Doubtful News and yours truly have been harassed by Dennis Markuze for several years. Most recently, under the name Arnold Ruge [corrected]. There is news of his recent situation.
A Quebec Court judge is expected to be presented with a joint sentencing recommendation Thursday in a case involving a St-Laurent man who poses a challenge to authorities because he doesn’t believe he is guilty of the crimes he admitted to last year.
While appearing before two different judges within the past three years, Dennis Markuze, 43, was able to nod in agreement and admit to the summaries of two different Montreal police investigations into his online activities where he threatened the lives of people, mostly bloggers who express atheistic views or discuss scientific reason versus religious beliefs. He received an 18-month sentence for the threats in 2012, which included a condition that he keep away from social networks during the sentence.
Six months later, Markuze found himself before a judge again facing three new charges: a violation of the conditions of his sentence, the criminal harassment of one of the eight people he threatened and a threat made toward the investigator who arrested him the second time.
Notice in this picture he is wearing a Depeche Mode tee. That was one of his recognizable signatures – Depeche Mode music over videos of disasters and threats to atheists and free thinkers. I’ve done nothing personally to the man but he targeted people whom he thought were atheistic and proponents of critical thought. At times it was not only incredibly annoying to face such Twitter, Facebook and email barrages, but also frightening since it was clear this was a real person with serious problems. There were several incidents of very personal emails to certain people or comments on blog posts, etc. that made it clear DM was making an effort to find out more about us.
The dozens of us who felt threatened owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Tim Farley of Skeptools and Virtual Skeptics for meticulously logging Markuze’s activity and having the wherewithal and perseverance to do something about it. All we hope is that DM gets some much needed help.
UPDATE: Dennis Markuze’s sentencing hearing was postponed | Montreal Gazette and a rundown of what this means from Tim: More twists and turns in the saga of David Mabus.
Tip: Tim Farley @krelnik on Twitter