The blackmail, is the threat to make public that I'm some kind of stalker. Can you imagine the response if I didn't jump on this and head it off? If that was the private message to me, the public one would have been just as bad. I just took that off the table.
I didn't ask for any evidence, because there is none that concerns me. They are simply wrong. I've never messaged DCP, ever. This person jumped the gun, and then doubled down in the second message. I'm pissed.
Let them come out with their "evidence", if they have any. You all can debate it till the world ends. At least now, people will know what I've been accused of and that they threatened me.
I take this very seriously. As I told them, I will protect myself.
Yeah, I see what you are saying, grindael. One takes a real risk in holding out the prospect that publishing the information would be really bad for you. It is easily interpreted as a threat, whether it was intended as such or not. I recall when Bill Hamblin emailed me and asked me to imagine what my supervisors would think if they knew I was posting on MormonDiscussions.com. Well, of course I read that as a threat. Then he got angry with me for interpreting it as such. Maybe he did not think he was threatening me. At that point, the damage was done.
I think it is possible that this person did not intend to threaten you, but I also think that you are justified in supposing it very well may be a threat.
Now, having stipulated that I am not the person who sent you these messages, I will say that I did my own research on this problem a while ago, and you were one of the people who matched some of the language I searched. Of course, other people did too, so I did not come to any conclusion. In fact, at the time I figured that this person was a lurker who was studying our board to impersonate people here in attacking DCP and thus getting this board into trouble.
Then that seemed so far-fetched that I just dropped the whole thing.
I wonder if it would be helpful to request that DCP allow us to post all of these emails somewhere so we can use the data to track this person down. Seriously, it is not in our interest to harbor the kind of person who would perpetrate criminal harassment against DCP. We would all be better off if this person knocked it off, before some of us are targets of a criminal investigation.
If that was the concern of the person who approached you, then I can sympathize with this motive.
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