Out of all my posts on all my blogs (well over 500 of them) there is one subject that got the most readers: THE MYSTERY OF LAKE CITY QUIET PILLS.
If you don’t know what that is, basically a guy calling himself Milo on Reddit claimed to be part of some kind of secret group of mercenaries. When it is announced on Reddit that Milo had died. The information came from someone called Angel Two-Six, one of many screen names associated with Milo on a couple of image sharing sites.
Here just read all this:
Together, these 3 posts have thousands of views, more than any of my other posts. At first I couldn’t figure out why. I was told it was a hot topic on podcasts, which would do it I guess, but other things I have written about are also hot topics on podcasts. Serial killers, internet bullying, religion, politics, music, and so on… why did this one get so much attention? And still does! Today Return To The Mystery Of Lake Quiet Pills post is number 1 and The Mystery Of Lake Quiet Pills is number 3:
I know, not to many readers so far today. It’s early. Plus it is Christmas Eve! Who am I kidding, I stopped writing and people stopped reading. We will discuss this in some of the next posts, for now though, I just want to show that this subject still gets views. Lots of them! And today while I’m writing a final post on the subject, people just happen to be looking the old posts up and reading them even though no one knows I’m writing about it today… oh well, maybe that’s not important… but it was kind of cool for me to see.
Anyways… I think maybe, I get so many views on this subject because there just aren’t many places out there with information on it. I wish I had more to add, but honestly I haven’t looked into it in a while. My biggest problem with it all being real was that a lot of the stories didn’t add up or fit a coherent timeline. But I also had an issue with it being a hoax. A hoax that takes years to go nowhere? And no one over at the site Drunken Stepfather (the then current site where these so-called assassins for hire supposedly met up and discussed things in cryptic code hidden from the naked eye (naked eye, lol. That’s kinda funny due to the type of sites they were part of)) seemed to want to join in on the hoax. Even though they were all being discussed and dissected over at Reddit, none of Milo’s “conspirators” wanted to get in on the game. Well that’s not totally true… Angel 2-6 did kind of set the whole thing in motion. But over the years, this little group has not really said much on the subject that they were part of a trending internet mystery. They haven’t seemed to play into the hoax or try to cover anything up if it’s real. I do know, the 2 main people to have brought this to the world’s attention Milo and Angel 2-6 have both been said to have passed:
Were they permanently quieted? Or is it just a convenient plot device? I still can’t tell ya! Though I have to say I still lean towards it being a hoax or game or something. I don’t buy it that some secret killing gang is on a porn image sharing site discussing their private tales in coded boob pictures. Yes, I don’t buy it… but which ever way… it sure is a great example again of how the internet taints everything. This is either something sinister going on for a while now right in plain site, being discussed, and blogged about. Podcasts talking about all of it, and nothing has been done about it… or it’s a big never-ending wild goose chase. The internet is good at what it does.
In the end I guess it will go on being googled and looked into. People believing one way or another on it. My final thought on the subject is it’s a whole lot of circles leading nowhere… SSDD!
That don’t mean people shouldn’t chase those circles. If they want. But with this one, I really don’t think any answers can be found, unless another one of the “gang” decide to start explaining. And that ain’t happening. I decided to look up the Drunken Stepfather site, to see what it’s like these days:
They’ve come a long way from those early days of “That Old Guys Image Host”. I bet someone is making some money from all the ads. Was it all just a elaborate scam to get people to go to their site? I don’t think so. I’m guessing that was just a lucky break someone got in all this. Again, we can’t be sure.
You know, even though Milo and the LCQP subject has gotten me the most views it did not generate a lot of discussion. Almost zero comments from anyone on it. That to struck me strange. These 3 posts get more views than all my other posts, but almost no comments and discusion. Then recently I got an email about my LCQP posts:
So, imma just cut to the long and short of this. I’m revisiting this whole thing, having originally stumbled on it a couple years ago, and have decided to give it a go to see what i can come up with…I’m a military vet, and have more than passing experience with the PMC industry and a decent capacity for investigative research. All told, i think i have a perspective that hasn’t been applied thoroughly to the whole thing, so i dug in.I’ll get to my own conclusions after this, in case you’re not too interested, but i’m wondering if you’d mind sending me your notes on what you’ve got, on the off chance you’ve taken note of something that you didn’t think warranted publishing but i haven’t seen yet… Also, another blogger mentioned multiple sets of coordinates being left in a comment on a blog, and the only other real blog post i can find on the subject is written by you, and you did have that weird picture posted with the coordinates to the NY hotel. Well, she said the other coordinates listed pointed to an apartment building in New Jersey that had a tenant who’s first initial was “M” who disappeared in 2009. Do you know anything about this? (I’m emailing her separately.)Anyway… As far as my own conclusions… Pretty much everything is slightly off with the narrative. Not SO off as to be able to write it off, but enough to induce suspicion. I don’t really see the need for an organization like that to post what they did in the manner they did it. If they needed it to be publicly available via the internet, as opposed to just having a mailing list or something, there are a million alternatives to hiding it in the source of a porn hosting site.I’ve got more than a couple friends in my line of business on the South African side… I’m going to try and get a handle who were the players for SA contractors circa 2010 in maritime. The South African contracting world is small.So, i’m naturally inclined to feel that this is a hoax, but besides that i’ve dedicated a decent amount of ritalin and the past two days into trying to use the info we know about RoP to link him to an identity. I’ve poured through hundreds of obituaries, records, you name it. I’m running on these presumptions:He was born ~ 19 January, 1930. He died on 16 July, 2009. He was possibly born in either Pennsylvania, or New Jersey, and possibly died in Jersey. He served in WW2 in the Navy, but was noncombat. He first saw combat in Israel in 47. He was in Korea, and in 53 he was wounded, and his German buddy Gunter died. I’m sure i could dig up more than that, but i felt that was enough to go off of.There isn’t a single person i was able to find that met that criteria. For your own information, Korea has a couple of extensive databases available for perusal, notably:That’s literally every casualty record the government has for Korea, in a pretty powerful searchable format.
Nobody named Gunter, as either a first or last name, died in 1953. A Gunter WAS wounded, but no one else who was wounded with him on the same day fits the bill for RoP. There was as well a Guenther Kromrei, but similarly, none of his buddies that were wounded with him match up to what we need.
There were two men i was able to find that met general birth and death dates to an acceptable degree. There was a James Johnson who was in the Navy in WW2, born 19 Jan 1931, died 18 July 2009, and then the one that probably came closest to fitting the bill for our guy: Gerald Brooks, born January 19, 1930 and died 18 July 2009 in Colonia, New Jersey, wounded Oct 1952 in Korea, and was awarded the DSM, which is just under the Medal of Honor. He, however, went on to live a rather mundane life, and he hadn’t served in WW2 in the Navy.I played around with the dates some, and found nothing interesting.The name Milo wasn’t helpful in any real way; of the 3 Milos that were casualties in 1953, one was KIA, the other two returned to duty, didn’t match up otherwise, nor had any squadmates die the same day with German sounding last names.I checked out everyone listed in the Korean War Veterans Association’s flyer who was listed in dying in July 2009, and there were no matches, but i suppose RoP wouldn’t have been one to identify with such an organization.The last real thing i have to run down is whatever last name might be attached to that coordinate, then i’ll have exhausted my imagination and willingness to dump any more effort into this.So, my overall conclusion, based upon over a dozen hours of sifting through obituaries and databases, reading through Milo’s entire post history, and other assorted research…
I think LCQP is a hoax being done by a group of dudes on DSF. I think they’re self-styled military aficionados who might have served in the military themselves, but probably didn’t. (If they did, i would put money on them having served during peacetime.)
There are too many mistakes in RoP’s post history that a real veteran of the events he claimed to have lived through would not have made, especially someone as lucid as he appeared to be. Off the cuff, after being wounded in 1953 he said he woke up in a military hospital in Hanoi… Vietnam. I think he conflated his history, as i couldn’t find any evidence of a military hospital being used by America in Hanoi.The American military wasn’t involved in Israel in 1947. He could have been part of the Jewish volunteer forces, but there’s 0 chance he was there at the behest of the American government, as he was 17.The timings of some of his posts… On July 7th talking about how he hopes he doesn’t make it to 80.He mentions having to work because he doesn’t have the luxury of a financed retirement, but yet “was loded.”And, at the end of the day, while some of his later adventures post-Korea might not have much online, if he served in both the Navy and in Korea (Presumably in the Army.) there would be more than a tad bit of records available… And i’ve found nothing.Reading through the hints at and discussions of every major romanticized conflict when taking all the characters and content into consideration reads more like a circlejerk in military adventurism, with every name coveted by /k/ommandos over at 4chan being dropped. IF LCQP was an actual entity, knowing what we do about how they conduct business, they would be doing shady African work, (Not “black ops” or anything like that, just literally illegal in anyone who’s concerned’s home country. Violating ITAR, anti-mercenary laws [Which is a thing in South Africa.], not having proper licensing or permits, etc.) employing equally shady individuals not dudes with serious backgrounds who can easily make extremely good money without having to worry about the FBI meeting you at the gate on your flight home.So, yeah. A bunch of dudes who like to read penny action novels and read wikipedia got together and decided to rattle some chains. I’d say it worked.Anyway, any input you have that might sway me one way or the other would be appreciated. If you want to use any of this, feel free.
So here was someone who looked into it much more than I, but we seemed to come to the same conclusions on it. I wrote them back, but really couldn’t give them anything they already hadn’t known, but I told them I agreed and was getting ready to write a final post on all of it and would probably use their email. I then got a reply to my reply:
Just some double taps on things… Looking back on everything, Milo was definitely a made up character. I put a few days of ritalin-fueled digging through casualty reports, census records, and obituaries trying to find any level of correlation and the names i came up with were the only ones that remotely fit the bill.And, to be honest, the whole LCQP thing is too sloppy to be ran the way it was and not leave a footprint elsewhere online… Like, you’re not gonna have a contracting company communicating with its people via the publicly available source code on a splash page… Milo presumably coded the image hosting scripts that ran his site, even a basic password-restricted script would have been orders of magnitude more secure than what we saw. The only explanation for it is that it was meant to be found.
I think you’ve got some actual South African contractors on the Drunken Stepfather, and they were either in on it, or might have been the original targets for the troll but whoever was responsible moved it over to Reddit for a wider net…
As far as your concerns about the endgame… Not everyone is a masterclass troll with a fully developed plan that they carry to fruition. I think whoever was behind it started developing the character, wrote himself into a corner, or just lost interest in the entire thing. Not sure which. I never really dug much deeper into TDS forums, maybe if i get bored this rotation i might dig a little deeper and see what i can find, but i think it’s safe to say the whole thing’s a hoax.