There is an announcement via Twitter from the Montreal Police that known spammer and online harasser, Dennis Markuze, otherwise known as “Mabus” has been arrested for violating probation.
He has been posting tweets in various forms as “Operation Archangel” and has been sending emails, signed on to Google+, visiting the Virtual Skeptics broadcast and generally being a pain. Worse, he then spams everyone else you know.
Many people have been instrumental in reporting his activity to the police, none more than Tim Farley who collected huge amounts of data.
From the Montreal Gazette:
Man charged with threatening people using social media — again.
A Saint-Laurent man has been charged, again, with abusing social media to threaten people who express their views online.
Dennis Markuze, 40, faces three new charges, including one alleging he violated the conditions of a sentence he received in May for the same offence. He was also charged with threatening the Montreal police officer who was investigating claims from several of Markuze’s past victims. Those victims alleged that Markuze’s threats have intensified in recent months.
In May, Markuze received an 18-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to uttering threats toward eight people he believed to be atheists. The court was told Markuze’s problems could be attributed to drug consumption, which caused him to believe he was “the Voice of God.” As part of his sentence, he was ordered to “abstain from participating in a social network, blog and discussion forum.” But during the summer, several people contacted The Gazette to report that Markuze appeared to be ignoring the court order.
Farley also said he believes Markuze was behind a series of threatening messages posted on a webcast Farley took part in on Wednesday with a group called Virtual Skeptics.
ArsTechnica has a piece.
Within the last few weeks, several science writers (including Scott Johnson of Ars) started receiving disturbingly familiar messages via Twitter. Oddly, a tweet of mine about NASA’s Space Station alert system prompted a response that mentioned both socialism and atheism. It seemed clear that Mabus was back; members of the atheist community had already come to the same conclusion.
He was released with the promise he won’t bother Tim. What about the rest of us? Somehow, I think this won’t be the last. But maybe the response will be faster next time.
ADDITION(20-Nov-2012): Tim Farley recounts the case in it’s ENTIRETY with details.
Read more about Markuze/Mabus here.
Thanks to Tim Farley @krelnik