Dennis Markuze aka David Mabus on a Television News Story … the story is inaccurate in a number of minor ways that obscures an interesting truth, but it is a moment in time worth savoring:
The story is inaccurate in the following ways:
There has not been a “recent escalation” of threats. The threats come in cycles. He’s on an average up-swing. It is true that there are a few new people are on his list, and they are making a stink about it. That, however, has happened before. Why did this cycle of threats cause the police to actually do something? See below for a guess.
It is also not accurate in that the on-line community has been trying to identify “David Mabus” for some time and just now managed to do so. That is just the epic tale forming and sucking temporal change and continuity, strive-failure-succeed sub narratives congealing within it, and all that other good stuff that happens when humans tell their silly stories.
Having said all that, this is a good thing, assuming that we are not simply backing Dennis Markuze into a corner. See more details here.
This all reminds me of a story. There once was an evil librarian, and she was the boss of all the other librarians in the library, and it was a very important library. Each and every person who worked for her had one or more stories about her, stories in which she acted inappropriately as a supervisor or colleague. She is one of the reasons that there are HR departments today. For example, after having done something really bad to every single one of her workers and many of the library’s regular patrons, she even went so far as to fire a librarian who needed to take a second afternoon off each week, unpaid, to receive her chemotherapy that was keeping her alive for several months as she suffered with terminal cancer. It went on and on.
Then one day the wife of the boss … the boss of the librarian, because yes indeed, even evil bosses have bosses sometimes … was in the library asking politely (there were many witnesses) for something and the evil librarian refused to help and was not nice about it. The wife of the boss of the boss insisted more sternly on this service being provided … something about a book or something … and the librarian still refused. So the wife of the boss gave the evil librarian a stern look, turned on her heels and walked out of the librarian.
She said it. The librarian, that is. The librarian called the wife of her boss a “bitch,” under her breath, but it was in a library where most people are quiet (out of fear) and the sound carried and everyone heard it. Patrons, fellow librarians, and most importantly, the wife of the boss of the librarian heard it.
And the boss of the librarian was not amused, and the librarian had a job in a small town in Texas by the end of the month, a significant downgrade from being the boss librarian in what was arguably the most important and prestigious library of its kind in the world.
It is funny how one word can be a straw. A straw that breaks a camels’ back.
The reason the story in the news report is inaccurate, really, is that it portrays a typical Greek Tragic plot with sudden turns of events woven in a fabric of linear change. What really happened was a lot of people getting death (and other) threats from Dave Mabus/Dennis Markuze for many years, and asking for help form the authorities again and again, and being summarily ignored the entire time, and finally some straw landed on some camel and sis-bam-boom the cops are going in.
Why now? I don’t know exactly. There is little that I know of that anyone is doing that was not done before. We’ve written blog posts. We’ve reported him. There was never a petition before and there was one this time, but petitions are notoriously ineffective and without further evidence I’m not going to assume that this one was. I’m guessing that just the right person was at the right place at the right time and somebody who mattered got indignant.
Sometimes it takes but one straw.