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Reddit troll exposed, then loses job

A Reddit troll known for creating subforums called "Incest" and "Rapebait" has been exposed, losing his job in the process.

By now you've probably heard about the Reddit troll "Violentacrez" who was revealed by Gawker last week as 49-year-old software programmer Michael Brutsch. Brutsch was the creator of such Reddit subforums as "Rapebait," "Incest," and "Pics of Dead Kids."

This is an interesting, yet disgusting, twist on the oft-spoke warning to watch what you say on the web. In this Career Management blog, we've warned about pictures you post, and we've warned about misusing social media in the line of work.  But this is a story that warns against thinking that you can ever really be anonymous on the web.

Brutsch has lost his job as a result of his activities on Reddit. In an interview with CNN, he acted as though Reddit itself was responsible for his actions since subforum popularity was encouraged. Of course, this is ridiculous, but what are you going to do with someone who thinks it's OK to post pictures of dead children?

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24 comments
jkameleon
jkameleon

... an excellent career move in general. Psychos are in high demand nowadays. > Of course, this is ridiculous, but what are you going to do with someone who thinks its OK to post pictures of dead children? It's not OK to post pictures of dead children. It's not OK to kill children either. Except with missiles.

GSG
GSG

I think someone ought to take a look at this guy's private life. He's obviously obsessing in a way that is dangerous to others, and if he's not acted out on his fantasy yet, then there's a good chance he'll escalate. I'd hazard a guess that rarely does someone fantasize on these topics without eventually trying to act out some of those fantasies. If I was his neighbor, family, or anyone who is around him, especially if he has access to kids and/or young girls, I'd make sure I spoke with those kids to see if he'd done anything to them, then told him he was no longer welcome.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

people and organisations are. I don't like trolls of any sort, and I don't like what this guy did, but I do wonder if anyone is putting in the same sort of effort to find the trolls taking up the other side of the issue; and if found, would they get the same treatment. To give you an idea of what I mean, there's a number of forums I go to that are about writing as I also write fiction. A couple of them are very limited story topics and some are unlimited. One forum is often attacked by a small group of religious extremists who abuse the heck out of any author who dares to mention the word s e x in their stories or even n u d i t y - the trolls pound the forums trying to drive people away. I wonder if these religious right nuts would get treated the same as this nut case.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee well, it tolled for this guy.

jsharp007
jsharp007

Bottom Line, being a JERK never pays off in business. I can only imagine what type if co-worker this guy was.

Jaqui
Jaqui

with 7 billion + people on the planet, there are 6.5 billion to many. killing anyone is a "good thing". TM

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

if they're girls who want an education.

jcitron
jcitron

Knowing what I know about people, having studied psychology and sociology, people that fantasize like this are usually either on the verge or are already doing it. Hopefully someone will launch a background investigation on him and get the details. I too fear for his neighbor's children and anyone else around him. I wonder too how much went on in the background first to get this guy terminated. There's always three sides to a story or situation - his story, their story, and the correct story.

mla_ca520
mla_ca520

When I first began reading your comment, I was prepared to be annoyed, but your point it quite valid!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

If they wanted the wackos gone, the wackos would be gone and would have no recourse. (Well, that's the case under American law, anyway.)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But posting photos of those you kill is a very stupid move as it gives the Authorities Evidence to use against you. Not a very clever move if you ask me. ;) Col

Eddiemeboy
Eddiemeboy

Most mental health experts feel fantasies are a healthy release, kind of a tool so they don't act on their thoughts. It's talk like this (making inuendos that he has done much more) by someone presenting them self as being a credible source of information, that's little more than a war cry to rally the towns folk to grab their pitchforks and destroy the evil monster. Not that much different than being a troll really.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

on the other hand, complete perverts do not tend to break any laws.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

I paid for them with was a fake they'd previously issued.

Jaqui
Jaqui

a few nukes though if you have em handy.

Jaqui
Jaqui

said this guy was smart ;) but the killing part isn't all bad.

mla_ca520
mla_ca520

Having been sober for nearly 20 years, I can say that when I quit drinking and using, It was not beneficial for me to fantasize about getting loaded. Better to think about something positive in life and try to help someone. I'm not sure that in this case mental health experts really know what they're talking about. It is also entirely possible that I don't know what I'm talking about though. My experience is with obsession over using mind altering substances, not killing people. But still, I'm not sure one obsession would be better controlled by one action, which actually encourages another type of obsession. Hard to say!

wingnut1024
wingnut1024

If he was just fantasizing about these blogs then you are probably correct. However he has left the fantasy world and come out so to speak. The blogs are sick and hurtful. He has taken a big step forward so if I were one of his neighbours I would be on red alert. Sickos don't usually stop at the first step. Let's hope that there is no second step but his compulsion may be bigger than him. Mikey has left the room and is now walking the streets. Now what?

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

with his... interests... It might even be less horrible than the Abrahamic religions, with their death cult and their pedophilic rape and genocide addictions...