People have asked why Emily Dirr went to such great lengths to create over 70 fake Facebook profiles in order to create the world of JS, Dana, Eli and the rest of the Dirr family. Check out this profile of JS’ best friend, Mitchy Aaron.
All of the comments on Mitchy’s page are from sockpuppet accounts created by Emily Dirr. Mitchy also had over 100 pictures on his Facebook profile, most related somehow to JS and Dana or his job as a Canadian Mountie.
Mitchy was just a supporting player in the Dirr universe, but by creating a full profile for JS’ best friend, Emily made sure that anyone who had doubts about the Dirr family or Eli’s story could click and see that of course the Dirrs are real. Who would spend so much time making a fake profile just for a friend of the family?
This was all done to add depth to her story and make it appear more authentic. At the end of the Gawker article, Adrian Chen raises questions as to whether Emily Dirr acted alone in creating all of this.
Anna, who had the online romance with J.S., believes there was more to the Dirrs than just Emily. In early 2011, Anna and J.S. had a fight, after which J.S. gave Anna the silent treatment. So she decided to use a service called SpyPig to see if he was reading the emails she sent him. SpyPig lets you hide a code in an email that notifies you exactly when and where your message was opened, and if it was forwarded anywhere. SpyPig told Anna some of the emails she sent to J.S. were being opened in Vancouver, while some were opened in Ohio. One of her emails was opened three times in Ohio, then forwarded to New York.
Why were emails opened in Vancouver, if Emily had run the entire hoax from her father’s home in Ohio? Who was in New York? I sent an email to J.S.’s email account. So far, according to the Spypig code I embeded in it, it hasn’t been opened yet.
It could just be that easy for the Dirr family to disappear.
JS Dirr had a close friend who only knew him through online interactions. She lives in New York. My theory is that Emily used a proxy to make it appear like she lived in Canada, opened the email at her house in Ohio and forwarded it to this friend in New York. Why? She wanted JS and Dana to be rich and multifaceted characters, and what better way to show this than to share emails written by an online girlfriend to another friend?
The awareness bracelets were also a ploy to authenticate the story. Anyone questioning would have their doubts silenced when they saw that the family was sending out packages for free to draw awareness to Eli’s story.
The package pictured above was sent in November of 2010.
EDITED 7/3/12: Emily also made donations to cancer fundraisers in the Dirrs’ name. She had a YouTube channel of stolen videos that she claimed were the Dirr children here. You can also see screen shots of part of JS’ MySpace here.
Here are screen shots of the many fake Facebook profiles associated with JS and Dana Dirr. The ones that are still active as of today are marked.
According to Facebook you can either deactivate an account or delete it entirely. Interesting that JS Dirr’s account is deactivated and not deleted.
Kim Sutton (girlfriend of William Houston)
Wayne Houston (father of William Houston)
Marc LeBeau (friend)
Brittany Morton (friend and ex-girlfriend)
Adam Spain (friend)
Alex Spain (wife of Adam)
Benita Miller (friend and ex-girlfriend)
Mitchy Aaron (best friend of JS)
Shane Pellizer (friend)
Ben Palmer (friend)
Todd White (friend)
Rob Birclay (friend)
Shawna Birclay (Rob’s wife)
Doug Clark (friend)
Grace Benedatto (friend)
Joshua Dirr (brother of JS)
Ashleigh Miller (ex girlfriend)
Sid Baker (friend)
Wade Ralleigh (friend)
Dierks Cody (friend)
Lynn Aaron (Mitchy’s wife)
Nicholas Brandon (friend)
Mike Walling (friend)
Mike Lucas (friend and fellow Mountie)
Kayla Pittman (friend)
Liz Aaron (friend, ex-wife to Mitchy)
The following are profiles created to fill up the Facebook group “The Ex-Girlfriends of JS Dirr” That Facebook group is still active and these profiles still exist. (I’m including screen shots in case they are deleted).
The following were women in the group whose profiles have since been deleted.
There were seven other women in this group whose profiles were deleted and whose names I didn’t screen shot, unfortunately.
This makes a total of 81 fake Facebook profiles involved in the Warrior Eli hoax. And I’m pretty sure there were more.
And, just because it’s interesting, here’s JS Dirr’s take on people who would try to trick the childhood cancer support community.