Nov 20 2012

He promised

The Montreal Gazette reports on Dennis Markuze. The headline is good.

Man charged with threatening people using social media — again

Yes exactly: again. He was charged with it before, he was released on condition that he not do it again, he did it again. A lot.

A Saint-Laurent man has been charged, again, with abusing social media to  threaten people who express their views online.

Dennis Markuze, 40, faces three new charges, including one alleging he  violated the conditions of a sentence he received in May for the same offence.  He was also charged with threatening the Montreal police officer who was  investigating claims from several of Markuze’s past victims. Those victims  alleged that Markuze’s threats have intensified in recent months.

In May, Markuze received an 18-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty  to uttering threats toward eight people he believed to be atheists. The court  was told Markuze’s problems could be attributed to drug consumption, which  caused him to believe he was “the Voice of God.” As part of his sentence, he was  ordered to “abstain from participating in a social network, blog and discussion  forum.” But during the summer, several people contacted The Gazette to report  that Markuze appeared to be ignoring the court order.

Ignoring it as if it had never happened. Threat threat threat, threat threat threat threat threat threat.

Tim Farley told the cops this, and they said “what court order?”

But they get it now. They know there was a court order. They’re all over it.

Markuze appeared before a judge at the Montreal courthouse on Monday where he was released after agreeing to a series of conditions, including that he not  communicate with Farley.



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  1. 1
    Eamon Knight

    ….that worked sooooo well last time, dinnit?

  2. 2
    Ophelia Benson

    Well, no, but it will totally work this time, because…um…

  3. 3
    Kausik Datta

    I can’t put my finger on it, but… Something seems not quite right with the Montréal justice system.

  4. 4

    I’m not a psychiatrist, but it seems that this guy is really mentally ill. He needs professional help. And unless he gets it, he may never leave people alone.

  5. 5

    I don’t understand why he doesn’t just become a preacher. He’d make millions at a mega-church. There, they don’t just forgive mentally deranged wing-nuts. They promote them.

  6. 6
    Eamon Knight

    @3: Read the CBC website for a while. See how often Montreal makes the front page. “Not quite right” doesn’t cover it, not by a long shot.

    @4: Last time, Markuze was sent for assessment, and diagnosed as bipolar exacerbated by substance abuse. Apparently, the release order did not include mandatory psychiatric treatment. Of course, the mental health system is pretty fucked up most places these days.

  7. 7
    Miriam, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    It’s really quite tragic how even people who clearly need mental healthcare are rarely compelled by the justice system to get it, even when they repeatedly break the law (and in the same way over and over, I might add).

  8. 8
    Ophelia Benson

    Eamon, I’m pretty sure Kausik’s understatement was intentional. :- )

    Yo, have you peeps all met Miriam? Our newest FTB colleague? Say hello!

  9. 9
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Ignoring it as if it had never happened. Threat threat threat, threat threat threat threat threat threat.

    Not quite ignoring it – he was making a pathetic pretense of not being himself by claiming to be “Not Dennis Markuze but a fan. (emphasis his)

  10. 10
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Hi, Miriam!

  11. 11

    @Kevin #5: I think his particular style of unhingedness is a little too idiosyncratic to work with the megachurch crowd.

  12. 12
    Eamon Knight

    @11: Agreed. I can’t imagine a congregation sitting still for rambling rants about Nostradamus, punctuated by Depeche Mode videos.

  13. 13
    Miriam, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    Hi guys! :D :D :D

    (Can you tell I’m excited?)

  14. 14
    Ophelia Benson

    You’re right to be excited! And that’s before you’ve even found out who the other two who are joining are. :D

  15. 15
    Argle Bargle

    Welcome, Miriam. Which is your blog? I don’t see one called “Brute Reason” on the sideboard.

  16. 16
    Ophelia Benson

    I think it’s not up yet. It takes some time, which is why the other two aren’t public yet.

  17. 17
    Miriam, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    Psh, I know who one of them is because it was all over The Twitter. :P

    As for the third, I am woefully in the dark.

  18. 18
    Ophelia Benson

    Yes, true; I was one of those relentlessly pushing P___ ____l__ to go public, but when you’re not ready yet you’re not ready yet.

    The third is a doozy.

  19. 19
    Argle Bargle

    The third is a doozy.

    Tease. :-P

  20. 20

    For those interested, more details on the Markuze case at this epic length blog post at my blog. Lots of interesting details.

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