Christchurch Underbelly: When amateur sleuths turn into vigilantes


Yesterday I ran a story about a Christchurch man who lost his smartphone.  It was stolen, but the thief didn’t know that any photos and videos taken with it were automatically uploaded to the Dropbox account of the original owner.

In a follow-up post earlier today, I explained why I stopped at publishing the personal details of the “suspects”, including their names, photos and full names and photos of possible friends.   Essentially, the amateur sleuthing was out of control.

Even some of their own are trying to stop the rot, to no avail  

It’s a bit poor posting some random guy’s details in here without any evidence. The three guys identified so far have a circle of friends who are almost exclusively Mairehau High School ex-pupils; this person you posted went to Hornby High School and there don’t seem to be any mutual friends from a quick scan of his contacts.Vans/utes with PVC tubing on them are hardly a smoking gun (note the vehicle in the video is a car/ute whereas the profile you’ve linked is a van). Dude doesn’t even work for the plumbing company, he’s a roofer FFS.

Late last night some of the “sleuths” wandered onto my blog to make wild accusations about how I was responsible for all sorts of things.  Apparently now that I had given this story a wider audience, the phone would never be recovered, and some “suspects” had now made their Facebook private.

A quick visit to the GP Forums showed what the real motivations were behind this anger.   Essentially they resented having their fun cut short, and a sub-section felt they lost their opportunity to deal out some genuine “justice” before the Police got involved.

And, of course, there was a call for my personal death as well.

(By the way, that’s starting to get boring – when is someone going to get creative, like kidnap me and stick me on an island with only a knife and some rope)

I hope Cameron Slater kills himself; useless fat piece of shit. — HappyCamper_NZ


What’s really sad is that all the good work done by the sleuths at GP Forum has now been tainted by these idiots going all surly and wanting to deal out violence to everyone they don’t seem to agree with.

You have to understand that this thread is really no longer about your phone.
This thread is about the entertainment of GP Forum


Good stuff Y3ZZ1R [original poster who lost phone]
Also volunteering for stakeout.


this is anti climatic, only gp vigilante justice will satisfy me now


[Original Poster] has Daniel’s address.
GP ChCh lynch mob assemble?


>>>GP ChCh lynch mob assemble?
I’m free tonight


I really want to hand out some vigilante justice
I can be the little guy in the back who comes in and kicks them when everyone else has already had their way with them


Keen to get a mob around to pay them a visit


Those involved will eventually be caught and I hope there is some vigilante justice sent their way too.


Only if this was in Auckland I could probably get 5 or 6 Tongan goons from church to go around and hand out 20 ****ing whacks

I really do hope the Police get a chance to take control of this before something happens that can’t be undone.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.