UPDATE: In the comments, Cayr Ariel Wulff is outraged that we have written she supports a man who makes death threats against women and kids and steals thousands of dollars from animal rescue operations. Oops, sorry. Actually, she’s just outraged about… copyright infringement (that we have used her picture, at right).
For the record, under 17 USC § 107, fair use of copyrighted work for the purposes of criticism, comment, or news reporting, is not an infringement of copyright. This is a non-profit, educational site.
UPDATE 2 (August 6, 2012): After libeling the OSD group, Alison Hector, and myself in the comments (see below), Cayr Ariel Wulff submitted a sham DMCA takedown letter to WordPress, demanding they remove her picture from their servers. Normally we would have no hesitation to file a counter notification to ask WordPress to restore the image. However, given that we would have to provide our addresses for Ms. Wulff’s process server, and that she would undoubtedly forward them to Jeromie Williams, who has threatened to kill us, we are still working on an appropriate response.
Fortunately one of the members of our group is a graphic artist, who was able to provide an alternative rendition of Ms. Wulff. We feel it suits her personality better than the original.
Original story continues below.
First, a quick recap.
When this blog revealed Jeromie Williams’ history of fabricating events, people, and even supposed witnesses to serious crimes in his column at the Examiner.com, they fired him immediately.
When we revealed that he had made death threats against the creators of this blog, stalked their kids, and harassed them using homophobic epithets (yes, really), the LGBT website The Gaily fired him a few months later.
When we contacted Pet Pardons Canada, where Jeromie serves as Director of Operations, with evidence that he was breaking the organization’s rules, and stealing from various ChipIn accounts, they didn’t even respond. That’s right, back in January, co-founders Chris Hoar and Ashley Owen Hill didn’t even respond to us.
You might think, well, they’re probably wishing they had taken our warnings more seriously, given that Jeromie has since stolen more money (this time $1,800 from a sled dog rescue group), as confirmed by Toronto Pet Daily. Not to mention that, once again, he has made a series of violent threats against anyone who dares to reveal his disgusting behaviour online.
But, it seems, you would be wrong.
Pet Pardons Contributing Editor Cayr Ariel Wulff (email) has defended Jeromie Williams all along. In her mind, the real problem is not Jeromie’s fraud, embezzlement, or violent threats… It’s this blog:
In other words, it’s apparently fine for Jeromie to steal $1,800 from an animal rescue group, then threaten them over the phone when they have the temerity to ask where their money went (“You’re going down…I know exactly where you are” etc.).
But if I dare to write about this on a blog, I am the creepy stalker.
Naturally I took exception to this, so I asked her about it on Twitter. Her response was just more of the same. We are stalking Jeromie, she explained, because this blog is “unwanted/obsessive attention by an individual or group toward another person.” Oh, I’ll bet Jeromie doesn’t want the attention. I bet he wants to scam more unsuspecting animal lovers out of another $1,800. Well, too bad.
Also, she seems to think it’s “bullshit” that we’re “ganging up” on Jeromie, in part because we’re only giving one side (“bias!“). Well, as I responded to her there, if Jeromie would like to refute anything we have written, we’ll happily post it too.
Of course, if he could have refuted anything on our blog, my guess is that he would have done so long ago. Instead, he sent us death threats.
It seems Ms. Wulff just released a new book, Circling the Waggins: How Five Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness. The first part is fitting, really, given how eager she (and Pet Pardons) are to circle the, er, waggins, around Jeromie Williams.
But she still seems incredibly bewildered to us.