Posted on | September 30, 2013 | 53 Comments
Bill Schmalfeldt ranting, 2011. (Image via Thomas Anderson at Vimeo)
An entire week has passed since Bill Schmalfeldt’s previous meltdown. He tried to sneak back into the Examiner (where he had been fired twice before) under the alias “Lester Klemper” and, when this ended badly, vowed vengeance on the enemies he blamed for his misfortune.
This blame-game mentality is essential to understanding the Schmalfeldtian worldview. No matter what Bill may have done wrong, when bad things happen to Bill, this cannot be Bill’s fault. No — scapegoats must bear the blame, which explains why Schmalfeldt sent a bizarre e-mail to the publisher of Digital Journal:
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Hey there, David.
The people you didn’t want me to write about are likely going to be swarming you with reasons why should not have rehired me and why you should fire me instantly.
One of my stalkers just learned that my old profiles at DJ still exist, posted them on Twitter, and is accusing me of having “multiple accounts” which is how they got me fired at Examiner.
if they get to be too much for you, let me know and I will resign. I don’t want to, but neither do I want the fact that I am being stalked by cybertrolls (I have a case against their leader in the Maryland Supreme Court that will be decided on Oct . 17) be a source of bother for you.
I understand why you didn’t want me to write that story about my involvement with these people. But now, I fear, you are about to learn how they’ve made my life miserable since February, worsening my Parkinson’s symptoms, charging me with 18 crimes (all of which were dismissed) and getting a restaining order (after five failed attempts) that will be overturned by the court when it decided later this month.
Just a heads up. Let me know if you require my resignation.
Thanks again for the opportunity.
There are several falsehoods here, the most glaring of which is Schmalfeldt’s assertion that he is a victim of “cybertrolls” who have “made [his] life miserable since February.” In fact, what happened in February was that Lee Stranahan flew to Maryland and filed harassment charges against Schmalfeldt. (Stranahan has described the harassment here.) The state’s attorney decided against prosecuting that case. However, Schmalfeldt’s harassment of John Hoge (“leader” of the “cybertrolls”) resulted in Hoge’s request for a peace order being granted against Schmalfeldt by a circuit court judge in June.
Notice that Schmalfeldt’s email discloses how he wanted to use the Digital Journal as a platform to lash out at his enemies, a proposal that the publisher rejected for obvious reasons. Anyway, today Schmalfeldt went on a Twitter spree, accusing everyone of lying about him:
Notice what’s happening here: I remark that Schmalfeldt is “in my timeline” (i.e., sending messages to @rsmccain, so that I see them in my “mentions” queue), but in remarking this, I do not reply to Schmalfeldt: I don’t include his Twitter handle in my message. The only way he could be aware that I have mentioned his name is either (a) by constantly monitoring my timeline, or (b) by searching Twitter for his name. Either one is indicative of obsessive behavior.
Here, I quoted Lee Stranahan’s November 2012 article, “Bill Schmalfeldt: Too Disgusting For Daily Kos,” which is important to understanding what is so false about Schmalfeldt’s claim of victimhood. He was banned from the popular blog Daily Kos in May 2012 — before I ever heard of him — after writing an article about anal sex so grossly disturbing that even his fellow progressives were shocked.
So this is the sterling reputation Bill alleges I “ruined.” But notice how Schmalfeldt reacted to my Tweet:
Schmalfeldt attacks Lee Stranahan, repeating a cruel falsehood, blaming Stranahan for the death of his own child. In February, Stranahan summarized this vicious pattern in an article entitled, “Bill Schmalfeldt: The Stranger Who Harassed My Family“:
- Made repeated, direct contact with me and members of my family via email & Twitter, demanding I answer his questions about his ‘investigation’ in me and my family
- Continued this direct contact after being asked not to ; sometimes directed over 100 messages a day directly at us with questions for his ‘investigation’
- Posted our personal information, including making a video of our address after a rape threat had been made by an associate of Mr. Schmalfeldt’s
- Made constant sexual references about both my wife and I, including frequent mentions of our genitalia and fantasies about selling my wife and raping me
- Tormented us about the death of our newborn daughter Collette
- Posted photos of our children and contacted child protective services
- Contacted over half a dozen law enforcement agencies when I wouldn’t answer the bizarre personal questions he would ask for his ‘investigations’
- Attempted to get me fired, arrested & have my children taken from me
- Contacted friends, family, business associates and even total strangers who spoke to me online
Why would Bill Schmalfeldt do such horrible things? Can he explain, defend or justify this vicious activity? Of course not. It was just evil, sadistic madness. As with the offensive obscenity that got him banished from Daily Kos, whatever damage resulted to Bill Schmalfeldt’s reputation from this hateful harassment of Stranahan was entirely self-inflicted — and yet Bill can’t help himself. His habits of mind are such that, as soon as he saw me tweet that link to Lee Stranahan’s blog, Schmalfeldt started ranting about Stranahan’s dead child.
What the hell is this? Is it “defamation” to quote Bill Schmalfeldt? Or is it “defamation” merely to describe Bill Schmalfeldt’s behavior? And notice, again: Bill is obsessively searching for his own name on Twitter and then jumping into other people’s conversations.
This is just the tip of this vile creep’s enormous iceberg of craziness, and Schmalfeldt’s attempts to blame other people for his problems will deceive no one who pays attention. As I’ve said before, “All that is necessary to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote Bill Schmalfeldt.”
Stay classy, Bill Schmalfeldt. Good luck explaining why it’s always somebody else’s fault when you do disgusting things, you sick freak.