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Neal Rauhauser Goes Dark?
UPDATE: Law Enforcement?

Posted on | November 30, 2012 | 38 Comments

UPDATE 4:45 p.m. ET: At least two people who have been following this story tell me they suspect the unexplained disappearance of Neal Rauhauser’s blog may be a consequence of a criminal investigation. While these explanations are merely speculative at this point, one possibility is that Rauhauser has attracted FBI attention because of his involvement with the “Anonymous” hacker group. One source mentioned a certain hacker whose chat logs on a computer hard drive have come under scrutiny by the FBI.

A law enforcement angle in the shutdown of Rauhauser’s blog related to his Anonymous invovlement would, perhaps, explain the simultaneous silence by the “Occupy Rebellion” Twitter account, which openly supported the Anonymous hackers.

*** PREVIOUSLY (2:37 p.m. ET) ***

Mike Stack informs us that Neal Rauhauser’s blog has disappeared, after two months of cranking out smears and conspiracy theories about the alleged evils of various enemies of Rauhauser and his client Brett Kimberlin. Meanwhile, Rauhauser’s pet Twitter troll, “Occupy Rebellion,” has switched her account to “private” setting.

Why this happened or what it means is purely a matter of speculation, but one obvious possibility is that it may have become apparent to Brett Kimberlin that these cyberstalking presences were jeopardizing his case as defendant in the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit in Virginia.

UPDATE: John Hoge suggests:

Perhaps, he needs to coordinate a defense for the hearing on Tuesday. Maybe he’s just tying to hide.

There’s a key hearing in the Virginia case on Tuesday, and one of the motions to be heard will be Aaron Walker’s motion for a default judgment against Rauhauser. If Neal has belatedly decided to contest the suit, then trying to make the evidence of his continued harassment disappear would be an obvious move. Another possibility is that one of the various innocent people Rauhauser has dragged into his bogus conspiracy theories — and trust me, I hear from such people routinely — decided to take legal action against him.

UPDATE II: Mike Stack updates to say that the disappearance of Rauhauser’s blog will be permanent, but doesn’t say why it happened.

Anyone who’s studied Rauhauser’s methods know that this is typical: Neal has deleted more Internet content than most people have ever created — blogs, Scribd files, PDFs, Twitter sockpuppets, you name it. He has a childish love of the “you can’t catch me” game, and when his online mischief inevitably leads to trouble, Rauhauser tries to scrub the evidence off the Web. Then, when he re-emerges from hiding, Neal has some self-serving excuse about how he did nothing wrong, he was a victim of right-wing enemies, and anyone who claims otherwise is a paranoid wingnut.

Unfortunately, the truth accumulates and Rauhauser eventually runs short of people who believe his lies. There are always telltale clues that Neal can never quite explain away entirely, e.g.:

Hmmm. It seems to me that “Liberal Grouch” (Bill Schmalfeldt) is saying that his cyberstalking and harassment — which he ludicrously describes as “investigating” — are part of an organized intimidation campaign to shut up Brett Kimberlin’s critics. And seeing as how Schmalfeldt has taken over the “Breitbart Unmasked” site that many suspected was originally a Rauhauser project, maybe this reveals a fundamental truth about events of the past several months.

UPDATE III: Becca Lower offers a line from Sir Walter Scott:

The consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor.

“Consciousness of guilt,” as the detectives like to say. Throwing things in the river is only a misdemeanor littering offense, unless what you’re throwing in the river is the weapon used in a murder.


38 Responses to “Neal Rauhauser Goes Dark?
UPDATE: Law Enforcement?”

  1. WJJ Hoge
    November 30th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm


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    November 30th, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

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  3. JeffS
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    When the cockroaches scuttle away, it’s because the light is shining.

  4. Spanishfly
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Did they go dark for a reason and leave Grouch hang out to dry??

  5. Sockish Reporter
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Rauhauser has put his blog to private it looks like, or at least that’s what it told me when I tried to check it out

  6. Finrod Felagund
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    And the level of scum and slime on the Internet drops a bit.

  7. robertstacymccain
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    That, my friend, is an intriguing possibility: Rauhauser hands off the “Breitbart Unmasked” domain to the clueless Schmalfeldt, who recycles the smears from Rauhauser’s personal blog and then — poof! — as soon as the heat comes down, Rauhauser pulls a disappearing act, leaving Schmalfeldt on the hook for the smears that Rauhauser originated.

    BTW, people who have investigated “Breitbart Unmasked” tell me its ISP was based in Netherlands with a company that is notable for its secrecy.

  8. Zilla of the Resistance
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    And the internet has become slightly less ugly for it.

  9. Dino Spumoni
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Sic semper knuckleheadus.

  10. Spanishfly
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    LiberalGrouch is just the type to fall for it too.

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  12. Spanishfly
    November 30th, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Don’t you think it’s a little late in the game for Rauhauser & OR to go dark because of the December 4th hearing? Thats next week. There are some people who have been following Neals blog & OR’s tweets capturing everything so it’s not like the posts are gone.

  13. Becca Lower
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    I didn’t read your Update II until after I wrote my blog. The quote is indeed fitting.

  14. WJJ Hoge
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Sic semper fimi bovis.

  15. JeffS
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    It does seem late, but then, NR and BK are so full of themselves, they didn’t have an exit strategy, or they didn’t think it would go this far. Hard to say, either way.

  16. JeffS
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    The Grouch does look to be stupid enough to trust NR and BK, doesn’t he?

  17. SnowFall
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:23 pm
  18. SnowFall
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Neal R: “Keep in mind that Walker’s suit against me in public has a private side, where they were pushing bunk information to the FBI in order to set me up for an indictment. A court room defeat is a fine thing, but I am hoping we’re going to see indictments across the board for everyone foolish enough to have gotten involved in that.

    The most recent victim of their habit of targeting vulnerable adults is Jason Wade Taylor, who is in the ICU at Methodist in Houston. He drank himself there, but we’re starting to get information to the effect that Lee Stranahan was the driving force behind the conditions he faced.

    Vulnerable adults are viewed as tools to be used and thrown away … that’s a picture perfect definition of a psychopath, eh?”

  19. Jill
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Thought it smelled better today 🙂 maybe the child support folks finally caught up with Kneel and now he has to *gasp* work for a living like the rest of us. Tragic. I’ll miss his batshit posts about me. Not.

  20. Dustyn
    November 30th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    The timing of this, along with OccupyRebellion going dark smells funny, IMO.

    I would keep my eyes open, something could be afoot as they say.

  21. Guest
    November 30th, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    But it’s he who collects vulnerable adults.

  22. Spanishfly
    November 30th, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Neals blog was made private and you have to be able to log in to see it. Perhaps it wasn’t taken down?

  23. Finrod Felagund
    November 30th, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    And engages in projection so he doesn’t have to face up to his failures.

  24. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 30th, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Stabbed in the back by Kimberlin-Rauhauser. Imagine that.

  25. bet0001970
    November 30th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    No. That’s not the picture perfect definition of a psychopath. Which is odd, considering that Screed of Momus revealed that Neal himself had been clinically diagnosed as a sociopath. So one would imagine that Rauhauser would at least be familiar with the basic information.
    Then again, psychopaths/sociopaths are liars. It’s what they do. They can’t tell the truth. They’re just not capable of it. It kind of makes you wonder how many politicians are anti-social personalities. Pelosi? Reid? Weiner…? Hmmm. They’re all narcissistic as well. Risk-takers, they’ve probably broken or at least bent a few laws. They don’t have respect for other human beings. They care only about themselves.
    I don’t know…they’re starting to sound like Neal.

  26. dontbugme
    November 30th, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    I left a comment on the “Neal sounded weird” last night saying the blog had been taken down. Guess McCain isn’t glued to his comments….

  27. WhiteFalcon1
    November 30th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    …or maybe finally got tired of his stupid shit and he’s now feeding the fix on the bottom of the Chesapeake…poor fish!

  28. WhiteFalcon1
    November 30th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    EDIT: Maybe SOMEONE…..

  29. crosspatch
    November 30th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    “UPDATE: Law Enforcement?”


  30. Bob Belvedere
    December 1st, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Could be. I hear Stacy’s the finalist to become the first Gentile President of Israel and Mossad may want to, ah, ‘clean the messes up’ before the announcement is made.

  31. crosspatch
    December 1st, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    Was thinking about the Anonymous attacks on Israel during the recent hostilities there.

  32. Becca Lower
    December 1st, 2012 @ 3:06 am

    Your best mode of communication to him is through Twitter, yep.

  33. Oreiki Tachibana
    December 1st, 2012 @ 3:12 am

    Anyone for “The Wayback Machine”? Or any other place that has logged the website?

  34. K-Bob
    December 1st, 2012 @ 3:57 am

    O/T: massive ‘chebaggery, now a top story at memeorandum



  35. dontbugme
    December 1st, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Wayback Machine doesn’t cache his site. But he seems to be active on his FaceBook page and is touting his LinkedIn profile. So it seems like he was not taken by the “authorities” like some have speculated.

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