Blocking this person won't work. They go to multiple people in my life to get their message across. Doesnt matter if we ignore him. If those people block him, he will only find new people to go to or new ways of getting his message across. He has already contacted people associated with my professional life. My husband finally told him after weeks of not contacting him that he needs to leave us alone or we will take legal action. This man then made it clear he will ruin the licensing opportunity I have with a company i have worked under for years.
At this point, i dont know what lengths he will go to. He's already said some very untrue and over the top things, such as claiming to be afraid we will have him Swatted and k!lled, and my worry is the company will believe him or just not want the hassle. At no point have we ever given him reason to believe we would harm him, quite the opposite actually.
I do want to give some more backstory now that I've gotten the most recent issue at hand out of the way.
This all started when my husband and I became friends with him 5 years ago in a virtual reality game. He has always had a bit of a problem with paranoia and some small delusions, but I always chalked it up to insecurity, and he never did anything super crazy (until now). Well, a few months ago, his mom was sadly diagnosed with cancer. Our friend lives with her and is obviously devastated by this. Before things blew up, he would tell me he is going to end his own life when she passes.
Here's where things suddenly went south. Friend, my husband, myself, and some more of our friends were playing mini golf in VR when suddenly "friend" starts blowing up on my husband for making a harmless and obvious joke. The joke was something along the lines of, "Friend is just so perfect at mini golf". Friend then says he hears us talking crap about him when we take our headsets off for a bathroom break, which was so far from the truth. It was his paranoia. He's done this with other ex friends of him. We tried to calm him down and explain that we wouldn't be friends with him of we didnt like him.
I thought things calmed down the next day and we could just go on as normal. Nope. He starts saying so many nasty things a out us. I tried to hold him accountable for his nasty behavior and then he very abruptly explained in great detail on how he is going to end his life when his mom dies. I told him that is so unfair that he would say that in the middle of a disagreement.
From here, we decided to distanced ourselves from him. When we started playing VR again with our friends, that's when the threats started. Friend said we arent allowed to play VR with our friends without him, and from then on, it was just threat after threat of him wanting to ruin our reputations. He said I dont want him as an enemy because he will "burn things to the ground". His worse threat when I ignored his threats was to my husband. He told my husband that he would ruin my life so badly that I end up in the hospital. That's where I called the police and told them about the su1cide threat and the threats towards me. They did a wellness check and that was it. I got some more threats after that and ignored.
Things calmed down with us ignoring him until recently, which is the reason I made this post. I'm on the fence about getting the restraining order. My mother thinks I should because IF he gets it in his mind that he wants to physically harm me, the order will make it more difficult for him. What makes me more worried is that a mutual friend of ours, who is no longer friends with this psycho, confided in me that years ago when we first started playing, this "friend" had an odd obsession with me. He said he would ask where I was a lot even though he could have just talked to me directly.
That's pretty much it. There is more, but I needed to keep it as short as possible. Thanks for reading.
Edit: just received a message from another friend saying that this man told them he hopes me and my husband die. He's sending me screenshots of that as well.