7/7 survivor’s cyber stalker — wanted for sentencing
This story just keeps going and going…
Note: I published this story in 2007 to support Rachel from North London. She survived the 7/7 terror attacks with almost as many limbs as she started with and her story resonated with me as I was riding to work that morning encountered the shell-shocked bystanders from Russell Square as they made their way South towards Holborn. Two weeks later, my motorbike was one of the first vehicles allowed down the reopened Grays Inn Road above the Kings Cross tube tunnels, and the stench of death was still there, rising up to the street through the ventilators.
Since then, the story has developed somewhat. More notes at the end…
It’s easy to accuse bloggers of seeking attention — we’re out here, after all, writing away in a public forum and getting excited whenever someone comments on our work, or links to us from another site. Mostly the attention we get — what little we get — is good, and we welcome it.
Not everyone craves the attention though. Some bloggers resolutely protect their privacy — their blogs are anonymous, they never give away personal information, and some even maintain their secret identities at blogmeets. And even if they don’t care a jot for their own privacy, some bloggers maintain a level of anonymity to protect their friends and families.
Although I value my privacy, I am not as protective of it as I could be. Any spod with and internet connection and two iotas of wit could click their way around the internet and eventually find my full name and some contact details, but then my life is a little more public than most. But I maintain my anonymity for the sake of Mrs Albion who is a very private person, and detests the idea of anyone out there knowing anything about her private life. Indeed, the only reason you know that Mrs Albion exists at all is because it would be too hard to write about my life without acknowledging her very big part in it. For her sake, if I could avoid mentioning her at all, I would.
Some of us decide, on our blogs, to dispense with privacy altogether. Rachel from North London is one of these people — she uses her blog to describe her struggle following her brush with death in London’s 7/7 bombings, and through that, raise awareness of the plight of the 7/7 survivors. And she has paid the price.
Rachel has been subjected to a sustained, relentless and brutal campaign of harassment by Felicity Jane Lowde. Lowde has absconded, and is believed to be living rough in London to avoid incarceration for her offenses against Rachel from North London. She is still harassing Rachel — in contravention of a court order banning her from using the internet — and will probably continue to do so until she is caught.
It’s the ugly side of blogging. If you see, or know, Felicity Jane Lowde, please call the police. She is obviously suffering from some sort of mental illness and she is not going to get any better sleeping in a doorway and carting around all this hate.
Normal transmission will recommence shortly with a sentimental post about chickens, or something.
Update: The post above is what I wrote in May 2007. In June 2007, Ms Lowde was sentenced to six months in jail for her offenses. But the story doesn’t end there. After serving her sentence, Ms Lowde continued to be vocal, frequently taking what is best called a contrarian view of many major events. And her sharp focus on key people in those events appeared to continue.
In 2018, following the Grenfell Towers blaze, Ms Lowde focused her attention on Michael Dowden, the London Fire Brigade’s incident commander.
A quick search for her twitter handle on 5 May 2020 showed that her account was forcibly suspended by Twitter in late November or early December 2019 for posting inappropriate content. What she posted is gone, but peoples’ responses to her remain, and those ripples indicate that she managed to cause widespread offense.
There were a number of comments on the original 2007 post which I haven’t included here out of sensitivity to the people who posted them, who may not want further exposure to Ms Lowde.