Unlocking the Bolton Deventer riddle… close but no cigar

Hmmmm, I thought I had my eureka moment on the Bolton Deventer riddle after a bit of sleuthing work this weekend. I was checking the source code of Deventer’s blog to see if the person behind the persona had slipped up and was using the identical Google analytics code profile (indicated in the source by a unique code in the javascript) somewhere else…. say on his/her real blog, which would expose the real identity.

I rounded up a couple of suspects:

Vincent: UA-671831-5 ; UA-671831-10 ; UA-671831-9
Stii: No analytics code
Sir Mclaren: No analytics code
Mark Forrester: UA-160495-1
Dave Duarte UA-1851281
Jaxon Rice: UA-1370171-1
Justin Hartman: UA-249899-9 ; UA-1958958-1
Nic Haralambous: UA-395666-2
The Colony: UA-903799-1
Quirk UA-129145-1
Tucj.com UA-381489-3

But none of them seem to match. And then after a call to Justin Hartman and Nic Harry, we discovered that WordPress uses a default Google analytics code for Deventer’s blog, which is a hosted blog on wordpress.com. DOH!! Any other ideas?

Another thing is that I am not so sure that Vincent is the Bolton Deventer anymore after chatting to him. He swears on his XBOX that its not him — and I know for Vincent that’s big. Maybe time to cast the net a little wider?

Comments (7)

  1. Guy McLaren wrote::

    You can either call me Guy McLaren or Mr McLaren. The last person to call me by my surname only was that ferking korporaal that I hurt when I met him after national service.

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:07 pm #
  2. capdog wrote::

    The most intriguing part is the Facebook profile… who are all the “friends” of his? Nobody seems to have interacted with him at all – at least not in a personal way by writing on his wall. Whoever did it has been good so far to cover their tracks. I bet thakadu from Muti could cross-reference the IP address.

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:38 pm #
  3. Grant wrote::

    LOL… chuffed to make it onto the suspect list. Probably the first and last time I’ll be in such illustrious company.
    Capdog is right- Neville will be able to do a quick check. Although I think I read somewhere that someone had already traced it to some UK host.

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 3:07 pm #
  4. Dave wrote::

    Wish I had the time to be Bolton!

    Monday, October 15, 2007 at 9:07 pm #
  5. Neville Newey wrote::

    Ok, what’s it worth to you? Highest bidder gets the info 🙂
    (I accept payment in T-shirts, wine, beer or hard cash!)

    Monday, October 15, 2007 at 10:08 pm #
  6. capdog wrote::

    C’mon Matt, who is he? You hinted that you know, now please reveal!! 🙂

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 12:36 pm #
  7. matt wrote::

    @ Dave — yeah i completely agree 🙂

    @ Capdog — Neville appears to have the info… now who is Neville tight with??

    @ Neville — tell us dude!!!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

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