Gross negligence may have led to the death of a San Antonio Police Captain. Captain Michael Gorhum allegedly took his own life after it was ‘revealed’ that his email address was amongst those on the hacked list of popular adultery site Ashley Madison. But after a little digging, it turns out that not only was Gorhum’s name not actually on the list, and the alleged list is filled with fake names and other obvious mistakes.
Originally published on Cop Block, an anti-police website dedicated to, in their own words, “Highlighting the double standard often granted to those in uniforms and with badges,” Gorhum’s email address was one of hundreds listed ending in a .gov domain. As that very website pointed out in their disclaimer, however, just because the email address showed up on the list does not mean that Gorhum would have actually been a member of the site. It would have only meant that his email address was used to sign up.
One problem surfaced, however. As it turns out, Gorhum’s email address was not actually a part of the released Ashley Madison list. As the Daily Mail points out, the email address was not ever included in the list. Only after being reposted on a chat forum, then picked up by Cop Block, was Gorhum’s name tied to Ashley Madison.
Doing a very simple check of the popular site “Have I been Pwned” shows that Gorhum’s email address was indeed leaked on the internet, but only on August 20th, days after the Ashley Madison hack was loaded into their databases and leaked on the internet.
Further proof that the list posted on Cop Block is suspect at best can be seen by checking out the names like “email@example.com” “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “Yoda@irs.gov”. Unfortunately for Gorhum and his family, however, it is possible that his appearance on the list could have had something to do with Gorhum to take his own life.
Gorhum’s widow issued a statement to the San Antonio Express News explaining that her husband was “experiencing stress entirely related to issues at work that had no connection to the data leak,” and explained that he never paid for an account with the website.
None of this changes the simple fact that Captain Michael Gorhum is now dead, leaving behind a wife and two children. The Daily Mail reports that an investigation is underway to see if there is a direct correlation between his internet shaming on Cop Block and his suicide.