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On-Line Feud

LOL reminded me of some of the fueds on here...
http://news.aol.com/story/_a/man-bu...726155309990001

Man Burns Down Trailer in Online Feud
By ANGELA K. BROWN,AP
Posted: 2007-07-26 17:51:32
ELM MOTT, Texas (July 26) - A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

This week, Tavares, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

"I didn't think anybody was stupid enough to try to kill anybody over an Internet fight," said John G. Anderson, 59, who suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the 2005 blaze that caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer and computer equipment.

The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his artwork and political views. After he blocked some people from his page because of insults and foul language, they retaliated by making obscene digitally altered pictures of him, he said.

Anderson, who went by the screen name "Johnny Darkness," traded barbs with Tavares, aka "PyroDice."

Investigators say Tavares boiled over when Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a "Revenge of the Nerds" sign.

Tavares obtained Anderson's real name and hometown from Anderson's Web page about his Museum of Horrors Haunted House.

Tavares took leave from his post as a weapons systems operator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Va., and started driving. Investigators say he told them he planned to point a shotgun at Anderson and shoot his computer.

Instead, when he got to Elm Mott - after posting one last photo of a "Welcome to Texas" sign - Tavares threw a piece of gasoline-soaked plastic foam into the back of Anderson's mobile home and lit a flare, authorities say.

Tavares' attorney, Susan Kelly Johnston, said his trip to the Waco area was a last-minute decision during a cross-country trip to visit his parents in Arizona. She said he never intended to hurt Anderson and did not think he was in the trailer when he set the fire.

James Pack, an investigator with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, caught up with Tavares after talking to people in several states and Spain who had been involved in the online feud. Tavares' cell phone records showed he was in the Waco area at the time of the fire, Pack said.

Tavares told investigators that Anderson had spread computer viruses and insulted his online friends for too long, Pack said.

"He lost everything - all over an Internet squabble," the investigator said.

Tavares was discharged last year from the Navy, where he earned several medals - including the pistol expert and rifle expert medals - in his nine-year career, said Navy spokesman Mike McLellan.

Tavares would not let the feud go even at his sentencing. According to Pack, Tavares took cell-phone photos of Anderson in the courtroom while the judge was hearing another case. Authorities ordered the photos erased.

Anderson, an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, said he continues to be harassed online, has been startled by people knocking on his window late at night and found bullet holes in a door to his business.

He said he is convinced the harassment is related to the Internet feud and plans to spend $30,000 on more fencing topped with barbed wire.

"Before this happened, the rule was: Nobody messes with the haunted house guy," Anderson said.


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That is just stupid.

People's online personalities are often very different than who they are in person, on line you can be whoever you want to be.

I'm not closed to meeting such people (from forums) and have actually met some, even from this one, and my experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

But, others, you can tell you'd not care to meet personally, and it's best to avoid them.

This place is a freeforall especially on the touchy issues of religion and politics, guns, animals, sex or whatever
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Virtually nothing is barred, and luckily the Moderators, who are VERY good ones, need to keep order sometimes.

The virtual debates can be really fascinating, and unfortunately, we are all too human and sometimes get caught up in personal issues if our "hot buton" gets pushed.

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That is just stupid.

People's online personalities are often very different than who they are in person, on line you can be whoever you want to be.

I'm not closed to meeting such people (from forums) and have actually met some, even from this one, and my experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

But, others, you can tell you'd not care to meet personally, and it's best to avoid them.

This place is a freeforall especially on the touchy issues of religion and politics, guns, animals, sex or whatever.
Virtually nothing is barred, and luckily the Moderators, who are VERY good ones, need to keep order sometimes.

The virtual debates can be really fascinating, and unfortunately, we are all too human and sometimes get caught up in personal issues if our "hot buton" gets pushed.
It's that damned divisive “whatever” that really gets this bunch going. Jayhawk goes off on the absolute merits of Bush’s Whatever plan. FTL breaks out the NeoCon Whack a Mole game. Cousin Brucie agrees with J, with a twist. Now where do Z and the Rattle come in?

Then there are the New Kids on the Block DZinYo and PunJab, MaineCoon [not from Maine, and not a…CAT]. DrewProf gives his best professorial glare but it doesn’t work, Bot, well Bot does Bot [and well dammit!]. Shane who puts up with a mighty lot and provides good reason to have a PHOTO sticky and Gerk and GP provides a bit of inside line on the off chance we need it.

Jilly comes in to stir up J, GStar provides the voice of reason [mom always liked him best], The Thriller who has YET to provide the elusive camera shots of all the chicks that are suppose to be riding the roads mostly nekkid; and I seem to type too much [it comes from filling out too many TPS reports] and point out the math errors of our much beloved President.

While we have yet to have an instance of trailer burning, I think our little experiment in Internet Paint Ball/Laser Tag does pretty well. Everyone that I have met has been great, the races and GTGs have been good and then we get the chance to come back here and challenge each other again. I have seen changes in some [and myself] so maybe this actually has a good effect. And no trailer burning.

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[QUOTE=cascade]That is just stupid.

People's online personalities are often very different than who they are in person,


yeah, that's right! FTL in real life is a crazed bleeding heart Liberal.
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You think it's funny, huh? I'm the one who has to buy another fucking trailer.

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Hey! I'm not just here to 'stir up J'!


...I'm here for the fart jokes, too. Sheesh.
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"Before this happened, the rule was: Nobody messes with the haunted house guy," Anderson said.
ROFL. Fuckin' lame.
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