A Prime Predatory Troll Example
(Authored October 6, 2022 and Published December 7, 2022)
Mr. Matthew Berdyck is an online user I have never met, spoken to, or corresponded with. I’ve never mentioned his name in online content, nor have I attempted to disinform online users about him. However, Matthew Berdyck is the central character in a new documentary titled, “Social Media Monster”. Created by Peter John Ross, Social Media Monster educates viewers about internet trolls. Mr. Berdyck is the alleged online troll in this documentary. The reason for cyber-attacking me was because I retweeted the YouTube documentary trailer. Based on Mr. Berdyck’s threats of attacking my career as a psychologist, I thought it best to document his malevolent online activities.
This blog post serves a two-fold purpose. The primary reason is to protect my license to practice in case he or those connected to him report bogus ethical violations to my state licensing boards. The secondary purpose is to illustrate how predatory trolls exploit all aspects of their target’s life. Other than having a private viewing of Social Media Monster, I know nothing about Mr. Berdyck.
Sent to me by an online safety educator is an October 3, 2022, audio clip by Mr. Berdyck. Within 15 seconds of whoever he is speaking to; he states that I am announcing he is on the verge of “snapping“, and he is a mass murderer. Before this post, I had never written about him or mentioned him in any online or offline forums. If you’d like to hear his bizarre allegations, click this audio file button. This is Mr. Berdyck in his own words.
A true example of Mr. Berdyck’s state of mind and psychological functioning can be summed up in this video clip from a court appearance on November 8, 2022. You will see and hear how a predatory troll threatens those he/she does not respect.
As the creator of the iPredator concept, Mr. Berdyck meets all three criteria to be defined as an iPredator. The three criteria are as follows:
- A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.
- The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information.
- A general understanding of cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deceptive activities or to profile, locate, stalk, and engage a target.
Social Media Monster
Social Media Monster is an important film because it addresses the growth of online assailants and how little is being done to hold what I call iPredators accountable. Although I do not know this man, his rants in video conversations with himself alleging I have launched a disinformation and character assassination campaign against him.
Pasted below are a few of his threatening emails sent to me. In addition to his ridiculous allegations, Mr. Berdyck states that he is reporting to the state authorities that I am engaging in unethical and unprofessional activities by endorsing the documentary. It has come to my attention that recent cyber-attacks are because I recommended Ross, the Social Media Monster creator, to appear on the Causing the Effect Podcast.
Not only are his allegations preposterous but he resurrected the defamatory content from back when I was trolled from 2014-2017. I must assume he posted all that nonsense before he read my Troll Triad concept. At the time of writing this blog post it has been eight years since seeing the nonsensical Troll Triad content. Shadow Troll, Troll Triad, Media iPredators and LNM Trolls were all authored between 2014-2017. Despite some years having passed, these pages are still live because they are just as relevant today as they were then. In fact, Mr. Berdyck is engaging in many of the same disinformation and character assassination tactics as they did years ago. I kept these pages active because they are more relevant now given the growth of what I call the predatory troll.
Having never met or performed a psychological assessment on Mr. Berdyck, I cannot offer a diagnosis. However, his online actions have validated that he is both an iPredator and predatory troll. The definition of a predatory troll is as follows:
Predatory Trolls: Predatory trolls are a new breed of internet troll that evolved from the classic troll. They are online users who both choose online users randomly and intentionally. Just like classic trolls, predatory trolls can be ex-work associates, ex-partners and loved ones. They may also be unknown online users. Predatory trolls may target others alone, but increasingly work in groups (aka, Troll Triad). Like all trolls, predatory trolls are driven by needs for power, recognition, peer acceptance and control.
Different from classic trolls is that their primary goal is to destroy an online user’s reputation, online presence and trustworthiness. With the advancement of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), predatory trolls may be employed by groups and governments in covert operations to destroy a target’s reputation.
Predatory trolls seek to destroy their target’s reputation and the reputation of their family members, children, careers and loved ones. They always engage in defamation, slander, libel, disinformation campaigns and criminal defamation. All predatory trolls meet criteria for either iPredator or iPredator Bridge and are skilled in Cyberstealth. As the Information Age advances, predatory trolls will become increasingly problematic to all aspects of society.
“Many predatory trolls disguise their character assassination tactics and disinformation campaigns by claiming they are activists, whistleblowers and prosocial.” Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. (2016)
Pasted here are seven exhibits and predatory troll examples involving Mr. Berdyck. They are four emails, a comment attached to one of his Twitter video monologues, an Instagram direct message to me and a blog post he authored. He will assuredly deny being the author, so I saved all of them if proof is requested.
Predatory Troll Email Exhibit One
This first example is a prime predatory troll tactic. His message is addressed to Magistrate Griffin who I think may have been the Magistrate who heard a cyberstalking protection order case against Mr. Berdyck. He carbon-copied (cc) his email so that it would be sent to our MN Psychological Services, PLLC group practice email address. Mr. Berdyck was informing my associates and I that he reported me to my state licensing board for ethical violations. Please note that I simply retweeted the Social Media Monster YouTube trailer.
Magistrate Griffin,This is Dr. Nuccitelli, a psychologist from New York who I’ve never met or spoken with, who did not witness the court case, but is aware I’m at risk of suicide and that Peter’s film is a scam.The doctor continually supports Peter and had indicated that he wants me to commit suicide and that he supports Peter’s efforts, including all the emails of slit throats, severed heads, threats of cannibalism, and threats to murder my mother.The Dr. has celebrated Peter’s efforts to bully me until I commit suicide, even though you witnessed 8 hours of what Peter is really up to.Even though the doctor is aware he’s been reported to the New York State licensing board, for attempting to diagnose and for encouraging suicide, he does not stop supporting Peter, and aide him in slowly torturing me until I finally take my own life.
Predatory Troll Email Exhibit Two
From: Matthew Berdyck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2022 1:53 AM
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. <email@example.com>
Subject: Mass Murder and Fame
I want to remind both of you that I have civil rights and civil laws which protect me from your aggressive public attacks on my name and reputation.
- I do not want to be famous.
- I am, in fact, an ongoing anonymous source for New York Times, for military leaks, via the National Guard.
- Because of my work with New York Times it caused me to become affiliated with the NYC Terrorism Unit, last year. I’m going to have them reach out to both of you because not only do you claim I’m going to commit a murder or a terrorism incident, you both also keep publicly bullying me, ostensibly trying to trigger the mass murder you claim I’m going to commit. It’s clear that you believe I’m a mass murderer and you’re acting in a way, according to your own logic, to cause me to snap and start slaughtering people. I think the terrorist unit needs to be aware of residents of New York who are making a self admitted attempt to bully a person into killing innocent people. For that both of you deserve to be investigated and identified as a threat to the people of New York for making a concerted effort to cause a mass murder.
Predatory Troll Email Exhibit Three
On Sunday, October 2, 2022, Matthew Berdyck <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Subject: Mass Murder and Fame
I’m the founder of ToxicWasteSites.org and if both of you don’t get the fuck out of my life and activism I’m going to mercilessly destroy you.
Here is a statement. If both of you don’t walk away, I’m going to make a much, much stronger version of this and fucking devour you whole.
You will not cause harm to my causes or I will slaughter both of you publicly, with campaigns.
I travel. New York is not far.
This is the only warning you get.
Ross is not the target. You are.
Predatory Troll Email Exhibit Four
From: Vincent Valentine <email@example.com>Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2022 8:14 PMCc: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: Actual Malice
I can sue the shit out of both of you, right now.
The facts are that I do not want to be famous, I am who I say I am, both of you are more aware that I’m activist, journalist, and filmmaker, and neither one of you have any right to diagnose or make declarative statements about my mental health, especially Dr. ImAPredator, who has basically diagnosed me, made libelous statements that I’m going to commit a murder, and has engaged in a legal concept called negligent endorsement.
Both of you aware I have a job, that I support all of my children and grandchildren, and that based on the ways you’re aiding and enabling Ross, that you have reached into the area of conspiracy against rights by targeting ToxicWasteSites.org.
I’m not playing when I say that if you don’t get out of my life I’m going to wipe you out. The court ruling dated August 19th clearly states that I am who I say I am, that I did get famous, and that I was directly involved in blowing the whistle on Flint, undeniably.
Under deposition you’d be forced to admit that you never witnessed my activism career, that all activists do not get media, that you’d have no basis for your false claims about what I did in Flint, that neither of you have ever met me, and that you’re aware Ross is a pathological liar.
I do have PTSD, your actions are inflicting severe emotional distress.
I suggest you start really listening because I take the health and safety of American citizens very seriously and if you’re going to smear my name, you become inhuman collateral damage, and I don’t care if someone kills you if it saves a million lives from your unwarranted attacks.
Maybe you can’t process that but millions of people are simply more important than your life. You get in bed with Ross, you’re the enemy, and you lose my empathy and sympathy.
I’m a militant activist. Period. It’s people like you that have taken me from a peaceful guy to turning me into a vicious animal who will devour anyone who gets in my way.
Would you feel empathy for environmental Adolf Hitler?
So this is your last warning. Get the fuck out of my life and cased and if you don’t, that’s your personal invitation to me that you want a fight.
Predatory Troll Caption Exhibit Five
This @TheiPredator guy is in for a big surprise. The New York state psych board is opening an investigation into him, over alleged ethical violations.
Predatory Troll Instagram Message Exhibit Six
If you’ve convinced yourself you’re not being sued and can’t be held liable, I look forward to dragging you into a California Superior court, where personal jurisdiction exists.
The only way to deal with a predator like you is to sink the allegations into court records.
Based on your expertise, you couldn’t argue you weren’t aware of your actions and extreme and malicious infliction of emotional distress.
Based on his content with two of them having the subject being “Mass Murder and Fame”, I felt it necessary to file a police report. As mentioned above, I have never spoken to Mr. Berdyck nor mentioned his name in any of my educational materials. I was not going to mention his name in the title of this blog post but included it after I read his bizarre blog post.
Just as I did with the Troll Triad and the Shadow Troll, it is necessary to document being targeted. Like the Troll Triad did years ago, Mr. Berdyck may in fact contact state authorities offering preposterous allegations. This blog post was authored to protect my reputation and professionalism. This post also serves as an educational tool to illustrate how predatory trolls attempt to destroy their target’s reputation and livelihood.
Matthew Berdyck is but one of thousands of predatory trolls infesting the internet. Predatory trolls target online users from all levels of society. Unfortunately, little can be done to force them to stop their cyber-attacks at this time Some predatory trolls suffer from a mental illness, some are internet addicted, some are online psychopaths, and some are just mean people. For the time being, documenting their attacks is the only course of action.
The unseen benefit to his cyber-attacks is the same as the Troll Triad. His episodes of targeting me and my associates validate the concepts of iPredator and predatory trolls. I hope Mr. Berdyck will stop his online antics, but I think they will continue in both quantity and vitriol. Like most predatory trolls, he will justify his defamatory campaigns as proper because he is an activist, whistleblower and/or victim.
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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist, cyberpsychologist and online safety educator. In 2009, Dr. Nuccitelli finalized his dark side of cyberspace concept called iPredator. Since 2010, he has advised those seeking information about cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cybercriminal minds, internet addiction and his Dark Psychology concept. By day Dr. Nuccitelli is a practicing psychologist, clinical supervisor and owner of MN Psychological Services, PLLC. After work and on the weekends, he volunteers helping online users who have been cyber-attacked. Dr. Nuccitelli’s is always available to interested parties and the media at no cost. This website and everything created by Dr. Nuccitelli is educational, free and public domain.