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Only at a sleep number store or sleepnumber dot dot com slash iheart that sleepnumber dot com slash iheart sleep number's officials sleep and wellness partner of the NFL downtown. The Real Story. As far as we're concerned started a little after midnight. On December seventh two thousand fourteen when a person or persons unknown one carried out a chlorine gas attack on the denizens of the Hyatt Regency Hotel during Midwest for fest. Five minutes went by and we hear a lot of commotion. Commotion and Pandemonium I was hired. Believe on the ninth floor that Europe does hotel and they had staff members that were coming coming around to tell us that we needed to evacuate and there was a lot of extended alarms and we figured out. This is a serious situation so I get as many as my clothes on as I ah possibly can and rush and we all meet down at the the parking area hotel. A lot of people are just you know what's going on on is. Is this just a prank. As they're serious issue and we see hundreds and then soon to be thousands of people just like coming out. who were? We're at the dances. who were having dinner at the bar in the hotel room just relaxing and it's an absolute mess so we're waiting and we're waiting as we see the fire trucks come to police officers and we really have no idea of what's going on? It was a bitterly cold night. Very Windy about twenty five thirty degrees. I just remember just like huddling up a lit up a cigarette and for about forty five minutes or so we were outside and the police started show up in the news crew. Bruce Starting to report about what had happened. Given the fact that this was a literal chemical weapons attack on a group of civilians on American soil. You might have expected the media to treat it with some Grafitti Avenue. If so then you're forgetting the fact that the victims of this chemical weapons attack were wearing I suits which clearly rendered them as undeserving of sympathy in the eyes of Mika Brzezinski in the cast of MSNBC's morning joe which grazes Chicago Tribune. Nineteen people were hospitalized at a furry convention in Illinois Annoy After. What's being called attention lake of flooring? Okay the hotel guests along with convention convention attendees into the cold night. Many still dressed in furry told me what the convention was about. She's the new hotel. Hey came back nine for him. Would you're hearing at the in. There is Joe Scarborough and Mika laughing. So so hard that they can't talk meek actually breaks down with giggles and runs off stage. This is again over an intentional chemical weapon attack that hospitalized nineteen Americans reckons remembering a lot of news stories. That were running on local. Television was a lot of fodder like I don't think anyone was taking it seriously. Because because even in the mid twenty teens I think furry was something that was very overlooked and they weren't you know when the mainstream media was talking about. It's they don't know how to discuss is Louis Some of them were neutral in their tone and just described that you know a convention like an anime or comic convention you know those disruption of a major magnitude because someone trying to You know using improvised explosive or meth cooking. What have you and I remember it? It was one of the national news. Channels was covering what happens That night and the reporters which are laughing. I don't know why you know whether it was the fact that they couldn't grasp the idea of such a subculture or that. You know something like this had happened. I don't know it was a bunch of hogwash. I didn't really really care for the host of morning. Joe Weren't the only ones who found this all very funny here. CBS This morning. Chicago Tribune says nineteen. People were hospitalized at a convention in celebrating furry animals chlorine leak in a hotel in Chicago. Suburb forced the evacuation of thousands of people Sunday they were attending Midwest for fast many were just as animals of powdered form of chlorine gas was left in a stairwell on the ninth floor even the relatively good coverage like this story from WBRC TV local twelve in Chicago. You can hear the anchor just barely managing to hold back a snide comment. This is up behind regency o'hare where people people had gathered for an annual furry convention. Okay now contrast all that with this actual audio from the night of the attack taking the stairs or this gas All right go go go. So is there like a gas leak or we don't know what that is people vomiting blood. Oh Shit chlorine yeah honestly listening to that makes me feel very emotional. Yeah Yeah and this. Is Your first time listening coming to the media. I found it as we were like putting together. The script for this and it really Makes it clear what happened. Like it's easy when you you kind of just like looking at the coverage of an event like this to forget what something like that actually sounds like sounded like at the time and it's it's horrifying and just the terror in the panic that you can hear and they don't know if they're supposed to go down the stairs stairs take the elevator and the stairs are where the attack was right. Yeah that's something that we're about to get to One of the people that we spoke with had a friend who who evacuated through the stairwell and caused severe long term health problems. You know it was. It was on the tenth floor and I had a friend staying on the floor and of course time we know I found out later. She had gone outside of her room and it was on the floor. mystere wall think it wasn't accident maybe perhaps or not I can't say I don't think anybody really knows. Maybe the FEDS. They're good luck. They're not telling me but she got. They were the alarms and she went into the stairwell to try and Escape Wrong Stairwell chlorine sinks. So she's going down. She's getting worse and she burned her lungs pretty badly she at the time was a self employed artist and didn't have health insurance the ambulances were there She refused to go on the ambulance and get seen because she was worried about. The healthcare costs that she couldn't afford and she struggled for almost a year. Afterwards with the effects of that while few reporters took it seriously right away the attack on Midwest for fest was at least immediately treated as a serious crime by law enforcement vice reporting from two thousand sixteen confirmed that the Rosemont Police Department opened an investigation on December eighth and closed on July twenty ninth two thousand fifteen without not having identified a culprit Rosemont records obtained by vice show that the FBI did email the department. Its report on the attack but it doesn't seem like they had any clear of an idea about who was at fault chip a furry a filmmaker in an activist wound up being approached by the bureau to help in their investigation. Two years later in two thousand sixteen. I learned some things about this after the convention mainly. Because I'm in Colorado around the same area That a group called the free raiders exists so in Colorado. This free raiders group is known for being inclusive racists and inclusive of pedophile and inclusive of zoo files and. They're sort of a group. No one wants to be around there very alright. And they're famous worrying Nazi esque armbands. And so. Because I was near there I I got contacted by the police and the FBI saying hey we have a suspect in your area. Can you tell us anything about him and So he apparently Was a suspect. Even though he didn't go to for fast His name is Fox Slur Fox Goethe for fest..