Chapter 16 – IP Addresses Of Essay Commenters (or, The Spy Among Us)

@gottiewrites 28/09/18

My latest chapter has been officially paused, because your recent comments have made me aware that Rob’s online behaviour seems to be slightly suspicious. I’ve realised that I should be taking this all more seriously. I’m currently working on tracking down more information on the GoFundMe data. I’m going to be contacting the authorities if I find anything truly concerning.

In the meantime, to record everything that’s happening in case this essay is important later, last night I made a note of all anonymous commenters’ IP addresses.

While I was making back-ups of all of my comments, I realised that I could use the IP addresses to work out where my anonyrat lives. The one who sent me the cease and desist letter back in chapter 7. I looked up the location, and it turns out they’re in LA.

Not just LA, actually. The IP address is registered to a familiar location. Rob and Nathan’s house.

Which means . . .

Hi, Rob? Thanks for the comments. I hope you’re enjoying the essay.

Now, as far as I’m concerned, this isn’t too much of a surprise. I knew already that he’s reading this essay. He stole my laptop, after all. The first anonyrat comment was posted the day after someone told Rob about this essay at ComicCon.

He’s fluent in fan culture from his LiveJournal days. We also know that he thrives on attention, so it’s not really shocking that he decided to check out a thesis written all about him.

Just to remind you, here’s the first comment my anonyrat left:1

Anonymous To the owner of ‘gottiewrites’-

We are writing on behalf of NBC, who have filed for a permanent injunction against your website for unsubstantiated claims about the cast members of their TV show Loch & Ness. If the account and all associated uploads aren’t deleted within 48 hours, you will be liable for prosecution on grounds of libel and slander.

Please confirm within ten business days that you agree to comply with our request, or further action will be taken. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Though we recognise your enthusiasm for the TV show and associated cast members, we ask that you respect our desire to protect the integrity of our client’s intellectual property rights.

Yours sincerely,

Marcus Feinstein

This makes sense, too – he was trying to stop me posting about @silentwakes. The @silentwakes LiveJournal account was deleted the very same day that comment was posted here, as spotted by one of my hawk-eyed readers, so he must have taken it down the second that he realised I was writing about it.

When I proved that the lawyer’s letter wasn’t real, and continued to post the essay even though the @silentwakes account had been taken offline, he somehow tracked down my address and broke into my house instead and stole my laptop.

Now he’s back on his law bullshit again. He’s using the training from his degree to try to silence me, just like when he accused @effiemeral of plagiarism. We know he did an internship on a copyright law case from the anecdotes he gave on his blog, so this is clearly an area of policy that he’s well versed in.

This all adds up. What is more surprising is that Rob’s IP address commented a second time, on chapter 12. This is what he had to say:

Anonymous Great work on this essay, you’ve worked so hard. I wanted to share the following – I work in an LA library, and Hennings came in the other day. He said that he’s just been cast in a new pilot for a show about a lawyer, and the role is very meaty, apparently. He borrowed some books on law, which he said were research for the role. Apparently they’ve also asked him to do some consulting work on the show, because he has a background in law I think? Anyway, he said they needed help with creating the props – documents for the screens and the tables used in the shots and stuff like that. It sounds really cool, and I thought you’d be interested!

Here’s my receipt, so you know that this is true. It’s a log of the law books he borrowed, with library barcodes and loan return dates, etc. I got it off the system and obscured a few details for my own safety.

This is anonymous, for obvious reasons.

Now, this is a much more interesting comment to me. I can see why he posted the cease and desist letter. But what is this one about?

For some reason, he wanted me to believe that he was starting work on a pilot. It nearly worked, too – I even included this comment as evidence in a chapter. But why would he want me to think that he’s got a new job? It’s not exactly something that’s going to stop me from posting about @silentwakes, is it? If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

If you guys still need evidence that I’m telling the truth here, I don’t think you’re going to get much better than this. You can corroborate all of this for yourself – you can find the IP addresses of the comments above, and Rob’s home address has been posted in the comments several times by now.

Rob is literally here right now, commenting on everything I do. Everything I’ve told you is the truth. Please stop attacking me in the comments, both here and on that awful reddit conspiracy theory thread. It’s cyberbullying, and I shouldn’t have to put up with it.

I. Am. Not. Lying. To. You.

– margot


Footnotes

1. This revelation made me pay a bit more attention to the other IP addresses used, so I checked the location of the IP address that was documented as being used by @lillyletters – you know, @silentwakes’ sockpuppet.
It matched up with Rob’s parents’ address in LA, which a commenter tracked down for me in one of the previous chapters. So that definitively proves that it was him, if you needed more evidence there. (Should have got a VPN, Rob!!)

Comments (6111)

Anonymous wait….so its all real, then? rob clearly wants you to stop posting. You didn’t make that bit up, even if he never stole your laptop. I don’t….know what to think anymore

Anonymous I think its all real.

Anonymous I’m so sorry, margot. I was one of the ones that didn’t believe you. I’m shocked that you were telling the truth all along. I promise not to doubt you anymore.

Anonymous I’m really confused. This stuff really happened? I thought gottie made everything up?

LyraLessLovely I mean, there’s still ways gottie could have faked all this. But it’s becoming less and less likely. At least some part of this is real.

jamiebmaher it seems like he wanted you to believe the documents on his laptop were for the tv show, tbh. he’s put a lot of effort into trying to misdirect your attention to a different topic. Is there anything confidential in the documents that he shouldn’t have? That he would maybe get in trouble for having copies of? He could have been trying to make you think they were pretend versions for some show because of that. Idk.

wonderfullybookish It definitely seems like his librarian comment is aimed at disguising the documents. There’s no reason for you to care what show he’s acting on otherwise. But there could be a very serious reason he wouldn’t want you to look too carefully at the contents of his harddrive. Especially if we have evidence that he’s moneylaundering, or something close to it.

Anonymous also, he left a comment explaining away the law documents BEFORE you even made a chapter about what was on his harddrive. He must have noticed you’d taken his laptop and panicked and tried to get in an explanation planted here before you could post about these law documents online.

gottiewrites so what are we saying here? that he realised I’d stolen his laptop and instead of going to the police (because he KNEW he’d been breaking the law too), he posted in the comments with a fake explanation for the documents?

Anonymous gottie, I suggest you go and read those documents again with a fine-toothed comb. see if you can work out what the heck he’s playing at.

gottiewrites I don’t know anything about law, though! What kind of things am I even looking for?! How will I know what it means?

littlehucks I suggest you try. Sounds like there’s some seriously dodgy stuff going on here

Anonymous and make sure your home is secure tonight. He’s already broken in once to retrieve a laptop – there’s a chance he could do it again.

Anonymous Hang on, hang on, hang on. This seems . . . really fishy to me. Why is he doing this?

Anonymous these comments in combination with the gofundme stuff? it almost seems like he’s trying to fake an alibi….

gottiewrites I JUST GOT SHIVERS DOWN MY SPINE. What the hell is going on?!

Anonymous I’m the anon from a while back that works at NBC. Just wanted to let you know that Nathan is definitely not filming loch & ness at the mo, as the daily mail correctly reports. I know you’ve got bigger fish to fry right now, but I wanted to provide corroboration of that. I don’t know all the details, but our execs have called for a short filming break. Not sure why but loch & ness will stay on schedule – filming is starting up again in a few weeks. Nathan is definitely still going to be in the show. I think hes just taking some time to himself for personal reasons for a few weeks

Anonymous I double-checked and this is the same IP as the other NBC employee comment we had a while back, so this is probably legitimate info

Anonymous did gottie scare Nathan away from work?

Anonymous lol, as much as she’d love to think it does, not everything in the world revolves around margot ‘drama queen’ garcia

Anonymous you know what I don’t understand? If rob knows she’s doing all this, and is reading this essay, why hasn’t he deleted all the emails in his account and changed the passwords and stuff? He could have stopped her getting the gofundme emails from his inbox archive, at the very least.

RosaRodel yeah, I was wondering that too. Rob, where are youuuuu? We know you’re not filming loch and ness! What are you and nathan doing with all that free time?

Anonymous maybe gottie killed him.

Anonymous maybe he killed her and now he’s the one posting this essay!!!

krypto6661 what if gottie doesn’t exist and this is all a NBC stunt

RIAxoTT THIS IS THE BAD PLACE

Anonymous I live in LA and yesterday I saw Rob walking down a street with someone at around 6pm. He looked really upset. I took some pics (imgur.com) but I had to do it from the other side of the road, so they’re quite blurry.

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I followed behind them for a little, because I had some time to kill before I could get my bus anyway. I caught a little bit of what they were saying:

Rob: You haven’t at all?

The other man: Not since last week. He does this a lot though, doesn’t he?

Rob: I just don’t know what to say to them. How am I supposed to defend him when we all know he’s just going to do it again?

Man: It’s not fair on you to take the blame.

Rob: Do you think there’s a chance it’s something to worry about, though? You’ve known him for longer than me.

Man: I think he’s just doing his usual poor-me routine out in the woods.

After that, they got in a cab and I had to run for my bus. I don’t know if any of that helps, but I thought I’d share it anyway. Keep up the good work, Gottie!

Anonymous I tracked down gottie’s Amazon wishlist. I don’t think anyone else has posted this here? Sorry if they have.

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Anonymous oh, interesting. she said she went to their house dressed as a girl scout, didn’t she?


Case 2:13-cv-45524-PAD Document 4 Filed 16/01/20 Page 199 of 285

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

Annotation for Exhibit G: A full breakdown of all the comments made by Rob Hennings on the ‘gottiewrites’ posts has been compiled in Appendix C. They have been verified using the GPS tracking of Hennings’ cell phone, which matches the location of the IP address of the comments at the times they were posted.


final cover< Chapter 15 | Contents pageGoodreads | Chapter 17 >

Gottie is a fangirl for Loch & Ness, a TV show about paranormal detectives. She’s convinced that two of the male actors are secretly dating, and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it. When her online investigations accidentally uncover far more than she expects, she becomes complicit in secrets beyond just a romantic conspiracy theory.

An internet thriller told in a ‘true crime’ style recollection of events, the novel includes social media extracts such as modern Tumblr posts and early-noughties LiveJournal blog entries.

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6 thoughts on “Chapter 16 – IP Addresses Of Essay Commenters (or, The Spy Among Us)

  1. is it bad that i’ve only just noticed the court document parts included hints to what’s actually happening? *facepalm*.
    based on that “new” information, rob definitely isn’t the victim as they’re already dead at this point. but that still leaves three main possibilities, nathan, anya, and gottie. the last one being so ridiculous that it c a n ‘ t be real. it would mean that anonymous message was right – rob killed gottie and the person posting this isn’t gottie anymore…
    (i also think the guy rob was talking to was brad, i think brad is more important to the plot in someway)

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