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    *Anyone can use the internet to make false accusations.
    *Some people will believe anything they read online or in print.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The book is now available

Frightening, Intriguing, Important.


Internet HELL is an account of an elaborate, skillful and vicious Internet harassment attack by a lying paranoid psychopath. He accused the author of a huge number of horrible crimes including child molestation, child pornography, wife-burning and even dog rape. Despite strong suspicions about the perpetrator, the police and the FBI could not solve the case.

This book includes a novelized backstory about the life of the attacker, and a true account of the attacks, the aftermath and the investigation. There are recommendations for others who are victims of similar cybercrime, and for minimizing those crimes and their effects.

The $1.99 preview edition is now available as an eBook download in PDF form for easy reading on PCs and e-readers. CLICK to order from Lulu.com. A printed version will be available in the future. CLICK for more info.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Progress report

(1) No new material has been posted by my attacker or his fans since the beginning of July.

(2) Most of the garbage has been removed from the web, but there are still search links that point to non-existent pages.

(3) Google still refuses to remove the original hate-blog without a court order--which they could challenge.

(4) The police and FBI have not been able to identify the perp, despite strong suspicions.

(5) My printer and booksellers have not caved into the threats by my attacker.

(6) My neighbors still talk to me and let their kids talk to me.

(7) My wife and dog still love me.

(8) I temporarily suspended publicity for my books until the bad publicity died down a bit, but I know the remnants will be online forever.

(9) I decided to remove the "Dirty parts easy to find" from the bottom of the front cover on my funny memoir. That line gave my attacker something to use in his campaign, and I also realize that it may make some readers uncomfortable. I may sell more books without the line on the cover. I'm also making some updates and corrections. The new version should be available mid-October.  Here's the new cover:


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An important newspaper believes me


The Connecticut Post is Southwestern Connecticut's largest daily newspaper.

In Sunday's printed paper and now online, reporter Frank Juliano presents an extensive analysis of my attack, and concludes that I am not guilty of the ridiculous charges.

In the interest of accuracy, I must point out that (1) I am only 64 years old, not 65, and (2) I lost my virginity while in college, not in high school (but not for lack of desire or objects of desire).

While it's extremely satisfying to be investigated and vindicated by an important newspaper that's read by most of my neighbors who had been warned to keep their children away from me, my attacker is still free, as the police and FBI continue to investigate two months after the attacks began.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Photobucket did the right thing, promptly

Last week I noticed that my attacker had posted photos of me without permission on Photobucket, and the photos were linked to the original attack blog.

I complained to Photobucket on Saturday, and today the photos were gone from both Photobucket and Blogger.

I've been waiting for over a month for Google to cooperate.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

My attacker put my photos on Photobucket

Photobucket is a very useful and easy-to-use free online service for storing, displaying and distributing photographs.

My attacker, using the name "Federaltorch," is using the site to display photos of me, my dog and my house. Two of the photos are displayed in violation of my copyrights, one violates the copyright of the Hartford Courant, and one violates a Google copyright.

My attacker has violated the Photobucket Terms of Use Agreement:
  • 6.2 You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the Photobucket Services or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, (ii) the posting and use of your Content on or through the Photobucket Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person, and (iii) the posting of your Content on the Site does not result in a breach of contract between you and a third party. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of Content you post on or through the Photobucket Services.

An idiot commented about me

The New York Times website recently published "Ask the Experts: Managing Your Online Reputation" where Michael Fertik, founder of ReputationDefender, and Paul Ohm, a law professor at the University of Colorado, took reader questions about Internet privacy.

I explained my online ordeal, and at the end I mentioned that I was writing a book about it. It's quite common for authors to mention relevant books in online postings. There were 312 words in my posting, and just 17 dealt with the book.

Unfortunately, I received no useful advice from either Fertik or Ohm--but ignorant and belligerent "W. Smith" thinks that I wrote the book and then was harassed online.

HEY IDIOT: the book is being written about my attack. I had no reason to write it before I was attacked.

"Smith," in an effort to emphasize his intellect, says he "wasn't born yesterday."  He acts like he was born with anencephaly.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

After over a month, Facebook did the right thing


On June 25, Facebook published a phony and dangerous petition aimed at having me put on the Connecticut registry of sex offenders. The petition was signed by a non-existent Mike Josephs and signed by seven non-existent supporters, and two real human beings who were scammed into supporting the cause.

"People" signing the petition called for my caging, castration and killing; and my Facebook friends were notified of the petition.

I complained to Facebook immediately--and frequently--pointing out that false identities were used in violation of Facebook policy, as well as copyright violation, libel, lies and calls for violence.

Today I received the following email:

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We have removed or disabled access to the third-party or user-generated content you have reported to us for violating our Statement of Rights & Responsibilities.

I am certainly pleased and relieved that the Facebook attack has been removed. I'd be even more pleased if Facebook apologized for its unconscionable delay and told me how the company will stop similar attacks from happening again.

For the moment, lead petitioner "Mike Josephs" and his phantom flunkies Kendra, Johnathan, Melinda, Alice, Victoria, Billy and Harry are gone from Facebook.

I hope the real people on Facebook who were suckered into becoming their "friends" and aiding my harassment won't miss them, and they'll find some real live human beings to replace them

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Don't get mad, get even write a book


Starting on 6/25/10, my small book publishing company, Silver Sands Books, and I became the targets of an elaborate online smear campaign.

I was unjustly portrayed as being a pornographer, dog rapist, child rapist, pedophile, wife burner, member of an international child porn ring, drunk driver, being listed on the California registry of sex offenders, using the Internet to "groom" children for sex, being investigated by the FBI, a threat to my neighbors...and more. The attacker's apparent supporters publicly called for my caging, castration and killing.

The attacker published two online petitions directed to Connecticut Governor Rell to try to get me put on the Connecticut list of sex offenders. Silver Sands Books was accused of publishing books for pedophiles. The attacker tried to get printer Lightning Source to stop printing and distributing my books, accused the printer of breaking the law, and threatened to sue them. My attacker falsely claimed that Amazon.com had stopped selling my books because I am a pedophile, My friends on Facebook and neighbors received messages accusing me of horrible crimes above.

The attack pointedly demonstrated how our cherished first amendment can be easily misused.
  • Anyone can say anything about anyone.
  • Some of the biggest and most successful online companies (e.g., Google) shield vicious, dangerous, libelous, lying criminals who use their services--and make it extremely difficult for victims to have the attacks terminated.
  • People will believe anything they read online or on paper.
  • Anyone can be an attacker--or a victim.
I responded by reporting the crime to the FBI and police, contacting my friends. contacting the website operators who published the lying harassment, blogging and--of course--starting to write a book about the ordeal.

Since I was attacked for my writing, it's only natural that I write about the attacks.

I hope the last chapter will be about my attacker going to jail.

The book's working title: "Internet Hell: how false accusations almost destroyed me, and could destroy you"

There is no way to know how long it will take for the case against the attacker to be completed. The book will probably be published in late 2010 or early 2011.

Tentative Contents:

Part 1: Prelude to the attacks (attacker's background)
Part 2: The attacks
Part 3: The crimes
Part 4: The investigation
Part 5: The arrest
Part 6: The trial
Part 7: The aftermath
Part 8: Recommendations
Part 9: Thanks
Part 10: An appropriate joke

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A few comments to the person who wants my books banned


If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. --George Washington

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. --Tommy Smothers

The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. --Walt Whitman

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. --John Stuart Mill

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. --Alfred Whitney Griswold

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. --Sigmund Freud

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. --Heinrich Heine

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself. --Dick Cavett

The test of democracy is freedom of criticism. --David Ben-Gurion

Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him. It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man! --Thomas Carlyle

Books won't stay banned. Ideas won't go to jail. --Alfred Whitney Griswold

You can cage the singer but not the song. --Harry Belafonte
The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty. --Adlai E. Stevenson

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. --Thomas Jefferson

The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. --Benjamin Disraeli

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory. --Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself. --Salman Rushdie

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum. --Adlai E. Stevenson

Monday, July 5, 2010

No work today. I need a laugh. It's time for a joke.

I have been impressed by my attacker's intelligence as well as his craziness. This combination reminds me of a joke.

A driver hears a thumping sound from the right rear of his car, pulls over to the side of the road, walks around the car and discovers that he has a flat tire. He opens the trunk, removes his spare tire and jack, and starts setting up the jack to raise the car. At this point he notices that he is parked alongside a tall fence topped with barbed wire. There is a sign on the fence that says, "DANGER! Do Not Enter. County Home for the Criminally Insane." He looks through the fence and sees some obviously agitated people in orange jumpsuits approaching him. He assumes they will not be able to go over the fence but is nervous, anyway. He jacks up the car, removes the lug nuts and the tire, puts the good tire onto the car, and sees the four lug nuts rolling down a slight hill and then vanish into a sewer. Now he starts to panic.It's getting dark out. He is in the middle of nowhere. This is before cellphones were available. A crowd of crazies has assembled a few feet away from him, jumping, flailing and chanting incoherently. The driver feels doomed. Suddenly one of the inmates stops chanting and jumping and signals the driver to follow him along the fence beyond the other inmates to a spot where they can speak in quiet. The driver follows him and the inmate then says, "Hey mister, I have a suggestion. Each of the other three tires has four lug nuts. If you remove one lug nut from each tire and put it where you had the flat, each tire will be held on with three lug nuts and you'll be able to drive into town and go to the auto parts store to replace what you lost." The driver is very impressed, starts working on the other tires and when he finally secures the spare tire and puts the flat and the jack into the trunk, he walks over to his helper and touches his fingers through the fence to express his gratitude. He thanks him profusely, and also expressed his amazement. He says, "I just don't understand how an inmate of an insane asylum could come up with such a good idea." The man in orange said, "I'm glad to help. Remember -- just because I'm crazy, doesn't mean I'm stupid."

And that applies to my attacker. I hope he, too, is soon behind barbed wire and in an orange jumpsuit.

(Photo from http://www.onlinecourses.org/. I thank them.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Why does my attacker care about my beard?


(left-click to enlarge image)

My attacker seems strangely obsessed with my appearance -- particularly my beard. Under his various fake names he has said that I am a "revolting beast" and a "sick hairy freak" with a "hairy beard" and I "look like a pervert."

Actually, I don' t look at all like Jeffrey Dahmer or the Marquis de Sade.

I haven't been a hairy freak in about 40 years, and I'm probably much less sick than my attacker is.

Perhaps he skipped biology class on the day his teacher revealed this, but BEARDS ARE MADE OF HAIR, so they are supposed to be hairy.

Some beards, of course, are hairier than others. My present beard, while hairier than the beards worn by Jobs, Lincoln and Lenin, is definitely mid-range -- about the same as Sigmund Freud's beard.

In addition to his obviously diminished mental capacity, perhaps my attacker also has low testosterone. Maybe he can't engage in sex and can't grow a beard -- so he's obsessed with my sex life and my beard. Maybe my attacker secretly wishes that he could rape dogs, little boys and teenage girls as he falsely accused me of doing. I guess we'll find out at the trial.

Clockwise from top left: Steve Jobs, Metropolitan Kirill -- Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, Osama bin Laden, Me-recently, Me in the early 1970s, Me at Halloween in 2008, Abe Lincoln. As far as I know, there are no perverts in the group.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Now my attacker wants to stop my books from being printed and has accused my printer Lightning Source of distributing pedophile books

My attacker sent the following emails to Lightning Source, the company that prints and distributes most of my books:

Sent using BlackBerry
From: Johnathan Hawking BULLSHIT
johnathanhawking@yahoo.com

To: Inquiry
Sent: Sun Jun 27 07:14:36 2010

Subject: Pedophile at Lightning Source

Dear Lightning Source,

Lightning Source is aiding and abetting a known convicted Pedophile BULLSHIT Michael N Marcus, and allowing him and his company Silver Sands Books to use LSI as a weapon and recruiting organization BULLSHIT for an international pedophilia ring. BULLSHIT

1. Why are you allowing a convicted Pedophile BULLSHIT (Michael N Marcus) to distribute books to Amazon and Barnes & Noble using Lightning Source, Inc?

2. Michael N Marcus (AKA Silver Sands Books) is a Milford, CT resident and registered child sex offender BULLSHIT who has distributed books using your company LSI to booksellers under Silver Sands Books.

3. Legal Background on Marcus: http://michael-marcus-pedophile.blogspot.com/  BULLSHIT

4. We BULLSHIT are campaigning BULLSHIT for a change in Megan's Law, so pedophiles BULLSHIT like Michael N Marcus can't move State to hide their crimes and/or publish books with Lightning Source, Inc to groom children on the internet. BULLSHIT

5. Read Facebook Petition To Connecticut Governor To Review Pedophile Michael N Marcus: BULLSHIT http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=118772574833939 &v=wall ALMOST EVERY "PERSON" WHO SIGNED IS A FAKE

6. Earlier this year, he published a book defaming Outskirts Press using Lightning Source: ACTUALLY IT WAS NOT PUBLISHED BY LIGHTNING SOURCE, AND WAS COMPLETELY TRUE. OUTSKIRTS HAS NEVER CHALLENGED THE BOOK.

Yours sincerely,

Johnathan Hawking BULLSHIT
Secretary, Petition to Connecticut Governor BULLSHIT

-------------------------

From: Harold Bishop BULLSHIT [harold.bishop80@yahoo.com]

Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 5:21 PM

Subject: Pedophile BULLSHIT using Lightning Source, Inc.

Dear Kelly Guy and Natalie Mozingo,

Re: Silver Sands Books - Registered Sex Offender BULLSHIT Michael N Marcus (http://michael-marcus-pedophile.blogspot.com)

We are writing to LSI on behalf of a group of concerned parents, BULLSHIT regarding the above named 'Silver Sands Books' which is a Lightning Source Publisher, and is currently distributing pedophilia-related material BULLSHIT to Amazon and well known online booksellers under an LSI contract.

Silver Sands is owned by a single convicted pedophile BULLSHIT, Michael N Marcus (http://michael-marcus-pedophile.blogspot.com/), who has devastating convictions BULLSHIT for raping a young boy in California. BULLSHIT This man is a registered child molester BULLSHIT and sexual predator BULLSHIT who has served jail time BULLSHIT for extremely serious sexual offences against children. BULLSHIT He has destroyed a young boy's childhood and ruined a family's life. BULLSHIT

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT BULLSHIT

1. Why is Lightning Source, Inc. allowing Marcus, who is a lone-author, not a company, BULLSHIT to publish sexually horrific material BULLSHIT using LSI materials and/or digital facilities?

2. If Lightning Source claims not to work directly with authors; why have you allowed a pedophile BULLSHIT (i.e. Silver Sands Books) to distribute questionable materials BULLSHIT and slip through the net? BULLSHIT

2. For your information, Michael N. Marcus used LSI to publish a disturbing sexual book BULLSHIT involving school children BULLSHIT, with the tagline - "DIRTY PARTS ARE EASY TO FIND" in capital letters embedded on the cover file. Why is LSI distributing this book on Amazon? This is a demonstrable outrage that LSI is distributing this book. BULLSHIT

3. Please join us today by signing our petition to Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell asking that this pedophile BULLSHIT, Michael N. Marcus, be immediately put on the Sexual Offenders Register in CT, where he lives near schools and children's play areas.

LIGHTNING SOURCE SHOULD NOT BE DISTRIBUTING PEDOPHILIA / CONVICTED PEDOPHILE'S BULLSHIT BOOKS AND IS COMMITTING A CRIME UNDER BOTH STATES OF TENNESSEE AND CALIFORNIA LAW BY DOING SO. BULLSHIT

Please remove Mr Marcus's evil and sick works of pedophilia BULLSHIT from circulation forthwith or face the consequences in a lawsuit BULLSHIT that our organization is planning against this pedophile's self publishing website, Silver Sands Books.

Harold Bishop BULLSHIT and Susan Fisher BULLSHIT

Protect America's Children

Is this a dirty picture that will incite lust in a pedophile?
Would I really want to have sex with little boys and teenage girls and men and lesbians and a dog?

My online attacker, who uses multiple fake names including "Mike Josephs" and "Jonah Ark," wants people to believe that I put "half-naked images of children on the homepage" of one of my websites.

At the left is the photo he refers to. As you can see, the children are wearing modest bathing suits and are standing in a swimming pool.

The dog standing with them, however, is completely naked.

According to "Mike," a book I wrote "contains a disturbing account of bestial obscenity which contexts [sic] anal sex and sodomizing a dog called Hunter with a vibrating dildo."

That's my dog, Hunter, in the picture. I love him -- but not that way.

"Mike" also write that I contemplated sex with a "horny heterosexual male and lesbians."
 
So, here's the official tally of my lust objects: little boys, teenage girls, a heterosexual male, lesbians, and a Golden Retriever. What's next: a parakeet, a trout, or the tailpipe of a Honda Civic? Apparently no orifice is safe from me. Grand Canyon, watch out! 
 
I've also been accused of "grooming" children online for future sexual encounters, downloading child porn, and trying to attract other pedophiles.

My neighbors have been warned and the cops are watching my house. If you have a sexy parakeet or Honda, guard them carefully. A hot gerbil or lobster could be in jeopardy, too.

Have a good weekend. I won't.

Be careful whom you befriend on Facebook


I get lots of requests to be a "friend" of people on Facebook and on other social networking sites. I'm a friendly guy and saw no point in rejecting anyone -- even people I had never heard of.

I've just learned that this policy is a big mistake, and can be dangerous.

Above at the right is a photo used by the fake "Mike Josephs" who sponsored a lie-based petition against me on Facebook, to have me put on a list of sex offenders.

Most of the people who signed the petition are just as fake as "Mike." There is no information on their Facebook pages, and they have no friends.

However, if people look at the page of "Mike," they will find some actual human beings listed as friends -- and these people unwittingly aid "Mike's" scams and crimes.

I wrote to all of "Mike's" alleged friends, asking if they really knew him or knew anything about him. The first reply I received was from Nikki Ganus. Nikki has over 1,000 listed friends, but she confirmed that she doesn't know or know about "Mike Josephs." She thanked me for the warning and  unfriended the phony "Mike."

Some people seem to get into friending frenzies, or contests to accumulate as big a friend list as they can -- without being aware of the consequences.

Prune your own list and advise your real friends and relatives to do it, too. Don't be associated with someone who can use your "friendship" to hurt others or commit crimes.

With friends like "Mike Josephs," you don't need enemies.

A little progress with Google

"Don't be evil" is the unofficial corporate motto of Google, but they don't seem to care if their products and services are used by others to be evil.

Google owns Blogger. Blogger hosts the blog you are now reading, and the blog that has been the main attack venue against me. That blog contains untrue, vicious, hurtful and absurd accusations (e.g.,  I was imprisoned in California for four years, I am on a government list of sex offenders, I am a danger to local children, I burned my wife and I raped two human beings and a dog). You can laugh at the last one.

This would seem to be pretty obvious defamation, a violation of Google's terms of service, as defined by Google, and a sufficient reason to have the blog shut down:

Google says:

What is Defamation?

•False and untrue communication published with the specific intent of injuring another person’s reputation
•Injured person must be identifiable

HOWEVER, as absurd and obviously defamatory as the blogger's claims are, Google lacks the confidence to make an official judgment of defamation and to protect my family from our online attacker and those he or she may incite.

The company says, "We do not remove allegedly defamatory content... The only exception to this rule is if the material has been found to be defamatory by a court, as evidenced by a court order.

I've tried to convince Google that the material is so obviously defamatory that they don't need a judge's declaration, but they are committed only to protect their corporate ass against a possible suit by their blogger, not to protect people injured by their blogger. 

I don't want to have to go to court to get a judgment. It will be costly, and could take a long time to get the judgment.

HOWEVER, Google has started to help me in one other way. While they lack the guts to accept the fact that I have been defamed and might be harmed or killed as a result, they are sensitive to claims that they helped a blogger to violate copyrights.

I have supplied evidence to them that my attacker's blog has violated multiple copyrights by posting copyrighted photographs without permisison. They deleted one page, and will likely delete some more.

Google has warned me, however, to "Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that a product or activity is infringing your copyrights."
  • Google is more concerned about false claims for copyright infringement (and the opinions of Chinese government web censors), than about false accusations that I had sex with a little boy and a dog!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hurray! Some good news for a change

I want to publicly thank my supporters, especially Emily Veinglory, who helped me to convince Yahoo to delete the hateful, destrucive and dishonest material that was promoted on MyBlogLog.com.

A few days ago Change.org and SheWrites.com were similarly wise and compassionate.

Unfortunately, Facebook has not yet responded to complaints, and Blogger (Google) insists that I must get a judge to officially declare that material on Blogger is defamatory.

I have been falsely accused of (among other things) raping a four-year-old boy, raping a 15-year-old girl, raping my dog (try not to laugh) and burning my wife with cigarettes.

I said to a representative of Google, "If that isn’t defamation, what is? If those accusations were made about one of your friends or relatives -- or Larry or Sergey [Google founders] -- would you think it was defamation, or need to consult a judge? Your policy has led to people calling for my caging, castration and killing. My business is suffering, my wife can't sleep, and she expects we will be murdered this coming weekend.

How my attacker violated his agreements with Yahoo, Blogger and Facebook


He agreed to not use Yahoo! to:
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  • impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Yahoo! official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party;
  • intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law
  • "stalk" or otherwise harass another
Violated Blogger rules include:
  • Proper Use. You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Service, for any posts you make, and for any consequences thereof. You agree that you will use the Service in compliance with all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations
  • Impersonating others: Please don't mislead or confuse readers by pretending to be someone else or pretending to represent an organization when you don't.
  • Illegal activities: Don't use Blogger to engage in illegal activities.
  • Crude Content: Don't post content just to be shocking or graphic.
Violated Facebook rules include:
  • You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
  • You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.

My attacker is using the names of real organizations in his phony harassment and defamation campaign against me


He has no connection with the legitimate organizations using the "Protect Our Children" name. The primitive "child care" logo he invented is not used by any real group

My attacker is a pretty good opponent, but not my equal

I am an excellent hoaxer, with a long history of successful April Fools' Day spoofs and other creative fakery.

I do it for laughs, or sometimes to make a point.

Unlike the evil jerk who has been tormenting my family and me, my foolery has never resulted in death threats, castration wishes, loss of sleep, loss of business, depression, fear and the need to call the FBI and police.

I can appreciate a good scammer, and my opponent is a pretty good one. If my rating is 98, he's about 82 -- definitely above average. Even though he had me believing something in one of his blog posts for a few hours, he has a long way to go before breaking the 90-level.

He does a lot of research. He is obsessed with my writing, and searches for any tiny morsel he can choose to use as the basis for a hurtful lie. Of course, most of his lies come straight from his malfunctioning mind.

He's a pretty good writer, sometimes seeming like a journalist or an academic. He spells and punctuates better than many adults (but makes some really stupid errors). He uses a large vocabulary and appropriate cliches to enhance believability.

He's pretty good with computers. He set up a blog that doesn't allow any comments from readers, and where he is protected by a hosting company that denies all responsibility for harmful and dishonest content. He was able to temporarily block me from seeing his Facebook petition against me  The fake people he invented to sign the petition even have some real friends.

He is posing as a representative of the "Protect Our Children" organization, and sometimes sounds like a legitimate crusader who is concerned for the safety of children.

But when he writes that my house is "sleazy," and that one of my books is "sleazy" and has a "sick" tag line, and says I am a "scumbag," a "revolting beast," a "sick hairy freak" with a "hairy beard,"  and uses obviously fake identities to fill up his petitions against me, the creep loses all credibility.

His lies are so poorly executed that they make him look stupid.

He claims that there are "half-naked images of children on the homepage" of one of my websites. If anyone looks, they'll see two girls WEARING BATHING SUITS, standing in a swimming pool. Their mother was nearby, if it matters. Things that he says are in my books -- like dog rape -- are not in the book

He wrote that "Connecticut Police said yesterday they are investigating why the Pedophile is not on the child sex offenders registry in CT and have warned neighbors and local residents to stay calm and avoid Marcus, who was also a suspect in a domestic violence and DUI case dating back to December 1999 when his spouse was hospitalized with unexplained second-degree cigarette burns related injuries." Anyone who cares to check can determine that this is all warped fiction.

Hiding behind his feeble alias Mike Josephs, my attacker wrote. "Folks, it's further distressing that this CA registered pedophile and child molester, Michael N Marcus, has joined a young women's social network called SHEWRITES.COM. Why would an old man join a WOMEN'S social network? At this point it's difficult to ascertain whether this revolting beast has been grooming children /single mom's with young kids through the SHEWRITES.COM social network."

What the deceiver did not point out is that SheWrites members include old women, childless women, and even other men. The site is open to all writers. My attacker even joined under a fake female name -- but was exposed and thrown out!

His petition calls for me to be added to the "Connecticut Sex Offences Register." There is no such thing, and in the United States the proper spelling is "Offenses." He foolishly uses the British spelling and skips the period after my middle initial when writing under his multiple phony identities.

Now that I've analyzed this, I'll lower his score to 65. Once he's arrested, it drops to zero. I hope he's put away for 20 years to life.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meet Alice. She wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit her nose


Sweet amateur detective "Alice Clark" wrote, "We've confirmed that Michael N. Marcus has a conviction for sexually abusing a young boy 15 years ago, but does anyone have any more info on his police cautions for downloading child porn?"

She managed to insert a period after my middle initial, so she may actually be a disciple of the lead liar, instead of the liar himself.

Of course, there's no information on Alice's Facebook page because she does not exist.

I'm being attacked by an army of phantoms. Not very scary

Meet Harry. He thinks I may beat my wife as well as rape litle boys


"Harry James," an apparent solid citizen, says, "We as Americans need to act. Congress is going to have to start taking this problem seriously, there are TOO MAY UNREGISTERED PEDOPHILES LIKE MICHAEL MARCUS falling off radar. You can't get much more serious that child rape. He's registered in California as a pedophile and convicted sexual offender with a forensic history as long as my arm. Is he a wife beater as well? When are we going to wake up to the dangers of letting these pedophiles out of jail and back onto the streets!!!??! "

Of course, there's no information on Harry's Facebook page because he does not exist.

I'm being attacked by an army of phantoms. Not very scary

Meet Melinda. She wants my balls cut off.



"Melinda Tufnell" signed a petition on Facebook directed to the governor of Connecticut, asking to have me put on the state's registry of sex offenders.

This sweet lady wrote, "Pedophile Michael N Marcus is another depraved, nasty deformity who has a registered history of disturbing child sex offences and sick pedophilia convictions, parading as an "upstanding pillar" of the community. This case exemplifies exactly why Obama needs to enact a complete overhaul of the child protection regulations in our country starting at the federal level with a focus on data handling of registered pedophiles, rapists and sex pests across the States. Castrate this sick hairy freak and put it in a cage where it belongs. I'm tweeting this to my colleagues."

Interestingly, "Melinda" omits the period after my middle initial, and types "offences" instead of "offenses" -- just like the lying creep who is in charge of the campaign against me.

Of course there is no information on Melissa's Facebook page -- because she does not exist.

I'm being attacked by an army of phantoms. Not very scary.

Can rape be funny?

Rape is a horrible, horrible crime that can cause lifelong emotional and physical damage. Some victims have said that rape is worse than death.

In some places, rape victims are ostracized or even killed.

Some rapists are killed, castrated, imprisoned, isolated and ostracized.

Some completely innocent people unjustly accused of being rapists have been killed, castrated, imprisoned, isolated and ostracized.

  • My wacko online atacker originally accused me of raping a four-year-old boy, being imprisoned for my alleged crime, and being put on a list of sex offenders in California.
  • My wacko online attacker set up two online petitions to have me put on a list of sex offenders in Connecticut where I live. (I've never lived in or been in prison in California, and have never been in prison anywhere.) Julie Goldman of Chesterfield, MO believed the bullshit about me, signed a petition and said that I should be killed!
  • My wacko online attacker also lied that I raped a 15-year-old girl, and boasted about it in my "sick pedophilia book to fellow child molesters..."
  • My wacko online attacker also lied that "convicted child rapist Michael N. Marcus is likely involved in a Pedophile ring that is being investigated by the FBI sex offenders crime team. Local parents in Milford, Connecticut should contact schools and local authorities to ensure they protect all children from this evil and dangerous predator and child rapist, Michael N Marcus."
  • My wacko online attacker also lied that "IF MARCUS HAS ATTEMPTED TO GROOM YOUR CHILD THROUGH JOINING A WOMEN'S SOCIAL NETWORK YOU NEED TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES. DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD OR FAMILY TO MICHAEL N MARCUS WHO RAPED A YOUNG BOY IN CALIFORNIA AND IS KNOWN TO GROOM CHILDREN ONLINE."
  • My wacko online attacker also lied that my "book contains a disturbing account of bestial obscenity which contexts [sic] anal sex and sodomizing a dog called "Hunter" with a vibrating dildo." Now, that's a little funny.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Even I got scammed. The wacky SOB lied about my books being banned by Amazon

Two of my books being sold by Amazon.com are about telecommunications, two are about publishing, two are humorous memoirs. None of them include pedophilia, bestiality or rape.

For a while on Tuesday it seemed that my books were banned by Amazon because of complaints by a lying lunatic; but along with others authors I was a victim of a computer glitch which made books temporarly unavailable.

No credit goes to the nutjob who claimed "Amazon.com removes Pedophile Michael N. Marcus's sick pedophilia book that boasts about raping a 15 year old girl.  In a victory for children's rights campaigners across America today, Amazon.com has removed all material relating to Pedophile Michael N. Marcus from their websites.

Milford pedophile Michael N Marcus was boasting about how he had underage sex with a 15 year old minor, and "contemplated sex with another 15 year old girl" in the editorial review he wrote on Amazon.com to advertise his sick pedophilia book to fellow child molesters browsing the Amazon shopping site.

In a disturbing admission, Marcus also guarantees his readers in his editorial review on Amazon, that his sex crimes are "at least 80% true". Legally, sex with minors is regarded as STATUTORY RAPE in the State of Connecticut. Latest update is that convicted child rapist Michael N. Marcus is likely involved in a Pedophile ring that is being investigated by the FBI sex offenders crime team. Local parents in Milford, Connecticut should contact schools and local authorities to ensure they protect all children from this evil and dangerous predator and child rapist, Michael N Marcus.

- Join our Facebook Petition to Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell requesting that the case of convicted Pedophile Michael N Marcus be considered for emergency review."

Now I've been accused with raping my dog with a dildo.

My online tormentor took a few days off. He apparently spent some time studying my 2010 book, not just my 2008 book, and he came out from under his rock today with some amazing phony reports:

Retailer Amazon.com was today under fire from children's rights groups and child protection advocates BULLSHIT for publishing and distributing the work of convicted pedophile BULLSHIT, Michael N Marcus (pictured) which contains graphic references BULLSHIT to underage sex with a 15-year-old minor, and a disturbing account of bestial obscenity BULLSHIT which contexts anal sex and sodomizing a dog called "Hunter" with a vibrating dildo. BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT

"Stories I'd tell my children", by Pedophile BULLSHIT Michael N Marcus (ISBN 978-0981661759), is available to buy for $14.35 on Amazon.com. Marcus was convicted of the rape and molestation BULLSHIT of a young boy BULLSHIT in California BULLSHIT but now lives in Milford, CT.

Amazon.com were not immediately available for comment. AND THEY PROBABLY WON'T COMMENT IN THE FUTURE

Connecticut Police said yesterday BULLSHIT they are investigating why the Pedophile is NOT on the child sex offenders registry in CT and have warned neighbors and local residents to stay calm and avoid Marcus BULLSHIT, who was also a suspect in a domestic violence and DUI case BULLSHIT dating back to December 1999 when his spouse was hospitalized with unexplained second-degree cigarette burns related injuries. BULLSHIT (AND I DON'T SMOKE CIGARETTES)

According to a local source familiar with the case BULLSHIT, the registered CA pedophile BULLSHIT who is also an alumnus of LeHigh (Actually it's Lehigh) University, was questioned in March 2004 for downloading child pornography BULLSHIT but charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. BULLSHIT -- NO EVIDENCE, NO ARREST, NO DROP, NO NUTHIN'

Some major good news, and annoying bad news.

YIPPEE! Change.org has removed the petition against me that had accumulated 26 names of people who hate me.

UH-OH! Google has preserved the page and a cache should be available for a few thousand years.

Amy Rogers now believes me. I thank her very much.

Amy  Rogers signed a petition against me, but now realizes that she was scammed by my online attacker. Amy has asked that her name be removed from the petition, and has apologized to me.

I thank her, and hope this is the first of many reversals of opinion.

  • It's a shame that our precious right to free speech can cause so much harm.
  • Some people will believe anything they see online or in print, and support causes that sound good without any effort to verify the facts.
  • Evil people succeed when good people believe them.

Progress Report (Day #5)

Facebook removed the phony petition against me. GOOD

I lost one Facebook friend. BAD

I lost only one Facebook friend. GOOD

No one who knows me believes the baloney. GOOD

SheWrites removed the phony posting against me. GOOD

SheWrites expelled the phony "Caroline Harris." GOOD

The FBI said that no Federal crime occurred and can't help me. BAD

Change.org said the phony petition against me was removed Sunday night -- but it wasn't and more people have signed it. BAD

Two people who signed the Change.org petition realize that they were deceived and apologized to me. GOOD

Tyge wrote a very supportive blog post on The Neon Lounge. GOOD

Yahoo has still not responded to my request to remove the phony posting from MyBlogLog.com. BAD

Blogger.com has still not responded to my request to remove the phony blog. BAD

No new phony postings or websites have appeared since Saturday. GOOD

I have received a lot of support from friends and family. GOOD

I was so busy dealing with this crap that I could not go to work yesterday or promote my new book. BAD

My wife and dog still love me. GOOD

Monday, June 28, 2010

Julie Goldman of Chesterfield, MO wants me dead

Julie signed the petition against me on Change.org and wrote: "These type of human beings should be killed the minute they are found out."

Dear Julie: Did you ever think that maybe the petition you signed has no basis in fact, and by signing it you could hurt innocent people?

Meet some of the fine folks who may get me killed

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These people believe the bullshit published about me on change.org, and signed a petiton to "Get Convicted Pedophile Michael N Marcus put on Connecticut Sex Offences Register."

The petition is addressed to my governor, M. Jodi Rell, and says "Michael N Marcus is a Registered Child Molester, Sex Offender and Pedophile. He is currently living in the Milford Area of Connecticut, with schools and kindergardens within a 50 mile radius of his house."

While it is true that there are a great many schools within 50 miles of my home, I am absolutely NOT a child molester.

None of the public-spirited do-gooders shown above know anything about me, or made any effort to verify the facts before signing the petition, or to consider the possibility that someone might read the petition that they supported and KILL ME.

WOW. More good news. I'm feeling a bit better.


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I just saw a wonderfully supportive blog post by Tyge on The Neon Lounge. I've never met Tyge, but apparently he has been reading my bookmaking blog, and has learned to believe me and trust me.

While it's nice to have support from friends and relatives, it's even nicer to have support from strangers.

Ultimately we are all members of the same organization -- The League of Potential Victims.

I've previouslyy written that "anyone can sue anyone for anything." If you can afford the cost of a lawyer, or the filing fee for a "pro-se" suit, then truth, justice and legitimacy are simply not considerations before attacking someone in court.

With websites claiming to be neutral "common carriers," with no perceived need to verify the content they publish or to consider the ramifications of publication, now anyone can say anything about anyone, and possibly reach millions!

I am certainly a supporter of free speech and freedom-of-the-press. It's ironic that the freedoms that have greatly benefited me, can also kick me in the ass.

As long as I don't get murdered by some crazed citizen whose emotions are stirred up by the still-unknown scamster, I can live with a bruised behind. It's better than sacrificing free speech.

HOWEVER, I do wish that the folks who publish websites with "open admission" would be a bit more careful about whom they allow to use their facilities.

Thanks again, Tyge.

HURRAY! Some good news for a change



When I arrived at my PC a few minutes ago to once again check Google for reports about my phony criminal past, I was saddened to see that there were now TWO LINKS -- not just one -- to items on SheWrites.com.

However, when I clicked on the links, I was relieved to reach "page was not found" notices. Apparently my plea to the ladies who run the website was listened-to and believed.


And, as a sweet glob of whipped cream on my ice cream, I see that the bogus "Caroline Harris" who manipulated SheWrites to publish the slander, is no longer listed as a member.

THANK YOU, MY SISTERS!

I hope that the other websites that were similarly abused will be similarly cooperative.

I can't help having a cynical smile at the website's automated notice that says. "OUR APOLOGIES" because the offensive and untrue pages are no longer available. It would be nice if I got an apology.

I hate this crap

It's now the beginning of day-four of the siege. I hate my new life. Every few hours I use Google and Bing to search for Michael Marcus plus "pedophile" and "molester" to detect new little fires to be squirted at before they become raging conflagrations that can embarrass my family and damage my business.

As I've searched for myself and phony news, I've encountered links to "Michael Jackson" and "molester," and Dallas Cowboy "Marcus Dixon" and "rape."

While I have absolutely no sympathy for real criminals, especially child molesters, I have to wonder how many other folks have been falsely accused of crimes -- and beaten or lynched by mobs or executed by governments -- for things they did not do.

I also wonder if the attack on me was deliberately scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the death of the most famous alleged pedophile who was also named Michael.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My accuser Caroline Harris is probably a fraud



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SheWrites.com is a community and a workplace for women who write, with over 8,900 active members from all fifty states and more than thirty countries. I am one of its few male members. I joined because I am a feminist, I support women writers, and like communicating with smart people.

New member "Caroline Harris" is using the women writers' website to spread lies about me. "She" says that I "groom" children online. I'm not sure what that means, but I hereby confess that since he was about one year old, I have bathed my NAKED MALE dog. He has even seen me naked, too.

It's interesting that "Caroline" joined the group just when the other attacks on me were launched.

It's likely that "her" picture is a stock photo and "her" name and other information provided are phony. "Caroline" is probably a man, and not an author, and should not be allowed to use SheWrites against me.

The Facebook petition "she" mentions was deleted from Facebook yesterday because of complaints.

Some of the false accusations


Information for parents and mothers in the Milford, Connecticut area about the secret life BULLSHIT of Michael Marcus, a registered sex offender BULLSHIT and pedophile BULLSHIT who has served 4 years in prison BULLSHIT for sexually abusing young boys. BULLSHIT

Michael N Marcus is a dangerous BULLSHIT convicted BULLSHIT pedophile BULLSHIT and child molester BULLSHIT who raped BULLSHIT a young boy BULLSHIT in California BULLSHIT. A devious BULLSHIT liar BULLSHIT and scumbag DEPENDS HOW YOU DEFINE SCUMBAG. MY WIFE, MOTHER AND DOG LIKE ME, he is on the Child Sex Offenders Registry BULLSHIT but moved to Connecticut to start a new life. TRUE, BUT IT WAS WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD, IN 1952,  SHORTLY AFTER THE PILGRIMS ARRIVED IN MASSACHUSETTS TO START NEW LIVES

Although he has served prison time BULLSHIT for luring and raping BULLSHIT a young boy in California, BULLSHIT Marcus is unfortunately BULLSHIT not on the sex offenders registry in Connecticut OF COURSE NOT. Since 1986 (before his 1st and 2nd sex offence) BULLSHIT, AND WRONG SPELLING FOR THE USA convictions BULLSHIT Marcus has run a sleazy ACTUALLY, SEVERAL THOUSAND CUSTOMERS THINK WE'RE JUST FINE phones website business, AbleComm, Inc, which is marketed as a "Family Owned Business" TRUE.

In 2008, Pedophile BULLSHIT Michael N Marcus worryingly WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? self-published a sick BULLSHIT book involving children BULLSHIT, under bogus BULLSHIT publisher  "Silver Sands Books" with the sleazy BULLSHIT tag line "DIRTY PARTS EASY TO FIND". FUNNY, BUT NOT SLEAZY  (Note the half-naked images of children on the homepage of his website) THEY WERE IN BATHING SUITS, STANDING IN A SWIMMING POOL.

Michael Marcus's Amazon review boasts BULLSHIT about "stories from school and real life" and sexual relations with an under-age minor who was a "15 year old girlfriend" at the time. TRUE, BUT SHE SAID SHE WAS 19 AND I WAS 20.

PAST BOGUS ALIASES BULLSHIT OF PEDOPHILE BULLSHIT MICHAEL N MARCUS

1. Marty Harris (used between 1994-96) BULLSHIT

2. Travis Smith (used in late 1980s) BULLSHIT

3. Clint Benson (uses on child pornographic/XXX websites) BULLSHIT

Posted by PROTECT OUR CHILDREN BULLSHIT at 12:05


As part of the ongoing war on pedophiles across America, and following recent cases regarding the resettling of registered sex offenders as part of California's wider, Megan's Law procedures, we've finally managed to track down convicted pedophile BULLSHIT and child molester BULLSHIT, Michael N Marcus who is now living in the Milford Area of Connecticut.

Michael N Marcus is a dangerous BULLSHIT and sleazy pedophile BULLSHIT, who should NOT be allowed around schools or children BULLSHIT. We can reveal Mr Milford WHO??? has recently been questioned by Connecticut police BULLSHIT for downloading pornographic images of children from his computer, BULLSHIT but the charges were dropped on a technicality. BULLSHIT

Pedophile Michael N Marcus is known to keep a profile on a popular Women's Social Network, Shewrites.com, where he can contact mothers and women with young children. AND WOMEN WITH NO CHILDREN, AND EVEN SOME MEN.

If Michael N Marcus has already made contact with your child, you NEED to contact the authorities immediately BULLSHIT. Michael N Marcus is an extremely dangerous BULLSHIT pedophile BULLSHIT  and holds rape BULLSHIT and serious sexual offence BULLSHIT, AND WRONG SPELLING FOR THE USA convictions on young children. BULLSHIT

View Pedophile's  profile on women's social network SHEWRITES.COM.

Pedophile BULLSHIT Michael N Marcus is a dangerous BULLSHIT and evil pedophile BULLSHIT who has serious convictions BULLSHIT for pedophilia BULLSHIT and crimes against children BULLSHIT in California. Now he's moved to Milford, CT and is NOT OF COURSE NOT on the CT sex offences WRONG SPELLING FOR THE USA register.

Michael N Marcus is a Registered Child Molester, BULLSHIT Sex Offender BULLSHIT and Pedophile BULLSHIT. He is currently living in the Milford Area of Connecticut, with schools and kindergardens within a 50 mile radius of his house. SO WHAT? ACTUALLY, SOME ARE WITHIN A FIVE MILE RADIUS.

She thinks I'm a pedophile

This woman is supposed to be Alice Clark. She supported a Facebook petition that accused me of being a pedophile. Her Facebook page shows absolutely nothing about her. She apparently has no life, but wants to ruin mine.

Even a good website can carry lies

Now Yahoo is working against me.

This morning I discovered MyBlogLog.com, "a Yahoo Service" that aggregates and disseminates material from various blogs. This valuable service -- from a company I generally respect and spend a lot of money with -- helps even insignificant and dishonest blogs get more exposure than they deserve or would otherwise receive.

Someone identified as "Harold.Bishop.80" posted links to the fraudulent blog.

Now I'm getting really pissed off. By tomorrow, the bullshit could be on a hundred websites.

On Facebook, even relatives can be friends.
But enemies can contact your friends.


The internet in general, and Facebook in particular, are wonderful tools for communicating. They make it easy and free to debate important issues and trivia, announce good news, commiserate about bad news, and spread lies and hurt people.

The smart-and-evil asshole who attacked me set up a blog on Friday with multiple phony claims about my alleged criminal activities, with a picture of me, a picture of my house, my address, fax number, business name and other real and fabricated details of my life.

Also on Friday, he set up a petition page on Change.org, to gather signatures calling for me to be put on the "Connecticut Sex Offences Register." He got that name wrong, used the name of a phony organization to sponsor the petition, and as of today has signatures from just two people. It's entirely possible that "Jordan Rosenthal" and "Georgina Francis" are not real people, but exist only in the mind of the man who has been diagnosed as a paranoid psycopath.

He also set up a "petition page" on Facebook, to gather support to have me put on the pervert list. By yesterday afternoon about a dozen people (possibly real, possibly fake) had signed up. The defenders of morality and the young and innocent expressed appropriate fear and loathing, and wanted to see my head on a pike, or below the chopping platform of a guillotine.

Fortunately, after complaints, Facebook deleted the petition page.
  • If the people on the page are real, I offer them an ancient middle-eastern curse, "May the fleas of a thousand syphilitic camels infest the crotch of your first-born son."
  • And, a curse from eastern Europe, "May all of your teeth fall out, except one; and that tooth should give you a toothache."
After the blog and the petitions were in place, on Saturday morning the perpetrator started sending messages to my Facebook friends. I'm not quite as popular as Barack Obama or Lindsay Lohan, but nearly 90 people are willing to be identified as my friends. The messages were signed by various aliases, including "Kevin Phillips," "Larry Carlson," "Mike Joseph," "Chad Betz" and my favorite, "Jonah Ark."

Some FB friends are people I know since first grade, back in 1951. Some of them I have not seen since we graduated from high school in 1964. Some are people I "know" only online. Some I don't know, but if they want to be my friends, I can be friendly, too. Some of my FB friends are actually my relatives.

By mid-morning Saturday I started getting phone calls and emails from concerned, confused and comforting friends.

A few -- who know of my penchant for April Foolery and other creative but harmless spoofs -- thought that I had planted the fakes. As someone who prides himself on superb bullshitting, I will admit that the work was fairly well done -- but not as well done as I could have done it -- but I am not crazy enough to publicly accuse myself of child rape. I like publicity, but not that kind.

The support and public endorsements I received were widespread, sincere, and extremely welcome. One message even made me weepy. It's good things like this that redeem the web.

I thank all of my friends very, very much. This is a tough time, and I have no idea how long it will last or what the outcome will be. It's good to have you on my side, and on my PC screen.

"Not responsible?" Tell that to the judge when the prosecutor shows a photo of my dead body!

(From the user agreement at Change.org)

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Who do you call when the FBI is closed for the weekend?


My first inclination was to call the FBI for help. The attack on me, after all, seemed to cross state lines. And, as one who still has faith in our Federal Government, and who remembers Eliot Ness and "The Untouchables" from 50 years ago,  I wanted the guys who busted Al Capone working for me. (So what if Scarface Al was convicted only for tax evasion. He did go to jail.)

The FBI's website says they "enforce the criminal laws of the United States. We currently have jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal law." I wasn't sure exactly which of the hundreds the attack on me would qualify as, but it seems to involve slander, hate crime, cyber-crime, copyright violation, and -- if the perpetrator is who I think he is -- disability insurance fraud.

Alas, the man who answered the phone in the closest FBI field office told me to call back on Monday, and that my "local police department is the first line of protection."

That was more frightening than comforting.

I was seeking investigation, arrest, prosecution, conviction and punishment. When he mentioned "protection," I was scared shitless, with a vision of crazed villagers with torches, pitchforks, shotguns and nooses massing in front of my house. Maybe also a cross-burning on my lawn, a horse head in my bed and evil graffiti on my house, for good measure. I didn't even think about what could be done to our cars or be dumped into the pool. I can be victimized in many ways.

I quickly reached a comforting female voice at the local police department. I was told that an officer would be right over, and that I'd get a phone call when he was nearby so I'd know that one of the good guys, not a crazed villager, was ringing my doorbell.

Officer Billy Simpson (whom the other cops call "Homer," of course) spent about 90 patient and caring minutes in my house. I showed him the web pages that were directed against me, the messages from friends that told me about the problem, and I printed out pages for him to take with him. While he was here, his walkie-talkie announced an alert for a shoplifting suspect -- much more typical local crime than what had hit me.

He asked me if I knew or thought I knew who was behind the cyber-attack.

I told him that there was only one obvious suspect, and he was a very obvious suspect.

This is not the time or place to identify the alleged perpetrator (I love that phrase, but this is the first time I've ever used it when I was not telling a joke or discussing an episode of NYPD Blue or Law & Order).

I'll just say that the suspect is a hate-filled wacko who knows how to use a PC, and has the talent and time for orchestrating elaborate scams.
After a while, Officer Billy and I were joined by Sgt. Patrick Tierney. The sarge was about a generation older than Billy, and seemed more like a detective than a "uni" (uniformed officer) -- as Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) would have said on Law & Order.

I asked him for his card and he smiled as he took it from his shiny brass card case and held it so that both Billy and I could see it. Billy had no reaction, but I -- closer to Pat's age -- immediately smiled, too.

His card was illustrated with two horses' heads. I doubted that they represented the horse's-head-in-the-bed from  The Godfather. They were more likely an homage to the business card of TV's Paladin, wonderfully portrayed by Richard Boone (a genuine descendant of frontiersman Daniel Boone) from 1957 to 1963. Paladin's card showed the chess piece and the inscription, "Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin, San Francisco."

(Smutty Miami Beach comedienne Belle Barth told audiences that Paladin's wife was hooking while he was out chasing bad guys. The wife's card, according to Belle, said, "Have crack. Will shack. 'Til the schmuck with the gun gets back.")

I was comforted by this bit of lightness in a day when I felt my life was in jeopardy, and I started singing the theme from the ancient TV show:
"Have gun will travel reads the card of a man.
A knight without armor in a savage land.
Paladin, Paladin, Where do you roam?
Paladin, Paladin, Far, far from home."

I had not heard nor sung those lyrics in nearly half a century, but they came right back to me.

So what if the Feds don't work on Saturday. I had Paladin on my side! It felt good.  I wrote out a statement describing the events and saying I wanted the scumbag arrested. Paladin/Pat said the department had people who could figure out who was behind the web attacks on  me. It was time to kick perp ass!

(more to come)