Many years ago, when I first became an activist, I was inspired by Erin Brockovich, her story, her courage, her tenacity, all of which moved me to become everything I am. Today, Erin and I are the only two activists who travel the country fighting to clean up toxic spills and hold environmental exploiters accountable. And that last fact is part of the reason I have the problems I am dealing with today, leaving me the only human being in The US who knows the truth about this woman, and what she is really up to.
I’m the only one who knows the whole story
As I traveled from town to town – 2,000 so far, over 500,000 miles worth of travel – I spoke directly with residents and activists, about their local toxic waste issues. I would often ask, “Have you contacted Erin?” Imagine my surprise when people told me, “Yeah, she showed up in town, scoured the place for a lawsuit, and when she couldn’t find any money to be made, she was gone.” I didn’t just hear this once, I heard it hundreds of times. Even journalists have quietly confided in me, “We hear that a lot.”
As I came into my own as an activist, slowly and methodically learning my craft, it started to become apparent that Erin was the ambulance chaser everyone had accused her of being. But even more disturbing, I started watching her lie to the media, most notably during the Porter Ranch gas leak, when she went on TV, did not disclose that she was a paid spokesperson for a law firm, and said, “Porter Ranch is the worst environmental spill since Deep Water Horizon.” It wasn’t. The worst environmental spill was, and still is, the plume of methane in the atmosphere over the Four Corners region of the US, so large it can be detected by satellite imaging, originating from the hundreds of thousands of leaking gas wells in the area.
The media immediately parroted her statements, about Porter Ranch, hundreds of media articles were created, based on her lies, making it “third party sourced fact,” but actually amounting to nothing more than false news.
Considering all the problems we have today, in this country, with false media, or politically slanted news, someone like Erin, who’s layman opinion is often quoted as scientific fact, has a responsibility to check herself, and make sure she is delivering accurate information. As I have learned, she doesn’t care. If anyone attempts to correct her, she accuses the dissenter of “stalking and harassing her using social media,” which really means that you disagreed with her opinion, in the comments on her Facebook Fan Page.
I was just outside of Barstow…
A few years ago, I moved to Barstow, California, which is seven miles from Hinkley, the ill fated town from the film that made her famous, a town where many residents got nothing from the lawsuit, while Erin turned around and sold their story to Hollywood, for $100,000, after allegedly collecting a $2 million dollar check, for their suffering. Local residents in Hinkley said, “If you weren’t buddy buddy with Erin, you got nothing.” From where I stand today, I completely believe it, 100%.
While I was living there I learned that several years after the infamous PG & E lawsuit settlement, Roberta Walker – the Marg Helgenberger character from the film – got a high reading of Chromium 6 in her well. She’d called Erin, who showed up in town, held a meeting, and told everyone to move. NPR immediately echoed her statements, with no scientific evidence, whatsoever.
After all of this happened, 3,500 residents of Hinkley lost their homes. PG & E stepped in, bought up the houses at twenty-five cents on the dollar, as the county assessor said, “The calamity of the Chromium caused the housing values to drop,” in spite of the fact that there is no evidence, anywhere in the country, which shows housing values being reduced by toxic plumes, as the US EPA publishes data which shows that housing values in communities where clean ups occur have traditionally gone up.
Yet, in the aforementioned NPR article, when asked for data to about the size of the plume, Erin stated, “Nobody knows. Only PG & E knows, and they have been lying for years,” which is a statement that completely ignored the fact that PG & E readily admitted their mistake, and even publicly apologized, something that is completely unheard of, for a polluter. Erin’s own statement revealed that she had no scientific basis for her claims, and that all of those people lost their homes, because they trusted her. Today, the town of Hinkley barely exists; it’s a highway. PG & E had bought up the land, and then sold to Cal Trans.
When I stood up in town, to talk about all of this, I got publicly slaughtered by Daron Banks, the local high school teacher, who is also the son-in-law of none other than Roberta Walker, or one of Erin’s “best friends,” to use her own words. Daron told the entire community that I was “schizophrenic,” and then I was ostracized from my own community, eventually losing my home, after waves of death threats were lobbed at me. The latter is a hate crime, because I’m disabled, but the FBI has flatly refused to investigate.
Frivolous legal attack from 3,000 miles away
Only a few weeks after I published, a man named Peter John Ross walked into a courtroom, and filed a bogus civil stalking protection order against me, an ordeal that dragged on for over eight months, costing me over $40,000 to defend and protect myself from this frivolous lawsuit. I lived 3,000 miles from this man who filed against me, who told the courts that I lived in Ohio, when I didn’t, and I’d never met him in my entire life.
About a month later, Erin posted a photo on her Fan Page, of a sink filled with brown water, from Ravenna High School, a small town, in Ohio, I used to live in. People in the community were outraged because Erin had branded the brown water, as a part of our “national water crisis,” when it turned out that the cause of the brown water was nothing more than a broken hot water heater, which had already been fixed, by the time she posted it.
Once again, she’d lied, but this time she was exploiting a town that I used to live in. I told her, on her fan page, “Stop lying, and stay out of my town. Any campaign you run in this area will be disrupted by me,” and that is the only “threat” I have ever made towards her, for no other reason than she was doing what she does best, lying and exploiting innocent people, ostensibly trying to leave Ravenna a ghost town, just like she had done to Hinkley.
A leaked document started to reveal the truth
A year later a letter leaked, showing that during the court case, Erin’s water guy, Bob Bowcock, had written a statement filled with lies, supporting the illegal court filing, directly revealing his involvement with the anonymous internet vigilante group that started attacking, shortly after I’d published the information in Hinkley. At no time in my life I ever stated that I’m the “real” Erin Brockovich, and what I said was that I was going to bring a camera crew to one of her events, to catch an interview with her, about how she destroyed Hinkley.
If one Google’s my name they find a massive smear campaign, a search engine optimization as retaliation campaign, and over 36 blogs published about me, 750,000 posts, blogs that run 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, repeatedly and aggressively bullying me. The group calls themselves MB Victim Resources, and even raises funds so they can abuse me. There are a web of fake Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts, and other social media that are targeting me, and everyone around me. And who can be found tweeting to this group and following them? None other than Bob Bowcock, himself.
The burning babies of Barstow and Front Royal
About a year after Hinkley, I stood up in Barstow, after receiving reports from citizens about being burned by the water. A local doctor came forward and stated that the rashes were caused by the water. The director of the local homeless shelter also had made the same statements. But when I stood up to try to clean up the water, journalist Diane Dimond, who is also directly linked with MB Victim Resources, sent copies of a false news article she’d written about me, which is featured on Creators.com, to disrupt my efforts, revealing that this group, who is directly tied to Brockovich, was willing to poison an entire town, just to keep me from having success and telling my story, leaving hundreds of babies being burned by bad water.
Not long after the Barstow affair, I stood up in Front Royal, Virginia to expose a corrupt economic deal, an attempt to redevelop a still polluted Superfund site, when MB Victim Resources showed up, started spreading false rumors about me, posted my address on the internet, sent people to my home to take photos of my property, trespassed on my land, and in their own words, they stole my car, and pissed on my porch. The Jeff Berdyck Twitter account is impersonating my dead abusive father.
Eventually, much like in Hinkley, I lost my home, costing me another $25,000, because of repeated and excessive death threats, or hate crime number two, with no intervention from the FBI, as they even refused to respond to local police’s requests for assistance.
The Flint Water Crisis
If I had to isolate the historical moment when Erin, and the rest of the world became my enemy, it’s when I stood up three years before the Flint Water Crisis, two years before I moved to Hinkley, and exposed corruption at the Region 5 EPA. I warned the public, and Erin, that if we didn’t work to reform Region 5, that there was going to be a toxic spill, a massive mass poisoning. Erin refused to listen, refused to fight, and eventually it led to the Flint Water Crisis going on ten month longer than it had to, due to failure to act, by the EPA, of which I was the first activist in the US to blow the whistle on Region 5. Erin later said, “Those that knew and failed to act, are murderers,” but I warned her, and every other activist and media outlet on the planet about Region 5, three years before Flint, so by her own logic, she’s one of those murderers, herself.
Later, while I was in Michigan, when I tried to begin an investigation into the Trichloroethelyne (TCE) in the ground water in downtown Flint, and other projects, the dismissed court records from the Peter John Ross case in Ohio, were spread all over town, and people were told I was dodging service and need to be found, as citizens actually started trying to track me down,revealing how court records can be used for the spread of disinformation, and how Erin, Bob, and the rest of them are willing to basically poison anyone they have to, in order to prevent me from telling my story, even if exploiting the innocent victims she claims to have stood up for, during the water crisis.
There is no brave attorney like the ones we see in movies
Over the years, because of the intense defamation, false news article, investigations, and everything else that has happened, I have repeatedly tried to find an attorney to help me, but of course, this series of events has been spread over the last six years, making it almost impossible to quickly recount everything that has occurred. As soon as I mention Erin, I am told, “I’m not getting involved in this, surely someone else will help you,” as I have been passed from attorney to attorney to the point that I have now told my story to hundreds of lawyers across the country, all of which flatly refuse to assist me with my ongoing internet defamation issues, as the situation gets worse and worse.
I often refer to myself as the New Kitty Genovese, a reference to a woman who was murdered, as a hundred people watched and no one helped her or called the police.
Today, I am slowly being sucked under, my issues getting worse and worse, and I am losing everything I have, because I cannot file a lawsuit, no matter what I do, and if I do file a suit I will be financially drained to the point that I’m homeless. One attorney told me, “You need media!” When I told him I had contacted no less than a thousand journalists about all of this and not one of them ever wrote back, he said, “Just keep telling your story, someone is bound to help you.”
I just want justice and for my story to be told
The basis for the case I would like to file against Erin, and other parties, that their actions have prevented me from exercising my rights to free speech afforded by the US Constitution, and other rights; have prevented me from securing police services when crimes have been committed against me; have prevented me from having a stable home and triggered multiple hate crimes against me; have encouraged repeated attacks against my name, and have cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process; that she is using a group of paid or volunteer trolls to aggressively attack me and stop me from speaking out.
Last night, I logged onto my travel website, and it had been hacked, calling me a “racist twat,” the contents of my bank account were published, exposing me to robberies, posted by the group directly connected to Erin and Bob.
As all of this happens, I am wondering, where is the brave attorney willing to stand up for the rights of someone who is being dominated by power? Because as far as I have witnessed, this person doesn’t exist.