Op-Ed: Three Unusual Observations about Ken’neka L. Jenkin’s Death

The 9/11 symbolism surfaces again during Ken’neka’s mother’s call to the Rosemont Public Safety Department.

Ken’neka L. Jenkins, 19, was found dead inside a walk-in double freezer at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL, a suburb northwest of Chicago, at 12:25 a.m. on September 10, 2017, by a hotel security guard. She had been recently hired at a nursing home and was looking forward to a promising future while hanging out with a group of friends for the evening.

Exactly forty days later, on October 20, the Rosemont Public Safety Department closed the case referring to Ken’neka’s death as an “accident” while releasing photos of the death scene that showed her semi-dressed body, which appeared bruised in areas.

Though the details surrounding her death only raise more questions, some undeniable circumstances have emerged that may illuminate events that led to the untimely death of yet another one of Chicago’s youth.

The Crown Plaza Hotel

 In August 2017, the Crown Plaza Hotel hosted Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con. The event, which ran from August 4-6, was marketed as “Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror Convention known for our major celebrity guests, innovative programming, and spectacular evening events. We are a horror convention with a deeper initiative – our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In and 35mm film preservation,” according to their website. See here.

Horror Con

Screenshot of Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con’s website. The website boasts the attendance of some of the genre’s most famous actors, celebrities, and producers, including Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Sean Patrick Flannery (Saw 3D), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), and Katherine Isabelle (Freddie v. Jason), to name a few.

Attendees looked forward to watching digitally remastered horror classics and participating in costume contests and escape-the-room activities.

1970’s horror classic Suspiria digitally remastered

What are escape rooms, you might ask? Sinister Visions Inc., one of the conference’s sponsors, markets its escape-the-room game on its website as an immersive experience. “Strangers are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles, unravel riddles, find a key and escape, all before time runs out.” According to Escape Room producers, the end goal is to: “offer story-driven puzzles that teach you about the world, the people in the room with you, and yourself.”

More details can be found here.

Escape Room
Screenshot of Sinister Vision’s website

As reactions to Ken’neka Jenkins’ death surfaced on social media, video after video was posted, and people around the country poured over and commented on what might have occurred, turning Jenkins’s death into something akin to an escape-the-room experience. The only difference between the fantasy adventure the month before and what unfolded at the Crown Plaza Hotel is the reality of the situation: Kenneka Jenkins would end up paying with her life.

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The 9/11 Connection

            On Saturday, September 9, at 1:30 a.m. Ken’neka sent her sister the last text message before her disappearance. By 4 a.m., her best friend phoned Ken’neka’s mother to report that she was missing. At 5 a.m., her family was at the hotel questioning the staff, according to local news reports. The family alleges that the hotel staff initially wasn’t helpful because they didn’t have a missing person’s report, and this caused a delay in conducting a search, according to her mother, Teresa Martin.

A search that began on Saturday afternoon yielded the discovery of Ken’neka’s body around 12:25 a.m. Sunday morning, by hotel security, in a walk-in double freezer in an area allegedly under construction. According to the Chicago Tribune, her mother was not allowed to see the body until nearly four hours later, around 5 a.m. Sunday morning. All of this culminated on the eve of the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, another grim event that some 9/11 Truthers have been referring to for years as a “human sacrifice”.

Ken’neka Jenkins & 9/11 symbolism

One thing that stands out about the odd timing of Ken’neka Jenkins’ death is the eerie foreshadowing that appears in a photo posted all over social media. The picture depicts Ken’neka posing with a friend in front of a doorway. At the top of the doorway, the address reads 351-353, or put another way, the doorway reads 9/11 when translated into English Numerology.

Some people known as 9/11 Truthers believe that the Twin Tower attacks had been foreshadowed in lots of major Hollywood movies, commercials, videos, and even on the back of the U.S. currency for years prior to the actual event. This theory suggests the use of a process called “predictive programming,” whereby the mind is prepped to accept something it normally wouldn’t by repeated exposure prior to the event. There are many YouTube videos that address this issue; one can be seen here.

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9/11 symbolism on the back of the US $20 bill

The 9/11 symbolism surfaces again during Ken’neka’s mother’s call to the Rosemont Public Safety Department. In YouTuber HMi Radio’s video, which replays the 911 call, at 4:03 minutes into the video, her mother states that she ran into a young woman in the lobby of the hotel who asked if she wanted to go upstairs. The young woman took Ms. Martin to the 11th floor and led her into a room where her daughter had been seen earlier. This confirms that the two floors on which there were reported activities related to Jenkins’ death were the 9th and 11th floors.

Room 926

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Room 926 @ Crown Plaza Hotel, courtesy of the Rosemont (IL) Public Safety Department

If the aforementioned doesn’t cause you to further question the events that took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, then perhaps the mystery surrounding Room 926 will. During a Facebook live streaming video posted on the night Ken’neka went missing, a young lady can be heard telling someone on the phone to park the car in the hotel’s parking lot and come up to Room 926. When reduced by numerological principles, 926 equals the prime number 17. The number 17  is one of the most feared numbers in Italian culture, dating back to ancient Rome. And the fear of the number 17 is referred to as Heptadecaphobia.

In fact, when I lived and traveled throughout the Italian countryside, no one wanted to talk about the number 17 due to its association with bad luck and, oftentimes, death. As ridingthebeast.com explains, 17 is an: “Ominous number for Italians, as the number 13 in Occident. Thus, in Italy, there is no bedroom 17, no 17th floor, etc., this because of the number 17 that in Roman number, is written XVII, considered as the anagram and the numerical value of the Latin expression VIXI that means “I lived” therefore by extension “I am dead.” Click here.

This number might not appear to be all that significant in Ken’neka’s story at first glance; however, when observing the bigger picture, Ken’neka Jenkins is not alone. Jenkins sits in the company of Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and even Laquan McDonald, who all died with this number appearing in their narratives, just to name a few.

See the appearance of this particular number in the tragic stories of Martin, Gray, Bland, and McDonald in the following quotes, followed by links to the full stories:

Trayvon Martin, New York Times 4/1/2012: “Once again, thousands chanted the name of Trayvon Martin 17, the youth killed with one bullet while returning to a home in a gated community where he was a guest.” Read the full story here.

Freddie Gray, CNN 4/23/2015: “An officer says we’ve got one and confirms the address of 1700 Presbury, where Gray gave up without the use of force, according to Rodriguez. One officer took out his stun gun but did not deploy it, he said.” Read the full story here.

Sandra Bland, NBC News 7/23/2015: “At about 4:30 p.m. on July 10 (7+10 emphasis mine), Bland was driving a silver Hyundai Azera south through Waller County on FM 1098, near Prairie View A&M, when a state trooper, Brian Encinia, pulled her over for [sic] said was for failing to signal a lane change.” Read the full story here.

Laquan McDonald, Fox News 6/28/2017: “Jason Van Dyke answered questions about the night of Oct. 20, 2014, when he fired 16 shots at the 17-year-old boy, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The officer claimed McDonald, who had a small knife with its blade folded, posed as a threat to his life, prompting the shooting.” Read the full story here.

Stay tuned and have an observant day.

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