For a while back in 2015, Bill Schmalfledt tried to prove that Lynn Thomas was Paul Krendler. When he couldn’t come up with real evidence, he forged some, and, of course, he got caught. This TKPOTD from two years ago today tells part of the story—
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The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt has been tap dancing around today asking for evidence that the email he published on Twitter which he alleges was from Lynn Thomas is a forgery. I wouldn’t normally bother to respond to his request, but I’m growing weary of his silly games. It’s time for him to shut up and admit what he did. Also, there have been enough hints posted in the comment sections of the previous posts that it’s possible one of his marginally technically competent “friends” may figure out one of the other ways we caught him this time. That being the case, I’ll lay out one piece of the evidence.
To begin, the header and text are in different typefaces. That’s unusual and suggests that they are two separate documents rather than two parts of the same document. The default case would be for both to be in the same san serif font. That clue led to further examination. I’m not going to go into the digital forensics. While they support the other evidence, the single dumbest mistake the Cabin Boy™ made is obvious when one reads through the header.Notice that the email was originated at 13:15:01 PST and received less than a second later (the Interwebz are really fast) but that the intermediate time stamp is at 13:51:01. In other words, either the time stamps were clumsily edited by hand with the minutes digits being transposed on one of them, or the intermediate relay point forwarded the email before it was received. Based on my experience with applied quantum mechanics, I believe the former to be the better explanation.
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The Cabin Boy’s monkey dance in response to that TKPOD resulted in this Prevarication Du Jour—
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The Cabin Boy™ is trying to dance his way around the trail of evidence of his forging the header he claimed was from an email sent to him by Lynn Thomas.As a commenter has noted, the version of the email header initially posted on the Cabin Boy’s™ blog is not the same as what is there now. However, my analysis was done on what was posted on Twitter, not his blog. (Others have done analyses on the original images from the blog, and those have been consistent with what I found on Twitter.)The URL for that tweet is twitter.com/themerrywidower/status/666375731480559616, but it has now been memory-holed.
However, the attachments were both downloaded and screenshots were taken of them. Here’s what the header looked like as seen on the original tweet. (Click to embiggen.)As the Gentle Reader can see, the one intermediate time stamp is 13:51:01 while all the others show hh:15:01 (depending on time zone).
Spoliation of evidence won’t save the Cabin Boy™. Rather, it creates the presumption that the multiple archived copies are true and correct. That presumption is reinforced by his habit of putting potentially embarrassing evidence down the memory hole.
What’s waiting for the Cabin Boy™ in Room 101? The Truth.
UPDATE—I could keep the Cabin Boy™ putting up new versions of the “true” header by dribbling out bits of evidence over time, but I’m not in this as a game of gotcha. He needs to understand that we got him cold on this one. The Vast Hogewash Research Organization has documented the various versions of the header that he’s published. We know when they were created. We know which word processor he used. We know what other tools he used. Etc. I’ll throw out one more bit of information. We know when the original email header he altered was sent: Sunday, 15-Nov-15 19:42:01 UTC. That information is embedded in all the files he has published.
Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar and a forger.
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Nothing proceeded as the Cabin Boy™ had hallucinated.