Brian Krebs reports on the identification of the body of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, "a prolific spammer and neo-Nazi," and adds that "It might be difficult to fathom why, but Hawke may have made a few enemies over the years." Read the article and you'll see why it's not actually difficult to fathom why.
If there's any lesson to be learned from this grim news, maybe it's a reminder that spammers can often seem to be bad people in other ways, too. I know I've noticed this and I'm sure others have, too. Intentionally sending spam is just one aspect of a bad person's personality. They're a pain to deal with because they usually try to con us deliverability people into thinking that their ISP issues are our fault and they can get really sour when you don't accept that. I've heard stories of unpaid bills and mini-vendettas, too.
The whole thing reminded me of this blog post by Valerie Aurora and Leigh Honeywell, The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment, talking about sexual harassment in the tech world, exploring the theory that harassers can likely be identified by their engaging in other bad acts, thanks to the concept of “criminal versatility."
Yep. Rings true to me.