When I exposed Derek Acorah many years ago, the Acorahs themselves had someone contact them with my full name and home address, they were given this information with the intention of them either suing me, or coming after me in a more aggressive manner, you can use your imagination to determine which one. Luckily Gwen Acorah decided it was best to contact me directly and to tell me that someone had given them that info. I always respected her decision to do that.
And over the past 12 or so years there have been websites created about me. More fake social media accounts than I can shake a stick at. Someone found a very old MySpace account of mine, copied all the photos and published them on a website "exposing" me.
I was the inspiration for the short lived "BadSkeptics" site.
Basically over the years I have had to deal with a fair amount of crazies. But I always took it in my stride and accepted it as part of the deal. You expose criminals, and there is a good chance the criminals or their underlings will come after you and try to use whatever they can to come after you.
Death Threats, Stalking, Daily Abuse, you name it, I have had it. When I exposed Ciaran O'Keeffe a self proclaimed skeptic, I had my twitter and facebook hacked, not to mention many threats made against me! And all because I revealed how Ciaran had covered up the racist comments made by a psychic he was about to release a book with!
A few days ago, I questioned the experience and knowledge of Most Haunted's Eamon Van-Harris, mainly due to the fact he often likes to talk about science, he once said "we are making some huge strides in the field of Physics", all of this in regards to him sitting in front of a computer, recording background noise, manipulating it, filtering it, changing the tempo, until eventually he has an "EVP" that vaguely sounds like something recognisable. The fact he seemed incapable of understanding what Audio Pareidolia was, made me question everything he did.
Anyway by questioning his experience and knowledge, I suddenly found that a group calling themselves UKHaunted started defending him. For anyone who doesn't know who they are, it's your typical Most Haunted wannabe group, who are trying to get on TV. Now I am used to such groups attacking me, or defending me, I expect it, and I have no problem with them making fun of me, or verbally abusing me. Afterall they have to defend what is making them money.
Then they took things to another level by posting a very old photo of me they had found on an old Badoo account. Badoo is a social media site, you can meet new people and so on. Now they published this photo, I asked for them to remove it, which they eventually did, but not before it had been copied and reposted by others. They claimed that they were sent the photo anonymously, and that since it was available online they had done nothing wrong. Now if you consider what they have done to be right or wrong that is up to you. But that account was not under the name of Jon Donnis, it was under a previous name I had used. So clearly someone had been doing some deep snooping to find it, and use it as a way to attack me.
Let me be clear why I try to protect my image and who I am. I am not scared to show my face, but I always wanted what I did to be the focus of my work, and not who I was. I did not want to be a celebrity, or even appear to be wanting fame, as that in itself is a detriment to what I do. Also there is the issue of trying to protect myself from the crazies, the stalkers, and also just incase one of those death threats is from someone who really wants to kill me. Better they don't have a photo in their hand of me. Either way I always tried to keep my personal life separate, so it would not effect my family. Anywho, UKHaunted started a chain of events which brings me to why I am writing this.
This morning I received the following anonymously sent email. I have redacted some parts for privacy reasons, and removed some parts due to the rambling lengthy stories they tell. But I wanted to share it here, and also reply to it here as that is the only way I can reply to this person. My replies are in red bold.
I have redacted this because although they got my "real" name wrong, I have no interest in publishing it as it is a very common Greek name, and I do not want to invite any abuse onto anyone with that name who they may think is me.
And so it seems that in this game of cat and mouse, the cat finally found the mouse.
So many questions I have for you but so little time to ask, you know me but I barely know you, for many years you made my life a living hell, It got so bad that I became paranoid, my wife left me and I had a nervous breakdown, you caused all of this and I never understood why? You have maliciously attacked your victims for so long without a care in the world, as I write this I have also reported you to the police.
UKHaunted also claimed they had reported me to the police, I look forward to hearing from them. Despite what you think my address is actually easily available, and to claim you finally found the mouse shows what an ignoramus you are. The fact your wife left you, should tell you more about the kind of person you are, than anything I could ever have done to you.
You claim I made your life a living hell, well that would suggest you claim to have magic powers, and little old me exposed you. As for your claims of having a nervous breakdown, sorry to say I don't believe you, you see if you do work as a psychic, then you simply could have stopped doing that job, got a real job, and all your problems would have gone away.
Yesterday a kind soul forwarded information about you, basically everything. Who you are, where you are, what you do, what you look like, I was always intrigued as to the man behind the machine, the man wearing the mask, what did he look like? Was he real?
If you type "Jon Donnis" into google, and then click on images, there is a photo of me there, in a Greece footy shirt with a bottle of Ouzo, and in fact that photo has been widely available for many years! I even use it for my Twitter and Facebook profiles, which anyone can see.
You see many years ago when someone much smarter than you, who could also keep hold of a woman decided to publish photos of me, I decided to choose one photo and use it, so that if people were curious about me, they could see who I was. What I looked like and so on.
As for where I am, again not really a big secret, I post photos pretty much daily on my Instagram account, those photos are geotagged, I even hashtag the area I live in. So where I am, also widely known now for years and years! Did you think you were gonna scare me by saying such things? Hell go to Malia and ask anyone if they know Cyprus Jon, and pretty much everyone does! Not a secret.
I have to admit even when you maliciously attacked me, I guess I was in absolute awe that someone could hide away for so many years, undetected for so long in the pits of despair, aimlessly attacking victims, then I wondered was this because you wanted to carry on the legacy of your father Nicholas?
Again haven't been hiding away, when in the UK I would regularly go to the Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub meetings, I have been to see Derek Acorah live, met him and his lovely wife on a few occasions, all of which I announced before hand. And like I said I kinda like Instagram and post photos of where I am all the time, and I share them on Twitter too.
Now you mention my "father" Nicholas. And also his "legacy", now this is where your detective work has let you down somewhat. You see you have heard or been told that the person who started BadPsychics was called Nik, and for some reason you think that is my father. Sorry to say wrong Nik, I know it is a common name, infact a very common name in Cyprus and Greece, but the fact my dad cant even use a computer would suggest that he was never the mastermind behind the worlds most popular skeptic site exposing psychics. Also as I have revealed many times on my forum, in public, my dad even likes to read coffee cups in the old Greek style! So not really the thing to do if you are the founder! So whoever "told" you this, yet again got it wrong!
Was this because you wanted your father’s approval? Or maybe he was the sensible sceptic, the one that didn’t have to bully people? Either way I am proud of you for being loyal to his legacy and doing the work you do. I think you have unearthed some genuinely “bad psychics” (no pun intended) and in some ways that needed to happen, but then every dog has its day, and you may friend have had your day.
Oh dear, lol. My dad is a Christian Orthodox, goes to Church and wears a cross, he is about as skeptical as a potato! But I do love it when someone tries to psychobabble me. And as for bullying people, my dad is a war hero, lived through the Turkish invasion of 1974. But thanks for trying to sully his great name, what a sad pathetic NON psychic you clearly are. And yes I have unearthed some genuinely bad psychics, it seems like you were one of them!
This game of chess we play has finally comes to an end, checkmate im afraid, I realise that the amount of information being given out about you is rather large, the reason people want information is because they have questions, theres no threat, people just want to know the human being behind the fake account, deep down in there Yannis I know there is a good heart, your just like me!
I think I have already kinda proved you are not very good at chess, and more than that you seemingly don't even know the rules. As for calling me "Yannis" as some kind of master stroke. Ok here is the easy bit, my name is Jon, everyone knows I am Greek Cypriot, due to the fact I am constantly talking about it. It is also common knowledge that Jon in Greek is Yannis, so you are hardly exposing me by using that name. Especially because my name is not even Yannis. It is in fact Giannis, slightly different spelling, but still different, and what is even better is that on my official baptism certificate, signed by the Archbishop my name is in fact JOHN! Yes under the eyes of the big guy who lives in the cloud, my name is in fact John! Now if you had exposed my misspelling of John as Jon, then I might have been impressed.
Don't believe me, here is a photo of said Baptism certificate!
Yes it's that awkward moment when once again Jon backs up everything he says!
As for people wanting to know the human being behind the "fake" account, well anyone could have just said to meet me at a Skeptic in the Pub event, I was always happy to attend and say hi if someone wanted.
I remember one time when I went to see Simon Peters, a pretend psychic who half way during his show his microphone picked up the secret feed he was receiving in his ear, which he was repeating word for word a moment later. His career never quite recovered after I exposed him. Hmmmmm.
Day to day we get on with life, have a laugh, have a few beers and we become opinionated about the world around us. In your case its been great because you have 3 of you running the fake account “Jon Donnis” I also love the name “jon donnis” lord adonnis (very clever) I actually love Greece! Looked to buy a holiday home out there as its such a beautiful place! I could eat satziki by the bucket load, and Mythos!! Metaxa is gorgeous too! I have had some cronic hangovers on that!
3 people running the Jon Donnis twitter account I assume? No it is only me, I wish there was 3 of us, but alas just little old me. I love Greece too, very nice place. You should buy a holiday home out here, the people are very superstitious so would eat up your lies and nonsense by the bucket load. Not sure what Satziki is, if you mean Tzatziki then yes it is very nice. Not sure what that has to do with exposing me, but I am guessing you are gonna start rambling now to fill out your rather sad attempt at blackmailing me.
I know everything my friend, I know who you work with, I know how you get your information, I know everything. It was easy if I am honest! Too easy, wish I had done this years ago! But I am greater, I am superior, I am the master, I am special.
Please tell the world of all these secret people I work with. Surely you know that I secretly meet with James Randi every Saturday to discuss how to take down the SNU, and that Derren Brown drinks a raki with me every Friday night as we plan his next show.
You claim to be greater, superior, the master? Wow I thought I had a god complex!
So far you have kinda exposed yourself as being a bit of a numpty.
There’s a great scene in a book I read when I was travelling to Gambia,..............
He now tells a story that rambles on for about 3 pages, I have cut it out as trying to keep people awake.
Just like the story it’s time for this wise man to tell you that I might be able to help stop your information going out into the open, the problem you have is that its totally legal, there’s nothing wrong with passing out the name of a bully, but in return I ask for one thing and one thing only…
And here comes the blackmail part. Do you think he realises that trying to blackmail someone is actually ILLEGAL.
If you close the bad psychic’s website down in the next 24 hours then I can help you. But only if you do the decent thing and close down your website which is incredibly illegal, offensive and terrible in so many ways…This old man is giving you a chance to walk away, to get on with your life and stop bullying and hurting the lives of many under a fake name.
Ok, firstly if my website was illegal then it would have been closed down years ago. So you are wrong there. Also I do not take threats lightly. And whether you are connected to UKHaunted or not, you have done them a lot of damage in writing this threatening message to me, which reads suspiciously similar to the email they sent me yesterday after I asked them to remove that photo which they CLAIMED was sent to them anonymously.
So "old man", you claim I have made your life a living hell, your wife left you, and you were left a paranoid wreck. You think you have me beat do you? Think again.
I already spoke to the police yesterday, registered my complaint of bullying now that I know who you are, but if the website closes then I don’t need to take this any further, information being leaked stops and we can all get on with life.
The police have a file on me as thick as ten books, mainly full of all the abuse and threats I have received over the years, if the police do contact me due to your complaint, I wonder what they would think of your email BLACKMAILING me! I am sure publishing my photo online as a way to harass me too, that will not look very good to them either.
Regardless I look forward to hearing from them, if you have indeed contacted them, you see another thing is that any action taken against me I will fight and go to court, and in doing so your name will be revealed.
Again this is a friendly message to say that even though you have ruined my life, I want to help you by giving you a 2nd chance.
No don't give me a second chance, you try and destroy me.
You see I NEVER ruined your life, You did that all on your own, I just exposed your lies. Your wife made the best decision ever when she left you. I hope she doesn't read this and contact me directly, I am sure you have revealed enough about yourself now that she will realise it is you.
So Mr ########### – it has been emotional, I genuinely applaud you for your work, it’s fantastic but it’s also illegal, fraudulent, and offensive and you are hurting the lives of many. So stop breaking the law and close your website down. Spend that time doing something productive? Perhaps do more DJ’ing at other bars? Theres so much you can do, just stop bullying people please.
Not illegal and not fraudulent, that is what YOU do. I just expose the truth.
And yes happy to do more DJ'ing, the only problem is I have no idea how, you see if you had looked at that photo properly, you would have realised that the deck I was mixing on was in fact an ashtray, the headphones were not even plugged in, and I was clearly not in a club! Whoops!
And the irony of your email is that you are trying to bully me, but unlike you, I am a man who can hold on to a woman, and I will not go cry in my soup at what you have said.
We both aren’t getting any younger, man to man I plead with you, its in everyones best interest to close your website down, hopefully by 11pm tomorrow so that we can start the week fresh.
Well I am still in my prime, so I don't worry about age. It is funny how you try to expose who I "really am", yet you do so through an anonymous email server.
Instead of running websites maybe you should go on TV and be a sceptic? I think you would do a great job.
Nope no interest in being famous.
Thank you for reading this Yannis, I bid you a goodnight, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, but firstly please shut down your website
My name is Jon, but whatever. I am sure when you wrote your email you thought you were so clever. Not feeling so clever now are you!
All the best
So there you have it, the latest attempt to take me down and destroy me.
Now if you want to be a man and correspond with me like an adult, you can email me in private, tell me who you are, and we can talk, if you apologise for your ridiculous attempt at blackmail, hell I might even throw you a bone, and remove any articles about you, as a good will gesture.
But don't go down the route you have started here, you have already clearly lost a lot due to your work, morals and lack of ethics, do you really think blackmailing and threatening someone is the way to get your life back?
You want to know the man behind the mask, you just had to ask, I am in fact quite a nice man, just ask the Acorahs, hell even Colin Fry likes me.
So ask yourself, what kind of person do you really want to be?