On the morning of March 3, 2014 Michael Cravey, a 28-year-old internet conspiracy researcher who worked under the pseudonym Thomas Brinkley, allegedly attacked a couple on the University of Florida campus. “Oh my God, he’s going to get me,” a woman whispered to a 911 dispatcher, before repeating it louder. “Oh my God, he’s going to get me.”
The woman claimed Cravey was laughing as he assailed her spouse, stabbing him in the neck with a knife. Cravey then led police on a high speed car chase that police eventually called off. Three hours later in a department store parking lot Cravey died in a hail of police gunfire after charging an officer with a hatchet. The press suggested that Cravey “espouse[d] conspiracy theories involving Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect James Holmes.” And tragically his preoccupations manifested in a spasm of crazed violence.
Yet there are numerous unanswered questions to the scenario purported as fact by U of Florida and Gainesville police officers. For example, the mild-mannered Cravey had extensively researched the July 2012 Aurora theatre shooting and he believed that he had broken that case. In the weeks leading up to March 3 Cravey claims he was being surveilled. Unknown parties had broken into his social media accounts. The iPhone Cravey used incessantly disappeared from the crime scene. Further, Cravey’s younger brother, Nicholas Cravey, actually works as a videographer for the Gainesville Police Department.
On this week’s episode of Real Politik Peter Klein of Tyranny News Network joins James to discuss the Cravey affair, his extensive examination of the case, and his relationship with Cravey.
Klein is a web consultant, independent researcher and producer of the landmark documentary, We Need to Talk About Sandy Hook, released in 2014. He has also produced videos probing the Cravey case and its varied mysterious dimensions.