On the one hand, and via Robb at Sharp as a Marble, an unkown-to-me conservative weblogger has been receiving threats for the past few years from a particularly unstable, violent, and vile individual, who has taken it upon herself to extend those threats to the weblogger’s child and mother.
What was Jeff’s (the weblogger in question) reaction? Well, you can read the entire, sordid timeline here, but suffice to say that numerous restraining orders and orders of protection have been filed, arrests have been executed (but invariably end up with the stalker being released on probation), contempt-of-court charges and preliminary injunctions have been filed, and countless other legal actions have been executed, but, unfortunately, the nutcase is still strolling the streets, free as a bird to libel, slander, threaten, and verbally assault her chosen victims. However, Jeff can safely say that he has documented the threats, brought them to the attention of the authorities, and done everything he is legally permitted to do.
What did Alan do? Why, he deleted the posts, deleted the comments, deleted the threats, and made it all disappear.
I make no claims about being an infallible human polygraph, but, sometimes, it is fairly easy to tell when someone is just fabricating threats in order to receive sympathy for being a supposed victim, and when they are not… Oh, and it probably surprises no one, but Alan has not responded to my email – I sincerely doubt he has the integrity to do so.