Upon closer inspection of the autopsy report issued by medical examiner Theodore Brown, TMD has uncovered perhaps the most damaging new piece of evidence to date in the ongoing death investigation of late SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell, currently ruled a suicide by hanging.
Looking closer at the section of the autopsy where it completely details the “ligature wound” and the neck area… the examiner made these notes:
‘The autopsy was most significant for a ligature furrow mark of the neck, congestion of the head and neck above the ligature furrow mark, florid petechiae of the facial skin, and confluent petechiae of the left and right palpebral conjunctivae, all consistent with hanging, partially suspended by the resistance exercise band.’
He continues in greater detail:
‘On the right side and posterior aspect of the neck, the ligature furrow mark was dry, faint red-purple, and had a central area of pallor. On the anterior aspect of the neck, the ligature furrow mark was 11-1/2 inches below the top of the head, up to 0.5centimeter wide, and above the thyroid cartilage. On the left side of the neck, the ligature furrow mark extended posterior and upward, and was up to 1.2 centimeters wide. On the right side of the neck, the ligature furrow mark extended posterior and upward, and was up to 2 centimeters wide. On the posterior aspect of the neck, the ligature furrow mark curved upward and was 8 inches below the top of the head.’
Okay. First question you’re going to obviously ask: Why are the ligature measurements different on each side? Shouldn’t they be equal?
That would be because the assailant that attacked Chris was right handed and that being their
stronger arm that would mean that side of the ligature is going to be pulled up higher than the other side, understand?
(Pictured: A post mortem photo of a ‘V’ shaped suicide ligature pattern)
It’s very basic. But most telling of all with this ‘uneven ligature pattern’ that the medical examiner has pointed out in Chris Cornell’s autopsy is that it does NOT have the classic suicide “V” shape always associated with hanging.
So whoever strangled Chris to death in room #1136 is most certainly going to be right handed.
Chris Cornell’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten, the last man to see him alive… is right handed.
Looking even closer at the autopsy findings, there has been further damaging evidence found, specifically the notation of “parenchyma respiratory congestion”, which is 100% due to being strangled, NOT hanging, according to the medical experts.
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
“Accordingly, specific morphologic changes can be also expected in parenchyma of the lungs in
cases of strangulation”
What is termed ‘pulmonary oedema fluid collection within lung parenchyma’ is caused only by “Homicidal strangulation”.
THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE: A TORN SHIRT, 9 BROKEN RIBS & HEAD TRAUMA
Chris Cornell showed all the classic signs of someone who put up a big time fight for his life.
The autopsy clearly notes Chris was wearing a “torn shirt” when he was found dead. The 9 rib fractures that you never see in suicide cases or people who receive CPR are a major red flag for foul play.
The “head trauma” noted by EMS on the scene that night is another red flag.
But the hemorrhages in the eyes noted by Theodore Brown in the autopsy also stands tall as perhaps the most compelling evidence itself fully proving Chris Cornell absolutely died due to strangulation.
According to forensic science:
‘There are associated physical evidences of traumatic asphyxia which can often be easily visibly identified in conjunction with ligature strangulation. Petechiae are often present on the victim, Because veins are normally at lower pressure than arteries, traumatic injuries from an offending force to the neck(i.e. -ligature strangulation) cause an increase in venous pressure and an increase in capillary pressure that then causes damage to the inner walls of those capillaries. This damage produces minute points of bleeding which can be visible as pinpoint hemorrhages in the softer tissues. These minutes points of bleeding are called petechiae.’
This means Chris put up one helluva battle against the killer and a lot of force was applied to his throat area during the intense struggle that went on for minutes, much more ‘neck pressure’ applied than would ever be associated in a hanging. That is why his eyes displayed the ‘points of bleeding’… again only associated with strangulation.
Now we are no longer talking about conspiracy theories or taking a wild guess on the matter like most of the wannabe internet sleuths around are doing. These are stoned cold scientific facts that will 100% hold up in a murder trial. There is no possible way any real expert in the field of homicide and post mortem examination will not conclude the same thing.
Yesterday was a marvelous way to end the week as the work of my horsemen and their followers continues to result in the deaths of many people in the Western Hemisphere. Thus, I am writing this song/poem to thank them for their work in promoting nihility that is leading to the deaths of many people in this world. Also this poem will serve as great inspiration for those who wish to kill to bring this world closer to an empty world that shall wipe away all existence in this life!
Safe To Kill
I could kill you all
I could stab you where you wouldn’t see
And kill those you wouldn’t believe
You can be my hate
Even as the world is dying off
I know we will be safe to kill!
We are safe to kill
I could shoot your kids
We know the rivers of blood will never dry up
The world will appreciate it
For you can be my death
Even in a world of subhumans
We know that we will be safe to kill!
Safe to kill
We are safe to kill
Safe to kill
We are safe to kill
Take your hate!
And know that we are safe to kill
Safe to kill
I could show you hate
In a wave of suffocating lives
You will kill next to me
For you shall be my death
Even as they lay six feet under
I know that we shall be safe to kill!
The Bayreuth Festival symbolises Europe’s centuries old struggle for its existence. Richard Wagner, (1813 – 1883) the great German composer, chose Bayreuth for a number of sound reasons. Primarily, the maestro believed that his unique works should not share the same stage with the music of others. The Bayreuth Festival was destined to showcase only Wagnerian epics.
Attracting funding to finance the project was problematic. The Bayreuth Festival was unlikely to be other than an unfulfilled dream. Finally, the almost estranged King Ludwig II of Bavaria stepped in and provided the necessary resources. Bayreuth theatre was finally opened in August 1876 much to the relief of the great German composer and others who shared his vision. The first performance was Das Rheingold.
Artistically the pioneering venture was a fabulous success. It would be difficult to identify a single head of state, let alone accomplished musician, who failed to make the pilgrimage to the Bayreuth Festival. Unfortunately, the annual event fell short of being a box office success. Rescue was at hand; the doyens of great music and culture were generous. The show goes on and on and on.
Siegfried Wagner (1869 – 1930) followed in his father’s footsteps and excelled as both composer and conductor. Siegfried served as artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1908 to 1930. The Bayreuth Festival’s orchestral conductor was the maternal grandson of Franz Liszt. From the Hungarian-born German composer Siegfried received some instruction in harmony.
Winifred Williams (1897 – 1980) born in Hastings, England, was destined to marry both Siegfried Wagner and the festival of Bayreuth.
It was an unusual destiny for an English-born orphan. Winifred lost both her parents before she was two-years old. The child was initially raised in a number of homes. When she was eight-years old Winifred was embraced by a distant German relative of her mother, Henrietta Karop; her adoptive mum was married to musician Karl Klindworth: Winifred’s adoptive parents were friends of Richard Wagner.
Siegfried Wagner was 45-years of age when on September 22, 1915 he placed the wedding ring on the finger of his 17-year old bride. The couple were to have four children; two sons and two daughters: Wieland (1917 -–1966), Friedelind (1918 -1991), Wolfgang (1919 – 2010) and Verena (born 1920)
After Siegfried Wagner’s passing on in 1930 Winifred Wagner took over the management of the Bayreuth Festival and she maintained the position until the war’s end. Winifred’s respect and admiration of Adolf Hitler over many years developed into a close relationship that many thought might end in marriage.
The spirit of the Bayreuth Festival infused the National Socialist German Workers Party’s (NSDAP). Symbolic of Europe’s traditions, culture, virtues and struggles, Wagnerian epics encapsulated the divine purpose and enduring nobility of National Socialism.
Of Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler said; “Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner.”
During the 1930s until its military defeat in May 1945 the National Socialist religion was universally acclaimed as a harbinger of peace and a force of salvation from collaborating Capitalism and Communism (Bolshevism). Throughout the world, National Socialism was embraced as a religious phenomenon. Adolf Hitler was perceived by many as evidence of the Second Coming.
The relationship between the Führer, Winifred Wagner and Richard Wagner’s music is intense. The German President and Chancellor from 1933 to 1940 attended all Bayreuth festivals.
The German leader stayed on average ten days at each Bayreuth festival. However, on the occasion of the 1940 Festival the Führer said: “This year, unfortunately, due to the demands of the war that England does not want to end, I will only remain in Bayreuth today.” The Führer on another occasion said; “In Bayreuth I have lived some of the most beautiful moments of my life.”
At Wagner’s residence, where he has been received as a guest year after year, the poet, artist and visionary enjoyed authentic family life.
Hitler treated Winifred and Siegfried’s children as family. The siblings knew their mentor and patron as Uncle Adolf. Neither of the Wagner sons would serve in the armed forces. It had already been decided that “Germany could not be allowed to lose Richard Wagner’s heritage on the battlefields.”
August Kubizek was a boyhood friend of Adolf Hitler. Having much in common the teenage idealists were absorbed by great classical music. Their taste however was consumed by the works of the Leipzig born musician, Richard Wagner.
During his short stay in Bayreuth during 1940 the Führer had occasion to meet again his childhood companion. To his friend he entrusted the following words:
“This war is depriving me of my best years. You know how much I still have to do, what I still want to build. You know better than anyone all those plans that kept me busy from my youth. I have only been able to carry out a small fraction of it. I still have a lot of things to do. Who would if not?”
The Führer, an idealist, poet and lover of the arts, constantly yearned to create a great German social state. He held the view that the pseudo-democratic plutocracies, envious and fearful of someone demonstrating that things can work otherwise, imposed upon him a war of annihilation.
During their youth the two friends shared rooms on the same student floor in Vienna. It was the Führer who at 18 years of age had convinced Kubizek’s father to let his son go to the city and study in the conservatory. This act of wisdom and true friendship changed the life of August Kubizek and allowed the dreamer to fulfil his dream of becoming orchestra director.
I have been working on this song/poem for the last 2 weeks when I found out that the subhuman Jews on Facebook banned me for merely sharing a link exposing the evils of feminism; it is my 8th such 30 day ban in the past 13 months and it has led me to openly call for the extermination of all Jews, whether they proclaim themselves to be “good” or “evil”, they must simply die for being Jewish. For where were these same Jews when I was facing injustice and censorship to tell their own brothers and sisters to cease with the needless meddling in my free speech human rights. I will tell you where these subhuman Jews were; they were off swindling more non Jews/goyim to fight their evils wars and battles to further subvert the human races. Well all that ends from this moment forward as this poem will inspire others to take their weapons and start killing Jews wherever they find them!
Take No Jewish Prisoners
You got one kike, infiltrate them
Kill them right, exterminate them
The guns will, decimate them
Kill their pride, degenerate them
The Jewish people, reprobate them
Aids will, devastate them
Diseases will, decapitate them
Take no Jewish prisoners, terminate them
I go to war, to give Jews hell
The wars will be non stop like in Germany
A beginning to this end
We know what must be done to them
Peace will be their deaths to me
Let them retreat for they are damned
Their cemetery will be a playground for the demented
A safe haven for those who walk this realm
For they are devoid of heart and soul
All is fair in hate and war
Take the Jewish life!
But don’t touch the kike’s hair
For your body is more sacred
No countries must be spared
And to their sons and daughters behold
The Jews had it all and all that they could be
Now they will be nothing for the world to see
How odd that they long to be like you and me
It’s a sad yet funny thing
No tears shall streak from my hateful stare
We must abandon them like they wreckage they are
No one cares what will happen to them
No one will dare to speak up for them
Never ask a kike what they can do to your country
Ask how your country can kill them instead
Take no Jewish prisoners, take none of their shit!
(JTA) — Courtney Love called Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour an “anti-Semitic terrorist” in a series of tweets.
“I won’t follow anything thats being led by an anti-Semetic[sic] terrorist that’s using feminism as a tool to promote her radicalism,” the controversial musician, who is known for fronting the 90s band Hole and being married to late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, said Wednesday during a Twitter exchange with Sarsour.
Love was responding to Sarsour’s online campaign to raise money for a Muslim woman whom she claimed was a victim of a hate crime. On her fundraiser page, Sarsour, who is also Muslim, wrote that Rahma Warsame was “brutally beaten by a white man as she came to the defense of another sister.” The Council On American Islamic Relations has reportedly asked that the incident be investigated as a hate crime.
Sarsour’s campaign has raised more than $111,000.
However, the Columbus Police Department said there is not enough evidence to support calling the incident a hate crime.
“There is no evidence at this time suggesting the incident involved any type of bias which would constitute the incident being investigated as a hate crime,” the department said Tuesday.
Love, who was married to late rocker Kurt Cobain, tweeted that Sarsour was a “criminal” for “collecting funds on a made-up hate crime,” and urged her followers to “research more about her ripping people off of thousands for a story that’s not true.”
“You’re a vile disgrace to women and all mankind,” Love also tweeted.
Sarsour is known as a leader of popular opposition to President Trump and an anti-Israel activist. The City University of New York received waves of criticism for inviting her to speak to graduating students last week. She received a standing ovation at CUNY for telling students to commit to demanding change, the Associated Press reported.
Dov Hikind, a Democratic Jewish state Assemblyman, who spoke at a May 25 rally opposing her speaking role, said having Sarsour speak at the event was tantamount to “giving a podium to promoters of violence.”
Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, in 2014 posted on Twitter a picture of a Palestinian throwing a rock, presumably at Israelis. She wrote that the photo was the “definition of courage.” She has endorsed the movement to boycott Israel and has come out in support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – a position that critics of that prospect say equals the end of Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.
She has also been criticized for saying in a March interview that one cannot be both a feminist and a Zionist.
Nonetheless, Sarsour earlier this year raised $100,000 for the restoration of a Jewish cemetery where headstones were damaged as a result of vandalism and has also received support from some American Jews.
On Thursday, 130 prominent left-leaning Jewish activists signed a letter saying that Hikind has falsely accused Sarsour of supporting terrorists and of anti-Semitism, spurring “a wave of harassment directed against Sarsour,” including threats.
The letter calls the attacks against Sarsour “dangerous, disingenuous and counterproductive, undermining core Jewish values of compassion, humility and human dignity.”
Among the co-signatories were Jeremy Ben-Ami, the head of the J Street dovish lobby group on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; Naomi Klein, a journalist and author advocating a blanket boycott of Israel; Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS, the Jewish immigration agency, and dozens of rabbis.
LONDON — On May 25, the city of Liverpool in the northwest of England will commence celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ groundbreaking and best-selling album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
As part of the three-week Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading For Home festival — a symbol of Liverpool’s enduring pride in its most famous export — posters will go up around the city by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller bearing slogans noting the contribution of Brian Epstein.
But Deller’s desire to ensure that Epstein, the band’s manager and so-called “Fifth Beatle” is not written out of the celebrations has an added poignancy this summer. Barely three months after the album’s release, the 32-year-old Epstein was found dead, having accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills.
The 50th anniversary of Epstein’s tragically early death provides a reminder of the Jewish threads, both professional and personal, which weave through the life of Paul McCartney, one of the Fab Four’s two surviving members. As music critic Seth Rogovoy has suggested, McCartney has displayed a half-century “love affair with all things Jewish — including collaborators, business associates, girlfriends and wives.”
The first Jewish woman in McCartney’s life was American scriptwriter Francie Schwartz. The 23-year-old flew from New York to London in 1968 after reading about the Beatles’ formation of a new multi-media company, the Apple Corps. She hoped that she might be able to interest the band in a film she had written about a street violinist and actor she had met outside Carnegie Hall.
On spec, she turned up at the Beatles’ offices on London’s Wigmore Street. Although McCartney was engaged to actress Jane Asher, the pair began a relationship. Asher is alleged to have returned from a filming trip to find McCartney and Schwartz in bed together.
The affair with Schwartz was not long-lasting, unlike McCartney’s marriage to Linda Eastman. Born in Scarsdale, New York, Eastman was the granddaughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants to the United States. Her father, born Leonard Vail Epstein, changed his name to Lee Eastman; his wife, Louise Sara Lindner, hailed from a German Jewish family.
Before her marriage to McCartney, Linda had established herself as an accomplished celebrity photographer. Her pictures of Eric Clapton were the first by a woman photographer to feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. While on assignment in London, she met McCartney at the Bag O’Nails club and snagged an invite to the launch party for the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album at Brian Epstein’s home.
A year later, with his relationships with Asher and Schwartz behind him, McCartney began dating Eastman. Their 30-year marriage — which saw Linda launch a musical career as a member of McCartney’s band Wings and co-writer on the Oscar-nominated Bond theme “Live and Let Die” — only ended with her death from breast cancer in 1998.
An entertainment lawyer, Lee Eastman was not simply McCartney’s father-in-law. With Epstein’s death, he also became McCartney’s manager. A tussle between Eastman and the former Rolling Stones manager, Allen Klein (whom John Lennon favored) helped contribute to the ill-feeling which led to the Beatles’ split in 1970.
McCartney’s choice of Eastman proved to be a wise one.
“Linda’s dad is a great business brain,” McCartney later said. “He said originally, ‘If you are going to invest, do it in something you know. If you invest in building computers or something, you can lose a fortune. Wouldn’t you rather be in music? Stay in music.’”
McCartney’s music publishing business — he owns the rights not only to his own material but also to that of countless others such as Buddy Holly — is one of the world’s largest privately owned and a major source of his wealth.
However, it is to Epstein that McCartney and the Beatles owe much of their success.
As Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia, suggested a decade ago, “I think Brian’s one of the forgotten people. It’s almost as if he’s been written out of the story. I don’t think they’d have got anywhere without Brian.”
Deller agrees, recently telling The Guardian newspaper of his determination that Epstein be properly recognized in this month’s Liverpool festival.
‘Without his contribution and sacrifice, the Beatles would not exist as we know them’
“Without his contribution and sacrifice, the Beatles would not exist as we know them and a lot that we take for granted in our culture would not exist either,” Deller said.
Although his grandparents were Eastern European immigrants to Britain at the turn of the 20th century, Epstein’s upbringing was solidly middle class. But, as he wrote in his autobiography, “I am an elder son — a hallowed position in a Jewish family — and a lot was expected of me.”
His teenage desire to be a dress designer was dismissed by his father, who wanted Epstein to work in the family’s furniture business and musical instrument shop. Put in charge of the record department of a new branch of the family’s North End Music Stores, Epstein grew it, and a further store, into one of the largest music stores in the north of England.
It was through that work that Epstein first heard of the then largely unknown Beatles. He went to watch them perform several times at the Cavern Club and, despite his lack of experience, approached the band and suggested he manage them.
McCartney’s father was allegedly suspicious of the “Jewboy,” though Epstein’s charm and good manners soon won him over, while the younger McCartney reportedly favored the arrangement because “Jews are good with money.”
Epstein immediately went to work on the Beatles’ image. Out went the scruffy jeans, black leather jackets and swearing and smoking on stage. In came a more wholesome look: suits, shirts and ties, and the later widely imitated mop top haircut.
‘Epstein changed the boys into clean-cut lads whom he could take home and introduce to his Yiddishe mamma’
As Ivor Davis, a journalist who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in London’s East End, suggested, “Epstein changed the boys into clean-cut lads whom he could take home and introduce to his Yiddishe mamma.”
Epstein’s determination — he encountered repeated rejections — finally landed the Beatles a recording contract several months after they signed him as their manager. It was Epstein, too, who, as the band conquered Britain, secured The Beatles a slot on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, the gateway to their American breakthrough.
Davis, who as the Daily Express’ West Coast correspondent, accompanied the Beatles on their first tour of the US in the summer of 1964, later provided a fly-on-the-wall account of the band and their manager as they hit the big time.
In public, the boys always deferentially referred to Epstein as “Mr. Epstein” or “Brian.” In private, he was simply “Eppy” or “Bri.” Lennon in particular appeared to delight in jokes at the expense of the manager being both Jewish and gay. One night, Epstein told the band he had just finished writing his autobiography.
“What is it called?” Lennon asked.
“’A Cellarful of Noise,’” replied Epstein.
“How about ‘Cellarful of Boys,’” joked Lennon.
“’Cellarful of Goys,’” Epstein responded.
“No, no,” said Lennon, “I’ve got the perfect title, ‘Queer Jew.’”
On occasion, Lennon’s comedy routine would take a darker turn. Davis recalled Lennon addressing his manager as a “rich fag Jew.” On a flight to Seattle a Jewish radio reporter heard one of the band use the word “kike.” He believed the culprit was Lennon.
But Vivek Tiwary, whose best-selling 2013 graphic novel “The Fifth Beatle” is currently being turned into a Hollywood film, has a different take on Lennon’s behavior.
“He would make really rude, harsh jokes about his closest and dearest friends all the time,” Tiwary told Attitude magazine. “It was almost like a rite of passage. I think it was a test that allowed Brian to be close to John.”
That “The Fifth Beatle” is not the only film in development about him — Tom Hanks is producing a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role — underlines the recent interest in ensuring Epstein receives his due recognition.
Indeed, in 2014 — when Epstein would have celebrated his 80th birthday — he was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while the building in London’s West End from which he managed The Beatles now bears a commemorative blue plaque.
After his tumultuous 2002 marriage and 2008 divorce to model Heather Mills, McCartney appears to have found love again in the arms of a new, Jewish Lady McCartney.
In 2011, four years after their romance first became public, he married Nancy Shevell. A native of New Jersey who went to work in her father’s trucking company and served for 10 years on New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, Shevell appears to be everything McCartney’s second wife was not.
While Mills courted media attention, Shevell eschews it. Interviewed by the New York Observer shortly before the couple tied the knot, Shevell’s cousin, legendary American journalist Barbara Walters, was tight-lipped about her reported role as matchmaker.
“The thing about Nancy is that she doesn’t want this article,” Walters politely explained. “She doesn’t want anything to do with publicity.”
By all accounts, this has nothing to do with timidity. In a rare interview before she began dating McCartney, Shevell recounted her love of the macho trucking industry. She recalled her father’s gifts of toy trucks — she lined them up next to her Barbie dolls — as well as family days out to visit his truck terminals.
Of one man who tangled with her as she rose in the industry, she simply said: “I don’t know where he is right now but I know where I am.”
When the Observer caught up with her as she left a transit authority meeting, she had little to say about her romance with McCartney.
“It’s just not that intriguing. Not like his last marriage, which was really intriguing. I’m over 50. I work. That’s it. I haven’t been social and I have a small group of friends. There really isn’t much to talk about,” she said.
‘It’s just not that intriguing. Not like his last marriage, which was really intriguing’
Speculation in the run-up to his marriage that McCartney — a self-confessed “never very devout” Catholic — was intending to convert to Judaism proved baseless.
However, on the eve of their wedding the couple attended Yom Kippur services at the St. John’s Wood Liberal Synagogue, close to McCartney’s London home.
Despite marrying in a church, the most famous of McCartney’s three children with Linda, fashion designer Stella McCartney, identifies herself as Jewish.
“My mum was Jewish,” she told British Glamour magazine in 2002. “Maybe I’m a really bad Jew because I’m always so excited to say that I am, but I don’t live and breathe the religion.”
McCartney’s seeming love of all things Jewish has not, though, always been reciprocated.
In 1964, Israel refused permission for The Beatles to play in the Jewish state. After lengthy deliberations, the Interdepartmental Committee for Authorizing the Importation of Foreign Artists, decided the band was likely to have “a negative influence on the [country’s] youth.”
Four decades later, however, McCartney defied the BDS movement and reported death threats and played Tel Aviv. Perhaps, as he performed before the 40,000 fans who had packed Yarkon Park, McCartney’s thoughts turned briefly to his former manager.
Although never a practicing Jew, Epstein’s will contained an intriguing request — that “all my clothes be sent directly and immediately to the State of Israel.”
For a man who adored expensive tailor-made suits, that was a sign of real love.
MANCHESTER, England — An explosion that may have been a suicide bombing killed at least 19 people on Monday night and wounded about 50 others at an Ariana Grande concert filled with adoring adolescent fans, in what the police were treating as a terrorist attack.
Panic and mayhem seized the crowd at the Manchester Arena as the blast reverberated through the building, just as the show was ending and pink balloons were dropping from the rafters in a signature flourish by Ms. Grande, a 23-year-old pop star on an international tour.
Traumatized concertgoers, including children separated from parents, screamed and fled in what appeared to be the deadliest episode of terrorism in Britain since the 2005 London subway bombings.
Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the victims and their families in “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”
There was no immediate word from the police on the precise cause of the blast, but unconfirmed reports said a suicide bomber might have detonated a nail-filled explosive device.
Intelligence officials in the United States were briefed on the Manchester explosion late Monday and were told it appeared to be a terrorist attack, according to a senior official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The scene immediately evoked the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, which included a deadly assault inside the Bataclan concert hall, where the Eagles of Death Metal had been playing. But unlike the Bataclan, the Manchester concert was filled with young teenagers.
“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until the police know otherwise,” the Manchester police said in a Twitter post.
People at the concert said they had heard what sounded like explosions at the end of the show, around 10:30 p.m.
At least one explosion went off in the foyer of the arena, according to the British Transport Police, the force that protects the Manchester Victoria train station next to the arena. The terminal was evacuated.
Early Tuesday morning, Sky News reported that a bomb disposal team had arrived on the scene as part of the investigation and that the security cordon around the arena had been widened.
Gary Walker, who was at the show with his wife and two daughters, said he “heard a massive bang and saw a flash” just as the concert concluded. He turned and realized that his wife had been hurt. Mr. Walker, who is from the northern city of Leeds, said she had a stomach wound and possibly a broken leg. He said he lay down with her and saw “metal nuts on the floor.”
Ms. Walker was taken to a hospital, Mr. Walker said while standing with his daughters at Deansgate, the main shopping street in Manchester.
Another concertgoer, Sasina Akhtar, told The Manchester Evening News that there had been an explosion at the back of the arena after the last song. “We saw young girls with blood on them,” she said. “Everyone was screaming, and people were running.”
Ms. Grande, a singer with a big voice who started her career as a star on a Nickelodeon TV series, is on an international tour supporting her 2016 album, “Dangerous Woman.” Two additional acts, Victoria Monét and Bia, performed as openers on Monday. The tour was scheduled to continue on Thursday at the O2 Arena in London.
“Ariana is O.K.,” Ms. Grande’s publicist, Joseph Carozza, said before the enormity of the episode was widely known. “We are further investigating what happened.”
TMZ, the entertainment news website, reported that Ms. Grande was “in hysterics” over the deadly blast.
Parents separated from their children during the mayhem were told to go to a Holiday Inn, where many children had taken refuge. A number of hotels, including the Holiday Inn and the Travelodge, opened their doors to concertgoers trapped inside the police cordon, providing them with drinks and phone chargers to enable them to contact family members. Residents also offered stranded concertgoers places to stay in their homes.
The confusion and fear in the hours afterward was reflected on social media. One Twitter post asked: “Did anybody see my girlfriend? I lost her in the chaos.”
The BBC interviewed one witness who was waiting outside the arena to pick up his wife and daughter. He recounted that the “whole building shook,” that there was “carnage everywhere,” and that the explosion appeared to come from near the stadium’s ticket area.
Videos posted on Twitter showed concertgoers running and screaming. Hannah Dane, who attended the performance, told The Guardian that she had heard “quite a loud explosion.”
“It shook,” she said. “Then everyone screamed and tried to get out.”
The Manchester Arena, opened in 1995, can hold up to 21,000 spectators; it was not clear how many people were in the crowd for the concert.
Karen Ford, a witness, told the BBC that she had been leaving the concert when the blast occurred. “Everyone was just getting out of their seats and walking toward the stairs when all of a sudden a huge sound, which sounded like an explosion, went off,” she said.
“Everyone tried to push people up the stairs,” Ms. Ford recalled, adding that in the chaos, people tried to push past a woman in a wheelchair as children screamed.
She said there was no smoke, just one very loud bang. “It was very, very loud,” she said, adding that her husband thought he had heard a second explosion. “There were shoes on the floor,” left behind by people who had fled, she recalled.
“Just chaos,” she added. “I was trying to tell people to calm down.” She said the masses of people trying to flee created a perilous situation: “We were being crushed.”
Outside, Ms. Ford said, parents awaited children who had attended the concert, checking their smartphones in a panic. “Everyone was trying to find each other,” she said.
While the country and the world reacted to the news of the explosion and deaths with dismay, anger and grief, the British authorities, who have foiled numerous terrorist plots, were probably not surprised.
The terrorist threat level set by MI5, the domestic intelligence service, has been at “severe,” the second-highest level, for months now, meaning officials considered an attack “highly likely.”
While disenchanted young people can be radicalized through extremist websites, officials are particularly worried about the return of hundreds of battle-trained fighters who left Britain and other European countries to join jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Britain is also in the middle of a general election campaign, with a vote due on June 8, and a terrorist attack, as Manchester appears to be, is bound to become part of the political discourse.
I was driving home tonight when I received word, via an email message, that one of my horsemen finally took it upon themselves to try and end the life of that wretched feminist Arriana Grande. Honestly, I have the faintest of clues that she even existed until a few weeks ago, but any attack upon a feminist that results in the loss of lives is a good thing to a nihilist like myself. So, I was quickly motivated to strike up this poem in memory of the good men who tried to end her wretched life and the lives of others who actually enjoyed her “music”, if that is what it can be called these day.
The Killing Fix
It’s taken a lifetime to kill them all
A lifetime of genocide
All the wasted lives on my hands
The lives turn to blood
As their lives fade in the wind
Killing them until they are mine
I kill with the fire
I feed on the hatred
Their lives are right where they should be
Don’t try and save them
I was so lost trying to find my way
I do not follow
Thus I am out of place
A few days after the spectacular collapse of the Fyre Festival, just as federal investigators began to circle the wreckage, the event’s would-be mastermind, Billy McFarland, was still making promises.
His failed event was sold on social media by the likes of Kendall Jenner as an ultraluxurious musical getaway in the Bahamas. Scheduled for two weekends starting in late April, it was supposed to up the ante in the competitive festival market. Instead, Fyre had become a punch line for its aborted opening, with reports of panicked millennials scrounging for makeshift shelter on a dark beach.
Yet, speaking on May 2 with unnerved employees at his TriBeCa office — with its $30,000 sound system and frequent fashion-model visitors — Mr. McFarland deflected blame and vowed that Fyre would survive to mount another festival next year. The coverage had been “sensationalized,” he insisted, according to a recording obtained by The New York Times. (Fyre has attributed its cancellation to a combination of factors, including the weather.)
Ja Rule, the rapper and Mr. McFarland’s celebrity business partner, looked on the bright side. “The whole world knows Fyre’s name now,” he said. “This will pass, guys.”
Their company, Fyre Media, however, was already facing the first of more than a dozen lawsuits seeking millions and alleging fraud, breach of contract and more.
The endeavor has also become the focus of a criminal investigation, with federal authorities looking into possible mail, wire and securities fraud, according to a source with knowledge of the matter, who was not authorized to discuss it. The investigation is being conducted by the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and the F.B.I.; it is being overseen by a prosecutor assigned to the complex frauds and cybercrime unit. (A spokesman for the United States attorney’s office and a spokeswoman for the F.B.I. declined to comment.)
There are many potential victims: ticket buyers, investors and businesses small and large, spread across the United States and the Bahamas. Blink-182, a planned headliner, can’t get its equipment out of customs limbo. Fyre’s employees have not been paid. MaryAnn Rolle, a restaurant owner in the Bahamas who catered daily meals and rented villas to the festival crew, says she is owed $134,000.
“I’m struggling” and feeling taken advantage of, Ms. Rolle said. “It’s embarrassing.”
Ja Rule was Fyre’s famous face, but at the center of the controversy is Mr. McFarland, a brash, 25-year-old entrepreneur with a gift for networking and buzzy social media. In his short career, he has persuaded people, over and over, to buy or invest in whatever he was selling, leaving behind a trail of aggrieved customers and business partners. He could be the Wolf of Wall Street for the selfie set, or Gatsby run through an Instagram filter.
Mr. McFarland and his lawyers declined to address specific allegations. But in a statement, he said: “I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am that we fell short of our goal,” adding, “I’m committed to, and working actively to, find a way to make this right, not just for investors but for those who planned to attend.”
Stacey Richman, a lawyer for Ja Rule, said that he “would never participate in anything fraudulent; it’s simply not in his DNA.”
But interviews with more than two dozen people associated with Mr. McFarland or the festival, many of whom requested anonymity because of pending legal issues, turned up few who were surprised by the ruins in the Bahamas and beyond.
“The lies didn’t start with the Fyre Festival, let’s make that clear,” said Patrick McMullan, the veteran party photographer who came to regret his trust in Mr. McFarland’s business savvy.
The Card That Opened Doors
Raised in Short Hills, N.J., by real estate developer parents, Mr. McFarland was already starting technology companies as a teenager. With the creation of Magnises in 2013, he took on the profile of a budding New York entrepreneur, with bottle service tastes.
Modeled after the American Express black card, Magnises — “Latin for absolutely nothing,” Mr. McFarland once said — was a membership club for upwardly mobile millennials, offering discounts at select hot spots and access to a West Village townhouse.
“We had some great events — everything ran like clockwork,” said Craig Lawrence of the modeling agency One Management.
Through Magnises, Mr. McFarland became a nightlife fixture. He came to know Ja Rule, whom he booked for a private concert; Mr. McMullan’s company photographed his events.
Magnises was a template for what Mr. McFarland’s other businesses would become — a touch of celebrity, a gloss of tech and the veneer of success, thanks to social media and high-powered connections.
But as Magnises expanded, members complained that offers, like Beyoncé tickets, never materialized, and that annual dues were charged to their credit cards months early.
Mr. McFarland also looked for money on the side. Molly Krause, a publicist who briefly joined Magnises, described Mr. McFarland’s mass text messages offering deals on hoverboards and weekend rentals of his Maserati.
“Ja Rule is working on a new song and can mention your name, nickname, company name, etc in the upcoming hit single for $450,” Mr. McFarland texted last year. “5 Spots. LMK!”
Still, he had a way of engendering trust.
Mr. McMullan said that he paid Mr. McFarland almost $100,000 for a website, which was never delivered. “I was told he had made this big company, he had made millions of dollars,” Mr. McMullan said. “I thought he was smarter than he was.”
Stars and Investors Needed
Early in 2016, Mr. McFarland became consumed with a new endeavor: Fyre Media.
With it, he hoped to build an app that would allow individuals to bid for celebrity appearances at their events.
Mr. McFarland hired developers in Portland, Ore., and used a roster of the famous and semifamous (Iggy Azalea! Soulja Boy!) to woo investors, including Carola Jain, married to Bob Jain, a prominent hedge fund executive. (Ms. Jain has been named as a defendant in at least one Fyre lawsuit. Through a spokeswoman, she declined to comment.)
In his bid for moguldom, however, Mr. McFarland had little regard for traditional business practices. According to four Fyre Media employees, who requested anonymity because of the continuing fallout, there was no paperwork upon their hiring, and the payroll system was ad hoc at best — employees were typically paid via wire transfer, and sometimes in cash, receiving no pay stubs.
Mr. McFarland is now accused of more than sloppy bookkeeping. Some investors believe that his company was overstating its financial position. In January, Fyre Media said in company documents that it owned land in the Bahamas worth $8.4 million and had $21.6 million in revenue from December alone — claims that one investor, Oleg Itkin, said in a lawsuit were probably fictitious.
A Passion Project
Toward the end of last year, with Fyre Media still in its early stages, Mr. McFarland became increasingly distracted by yet another project. A music festival in the Bahamas would combine what he called his three biggest passions — tech, rap music and the ocean — and publicize the app, he told his staff.
Mr. McFarland knew how to promote it. He and Ja Rule enlisted influencers (called Fyre Starters) like Ms. Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid to post about the festival on Instagram, and he pursued deals with SiriusXM and a yacht startup called YachtLife.
As advertised, Fyre Festival would be a site of fantastical opulence, featuring acts like G.O.O.D. Music, Major Lazer and Migos.
Well into March, the event’s website — which briefly vanished because its designer had not been paid — claimed it would take place on Fyre Cay, a private island that once belonged to the drug lord Pablo Escobar. Ticket packages included the $400,000 “Artist’s Palace,” with four beds, eight V.I.P. tickets and dinner with one festival performer.
But there was no such island or palace. Fyre employees recalled higher-ups inventing extravagant accommodations just to see if people would buy them — and some did, they said.
Mr. McFarland had been scouting sites, taking private planes to the Bahamas with his Fyre entourage and models in tow. But long after tickets had been sold, he was still nailing down a location.
By early April, the festival team finally set up at Roker Point, a largely unbuilt housing development on Great Exuma that borders a Sandals resort.
The festival hired a series of experienced producers, cycling through them quickly. With guests set to arrive on April 27, the team had a long way to go to deliver the vision that Mr. McFarland had sold.
Mr. McFarland and his executive team lived near the site in a resort villa, riding ATVs around to check the progress. Organizers found enthusiastic partners in Bahamian workers, who hoped for a long-term economic boost.
Still, residents who had seen Fyre’s ostentatious marketing pitch worried about its distance from reality. “Something like this, it could build Exuma and it could break Exuma,” said Ian Nicholson, a carpenter working for the festival.
About three weeks out, Richard Hooban, a Brooklyn DJ booker, toured the site. He saw a craggy beach and a gravel-strewn plot where the main stage would be. “This is going to take a lot of money or time to transform,” he recalled thinking.
Mr. McFarland seemed flush enough. “He always had a few thousand dollars cash in his swimsuit,” said Luca Sabatini, an owner of Unreal-Systems, which built the festival stages and supplied the high-caliber sound systems and lighting. If someone needed extra cash, Mr. McFarland would dole it out — “$500, crumpled up, a little humid because he went jet skiing with it,” Mr. Sabatini observed.
But behind the scenes, Mr. McFarland was scrounging for funds.
Weeks before the festival, Fyre informed ticketholders that the event would be “cashless (and cardless),” and encouraged attendees to put up to $1,500 in advance on a digital Fyre Band to cover incidentals, according to one lawsuit.
Those wristbands were merely a stopgap solution to help the company’s cash flow, according to two employees with knowledge of the accounts. They said that the Fyre Bands took in nearly $2 million; some of that money, according to another lawsuit, went to pay back part of a recent $3 million loan.
Expenses were swelling: Bed frames and beach chairs were rush-ordered; beach umbrellas had to be flown in, rather than shipped, because of late payments, according to three production staff members. Essential production tools, like walkie-talkies, never even arrived.
Back at Fyre Media, the company credit cards were being declined for everyday office purchases.
Employees said they feared that their boss was using funds from their booking app to fund the festival. But Mr. McFarland reassured them in April when he said that Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of the cable and media giant, had agreed to invest up to $25 million in Fyre Media. In fact, Comcast had considered a deal, the company said, but passed “after conducting thorough due diligence.” Mr. McFarland did not tell his employees.
As the festival date neared, the production crew’s wages, paid by wire or cash, arrived late, or short, and then stopped altogether, five members of the crew said.
‘A Whole Sea of People’
Warnings to Mr. McFarland and his team came from seemingly every corner. Two days before guest arrival, Mr. McFarland asked Mr. Nicholson, the carpenter, who was working 18-hour days, how it was going. “I said, ‘I don’t think it’s gonna be ready,’” Mr. Nicholson recalled.
Senior staff members pleaded with Mr. McFarland to cancel or postpone, several of those present said. But having just taken out yet another loan for $200,000, according to a lawsuit, he responded that money can solve everything, one employee recalled.
Then a storm hit.
On the morning of Thursday, April 27, facing piles of soggy bedding, unfinished tents and understocked bars, festival staff members again begged Mr. McFarland and his team to cancel. Again, he didn’t budge — even with the convenient excuse of bad weather.
The festival sold a total of about 8,000 tickets for both weekends, according to a lawsuit, but only a few chartered planes made it to the island. As the first flights began arriving, Ms. Rolle, the caterer, said that she received a call asking if the ticketholders could be diverted to her restaurant. “I just saw a whole sea of people,” she said.
Later, at the festival site, guests lined up to be checked into their damp tents. The crowds bottlenecked and grew restless. Mr. McFarland and his executive team, including Ms. Jain, the investor, holed up in their headquarters, known as the blue house.
Finally, Mr. McFarland stepped outside. He hopped on a makeshift table and tried to calm the masses. Just grab a tent, they were instructed, which created more chaos as people scrambled for dry — or any — form of shelter.
In the face of angry customers, Mr. McFarland retreated.
He appeared “dumbfounded,” Mr. Sabatini said, “and completely at a loss.”
Trash and Unpaid Bills
As late as that Thursday evening, Mr. McFarland and Ja Rule had continued to assure talent agents that all systems were go. But by Friday morning, both weekends of the festival had been canceled.
Within a few days, Mr. McFarland and the rest of his executive team had left the island, their site strewn with mattresses, empty Champagne bottles and other detritus.
Several businesses are still anxiously awaiting the fate of their gear, which the Bahamian government is holding because Fyre owes more than $330,000 in customs fees, according to a government document.
Mr. Sabatini said that his Miami-based company was out about $10 million worth of equipment. Without a speedy resolution his business “would start facing irreparable consequences,” he said.
Workers like Mr. Nicholson, the carpenter, were left unpaid. A father of three, he is owed nearly $5,000, and his lights and water have been turned off because he couldn’t pay the bills. “It’s killing me,” he said.
Back in New York, at the early May meeting, rattled employees pressed Mr. McFarland and Ja Rule on a troubling thought: They had committed fraud.
“That’s not fraud, that’s not fraud,” Ja Rule said, according to the recording. “False advertising, maybe — not fraud.”
This poem was literally inspired very early this morning; maybe it was a consequence of dealing with idiotic women who kept on getting on my nerves. So I did what I always do, cut them away and write hateful poems and songs of what i would like to see happen to not only women but to the rest of this world!
I know your hatred is feeling so hollow
As that’s a hard truth for you to swallow
But when I kill for you, the world will never recover
When I kill for you, this world will never be the same
I really want to kill somebody
I really want to take their lives away
We know we’re almost there
So stab them all away, stab them all away
I really want to stab somebody
I think about it every second of the day
I know we’re almost there
So stab them all away, stab them all away
My hate is such a hard act for others to follow
Hate me today but leave me tomorrow
Still if I kill for you, they will never recover
If I kill for you, the world will never be the same
We know where to start, even if they seem a little lost
We want to kill like we are never going to stop
We know what to do, when you’re in front of us
We’re asking you to kill and stay with us tonight