Internet Impersonation for the Purposes of Ridicule Damages Amazon Credibility

Posted By on November 3, 2018

The Real Dr. Richard Waugaman. Do not confuse with the Amazon sock puppet  “Dick Waggyman.”

It is well known that Amazon tolerates outrageous bullying activity from organized trolls who are given free reign to disparage and attack authors whose views they oppose, using various techniques, which are banned or at least regulated on more responsible internet sites, including sock puppetry,  ad hominem  arguments, and impersonation of real persons for the purposes of attack from behind cover of an assumed name.

Here is a story of one such incident, involving a friend of mine, Dr. Richard Waugaman, a distinguished psychoanalyst and literary scholar who makes regular lectures in Washington DC at venues that have established a reputation for cutting edge inquiry in Shakespeare studies (such as the Cosmos Club), not to mention for the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship,  and has published on the authorship question in a wide range of peer-reviewed scholarly journals (over thirty-five articles in peer reviewed journals in literary studies and psychoanalysis, including the Renaissance Quarterly).

It illustrates what length some are willing to go to — including impersonating Dr. Waugaman for the purposes of ridicule — to  disparage a heresy they fail to understand.

Just days ago, perusing the reviews on Dr. Waugaman’s Amazon page for his recent book, Newly Discovered Works by William Shake-Speare: a.k.a. Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, a book that currently has sixteen customer reviews on Amazon, of which five are five star reviews and five are one-star reviews. The one star reviews include one from B.J. Robbins, a man who, from what I can tell, never read a book he reviews. He certainly did not read my dissertation, but felt not the slightest compunction to post a long rant about how much he dislikes the people I enjoy reading Shakespeare with.

But this post is not about Mr. Robbins – its about “Dick Waugaman,” who within the last twenty-four hours changed his name to “Dick Waggyman.”  Now, you may ask, why would someone name himself “Dick” Waugaman in the first place, let along change his name to “Dick Waggyman,” especially when he’s writing comments on a review of a book by Dr. Waugaman.  But just so you’ll believe me that this is what this pseudonymous cowardly troll actually did, here’s the evidence, one screenshot at a time:






When I replied to this statement of “Dick Waugaman’s” with a request for his qualifications and questioned his theft of Dr. Waugaman’s identity, he did not reply.  I then posted a notice of this encounter on the Shakesvere Facebook, page, a discussion known to be monitored by the Oxfrauds, an online troll organization representing the financial and intellectual interests of the Stratford-upon-Avon tourist industry.  To be sure of what I was looking at, I took a tour of previous reviews by “Dick Waugaman,” and this is some of what I found. Please note the name:








Here is what I wrote:









Within less than twenty four hours, “Dick Waugaman” was gone, replaced by “Dick Waggyman, with reviews by Waugaman (such as this hit piece on Last Will. And Testament):


And while Dick’s other reviews reappeared soon enough under the new name, his comments from the Amazon discussion that led to his decision to change his name so suddenly (along with my response) were deleted and have not reappeared (as of 11/2/2018).

Dick Waggyman, unlike Dick Waugaman, shows no history in his profile at present even though most or even all of the original posts made under his previous  name remain visible on Amazon under the new name. If you are wondering why Oxfraud trolls need to go to these extreme lengths with using sock puppets designed to ridicule authors in this manner then you are on the right side in the authorship question, whatever else you believe or don’t believe.

Shelly Maycock explained to me that the reason Waugaman’s profile went back to 2001 as I originally reported to the Shakesvere group is that in the Amazon system anyone can become a sock puppet simply by changing the name on their account. The shift to “Dick Waugaman” was probably a recent innovation adopted in advance of joining the concerted assault organized by the Oxfrauds on Professor Waugaman.

Needless to say, Amazon has long tolerated such disgraceful behavior. As I already mentioned, numerous attempts by several parties over several years to get them to crack down on a serial faux reviewer who trashes Oxfordian books without ever reading them,  have only resulted in a more prolific raging troll.

If you agree with me that this behavior is a rotten substitute for real debate between fully responsible parties who are required to observe some standards of inference and criticism, then invite you to purchase a copy of Dr. Waugaman’s book. I don’t agree with everything my colleague says, and he knows it. But this is a generous-spirited and insightful volume. As I wrote in my own Amazon review of Waugaman’s book – the book by the real Richard Waugaman, not the cowardly troll who has assumed his name for the purposes of personal attack:

The strength of this book is rooted in its single-minded pursuit of an interdisciplinary method to the examination of a small number of poetic outliers from the Elizabethan age. These are the poems that you should have read in a graduate course on Elizabethan poetics, but you didn’t read them because they’re by “anonymous” and therefore have only very rarely if at all studied, and certainly not in the thoughtful detail Dr. Waugaman brings to bear in this instance.

Please watch Dr. Waugaman in the above video and ask yourself why “Dick Waggyman” can’t make any videos of his own adventures in scholarship. He doesn’t have any. Dick Waggyman is a troll who can’t even decide what to call himself. Waggyman’s shifty vocables signify fear, not learning.

Update 11/3:

Dr. Waugaman kindly emailed me the following screenshot from an Oxfraud discussion, hastily called to order following  my Shakesvere post cited above (at the time of Waugaman’s screenshot, taken at approximately 9:30 am eastern standard time today, the discussion was about a day old).

In the discussion Philip Buchanan (who lives in Silver Spring, MD) “came out” to Tom Reedy, Mike Leadbetter, Mark Johnson and “Nat Whilk,” aka Greer Gilman. Apparently it was necessary to construct a faux paper trail in which the rest of the Oxfrauds did not already know that it was Buchan’s Amazon account that was being used under a deliberately offensive (as Johnathan Bate sidekick Leadbetter reveals) version of Dr. Waugaman’s name.

Sorry Frauds, you’ve been outed.


About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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