A petition has been set up for the Montreal Police to take Dennis Markuze (Dave Mabus) death threats seriously. If you follow any atheist blogs or atheist social networks you'll have noticed his threats. If you follow the link you can add your name to the petition:
Good, I will sign but I hope your discussion dies not draw him here.
We have member approval on so it should not be that huge of a deal.
Signed. PZ Myers tweeted that Mabus started spamming the Montreal police department!
GREAT NEWS! The petition worked! Mabus is being investigated by the Montreal Police department. Read it here, at the Montreal Gazette.
I don't think the Montreal police should be handling that nutcase. Markuze's threats were targeted all over the world. The RCMP shouldn't dump the case onto the locals, IMO.
Unfortunately the local police has to act from what I heard over at Pharyngula. Could it be that they it goes to the Mounties?
It's the RCMP.
CBC covers the story: Internet Troll, David Mabus is finally being brought to justice. This religious nut has been harassing and threatening scientists, skeptics and atheists for many years and after an internet campaign to get Montreal Police to take action, they are finally doing something to protect people from Dennis' death threats.
... hundreds of death threat accusations!
If you follow Josh Rosenau in Twitter (@JoshRosenau), he's worried about Mabus being mentally ill (it seems like a safe diagnosis) and if he's sent to jail and doesn't get treatment he may become suicidal.
I saw this on DiscoBlog today
Incredibly, it looks like the long, long story of David Mabus may be drawing to a close.
He is notorious in the skeptic community: for years he has posted comments, emailed, and tweeted anti-skeptic and anti-atheist diatribes, mostly incoherent. I would commonly see many spam tweets from him filling my feed, sometimes over a dozen a day. It was very irritating, but that was all.
However, more recently his spam escalated into death threats. I’ve received them myself. When I got them I contacted the local sheriff’s office, but since Mabus (a pseudonym) lives in Canada, I couldn’t make much progress. The same was true for many other skeptics as well.
But then things changed… and I’ll let you read Tim Farley’s post about how it all came about. Tim gives an astonishingly detailed and thorough account of what happened. There are copious links and images there to give you the entire story. But the bottom line is that the Montreal Police just today announced they had made an arrest in the case, and Tim has confirmed the arrest was of Mabus himself.
I don’t have much to add to what Tim wrote, except this: I don’t want to see Mabus tossed into jail. I’m not a psychiatrist, but it’s clear the man has mental problems. We tend to stigmatize mental illness, but that’s unfair and unhelpful; it’s a prejudice that may blind us to how that person’s condition can be mitigated with attention and care. My fondest and most sincere hope is that this arrest leads to an evaluation of Mabus and that he gets the help he so obviously needs.
I am not breathing a sigh of relief quite yet, either. This arrest is another step in this long journey, but it may not be the last one. There are any number of ways this could play out, but I am very hopeful that given the importance of this new development we’ll see real progress made.