Noreen "Rene" Connolly is being gaslighted.
Her ex-husband has a documented history of stalking and abuse; she was attacked in her home in 2017 and her home was set on fire in 2019.
Despite this she has been blamed and suspected, the incidents have been used against her, to take away her kids and other things.
Below is a temporary order from March 6, 2019, from the judge in the case, Thomas Hallett, using the fire, and her being suspected, as a reason to temporarily take her kids.In it, the order states, "The Court finds that an emergency exists due to the fact:
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Police also suggested that Rene was uncooperative. "Noreen Connolly was not talking to anyone and would not answer any questions, even basic questions like possible occupants of the house...Noreen again refused to discuss with Chief Nick Majer and referred then to having a lawyer present."
Rene told me she was in shock and remembers little of that night.
I reached out to Cedar Lake Police Chief Bill Fisher. While acknowledging the email, Chief Fisher did not provide a formal statement before this was published. Chief Fisher was not the chief when these events occurred.
With suspicion drawn to her, the judge- whose name again is Judge Thomas Hallett- was driven to act in an emergency fashion with the temporary order I already showed.
The fire was then investigated by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). Report here.
After months of investigation IDHS came to no conclusion: saying the cause of the fire was undetermined.
IDHS did not comment on this investigation, but did provide me with an explanation of what falls under undetermined and other categories.
- Undetermined – a fire may remain undetermined if there is too much damage to identify a cause, or if all other sources cannot be ruled out.
- Natural – started by lightening or some other natural phenomenon.
- Incendiary – this classification is used for all fires caused by human behavior, whether on purpose or accidental. Arson is a subset of incendiary, and is typically classified as such by prosecutors, rather than fire investigated.
In December 2019, the judge issued his final order. It is below, but largely mirrors the temporary order.