The New York Times reports in a long article things I here below simply excerpt-
In 2006 and 2007, when several American museums announced exhibits of the scrolls, Raphael Golb was incensed that his father’s theory had not been acknowledged in the shows. “They teach scorn for my father,” Mr. Golb said, accusing rival academics of “indoctrinating students in a culture of hatred.” “This is a system where they suppress people by excluding them,” he added.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it. Perhaps R.G. is a fan of Monty Python and memorized the line “‘Help, I’b being repressed… now we see the violence inherent in the system…’
One of Mr. Golb’s targets was a graduate student named Robert R. Cargill, who created a virtual tour of Qumran for the San Diego museum. Norman Golb posted an article on the Web site of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago complaining that the film’s script ignored his theory. Raphael Golb went further, sending pseudonymous e-mails to Mr. Cargill’s professors at U.C.L.A. “I said this person should be compelled to answer the published criticisms of his work at his Ph.D. defense,” Raphael Golb said. Some of the e-mail messages suggested that Mr. Cargill, who describes himself as agnostic, was a fundamentalist Christian and an anti-Semite.
Ronald Kuby, a lawyer for Raphael Golb, last week disputed Mr. Cargill’s characterization of himself as an innocent victim, writing in an e-mail message that “he played a vile role in this case. Among other things, Cargill spend hundreds of hours obsessively tracking down ‘Charles Gadda’ because of the latter’s online criticisms, engaged in his own sock puppetry while concealing it and condemning Golb for the same thing.” Mr. Kuby added, “Cargill is probably a lot of fun to chat with, but he is more than capable of using his hurt puppy persona to manipulate the criminal justice system.” Mr. Golb put it this way: “Cargill was stalking me.”
R.G. probably just wishes Cargill were stalking him. Maybe he has a man crush on Bob and that’s really what this is all about. Or puppy love. Maybe he’s like the 5th grader who wants the boy’s attention so much she runs up to him on the playground and punches him. Who knows what the pathology driving Golb is. Maybe dad didn’t pay him enough attention while he was a kid. It’s patently clear, though, that he has something going on.
With his felony conviction, Mr. Golb was disbarred; the trial also consumed most of his mother’s savings, he said. The prospect of prison shook him from his bravado. “My real concern is if I’ll be able to handle it physically,” he said. “I don’t have a good back. I was once rushed to the hospital with neck spasms. Being in a confined environment, I don’t know how I’ll react to that. It’s possible I’ll go insane. It’s possible that I’ll be fine and just read my books and do some writing.”
And so- what he really wants- is sympathy. Sorry- that boat has sailed.
- Golb is Guilty and His Conviction Stands (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Raphael Golb Cries “Stalker” Over Exposure and Downfall (barthsnotes.com)