***Update***: Tim Farley has an extensive writeup of everything that happened in this case. Read his writeup here.
In August of 2011, notorious death-threat-spammer-of-atheists Dennis Markuze (a.k.a. David Mabus) was arrested by police in Montreal, Canada.
Then, this past June, he was essentially set free, provided that he no longer “[participate] in a social network, blog and discussion forum.”
But as anyone who’s a public atheist on Twitter might tell you, that wasn’t the case. Markuze quickly resumed his old ways of sending online threats to multiple people (including me). Behind the scenes, many of us sent Tim Farley (who has done a remarkable job cataloguing all of this) evidence of Markuze in action, taking screenshots of his comments with IP addresses and things like that.
Earlier today, the Montreal police arrested Markuze… again:
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) November 19, 2012
A Saint-Laurent man has been charged, again, with abusing social media to threaten people who express their views online.
Dennis Markuze, 40, faces three new charges, including one alleging he violated the conditions of a sentence he received in May for the same offence. He was also charged with threatening the Montreal police officer who was investigating claims from several of Markuze’s past victims. Those victims alleged that Markuze’s threats have intensified in recent months.
This guy needs serious psychological help. But at least for the time being, he won’t be harassing anybody. Let’s hope the police drop the hammer on him — or else the next time Markuze takes action, it could be far more serious in nature.