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Michael McDermott's wish list.
December 29, 2000 5:59 PM   Subscribe

Michael McDermott's wish list.
posted by luke (24 comments total)

 
Wow, I own about 33% of his wish list and want another 20%. Should i seek counceling?
posted by DragonBoy at 6:31 PM on December 29, 2000


Is this the Michael McDermott of 620 N Surf fame? (I hope I got that right) That would explain, well, everything.
posted by ethmar at 7:41 PM on December 29, 2000


From GeekPress":

After Michael McDermott (allegedly) went postal and killed 7 of his coworkers in a shooting spree in Wakefield, Massachusetts, several curious websurfers decided to take a look at the website Michaelmcdermott.com. The site belonged to a photographer who coincidentally had the same name, and it featured his business slogan "Nobody shoots like Mike". After receiving hundreds of e-mails, he quickly changed the front page to remove the slogan.

The name appears to be used by more than one person in the US; it's not by any means certain that the wishlist you found was placed by the guy who committed the murders.
posted by
Steven Den Beste at 7:57 PM on December 29, 2000


That's what I get for not previewing it first. Sorry about that.

posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:58 PM on December 29, 2000


Steven: The Michael McDermott on Amazon lists a hometown that's 30 miles from Wakefield and says his nickname is "Mucko."
posted by rcade at 8:15 PM on December 29, 2000


He was also a longtime resident of Weymouth whose nickname was coined by a nephew, and Amazon's McDermott calls himself "Uncle Mucko." I think this guy's our Huckleberry. How'd you find this, Luke?
posted by rcade at 8:24 PM on December 29, 2000


I can't stop myself. Here's Michael McDermott's registration for mucko.com.
posted by rcade at 8:26 PM on December 29, 2000


How'd I find it? Um, I tossed his name into the search field. Amazon's Friends & Favorites is great fun for a fellow bored at work.

Be the first on your block to suggest the massacre wouldn't have happened if only someone had gotten him something for Christmas!

Also be the first on your block to point out that within four days, seven people were slain in both Boston and Philadelphia, yet only one is getting much attention. Is it the one in which the victims pushed drugs in a rowhouse? Or the one in which the victims pushed pencils in a Web shop? Be the first to play the race card!
posted by luke at 8:36 PM on December 29, 2000


I would just like to point out that there is not one BOOK among all of those DVD's and VHS tapes.
posted by leo at 8:41 PM on December 29, 2000


I think there's an excellent chance that this isn't the real Mucko, but rather some prankster who's just sitting out there waiting for someone to stumble across this. Wondering how long it'll take for the link to appear in a news source they read. And chortling...
posted by kindall at 9:25 PM on December 29, 2000


i have to say shooting fish is a goddamm cute cable movie
own it? not on your life
posted by ethylene at 9:28 PM on December 29, 2000


btw, drunk as hull right now
and i mean hull
posted by ethylene at 9:30 PM on December 29, 2000


Kindall: Each item in the Amazon wish list is dated with the day it was added to the list.
posted by rcade at 9:32 PM on December 29, 2000


Mmm. Good point. I completely missed that.
posted by kindall at 9:48 PM on December 29, 2000


Well, if we're going to get into dates, don't any of you find it strange that a good number of these non-book items were selected on Sept. 18 or, in other words, two weeks AFTER the guy's birthday -- supposedly on Sept. 4?

Now, of course, there may have been a number of factors that came into play not least of which is sheer randomness as to when he filled out (or updated) the Amazon form, but hey, if it were my birthday, you could jolly well expect that I'd have the whole list made up well in advance of the great event.
posted by leo at 10:29 PM on December 29, 2000


rcade--it's not the same Michael McDermott. I know the one of which you speak and yes...it would explain a lot...
posted by thc at 12:18 AM on December 30, 2000


Regardless of who it is, someone who wants both "Home Alone II" and "Henry V" is clearly crazy.



posted by croutonsupafreak at 6:10 AM on December 30, 2000


hmm..... let's look at some of his titles. "Seven", "Shooting Fish", "The Anatomy of a Murder", "Lethal Weapon", "Die Hard", .... anyone else find any irony in any of that?
posted by elf_baby at 7:09 AM on December 30, 2000


THC: Are you saying there are two Muckos from Weymouth?
posted by rcade at 7:22 AM on December 30, 2000


Gawd, now I hope the press doesn't find out about this. The armchair psychoanalysts among them will find some way to make it collectively Indicative Of His Disturbed Mental State, like they did with "The Basketball Diaries" for Klebold and Harris, and I then I'll have to vomit.

As for why they were all added on the same date, you'll find the same with a lot of items on my Amazon.com wishlist. That's because as soon as I found out about wishlists, I made one and put dozens of things on it in one day. Maybe on his birthday, he just didn't know about the feature. God knows I find it hard to stay on top of the things Amazon is constantly adding.
posted by kindall at 8:07 AM on December 30, 2000


I would love to have that DVD collection, and I don't think that's in any way indicative of my sanity.

I hope.
posted by cCranium at 8:30 AM on December 30, 2000


Also, perhaps he got a DVD player for his birthday. I know I've been seriously thinking about building a number of wishlists since I got one for Christmas. :-)
posted by cCranium at 8:31 AM on December 30, 2000


That too. Still have to wonder at the lack of books and music on it, though. I can't imagine a software guy not reading a lot. (He was a bona-fide software guy, right? I seem to remember reading that, but I can't find confirmation of what exactly he did at Edgewater in any news reports.) Maybe he gets his book fix elsewhere.

i have to say shooting fish is a goddamm cute cable movie own it? not on your life

Well, if someone else was paying for it, why not?
posted by kindall at 8:45 AM on December 30, 2000


I recall reading that he was a Quality Assurance guy. If the QA guy in my office is any indication, then McDermott was a bona-fide software guy also.

In a small dot-com, with one (or even a few, a few is not a lot) QA person, they need to know almost every aspect of the software and they need to be able to point out probable bug causes. He (uh, our guy, not McDermott) writes a bunch of testing and updating scripts, too.
posted by cCranium at 9:19 AM on December 31, 2000


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