This is a long one, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle in...
To start with, we had a member I'm going to refer to as "Marcie" on this board. She played games with us by pretending to undergo various personal tragedies, in an attempt to get attention and sympathy from unsuspecting members of this board.
She first posted as "Mary Harrison
." Then she started posting as "Katie Smith
," who told us that Mary had died in the hospital. Later she started posting as "James
," who pretended to be Katie's abusive boyfriend, going nuts on the board one day and claiming he had killed Katie. Then she started posting as "Marcie
," a concerned relative who noticed her sister (Mary) used to post here, and who came around to "get some answers" as to what was going on with her family. (See this thread
Later she started posting as "Emily
," who claimed to be Marcie's aunt. Like Marcie, Emily joined the forum "to find out what was going on." She told us that Marcie wasn't doing well, and that she had been talking about our board, so she came to find out what we were all about. Shortly thereafter, Emily told us that Marcie shot herself.
Tragedy after tragedy.
When we finally caught on that all these people were one and the same (and when we felt that we had enough evidence to conclude it wasn't all just a series of coincidences), we banned Marcie and all her fake accounts (which were all coming from the same IP address). Marcie
, Katie Smith 1
, Katie Smith 2
, Mary Harrison
Sherb later lifted the ban on Marcie, who promised she wouldn't post anymore. After the ban was lifted, we got a new member named "Christy S". Not only did she come from the same region as Marcie, her MySpace account
was a mirror image of "Emily's". Note on Christy's myspace page she lists her former employer as NAI Sullivan Group
Christy only hung around for a few months in 2007 before going away. Oddly enough, the time period Christy was on this board coincides with the period listed on her MySpace page as being employed by the NAI Sullivan Group: December 2006 to May 2007. We're pretty sure this was another "Marcie account" even though the IP was different (we think she may have been posting while at work -- maybe that's why she didn't last long there).
Here are a couple of relevant threads which explain a bit more about Marcie and her alter-egos: link
Okay, are you still with me? So far this is just background material. Here we go with the csullivan account:
From the start there seemed to be an underlying "phoniness" about csullivan when she signed up and the way she was acting so overly dramatic, with posts such as this
. Soon after she joined up, my PM inbox got flooded with various members commenting on her, asking if she was for real. Some even mentioned similarities with Marcie in terms of phrasing and the writing styles. In fact, a good example of the similarity of writing styles is shown in the last post csullivan wrote above. Note the heavy use of 2 periods at the start of some sentences. Now compare that with one of Marcie's old posts (link
Coincidence? Maybe. I didn't pay too much attention. But then after the tragic story about her daughter dying, things really picked up. Was it a coincidence that a bunch of people felt csullivan might be Marcie, and suddenly we have another post about a tragedy? What are the odds of such a tragic event happening so very soon after signing up with this forum? And why did she feel so close with us to share it at the time? We were still strangers, and she spills her guts out to us almost like we're the only friends she has???
So I began to dig a little. Her IP address is different from Marcie's, but like "Christy S" and Marcie it came from the same small geographical region (around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).
Also, all of Marcie's fake accounts were made with Yahoo email addresses (except for Christy S). Csullivan's account was also started with a Yahoo email address.
Aside from this, there were many other similarities between csullivan and the Marcie accounts. All of them use "all-lowercase" letters for their username; all use Cox Internet as their provider; there is the familiar thread of spousal abuse in Marcie's posts as well as csullivan's posts, and as I mentioned before, they all come from the Oklahoma City area and all signed up with Yahoo email addresses.
The situation with csullivan's daughter was a bit too much to be believed. Again, a situation that could happen, but only in rare circumstances. Her daughter was involved in a minor car accident. I say "minor" because she was checked out at the hospital and returned home that same day (I think with only a bruised forehead or something).
So lots of drama at first with the car accident, but later things seem ok as she returns home that afternoon and seems fine.
Then she took a turn for the worse and needed an immediate operation -- so we're back with lots more drama. The operation goes well, and she starts recovering nicely, so all is well once again.
Then she dies.
Yes, this all seemed a bit unrealistic, especially coupled with our suspicions that this was just Marcie again. Other members started digging into the stories of the tragic death of Ashley. Csullivan told us when she died and where she was buried, but no one could find an obituary for her nor a mention of her name on the cemetery's website (which lists the names of those buried there).
Was it just a coincidence that no one could find any of this information?
Lots of people wanted us to ban csullivan, but we held off. We agreed it was likely Marcie, but then again, what if it was just a long string of coincidences? Would we want to risk upsetting a grieving mother?
Then csullivan travelled down to Texas to be with her ex-husband. Problem was that her IP address remained the same, showing her as posting from Oklahoma.
So we have the following similarities between Marcie and csullivan:
1) same location (near Oklahoma City)
2) same writing style
3) same all-lowercase usernames
4) same use of Yahoo email addresses to sign up to the board
5) same internet provider
6) both suffer remarkable personal tragedies and share them with the board
Could these all be coincidences? I really doubt it. But still, just in case, we didn't "out" her (and we admonished those who attempted to do so). Then, fairly recently, someone sent me the smoking gun. Both csullivan and Marcie gave the same date as their birthday!
) (Marcie's birthday
So yeah, when you couple all the wild coincidences listed above with the fact that they both give the same date for their birthday, I think it's safe to say csullivan is Marcie -- continuing her sick, twisted game of playing with people's emotions...