Exclusive: Who Is 'PJ' Pamela Jones of Groklaw.Net?
Pamela Is A [Age and Affiliation Removed] Who Lives In A Shabby Genteel Garden Apartment In [City Removed], New York
By Maureen O'Gara
Linux Business News
May 7, 2005
A few weeks ago I went looking for the elusive harridan who supposedly writes the Groklaw blog about the SCO v IBM suit.
The now-famous opinion-shaping open source leader Pamela Jones, aka "PJ," doesn't give conventional face-to-face interviews. Never has, near as anyone knows. All communication is virtual. Only one person in the world has ever claimed to have met her - in the pressroom at LinuxWorld in Boston complete with a Pamela Jones badge - and described her as a fortyish reddish-blonde who giggled a lot.
[Address Removed], [City Removed], NY [Photo: May 7, 2005 12:37 PM - [Address Removed], [City Removed], New York. The last known address of Pamela Jones, as the superintendent of the building calls it, Ms. Pam Jones.]
Oh yeah? Wonder what cold crème she uses.
Pamela Jones is a [Age and Affiliation Removed] who lives in a shabby genteel garden apartment in desperate need of an interior decorator on a heavily trafficked commercial road at [Address Removed] in [City Removed], New York. [City Removed] is in Westchester and Westchester is IBM territory.
See, even though Groklaw treats cell phones like they were Kleenex and changes its unpublished numbers regularly, one number it left with a journalist led to this flat and - wouldn't you know it but - some calls from there had been placed to the courts in Utah and to the Canopy Group so obviously this just isn't any Pamela Jones.
Pamela has lived in apartment [Number Removed] for 10 years at least, according to the super, who says he's watched people move in, have children, and the children marry and move away.
Now, this isn't your usual anonymous New York apartment. It's practically a self-contained village where the super goes for the old ladies' groceries when there's snow on the ground and people know each other's business.
[Photo: May 7, 2005 12:41 PM - [Address Removed], [City Removed], New York. The last known address of Pamela Jones.]
But the super didn't know much about Pamela except that she had a computer, worked at home (maybe sometimes) for a lawyer, was "paranoid" - his word - and "sensitive to smells."
He remembered how he was cleaning paintbrushes one day and she came running down the stairs screaming "Fire."
She was also missing and had been for weeks.
Nobody there knew where she was.
She had up and disappeared one day, and the super was worried about her. He said her son had dropped by and he didn't know where she was, and that some strange man that "nobody knew," as the super described him, had tried to get into her apartment while she was gone - the Medeco lock she had had installed on her door - something nobody else in the complex seemed to feel a need for - was more expensive than the door. But, as it happened, the super said, she had just sent in her rent in an envelope postmarked Connecticut.
Like an episode out of "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego," the trail led to [Address Removed] in [City Removed], Connecticut, 24 miles away. Sure enough, parked in the driveway was Pamela's car, just as the super had described it, a dark gray '90s Japanese number with a bunch of [Affiliation Removed] pamphlets tossed on the backseat.
The woman at the house, [Name Removed], told a disjointed story. She didn't know Pamela, Pamela hated her, Pamela wasn't there, Pamela left her car there because it got bumped, Pamela left her car there because she left town, and so on.
Afterwards [Name Removed] called the cops, and then the cops called the number we left with her and the cops said that she was Pamela's mother and that Pamela was on the run and had shacked up with her mother because she had gotten "threatening mail" weeks before and that she had just gotten spooked again because "people were getting hurt around [my] stories" and had lighted out for Canada.
[Photo: May 7, 2005 2:24 PM - [Address Removed] in [City Removed], Connecticut. Mom's house, where PJ's car was last seen on this driveway.]
Odd, the subject of my stories - or any stories - never came up during our brief interview. I was just looking for Pamela.
That left Pamela's son, [Name, Last Name Removed], who, as it happens, had been in the software business in Manhattan until - why, my goodness - things seem to have come a cropper right around the time Groklaw came into existence.
[Name Removed] and his ma were apparently involved together in Medabiliti Inc, an ISV, because one Pamela Jones with a Westchester phone number (914 761-7423) and a Medabiliti e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) was down as the director of public affairs on a Medabiliti press release dated April 14, 2003.
[Name Removed], as it happens, has written under his own byline on a Groklaw sister site, GrokDoc, giving advice on technical writing. [Name Removed] and his wife [Name Removed] live in fancier digs than his ma on [Address Removed] off First Avenue, a neighborhood where apartments go for a couple of million bucks.
Now, according to one of Pamela's neighbors and fellow [Affiliation Removed], being a [Affiliation Removed] is pretty much a full-time job in and of itself. [Affiliation Removed] also don't usually get involved in worldly affairs.
So, is this story-spooked [Age and Affiliation Removed] with religious tracts in her backseat also the 90-hour-a-week writer of the voluminous PJ diatribes or is she a victim of identity theft?
TO BE CONTINUED...