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X-Terminator
07-28-2007, 10:41 PM
...I present this little nugget of joy. Those of you so-called "adults" and drama queens who can't separate the internet from real life need to pay particular attention, because this could be you someday:


Man Drives 1,300 Miles To Win Online Fight

(AP) ELM MOTT A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

This week, Tavares, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

"I didn't think anybody was stupid enough to try to kill anybody over an Internet fight," said John G. Anderson, 59, who suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the 2005 blaze that caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer and computer equipment.

The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his artwork and political views. After he blocked some people from his page because of insults and foul language, they retaliated by making obscene digitally altered pictures of him, he said.

Anderson, who went by the screen name "Johnny Darkness," traded barbs with Tavares, aka "PyroDice."

Investigators say Tavares boiled over when Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a "Revenge of the Nerds" sign.

Tavares obtained Anderson's real name and hometown from Anderson's Web page about his Museum of Horrors Haunted House.

Tavares took leave from his post as a weapons systems operator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Va., and started driving. Investigators say he told them he planned to point a shotgun at Anderson and shoot his computer.

Instead, when he got to Elm Mott -- after posting one last photo of a "Welcome to Texas" sign -- Tavares threw a piece of gasoline-soaked plastic foam into the back of Anderson's mobile home and lit a flare, authorities say.

Tavares' attorney, Susan Kelly Johnston, said his trip to the Waco area was a last-minute decision during a cross-country trip to visit his parents in Arizona. She said he never intended to hurt Anderson and did not think he was in the trailer when he set the fire.

James Pack, an investigator with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, caught up with Tavares after talking to people in several states and Spain who had been involved in the online feud. Tavares' cell phone records showed he was in the Waco area at the time of the fire, Pack said.

Tavares told investigators that Anderson had spread computer viruses and insulted his online friends for too long, Pack said.

"He lost everything -- all over an Internet squabble," the investigator said.

Tavares was discharged last year from the Navy, where he earned several medals -- including the pistol expert and rifle expert medals -- in his nine-year career, said Navy spokesman Mike McLellan.

Tavares would not let the feud go even at his sentencing. According to Pack, Tavares took cell-phone photos of Anderson in the courtroom while the judge was hearing another case. Authorities ordered the photos erased.

Anderson, an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, said he continues to be harassed online, has been startled by people knocking on his window late at night and found bullet holes in a door to his business.

He said he is convinced the harassment is related to the Internet feud and plans to spend $30,000 on more fencing topped with barbed wire.

"Before this happened, the rule was: Nobody messes with the haunted house guy," Anderson said.

http://cbs11tv.com/local/local_story_207155831.html

Livinginthe past
07-29-2007, 01:47 AM
A guy calling himself Pyrodice with a conviction for arson?

Say it ain't so!

Maybe Johnny Darkness can get revenge by putting the other guys lights out.

Preacher
07-29-2007, 02:49 AM
X-term...

Thanks....

Good article.

People need to relax and enjoy these boards....

lamberts-lost-tooth
07-29-2007, 04:44 AM
....caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer

Thats a headline you generally don't see outside of Cincinnatti!

stillers4me
07-29-2007, 08:06 AM
Thats a headline you generally don't see outside of Cincinnatti!

:sofunny::sofunny::sofunny:

Hammer67
07-29-2007, 12:35 PM
Jesus Christ....

That's makes me sick. First of all, they are both at fault for taking discussions way to far by altering photos of people to insult them. How childish?

Just sick.

The Duke
07-29-2007, 01:46 PM
This guy is 27 !! People really should calm down when it comes to the internet.

MasterOfPuppets
07-29-2007, 05:38 PM
A guy calling himself Pyrodice with a conviction for arson?

Say it ain't so!

Maybe Johnny Darkness can get revenge by putting the other guys lights out.
hey litp....i'm on my way....:evil:

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Livinginthe past
07-30-2007, 02:15 AM
Look MOP, you just stay your own side of the water and there'll be no problems.... :wink02:

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2007, 08:35 AM
Good Article man. People need to grow up.

Stlrs4Life
07-30-2007, 08:45 PM
Read this last week. Incredible.

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2007, 11:24 PM
...I present this little nugget of joy. Those of you so-called "adults" and drama queens who can't separate the internet from real life need to pay particular attention, because this could be you someday:




http://cbs11tv.com/local/local_story_207155831.html

Got to love the shit stirring people these days huh?

Jman
07-30-2007, 11:47 PM
Wow that is absolutely crazy. I jokingly call people "e-thugs" when they make online threats. But wow, this is pretty bad.

Preacher
07-31-2007, 02:57 AM
Good Article man. People need to grow up.


Gotta agree there.

It is one thing to disagree... another to actually take it to a level of physicality... still another to plan, and take it to such a level, that you have to strategize about it.

Hines0wnz
11-12-2007, 12:44 AM
Funny and sad especially since it is true.

I was an FC2 as well and this guys makes us look like idiots. We are the ones with the intellect and ego afloat, this guy couldnt handle it I guess.