The last post here came as a result of unwanted contact with a genuine internet troll: Bill Schmalfeldt. Schmalfeldt is a long story. Schmalfeldt retired or was put on disability from the National Institutes of health. If he wasn’t so mean, he’d be an object of pity. He has Parkinson’s Disease, in clearly not in good physical shape, and seems to have huge mood swings.
Bill Schmalfeldt has a long history of wearing out his welcome online. He used to write at Daily Kos, but penned an anal fantasy essay which got him banned. Google him.
Yeah, that bad. Not a guy you want even knowing you. He has been involved in litigation with John Hoge of hogewash.com. John has a Peace Order which requires Schmalfeldt to leave him alone. Schmalfeld has apparently contacted Hoge hundreds of times since the first Peace Order was issued. Schmalfeldt has 5 Peace Orders in 4 states, in part because he is so despirate to find out who is criticizing him. A judge is still considering sanctions in the case of Hoge’s PO. I comment on John Hoge’s webside under the nickname “ukuleledave.”
Guess who sent me a smarmy letter this week:
“I’m Bill Schmalfeldt.
You are ukeleledave, famed libel artist on Hogewash, The Thinking Man’s Zombie and other such websites. Now that I have your name and address, I am considering adding you to the list of defendants in the incipient lawsuit. This is not a quid pro quo, or an “extortionate threat” as your daddy might say, Lickspittle.
And this is CERTAINLY not a FAILDOX, is it?
(He put pictures and my personal financial information here. Also a picture of my house.)
And with a long, long list of defamatory comments. But I would be inclined to think if you in less severe terms if you were to answer a question or two for me.”
He wants the names and contact information of others who comment on the site. He wants more people to sue. I told him no. I also told him not to contact me. Since then, he has contacted me twice.
He gave me a deadline, and I just ignored him. He started filling up his Twitter account with my name and other private information. He is clearly trying to involve my employer in this — since he references them in the tweets. My boss Googled “Bill Schmalfeldt.” I think my work understands.
A word or two about my previous comments on Hogewash and other sites which follow the long, convoluted story of Bill Schmalfeldt. I’m pretty polite compared to most folks. The guy is an ass, but I don’t usually get that rough. I point out that he probably should get help — and I pray that the next judge he faces gives him an opportunity to change his ways. The guy needs a week at the farm away from the internet. In my humble, First Amendment protected opinion, the man needs help. Google Deb Frisch. Yeah. Like that.
But I don’t generally insult him except to comment on his actions. He produces “comedy” albums, and has created some very questionable stuff. One comedy bit features two Cub Scouts at summer camp exploring anal sex. A scout leader asks to watch. Very much not funny. Since I teach abused children, it’s kinda hard to stomach. I see the results of abuse. I don’t libel him, but I’m sure he hates reading my comments. I’m not forcing him to read anything.
So, what’s a guy to do? I’m doing very little publicly. I am fully prepared to take action if this guy doesn’t leave me alone. And by action, I mean legal action. I don’t plan to make a career of stomping down internet gophers, but I’ve got time for one or two.
Personally, I think I’m done with him. Nobody is stupid enough to collect 6 “no contact” orders just because he can’t stay off the computer. Right?