TenantHarassment.com is offering a $5,000 reward for the real estate mobbers or “tenant relocators” who continue in their attempt to harass the author of this blog out of her home in northeast Seattle in order to force its sale to real estate speculators. The reward will likely be matched and will be given for the arrest and prosecution of the mobbers themselves, or those in the neighborhood watch or in business with them who were instrumental in installing the mobbers in the houses around the author of this blog. This is a serial crime and there may be a circle of people who “clear” residents for developers or for their own ventures, so it’s possible that if you’ve experienced something similar or heard of something similar, that some of the same people may be involved.
Just now, I was stopped at an intersection not far from my home when Sandra Motzer, crossing the street with her husband Tim, said loudly, “Oh god, there she is!” They passed in front of my car, Tim Motzer smirking.
Sandra Motzer, active in numerous neighborhood organizations including the councils, is someone who once wrote an email to other members of her neighborhood watch, several developers, and several apparent house flippers, talking about how parking strips could be marked and then the codes enforced to get renters in her neighborhood to move. Perhaps not so auspiciously for the homeless, she also chaired the Lake City neighborhood committee on Mayor Murray’s homelessness initiative. Tim Motzer is a former City of Seattle Parks and Recreation manager and, at least until Mayor Murray withdrew funding from the neighborhood council (I haven’t kept up on that; I hope funding was not restored), was active in the neighborhood councils as well as a neighborhood watch member who attempted to intimidate renters in his neighborhood out of parking on public streets with a public display of anger and fist-shaking.
It’s hard to imagine that people like this exist, or that they would be welcome in local government in an increasingly diverse community of any egalitarian spirit. I’ve barely even met either of them and probably spoke with one briefly once or twice before their sentiments became clear. With behavior more fitting for high school than in community, it’s no wonder what has happened to me in my neighborhood; small-minded people are the spirit of mobbing. These are the people who would be enthralled by an old-fashioned shaming of those they cannot control.
Mean-spirited people who hide what they are in positions of supposed benevolence, small-minded people who drain city coffers with their nuisance complaints, their incessant and often bogus reports of civil code violations, their misuse of civil services including false reports to police, people like these who would try to run off those who rent or those they plain don’t like, should be excluded from leadership roles. This is the only way to create change for the better. The time for “leaders” like Tim and Sandra Motzer has long since passed.
I haven’t been able to blog much in the past few months, although I hope to put out a post on mobbing and television technologies later this week. In the interim, what follows is the draft of a letter I’ll be sending the FAA to request information on drone owners and to assert that drone operator and ownership information should be available to the public because of the near complete lack of regulation affecting drones in combination with the inability to track and identify them.
A successful mobbing is a “white glove” forced eviction. And I use the term “white glove” because in the first weeks of the mobbing, among those voices heard in my house were the older voices that I was at least to presume belonged to the morally offended members of the neighborhood watch. Among their cries:
“There’s mold in the walls!”
“A white glove inspection!”
“You’ll be evicted!”
What if the KKK had drones? What if the Stasi had IMSI catchers? What if right-wing haters hire hackers? What happens when haters arm themselves with technology?
Real estate mobbing is weaponized hate. And mobbing is like a hate group that comes to your neighborhood, the way gay bashers always seem to go hang out in the Castro in San Francisco or on Capitol Hill in Seattle. It’s so much easier to find victims where they live.
In recent posts I’ve written about how real estate mobbers—tenant relocators or criminal speculators who are more than happy to get the job done on their own—harness the channels and streams that flow through a house to get their harassment to you. But it’s not all about real estate. There’s a good chance that real estate mobbers, like those who were welcomed into my northeast Seattle neighborhood by the neighborhood watch, get in the door because the nasty neighborhood watch lady thrills at the thought of harassing her neighbors out of the neighborhood in just such a brutal and secretive manner. And judging from the mobbers’ narrative, filled with threats, insults, and the tormented invective of hate groups and childhood bullies, mobbing assumes the guise of being a revenge crime that gives the angry mob its due. Mobbing is a haters’ platform from which to verbally abuse and berate the victim.
In the early months of the real estate mobbing, a time when the harassers made grandiose statements intended to befuddle and bewitch, claims about winged flying machines were made during the nighttime harassment the mobbers quickly applied in an effort to make my home unlivable:
We might have a drone, one of the mobbers suggested.
Get off the phone! cried another, in mock amazement.
This was before every Tom, Dick and Harry got one for Christmas the year before last, before the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) promulgated regulations on registering unmanned aircraft of a certain weight and class (Unmanned Aircraft Systems, https://www.faa.gov/uas/), and before cases like one in the courtroom of Seattle Municipal Court Judge Willie Gregory, in which the operator of an out-of-control drone that knocked out a woman at Seattle’s Gay Pride Parade was sentenced to 30 days’ jail time. This was before drones became reality in the American mind, before Tattoo’s excited cries of “The plane!” approaching Fantasy Island (an American television series, 1977-1984, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_Island) morphed into the calls of exercised home owners about “A drone!” at the bedroom window.
TenantHarassment.com is offering a $5,000 reward for the real estate mobbers or “tenant clearers” who continue in their attempt to harass the author of this blog out of her home in northeast Seattle in order to force its sale to real estate speculators. The reward will likely be matched and will be given for the arrest and prosecution of the mobbers themselves, or those in the neighborhood watch or in business with them who were instrumental in installing the mobbers in the houses around the author of this blog. This is a serial crime and there may be a circle of people who “clear” residents for developers or for their own ventures, so it’s possible that if you’ve experienced something similar or heard of something similar, that some of the same people may be involved. In this case, a ring of tenant relocators, criminals who bully legal residents out of their home, appears to be operating in northeast Seattle, using computer crimes like WiFi stalking in combination with the surveillance techniques of investigators. The methods in use may be common in cases where people are harassed out of their homes and they may also be used in forced “land deals.” ▪
Mobbing isn’t some alien probe story, and the technologies used to “clear” properties and force them to sale aren’t rocket science. Much of it is old-school detective craft, the tricks and gimmicks of shady private investigators put to use in the name of real estate speculation.
Beam-focused speakers like the parametric or “directional,” SoundLazer and Audio Spotlight are gaining popularity on the consumer market. In advertising, they are gimmicks that interest consumers in listening to an ad. In crowded public venues, they deliver pinpoint messaging without disruption to others; for example, playing the description of a work of art to the single gallery patron who stands before it. For an interesting application of Holosonic’s directional speaker technology, see the 2007 writeup of the A&E (Arts & Entertainment) network’s Soho promotion of the ghostly premium series, Paranormal State (“Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad,” Advertising Age, http://adage.com/article/news/hear-voices-ad/122491/). Gawker (now defunct) remarked, “Schizophrenia is the new ad gimmick,” glumly adding, “How soon will it be until in addition to the do-not-call list, we’ll have a ‘do not beam commercial messages into my head’ list?” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawker)
It was probably more than a year ago when I wrote about the mobbers’ use of sound checks to ensure that harassment—likely from beam-focused sources like parabolic and parametric speakers—was audible to me in my bedroom. My bedroom remains a sound-board laden fortress, in which I deconstruct and reconstruct the battlements of acoustic board daily, if I can manage it, to ensure that this small northwestern house has ample time to breathe. And even as I tend my defenses, the real estate mobbers—speculators or tenant relocators—conduct soundchecks to ensure their access to me, to ensure that I cannot escape their verbal abuse.
This is done by pairing what the nasty neighborhood watch lady once referred to as “sensitive” microphones with parabolic or parametric speakers from the mobbing houses that flank my home—the victim home—in this gentrifying enclave of Seattle, afflicted by a corrupt neighborhood watch and overrun by speculators. As the mobbers flanking one side of my small house attempt to penetrate my battlements with focused sound, those flanking the other listen to ensure the verbal abuse is audible.
How do I know this? Because one day earlier in the mobbing when I was in my bedroom, a female mobber whose voice came from the north side of my house told a younger voice that sounded as though it was located to the south of my house, “She can’t hear you.” What she meant, was that she could not hear her partner. This meant that the verbal abuse was not audible in my bedroom, and would not be audible to me. And why must I explain? I explain for the same reason I began to write this blog, because getting help when you are being mobbed, I have learned, is a rhetorical feat. Because predatory tech crimes like mobbing rely on confusing the cops and discrediting any victims who cannot be otherwise compelled to give in to the crime. To use a programming term, mobbers are practiced at the art of indirection. Mobbing is a crime that is designed to be unbelievable, a crime for which the onus of proof falls on its victims, making it all the harder for them to survive a “reign of terror” at the hands of their “neighbors.”
On being mobbed is a start at looking at how neighborhood watches gone rogue, shady developers, and their small time speculator friends use abuse civil process and use technology—including cyber-crime—to harass legal residents from their homes without anyone being the wiser. Because On being mobbed documents an ongoing crime, readers have the opportunity to use the information written here to do the right thing and to help to make sure that crooks who harass people out of their homes in Seattle, in Washington, or anywhere in the United States, get prosecuted for it. If all goes well, we can help to stop this from happening to others by making sure the crooks don’t get away with having done it to me. After all, that’s not what we’re about in America. At least, we didn’t used to be.
And remember, it doesn’t matter if you have information because you know people who do what’s been done to me, because you’ve heard of other cases where it’s been done in this way, or because you have a deep enough understanding of the technology to know how it’s done. RenterHarassment.com is offering a $5,000 reward to the person who turns information over to the police that leads to prosecution of the Seattle real estate mobbers. I’d like to go back to living my life as I did before I was forced to live the life of a legal renter targeted by the nasty neighborhood watch of the northeast. Frankly, my dear, I’d rather be writing about something else.
And now, or perhaps tomorrow or the next day when I finally publish the missive, read on to learn more about mobbing sound and how to get the most out of the cheap “acoustic board” you can buy at Lowe’s. ▪
(To be continued…)
It’s possible that the bulletins that businesses receive from local police already alert them to the physical risks of poor wireless security. But if they do, based on my experiences of patronizing businesses ranging from gas stations to grocery stores, from restaurants to swimming pools, in and around Seattle and Tacoma as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area and even in Vancouver B.C. these last three years, no one seems to be listening.