With the new Star Wars movie currently out in theaters featuring the late Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Princess Leia, I think this “dubious decapitation” story from last year deserves a another look. The cultural references here are so striking and numerous, it may be the kind of story you can share with a friend or family member who is still unconvinced of the existence of media hoaxes. Attempting to bring light to those still in the dark side’s Vader-like mind-grip can be treacherous, however. So remember to choose wisely, young Padawan!
So back in early June of 2016, this incredible story hit the headlines:
4-year-old internally decapitated, survives without surgery
Internally decapitated? Well, apparently it’s a real thing. But was it “real” in this case? Let’s take a look…
First read the article and watch the news report. If the page ends up disappearing, I’ll provide a backup video on my YouTube channel. In the report, we immediately see some hints that the story is not all that it seems. The most obvious sign of shadiness is the standard “tear-free crying” by the two ladies interviewed, the boy’s mother and the hero who “saved his life.”
We also see some curious family photos at 0:48. We’re first shown the full collection then the camera cuts to focus on two of them:
In the right photo, the boy’s head is tilted back in an odd manner, giving the appearance of a neck injury. In the left photo, we see him with a skull on his helmet. This is a boy who’s skull was later detached from his spine (allegedly).
And if “nutty numbers” mean anything to you, we have some odd wording on the GoFundMe page linked in the article:
By not fusing the spine they are working outside the box so to speak. Anything you read will say to fuse. But his neurosurgeon has been 3 for 3 in just wearing the collar.
As suspicious as they may be, none of these apparent anomalies are smoking guns and can be reasonably explained away by someone inclined to believe the story. The Star Wars references, however, are much more difficult to dismiss!
First, there’s the boy’s name, Killian Gonzalez. Kilian and Kilia are part of the Star Wars lexicon. There is a character named Kilian in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
We see an image of Kilian looking a bit cross-eyed with a fancy beard that resembles a chin-strap. Compare this to an image if the injured Killian looking rather cross-eyed with a neck brace similarly nestled under his chin:
The neck brace also looks similar to the neck piece on Darth Vader’s suit:
This “miracle boy’s” amazing tale of survival rivals that of Anakin Skywalker after getting partially dismembered and burnt to a crisp in his fight with Obi-Wan in Episode III!
In addition to the character Kilian in the animated series, there are a number of other references to the name in the Star Wars universe.
There are the Kilian Rangers who hail from the planet Kilia IV in the Kilia star system, the central star of which is called Kilian. These all appear to be named after Kilian Plunkett, a Star Wars artist. There’s also a science-fiction novel unrelated to Star Wars entitled The Killian Star (“It’s the year 777,” lol).
The last name Gonzalez also has a Star Wars connection:
Gonzalez is a patronymic surname meaning “son of Gonzalo.” The given name Gonzalo comes from the medieval name Gundisalvus, which was the Latin form of a Germanic name composed of the elements gund, meaning “war” or “battle” and salv which is of unknown meaning.
So if Kilian is a star and Gonzalez essentially means “son of war,” then we have “Star Wars” right there in the name of the star of this story, Killian Gonzalez!
We also have a Star Wars connection with the hero of the story, Leah Woodward (Princess Leia), who reportedly held the boy’s head still for 30 minutes while waiting for paramedics.
In the news report, we hear a (not) tearful Brandy Gonzalez lament about not being able to see her injured boy because he’s being treated at a separate hospital. He’s at Saint Luke’s for another Star Wars reference (Luke Skywalker) and she’s at Saint Alphonsus, which is referred to as “Saint Al’s.” Could Saint Al’s even be a reference to Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home planet? Either way, take a look at what just happened to take place at Saint Al’s in February-March, just two months before the accident (Critical Connections indeed, lol):
Having previously connected Good Samaritan Leah Woodward to Princess Leia, let’s take a look at a photo of her with Killian’s injured mother Brandy Gonzalez, recuperating at her home planet… er, hospital, Saint Al’s:
What’s that sticking out of the side of Brandy’s head? Looks like a massive braid.
Remind you of anyone?
Stay calm, fanboys 😉
Not only is the big braid similar, Brandy Gonzalez actually looks a lot like Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in general. Look at the eyes and smile!
So to sum up, we have 7 strong Star Wars references that would all have to be amazingly improbable coexisting coincidences if this story were not a fabricated hoax:
- The Kilian references in Star Wars.
- Killian (star) Gonzalez (son of war) = Star Wars.
- Killian’s neck brace and Darth Vader’s neck piece.
- Hero Leah Woodward = Princess Leia.
- Saint Luke’s and Saint Al’s.
- The Stair Wars Challenge at Saint Al’s.
- Brandy Gonzalez’s striking resemblance to Princess Leia in her slave costume.
Bear in mind also that this news story just happened to appear roughly six months before the release of the Star Wars spinoff movie Rogue One and the reported death of Carrie Fisher.
If all of this still doesn’t raise your suspicions and you’re determined to believe young Killian’s devastating and amazing story, take heart that he is well on the road to a full recovery and is currently winning wrestling trophies and medals (that he wears to bed, awwwww). Let’s hear it for the miracle boy who defied the odds and touched our hearts.
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, YOUNG PADAWAN!
Three days after I wrote this post, this article appeared in the news stream:
Carrie Fisher Wrote Some of Her Funniest Lines in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Carrie Fisher left the world and the Star Wars universe much too soon but she had just enough time to add a few special touches to her last performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“That was her,” Johnson said. “That was a Carrie Fisher line. Of course it was.”
“I would sit down with her and she would just give me … After an hour, I would have filled up pages and pages writing down the notes and one-liners that she would pitch,” he said. “And so we tried to work them in whenever we could.”
So we know Carrie Fisher was a writer as well as an actress. I wonder if she may have also had a hand in writing a fabricated news story about Killian and Brandy Gonzalez?