Once again, this is not my story to tell, so I hope that Heywood will someday write out all the details about this on one of his own websites so he can correct all the factual errors I’m sure to make. It was in March 2011 that Heywood walked into a bar, not noticing that Jason Heckathorn was in the bar too. Jason saw Heywood first and he jumped up and ran out the back door of the bar. The guy who was with Jason approached Heywood and asked what that was all about, then told a confused Heywood what just happened.
The man turned out to be Jason’s landlord and he lived in the same apartment building as Jason. Heywood told the truth about his past with Spaz and the landlord found the whole thing really amusing. In fact, the landlord mentioned that he really wanted Jason kicked out of his complex for various problems, including creeping out the other residents and randomly giving gifts to little kids that lived there. Jason had told the landlord all about our harassment and told him that he legally changed his name because of us, but he wouldn’t tell the landlord what his name used to be.
Let me repeat that – Jason Heckathorn legally changed his name because of us! I recently found out that this occurred in 2005, which was at least a full year after Jason had any contact with me or Heywood, aside from occasionally bumping into Heywood in public, where Heywood would do nothing more than smile and have a conversation with him. I could be wrong about this, but I don’t believe that Jason’s legal name change had anything to do with us. I’m betting it was more likely because he did something that he needed to hide from. It makes no sense at all that a name change would do any good against us, especially with him and Heywood always seeing each other. If we were seriously out to get Jason, Heywood would have followed him whenever he saw him in public.
Heywood gave the landlord Jason’s old name and they both had a great time drinking beer and swapping crazy stories about him. The landlord even handed over Jason’s current cell phone number. Heywood began texting all of this brand new hilarity to me and we decided that the next night’s Phone Show would be dedicated to our war with Jason. It ended up being a really fun show where we discussed our history with Jason and Heywood updated us on the new events. A couple of regulars, r0xy and cyko, joined us, turning the show into a messedup.net reunion. The live show even had a few extra listeners that night – Jason’s landlord and a few of the landlord’s friends.
And, of course, we attempted to prank call Jason on the air. He didn’t answer our calls, but we left a few messages on his voicemail. And I should point out that these were the last calls we made to Jason and that we don’t plan to call him again. We didn’t give out his number to the listeners and I threw his number away after the show was over. It’s not that I’m suddenly trying to be mature by not bothering people all the time, but the Jason stuff happened so long ago and I don’t see what can be gained by making any new calls to him. And no, I’m not trying to protect myself by saying that we will never bother Jason again. If I were worried about that, I wouldn’t be typing out this giant confession of the horrible things we did to him in 2003.
Jason was pissed about the prank calls, but somehow he didn’t realize that the calls were from us. He thought that the landlord was fucking with him so he began caller I.D. spoofing hangup calls between the landlord and some other guy. The landlord continued to keep in touch with Heywood, telling him about all the Jason craziness he was having to deal with. A week later, the building’s property mangaer called Heywood to ask questions about Jason. They were hoping to find lies on Jason’s rental application so that they could throw him out sooner.
I stopped hearing new Jason news for about a week, but then Heywood sent me a text late at night, telling me that he just ran into Jason at a completely different bar. Heywood spotted Jason first this time and walked right up to him, drunkenly asking, “Hey, Jason, have you gotten any interesting phone calls lately?” Jason had a meltdown and began screaming at Heywood. Bouncers came over, trying to understand what was going on. Details are spotty for me, but I think it ended with Heywood volunteering to leave the bar.
I really don’t understand how Jason didn’t immediately know that those prank voicemails were from us since he’d just seen Heywood at the bar that previous night, but now Jason knew that Heywood had his phone number. This, of course, caused him to look into phonelosers.org, where he found Cacti Radio’s website and The Phone Show archives with an entire episode dedicated to him. He probably even listened to that week’s show live, where I did a short, drunken update about him.
All this leads up to the email I received from my host about a week later. Keeping up with his reputation of kicking ass at getting websites taken down, he wrote my host to tell them that I’d been slandering him and harassing him for 13 years. I’m not sure where the 13 years comes from since that would be around 1998 and I’d never even heard of Spaz until 2002 or 2003. Time travel, perhaps, from the time we traveled back to 1999 to plant that fake kiddie porn request on Usenet. Here’s the letter I received:
TO: Abuse Department
My name is Jaysen Johnson and I am writing to find out how I may file a complaint with your company about one of your hosting customers. Your customer hosts the domain ‘CACTIRADIO.COM’ and he runs a radio show where he has been streaming slanderous content about me. This person along with a few others have been harassing me for about 13 years and has in the past used web hosting to post websites with false information about me.
I need to know what my options are and whether or not you can remove the content pursuant to your terms and conditions sections 8.11 and 8.12. Examples of content they host on your servers can be found at the following URL with the most recent being on 03/08/2011.
Just so you have some history on this, my name used to be Jason Heckathorn until I paid a court to legally change it to Jaysen Johnson in 2005 as a result of this repeated harassment. If you require proof of this name change then I can provide you with legal paperwork showing it.
It is my goal to work with 1&1 directly to resolve this matter as quickly and peacefully as possible without the involvement of law enforcement or other legal action. I am however, prepared to go that route if I need to but I think it would be in the best interest to work together to stop this harassment. 13 years is too long and I am frankly tired of dealing with it.
The abuse department forwarded a copy of his email to me, and they suggested to Jason that he forward a formal complaint to their legal department email. I wrote back to the abuse department, explaining to them that I run an internet radio show whose guest a couple weeks ago talked about the things that happened in 2003. I also emailed Spaz with a simple “LOL,” though. He wrote me back with this:
I don’t understand what your issue is with me since I’ve never personally met you nor done anything to harm you in any way. This is a bit childish for a man your age and you really should find another hobby. I am too old for your games and have better things to do with my time. One of these days you will get caught and punished for your behavior and then we shall see who has the last laugh. You can go ahead and say whatever you want about me but your accusations lack any merit and you have no evidence to support them.
Just what makes you so special and better than everyone else that allows you to go harassing people online? Is it to bolster whatever low self-esteem you have? It makes me imagine all the horrible things that happened in your life that turned you into a person that everyone hates.
Now, do not ever email me or call my phone again, I have no interest in having any form of contact with you and I never answer calls from people I don’t know so don’t waste your time. If you choose not to respect my wishes then it will constitute harassment and it will be dealt with. Keep in mind that I am documenting everything. You think you are invincible but that’s what they all say until they get caught.
I replied with an “LOL U MAD?” and I’ve yet to receive a reply with anymore superhero quotes. Who knows why he doesn’t understand why I would have an issue with him attempting to remove content from my site. This is the first time I’ve ever had someone try something like this with me, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully my host will be more understanding than Heywood’s numerous hosts in 2003.
This story is still ongoing and I’m too lazy to finish it right now, but I can tell you that the legal department of my host strongly encouraged me to remove his name from the description of my site and told me they reserve the right to suspend my account when legal action is threatened. I immediately moved cactiradio.com to a new host that claims it won’t shut down a site for pety complaints. Then I set up this page with shitloads of Jason Heckathorn media. Enjoy all this, Jason, and keep an eye on things here for tons of updates that will be happening very soon.