Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Closing in on Candice: The "Charles Gadda" Case

The person claiming to be "Candice ("Elisabeth") Jarman", a 24 year old, gay blonde solicitor's secretary from Bournemouth who collects Bronze Age artefacts and "just happens" to have metal detectorist friends is of course not who he claims to be. In reply to my comment on his real identity Four Blokes in One Shed? the miscreant suggests:
I guess he will eventually pick some bloke at random - perhaps a metal detectorist who he has crossed swords with at some time, a dealer, a collector, or perhaps an academic who he has fallen out with, and announce he is "Candice Jarman". Well, whoever you are "Mr Candice Jarman" (according to Barford) I can only apologise in advance for seeing you sucked into something that I am sure you will have little interest in.
Number one suspect is none of these things, though seems to be owner of a metal detector or two. Nobody is being picked "at random". The internet does not offer the anonymity some people think, and it would seem that Candice has not been as consistently clever as would be needed to cover his tracks.

Take the case of "Charles Gadda" an individual whose activities Candice's amateurish stumblings attempt to emulate. He created over 80 aliases to defend and promote a point of view, interestingly an archaeological case too. The whole sorry business is covered on Bob Cargill's site. Like "Candice", "Charles Gadda"
spared no effort in attempting to defame, discredit, and attack scholars that disagree with [this view] Using wild accusations and ad hominem attacks, the puppet master has attempted to cast aspersions upon all scholars disagreeing [....], always careful never to formally accuse, but always to frame each insinuation in the form of a hypothetical or question.
There is a website which details the process using widely available and perfectly legal domain tools and careful deduction that led to the identification of a person (interestingly, also somebody involved in the legal profession as "Candice" and "Buffet"/"Steve Welton" before him claim to be) who was arrested and then faced trial on the allegations of impersonation and defamation.
On September 30, 2010, Raphael Golb was found guilty of multiple counts of identity theft, forgery, criminal impersonation, and aggravated harassment.
Dr. Golb was sentenced on November 18, 2010 to six months in Rikers Island State Penitentiary.

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