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“Am I going crazy or am I being stalked?” In the disturbing online world of gangstalking

August 2020

Jenny’s story is not linear, the way we like stories to be. Born in Baltimore in 1975, she had a happy, healthy childhood—her younger brother Danny fondly remembers the scavenger hunts she would organize. In her late teens, she developed anorexia and depression and was hospitalized for a month. Despite her struggles, she graduated from high school and was admitted to a prestigious liberal arts college.

There it went downhill again. Among other issues, chronic fatigue caused her to drop out. When she was 25, she threw that car over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida in an apparent suicide attempt. When she was 30, after having delusions that she was pregnant, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She was hospitalized for six months and began treatment, which included regular injections of an antipsychotic drug. “It was like having my older sister back,” Danny says.

On July 17, 2017, Jenny jumped from the tenth floor of a parking garage at Tampa International Airport. After her death, her family searched her hotel room and apartment, but the 42-year-old did not leave a note. “We wanted to find a reason why she did this,” Danny says. And so, a week after his sister’s death, Danny – a certified ethical hacker – decided to search Jenny’s computer for answers. He found that she had subscribed to hundreds of gangstalking groups on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit; online communities where the self-proclaimed “targeted individuals” say they are being tracked, harassed and stalked by governments and other organizations 24/7 – and the internet legitimizes them. Read the full story.