Nashville Forensic Files

On March 27, in the run-up to “Trans Day of Vengeance,” Audrey Hale murdered six people at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. Nearly three months later, Hale’s manifesto is still under wraps but autopsies enable the youngest victims to testify. 

The nine-year-old Hallie Scruggs, daughter of Covenant Presbyterian pastor Chad Scruggs, sustained an “indeterminate range gunshot wound of the head,” that caused injuries to the scalp, left temporal bone, and left temporal lobe of the brain. Hale also targeted Scruggs with an “indeterminate range gunshot wound of the pelvis,” entering at the left lower abdomen and causing injuries to the left femoral artery, vein and soft tissue. 

Hale also shot Scruggs in the “lower left extremity,” on the “left proximal thigh.” The shot caused injuries to multiple ribs, lungs, spleen, kidneys, thoracic vertebra, thoracic spinal cord, diaphragm, and liver. A bullet was recovered, with “a small amount of green paint at the tip,” an indicator that Hale used the 5.56/.223 Remington caliber ammunition. The trajectory of the shot was “left to right, downward, back to front,” with “the entrance wound on the left upper lateral back.” 

Forensic pathologist Kevin B. Jenkins, M.D., also found “a 1-1/4 inch gaping exit wound on the left back located 12 inches from the top of the head.” There was also a “3/4 inch gaping exit wound on the right lateral chest,” from a shot in the back. The exit wounds “are consistent with exit of the bone fragments.” 

According to forensic pathologist Emily H. Dickinson, M.D., nine-year old William Joseph Kinney, suffered a tangential graze wound “through the scalp, skull, and bilateral cerebral hemispheres,” causing “subgaleal hemorrhage, skull fractures, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and lacerations of the brain.” 

Hale also shot the male child in the torso and right arm, causing perforation of the ribs and thoracic vertebrae, right lung and soft tissue of the right arm. The victim also sustained “spinal cord laceration with associated epidural and subdural hemorrhage, and thoracic vertebral fractures.” The direction of the shot was “left to right, back to front, and downward.” 

Kinney also sustained a “perforating gunshot” of the abdomen and a “graze gunshot” of the left wrist. Hale also shot the boy in the torso, perforating the left shoulder, two ribs, left lung and diaphragm. The entrance wound showed stippling, evidence that Hale shot the child at point blank range. Kinney’s right arm and forearm also showed stippling and the pathologist discovered “minor blunt force trauma of the body.” 

Dickinson also performed the autopsy on Covenant School student Evelyn Dieckhaus. The nine-year-old girl suffered a perforating gunshot wound of the bilateral arms and torso. The shot damaged both lungs, the aorta, right brachial plexus, right axilla, right humerus and soft tissue of the right arm. Hale also shot the girl in the “posterior torso,” perforating the left lung, seven thoracic vertebrae and the spinal cord. The direction of the shot was “back to front,” and Audrey Hale wasn’t done. 

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Dieckhaus also suffered perforating gunshot wounds in the left arm and right hip, causing tissue hemorrhage and crest fracture wounds to the right buttock. Hale also shot the child in the left leg, left thigh, and left buttock, causing soft tissue damage and fractures. 

Another shot grazed the child’s abdomen and a shot in the pelvis caused wounds to the vasculature, the bladder, and a fracture of a lumbar vertebrae. The direction of the shot was “from back to front.” 

According to the autopsy reports, Emily Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs all died from “multiple gunshot wounds” and were “shot by another person,” which indicates “homicide.” The three youngest victims were also shot “in school,” the same school Audrey Hale had attended. The shooter gathered school yearbooks, drew maps, and surveilled the site for months. 

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On March 27, the 28-year-old Hale armed herself with an AR-15-style rifle labeled “CRUNT///,” with a retractable stock; a 9mm Kel-tec SUB-2000 carbine, a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, and significant ammunition. Hale shot her way into the school and her first victim was African American custodian Mike Hill, 61

Hale gunned down Katherine Koonce and substitute teacher Cynthia Peak but children were the primary targets. Hale shot the three nine-year-old children in the head, back, abdomen, pelvis, legs, and arms. She shot at indeterminate range, and close enough to leave stippling. Amid the screams and deafening rifle reports, Hale took the time to bludgeon William Kinney. 

Each shot would have been enough to maim and kill the children but Audrey Hale kept firing, unleashing 152 rounds in all. Homicide investigators call this “overkill” and it should not be surprising from Audrey Hale, who thought she was a man. 

As Bruce Bawer explains, the trans movement is a “revolution against reality itself,” and with the loss of reality comes the loss of humanity. Empathy and reason go missing, replaced by hatred and violence. Those who uphold biological reality are smeared as “transphobes” presumed to be guilty of “genocide.” That, in turn, justifies any action against them. 

The Trans Resistance Network proclaimed that Hale “had no other effective way to be seen than to lash out by taking the life of others.” On March 27, 2023, she did. 

Joe Biden blamed the attack on guns, not an individual’s carefully planned actions. The Delaware Democrat failed to identify or condemn the shooter, failed to name a single murder victim, and did not attend any of the funerals. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “our hearts go out to the trans community as they are under attack right now.”

Hale doubtless clarifies her motive in the manifesto, but trans activists were adamant that it not be released. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, allegedly an investigative body, also blocks release of the documents.

Meanwhile, the autopsies of Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, and Evelyn Dieckhaus don’t lie. The three nine-year-olds were all killed by another person, while at school. So were Katherine Koonce, Cynthia Peak, and Mike Hill, beloved father and grandfather

Sulfuric hatred and deadly violence are inherent in trans ideology, which under the Biden Junta is inherent in the system. Don’t be surprised to see more victims fall.

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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