For some years now Dennis Markuze has been an increasing nuisance on sceptic, science and atheist forums and websites, usually using the pseudonym David Mabus. I encountered his peculiar, Nostradamus-based nonsense about four years ago, but it seems he’s been ranting on-line for much longer than that. It also seems he’s been more than a mere nuisance, sending death threats and other abuse via emails, twitter, and any other means he could think of that used the internet. Only once has he been known to venture out into the real world to try and intimidate people, and that was such a miserable failure he went back to the anonymity of the web.
Alas for him though, it was too late – his name was now known, along with his appearance and his home town. Surely it wouldn’t be long before he was investigated and, if not imprisoned right away, at least warned off.
Not so. The police in his locality, Montreal, didn’t seem to show an interest, not, that is, until somebody created an on-line petition that automatically sent an email to the Montreal police (SPVM) every time someone signed it. The police were swamped, and issued a plea for people to stop!
The final nail in the coffin of Markuze’s on-line career, however, was delivered by Markuze himself. A Montreal journalist had written about “David Mabus” and received an abusive message in return. He mentioned this on Twitter, and also mentioned the SPVM. Markuze replied to this but, because of the way Twitter is configured, also sent his reply to the SPVM, who suddenly realised what all the fuss had been about!
If you are still not sure what all the fuss had been about, there is an excellent summary to be had by clicking here.
As I write this, Dennis Markuze is being evaluated to see if he’s mentally fit to stand trial.
Update 19th November 2012: