Posted on | October 25, 2012 | 21 Comments
Mike Stack was the original target of “SWATting” in the wake of the Anthony Weiner scandal. Stack’s Twitter contact with the mysterious “Dan Wolfe” made him a target, and he has subsequently become the focus of Neal Rauhauser’s persistent obsessive interest.
Stack ultimately filed harassment charges against Rauhauser, but was persuaded to submit the case to court mediation and, at a May 24 hearing in New Jersey, an agreement was reached in which Rauhauser agreed to very specific prohibitions against future harassing behavior. Rauhauser has repeatedly violated the terms of that agreement and has, in fact, recently escalated his online harassment of Mike Stack.
So today, Stack posted a copy of an arrest warrant for Neal. The warrant was issued Oct. 11, which means that Rauhauser has basically been a fugitive from justice for the past two weeks.
The interesting angle is that Rauhauser is also a co-defendant in the Virginia civil case of Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. (See continued coverage of that case by William Hoge.) One would imagine that Virginia courts would be obliged to recognize the New Jersey warrant. Therefore, if Rauhauser were to show up in court to contest Walker’s lawsuit, he would likely be subject to immediate arrest.
UPDATE: On the one hand, Neal is as crazy as a fruit bat and his behavior is wildly unpredictable. On the other hand, his madness follows a certain pattern. So it is interesting that Rauhauser’s apparent response to Stack’s publication of the arrest warrant was to publish this:
What Rauhauser has published would appear to be documentation that he called “the agency that administers the New Jersey municipal court system,” evidently sharing with them his own accusations against Patrick Frey and Aaron Walker, alleging that they are involved in the placing of a “false police report.” This, says Neal, is the basis of his renewed complaints against Frey (with LADA-IA) and Walker (VBA).
Exactly what does Neal mean by all this? He doesn’t tell us. Rather, as is his habit, he insinuates and boasts and threatens, derogating his targets as “dumbf–ks” while claiming that they have “provide[d] evidence of the scheme” — what scheme? And how does any of this relate to his call to the New Jersey agency?
Mike Stack, Patrick Frey, Aaron Walker and the person to whom Neal refers as a “clinically paranoid woman” — what do they all have in common? Exactly: They have all been targeted for harassment by Neal Rauhauser, who then further harasses them by claiming they are involved in a “scheme” against him which (in his depraved mind), justifies Rauhauser in attempts to injure their employment.
We can only imagine what lunatic nonsense Rauhauser told the New Jersey court officials. However, we know that in the past he has sent his conspiracy-theory treatise to the FBI, to state and local law enforcement, and even to members of Congress, alleging that various individuals who don’t even know each other are cooperating in malevolent clandestine plots — against him, against Brett Kimberlin, against Anthony Weiner.
If you believe Neal Rauhauser, this Grand Conspiracy is so vast as to involve everyone from E.M. Zanotti to Aaron Barr to Ladd Ehlinger Jr.. The utter implausibility of Rauhauser’s theories would obviously tend to discredit whatever specific allegations of wrongdoing he makes as part of these theories, and yet he continues to harass and smear innocent people with these reckless charges.
UPDATE II: In saying that Rauhauser’s “madness follows a certain pattern,” I refer to something addressed in Ladd Ehlinger Jr.’s “A Breathtaking Lack of Empathy.” That is to say, Neal exhibits symptoms of a sociopathic personality disorder.
Rauhauser appears to take a sadistic pleasure in frightening and harming people. He is the type of person who watches Nightmare on Elm Street and identifies with Freddie Krueger as the “hero.” The sociopathic personality admires the horror-movie monster as powerful, having an almost limitless capacity to inflict fear and pain on his hapless victims, which is the sociopath’s dearest fantasy. This is what Neal’s “Kookpocalypse Konklusion Countdown Clock” is about — an attempt to terrorize people by boasting of what evil he intends to do to them in the future.
You see this sadistic streak in Neal’s threats and insinuations, where he expresses contempt for his victims and implies that he has special knowledge and skills that will enable him to crush the objects of his rage. His love of deception and concealment — “Nyah nyah! You can’t catch me!” — is likewise sociopathic, as is his reckless tendency to “double down.” Already facing legal jeopardy in the Walker v. Kimberlin case, Rauhauser doesn’t think twice about intensifying his harassment, contacting officials in New Jersey, California and Virginia to make more spurious complaints against his intended victims even though, by doing so, he is actually providing further evidence against himself.
Speaking of further evidence, you should read Jennifer Emick’s thorough 3,900-word profile of Rauhauser.