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    Bonehead Travels 1,300 Miles To Burn Down Trailer Over Internet Fued...

    Man burns down trailer in online feud
    By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
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    ELM MOTT, Texas - A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

    As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

    When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

    This week, Tavares, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

    "I didn't think anybody was stupid enough to try to kill anybody over an Internet fight," said John G. Anderson, 59, who suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the 2005 blaze that caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer and computer equipment.

    The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his artwork and political views. After he blocked some people from his page because of insults and foul language, they retaliated by making obscene digitally altered pictures of him, he said.

    Anderson, who went by the screen name "Johnny Darkness," traded barbs with Tavares, aka "PyroDice."

    Investigators say Tavares boiled over when Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a "Revenge of the Nerds" sign.

    Tavares obtained Anderson's real name and hometown from Anderson's Web page about his Museum of Horrors Haunted House.

    Tavares took leave from his post as a weapons systems operator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Va., and started driving. Investigators say he told them he planned to point a shotgun at Anderson and shoot his computer.

    Instead, when he got to Elm Mott after posting one last photo of a "Welcome to Texas" sign Tavares threw a piece of gasoline-soaked plastic foam into the back of Anderson's mobile home and lit a flare, authorities say.

    Tavares' attorney, Susan Kelly Johnston, said his trip to the Waco area was a last-minute decision during a cross-country trip to visit his parents in Arizona. She said he never intended to hurt Anderson and did not think he was in the trailer when he set the fire.

    James Pack, an investigator with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, caught up with Tavares after talking to people in several states and Spain who had been involved in the online feud. Tavares' cell phone records showed he was in the Waco area at the time of the fire, Pack said.

    Tavares told investigators that Anderson had spread computer viruses and insulted his online friends for too long, Pack said.

    "He lost everything all over an Internet squabble," the investigator said.

    Tavares was discharged last year from the Navy, where he earned several medals including the pistol expert and rifle expert medals in his nine-year career, said Navy spokesman Mike McLellan.

    Tavares would not let the feud go even at his sentencing. According to Pack, Tavares took cell-phone photos of Anderson in the courtroom while the judge was hearing another case. Authorities ordered the photos erased.

    Anderson, an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, said he continues to be harassed online, has been startled by people knocking on his window late at night and found bullet holes in a door to his business.

    He said he is convinced the harassment is related to the Internet feud and plans to spend $30,000 on more fencing topped with barbed wire.

    "Before this happened, the rule was: Nobody messes with the haunted house guy," Anderson said.

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    Oops, I duplicated this thread

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    In a future case:

    When asked by the judge what preciptated the feud, the defendant screamed "It's not Van Halen without Mike." To which the victim screamed back "It's Ed's band God Damn it, if you supported it with Sam, tell me why you can't support this."

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    I can't beleive someone burned Squalen's trailer. That ain't right.

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    Let this story be a lesson to us all people.
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    Tavares' attorney, Susan Kelly Johnston, said his trip to the Waco area was a last-minute decision during a cross-country trip to visit his parents in Arizona. She said he never intended to hurt Anderson and did not think he was in the trailer when he set the fire.
    Gee, I guess that makes it okay. Idiot.

    Last minute but he managed to have gasoline handy for some reason???

    It's just the 'net, jeez!

    And the nerve, insulting the cinematic classic Revenge of the Nerds with his nonsense!!!
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    Aside from all the comparisons one could laughingly make to certain personalities on this website, the really scary part of this story is this:

    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Tavares took leave from his post as a weapons systems operator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Va., and started driving.
    The fact that a batshit crazy son of a bitch like this had access to combat weapons systems is TRULY frightening. Anderson's lucky he didn't get a missile fired at his trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    Let this story be a lesson to us all people.
    Yes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    Let this story be a lesson to us all people.
    I can see FORD driving to Delighted Romeo's house and burning it down

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    Okay let's not be stupid here.

    Nobody get any crazy ideas about being a copycat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osolomeo View Post
    I can see FORD driving to Delighted Romeo's house and burning it down
    Now you have posted that slander in two threads.

    Why not post it again, sheep bitch?

    Anything to fuel your little stupid fantasies of "eeeeeevil FORD the liberal terrorist out to destroy your perfect little delusion of right wing paradise"
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Now you have posted that slander in two threads.

    Why not post it again, sheep bitch?

    Anything to fuel your little stupid fantasies of "eeeeeevil FORD the liberal terrorist out to destroy your perfect little delusion of right wing paradise"
    Again with the politics? Living in your mothers house at 41 has done some irreparable damage to your social skills, hasn't it?

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    No, but being referred to as a "terrorist sympathizer" by a bunch of "good Germans" over the last 7 years has lowered my fucking tolerance for stupidity.

    Fuck off you filthy coward.
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