Vicious Death Threat Emailed to Dr. Suzanne Humphries: "I'm gonna F'ing Murder You You F'ing C-word."
By Kim Rossi
"This email that came through [last night] was different." Dr. Suzanne Humphries.
A vicious death threat email was sent to Dr. Suzanne Humphries from a secure server in Germany that is designed to protect users from tracking. You and I might have been tempted once or twice to anonymously post a nasty comment here or there (well, never here at A of A.) I remember commenting something snarky on an old autism blog a decade ago not realizing that IP addresses were trackable - dopey me! I got caught. That said... We don't seek out specially designed servers to use a version of the dark web. Nor do we threaten torture in technicolor, gleeful detail. That's beyond the pale and into psychopathy.
Dr. Suzanne Humphries is doing the right thing by reading this vile email to the public. Hatred dies in sunshine.
Many of us have been subjected to threats, sometimes veiled as jokes. Remember when one pro-vaxxer joked that Dan and Mark should be "shot?" Ha ha - vaccine pun. I think it was that woman... Lordy I can't even remember her name. She had a popular blog and a son with severe autism name Charlie. Vox something or other?
I had a cartoon removed from Science blogs many years ago, because the tone went beyond a joke. Just two weeks ago, Mark Blaxill and I sat with Dr. Andy Wakefield at an art gallery in Massachusetts. Anyone could have been in the audience. And as much as I love my martial arts, in the rock scissors paper of life, guns from 6 feet away beat kicks and punches every time. I rarely carry my nunchaku in my purse. (Oy!)
I hope Paul Offit, Brian Deer, Orac Gorski, Dorit Rubenstein Reiss, Amy Pisani, Dr. Richard Pan and any and ALL pro-vaccine advocates come out and say "NO," to this violent threat. To ANY violent threat. It's the human thing to do, even if opinions are diametrically opposite.
Please keep Dr. Suzanne, Polly and everyone in our community in your thoughts of safety and care. May archangel Michael wrap all of us in his shield of protection. And as much as Dr. Suzanne says God is her bodyguard, nothing replaces vigilance. And a bodyguard may be a good idea at least short term for her.
If you see something, say something. Trust your alarm bells if they ring in your head.