The Modern Day 'Poison Pen' and it's damages

For the last few months I have been helping an individual with something that for most writers would have had them chaffing at the bit. Why I was chosen, maybe at the time it was a matter of convenience, he was aware that I did have a few writing skills and they were needed. We put them to use in a Petition to some Government officials. But other than that my writing skills have been curtailed, of my own accord. Why was I trusted? Maybe my style of speaking is similar to that of my writing? Maybe he knew that his Aunt and I have been dear friends for a while? All the maybes in the world will not answer why the two of us connected into a friendship, it just happened.

Through the process of this friendship I have done an awful lot of reading. My friends name has been dragged through the mud. His sterling reputation has been tarnished. How is that possible you ask? If he has a ‘sterling’ reputation, how can it be tarnished? Words and words alone my friends will do that to anyone.




Dragnet?

"Just the Facts Ma'am"

The Poisoned Pen - Or in today’s words the corrupt keyboard.

The age of computers has brought us much by way of information. With the stroke of a few keys on the Google search bar we can locate just about anything we desire to read or view. People believe what they want to believe, some also feel that if they found it on the Internet, it must be true. If they heard it on the News, ‘it must be true’ is also still in effect,

When I was growing up I did not like the News, it was boring. They reported with what to me seemed a monotone voice. There was no acting, rarely any smiles. The one highlight of the News I remembered was the weatherman who used to draw cartoon pictures. But other than that they seemed to report nothing but the facts.


This has all changed

Think of the last Presidential election, some stations reported nothing but the bad things, some reported only good things about the person running for election. Many a arguments erupted over who reports the News appropriately.

Every channel that you can tune your TV to has an agenda. Ratings. The more people they get to watch them, the more money advertisers will pay for commercials. So what does your average local TV station do? They have to sensationalize everything. Put on the programs that people want to watch, make the News just a bit more exciting than it really is. You may hear them from time to time say “We don’t make the News, we just report it”. Well that is not entirely true. It is true they don’t make the News, but they could change in the way it is reported.

When we tune to our local News programs we may or may not know the person who is being reported about. The headlines that are created will be our first attention grabber, that will make us decide if we want to watch that station, or tune into another. If it sounds juicy enough, then the channel stays right were it is.

The way a News report is made can either make a person appear guilty or innocent. Think of the last time you watched the local News. When you saw the ‘main’ story did you for one second think this person was innocent of the crime that is being reported? Obviously if they are on the news, they must have committed the crime.


Where are you at in this?

We may say ‘Ohhh, that’s just down the road’ or Hey!! I know that person! etc… We can associate, connect with what’s being reported, because it’s local. So we watch. If it’s a real bad story one that horrifies us, we can go to our computer, hit the Google search bar for that TV station, find the story, read everything we just heard the reporter say and just below the story is a comment section.

Some of the comments will be expressing feelings of the story. Some of them will be expressing sorrow (if needed to the family of the story). Some of the comments will be condemning the person in the story.


Who is using who?

Is it possible the News reporters, station, air time is being used? Absolutely. You don’t for one minute think that the Reporters hang out at the court house in the hopes that a charged individual will come up do you? You may see a photo of a person’s mug shot, or even an accused person in ‘County Jail’ orange on a TV screen while they are being arraigned. The story is then reported by the Reporter, generally what the person is being charged with along with any past charges that may or may not have happened.


Law Abiding Citizen

The Prosecution

How does this happen? This is where the ‘using’ comes into play.

The Prosecution. They too are also working on ratings. I’m not exactly sure how their pay fits into it, but they NEED a high ‘conviction’ rate. If you’ve ever watched the movie 'Law Abiding Citizen' you will hear the phrase “96% conviction rate” being used. What that means is they need ‘Guilty’ verdicts, even if they take a plea bargain to a lesser charge, guilty is still guilty. The more ‘guilty’s’ they have the higher their conviction rate becomes. When you watch for your Prosecutor’s next election be sure to look for that, it generally is advertised greatly, particularly if it is high. For a Prosecutor to have consecutive high conviction rates it is a ‘shoe in’ for them to get elected as a Judge within the County.

What happens is the Prosecution calls the News station, tells them they have this ‘big’ story someone is being charged with this (insert heinous crime), they will be arraigned at this time (insert appointed hour). The reporter shows up, gets the worst possible picture of the individual, the side of the Prosecution only and viola` you have a person who is guilty! The family of the person charged may still be in shock so they of course have no response. They too may be embarrassed and are afraid to be on the News. After all ‘What will our neighbors think’?


What happens to the accused?

The family of the accused will suffer the shame of having a family member in the News, being charged with a crime. They in turn will back away from the accused unless the family bond is VERY strong. For the most part the family will stop the daily calls, back away to ride out the storm, just to see where it all goes.

The friends of the accused will run fast and far, quickly. Some hiding in the shadows until it’s all over.

What does this do? It leaves the accused feeling very alone in a big bad world. This is exactly what the Prosecution wants. Why? It’s easier to get a guilty conviction from a person who is alone and lonely. They may feel they have no friends or family to turn to. The only one they have left is their Attorney. Who cannot, in all honesty, tell them they will be found not guilty of the charges. It all depends on the whim of the jury and the evidence the Prosecution can come up with.



No evidence? Not to worry!

What happens if there is no evidence? Nothing to tie the accused with the crime other than words? This is where the poison pen comes in handy. Or in today’s world, the corrupt keyboard.

If the accused is a strong person within the Community, a lot of friends and family that are supportive, ’something’ must be done to break this individual’s support system. Remember I mentioned earlier the comment section of the News station’s website? If there are a lot of comments supporting this individual then something must be done. Why? Because the Prosecutions ratings hang in the balance.


Easy Peasy!

It doesn’t take much to change your identity on the computer these days, just a quick witted person to come up with a new name to make comments with. Some of the News stations websites have a handy ‘sign in’ using your face book. Most of the ‘friendly’ commenter’s have no problem using their real name. It’s those that have no ‘real’ accounts that come to ‘bad mouth’ the accused that you have to watch out for.

Spending the last few months reading the comments written, I have been able to discern the real from the fake ones. I have also been able to connect several individuals who appear together on the News sites that are doing the reporting. Though they may change their names, have no ‘real’ identities to speak of, with the words they use, the terminology that is repeated it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out. What is their goal? It would appear that the wish is to poison the minds of the readers.

It has been determined that either they are part of the Prosecution team, or very close to the Prosecution. Either that or they believe everything that is said on the News. I find it hard to believe that there is anyone out there who will unequivocally believe everything that is said on the News to be true. Yet these mind poisoning people seem to do just that. With their words alone.

They ‘try and convict’ someone with words. Without having anything other than what is reported on the News.


The Supporter?

If you by chance become a ‘supporter’ of the accused these News Trolls (as I have come to call them) will begin attacking you and your character. Some of the supporters have ‘gone underground’, meaning they are still supporting, just not vocally. Truly, who wants to be accused of the same things the accused is? Because you happen to believe in the accused and believe that they cannot be guilty of the crime in which they are accused, you are now being accused of being party to the same crime.

You may, like me, happen to have an ‘in’ to the workings of the accused. If you are very close to the individual you may have more information than the News has. You might know what evidence the Prosecution has, or even the lack of evidence they have. What do you do with this information? You can Google the News station’s website and comment yourself, attempt to change the minds of those trying to poison the minds of others. Your words will be twisted to such a degree that they will not even begin to resemble what they once were.

After a while you may begin to wonder if you are helping the accused or hurting their defense. You never question your loyalty to the accused, you still know beyond a shadow of a doubt they are not guilty of this crime. Yet you become oddly silent. So silent in fact that those who began the poisoning, believe that you have changed your mind. Only you know the difference.



To Poison the Minds of the readers

We come back to the Prosecution. You may be asking yourself “Why would the Prosecution want to Prosecute an innocent person?”

There are many reasons, some are vindictive, some are monetary, conviction rates, in this case, all of the above. I won’t go into the how’s and why’s of that at this time, one; because the case is still pending, two; because a lawsuit is in the works and three; I might get a book deal out of this.

Again what is the purpose of the ‘poison pen’? To poison the minds of the public against the accused. Why? To get a conviction. If you doubt my words (as you should!! After all I am just a writer) Google any local news site, find a story of an individual that is accused of any crime. Read the comment section under the story. If you happen to see a story where the accused is being defended by a few supporters, click ‘follow this story’. Watch what happens. Watch how the supporters are degraded and accused themselves. Then watch how they slowly disappear.


Guilty or Not Guilty

Does this mean the person will be found guilty of the crime in which they are accused? No, not necessarily. But it does mean that the support may appear to dwindle. It also means that the person accused may decide to take a plea bargain that the Prosecution offers, just to ‘get it over with’. If they are strong enough they might be able to weather the storm and hang on just a bit longer, until the date of the trial.

Will a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict clear the person’s name? Absolutely not. You will never hear a Prosecutor come on the News and say “We made a mistake, we charged the wrong person” you will never hear a Prosecutor say on the News “We jumped the gun and didn’t do a proper investigation”. Everything will be placed on the decision of the jury.



What is a person to do?

How does a person with a Sterling Reputation that has been dragged through the trenches dust himself off and get back on with life? He makes friends with a writer who uses her pen for the truth rather than poison.


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

Dear Susie,

Your take is in essence the foundation of American history. Writers like you and I, with stronger influences are the ones that filled the books with nice stories of Thanksgiving and how the Indians welcomed us.

Your hub reaffirms the reason why I insist that the truth doesn't matter anymore. Albeit religion, politics or the stock market.

All a fairy tale. I tell my son that there are only two things in life: form and content.

Form is the physical outlay of anything, appearance, demeanor, charisma.

Content is what you and I and many like us strive for first: facts, evidence, supporting documents...

I used to tell my son that without content there was no use for form.

I later realized I was wrong. Form has become content. And that is what the media relies on firsthand, lots of monitors, fancy technology, let's go Skype, making a lie look pretty.

Hope you get the book deal. Voted up.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks!! I only hope that when the time comes I can do it justice!

I have been very frustrated reading comments that are so vicious as well as uninformed. Just pure poison.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

Well-written Susie...time to write and link, now that I have 2 weeks off school. Voted up, shared, all of the above. ;)


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Jen!! I appreciate that!


catbatgum 4 years ago

well stated susie will be passing this around


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks! I appreciate it!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wikipedia is proof of what you are saying. You can't believe everything in print or on the news. Anyone can add content to Wikipedia and people are using it for reference. Colleges and Universities will give a student a failing grade on a paper that uses Wikipedia for a reference.

Politicians are hounded out of the race by something that is said, whether it is true or not and if a reporter does not like that politician, they have an audience hat believes them when they say "That is a bad person". Careers have been ruined and lives have been ruined over gossip.


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

If you want better proof than your rating on this hub. It's all part of the same. Rants of the truth get less points. Infomercial facts get a 100.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@ becky katz - Thank you! You are absolutely correct, too many good people are ruined by gossip. If there is even an inkling of truth (such as yes, his eyes are brown) everything else must be true as well! The lies abound all around!

@ michael (we of course know that is not your true name) I will not allow your ninnyhammered (look it up) webpage on my Hub. This is an article about seeking the truth nothing else will be accepted.

@ CrazyGate - Well, honestly this Hub score is right at where it is supposed to be since it starts in the middle when uploaded. One can only hope that it will rise.


Michael 4 years ago

Lots of paranoia around here Susie Q....Just visit the website Q and see some facts.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I will not allow any names to be used on this Hub either. I have listened to enough of your rants over the last few months, I choose to not listen to any more. I do not need anymore 'facts' than I already have in this case. I have everything that both the defense and the prosecution has. My friend whom I believe is innocent has kindly shared with me these details. I do not have to rely on speculation as you are wont to do.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sweetsusieg...This hub is outstanding. I thoroughly devoured your every word. Having been involved for 3 years with Project Innocence,(New York) my husband and I are painfully aware of the FACTS, egregious as they may be, and have experienced the high degree of utter frustration knowing the truth is buried. It is buried deep beneath the lies & the garbage (all that you present in your hub is FACT) You are a HERO and I cheer you on. Voted Up & awesome +...


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Do you find it rather 'odd' that the individual who is identified as 'michael' above you has managed to find my little hub? This is the person to whom I have referred to throughout the Hub, as being 'venomous'. He would indeed give the appearance of being a stalker wouldn't you say?

As of just a few hours ago the aforementioned person went so far as to call the number of another writer (local writer) who questioned what the Prosecution was doing in the case. Something is certainly up with this person!

We are trying to keep the truth uncovered, and push the garbage to the wayside, but it is difficult!!

Thanks so much for the vote up as well as the cheering section!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

Sweetsusieq, can we say "dirty politics"? lol


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@ Mike -I absolutely REFUSE to rise to your POISON bait. Once again, since you insist on putting a website on my page you are deleted.

@ JenJen0703 - It very much appears to be dirty politics.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

I agree Sweetsusieg, I think they are so desperate, they have to break the law to get a conviction...


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

They certainly are doing a good job of breaking the law in this case. I find it rather disconcerting that we can no longer believe the so called 'protectors' of our law. When they feel the need to break the law to uphold the law isn't that a contradiction in terms?


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

That's for sure. It's a shame that because of all the dirt they are doing because it is wasting their time and keeping them from getting to the real truth...


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Apparently they are not seeking the truth. It seems quite apparent to me by their games that they haven't for quite some time. Sending out stalkers to harass writers who dare defend an innocent man? To me, this does not sound like a rational person. It sounds to me like someone needs to be drug tested!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sweetsusieg...Hello again....This "Mike" who is stalking and harrassing? He did somehow manage to post the website long enough for it to appear on my homepage feed. Apparently you caught it quickly and deleted it? I just wanted to let you know.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, I deleted it quickly, please do not go to it. I am not exactly sure who this person is, but I can say with a fair amount of certainty that those who have went to the site are suffering oddities with their computers. Is it from his site? I have no idea but I am not willing to take that chance, I would rather not have that happen to my readers either!

Is it possible to plant a trojan on a website? I am not computer savvy enough to answer that. I have discovered that this person is 'into' computer design etc..

Thank you for stopping by and letting me know!!


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I absolutely refuse to allow poison to be spewed on a site that I happen to hold sacred. Once again, continue to post your sites, you will be deleted.


Mike 4 years ago

Courts of law resolve these issues, and calling them corrupt is not justice.

Where do the victims go when Susie wants us to close the courts and let her decide justice?


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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

There has always been gossip and people who will create the truth to suit their own needs. Slander and out right lies, etc. are not new. Whatever the media used, it's not really at fault I think. People need to use their own judgement, people need to judge others less (or at least less harshly or quickly). Most of all, people have to stop being quite so ready to believe whatever they read. There is a lot of propaganda. People find it easy to believe what they are told rather than think for themselves. Maybe they just don't want to take the chance on being wrong so they just go with whatever seems the more popular choice.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You continue to post your website, I continue to delete. When will you learn? Courtesy? What courtesy have you given my friend? What courtesy have you given me? What courtesy have you given the many people that have commented on the various news sites? And lastly, what courtesy did you give Ms. Adams today when you called to attempt to get her fired for 'daring' to write some of the truths that you want to deny?

What is your agenda? Why are you so absolutely determined to see this man convicted? What's in it for you?

To answer your question, where do the innocent go when they are being wrongly charged? Where do the innocent go when the Courts ARE corrupt? We have under oath, in the transcripts a Asst. Prosecutor ADMITTING to breaking the law. Why aren't you asking these same questions if you are seeking justice?


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

That Grrl - Not sure what happened I responded to your comment but it disappeared.

This is very true! But there are so many folks who refuse to listen to their own good sense. It's so much easier to believe lies than dig for the truth.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Oh Susie,

I don't even know what to say (rare for me, I know). I don't have to know the details to know the story. You know? It's one thing to have a case tried in the media (even those who attempt to be fair and balanced can't help themselves when a community member with a sterling reputation is the subject -- too irresistible to slant to the GUILTY!). I will stop short of saying the justice system is corrupt thru and thru. You've outlined many of the pitfalls of the criminal system. It's win at any cost for the DA (as for the defense). Speaking of that, I hope your friend has a really good attorney.

He's lucky to have you as an advocate.

I'm really proud of you for the work you're doing on this. I can see just from a couple of the comments above that you are being persecuted.

But keep the faith, sistah.

Remember: The truth shall set us free.

Keep us posted on the case.

Pulling for right over might for ya. MM


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Sorry didn't mean to double post.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@ Mike - I continue to tell you, keep posting the links they will be deleted. Obviously you have studied my profile quite well. I'm entirely grateful that I am on your mind more than you are on mine. As far as attacks I seem to recall you attacking me personally on a news website because I 'dared' to defend my friend. Then when I inadvertently sent you a message via facebook you threatened me with stalking charges. I say inadvertently because that was the first time I had ever 'replied' to anyone on a news site.

@ Might Mom!! You rock! You always have! What the stalker above you hasn't done is read. He refuses to see reason. Thank you so much for your words of kindness and encouragement! I am in it for the long haul, I will certainly keep everyone posted as it goes along!


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh now, who exactly ARE you working for? A 65 year old woman making moose ears at the police officer who threatened to arrest her for yelling liar? Hmmm, yes I can see how that is some BIG crime in your eyes.

But a Prosecutor who makes contact with a defendant without benefit of an attorney is nothing in your eyes. Police officers who hold a young man hostage in a locked room and REFUSE him benefit of an adult when he asks, FORCES him to sign a document. Or better yet we have a victim who of his own accord RECANTS not once, but 3 times. Then we have a Judge who hears all of this yet continues to let this charade go on. hmmm, I guess someone making moose ears is SO MUCH MORE DANGEROUS.

Again I will tell you, quit putting your website on my wall.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

Tell him Susie! I echo Susie on this one. I am not dropping out of this case until it is over.


Mike 4 years ago

I am going to stay in, too, sweetie, and talk to your friends, as well. I think we should all get in on the discussion! Is that not what Free Speech is all about?

You approve of people shouting liar outside courts?

He was in a bed and breakfast and that was after he said people were following him. He was not locked up anywhere. Why mislead people? Come on...

I don't care for what the kid says about the recant, but isn't the answer to put him in front of his own lawyer? He says he was threatened with arrest. How can you people protect him? You have not succeeded in protecting MT?

The judge has no choice. At a prelim it is two simple questions, are there accusations that are crimes if proven and is there probable cause the defendant did it? The kid said he did. The defense, rightly, offered no evidence saying it did not happen.

The jury decides when it goes to trial if the witness is believable, that is not for the judge. The jury is the finder of fact NOT the judge.

MT is not helped by the acting out. And if you are right about the prosecutor, you say it was reported, so it is done. He suffered no harm. IF it happened is it good? No. The way it has been presented, though, bad move. The anti-government corrupt courts people will not be on the jury. You folks let them know who to keep off the jury by your tactics. A little class would have been helpful.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

@Mike Stay tuned...


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Do I advocate yelling out in a court room? No. But is it a crime with which to be arrested? Probably not, freedom of speech and all that.

You are correct, there is a certain process in which the Judicial process happens. We don't always like it but that is the way it goes.

I did not specifically say which person was held in a locked room and will not. It is a second person, one that you have not heard of. That is fine, if you would set in a court room rather than behind a computer screen you would be able to LISTEN to what is being said rather than depend on what you hear in the News. If you would have read this Hub, you would have noticed that was the premise of it.

What the Prosecution does from here on is their business.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

Susie! What are you still doing up? I thought you'd be asleep by now!


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

This is intended for the individual who is known as a Commenter of 'mike' on this page:

"I did contact Microsoft Corporation, the company whose servers hosts the website and reported the site for abuse which I believe violates their agreement with Mr. Guglielmo. Most companies who host websites, ours included, require users not misuse copyrights, harrass people, violate privacy laws or company privacy policies on websites created by their clients."

Please remove the website you are abusing. Mr. Dewey - Would you like to be called the pot or the kettle?


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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Susie, if you keep feeding the troll, he will keep coming back.


Mike 4 years ago

Really Susan Gillihan?

Come on sweetie, play nice.


Mike 4 years ago

Well Susie Q, as I told the other Followers, there is an old saying, "Don't pick a fight with a guy who buys ink by the barrel." It means don't get into a fight with someone who is a newspaper reporter.

You want to use names? Okay, we'll do that. I build websites for a living. Now that your name is on my website discussing your article, in time, whenever someone looks for you they will find comments on you supporting an alleged sex offender. Imagine how that looks if he is convicted.

The honorable thing to do would be to back up and revisit your choice to use people's names and surely I would reciprocate. Jennifer put herself out there, you did not until you decided to put me out there.

It does not bother me, if it does not bother you. The point is what is good for the gander is good for the goose.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@ That Grrl - I know, I just have always been a sucker for those with a lower mentality, I just do my best to be nice as I can be to anyone.

@ 'Mike' Once again you threaten me? Essentially what you are saying is if I don't do what you want me to do you will write bad things about me? Isn't that considered blackmail in most circles?

I think from your comments and with your threats, most of my followers and viewers would say I defend this man rightly so. With accusers such as yourself who not only do online stalking but also have broken into a facebook account? What other criminal activities are you up to?


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Ahh,Suzie - It is always too bad when anyone finds that their underpants are all in a wad over whatever it is that other folks are trying to do against them. However, HubPages may not be the best of all places on which to do the fussing and hollering. After all, your friends, "other hubbers," are not at all likely to have any "skin in the game that is being played."

As you might or might not understand, HubPages has a very large presence on the various search engines.

When a hubber posts an article on HubPages it is not long before that hubber and that article are listed on, for example, Google. It should be no great surprise that the person you believe to be stalking you can find your newest hub (article). All they need do is to enter your name or your pen name into the search engine and, ipso-facto, there you will be.

To help you a bit as to those "Trojans" you fear may be on one or another Web site. I would suggest that you install several good (and free) "anti-malware" programs on your computer and use them like the sort of religion straight from the Pope in Rome. The ones I like are "Super Anti-Malware" and "Basic Cleaner" Another one that I use daily (or whenever I think there may be a problem) is ESET. ESET cost me about $50 to begin with and $29 a year after that. It handles viruses and other junk, too. I hope these will be of help to you.

Before I forget it, good luck with "Michael" as well.

Gus :-)))


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@ Gus - I would say that the title to this little hub is fairly appropriate considering the comments that have followed wouldn't you?

Thank you for the well wishes to 'Michael', I will let him know!


Mike 4 years ago

And the coward does not allow posting?

Yeah, you are about truth


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I still am not sure what you are referring to. Have I not allowed your posts? Other than ones with websites? Maybe you thought you made a comment?


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Susie, this is excellent, excellent! Cable news, and other outlets, seem to be competing for those ad dollars by giving the viewer drama and more drama. News is peppered with opinions, and is sandwiched into 60-second sound bites that seem to assume we all have the attention span of a gnat.

The “accused” can be anyone, and coverage is often drawn out into these loooong segments of “truth becomes opinion.” I don’t have anything against opinion, but what happened to the news? As for the opinions, media outlets should hire crews of fact checkers working feverishly behind the scenes to monitor who is telling tall tales and who is being accurate -- as well as honest. Voted up and more for this superb hub.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Absolutely!! The day is long gone where folks used to gather together for drinks, coffee, cards etc.. and discuss the proceedings. Now we have a minute or two of information that is mulled over and over, someone else picks up on that same thing, changes the words just a bit and viola` they have an 'article' or story. They have no facts to back them up, quite possibly 'facts' are confused as well. I've actually read people claim 'facts' when it's nothing more than a statement.

Thanks so much for participating in this conversation!!


michigan 4 years ago

i checked out "michaels" website, and there really isn't anything other then the articles and videos that are already online!(youtube,woodtv etc.)so why do you not want him to post the website here? I've been following this story for awhile, and while i am on no side, i have to say "guest checks" has never really done anything other than to list up the facts and infos that are out there for everyone to read. So why do you seem to hate him so much?


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Hello again, Suzie - There is a big (BIG) difference between "Good luck WITH Michael" and "Good luck TO Michael." Should not you, as some sort of a writer, understand the difference? I was wishing YOU good luck in your jousting with the mysterious Michael - and I was not wishing Michael anything at all. Sorry you misunderstood, but you should not have misunderstood.

Gus :-)))

p.s.: Received your very nice eMail with its kind thoughts.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@ michigan - I am sorry that you have misunderstood, I do not 'hate' anyone. Maybe I feel sorry for others too often and this one I certainly do feel sorry for. He seems to really take issue with anyone who stick for anyone. Not just this person. He has gone so far as to stalk many other people. I believe he truly needs to seek professional help in this matter before it is him that ends up in the news. Unless of course that is what he is seeking? Attention?

As far as letting him advertise his website on my website why on earth would I do that? I do not receive compensation for things such as that. If he wants viewers to his little website, then he needs to address that.

Also you might want to read up one comment, rather than use his own ingenuity to write a story he takes the words of others and twists them around to his own way of thinking. It's kind of like eating leftovers every night, just piled differently on the plate.

@ Gus - It was deliberate, not a misunderstanding. So glad you stopped by again!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sweetsusieg....It is sometimes not a big mystery what someone's "agenda" is or what might possibly be in it for them....It;s often, "transferrence." I could cite any number of well-known cases, but I'll just ask you this....

Do you recall when Big Newt was HELL-BENT on kicking Clinton out of office for the Monica Lewinsky scandal.....preaching and screaming his MORALity and family values....the whole time Newty was messing around on yet a SECOND wife??? Just a thought.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL - Yes I do remember that incident!!

My Mom used to tell "Susan - Start pointing fingers at people, you have 1 pointing at them, but how many are pointing back at you?" I've done my darnedest to take her advice to heart.

My thoughts are that he was doing his best to try and point in another direction (diverting attention) while doing his dirty work in his own 'back yard'...

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