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Suspected murderer blogs his life on the run
May 25, 2007 11:42 AM   Subscribe

"Dillan Kramer," the alias of a man accused of killing his family doctor, is currently on the run from the FBI with his son, "Michael," and he's liveblogging the entire thing. High potential to be fake, sure, but is it? Go, hive-mind -- use your powers; get to the bottom of this!
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posted by c:\awesome at 11:44 AM on May 25, 2007


shades of shes.aflightrisk.org. which, of course, was fake.
posted by the painkiller at 11:47 AM on May 25, 2007


but is it?

The only part of this thing that reads as at all sincere and realistic are the all the "<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->" errors.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:48 AM on May 25, 2007


Fake.
posted by Krrrlson at 11:48 AM on May 25, 2007


Reminds me of this. Even if it's not true, makes for an interesting story.
posted by saraswati at 11:48 AM on May 25, 2007


(Hive-mind will bill you later.)
posted by Krrrlson at 11:49 AM on May 25, 2007


I'm sorry, but that's fake. And pretty contrived. It reads as though it were proofwritten, it's dropping clues (clues!), it lacks the sort of identifiable, human details that a real person telling a real story would use. It's constructed in a manner that raises suspense, not in a way that a person trying to prove their identity would write.
posted by Bookhouse at 11:50 AM on May 25, 2007


Is he searching for a one-armed man?
posted by moonbiter at 11:51 AM on May 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Since I myself secretly eliminated everybody on Earth with the title of President, replacing them with cthonic androids on Cthulu's orders, I cry "Bullshit!" because I can.

Maybe we should introduce this fugitive to this chick. Would that then be virtual pedophilia?
posted by davy at 11:51 AM on May 25, 2007


Check the FBI warrants list. Is a "Dillan Kramer" (or anyone accused of killing their doctor) on it? Either way, problem solved.
posted by DU at 11:52 AM on May 25, 2007


It's first person fiction, not 'fake'.
posted by empath at 11:52 AM on May 25, 2007


Then it dawned on me…

My son had posted that picture on his wall BEFORE the crop circle had formed in the field.

I triple checked the dates in the article and phoned the newspaper. The dates checked out.

Writing this out like this makes it even more ridiculous to me. As stated before, I am an Engineer. I deal in facts.

When I asked my son how he could do this he simply smiled and said, “You’ll see.”


LOL. But it's kind of fun.
posted by granted at 11:52 AM on May 25, 2007


Yup, everything Bookhouse said. Struck me as somebody who's noticed all those hot young kids getting media deals from youtube, so he's decided that he'll have a stab at using blogger to get a book deal.

And if his story was interesting, perhaps he might. But it isn't. So he won't.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:53 AM on May 25, 2007


Go, hive-mind -- use your powers; get to the bottom of this!

No, thanks.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:55 AM on May 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Would that then be virtual pedophilia?

No, it would be virtual Ephebophilia.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:56 AM on May 25, 2007


Smells fake to me too. Interesting idea for a project though.
posted by quin at 11:56 AM on May 25, 2007


As I drove, I started to wonder why they weren’t at our house. The crime scene. Then my cellphone rang again. It was a text message from my wife…

It simply said ‘Run’


OK, not fun anymore. I'm gonna go tweeze my eyebrows.
posted by granted at 12:00 PM on May 25, 2007


I'm with empath here. Why is it 'fake' just because it's not real. Do you yell FAKE! when you're at the movies too?
posted by sveskemus at 12:03 PM on May 25, 2007


>Go, hive-mind -- use your powers; get to the bottom of this!

Not willing to waste that weekly askme question, eh?
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:05 PM on May 25, 2007


Man, Trent Reznor's just churnin' out the album promos these days isn't he?
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 12:09 PM on May 25, 2007 [2 favorites]


Note to people who plan to fake something like this in the future. Dictate it, don't write it. Most people (who are not writers) write like they talk.
posted by Pastabagel at 12:09 PM on May 25, 2007


Do you yell FAKE! when you're at the movies too?

If the movies purported to be news reports, they would be fake. Sure, a convincing fiction can be enhanced by pretending it's real, sometimes, but mostly that's a cheap trick and in our present cultural milieu it's one perpetrated mostly by edgy ad company creatives who want us to buy they're stuff. Of course we're suspicious and pre-emptively resentful.
posted by grobstein at 12:11 PM on May 25, 2007


Err, "edgy" and "creatives" should've been in scare-quotes. kthx.
posted by grobstein at 12:11 PM on May 25, 2007


For what upcoming television series is this a promo?
posted by ericb at 12:12 PM on May 25, 2007


Can we get a "Paging Art Bell" tag?
posted by mds35 at 12:17 PM on May 25, 2007


Watch -- I bet he ends up at a ski area in Taos.
posted by ericb at 12:18 PM on May 25, 2007


Oh puuuuhhhlease. Next thing you know, you're going to tell me that the guy who was Stuck In Rehab with Pat O'Brien wasn't really stuck in rehab with Pat O'Brien.

What?

Ohh.

[Buries her face in her hands and cries.]
posted by miss lynnster at 12:22 PM on May 25, 2007


"Do you yell FAKE! when you're at the movies too?"

Yes. Also, at pop songs and flyers for homeopathy. I am a joy to be around.
posted by klangklangston at 12:29 PM on May 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Do you yell FAKE! when you're at the movies too?

A guy I lived with one summer did. Any plot point he didn't like was "written in". "Oh, they just wrote that part in!" he'd say about any implausibility or coincidence or convenient point.

Apparently all the rest of each movie was Tru-Life.
posted by DU at 12:29 PM on May 25, 2007


As opposed to Salinger novels, which I deride as "Phoney!"
posted by klangklangston at 12:29 PM on May 25, 2007


Go, hive-mind -- use your powers; get to the bottom of this!

No.
posted by davejay at 12:45 PM on May 25, 2007


Yeah, that's too contrived to even begin to fall for. The 21st century epistolary thriller is an alluring genre, but: no.
posted by blueshammer at 12:53 PM on May 25, 2007


A better question is whether it's pre-marketing for a movie, TV show, etc., or a standalone work of fiction. I mean, I think most of us knew it wasn't real before we even clicked the link. (Though then again, I thought the stake-through-Milosevic's-heart story was fake even after I clicked the link -- until it was corrobated by several different news sources -- so who knows? This strikes me as pretty obviously a work of fiction, however.)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 12:54 PM on May 25, 2007


'We met at University'

Okay, so it's not an American writing this.
posted by desjardins at 12:55 PM on May 25, 2007


Aw, shes.aflightrisk.org was a fake? I always wondered what happened to Isabelle V. Any links to updates?
posted by emelenjr at 1:09 PM on May 25, 2007


The 21st century epistolary thriller is an alluring genre

Having said that, let me offer this.
posted by blueshammer at 1:10 PM on May 25, 2007


meh. it's a cheesy rip of king's firestarter, only the kid sees future crop circles.
posted by quonsar at 1:46 PM on May 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Great name, so-so post.
posted by humannaire at 3:05 PM on May 25, 2007


I'm with kittens. I followed the "I love bees" thing - a promo for "Halo II" - and generally had a good time discussing what each week's episode meant. All in all I had some fun with it, got to listen to a pretty cool radio drama and could have gotten the quasi-VIP treatment at the Halo II unveiling if I wanted to make the drive to Chicago.

If the kid sees future crop circles doesn't that make this a cheesy rip of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow?
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 3:10 PM on May 25, 2007


This is ass. I wanted to believe, because I haven't been taken in by a good web thriller since the cave one*. But no, a sentence in and I'm fully aware its fiction..

Could someone out there please make one of these believable? k, thx bye.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:21 PM on May 25, 2007


*yeah, that one.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:21 PM on May 25, 2007


Why are all your characters on the internet calling some other character inauthentic? As if authenticity were meaningful here? Is it supposed to be foreshadowing for the big reveal later in the season where I find out that yes, Paulsc was written by several different people but SCDB, Klangklangston, Dios and Vronsky were all done by the same woman? Or is it supposed to differentiate MetaFilter fake from rest-of-the-internet fake -- like when the Sopranos talk about the Godfather movies? Or as if your characters know they are characters, and respond to other fiction as I respond to you?

How meta.
posted by Methylviolet at 7:18 PM on May 25, 2007


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