I'm still about 30 pages from the end of the thread, but I encountered a man at work yesterday who it seems has committed PD with pretty much anyone he's encountered who might have been in the position to employ him. A Google search revealed that he has been fired from several journalist positions and proclaims himself an expert in all things dealing with "politics, history, geography, science, and math." Seems he's tried to blackmail media outlets into giving him a job, or even to pay him to NOT print his pieces.
The university I work for is compiling information on the incident and his continued harassment of our employees, but here's the general letter I sent to my director, the university president, and our security staff after he came to my office yesterday. I've been purposely vague in some areas. I hope it makes sense. Can't imagine why he's a "free-lance journalist and traveling archeologist" (his words!)
Dear University President,
I want you to be aware of something that took place at my office yesterday afternoon. A man named Mike [not his real name] came to the archive and proceeded to interrupt my work with a visiting researcher (who became so fed up with Mike's non-stop commentary that he wrote me a note saying he'd come back tomorrow and left), insult me for not being one of the "decision makers", completely monopolized my time, criticized everything from event brochures we have for people to take, to a supposed typo in the university newspaper, and then laid out a threat to embarrass the University in any forum he can find, if you and John [my immediate supervisor] don't reach out to him, meet with him, and give him a forum to address his pet issue.
He told me his intention was to visit your office, but he apparently decided to harangue me for over an hour instead. His main beef with the university at this point seems to center on an article he wrote about what he called an outright lie by the government of Blueland. [He wanted Blueland to admit that they had a historical fact wrong on one of their websites] The Blueland government did not address the issue to his satisfaction, and the impression I got was that he had brought the issue to Ann's attention recently [a administrator at our university]. He was incensed by her "unprofessionalism" and lack of concern over taking a stand on the issue. He seems to think that the university should somehow give him a platform on which to force Blueland to correct this error. I have no idea why he thinks anyone on campus would have that kind of influence. But the threat was that if the university won't collaborate with him, he will see the university as an "adversary" (his exact word) and do his best to embarrass it in any forum he can. He also strait forwardly demanded that you disavow Ann's behavior, though he never elaborated on what transpired between them.
In looking at some of his other online articles, he seems to think that his pursuit of this issue is helpful, but his personality was so aggressive, abrasive, and belittling of anyone who isn't falling all over themselves thanking him for his insight, that I have very seldom disliked someone so much after spending so little time around them. I do not say such things lightly about people I barely know. If he shows up in my office again, my first impulse is to call security. I never directly felt physically threatened by him, but he did put me so on edge and was so emotionally draining that I was shaking by the time I got to my car.
He charged me with passing on his message and his contact information to both you and John. I have no idea why he thinks I should be the intermediary in this. I promised nothing except to pass on the contact information, but reading through some of the responses from others online it appears he will NOT give up gnawing this bone easily.
The man was a boor, who ignored every attempt I made to wrap up the one-sided conversation. He sat talking at me until 5 p.m. [We close at 4:30, which he knew] I shut down the lights in the stacks and display case, started locking up doors, and he still didn't pick up on any clues that he should leave. Even when I point-blank said that it was past closing and I needed to go (I did not want to be left in the building alone with him), he kept talking about how many articles he's published, which galleries and museums he is banned from, etc. He believes he is being targeted and harassed by the U.S. government, and compared himself to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
I did some poking around online when I got home and it seems this type of behavior is his M.O. I'm not sure what his desired end result is in this. I sincerely hope I never have to deal with him again.