the avalanche took.

    Lol!

    “The A470 through this section is beautifully engineered through the valley, including split-level sections and full grade separation and hard shoulders, built [at a cost of £2½m] during the 1970s.”

    http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=A470#Section_2:_Coryton_.E2.80.93_Rhayader

    In practice, was the ‘Aberfan Disaster Fund’ just a voluntary tax for road-building? Intended, from the outset, to pay for Aberfan’s new bypass?!

    Cunning!

    And since there was no disaster, no slag-slide, and no one died, how pointless all that faux outrage over the misuse of this Fund?!

    Good bluff though, eh?! Wales got its north-south trunk road. And Aberfan got its town bypass, a landscaped public park and new community centre with swimming baths. Very good. All funded by kind donation. And not a soul died.


    Aberfan tips to be removed: “best news ever” (The Times; Jul 27, 1968)

    #847502
    xileffilex
    Participant

    afr

    http://www.codex99.com/photography/60.html

    Excellent link there xilef.

    from the link…

    The UK equivalent of the JFK assassination”

    Hmmm
    That’s an unusual color photograph, rather like a modern day upload to Flickr.
    Here’s one from the opposite direction, allegedly from the Daily Herald, which ceased to exist two years previously in 1964!

    From this 2016 digest/regurgitation
    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/aberfan-50-years-on-how-11973335
    where is all that steam coming from behind the undamaged housesa and beyond the limit of the “slag”?

    #856212
    xileffilex
    Participant

    Hoax management – exactly two years later, the 52nd anniversary and we have a story to run to keep the event in the public eye…
    https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/16989517.heroic-former-city-firefighter-alan-davies-dies-aged-72/
    HEROIC former city fire station officer Alan Davies, who was at the scene of the Aberfan disaster and Lea and Perrins fire ** in the 1960s, has died, aged 72.

    ** must check that sauce factory fire out for suspicious insurance scam/drill activity in 1964.

    What did Alan do in Aberfan in ’66? The event, which

    saw Alan washing down the bodies of dead children for identification, lived with him for the rest of his life.

    OH!
    In 1974, Alan was one of several firefighters who recovered the bodies of two colleagues killed in a fire at a former paper mill at Hurcott, Kidderminster.

    In 1993, he also helped deal with the conflagration in Hereford at Sun Valley Poultry, where another two firefighters died.

    Allegedly.
    We mustn’t forget that 343 firefighters died on 9/11, didn’t they? Allegedly.
    I can’t find any online reference to Alan Davies’ heroic activities in Aberfan in 1966.

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