Paranoia v anxiety, and the “extreme clinical case”: Richard Moore gang stalking case study

I have been observing Richard Moore in Mississippi for over six months. Richard Moore says that he is a victim of organized gang stalking.

He claims that the local police will do nothing to stop his stalking. He says that his stalkers plot against him, and that the police are in fact “in on it.”

He has an ever growing list of stalkers that includes: police explorers (recruits and community policing assets), firefighters whose headquarters is right next to his house, “gangs” of neighbors and their associates who stalk him on the highways, and most recently, a car dealership that refused to honor his online rental of a car.

In particular, he has implicated “Facebook stalkers,” including a “criminal house running, fat” national guardsman and his “fat stupid whore wife*”

Moore fears for his life and safety. He says that he has been abused with electronic weaponry ranging from wiretaps on his electronic devices, including wiretaps to his phone from Fusion Centers (all of which go by different names across the country, and none of which are constitutional), and cell phone and computer “electronic implants,” which the NSA and other intelligence agencies use to spy on citizens.

While he was initially suspicious and distrustful of my intentions in contacting him after a mainstream media publication chronicled his story, he easily “warmed up” to conversation after I became involved in his situation. We have been in close correspondence, and dialogue. He tells me his thoughts, emotions, and feelings–his intuitions about his situation.

He has also shared intimate biographical details of his life, and has a Youtube channel and many other social media outets where he daily seeks support from others, including myself.

Mr Moore is on doctor prescribed medication for post traumatic stress disorder.

In light of those facts, I will now compare his case to the clinical diagnoses of a “paranoid personality disorder,” and touch on other so-called disorders listed in the DSM-5, for comparison, with an eye towards how various salaried pundits, media figures, and especially social workers and psychologists have classified complaints such as Richard Moore’s as “likely delusional.”

Let’s take a look at paranoia as a feature of diagoses, but especially in context to Moore, who is both a self-reported “targeted individual of organized gang stalking,” but also, he is termed a “TI” according to his online comment pool and social media followers, a rather large control group that includes both harassers and detractors, but also those who support him, and his claims, including over 50 people who are contributing to his “Go Fund Me” account.

FAIR DISCLOSURE: I have performed activist blogging on his behalf, since I cpntacted him after reading this Fort Worth Weekly article, and later saw video of an actual “gang of stalkers” driving trucks through his yard, which I will link to below

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD), from Helpguide

Older man looking out through slats in window blinds towards street warily, his jaw tense

What is paranoid personality disorder (PPD)?

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a challenging mental health condition defined by mistrust and suspicion so intense that it interferes with thought patterns, behavior, and daily functioning. A person with PPD may feel deeply wary of others, always on guard for signs that someone is trying to threaten, mistreat, or deceive them. No matter how unfounded their beliefs, they may repeatedly question the faithfulness, honesty, or trustworthiness of others. When they perceive they’re being persecuted, rejected, or slighted, they’re likely to respond with angry outbursts, controlling behavior, or by deflecting the blame onto others….The fearful, distrustful perceptions that accompany PPD can make forming and maintaining close relationships very difficult, affecting the person’s ability to function at home, work, and school. If you have a loved one with paranoid personality disorder, you may feel frustrated by their warped view of the world, exhausted by their continual accusations, or beaten down by their hostility and stubbornness. It can seem like they’re able to find and exaggerate the negative aspects of any situation or conversation….Professional treatment can help someone with paranoid personality disorder manage symptoms and improve their daily functioning. But due to the very nature of the disorder, most people with PPD don’t seek help. 

Richard Moore’s case could easily be lumped into the diagnoses above, were it not for several key components of the diagnoses:

  • Richard reaches out to the world, attempting to seek help, though he eschews “traditional psychological venues” which are largely full of shitbag psychologists and social workers like these asshats here.
  • Moore has documented repeated events where cars try to run him off the roads, and most recently (follow his channel) he documented these asshats running him off the road, totalling his car, causing him physical injuries, and then, insult to injury, he tried to reserve a rental car, and his phone was “intercepted” by a makeshift Fusion Center–it doesn’t get any more Machiavellian, or due-process-free than his case.
  • He documents on film (cellphone and Ring Camera footage) how “gangs” of people drive by his house, and stop and stare, but also, drive over his lawn, screaming death threats and so on. A real eye opener about how hillbillies and their “law enfarcement agents” refuse to take on cases of actual stalking, despite it being captured on film and cell phone video.
  • He documents many arrests over the last several months, which he captured on film. He says they were unfounded, and targeted harassment. Notably, during one stop, the police officer claimed that he ws under the influence of drugs–specifically noting his doctor prescribed PTSD medication. The officer issued a DUI, citing unknown substances–a nearly unheard of charge. Shortly after that stop, his doctor informed him he would no longer fill the prescription.
  • he documents a car crash within a month or so of that arrest, He believes that crash to be caused by cars “boxing him in” on the highway–a claim he has made on many occasions, with film evidence.
  • he documents his landlord telling him he has to move, shortly after that gang appeared in his front yard, and after that false arrest.

Moore’s case presents as a possible paranoid complaint, by the definition of paranoia. He presents as anxious about the possibility of harassment by strangers, in groups. He admits to having great stress due to these events described above.

The absurd things that he describes would be difficult to believe had I not seen it on film. To an untrained or biased observer, the general situation could be described as an imaginary conundrum, or a delusion of some sort–a delusion of grandeur perhaps, such as bi-polar disorder, because after all–why would a man such as himself be “so important” that he would have gangs of people chasing him down the highways and trying to murder him as he films them doing it?

And equally, describing gangs of miscreants riving trucks over his lawn, and shouting threats of harm in his own yard, followed by the later arrest described above would indeed be written off as a mre “coincidence” if in fact Moore had not documented it on film.

Compare the above to what the symptoms of paranoia are. Symptoms of paranoia include:

  • Being defensive, hostile or aggressive 
  • Being easily offended 
  • Believing you are always right
  • Trouble relaxing or letting guard down
  • Not being able to trust anyone 
  • Creating hidden meanings in people behaviors

Is Moore paranoid, according to that list? He certainly believes that he is being followed by strangers wo have a hidden purpose of driving him crazy, or causing him harm.

Is he defensive, or offended–does he think that he is “right” about the facts of his situation? Indeed he does–so much so that he has filed three federal lawsuits seeking discovery about the way that the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and several named actors in policing and the community are using funds to target himself and others.

I ask the reader to compare Moore’s case to the symptom list above, in light of the evidence he provides at his Youtube channel. I myself have watched all of the events that he describes–it is a lengthy and indeed a coordinated effort that involves complete strangers, and officials, which he documents on film.

So the question arises as to whether it is anxiety–as if somehow, Moore is reacting to his situation in ways that “ordinary” or “normal” people would or would not: is more paranoid bordering on psychotic? Or is it in fact preventable anxiety–that should this coordinated effort by state and local officials cease their activity, and should people stop trying to run him off the highways–would Moore–or you– have anxiety in such a situation?

If your answer is yes–that the conditions described above would cause you anxiety, then you can understand how organized gang stalking can mimick the symptoms of organic mental disorder, which I suspect are incredibly rare compared to these cases of “community policing”attempting to cause a person to have symptoms of a mental disorder, much as we see in the online discourse on this topic.

….post in progress. Check back later, for the finished product!

*my own words, paraphrasing Moore

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