May 1998 to Present



Friday, May 1, 1998 Dick Coward posted a message to through the remailer, trying to make it look as though it came from me by cutting and pasting the PGP signature from one of my real messages to his forged message.
Saturday, May 16, 1998 Hillyard posted an ad for his site to ga.general and atl.general.
Friday, May 29, 1998 Hillyard posted another ad for to ga.general and atl.general.
Tuesday, August 18 1998 Dicky boy sent a message to me through a new anonymous remailer claiming to have seen me and implying that he knew where I lived.
Wednesday, August 19, 1998 Dicky found another remailer and sent a message to me implying that he knew where Katie went to school.
Monday, November 1, 1998 Another remailer, another message, this one claiming to have seen me in Atlanta and implying that Dicky boy would be showing up at my home soon.
Monday, November 15, 1998 A local news station started running promos for a story in which they interviewed me. Immediately, Dick Coward learned a new little trick - he went to Excite's news site, found an annoying news story, and used their little "send this story to a friend" link. He entered one of my email addresses in the to and from fields, then sent it - over and over and over again. I've yet to hear anything substantive from Excite about getting information from their web user logs.
Wednesday, November 17, 1998 My partner, Sam, received a message sent through an anonymous remailer attacking him for associating with me. We went through and had his address blocked from the various remailers we know about afterwards.
Friday, December 15, 2000 Hillyard posted three messages to within a few minutes of each other from the same IP address advertising his prostitution-related web site, He posted them through DejaNews.
Within minutes, another message was posted to from the same IP address, also through DejaNews, instructing customers to contact an address at my domain for prostitution services.
The IP address used was traced back to Hillyard's home ISP at the time,
When I learned of the prostitution ad, I posted a response in explaining that anyone interested in that ad should contact Hillyard rather than me. Apparently he didn't appreciate that, since he copied me on an email sent to the abuse department of my ISP. He lied about having posted the ad in that email, of course, but it hardly mattered since they took no action at all.
Saturday, March 3, 2001 I found out that Hillyard was attempting to hijack my domain registration when I received an email from Network Solutions asking me to approve changes someone had requested to my domain registration. That someone had sent an email to Network Solutions using the address Unsurprisingly, that someone sent the attempt from a Charter communications IP address - that's Hillyard's home ISP. He was also trying to change the DNS servers to those at - which he uses for several of his domains. He tried changing the contact address to 544 Main Street, Lilburn, GA 30247, US. Lilburn is a city in the county (Gwinnett) in which Hillyard resides, but I don't know what's at that particular address.
Sunday, April 29, 2001 Hillyard posted an ad for a new domain he owns,, in He tried to make it seem as though he wasn't associated with the domain, but using a return address of was something of a giveaway.
Friday, May 18, 2001 Hillyard used a form on the web site of to send them an email in which he claimed to be an attorney working on a case concerning me and demanding that they explain the nature of my relationship with them. At that time, my domain was hosted by a friend whose server sits on their net connection. They know about the Hillyard situation, so they simply forwarded that email to my friend and he sent it to me. Hillyard used a return address of
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 Using the address again, Hillyard posted five ads for his site to the newsgroup. He was posting through Google Groups (the new name for DejaNews) again and posting through his home ISP,
Friday, July 6, 2001 Hillyard posted another four ads, very similar to the ones posted on July 4. Then he spammed rec.antiques,, rec.crafts.marketplace,, and rec.aquaria with ads for yet another referral scheme, this one for Dish Network.
Thursday, July 12, 2001 Hillyard spammed rec.aquaria with three messages and austin.general another, trying to drum up referrals for a long distance scheme.
Thursday, August 9, 2001 Hillyard posted another five ads to trying to get visitors for his prostitution site.
Late January/Early February 2002 Dick Coward posted more prostitution ads in my name. This time he went farther, though, and also put them in my mother's name. He used my parents' home address and phone number in the ads, and even gave Mom's work information. Men were driving by their home and calling at all hours of the day and night. I don't have copies of these ads, but did learn that they were posted on a prostitution-related site called We had about six different court dates scheduled over the next few months, but due to the absolute ineptitude of the Gwinnett County Police and the fact that stalking cases just aren't taken seriously in Georgia, nothing ever got done.


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