As many of us know, Dennis Markuze, a Canadian with problems, used to send tons of bizarre and threatening emails to many atheists. I’d often get several per day, some threatening removal of my head. See here and here for a discussion of his behavior. Here’s a photo of him taken by Tessa Brown at the October 2010 AAI convention and posted, I recall, by P. Z. Myers:
So I started a bit this morning when I saw this post up for approval, which I of course put into the trash. What freaked me out was that it was from “drmabus”, for “Davis Mabus” was Markuze’s pseudonym for many of his threats.
Submitted on 2012/08/20 at 10:39 pm
5000 whining atheists vs the Great Prophet
one applicant right here…
get the POINT, Randi….
That style is pure Markuze. The video links to the atheist discussion hosted by Cara Santa Maria (a nice one; watch it), while the other links to a “David Mabus” post, which notes “what if I told you that I am not who you think I am….Not Dennis Markuze – but a FAN!”
I’m a bit suspicious, though, and so, given the history of the real Markuze, will put up the information associated with the post:
The IP address appears to be from the UK, and the email address is probably fake, but if anyone can trace these things, I’d appreciate any help. Markuze is noted for his facility in changing IP addresses, which made it almost impossible to keep him out of websites or email spam filters.
As RationalWiki notes:
After an August 2011 online petition attracted more than 5000 signatures, each resulting in an e-mail to the Montreal police,the police took action and announced they were finally investigating years of complaints (after pleading with people to stop sending them emails) and arrested Markuze on August 16. The story of how the petition came about, with organization taking place via Twitter, has been documented in a detailed blog post that includes much of the history. Markuze was charged with 16 counts of criminal harassment on August 15 and August 17, 2011. To the relief of many concerned for his well-being, the criminal court ordered him to undergo a 30 days psychological evaluation. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, compounded by alcohol and substance abuse, Markuze was sent to rehab while awaiting the next court date but may now be out and doing his usual stuff. After pleading guilty to issuing threats, he received a suspended sentence of 18 months. Less than two months from the news of his sentencing, Markuze now appears to be violating the terms of his suspended sentence, which required him to abstain from internet discussions and forums.
My guess is that this is indeed Markuze, pretending to be a “fan”. If it is, then he still needs help.