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Monkeyman935 Online Warning Hoax

Summary:
Email "warning" claims that someone with the screen-name "Monkeyman935" is killing women he has met via the Internet (Full commentary below.)



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, May 2005)
Subject: FROM THE STATE POLICE: NOT A JOKE

PLEASE READ THIS: State Police Warning for Online

WARNING FROM THE STATE POLICE . . USA (Not a joke.)

State police warning for online: Please read this "very carefully"..then send it out to all the people online that you know.

Something like this is nothing to be taken casually; this is something you DO want to pay attention to. Think of it as a bit of advice too.

If a person with the screen-name of Monkeyman935 contacts you, do not reply.

DO not talk to this person; do not answer any of his/her instant Messages or e-mail. Whoever this person may be, he/she is a suspect for murder in the death of 56 women (so far) contacted through the Internet.

Please send this to all the women on your buddy list and ask them to pass this on, as well. This screen-name was seen on Yahoo, AOL, AIM, and Excite so far.

This is not a joke! Please send this to men too...just in case! Send to everyone you know! Ladies, this is serious.




Commentary:
The information in this email "warning" is untrue and it should not be forwarded. "Monkeyman935" is not murdering women he has met via the Internet and this dire warning can be safely disregarded.

Although false, this "warning" actually has its origins in events surrounding the real case of brutal serial killer John E. Robinson. After a lengthy history of violence and murder, Robinson was finally arrested in 2000. He was charged in relation to the murders of several women, some of whom he met via Internet chat rooms. Robinson, going by the nickname "Slavemaster", used the Internet to entice women into participating in sadomasochistic relationships, several of which ended in homicide. You can read the full horrific story of the Robinson case in a series of articles on the Crime Library website.

The original version of the email (see below) apparently began circulation as a result of Robinson's crimes. The first version featured the screen name "Slavemaster" rather than "Monkeyman935". Although Robinson did really use the name "Slavemaster", he has been securely incarcerated for most or all of the time that the message has been circulating. Authorities suspect that he was involved in the deaths of a number of women, but the total is almost certainly a lot less than 56 as is claimed in the email.

Since the original "Slavemaster" message, there have been several other very similar versions in which alternative screen names have been inserted. As well as "Monkeyman935", mutated versions have featured the screen names "SweetCaliGuy4evr", "Free_mumia911" and others.

This hoax email will most likely continue to circulate for a long time to come. From time to time, someone will substitute a new "screen name" and the amended version will be repeatedly forwarded. This name substitution tactic is reminiscent of the MSN Contact List Virus Hoax, in which new email addresses replace previous ones quite regularly.

Certainly, Internet users should take measures to protect their privacy while online. Caution and commonsense should be used, especially if we decide to physically meet with people we have "met" on the Internet. However, forwarding this sort of hysterical nonsense is not likely to foster a sensible awareness of online personal safety issues. Instead, it just spreads unnecessary fear and alarm.

Two Original Versions:

Please read this and pass it on. VERY SERIOUS!

Our homeoffice has informed us that they received this bit of information. Read this very carefully....then send it to all the people online that you know. You DO want to pay attention to this.

If a person with the screen-name of Slavemaster contacts you, do not reply, do not talk to this person; do not answer any of his/her instant messages or e-mail. Whoever this person may be, he/she is a suspect for murder in the death of 56 women (so far) contacted through the Internet.

Please send this to all the women on your buddy list and ask them to pass it on. This screen name was seen on Yahoo, AOL, and Excite. Send to everyone.

Ladies this is very serious.


If a guy by the name of ----- _SlaveMaster ----- contacts you do not answer. He has killed 56 women that he has talked to on the Internet. PLZ SEND OUT TO ALL THE WOMEN ON YOUR BUDDY LIST . ALSO ASK THEM TO PASS THIS ON.

He has been on {{Yahoo- Aol-- Excite}} so far. This is no JOKE.!!!!!!


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References:
John E. Robinson, Sr.: The Slavemaster
MSN Contact List Virus Hoax
Symantec Write-Up: Slavemaster
SLAVEMASTER JOHN EDWARD ROBINSON

Last updated: 30th December 2009
First published: May 2005
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen