An update on the strange case of “Dave Mabus” and his one-man crusade against atheists, scientists and journalists:
The Montreal man who had been wanted by police for allegedly making online death threats against people all over the world appeared in court on Friday to face 16 charges.
Known online as “David Mabus”, Dennis Markuze of St. Laurent has been charged with uttering death threats and for criminally harassing seven victims.
Two charges were laid against him Wednesday — and an additional 14 were added on Friday.
Markuze has been sent for a 30-day psychological evaluation at Montreal’s Pinel Institute and will appear in court again on Sept. 19.
Regardless of what some attention-seekers on this blog and elsewhere have argued, Dennis Markuze’s actions have been, if performed by a rational actor, quite illegal. If he is not a rational actor, then I sincerely hope that he gets the help he needs. Thank goodness this is finally happening. Seventeen years is far too long to be nursing a delusion and an obsessive fixation like the one he’s been dealing with. We are only too lucky that nobody came to any harm.
For a thorough anthology of Dennis Markuze’s one-man war, check at Skeptical Software Tools, where Tim Farley’s built an unparalleled monument to Markuze’s fixation.