I’ve been revising old posts and putting them on my front page for a time, so more people can see them–and so I can take care of formatting issues in an orderly manner. This website has nearly 1000 posts and pages. 😮
While revising this one to sticky-post last night, I found a note:
[Update 10/22/14: About six months ago, at least one of my stalkers began using a new device and connection. I thought it was a new fan, until they gave themselves away, probably Richard. He seemed particularly interested in this post for some reason.]
As I revised the post and thought about that weeks-long obsessive stalking campaign a year ago, I began adding the following as an update–which seems like it should also be a new post as well, about how to deal with blog stalking sociopaths:
Since the time described in this post, when I moved to WordPress.org and could now block them effectively, Richard and Tracy switched Internet Service Providers and began stalking my blog with different IPs.
(For people who don’t know what that is, IPs are your computer’s “address.” Some are temporary, some are fixed. They are easily obtained by many website hit trackers, and can also be blocked when you have access to your website’s root files.)
They occasionally use somebody else’s IP, whether belonging to a business wi-fi or to a friend. Once, the IP belonged to a hotel. They hook up their smartphone(s) to an Internet connection, or use their wireless plan.
But their usual IP has been the same since September 2013, so I could block them at any time: I just choose not to. Well, except now and then, when I want to mess with them.
Nowadays, instead of bothering me, I find their antics on my blog highly amusing. Such as in the above note from October 2014, describing when they came on from an unexpected place in April 2014, began obsessively and hilariously stalking my blog and probably raised its Google ranking, and then sent a little “guess who” in my blog stats.
They knew I would catch their little message. When I called out these obsessive little buggers, they made a PDF copy of that post. This stalking campaign went on for hours a day for weeks, making me wonder where they found the time.
They searched my blog for posts on stalking, for hours at a time. I even took their search terms and made new post categories out of them. 🙂 (You can see a few of them at the bottom of this post.)
I describe this all here. And in that post, I also wrote,
Ah, Richard or Tracy, I will block and unblock you at will, because it’s fun.
But don’t think I fear you anymore.
On the contrary, this is highly entertaining. Bring it on.
That particular stalking campaign stopped abruptly after they read that. I guess they wanted me to be scared by it, not amused. LOL
These antics also make me almost certain that they deliberately drove by me a second time back in January 2013 because they wanted to spook me. (I know they know it was me, because I heard their little girl call my name when she first saw me.) Because if they can do this, they can do that. It fits their modus operandi.
These antics prove that they’re sociopaths beyond any lingering doubt. “Normal” people don’t behave like that: They’d either try to make things right or go away eventually, not carry out a campaign of intimidation and obsessive blog-checking. “Normal” people have better ways to spend their time than trying to terrorize people.
(Well, okay, Richie on The Slap did that to Hector. But he’s a teenager who mistakenly thought Hector raped his BFF, and it only went on for a short time, leading to Richie’s repentance. Oh, yeah, and he’s also a fictional character. 😉 He’s not a real-life 42-year-old with a family, who claims to be a Christian.)
This really is a terrible example to set for one’s children.
I’ve also encountered other sociopaths before them. One, the webmaster of a group we belonged to, e-mailbombed and carried out a smear campaign against my husband for daring to say, “Hey, you need to make some changes to the website.”
And no, neither of these sociopaths ever admitted to wrongdoing, as they terrorized others. I don’t know what ever happened to the Avenger, but the old webmaster eventually ended up in jail at least two or three times–and on the sex offender registry.
These antics prove Richard and Tracy are sociopaths, and they do this because I’m one of several people who have seen through their masks and know what they really are. I’ve seen before how Tracy can go after perceived enemies, how ruthless she is, even as the target protests his or her innocence–especially if the target tries to tell.
But they’re amusing sociopaths at least. If you can laugh at sociopaths, their power over you is gone.