Hemant has the latest at The Friendly Atheist. I don’t have much to add… I was in Montreal just a few days ago, and did think of DM; he is not a trivial concern. more after the jump:
I truly wish him the best…I hope I never hear from him again. It bothers me a bit that his threats against me were part of the evidence that eventually led to his arrest, but if my sources are correct, arrest was the best possible thing to happen to DM at the time.
The Montreal Gazette has a detailed story, well worth reading.
According to documents filed in the case, Markuze resided at Freedom House, a rehabilitation centre, to deal with problems he had with drugs and alcohol, before he entered his guilty plea. According to the documents, he began consuming marijuana at age 15 and cocaine at age 23. At 25, he started drinking heavily, according to an assessment filed in his case in March. He attributed the drug problem to feeling alienated after his family moved to Montreal, from England, when he was 11.
The same assessment described Markuze as being motivated to deal with his substance abuse problems and mentions he completed a therapy program in March.
“He doesn’t want to return to prison nor have more problems with the law,” Clement Proulx, a counsellor at Freedom House, wrote in the assessment prepared in March. “He takes responsibility for what he is charged with and takes his sobriety seriously.”
There is more worth reading at the link; DM is not a simple individual.
According to court records, in March, a judge ordered that Markuze take any medication prescribed to him and that he see “a physician.” On Friday, Waxman said he could not recall if that meant Markuze was required to see a psychiatrist.
Markuze was arrested in August after complaints were filed against him by people whose opinions, posted online, were constantly attacked. He disagreed with traditional scientific beliefs on issues like evolution, and threatened people for their views. According to a statement of facts read to Quebec Court Judge Louise Bourdeau before she rendered her sentence, Markuze specifically targeted people he believed were atheists.
In one threat Markuze posted he wrote: “Die f–cking atheists. I will cut your heads off.”
I don’t think that’s one of mine, but it might be. I guarantee, I have heard worse from him.
He says, now, that he only uses a computer for work. Again, I wish him the best, for his sake and for all our sake. I do not want to meet him; I do not want him to want to meet me, or anyone else. I want him better, for all of us.