What it is like to be the subject of a conspiracy theory
BoingBoing.net points to an article titled ‘Confessions of a Non–Serial Killer - Conspiracy theories are all fun and games until you become the subject of one’, written by Michael O’Hare, who since the early 1980s has been the subject of another man’s obsessive quest to find the true identity of the Zodiac Killer.
The decades since Penn fixed his sights on me have not been a living hell, much as that would spice up this story. They have been an ordinary life, punctuated by one or another flurry of fuss from Penn, sometimes involving pages of numbers (for example, the data pages from my PhD thesis) with this or that sequence picked out, circled, and “decoded” into words that fit somehow into Penn’s model of the crimes.
Read the full essay here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2009/0905.ohare.html