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I woke up this morning to find that I had gotten a private message from what I initially thought was a troll wanting to annoy me.

As the conversation progressed, I began to realize that someone I knew who was quite angry with me due to how I handled my visit to Steubenville as well as my stop in Columbus, Ohio. The person who contacted me accused me of bias in favor of Alex Goddard and went into detail her anger towards both me, Alex Goddard, Deric Lostutter and others.

The conversation continued on and off throughout the day of this writing since I happened to be traveling and could not have a continuous uninterrupted conversation because of this situation.

At the close of the conversation, the individual “dared” me to publish the conversation in its entirety. I have decided to meet the dare and do just that. I do this with the following caveat. The opinions and accusations cited in the conversation are that of the other party and in no way reflects the opinion or position of this website. Any liability for what is said here rests solely with the individual posting to me.

The posts by the individual are in normal text with a white background. My part of the conversation is in white text with a blue background. This is how Twitter private message works. I will interject comments throughout the conversation as to my take on the various points that were brought up by the individual.

The first part of the conversation started immediately with the accusation that has been going around that Kim Picazio financed my trip to Steubenville.

This accusation has been brought up several times and seems to be the primary grievance directed towards me by a number of individuals.  Rather than confirm or deny this particular accusation, I have decided to leave it unanswered. People are free to draw their own conclusions.

This next comment by the individual has been one addressed by others and has been the one that seems to have gotten me into the most trouble with my former friends.

What needs to be said here is that first, when I planned the May, 8th trip, Steubenville was not the original destination. I had planned on being at the site of the prison where Deric was to report to on that date. However, due to his alleged violations of his probation, he was remanded into federal custody in April. Also, because of the way prisoners report to their assigned institution, I felt it would be impractical to go to where he would eventually wind up.

I alone decided to go to Steubenville to be at the Jefferson County Courthouse On May 8th at the original report time of 2:00 pm. It was also my intention to concentrate solely on the story of Deric and his association with the hacking rather than thoroughly delving into the story of the Rape Case which caused so many problems for the people of that small city.

I did not announce that I would be going to either Columbus or Steubenville until just before I departed on the trip. Yes, part of my planned trip was to interview Alexandra Goddard. I had also wanted to interview others such as Mrs. Hanlin and perhaps the county Sheriff but I was unable to arrange these interviews. I also let a known resident of Steubenville know of my plans and offered to interview anyone either on or off camera who wanted to give their points of view. That person told me that nobody would be interested and thus I was unable to offer dissenting points of view in regards to the actions of Alex Goddard, Deric Lostutter or anyone else that people might have felt engaged in negative actions.

You have to excuse my flippant tone here, but I get dozens of these kinds of dm’s and when someone starts this sort of thing at the wee hours of the morning, I tend to get a bit annoyed. Again the source of the individual’s anger seems to be the fact that I interviewed Alex at her home.

At this point, the individual begins to intensify her anger towards both Alex and Deric. I must point out that at one time Alex and I were enemies of each other and engaged in an intensive internet battle with each other that lasted several years. It was only within the past several months that we declared a truce of sorts and now have a friendlier relationship with each other. I had the same friendly relationship with Michelle McKee until recently when my coverage of her part in the civil action with Deric angered her.

Now, this was getting close to when I needed to leave where I was and go mobile for most of the day as I have a life outside of the internet. I gave her a 10-minute warning that I would be departing soon. As the conversation progressed, her strong language indicated that her anger was intensifying.

My answer to her question is, of course, I give a damn about the kids that were put through hell. Deric Lostutter was responsible, in large part, for the harassment and threats that were directed towards the innocent students and adults caught up in the debacle he created.

At this point, I was becoming frustrated since rather than engaging in a conversation the individual seemed intent on giving me a dressing down and highly criticizing me for my alleged lack of caring about the plight of Jane Doe and the issue of these kinds of rape cases.

Once again, for some strange reason, the individual would not let rest the accusation that Kim Picazio paid my expenses for this trip. She seemed to imply that in return for this alleged financing that I would agree to biased coverage of the trip. I did not and would not ever accept financing of a trip on the condition that it would be covered in favor of the financing party.


Once again the individual missed the fact that I did not announce where I was going until AFTER I had tried to get people in Steubenville to meet with me. I also did not announce the Goddard interview until just before my trip. Nobody would have known that I had intended to meet with Goddard until after any agreement to meet with me in Steubenville.

The individual then makes an implied threat should Alex Goddard write a book about her part in the Steubenville case there would be consequences. I have heard rumors that she is considering a project of this nature and that she has also been interviewed by an “audio” journalist for a documentary that will be released in a few months.

This next post is a bit troubling but is a lesson I learned a long time ago. Normally when having private message sessions with people, it is understood that those conversations are meant to be kept private. It is known as ” a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Unfortunately, the lesson here is that things you intend to be private will not be honored by the other party or parties. It is a lesson to be learned by everyone on the internet.

It should be pointed out, however, that the information in any private message from me is also attainable on this and my other blog as part of the disputes I have had with various parties for over a decade.

I suspect that I will not be forgiven for going over to “the dark side” but it should also be understood that my viewpoints have not changed. My truce with Goddard and the others is that we have agreed to disagree. We have issues with each other about how we conducted ourselves over the years. Everyone understands how the other feels and have decided to set these disagreements aside without conceding them in any way.

We all simply decided to quit fighting with each other.

I also, at this point offered anyone who wishes to make a comment to do so either here or on my Twitter account.

The individual seems to be quite angry that I did not engage in an interrogation or a cross-examination of her comments while interviewing her in her own home. This is not my style. First of all, I rarely do interviews. I am not good at doing them. Second, I feel this would have been a rude thing to do. I was a guest in her home and I did my best to act like it. If someone felt strongly enough that what she said was either incomplete or wrong, they should have been willing to step forward and advocate their point of view. To say that they would not do so simply because I had the interview with Goddard and conducted it in the manner I did is in my opinion, a cop-out.

There were a number of people who were trying to dig up “dirt” on everyone and both I and Goddard did this to each other. The majority of what was in this part has been posted on social media for years and is well known “information.”

I in no way condone the alleged conduct but the past is the past and it is time to move on.

It was at this point where I dawned on me that I might know exactly who this person is. I have to make clear however that I promised this person that I would never disclose who they are and to keep private certain matters we both agreed to keep private. Even if this person were to violate that trust and release things I wanted to remain private, I will not break my word.

This part is breaking news as the individual makes it known that there is a “book” being published through that would be an expose against Goddard and others and that private messages between me and other parties would be used as supporting material. 

It is also needed to be noted that I strongly objected to what Local leaks did and what was written on their website and still object to their actions. It is one of many wrongs that were done against people who did not deserve that kind of attention.

Once again the false narrative that I am doing this for profit and expect to be paid rears its head. The fact of the matter is that I LOST money by making that trip. I not only am out the expenses of the trip but the revenue lost because of the changes I made to my schedule in order to make the trip.

As far as interviewing anyone from Steubenville or anywhere, I can do that from my Studio in Orlando or from anywhere I might be since I have the capability of webcasting both at home and on the road. It would cost neither the party or I a dime to engage in any kind of interview or debate. This blog is also available for anyone wishing to make any kind of comment. I do not censor comments unless they are abusive or violate WordPress terms of service.

My offer to be interviewed by the author of the purported book was met with a  resounding NO which indicates that the party is either the author of the book in question or has influence with whoever might be. It also indicates the individual has made their mind up and refuses to consider my point of view. This is an accusation, I might point out that is made against me in the conversation.

I have included the abusive comments here because I promised you the readers that I would not censor the conversation. It does, however, point out quite clearly the anger the person has against Goddard.

Also, the individual seems to think that I should have gone beyond the scope of my coverage of the Lostutter criminal case beyond what I had presented in my webcasts and here. This was a decision I made when I started covering his criminal case and subsequently his civil case. I wanted it to be fact based without excessive personal input and I also wanted to keep the coverage as narrow as possible. If this translates into bias on my part, then so be it.

Again, I do not engage in gotcha interviews. I was in Goddard’s home and I felt that would have been an inappropriate setting to get into either an interrogation or cross-examination of her and her actions and statements.

It was at this point when the individual challenged me to publish our conversation in its entirety and without censorship or “editing.” I have met this challenge and the conversation has been presented here in that manner. The only changes made were when I inserted my outside comments as to the context of the conversation and to explain my thoughts and actions.

Now to whomever, it is behind the username. I am sorry that you feel that I have made a mistake in my recent actions but you have to understand that it is my life that I have to consider as well as any journalistic consideration made in my blog or webcasts.

I have had a long and contentious battle with Alex, Deric, and several others over the years and this battle caused a lot of stress for them and me alike. I unilaterally made the decision to quit the fight. As a result, I have lost a  lot of good friends and you appear to be one of them.

At some point, however, each individual must make a decision that is best for themselves or those close to them. I made such a decision. In closing, I bear no grudge toward you and can only wish you the best.

There are lessons to be learned from the Steubenville rape case and I would hope those lessons have been learned.

Stay tuned














    • L@@KING
    • Posted June 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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    According to Deric’s webisite

    I met Alexandria in 2014.

    I spoke at a hacking conference called 614Con in Columbus Ohio, where Alex, aka Prinnie, showed up and basically groveled along with Thomas and a few others after showing up to Actual Brewing Company where the event was hosted.

    Alexandria chauffeured me around the city in her beat up SUV, telling us the decent spots to visit and grab a drink, before dipping into some dive of a gas station to buy what can only be assumed to be the cheapest pack of cigarettes manufacturing dog biscuits and a youcaring can buy.

    The red (I think) vehicle was full of ashes, and smelled of 1980s glam music.

    A dark lip liner accented Goddard’s stained teeth as she spoke about the Steubenville case, ripping every single one of her friends, McKee included (how do you think I found out about her unstable mental condition) in the process.After a while, my use to them began to wear off, as they seen they weren’t going to cash in on the media attention, and their attempts to discredit their ‘mistake’ began.

    Prinnie didn’t take Deric around Stuebenville but she did it looks like show him around Columbus..
    I imagine Deric’s side of events is true considering Prinnie play both sides about Anonymous. She would say to Behind The Yellow Tape Blog, she isn’t part of the them but then say she is protected by them.

    Being in “Anonymous’ is supposed to be ANONYMOUS. Anyone can be in Anonymous…

    • Been there, done that.
    • Posted May 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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    Murt, come on. I knew who it was after the first post. Really one of three, but I’m not sure all three aren’t the same person. As for Kim, WHO thought of Kim as her best friend and now feels betrayed by her?

      • Posted May 29, 2017 at 11:14 pm
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      I can assure you that Radio is not the person you think is making the comments.


    • Murt news = fake news
    • Posted May 29, 2017 at 3:41 am
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    “Any liability for what is said here rests solely with the individual posting to me. ”

    You have very strange ideas as to how libel laws work.

    In any event, I am curious about this Kim person and why anyone would care if she is or is not paying for you to roam about the countryside, apparently unsupervised, in your silly little made-up “news van” pretending to act as a news reporter. I suspect the reason why the sheriff and DA did not want to meet with you is that they do not give two shits about your pretendy “news reporting” and didn’t want to waste their time.

    You self-appointed “citizen journalists” are always so full of yourselves. But if anybody really thought that what you did was so worth while, you’d get paid for it. Like a regular job. With a real newspaper or TV station. With real money. Then you really could ride around in a news van and stick microphones in peoples’ faces!

    Kim seems kinda hot looking for a big nose chick, but a bit weird what with her Casey Anthony obsession nonsense. If you can get her to give you monies, more power to ya, Murt!

      • Posted May 29, 2017 at 9:12 am
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      I really wish you would stick with one username. It would make things for me a lot easier but as I said before, whatever floats your boat. The reason I did not get the interviews with the sheriff or Mrs. Hanlin or anyone else is that nobody called them to arrange for them to meet me. I had also decided not to contact the sheriff since he had little if anything to do with the hacking case.
      You keep missing the point that the reason I went to Steubenville was to observe the time that Deric was originally to report to prison. I had planned the trip before he was placed into custody weeks before his report date.
      The live truck is not a fake. It was a lease return that I converted for webcasting on the internet rather than to sell at a dealer auction or to small media outlets which is my usual practice.

      What I do not understand is why people like you bother to read blogs such as mine since you seem to have such an issue with them. The vast majority of blogs like mine are quite small and draw very few readers. I have perhaps, 10 to 15 regular readers with the rest of my visitors being spammers. It is certainly NOT a money maker. I am not writing this blog for any financial gain.

      I am also not understanding why Kim keeps being brought into these conversations. She had nothing to do with this trip, financial or otherwise. Those who keep accusing her of financing my trip may well find out how libel laws work since she is a practicing attorney.
      I would suggest that if you do not like this blog or me, that you ignore it and go away. Your repeated visits here only reinforce that you are quite interested in what I publish. Your continued variance of usernames also indicates that you are nothing more than a troll who is starving for attention.


      • Thomas Olsen
      • Posted May 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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      Retzlaff, you are as fucking transparent as Casper the mutha fucking ghost. Might as well not even bother using different usernames. Better yet, move the fuck on.

      • Anti DJ
      • Posted June 11, 2017 at 1:45 am
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      Why would Murt need a babysitter? Just curious. Kim didn’t pay his way. 2 people have stated that fact. You imply Murt is just a nut job who needs someone to watch him. Sure Murt has problems, but unless going to Steubenville is incredibly dangerous. (Although the football mom mafia may attack him)

        • Anti DJ
        • Posted June 11, 2017 at 1:54 am
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        Fractured sentence. I meant unless Steubenville is dangerous, why would Murt need an escort?

    • KP
    • Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:41 am
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    Murt, I agree with your comment to the hystrionic sock about Trump having you beat. (-;

      • Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:49 am
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      Oh Gee, thanks :0

    • Thomas Olsen
    • Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:04 am
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    This individual is a fucking psychopath. That’s obvious through her nonsensical rants.

    1) Kim never paid Murt to show up at Steubenville or Lexington. If this dumbass believes otherwise, i challenge her to prove it.

    2) It was McKee that brought Lostutter into the Steubenville case. Goddard had nothing to do with the Lostutter involvement, something that McKee herself has admitted to dozens of times over the years.

    3) Goddard’s involvement went as far as blogging about the Steubenville case. She never handed information to Lostutter, she never endorsed LocalLeaks (she in fact condemned it), and she was never involved in attacking Steubenville or it’s residents.

    4) Murt gave you plenty of opportunity to tell your side of the story while he was in town. It’s on you that only one side of the story was told because YOU refused to talk to Murt when he was in town.

    I can keep going but honestly, why bother with somebody who’s complete delusion, conspiracy theories, and downright psychotic behavior has her coming up with obvious bullshit she has no way of proving. I challenge her to prove all of her statements. As far as I’m concerned, it’s some stupid Steubenville mom who needs to get a life and move on. Ya know, like everyone else has.

      • Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:11 am
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      The thing that is of most concern to me is that the person expected me to interrogate or cross-examine Alex while I was a guest in her home. I do not do these kinds of interviews as I rarely do interviews anyway. I certainly would not do that kind when invited into someone’s home.


        • Shannon
        • Posted May 30, 2017 at 12:50 am
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        Good thing you’re not a jocurnalist, Murt. Think about how many journalists have to do that in people’s homes? Ask tough questions. It’s not easy I am sure.

        No, I don’t mean this as an insult.

          • Posted May 30, 2017 at 1:16 am
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          Understood. It is just not my style. It is also one reason I would not call myself a journalist.


      • Shannon
      • Posted May 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm
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      Anonymous was never involved.
      Ky/Deric Lostutter was.
      For the record;
      While McKee may have been the one who tweeted to KY, Goddard bragged about being protected by Anonymous to Joey Ortega.
      Goddard also had no problem communicating with KY and shaufferred KY/Deric around Stuebenville. Goddard also egged KY on twitter. There are plenty of archived tweets of hers if she tries to delete them.

        • Thomas Olsen
        • Posted May 30, 2017 at 11:51 pm
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        Anonymous was involved as a whole. I was there on the ground. I was a part of Anonymous from 2007-2013. Alex never took Lostutter around Steubenville, ever. The first and only time Lostutter showed up in Steubenville was in 2015 during the height of the civil issues.

        Don’t be making shit up. Makes you look stupid.

          • Shannon
          • Posted June 16, 2017 at 4:31 am
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          Liar! That’s. Not. True. Thanks for playing though.

            • Thomas Olsen
            • Posted June 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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            Oh yeah? Care to prove it? You’re obviously blind to the facts, but I’ll wait.

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