A case of neighbor harassment using infrasonic sound

Here’s something I just happened across and hadn’t heard about before. A case of using infrasonic sound to harass a neighbor, interestingly a type of sound that generates vibrations and that, according to the Instructables page that tells how to build an infrasonic speaker, can surmount obstacles that might interfere with other ranges of sound (Build an Infrasonic Subwoofer, http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-an-Infrasonic-Subwoofer/). Ultrasonic sound, used in directional speaker technologies, is an example of sound that is impeded by obstacles since it falls back into the audible range on impact, its reference beam colliding with the carrier beam.

The study of such sound waves is sometimes referred to as infrasonics, covering sounds beneath 20 Hz down to 0.001 Hz. This frequency range is utilized for monitoring earthquakes, charting rock and petroleum formations below the earth, and also in ballistocardiography and seismocardiography to study the mechanics of the heart. Infrasound is characterized by an ability to cover long distances and get around obstacles with little dissipation.

According to the Orlando Sentinal, a woman named Peggy Westby could hardly function because of the vibrating noise that turned out to be remotely controlled by smartphone.

Westby endured three months of the constant sound torture. I wish I could say the same. Unfortunately, my mobbing is moving on towards three years now and the apparent criminal ring mobbing me appears to be maneuvering to end it, before I can get an investigation, by manipulating Seattle Police into believing that I am harassing them. It’s discouragingly Kafkaesque. According to Wikipedia, accusations of harassment are a common feature of cybercrime. Perpetrators accuse their victims of harassment to control them and to manipulate authorities into believing that the victim is the criminal (“Cybercrime,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybercrime). The false accusations play into the dynamic of “victim-blaming” in the mobbing style of harassment. The continual drive to enlist civil and penal authorities in punishing the victim, too, is the hallmark of mobbing.

With reference to my own situation, I have written about the likelihood of at least some remote or “call-in” harassment to a network of wired speakers shared by the north and south mobbing houses. The beauty of call-in harassment, whether over satellite phone or VoIP, is in the alibi it provides real estate mobbers (tenant relocators or criminal speculators). “Neighbor harassment” is generally expected to be performed from a neighboring house. If the neighbor or his “roomate” or “friend” is seen leaving in his vehicle, it can’t possibly be his voice that the victim hears, and if no one is home (or appears to be), it’s easily argued that the victim is “hearing voices.” Even if mobbers mix onsite harassment with remote harassment, enough confusion is likely to be introduced to discredit victim reports.

Another feature of interest is the fact that infrasonic sound is subterranean and can be conducted through earth. I have speculated about how a dipole system installed between the two houses that flank the victim house in a property mobbing, might allow for sound to be conveyed through a common concrete slab and even to run through the victim property itself. Perhaps infrasonic sound provides the right range of sound for the circumstance of shared earth.

As for detection of such methods, it’s a sad state of affairs. Today I talked to an attorney who stated the apparently common view that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) is clueless when it comes to technology crimes.

SPD has an obligation to refer such crimes to the FBI. Failure to do so should be grounds for disciplinary measures. Inaction gives criminals free rein to wage war against an isolated victim, assaulting her for as long as it takes to get what they want, and even killing her along the way.

For information about how Orlando police discovered the method of the crime, see the Orlando Sentinal article, Deputies: Woman blasted neighbor with loud music at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-marianna-seachrist-stalking-arrest-20150709-story.html.

And while I am still free to blog and make suggestions about how police departments can step up their handling of technology crimes like the one that is doing a pretty good job of ruining my own life, I believe that police departments in major metropolitan areas should be required to routinely consult with the FBI and alert them to potential cyber-crimes, stalking crimes, and other technology-enabled crimes that should be escalated for investigation by qualified investigators. And this should be done based upon victim reports, and not on the druthers of the officer. Even if you don’t look at the technology behind the crime, if SPD would at least confer with the FBI on victim allegations of an unusual crime like the one that victimizes me, it is entirely likely that the FBI know of rings of criminals in the northwest who do precisely what has been done to me and that just a bit of description would be enough to confirm the likely presence of such criminals around me. It is for this reason that I began to write On being mobbed. This blog documents a crime in hopes that investigators will read about the crime and see the veracity of my account.

Alternately, perhaps the maverick department with appropriate funding should routinely refer complaints such as mine, complaints about crimes that are difficult to believe, to in-house forensic investigators of cyber- and technology crimes who have the requisite expertise that the cop on the street lacks.

No victim should be left to languish or even to perish in a years-long predatory crime because of a police department whose officers refuse to take a complaint, whether out of bias or out of ignorance about technology. Criminals should not be able to take advantage of the lack of knowledge police have about technology anymore than they should be able to take advantage of police bias for the statements of white men, home owners or physicians. Nor should criminals benefit from turf wars that discourage local police from asking for FBI assistance with stalking and technology crimes.

It’s not the criminals who should be protected and served.


2 responses

  1. I found this post incredibly informing and unfortunately I believe I have been a victim of such crimes for multiple years as well.

    Since this post is years old, has there been any resolution to your situation? Is there anything I can do to protect myself?

    Currently I find I am too scared to even reach out to my local police department for fear that no one will believe my story.


  2. Thanks for your comment, Nick. I started writing this blog in hopes of providing a believable account of an unbelievable crime that, at least in my case, is clearly related to real estate speculation. This blog is less than a year old, but the Florida case of infrasonic harassment is older than that. My own situation has not been resolved. I published a post last week and hope to get another post out this week. If I’m correct and the crime that has affected me is a real estate scam, it will take finding a pattern in a number of similar cases, finding a way to prove the harassment that is designed to be highly difficult to prove (for example, infrasonic sound or cyberharassment over public speakers) or a useful lead to a police department and investigation. I’m hoping that soon happens.


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