So far, there have been four SWATings that appear to have some connection to the Brett Kimberlin story. As Patterico points out in his excellent summary piece on the story:
..there have been four SWATtings. A “SWATting” is a false claim that there has been a shooting at an innocent victim’s residence, causing the police to come to the victim’s home expecting to find a violent and armed man, when the victim has no idea what is going on. In Patrick Frey’s case, police pointed loaded firearms at him as he opened his front door. SWATting is a dangerous crime that could result in the death of innocent victims and police. The SWATtings at issue include the following victims and dates:
- Mike Stack, June 23, 2011
- Patrick Frey, July 1, 2011
- Erick Erickson, May 27, 2012
- Aaron Walker, June 25, 2012
It is not known who did the SWATtings.
And nobody knows the motive, either, obviously. That being said, Frey, Erickson and Walker all have clear connections to the Kimberlin story. Patterico had written about Kimberlin previous. Erickson was part of Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day. Walker had had a court victory over Kimberlin the morning he was SWATed.
But what about Mike Stack?
Well, there IS a Kimberlin connection to Mike — right here, four comments down. GoatsRed was a Twitter handle Mike used and you can see that someone with that name comments on the Patterico story about Kimberlin back on October 11, 2010 — months before Weinergate, which is when many of us really first knew about Mike.
Who would have found such a link? An obsessive compulsive researcher certainly could have…