In memory of Abraham K. Biggs Jr. aka CandyJunkie on the Bodybuilding.com forum known as the Misc.
Bodybuilding.com Members Spread Terror And Encourage Death Over Internet Forum
On January 8th, 2008, a member of Bodybuilding.com began a campaign in the
bodybuilding.com forum known as the Misc. with the goal of attacking our
Christian ministry and to assault my wife and I.
The forum thread quickly became popular among the other forum members of
Bodybuilding.com and they began posting pictures of my wife and I, pictures of
our home where we operate our Christian ministry including aerial photographs
taken by satellite. They even posted auditor records of our home.
One bodybuilding.com member posted:
Bodybuilding.com Forum: "Another life is about to be ruined by the misc." - backinbusiness, member of Bodybuilding.com
Shortly after the initial forum thread was started, we began to receive death
threats from members of Bodybuilding.com by email.
Other members were encouraged to join in and within an hour and a half; one
of the administrators OR moderators of Bodybuilding.com had stickied the thread.
A sticky thread is a thread that always stays at the top of the forum so that
everyone is sure to see it. Administrators and moderators of the
bodybuilding.com web site are the only ones that can perform this action.
Bodybuilding.com members continued to encourage others to join in. They even
recruited from other areas of the massive Bodybuilding.com web site. Activity in
the thread continued for more than a month. There were over 160 usernames that
participated in the gang style attack.
One Bodybuilding.com member posted our home office ministry phone number in a
large font and commanded, "GO!!!!" The following message was left on our voice
mail containing a threat to burn down our house: (To listen, refer to video)
It gets worse...
It was reported in the forum thread that the CEO of Bodybuilding.com, Ryan
DeLuca was made aware of the situation and sure enough, he was.
Our ministry received an email from DeLuca threatening legal action AGAINST
You see, our ministry wrote an article to make parents aware that if there
children were surfing the Bodybuilding.com web site they could be accessing
dangerous information on how to home brew anabolic steroids and how to inject
themselves with needles. (See: http://www.musclemissions.org/public/164.cfm)
In Deluca's email, he wrote:
Email received from Bodybuilding.com CEO, Ryan DeLuca.
I responded to Ryan DeLuca's email by writing:
Email sent in response to Bodybuilding.com CEO, Ryan DeLuca's email.
DeLuca's primary response to that was:
"I think it is going to be best to let the court
decide on this one."
In just a little over a month after sending me the email DeLuca was active on
the Bodybuilding.com Misc. forum where he started a post that read:
Ask a guy that started Bodybuilding.com
He went on to say:
"Somebody said I should do this. Why not? Ask
away. I may Not be able to respond to all questions quickly... you know, I still
have to be CEO of a $100 million business today."
One Bodybuilding.com member asked him:
How familiar are you with the forums/misc slang and
"I'm very familiar with all of them... I surf the
Misc. during lunch while eating my subway turkey sandwich and at night on my
Another member asked:
are u a fellow misc'er?!?!?
"For life! (We need our own Misc. gang sign.
Another bodybuilding.com member asked DeLuca:
Would you ever let your kids surf the Misc?
My son: Yes.
Another member asked:
Why can't we talk about weed in the misc?
To this DeLuca responded:
"It's best not to talk about anything illegal if
possible to avoid unwanted attention."
Yet another member asked:
...do you think the misc is a liability/will bring your whole
business to steaming wastemass that will make you lose... your
"My "millions" are outside of the business now,
safe and secure from the Misc. shenanigans.
Let me remind those of you viewing this video that the misc. section of the
Bodybuilding.com web site that is being referred to here is the same forum that
has gained worldwide attention in the media regarding the death of Abraham K.
Biggs Jr. who committed suicide after announcing it in the misc. section of the
News reports state that forum member's egged Abraham Biggs, Jr. on to commit
He was an active member of the forum and once wrote that:
"BB.com has become like family to me (I know its kinda sad) but I
find myself posting my life troubles and doubts on here, because I really don't
want to talk to most ppl about stuff going on with me."
When the news broke about the suicide of Abraham Biggs, access to the
Bodybuilding.com web site became unavailable. The following message appeared
when trying to visit the site:
BodyBuilding.com is currently
We apologize for any inconvenience
this may cause.
will resume shortly.
When the site came back up, one of the members of bodybuilding.com started a
forum thread in the misc. section of Bodybuilding.com that read:
CJ'S posts were deleted while forum was down
Now, as a side note for those of you viewing this video that are unaware, CJ
refers to CandyJunkie which is the username that Abraham Biggs, Jr. used to post
The member that started the thread continued on to write:
seems that they cleaned up a bunch potential evidence to avoid any
investigations by the feds.
I bettcha some mods and eggers are deleting their own accounts and
running for the hills as we speak.
Another member posted in response that:
If I was the CEO I wouldn't want any evidence leading back to me
either. He could potentially get sued.
Upon further investigation we found a discussion in the forum regarding a
lawsuit against DeLuca's Bodybuilding.com members for assault, libel and
In the forum conversation, DeLuca writes:
Bodybuilding.com Forum: "What if we deleted all IP addresses from our forum database on accident and then disabled IP logging for the future (using a simple vBulletin option)?" - Bodybuilding.com CEO, Ryan DeLuca
A Bodybuilding.com member posted these instructions after Ryan DeLuca asked
Bodybuilding.com Forum: "The effectiveness of that, sir, would also require that you trash your backup tapes, supposing you use tapes... or trash your SAN, assuming you back up to some kind of storage array. What you need, is an "evil hacker" to trash your IP logs, and replace whatever command you use to restore your tapes... with BASH file which overwrites said tape... or trashes said backup set on your SAN
That way every backup set you have is "bad", and you don't find out until "too late" that all of your backups were "corrupted"." - silicon mayhem, registered user at Bodybuilding.com
O.K. viewers, here's the big question. How many more people have to get hurt
or even die as a result of this activity in the Bodybuilding.com forums before
Here is what we are going to do.
If you feel that you have been victimized while posting on Bodybuilding.com,
if you have suffered from feelings of distress, anxiety, depression, grief,
embarrassment, if you have been libeled, if you have received threats of bodily
harm, or maybe you are someone that witnessed the egging on of the suicide of
Abraham Biggs while viewing the Bodybuilding.com misc. forum...then you may be
eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit and benefit in a potential
If you think that you have been a victim, you need to do the following:
1.) Save the complete Bodybuilding.com forum posting
where the offense occurred. Take a screen capture and save it to your hard drive
or a flash pen drive. If you do not know how to do this, then at the very least,
print out the complete offending forum thread. Make sure that you do not edit
any of your own posts, as doing so will look suspicious.
2.) Be diligent in making certain that none of the
offending posts have suddenly disappeared. If they do disappear, make a record
of this as this suspicious activity could mean that someone is trying to cover
Also, make certain that someone else has not edited your posts without your
knowledge. Again, printing or saving a screen capture NOW will provide proof of
tampering later if someone else has edited your posts.
3.) Contact me, Dennis L. Bates at Muscle Missions
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may
Westerville, Ohio 43086
When writing or sending an email, please describe in your own words how you
feel you have been victimized when posting on the forums at Bodybuilding.com.
Include your username exactly as it appears on Bodybuilding.com including all
capital and lowercase letters, spaces, underscores, numbers and symbols. Also,
please provide your contact information including your city, state, and zip code
along with the best contact phone number where you can be reached so that we may
verify your claim if necessary.
We look forward to hearing from you. Together we can put a stop to this, as
there truly is strength in numbers.