Pozner and a volunteer network he founded have been fighting back against these harassers using tactics like threats of legal action and YouTube takedown requests. That sounds like the worst thing in the world, so naturally we wanted to hear his story.
The Conspiracy Theories Began Immediately
Below is an example of the messages Pozner gets every day. If you don’t feel like reading it all, let’s just say that it begins with “You’re a fraud and an asshole” and ends with “Rot in Hell you fucking prick.”
How long do you think it takes conspiracy theorists to turn nasty after a national tragedy? A year? A month? “They emerged immediately,” says Pozner. First on the scene was Jonathan Lee Riches, an ex-con infamous for filing countless frivolous lawsuits. In a YouTube video posted two days after the shooting, he argued that Lanza had been mind-controlled by the Illuminati. “[He] left voice mails for Nancy Lanza [Adam’s mother, whom he murdered] and Ryan Lanza [Adam’s brother] on December 14. On December 16, Riches descended upon Newtown and pretended to be a relative of Adam Lanza. He got arrested, but he made videos right away about how it was a conspiracy to take away civil liberties.”