I’ve been slacking off over here lately but this time I have a good excuse! I swear!
I got sucked into a Munchausen by Internet/malingering/faker scandal and decided to launch a website looking into the situation because it is just that interesting. Since the early 2000s, a woman called Christina Iver-B* has been using various online ruses to prey on people for both attention and money. I encountered her in an online watchdog group that kept an eye on misogynist, fundamentalist, evangelical religious movements, some of which I can comfortably call cults. A plucky young woman called Ruth started discussing her flight from her ATI/Gothardite family and the many problems she faced as she tried to work her way back into conventional society, while begging for money because her life just never got on track.
Except she wasn’t a refugee from a violent, cruel, repressive religious family. She’s a mother of four in her late 30s who has so many online identities that I have been researching for three weeks now and am certain there are many I don’t know yet.
This was completely up my alley and while it sucked up a lot of my time, it’s also invigorated my desire to write so now that I’ve got my crap together I hope to have more content up here. Check back tomorrow for a discussion of a Bradley Sands book, as well as several other bizarro before I start transitioning into less genre-oriented odd books.
If you are interested in online scams, here’s my site looking into the mess Chris Izer-B* has caused. If you are unfamiliar with this situation, you will need to read from the beginning. Otherwise, see you tomorrow!
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Eek! What happened to the Ruth website? I think commented a couple of times, then life happened and suddenly 3+ years later I became curious again.
NM. I found the answer (s). Bummer. Hope all is well with you-