The two toxic manipulators behind @BewareCreepyVAs: Peyton Waukau & Heather Vandagriff
Are you spreading lies from an anonymous account undermining #MeToo for social media clout? Learn about false allegations, a sex pest whisper campaign, BPD, NPD, pseudologia fantastica, and targeted harassment.
WHO: PEYTON WAUKAU, MY STALKER
Peyton Waukau (of Madison, Wisconsin), has been cyber-stalking me and smearing my name since 2018 in an effort to ruin my reputation and get people to “cancel” me.
WHY: PEYTON WAUKAU’S MOTIVE
Peyton Waukau and I had a casual, non-monogamous, acquaintanceship that spanned a total of 8 hours in person (3 different events, essentially 3 one-night stands) over roughly a year, as well as only 20 or so text exchanges before her personality disorder became apparent.
(A note of clarification: while we met at a convention, she was not a fan of mine nor displayed any parasocial characteristics.)
After contact was cut off, Peyton Waukau harassed my female friends on Instagram, seeking compromising information and trying to sabotage my relationships. When they all blocked her, she launched an unsuccessful #metoo campaign on Twitter under her anonymous @LesBean94 account.
Around this same time I was targeted by the #IStandWithVic crowd, a group of Vic Mignogna fans and alt-right Kiwi Farms accounts. I tweeted that they should stop attacking Vic’s accusers and that it was possible to support survivors while withholding judgment of Vic. They ignored my nuance and attacked me instead.
After seeing the hate online, Peyton sought to harness the attention. She created a new anonymous twitter account called @BewareCreepyVAs and then actively tried to recruit the #IStandWithVic crowd to amplify her tweets by morphing her defamation into a #KickDC movement, but it never went anywhere as there were no “victims” to join it.
Her ever-changing false allegations ranged from philanderer, “sex pest” and watcher-of-porn to serial groper, rapist and pedophile. An example of her “kitchen sink” approach are tweets that accused me of sexually accosting unwilling audience members on stage at my popular Notorious Zombie-Related Erotic Fanfic Show. A ludicrous claim if one had ever seen the show… And now you can on YouTube!
Peyton’s real identity can be seen on her Instagram (account name changed since this was originally published). Every few posts will have a hashtag of my name in association with narcissism/abuser. If you go back to 2019 and read forward you will see she writes extensively about an intense, abusive (seemingly in-person) three year relationship with me (an impossibility easily discredited) and how I controlled her behavior daily through my “abusive narcissism.”
What is not public are two disturbing letters written by her that are completely untethered from reality, as well as the text messages that chronicle her swift turn into mythomania. (I will not post these but they are in an archive for conventions who request access.)
Why she persists in posting from her @BewareCreepyVAs account after so many years is likely due to the extensively studied phenomenon of social media dopamine reward. The greater the attention her account and posts receive, the more she feels a sense of gratification. When the likes and retweets die down, she renews her efforts – even in the face of her true motives having been revealed and her assertions thoroughly debunked. There are other mental health factors at play here, as well, in my opinion.
As if that were not enough…
WHO: HEATHER VANDAGRIFF, AN EX-FAN
Heather Vandagriff (of Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a disgruntled former longtime fan whom I commissioned 9+/- years ago to write some first draft fanfics for my Notorious Zombie-Related Erotic Fanfic Show. In 2021, Heather joined Peyton in her efforts and their actions crossed over into tortious interference territory.
WHY: HEATHER VANDAGRIFF’S MOTIVE
Heather Vandagriff, an avid fan and online acquaintance for many years, defended me online from Peyton’s false allegations in 2020. However, she abruptly “split black” in April 2021 after a perceived disagreement over shared ownership of a “fans of DC Douglas” Discord server arose. Several other server administrators were also targeted during her meltdown.
Heather sought to hurt me by reaching out to and joining Peyton online. She began proactively trying to further Peyton’s “cancel DC” campaign by posting out-of-context conversations, as well as creating fake “direct messages” from anonymous twitter users.
In November 2021, Heather posted erroneous Resident Evil information online in an attempt to damage my reputation and poison any future employment in the franchise. Blogs who picked up her “story” ignored the false allegations component.
Recently, she has narrowed her harassment and defamation to commenting on random convention posts that I drug attendees at cons and rape them. A “Bill Cosby” of conventions.
Her twitter handles are @xhercoldhands and @burnside_fan (and IG accounts @broken.birb and @ClubAlchemy505). Less than 5 minutes of scrolling will inform you of her temperament. (It should be noted that she has been writing erotic fan fiction for over a decade and has come under scrutiny for glorifying rape and sex between adult characters and under age-of-consent characters. The irony is lost on her.)
In addition, our last, honest, discourse on DM will give more context as to her state of mind. I encourage you to watch it.
(Pause the video for each pagination. Her online posts/actions acknowledged that her DMs are not private so I post it in that same spirit. Unlike Heather Vandagriff, I am including full context.)
Peyton and Heather’s tweets/posts are sometimes amplified by anonymous accounts, including sock-puppets, those with questionable agendas (includes #IStandWithVic/Kiwi Farms accounts upset by my liberal politics), and those who are easily influenced by anonymous accounts peddling outrage.
Because social media has eroded critical thinking and nuance, it’s enabled the spread of these false allegations into other parts of the online con fandom and are occasionally parroted by people who’ve never verified them, let alone have little more than a vague idea of who I am.
I understand that these allegations are serious, and I take them very seriously. That is why this post exists. Also, because these allegations are completely false, and farcical in their breadth, I acknowledge the language of this post may sometimes include inflammatory word choices. A side effect of being the target of character assassination.
THE CONVENTION EFFECT
@BewareCreepyVAs (on both Twitter and IG) has become the main account where they continually post/repost defamation.
Recently, two other accounts that had made false allegations about other voice actors joined with Peyton and Heather to amplify their defamation and increase the attention they receive. (Allegations that have been debunked both on twitter from witnesses and, in the case of one, declared to be stalking harassment in a lawsuit judgement.)
Undeterred, Peyton mixed in the other actors and allegations to give the account a sheen of authenticity and “mission.” Scrolling back a year or more will reveal the true nature of the account.
The main effort of @BewareCreepyVAs is reputation assassination via conventions: When a videogame or anime con announces my attendance, Peyton & Heather (@BewareCreepyVAs) will encourage their followers to swarm the con’s post/tweet announcement in an effort to scare the convention into cancelling my appearance. (Usually 5 to 15 accounts). Tortious Interference.
I think it important to take a moment to remind anyone reading this: DO NOT engage with @BewareCreepyVAs or those megaphoning them. Just BLOCK THEM. Reporting their tweets/comments and/or accounts for harassment would be appreciated, but it’s doubtful Twitter/IG will investigate.
Most conventions that have booked me over the last 5 years have either already run across @BewareCreepyVAs and quickly dismissed it due to their unsubstantiated and over-the-top agenda, or simply spoken with me about this and recognize that this sort of “anonymous defamation campaign” is becoming common with many niche online fandoms.
Some conventions have investigated further (and were offered access to my archived personal correspondence with Peyton) and deemed the anonymous allegations to be wholly without merit.
One convention fell under the auspices of a municipality and had their legal department look into the anonymous allegations, also finding them without merit. The con received clearance to book me (and we had a lovely time).
[Referral info for these third parties is available to your convention upon request through my reps. In addition, there are several people who have witnessed both Peyton Waukau and Heather Vandagriff at the various inflection points who can corroborate their identity and motivations.]
I have been a guest at over 50 conventions since 2010. Between con chairs and verified handlers (as well as the numerous voice actors I was a guest with), there’s at least 100+ people who can attest to my behavior as a guest at their convention.
I also recommend reading the Critical Thinking User Guide tab below (click to open).
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The hashtag #BelieveWomen was created to challenge the dominance of a patriarchal system that silenced victims. Its purpose was not to suppress respectful and legitimate inquiry or to halt the application of facts and reason. Its aim was to protect individuals who came forward from immediate societal attacks. It is possible to provide support for people with genuine grievances while withholding judgment of the accused, as I did in the Vic Mignonga controversy. The absence of the word “all” in the hashtag is deliberate, as including it would mean endorsing the misguided views of individuals like Rachel Dolezal, as Jon Oliver pointed out.
#MeToo is a movement for justice, giving a voice to assault victims, offering support, and holding perpetrators accountable. Women courageously shared their stories, revealing their identities, and no longer wanted their experiences to be dismissed without consideration.
In some instances, such as with Cosby and Weinstein, the courts had the opportunity to examine evidence, listen directly to victims, and deliver judgments. In other cases, like that of Vic Mignogna, the companies employing him had the chance to review evidence, speak with the individuals who came forward, and make judgments. This distinction is crucial.
Rumors spread anonymously on social media accounts do not demonstrate bravery nor accountability to the truth. If someone wishes to tarnish another person’s reputation, they engage in a “whisper campaign.” By persuading well-intentioned individuals that they speak for “other anonymous victims,” they create the foundation for such a campaign. This can ruin a person’s reputation without affording them the opportunity to respond to the allegations made by the supposed “victim(s).”
Anonymous Twitter accounts face no consequences for making false allegations, yet tremendous harm is inflicted on the falsely accused.
Things to consider:
- While I have identified the person behind these allegations (including their IP address and a collection of texts, among other things), they have not come forward using their real name. Although they articulate their arguments well, they have not provided undeniable evidence.
- The majority of their accusations are based on moral judgments (e.g., a 50-year-old man socializing with 25-year-old women, engaging in drinking and pornography). Other accusations are exaggerated to an extreme degree (e.g., groper, sex pest, pedophile, rapist).
- They dismiss and block anyone within the convention community who has actually known me for years.
- No one else has publicly joined their campaign with their own personal stories of horror, without hiding behind anonymity. An IG post from this person in October 2019 suggested that several victims would come forward, but none have. Do you see the pattern?
- Moreover, no conventions, which have become cautious about such controversies following the Vic Mignogna incident, have given any credibility to these anonymous accounts.
So, if you find yourself here because you were deceived by the “sex pest” smear campaign, I encourage you to revisit everything and read it critically. Examine the source rather than blindly amplifying the accounts that promote it. Ask yourself, “Who is this person? Where is the solid evidence? Why does their Twitter account solely revolve around D.C. Douglas?” In short, please employ critical thinking when analyzing the situation. Thank you.
HOW THIS MAY AFFECT YOUR CON
When you post about my appearance announcement several anonymous accounts will reply with ugly comments, usually within a few hours. It usually subsides in a day or so.
Some cons just disable the comments on the post or simply delete the comments and block the 5-15 accounts. In some cases there may be no swarming, just a random comment. (One day this will end completely when they’ve faced their issues, aged out of their dysfunction, or, moved on to another useful target.)
Please know that I completely understand if you’d rather not deal with this social media drama at all. “Fear of association” is the weapon they hope to wield.
I have been asked why I don’t sue them. For the simple reason of money. I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination. I had been supporting my father up until his death and am currently supporting my mother who is turning 80 (and fabulous) this year – as of this blog update.
An amusing aside: When a twitter user tweeted that “he must be guilty” because I hadn’t sued, Heather replied “He can’t. He’s broke.” Minutes later she deleted her reply. A rare moment of self-awareness., but one of many self-owns found in her tweets.
But, ultimately, I don’t want to spend a dime on the “acting out” actions of two troubled people in a small, toxic corner of the internet. Apart from bookings for conventions, my personal life and career are unaffected by anonymous online fabrications and ugliness. Those who truly know me are well aware of their motives, while those who get to know me quickly see through their facade.
So… I’ll save my dimes for those I love, my kitties and tropical vacations.
False accusations do tremendous damage to victims of actual assault. I encourage people to fact check these accusations (because Twitter/IG/FB doesn’t) as well as critically assess the accounts propagating them.
If you’re upset about Peyton Waukau and Heather Vandagriff’s abusive online actions, please don’t vent at or attack them online. They thrive on the attention. Instead, convert your anger into support for true victims: RAIN.
“… Truth will out…” – Shakespeare
Blocking the following accounts should reduce some of the defamatory comments on your convention’s announcement post:
Some of these accounts may also be active on Instagram (IG) or Facebook (FB).
If you want to share this information with those who are engaging with these accounts, please respond directly to those individuals using the link provided below. Remember not to engage with or “feed the trolls” as the old saying goes.
A shortened URL for convenience: DCDouglas.com/Stalker/
Similarly, to have Heather Vandagriff’s name and image removed from this article, she needs to make a public post on all her twitter accounts admitting that she lied and engaged in a smear campaign against D.C. Douglas. This post must remain publicly visible for 7 consecutive days. She must delete all posts that mention or hint at me (both twitter and Reddit). Additionally, she must stop commenting on convention announcements of D.C. Douglas appearing, whether using her real name or sock puppet accounts. After 3 months of complying, her name and image will be removed. However, if she resumes defaming D.C. Douglas through any of her accounts or sock puppet accounts, her name and image will be included in the article again.
If either person agrees to these requirements, they are first to send their “smear campaign admission” post links through this website contact section. We will monitor the process and timeframes. If all steps are met, their name and image will be removed.