So Facebook has a neat little feature that reminds you of your past status updates. This can be sweet reminding you of highlights from previous years, but it can also be a spooky reminder of things you would rather forget.
Last year I had the great “honour” of someone trolling me big time on my social media accounts. At first I thought that it was nothing, but when my private FB started living a life of it’s own I knew that something was up. I’m fully aware of everything that I do whenever I’m online, but how can you prove that you aren’t doing anything weird yourself if weird things are happening in your name officially? At a certain point I was changing my passwords everyday, but to no avail. Needless to say I was creeped out and had no idea how to deal with the situation. I was equally obsessed with trying to find out what on earth was going on.
God knows who it was that spent 5 months messing with me in cyberspace, whomever it was, it must have been someone who hated me profoundly. This led me of course to ransack my memories, desperately trying to find an occasion where I had been rude to someone or unpleasant. I mean who could have a reason to despise me so profoundly?Trying to figure out who my enemy or enemies could be was a fruitless mission.
It wasn’t until I was in Norway and a friend of mine reminded me how irrational hate is, that a light bulb went off. ” A person can start hating you because you didn’t say hi to them at the supermarket”. Shit she is right, I though. It then dawned upon me that it was likely that I had caught the attention of an absolute mad man/woman that for some reason had a strange fixation on me.
The worst thing is that it didn’t dawn upon me at first that someone could access my online profiles and read my communication, so my instant reaction was that some of my friends were forwarding my messages to a third party. Why I came to such a conclusion baffles me now. I guess the idea of some wacko spying on me seemed a bit too far fetched. Which is interesting considering that I posted a blog entry last year about this Crazy Fans! ( My longest entry so far…)
After a bizarre online experience where I was left with no serious evidence to support my claim, I started thinking about the burden of lack of evidence, even if you know that you are in the right.
Just because you have no evidence, doesn’t mean that the boogeyman doesn’t exist.
You have two type of criminals, the stupid predator and the clever predator. The clever predator can threaten and bully you via a proxy, a clever predator lets you know that you are being watched without you knowing who he or she is, a clever predator is one step ahead at all times and usually gets away, unless the person in question haven’t paid his taxes (ref AlCapone).
A stupid predator is someone like Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer that stock piled his house with thropies and literally collected organs, mounting an incredible amount of evidence against himself. A stupid or careless predator will send you threaths from his or her email and will constantly incriminate himself. John Wayne Gaycy is another example, who buried his victims underneath his very own house, causing excessive bad smell which bothered his neighbours.
Both type of predators are scary, both are dangerous, but the clever predator gives me the creeps. A stupid, self incriminating mad man will at one point or the other fail miserably and get caught. He will be stopped sooner or later. A clever criminal will get away and continue his reign of terror. The clever predator might even spend a considerable amount of time mocking the authorities like Jack The Ripper or the Zodiac or might even incriminate someone else, who is completely innocent of the crime.
If you are truly on another level entirely of cleverness, your very existence might even be disputed, like certain mobster leaders in Italy that were so good at hiding, they were literally operating like ghosts.
The problem with a ghost though is the improbable scenario of it getting caught or the wasted efforts spent trying to prove its existence. We believe in what we see, miracles and paranormal activity doesn’t exist in court and some killers/mad men are pretty much invisible.
You might know who the guilty party is, you might even come face to face with the devil himself without any ability to take him down, due to either lack of witnesses willing to testify, lack of witnesses altogether or again lack of any evidence.
Just because you have no evidence against the boogey man doesn’t mean that the boogey man doesn’t exist and that is seriously creepy to think about 😮