Blogger Leo Traynor recounts his terrifying online experience at the hands of a particularly nasty troll, how he tracked the bridge-dweller down to an Irish IP address and the shock that lay in store when he did.
A story that will make your skin crawl, told well.
People kept asking me ‘Why you? Why would these guys want to have a go at you?’ I couldn’t answer them other than it was a couple of random nutters who didn’t appreciate my political views or ethnic origins. Or even someone who couldn’t solve my cryptic crosswords!
The whole thing escalated in June, July and August this year. I received more and more abuse on the timeline and via DMs. A crossword clue account I’d started (@Leo’sClue) was inundated with abuse too.
Then one day something happened that truly frightened me. I don’t scare easily but this was vile.
I received a parcel at my home address. Nothing unusual there – I get a lots of post. I ripped it open and there was a tupperware lunchbox inside full of ashes. There was a note included ‘Say hello to your relatives from Auschwitz’ I was physically sick.
READ ON: Meeting A Troll (Traynor’s Eye)
(+ Hat tip: Tom Lowe)