Please unrecommend this diary and stop commenting. I'm going to post a new one shortly to explain why.Congratulations, asshole. Mission accomplished. But before I leave, I want to offer this warning for those of you who seem to think this is just silly meta drama:
The part I lined out was my address.
The part I lined out was Matt's address, and his aunts name.
Self-explanatory. Information, per Matt, was accurate.
The part I lined out is my middle name. I have never disclosed that to anyone.
The picture included was Matt's boyfriend. I'm redacting what he said about him because it's disgusting.
The following message was sent to Weatherdude:
[The Nephew] and [SwedishJewfish] have both been investigated thoroughly. I know their addresses and phone numbers. I know about their families. I know much about their personal lives. I have yet to give you much scrutiny.When I found out that Matt had GBCW'd again, I was furious. I put a lot on the line for him, and I felt like it was a slap in the face. I was also concerned that this would only embolden this person, and I knew I was #2 on their shit list. Matt sent me an email that explained why he felt he had no choice (he later posted about this publicly so I think it's kosher to share part of it):
[Redacted] was leaving work yesterday and went out to his car and found a note on it that read: "Hello from Daily Kos". This means that whoever it is must live close to the [Redacted] area. This means they know more about him than I even thought they did. Of course, I had him call the police, and they wouldn't even come take a statement. They said if the car wasn't damaged and the letter wasn't threatening they didn't have time to investigate. Not knowing what was going on, he spent the night at a friend's house. I wasn't sure if the lunatic had gone nuts and was on his way to [Redacted], so I spent the night with a friend in [Redacted]. I got an email yesterday afternoon that said "GBCW and I'll stop". I wasn't going to do it, but when he called me about the note I couldn't ignore it anymore. I have no clue who this person is but I think they must live close to [Redacted]. They've never targeted me in this manner, so maybe they are too lazy to drive to [Redacted] or [Redacted]. I don't know what to make of it. Since I did the GBCW diary I haven't gotten a single email.No, he didn't overreact.
Did I overreact? Not a single person he knows has a clue about Daily Kos so I don't think this is some prank from a friend of something. He was seriously freaked out. I will not put him in danger. I don't want to be the person out there trying to save the world via some blog and put him in danger. I hate to leave because I didn't want to but I really don't think I have a choice. It's escalated to a point where I really can't ignore it anymore. This person is close enough to leave a note like that, so that makes them a real threat.
One of the businesses nearby has security cameras in the parking lot. They will not review them or all us to review them without an order from the police. I'm hoping we can get a license plate number or something. An attorney in [Redacted] has contacted the police there and is trying to get them involved but so far no luck. They just don't see a real threat.
So The Nephew GBCW'd, got Bojo to the apparent delight of many, and then I got this:
Followed by this:
The lined out parts-The make and model of my car, and the names of my family members.
This has reached a point where I am in fear for my own safety, and the safety of my daughter. I am left with a choice-continue on here and put her at risk, or walk away.
Obviously, I'm choosing my daughter.
3:21 PM PT: Just in case anyone missed this in the comments:
OK, I just want to address this (11+ / 0-)
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before I log out, because I see a lot of similar comments.
I am very cautious when it comes to this kind of stuff. I've been stalked IRL before, and I'm afraid this has the potential to escalate to that point. I forgot to include this in the post-but they also infected my computer with Spyware. I believe this is how they accessed the information.
To reiterate-I have contacted admin. I have contacted the authorities. I am working with someone to track this person down. I have a pretty good working theory on who is behind it, and I'm hopeful they will get caught. At which point I WILL pursue criminal and civil action. What they are doing is completely illegal.
But the bottom line is they are targeting my family. It isn't fair to put them at risk. If anything were to happen to my daughter I would die.
PS yes I will be deleting my Facebook (6+ / 0-)
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and for the record I BARELY use it, and never linked to it here. That isn't the culprit.
Also, my identity was outed by someone 6 months ago. I chose to embrace it and went "public" because of the work I do. I wanted to send the message that survivors of sexual abuse have no reason to be ashamed or keep it a secret. I stand by that decision.