Letter to My Critics Regarding Donations, Expertise, Etc.

NOTE TO COMMENTERS 1:

I am getting tired of saying this over and over, but most of the material below is made up of rumors and my own opinions and theories. None of that is represented as fact. Furthermore, I am not using rumors as reliable sources as has been alleged. I never said they were reliable sources. How reliable is a rumor? That’s for you to determine, but in general a rumor is not considered to be a reliable source, and they are not treated as such below. 

Also when I say I am 100% sure of something, that means that I am 100% sure of it in my own mind. All of us are 100% sure of all sorts of things we cannot prove. That’s the nature of the human condition. We simply assume many things are facts until proven otherwise. Now many of these things that I was completely certain of were later proven to be wrong. Such is the case with many other things people become certain of in their own mind. Once again, when I say I am sure or certain or 100% certain, it means only that I am sure in my own mind. I am not stating that any of these things are facts. They are simply my convictions. Any of all of these firmly held beliefs of mine about this case could possibly will later prove to be false.

The only thing that is represented as fact are statements sourced from LE or the media. If you have issues with rumors, theories, opinions. etc., just quit reading right now and save yourself the heartache. 

NOTE TO COMMENTERS 2:

I thought I made this one thing perfectly clear as Richard Nixon used to say:

I have no sources whatsoever among the families of the girls.

I have no sources whatsoever in LE, local or otherwise. 

There ya go.

What I do have is sources close to the families. These people generally live in Delphi and the surrounding region. So that makes my rumors even more hearsay. I’m not even talking to the families. I am talking to people who talk to the families!

Of course I have no LE sources. I thought I made that clear. Never have. Yes, I have talked to some of them, but of course they didn’t tell me a thing. A couple of times they told me that a certain person was a POI or that a certain person had been cleared with an airtight alibi. I suppose they don’t mind giving out that information. But other than that, they don’t tell me jack. It’s hard enough to even get them to call you back. I think if I asked them if my name was Robert Lindsay, they would say, “I am sorry, but I cannot comment on matters relating to an ongoing investigation.” That’s how bad it is.

So what do I have? Once again, I have sources who are close to LE. They get their information from LE, then they talk to me. So once again this is even more hearsay, as I am not even talking to LE but to the people who are talking to LE.

I really wish people would quit claiming I have LE or family sources. I just don’t. If you think I have these sources, just quit reading my stuff right now and go away. You will not be missed!

NOTE TO COMMENTERS 3: The lies never end. The latest is “Lindsay takes other people’s theories and claims they are his own.” Of course I don’t. This website is nothing but a compendium of rumors from all over the Net regarding this crime. I go through the rumors and try to rank them on a scale of weak to strong. I compare them against other rumors to see which one is better. All sorts of theories have been flying around since day one. I report those too.

The theories are really just more rumors. I’d say the vast majority of the rumor theories reported here were thought up by other people. I find most of my theories on other sites about this crime. That’s how it works, you know. You get theories about the crime from others. Yes, you use your own theories and you use other people’s theories. I really do not have time to down through the list of theories and say where I got them from. I have come up with a few of my own, but even with those, I guess someone else thought of them first. Also a lot of the theories here are also the result of constant brainstorming I do with my fellow sleuths.

Jimmy Conway: This blog is very informative, and Robert is very good at what he does in terms of digging into the crime. I see his name mentioned on other sites as well. That means that people are reading this blog.

However, I think that readers get immediately turned off by Robert’s continual requests for money. Some of the comments I have seen elsewhere have ridiculed Robert unfairly because of it.

I realize that this is Robert’s only source of income at this time and the loyal following is keeping him afloat, but just as many people refuse to take what he says seriously because of the money issue…so instead of asking new members to donate why not create a pinned post at the top of each page topic indicating that this is his only source of income, perhaps with a Paypal link so people can easily donate that way.

It’s not my only source of income. I have a trust fund, but it is only a very small check every month. It started out at $700,000, but they dole it out bit by bit, so it seems like a lot less. It’s close to a poverty level wage. I have been getting it since 18 and it is a spendthrift trust, so I cannot touch it. It’s all up to the trustees. They control the whole pile.

With a pinned post at the top, too many people will see that and just leave and not even see the latest posts.

Once you donate, I never bug you again. And all Delphi commenters are exempt from normal rules that all regular commenters must donate minimum $10 to keep commenting. I never bother people repeatedly for money. I ask you once. If you don’t donate, fine. If you want me to not bug you, just give me minimum $10 bucks or so, and I will never pester you again. Easy peasy.

They can ridicule me all they want. Apparently they believe in working for free. Ask them if they work for free. Ask them if they go to their jobs and refuse the money the boss offers, instead saying they would rather work for free. Ask them if they run their own business, and if so, if they refuse to make money off their business, instead opting to work for free.

Ask them if it’s ok for me to ridicule them for asking their boss to pay them for their work. That’s what they are doing for me. Am I the only worker who is supposed to work for free while everyone else is paid for their labor?

I do not ask all new posters for money. Some of them I do, but that is selective. If you start emailing me, you will get hit up.

I do some work outside of this site, but that has dried up at the moment. I worked my whole life, but became ill 21 years ago and have not worked full-time since. I tried to work for a while after I got sick, but I was going to kill myself in order to keep working. It was work and die or quit work and live, so I quit.

I cannot work full-time for a stranger. I might be able to work casual jobs for a friend or family on very flexible hours.

Indeed I do have degrees and credentials as my critics ridicule me for having, but they are pretty useless at the moment.

I worked my whole life before this and have held a lot of interesting positions: teacher, paralegal, magazine editor, freelance writer, book author, linguist, psychological counselor, web page designer, and a lot of lower level working class jobs.

If I did not have the trust fund, I would have to try for disability.

The thing is that of all the mentions of this site outside of this blog, at least 95%+ of them are negative. I almost never see one positive comment about this site on any outside link. All remarks on Topix are negative. All remarks on Reddit are negative. Well, they can all just fuck right off.

This is by far the highest traffic site on the Net for this crime. This site was recently quoted in the MSM on the matter of this crime. The editor of the very high traffic site interviewed me on the phone and then quoted me in her article. I also recently had an offer to go on a TV show about this crime.

They can make fun of me and hate me all they want. Are they getting offers to go on TV and talk about this crime as experts? Are they being interviewed by large media outlets as experts for stories about this crime? They are not. Not one of them is. They call me a loser.

Sounds like sour grapes.

I have the biggest website on this crime.

I am the only Net writer who gets TV offers to go on as an expert on this crime.

I am the only net writer who gets interviewed and quoted as an expert on this crime.

I’m the success. They’re the failures.

I’m the winner. They’re the losers.

And I do work with LE on this crime. I have worked with two detectives so far. I call them, and they call me.

What do I do for them? Give them tips about the crime, same as everyone else does.

I also write up reports for them about suspects. I wrote up a 15 page report on one POI, and they took it seriously and fact checked the whole thing. Last I heard they said he was a suspect, and they wanted to talk to him.

I just called in two more tips today and in the last 36 hours, and I will probably talk to someone tomorrow.

Let them laugh and make fun of me all they want. You can’t compromise success.

I’m winning; they’re losing.

If you enjoy the hard work that goes into this website, please consider a contribution to support the continuation of the site. Donations are the only thing that keep the site operating.

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7 responses to “Letter to My Critics Regarding Donations, Expertise, Etc.

  1. Sun

    Robert’s net worth and employment status are irrelevant. People want to consume what he produces. He could charge a subscription fee for site access, or sell advertising. Anything less is generous.

  2. Heisenberg

    Asking for money, donations, etc. is a long-standing blog tradition. Political commentator and essayist Andrew Sullivan practically made a career out of it in the early 2000s. If people don’t want to donate, they don’t have to. It’s like tipping at a coffee shop: Completely up to you.

  3. Jason Y

    I agree with a lot of stuff on this blog, but a few articles are vile sort of like that Daily Stormer article about “garbage pail kids”. Also, the stuff on mean boys sort of approaches that.

    However, though, the PC sensitivity of a lot of outside critics for most stuff on here is over-the-top. For instance, it cannot be denied: Straight guys don’t want to shower or go to the gym with gays, and generally are uneasy with them. Men don’t like hugging and crying, and certain women and minorities are “rubbing it in” when it comes to white men. Nonetheless, you can probably hear that on a Republican blog anyway.

    I think Robert’s doing a good thing here for the most part, but unfortunately, a lot of his audience are teenage super-wusses trying to project insecurity and get back at people. 😆

  4. Jimmy Conway

    Thank you Robert for explaining the situation. My motivation for the post is simply to get people off your back and have your detractors take you more seriously than they do. I can understand your not being bothered by the criticism. I am trying to introduce new members to your blog as well. Keep up the good work..If I can in the future, I will contribute something but I am a senior citizen on a fixed income myself. Have a good day.

    • I may stop hitting Delphi commenters up for donations. After all, I waived the mandatory donations for regular commenters for them. Also it is making me look very bad and holding me up to a lot of ridicule. I will just put a donation at the end of a lot of posts, and hopefully that will be that.

      • Looptyloo

        Why don’t you make them pay $10 just like everyone else? You deserve to be compensated

        • A very large number of them will just leave. A lot of my regs on my regular posts just left. They refused to cough up the $10. We need as many people as possible to participate here. Plus I am starting to get very sensitive to all these idiots ripping me to shreds over this and I am starting to think it does look bad to always have my hand out asking commenters to donate. It looks like I am grubbing for money. Rather just keep the donations link at the end and keep hitting up regulars on the other sites. Also people who email me will probably get hit up.

          I look bad enough to my legions of enemies. Seriously 97% of the comments on the Net about me are negative. If I quit grubbing, maybe some of that will die down. It’s also starting to embarrass me and I worry it is making me look foolish.

          I guess my enemies are winning here, but oh well. Sometimes you have to keep up appearances.

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