Markuze (Mabus) to be sentenced tomorrow (UPDATE – now June)

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.

Man who made online threats to be sentenced Thursday | Montreal Gazette.

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.

Dennis Markuze, Nov 2014 Photo: Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

Dennis Markuze, Nov 2014 Photo: Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

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.

Here is the history of news on Markuze.

UPDATEDennis 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

  8 comments for “Markuze (Mabus) to be sentenced tomorrow (UPDATE – now June)

  1. MisterNeutron
    February 4, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Wow. I’d almost forgotten about this character. He’s been a persistent, disturbing presence on the Interwebs for years. Many were inclined to dismiss him as “just another crank,” but I always had the impression that he was just one small step away from actually harming someone else. Threats may be “just words,” but we ignore people like this at our peril.

  2. February 4, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    UPDATE: I just received an email from the police in Montreal that Markuze’s case will NOT be resolved tomorrow, because of new information they’ve received. I’m guessing this is because the prosecutor saw that article in the Gazette – the whole issue of Markuze saying one thing in court and something else outside court is a serious thing.

  3. February 4, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Oh dear. Will this never end?

    Thanks a bunch, Tim.

  4. Adam
    February 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    “I’m a writer who engages in debate with the power of words, not force of arms.”

    That’s funny. I’ve never seen him debate anything. I’ve seen him spam substantially similar irrelevant, nonsensical and threatening comments lots of times.

  5. MisterNeutron
    February 5, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Ditto – I’ve never seen him engage in any sort of rational discourse. He’s a “writer” the way my 15-month-old grand-nephew is a “writer” when he heads for the nearest wall with his crayons. Except, of course, that my grand-nephew is cute as a bug, and completely adorable. 😉

  6. Geoff
    February 5, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Tim, maybe if you were more respectful of other folk’s superstitions, illiteracy, and ignorance!

    j/k…keep up the good work!

  7. Karl
    February 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Is it a sign of mental illness you are unable to take the sensible advice of your legal council?

  8. February 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    I posted today on my blog on the reason for the delay – it turns out a psychiatrist has come forward to testify to the court prior to sentencing. So we must wait until June 3 to find out the next step in the case. (For those who’ve lost count – it’s been 4 years since his initial Twitter spamming, and 2 years, 2 months since his last arrest).

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