Markuze/Mabus Pleads Guilty. Again.

Dennis Markuze, aka David Mabus, the guy who has threatened me and virtually every other public atheist on the internet repeatedly over the last decade, has pleaded guilty a second time to harassment, threatening a police officer and violating the probation from his first guilty plea by posting more online threats.

A St-Laurent man who continued posting threats on social networks like Facebook and Twitter even though he was under a court order not to do so has pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and to threatening the police officer who arrested him.

Dennis Markuze, 43, a man who often uses the alias David Mabus when he makes threats, appeared before Quebec Court Judge Jean-Claude Boyer at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday where he entered a plea to three charges in all, including a breach of his probation.

The case dates back to May 22, 2012, when Markuze entered his first guilty plea, also at the Montreal courthouse, and admitted he threatened people on social networks who express atheistic opinions. In one threat Markuze posted he wrote: “Die f–cking atheists. I will cut your heads off.” During the court hearing two years ago, a prosecutor said health professionals who assessed Markuze attributed cocaine abuse as what was behind the threats and what fuelled his aggressive and threatening stance supporting the existence of God.

A judge agreed with a sentence recommendation that saw Markuze receive an 18-month suspended sentence. Within a matter of months, Markuze began posting threats again through social networks and directed some at a U.S. resident, Tim Farley, one of the people he had threatened in the previous case. Markuze was arrested again in November 2012. He is out on bail while his case is pending.

On Thursday, Markuze’s lawyer, Richard Bellefeuille, told Boyer that a psychiatrist who evaluated Markuze in February again attributed his actions to an abuse of cocaine and alcohol. The psychiatrist also noted that Markuze is being treated for a delusional disorder “which could explain his Internet activities.”

So how about they keep him confined to a mental hospital getting treatment this time instead of letting him go back home to his mother’s house where he can continue the same behavior?

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  • Trebuchet

    From the linked article:

    Bellefeuille asked the judge to postpone the sentencing stage of the case because the Crown wants to conduct its own verification that cocaine and alcohol abuse are the only problems Markuze has.

    Boyer agreed to set a sentence hearing for Nov. 21.

    I’d love to know what that “verification” entails that will leave him free for six months before sentencing.

    I’m currently struggling through Elliot Rodger’s manifesto. His behavior ramped up from quietly raging, to crying, to sending his parents links to PUAHate, to dumping drinks on couples at the mall, to attempting to shove girls off a wall (ending with a broken leg for him, all the girls’ fault, of course), to “the day of retribution”. Markuze isn’t getting any better. He needs to be off the streets.

  • kosk11348

    If he was on parole, why wasn’t he being regularly drug-tested? Even if the police weren’t following his internet activity, you would think they would monitor his cocaine use, especially since his addiction supposedly plays such a large role in his criminal behavior.

  • D. C. Sessions

    And then on some day in October people will be saying, “nobody could have known he’d turn violent like that.”

  • Trebuchet

    @3: Exactly what I’m worried about.

  • Modusoperandi

    It’s infuriating that the RCMP didn’t catch him sooner. How hard would it be for them to monitor Canada’s computer, anyway?

  • Moggie

    It’s pretty hard to type while on horseback, Modus.

  • anubisprime

    Gonna end badly …either for Markuze or one of his targets or someone walking by when he finally melts down.

    What does it take to get real and meaningful professional therapy in a secure environment these days?

    Seems like the authorities just do not understand the powder keg that is delusional and for the most part violent in expression.

    The dude is sick..and badly so, someone is going to get hurt and all they do is proclaim “out on bail while his case is pending” it is way passed time they tried dealing with this guys ‘demons’ because those fuckers have a way of materializing in the host, and then it is far to late for someone!

  • Kamaka

    I don’t buy the “delusional disorder” excuse. It is this guy’s entertainment to jam the airwaves of atheist discourse. He knows his “overwhelming the Internet with innumerable threats” tactics have been effective. It is an exercise of power for him.

    The problem for him is when he says “shut up”, he doesn’t get the shuttupp he wants. This guy is like any other abusive type..”Why can’t you understand why I’m in charge?” and this frustrates him into inserting himself into discussions and lives he has no part of. Over and over, endlessly, just a nasty fucking abusive person.

    His career as a harasser ends when he is denied a keyboard by society or by his demise.

  • John Pieret

    I have to admit that I was never afraid of Dennis. It doesn’t hurt that I live some 650 km from him and my impression was that he rarely got out of his mom’s basement. There was also something rather sad and lonely about his rants. He never seemed to read the places he spammed. It was all a repeated set of tired formalistic, repetitive and half-hearted threats. The one time he showed up at a howlerfest, he ran away as soon as he was noticed. None of that means he couldn’t someday be dangerous or that he shouldn’t be treated and watched but I always felt rather sad for him.

  • gingerbaker

    “So how about they keep him confined to a mental hospital getting treatment this time instead of letting him go back home to his mother’s house where he can continue the same behavior?”

    I’m confused. Dennis Markuze belongs in a mental institution, but Elliot Rodger was NOT mentally ill. Ed, perhaps you need to talk with PZ – one of you is encouraging unearthly evil so foul as to upset the axis of the Earth. Or not.