Dennis Markuze, notorious harasser ‘Mabus’, admits threats in court

Many new readers will not know the story of Dennis Markuze. But skeptics and atheists who have been around for a few years will have experienced the messages, spam, tweets and general harassment by this disturbed individual better known as “David Mabus” and notorious for his Depeche Mode references and incoherent YouTube vids.

He was in court today and he pleaded guilty to the charges of threats and breach of probation.
St-Laurent man pleads guilty after posting threats online.

Dennis Markuze, 43, a man who often uses the alias David Mabus when he makes threats, appeared before Quebec Court Judge Jean-Claude Boyer at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday where he entered a plea to three charges in all, including a breach of his probation.

In one threat Markuze posted he wrote: “Die f–cking atheists. I will cut your heads off.” During the court hearing two years ago, a prosecutor said health professionals who assessed Markuze attributed cocaine abuse as what was behind the threats and what fuelled his aggressive and threatening stance supporting the existence of God.

At that point he received a suspended sentence that left us all perplexed. Within months, he was back at it and we logged the abuse and Tim Farley kept in contact with the Montreal police and the reporter for this story.

As the article notes, this has been going on before 2012. We have stories from 2011 on this blog.

Dennis Markuze / David Mabus in rehab (Updated) [2011]

Is Dave Mabus/Dennis Markuze back to his old tricks? [2011]

Is the Dennis Markuze/David Mabus threat fest finally over? Hmm. [2012]

Dennis Markuze (aka David Mabus) arrested again (Updated) [2012]

This has been a long process that meant months of spam where many tried to get all of Markuze’s Twitter accounts closed. Portions of everyday was spent hitting “Block > Report Spam”. He tried to contact us on Facebook [Reported]. He sent obscene comments to our blogs and emails [Blocked]. It was annoying, but to the police it was not so pressing. But how was anyone to know if his threats were nonsense ravings or serious? How could we know that he wouldn’t follow through and attempt something drastic? Thus, this is essentially the most reasonable outcome that could be hoped for – that it is recognized that his is a nuisance and possibly dangerous. It’s been a quiet year or so with no messages from Mabus (or his many fake names). We can only hope it’s over for good. Again. His sentencing, however, will not be until November. It’s hard to predict what might happen until then.

Check out the Skeptools blog for more. And you can see details of how Tim Farley of Skeptools was instrumental in finally getting Markuze apprehended before he really did hurt someone or himself.

As rationalists, we need to always be aware that we don’t know the whole story. What we may interpret as hate may just as likely be drug addiction or mental illness. That means we can’t shoot hate back. We must be open-minded and empathetic, even for Mabus.

Tip: Tim Farley @krelnik on Twitter

  4 comments for “Dennis Markuze, notorious harasser ‘Mabus’, admits threats in court

  1. Hugh Cary Oates
    May 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Kudos to the impressive Tim Farley

  2. May 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I have followed this story for sometime.
    It is one thing to disagree.
    I am sure that I am am rarely correct but this man is clearly wrong.
    I am sorry for those he has troubled.

  3. John Stewart
    May 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I didn’t understand the paragraph beginning with “At that point he received a suspended sentence that left us all perplexed.” As I read that it appeared that “that point” was yesterday right after he pleaded guilty. But the story here and the source both say that the sentencing is in November. After examining this article several times, I figured out that “that point” actually referred back to the court hearing two years ago described in the indented quotation.

  4. John
    May 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I have been following this story too. I just have to wonder out loud if he would have been bought to justice a lot quicker if he had been speaking in the name of ‘satan’ or some other stereotypical ‘bad’ bullshit.
    This man is clearly unstable and needs professional help. Perhaps for the rest of his life.

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