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‘Beware the Ides of March’: Bill Schmalfeldt Threatens Lee Stranahan?

Posted on | February 19, 2013 | 32 Comments

Bill Schmalfeldt of Elk Ridge, Maryland, a.k.a. “Liberal Grouch”

“Healthy minds do not delight in plotting evil against others, and wholesome spirits do not endlessly threaten others with harm they intend to inflict.”
Robert Stacy McCain, Nov. 4, “Monsters on the Internet: Sociopathic Sadism and Bill Schmalfeldt’s Madness”

Last week, Lee Stranahan filed online harassment charges against deranged cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt, and now Schmalfeldt has recorded a bizarre rant that also references Aaron Walker, John Hoge and Patrick “Patterico” Frey:

“It’s all horsesh-t. It’s all absolute horsesh-t. And I and my family have been put through pain and suffering because Lee Stranahan has a grudge. Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die. I got some f–king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”

What famously happened on the Ides of March? An assassination. And March 15 this year occurs during CPAC, which Stranahan will be attending (he’s nominated for a Blog Bash award).

Why is Schmalfeldt dropping the names of Walker, Hoge and Frey into this threat? And why does Schmalfeldt imagine someone would pay Stranahan to file these charges? Stranahan explains:

Nobody paid me to file charges. It cost me about $140 total to go to Maryland. . . .
It was my idea to file criminal charges against Bill Schmalfeldt but I admit it was not my idea alone. My wife Lauren was adamant about filing harassment charges, especially after Bill Schmalfeldt spent days telling lies and raising ugly, bizarre questions about the death of our daughter as part of his ‘investigation’ of me. There was also the fact that Bill Schmalfeldt called child protective services on us plus the bizarre and constant sexual talk about my wife.
Trust me; after months of Bill Schmalfeldt stalking, harassing, threatening, annoying, and directly contacting us dozens of times, nobody had to talk us into filing criminal charges against him.

There’s also Schmalfeldt’s megalomanic persecution complex, as evidenced by his claim that the harassment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”

No, Bill: You were charged with harassment because — wait for it — you were engaged in harassment.

The obsession, the fixation, the inability to step back from the situation and view it with anything like objectivity — these are symptomatic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his madness on Lee Stranahan is somewhat mysterious. Schmalfeldt started cyberstalking Aaron Walker in June, and peripatetically hopscotched around to attack various other enemies of Brett Kimberlin over the course of ensuing months. In November, Schmalfeldt’s stalking of me escalated to the point that he threatened to contact my wife and sent me more than 200 harassing Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his targets deserve his malicious attention, that they are guilty of some heinous wrongdoing that Schmalfeldt is obligated to “investigate” and “expose.”

It seems nothing can dissuade Schmalfeldt from his persistent delusions of grandeur adequacy. Schmalfeldt’s response to being charged with harassment? Threats of retaliation:

“They thought they had chosen the weakest one in the herd, culled me from the herd, and now they think they’re going to break me. I face two misdemeanor charges in criminal court, and that is supposed to break me. I got news for you boys: I’m bringing down the thunder. I’m bringing up the hellfire. I’m rolling the bomb out to the Enola Gay, and I’m loading it into the bomb bay. I’m taking off for Hiroshima. You won’t know when. You don’t know where. You won’t know how. But you will know why.”

This vague threat to unleash “hellfire” upon his enemies at some future time typifies one of Schmalfeldt’s psychiatric traits I noted in November: Sociopathic sadism. Schmalfeldt enjoys inflicting punishment on those he dehumanizes into hate-objects whom he attacks remorselessly as undeserving of sympathy. He relishes the idea that he inspires fear, and the vague threat of future harm — “You won’t know when. You don’t know where. You won’t know how.” — is intended to vindicate Schmalfeldt’s self-image as someone dangerous to his enemies.

One might also observe Schmalfeldt’s lack of self-awareness, his failure to understand the transparency of his own motives as revealed by the characteristic psychological projection: “They thought they had chosen the weakest one in the herd, culled me from the herd, and now they think they’re going to break me.”

No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Stranahan: You believed Lee was particularly vulnerable to your persistent harassment, and so you kept piling up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expectation of destroying him. And now that Stranahan feels compelled to file criminal charges to end your harasssment, you are projecting your own sadistic motives onto Lee.

You’re a sick freak, Bill Schmalfeldt, and every decent person watching your bizarre behavior regards you with utmost horror.

UPDATE: John Hoge reports the latest development:

Yesterday evening, evidence was presented to a District Court Commissioner in Westminster, Maryland, and the Commissioner found it sufficiently persuasive that he issued summonses to Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, and Bill Schmalfeldt for Harassment and Misuse of Electronic Communication. A summons was also issued to Bill Schmalfeldt for Unauthorized Access to a Computer.
On 19 April, preliminary hearings will be held in Westminster to determine if there is probable cause to try these individuals for the crimes indicated.
I will have no further statements concerning these matters until I am advised to do so by the State’s Attorney or my lawyer, except to say that 1.) continuation of past behavior could result in additional charges and that 2.) other investigations continue.

Exactly what this means — does “unauthorized access to a computer” mean hacking? — I do not yet know.






  • McGehee

    I wouldn’t mind if he broke or died — as long as he didn’t take anyone with him.

    Except maybe Kimberlin.

  • Quartermaster

    I don’t regard such “men” with horror. I hold them in a richly deserved contempt.

  • TMLutas

    Where is that man’s neck?

  • TheRightGirl

    Didn’t I comment here a few months ago that Bill Schmalfeldt would be left holding the bag?
    I hope he burns!

  • RichFader

    Now there’s a face that just begs to be captioned “PREPARE YOUR ANUS.” (NTTAWWT.)

  • Andrew Patrick

    I seem to recall that it wasn’t Brutus who told Caeser to beware the Ides of March. It was a seer who had nothing to do with the actual event.

    Where is the Speedway Bomber these days, anyway?

  • G Joubert

    “Where is the Speedway Bomber these days, anyway?”

    On a related note, there’s an unsolved murder in Speedway which occured on July 29, 1978. Julia Scyphers’ family and friends await justice.

  • DaveO

    Waiting to see if this judge gets reached, and cancels all legal action. It happens in Maryland.

  • Bob Belvedere

    He’s a modern Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  • Rob Crawford

    Apparently it’s gripped firmly by his anal sphincter.

  • Rob Crawford

    Yes, a seer told him that. Caesar, on his way to Pompey’s theater to attend the Senate, saw the seer and challenged: “The Ides have come, and I am still here.”

    Seer: “Yes, but the Ides have not yet gone.”

  • Becca Lower

    When I read “Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these
    charges against me….”, I busted out laughing. How can someone be this delusional?

  • yestradamous

    He’s such a noxious entity, yuk. I guess I can understand how there are always a few random crazies amongst us. What I can never fathom is how on earth they are able to attract others to their cause. People who should damn well know better.
    Such a bizarre and narcissistic vortex of negative energy. Almost evil.

  • rmnixondeceased

    As did Caesar, just a little while later, with the immortal last words “Et tu, Brute?” (at least according to Shakespeare). Julius won’t discuss the event, saying it is still too recent an emotional trauma. What a sissy.

  • rmnixondeceased

    Delusion, thy name is Schmalfeldt!

  • matthew w

    In his other suit !!!

  • Mike G.

    I still say the dude has pedophile written all over his face. Don’t leave your kids alone with this guy.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Rocky Horror is less twisted and perverted than he is.

  • Finrod Felagund

    No kidding. His face should be put on posters in schools, with the warning ‘If you become an Internet troll, you might end up looking like this’.

  • Jill

    I hope the Stranahans sue the ass off Schmalfeldt and win.

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  • akhter

    as Charles answered I am in shock
    that anyone able to make $5486 in one month on the computer. did you see this

  • trangbang68

    I’d leave my kids alone with a rabid sewer rat high on meth before I’d let them get within a mile of that jughead lunatic. That photo is enough to stop the sun from shining.

  • DeBaliviere

    He’s shirtless and has a pedo-beard…urp.

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  • cgable63

    sir, i wish you and your family, as well as the stranahans a great deal of luck, best wishes, and more than a thousand angels.

    his behaviour is appalling, and goes beyond disgusting. he is hygienically unexacceptable.
    i pray this lawsuit ends his ability to express himself in any way, shape or form.

    “And I and my family have been put through pain and suffering because Lee Stranahan has a grudge.”

    what pain? what suffering? complete, and total rubbish. and yet i find this amusing as his current family consists of his poor-put-upon wife, and his 2 dogs.

  • cgable63

    i disagree. RHPS is much, much better than he is. but i see where you could infer as such.

  • cgable63

    well said.

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