Dave Mabus Arrested

Good news for the entire internet: Dave Mabus, probably the atheo-sphere’s most prolific spammer, has been arrested in Montreal. Mabus is believed to be a pseudonym of Dennis Markuze, and for 15 years or more he’s been making a frightening pest of himself. We’ve dealt with his spam here numerous times, and anybody who has seen it will recognize the incoherent arguments, Nostradamus references and Depeche Mode links.

The blog Skeptical Software Tools has an extensive story on the matter, tracing the case back to its roots. The mainstream media has even picked up on it – here’s CTV Montreal.

There’s just a couple of things I’d like to add. First off, Mabus/Markuze has not just been targeting atheist sites as has sometimes been reported. He’s also been seen at liberal Christian sites like Slacktivist and A Feather Adrift. He once nearly shut down Exploring Our Matrix.

Also, a number of people have noted that Mabus has been getting less coherent and more violent as time went on. You could actually see the downward spiral. Last year, PZ Myers commented:

Get on the google usenet archive — you’ll discover Markuze was actually a student at Concordia University in the early to mid 90s, so he’s almost certainly in his 30s to early 40s. It’s kind of sad, though: you can actually trace his descent into madness. His early posts are all normal inquiries and comments, largely on the comp.sys.* hierarchy, and he gradually becomes more ranty and unresponsive.

Someone could do an interesting psychiatric study on this guy just from the usenet archives.

As this progressed, I became more worried that Markuze would become a danger, perhaps to others but most likely to himself. There’s only one way for a downward spiral to end. Hopefully, Markuze will now be in a position to get the help he needs.

  • Leo

    “As this progressed, I became more worried that Markuze would become a danger, perhaps to others but most likely to himself. There’s only one way for a downward spiral to end. Hopefully, Markuze will now be in a position to get the help he needs.”

    Yes, well said.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      +1

      • JK

        C:\>set Custador -mode:verbose

        Lazybones :-P

        Just kidding of course :-PPP

  • claidheamh mor

    “the help he needs”. So, doncha, like, need to be a tad unself-righteous, and not a classic wacko thinking he’s a prophet, before you’d consider the outlandish concept that you need help? I mean, apparently it’s the rest of the world that’s going to hell and needs help, not him, right?

  • http://whatstheharm.net Tim Farley

    Thanks for the link to my blog. Yes, the downward spiral was obvious to many, and that was definitely what spurred me into action. I was afraid someday I would read a headline about a tragedy in Montreal, and wonder if I could have prevented it.

    Now at least it is in the hands of the Quebec authorities. There is a court hearing in this case today in Montreal, so we should hear the near-term disposition of this case very soon.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    In the photo, pay attention to his right hand. That’s Markuze indicating his intentions.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatri James F. McGrath

    Thanks for covering this. He harassed others far more than me, and other blogs far more than mine. It was always possible to switch on comment moderation to stop the incessant comments, which usually resulted in one more from him advising me to keep moderation on. I got the sense that this was not an individual who is simply disturbed, but one who realizes that comment moderation puts a damper on free and unrestricted conversation, and so I started to think that he knew what he was doing with these comments.

    I guess the results of any psychiatric analysis won’t be made public, so we may never know officially how much of his insane behavior was genuine insanity and how much was calculated terrorism.

  • http://nagamakironin.blogspot.com Michael Mock

    I’m in complete agreement: I hope he gets professional help, since he clearly needs it. I’d be lying if I said that was my only reaction, though – I felt a pleasant rush of shadenfreude at the news, too. Does that make me a bad person? Meh, so be it.

    And I really do hope he gets the help he needs. I can’t believe it took this long.

  • http://www.mannonmusic.com Joey R Mannon, III

    I’m glad the guy is caught, too, but the “Depeche Mode” reference kind of endeared me to him!

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