You may THINK you are safe in your own home, but you are NOT. Let me repeat. YOU ARE NOT. This is the take-away that I want readers to have. At any time, anyone can make a simple phone call and destroy your life. No warning……
In my last blog post The Fall of @DemonTheLord Part 1 I shared with you the BEFORE. The WHY. This is Part 2. This is what can happen with one phone call. What can happen when threats against you are not taken seriously by ANYONE. This is what can happen when anyone in your house is an online gamer. This is what can happen when obsession turns to rage.
I said that there was finally blessed silence, and after almost a year of harassment he had finally left us alone. I also said that I had never been more wrong about anything in my life.
Saturday April 11, 2015 @DemonTheLord picks up right where he left off in November. Five months later, and out of the blue he again spends most of the day harassing and threatening my daughter by phone and internet. Again she tells him off, and to leave her alone………… After an entire day of harassment, he asks her one question. “How are your parents doing in Shady Shores?”. Then silence.
A few hours later, around 5-6pm, this monster makes an anonymous call using VOIP from a random Google voice number to our local police departments non-emergency line. This monster, whom I have the entire recording of, told an operator that he was a resident at OUR address, had MURDERED his mother (ME) and brother who were lying on the kitchen floor, had strapped a BOMB to his sister, and IDENTIFIED his sister by name as my daughter.
Between 6-8pm, WITHOUT US EVEN KNOWING, my ENTIRE privately gated neighborhood was evacuated by 25+ law enforcement officials. The city cut the street lamps, emergency vehicles broke our front gate, and blocked anyone from coming inside. All neighbors were told to turn off all inside and outside lights at their homes before leaving the neighborhood. Kids were pulled out of bed in their PJ’s and stuffed into cars and evacuated in the dark so the knife, gun, and bomb wielding murderer in my home could be taken down without anyone else dying.
What were we doing you may ask? We were in the process of selling our home to move, and had been packing boxes all day. We had been eating dinner, with ice cream for dessert and watching X-Men before going to bed.
That’s what we were doing while 25+ FULLY ARMED SWAT team members, police officers from 2 different cities, fire department officials, and Sherriff’s deputies were outside surrounding our home. They spent 1-2 hours in the ditches, behind vehicles, under neighbor’s bushes, in the woods behind our house with sniper rifles trained on all of our windows assessing the danger from the armed murderer and supposed bomb in my house.
I got a phone call at 9pm from an unknown number. My phone was on silent, and charging in the bedroom so I did not see the missed call until 9:10pm or so. The Sheriff’s Department had called my real estate agent who is also a long-time friend of ours (because of the for sale sign in our yard) to get my phone number. They left a message that said basically “This is the Sheriff’s Department calling, please call us back.” This was upsetting because I was worried something had happened to our daughter, but there were no details in the message, nothing. THIS WAS THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ONE CALL TO SEE IF THEY COULD REACH ANYONE INSIDE OF THE HOME. Remember, just “can you call us”, no other details. I called the number back and was hit with a 9 option automated system. I just started pressing buttons trying to reach someone. I finally was able to get through to a live person, told them who I was, and that I was calling them back. I was upset, and asking them is my daughter ok, did she get into a car accident? Is this about my daughter? They said no accident reports, and they weren’t sure why I was called. They tried to transfer me around but nobody could tell me why they called me. This took all of 5 minutes before I hung up, and called my daughter. SO, THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CALLS ME, I CALL BACK, AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY I WAS CALLED. Meanwhile they are still surrounding our house. Why didn’t they know to ask me if there was a murderer in my house, was I ok, did I need help?
9:15pm I go outside on my back patio to call my daughter. I’m on the phone with her, and she’s telling me that she’s ok, but the monster had been harassing her all day again.
9:20pm That’s when all the yelling started. My husband decides to walk outside, having been called by our real estate agent’s husband, Kris Saxon (who was a Bexar County Sheriff himself) that there were police headed to our house. He walks out the door, surprises every law enforcement officer outside, and they start screaming at him to put his hands up, and get down on the ground. My husband puts his phone on speaker, and drops it on the ground as he’s being handcuffed so our friends can hear everything that is happening. I’m on the back patio still, on the phone with my daughter and I take off running through the house yelling into the phone that the police are here, they are doing something to your daddy in the front yard, and oh my God I think the swatting is happening. I hang up on her and sprint out the front door only to be taken down by two officers with guns to my head as soon as I clear the doorway. My brother came out after me and was taken down as well.
What followed was a living NIGHTMARE for me and my family that had everyone but my daughter, who was not at our home at the time thank God, on the ground on our front sidewalk, in handcuffs, with dozens of high powered weapons pointed at us, as everyone was yelling at us and searching our house room by room looking for this supposed murderer. I just can’t even begin to describe everything that happened. Chaos. Terrifying, helpless, absolute chaos. Thank God we had put the dogs to bed for the night in their kennels just 10 minutes earlier or all three of them would have been shot.
All three of us could have DIED that night if just ONE of these officers would have mistaken something we were doing inside our home as part of this “Swatting” call. I’m not making this up…. This is what I was told by the Texas Ranger who was sent by his commanding officer in Austin who had been called when all of this started. He said he was just there to pick up and remove dead bodies. Not a single officer that I spoke to had ever been on a real life swatting call like this. It took 2 hours to sort the mess out, and get everyone out of our home and neighborhood. I don’t think I slept that night, and not one of my neighbors ever spoke to me again.
Am I mad at any one of these officers for being here? No. Am I mad at the first female officer in November who didn’t “Flag” my house as being threatened? Hell yes I am. If she would have DONE HER JOB in November and “Flagged” our home as we asked, the severity of what happened on 4/11/15 would have been lessened. The police would have still responded to the fake call, but they would have been forewarned that we were being threatened. They would have done MORE to try and contact us to see if we were in danger BEFORE evacuating the neighborhood, and surrounding my house with snipers, and 25+ officers to come running out of ditches, from behind bushes, and behind my neighbor’s vehicles to put guns to our heads.
THERE ARE BASICALLY NO LAWS TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING TO INNOCENT CIVILIANS! Professional gamers are the #1 target of “Swatting” in the US, not celebrities. Google the word “Swatting” and watch the videos of these innocent people just playing games getting taken down by police while streaming live on the internet. THAT’S the payoff for these psychopaths. They watch live as the people they are harassing have this happen to them. They are anonymous, and think it’s very funny. INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE DIED because of this terrifying trend in harassment.
My daughter was streaming her games live when this happened to us, but she didn’t live with us….. he did not know that. Or did he? He asked “How are your parents in Shady Shores?”. Sounds to me like he knew she did not live there anymore, and decided to swat us instead. I almost lost EVERYTHING that night, and am currently living with the aftermath, because that monster did not get what he wanted from my daughter. I could have watched in horror my husband being gunned down in our front yard by snipers when he walked out the front door just because someone made a phone call. A PHONE CALL. No evidence, just one simple chilling phone call.
Let that sink in for a minute.
If you have a gamer in your home that streams, go to your local police department and get your house flagged.
If anyone has threatened you, or your gamer, GO TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE AND GET YOUR HOME FLAGGED, AND MAKE A REPORT.
Make sure, ABSOLUTELY SURE, that a report is made.
Do NOT let them ignore, or shame you into leaving without this being done.
Copy and paste this link, and take this FBI article in with you that says to do this. http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/september/the-crime-of-swatting-fake-9-1-1-calls-have-real-consequences/the-crime-of-swatting-fake-9-1-1-calls-have-real-consequences
If you are in Texas, use this web address http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx Call, or write your Representatives, Senators, and anyone else who can help make laws to stop this from happening to you.
I’m doing all of this and more while I sit here terrified and helpless, waiting for this to happen again, and knowing that I can’t stop it. I periodically listen to the chilling, evil swatting call that was made to remind me that we are still not safe.
After the swatting the Corinth, Texas police department was kind enough to “flag” our house in case of future swatting calls. We moved two weeks later.
PART 3 COMING SOON.