Googling the hostage taker

When I heard that Leeland Eisenberg, the man said to have taken hostages at the Clinton campaign "has a history," I thought I'd turn to Google.

Sure enough a man with the name of Leeland Eisenberg was described in this legal memorandum of findings as an "inmate in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections."

A man of the same name (but described in the pleading as "formerly known as Ralph E. Woodward") filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston alleging he was molested by a priest who had provided him with room and board when he was "approximately 21 years old, [and] was homeless and living in abandoned cars in a local junk yard in Ayer, Massachusetts."

Whether he's the same man and why he is doing what he is doing now, who knows?

MORE (06:16 p.m.): The man seems to have just been caught or he has surrendered; I just saw a picture of him lying down being handcuffed.

According to Editor and Publisher, he was very upset over his car being checked and then leafleted for having unlocked doors, as well as having his picture appear in the newspaper.

MORE: The case seems to have resolved with all hostages released and Eisenberg in custody.

The consensus of all the news reports is that he has a history of mental illness, which should surprise no one.

AND MORE (06:25 p.m.) It is now being reported by Fox News that the suspect's name is "Troy Stanley," which is confirmed here.

So "Leeland Eisenberg" may be an alias, and he is reported to have others.

AND MORE: Reading this collection of posts, it appears that the man has gone from "Troy Stanley" (which was discounted) before he was "Leeland Eisenberg" (which has now been discounted), and now (I think) it's back to "Troy Stanley."

Maybe it will be figured out eventually.

MORE: Michelle Malkin is also trying to follow the name saga, and seems to be leaning in favor of the Eisenberg theory.

AND MORE (06:39 p.m.): I know this will sound screwy, but CNN is reporting he's Eisenberg, while Fox said he's Stanley the last time I switched channels.

AND MORE (06:42 p.m.): Now Fox says he's Eisenberg.

Hillary will be having a press conference in 20 minutes.

(No surprise there.)

And I have to run out so I'll miss the rest of a story that is -- or should be -- over.

MORE (08:00 p.m.): My thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link.

The reports are now unanimous that the suspect has been identified as Leeland Eisenberg.

UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for linking this post and welcome all. I appreciate the comments.

Don't miss Tom Maguire's post which has links to more of Eisenberg's previous problems -- including a DUI and a history of stalking.


All the more reason we shouldn't confuse Googling with stalking.

(Geez, I almost said "confuse Stoogling with galking.")

MORE: Regarding Hillary Clinton's orchestrated statement after the event, Ann Althouse's post (linked by Tom Maguire and Glenn Reynolds) is a must-read:

I don't want a President to roil into a mommyesque ball of emotion when a few people are in danger. Yet that's not Hillary. The only question is why she thought a statement like that was a good one. She probably wanted to make sure not to confirm the widely held belief that she's unemotional, and, while she was at it, delight all the ladies out there who lap up emotional drivel.
No one could have articulated it better.

posted by Eric on 11.30.07 at 06:00 PM


Very good work. Thank you.

Anonymous   ·  November 30, 2007 6:29 PM

Great detective work. There are many peculiar things about this man but one stuck out as rather odd:

alleging he was molested by a priest who had provided him with room and board when he was "approximately 21 years old

21 years old???

MagicalPat   ·  November 30, 2007 6:48 PM

Seven arrested in downtown Rochester
Monday, June 11, 2007
With the help of a resident who called to report a suspected drunken driver on Washington Street,
police charged Leeland Eisenberg, 46, of 182 Milton Road, Apartment 16, Rochester with driving while intoxicated.

brad   ·  November 30, 2007 7:23 PM

No Nexis hits with Leeland Eisenberg in the criminal convictions database or the civil litigation database; all 51 Nexis articles on "Leeland Eisenberg" are dated today.


mike d   ·  November 30, 2007 9:28 PM

Wow - the Eisenberg Uncertainty Principle in action. And to think I told my physics instructor we'd never use that in real life...

Steve   ·  November 30, 2007 9:31 PM

"Wow - the Eisenberg Uncertainty Principle..."

Reminds me of a joke:

Werner Heisenberg is driving down the road at a high rate of speed. Cop pulls him over and asks "Hey, buddy, do you know how fast you were going?"

"No, officer, but I can tell you EXACTLY where I was."

Chester White   ·  November 30, 2007 10:14 PM

Hillary should ask herself why he he hates her.

Dr. Ellen   ·  November 30, 2007 10:21 PM

Think it turned out that the guy's real name is Floyd Dobbins.

Bungholio   ·  December 1, 2007 12:28 AM

He's just an ordinary weirdo with mental health problems who took some hostages in order to speak to a presidential candidate.

You, on the other hand, are an INTERNET STALKER who raped his privacy by running those Google searches. Shame. SHAME!

Have you none?

Daryl Herbert   ·  December 1, 2007 3:47 AM


(sorry, just went a little MyDD on you)

TomB   ·  December 1, 2007 7:20 AM

Heres how it went Hillary ;this ron paul guy is stealing support we need to find a way to take him out-=hillobot yes I have the answer I know this crazy guy Ill talk him into strapping flares to his chest and get you publicity well portray him as a believer in the constitution that will link him to that crazy ron paul even tough hes a democratic supporter who wants health care reform american tv zombies are to dumb to figure this one out

james   ·  December 1, 2007 1:17 PM

Eric, your post is an excellent example of why and how the msm is dying: a private citizen with no special privileges or access to information (or ax to grind) is able to scoop every one of world's news services and their Pulitzer-ed, high-profile journalists. Funny what one person interested in ferreting out the facts can do, eh? Makes me wonder when all those thousands of trained journalists with all those layers of fact-checkers and editors will get the whole story.

jum180   ·  December 1, 2007 1:55 PM

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