LARPWars Part 1: Proliferation of Lawfare

The LARPWars are heating up this summer, with all eyes on the 4th of July which Trump has promised will be the biggest spectacle ever. YUGE!

We now have evidence that people are being paid to LARP on YouTube. Money changes hands to attack people and to not attack people, to make information go viral, and to promote disinformation.

I have speculated for a long time that many of these LARPs are connected together behind the scenes. As evidence is being unveiled from the various lawsuits and whistleblowers are coming forward sharing their testimonies with me directly, the picture is becoming clearer. As I share this evidence with you, as comprehensively as is practical, I fully expect that attacks on my character from these smear merchants will intensify. Such is life.

Given the legal minefield around this story, I have to tread carefully. The “facts” of these lawsuits have yet to be determined in front of a jury. I am fact checking things as much as possible, click the links to go to the primary source of any citations. I have been speaking to a number of people involved in this story who have answered my questions but wish to remain anonymous. Their stories match each other, while other characters involved in this School Play have been caught out in many inconsistencies.

TL;DR: A LARPer named Defango wanted to be involved in multiple lawsuits and made YouTube videos to insert himself into them. This plan seems to have been successful.

Defango this week is now involved in 3 more lawsuits, with his addition to Robert David Steele vs Jason Goodman et al in the Eastern District of Virginia (Dave Acton motion to intervene still pending), and Dave Acton’s latest filing of information about this character in the Aaron Rich vs Ed Butowsky, Matt Couch et al lawsuit in the District of Columbia, copied to the Southern District of New York. Defango is also seeking a Protective Behavior order against his former Shadowbox business partner Thomas Schoenberger, and recently had the police called to his house for cyber-harassment of his former lawyer and his wife.

I just did an interview with Marcus Conte, the Ghost of Brooklyn, breaking the LARPs down as best I could.

Predictably, Defango made a LARP wars video claiming everything I said about him in this video was wrong and if he wasn’t too cool for lawsuits he would sue me. This really means he couldn’t identify a single false thing I said about him. He made one comment in the chat during the Premiere, which was that he doesn’t know fellow ZioLARPer Jacob Wohl. YMMV, this sure seems to suggest they work together:

LARPs and Data Maps are shaping up to play as big a role in the 2020 election as memes and bots did in 2016.

Follow me on Twitter @steveouttrim and stay tuned to my #LARPwars thread. Some of the information already presented there is going to be explored in more depth in future parts of this investigation, and I am posting new details there as they come to light.

I talked about why I think these inter-related legal cases are so significant a few weeks ago in this post and this video:

Lift The Veil also did a good overview recently of LARPers and LARPville:


Lawsuit #1 Sweigert v Goodman et al

George Webb’s brother wrote a scholarly text about the Port of Charleston Dirty Bomb Hoax

Dave Acton is going after Jason Goodman and his operation over the Port of Charleston incident and subsequent organized slander campaign. He sued Goodman in South Carolina, the Court relocated it to the Southern District of New York where it seems to have stalled under former general counsel of the FBI (under Robert Mueller) Judge Valerie Caproni. Part of the Plaintiff’s claim is FBI involvement with the CSTT operation, and good friend of George Webb and Jason Goodman Robyn Gritz also reported directly to Robert Mueller. #HighlySuspicious.

Defango claims that despite mocking Dave Acton for over a month on his LARP Wars channel, boasting that he was better at the law than Dave because his Mom was a paralegal, and publicly demonstrating his willingness to cooperate with Jason Goodman to “say whatever”…he had no idea that Dave Acton was suing Jason Goodman. #FandangoLies


Lawsuit #2 – RDS v Goodman et al

George Webb’s brother has also filed a Motion to Intervene in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Robert David Steele is suing Jason Goodman and others for $24 million. Dave has asked for an additional $3 million from Goodman in that suit, bringing the total at stake to $27 million.

The judge has now assigned a magistrate to that case and set a date for the parties to meet for arbitration: July 31 2019. at 12:30pm. The judge Hannah Lauck is requiring a settlement conference to be set with a magistrate.

The judge has not yet ruled on the intervenor-applicant’s Motion to Intervene, so it is not clear yet if Acton will be attending the Initial Pretrial Conference. He recently filed 2 documents in the New York Court bringing to their attention letters he had sent to other Courts. One of these was sent to Aaron Rich’s attorneys (see Lawsuit #3, below).

Jason Goodman is continuing with his conspiracy theory defense and has extended his theories to include both the Plaintiff’s attorney and his wife, and Defango’s former boss Thomas Schoenberger.

On the date of this document Jason Goodman was caught on a livestream colluding with Defango to get their stories straight for the court. Notably, Defango offers to “say whatever”.

You can follow these cases over at Tracking the Leopard Meroz, a blog that was named by Jason Goodman as a conspirator against him – like myself, Titus Frost and others who dared to criticize Jason Goodman in public for things like shutting down a port with a fake “dirty bomb” plot and teaching people how to modify home appliances into weapons of mass destruction. The judge rejected Goodman’s ludicrous claims and ruled that none of us were a party to the case. Nonetheless, Jason Goodman’s Conspiracy Theory defense continues to name people like Titus Frost and I.

Titus has filed another statement denying Jason Goodman’s claims, which like most of his erratic and illogical defense are presented without evidence.

Jason appears to think that smearing his Plaintiff’s attorney while representing himself pro se (except on religious holidays) is a more useful defense strategy than providing accurate information.

He told the Court all about a “Stephen Biss” of Bissco New York, unfortunately not the same person as “Steven Biss” of Virginia.

Here is Jason Goodman’s most recent pleading, and the Plaintiff’s response. The plaintiffs are asking the Court to compel discovery from Jason Goodman, which seems like it would be a requirement before any arbitration hearing. Goodman has objected citing New York law, but the case is being heard in Virginia – he may have been getting confused with lawsuit #1. They say a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, what does that say about a non-lawyer who represents himself?

In their most recent filing, Plaintiff’s counsel is refusing to ever speak to Jason Goodman on the telephone again.

Defendant Patricia Negron has retained counsel and has been co-operating fully with Plaintiff’s discovery requests.

The latest filing in this case from Dave Acton involves Defango, who is described as one of Jason Goodman’s many “sidekicks”.

Ref a) is Manuel Chavez III, alias Defango. He told Dave Acton about CIA intelligence he had received on Jason Goodman. Jason swore to the Court that it was the other way around and that Acton made the statement. You can see from the transcript above or actual video below (1:22:22) that George Webbs brother is correct and Jason Goodman has been caught making yet another false statement to the Court.

Here is the original direct message Defango received from Matt Couch, a few days before his call with Dave Acton:


Lawsuit #3 – The Rich Suit

Now George Webb’s brother is getting involved in a third legal action. Aaron Rich, brother of slain democratic party IT staffer (and alleged WikiLeaks leaker) Seth Rich, is suing Defango’s boss client Ed Butowsky and America First Media Group, fronted by Matt Couch.

“Not satisfied with the existing conspiracy theory about Seth Rich … Defendants Ed Butowsky, Matt Couch, and America First Media have spent the past year creating and disseminating a made-up conspiracy theory that Aaron Rich was the technological know-how behind, and financial beneficiary of, Seth’s operation

…August 15, 2017, Periscope video hosted by Couch. Butowsky…in the chatroom…“Aaron Rich needs to come out and admit money in his account.” Couch, the lawsuit says, replied, “Ed just put it out there—Aaron Rich accepted money. Aaron Rich had money from WikiLeaks go into his personal account. Think about that. Aaron Rich had WikiLeaks money go into his personal account. Ok?

…March 1, 2018, commentary piece in The Washington Times… “well known in intelligence circles that Seth Rich and his brother, Aaron Rich, downloaded the DNC emails and was paid by Wikileaks for that information.” The article cited no evidence to support the assertion.

Source: CNN

This third lawsuit in the District of Columbia involves (so far, just as witnesses) Manuel Chavez III who goes by the alias “Defango” and his former partner Thomas Schoenberger, who claims to be a founder of Cicada 3301. Both have been subpoenaed to testify.

Source: email from Thomas Schoenberger

Thomas summarized his 8 hour deposition in Los Angeles:

Source: email from Thomas Schoenberger

Defango did a live stream for nearly 4 hours, showing home addresses and phone numbers of people whose relationship to the case was not always clear.

Thomas has claimed that he provided Aaron Rich’s legal team with additional emails that did not show up in Defango’s search. This implies that Defango deleted some emails before he did the above stream on his brand new Tablet computer, which he may have already given away to his landlady Cheri.

Dave Acton’s first intervention in the Court was to update on the whereabouts of a key witness, Manuel Chavez alias Defango.

Source: Sweigert v Goodman Doc 78

The letter to the D.C. Court has not shown up on the documents list in PACER yet, but the copy sent to the New York Court has. George Webb’s brother brings up the alleged coordination between Chavez and Goodman, and lets the D.C. court know there are two related cases involving both these characters going on right now in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of New York.

Source: Sweigert v Goodman Doc 78

This brings you up to speed on the LARPWars lawfare. We are expecting another big legal drop on Tracking the Leopard Meroz on Friday or Monday, so there might be an update to this page.

There is a lot more to come in this story.

In Part 2, we will delve deeper into Shadow Box, the “Reputation Defense” firm founded by Thomas Schoenberger, Defango, Trevor Fitzgibbon, and WellTraveledFox.