Check this out, a man named Jonathan Lee Riches was arrested after showing up in Newtown, Connecticut shortly after the shootings and claiming to be “Jonathan Lanza,” Adam’s uncle. There, he got the attention of the press, who took him at his word, and began spouting off.
After learning that “Jonathan Lanza” was a phony, the New York Daily news removed the article from its website. References to the original, however, remain around the Internet.
Riches was arrested a few days later — for violating federal probation. Riches is currently serving five-years probation for conspiracy and wire fraud, and the terms prohibit him from leaving the judicial boundaries of Pennsylvania’s Eastern District without permission.
Jonathan Riches was reportedly already on probation for perhaps an even more bizarre stunt — he claimed in a lawsuit that he stumbled upon none other than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in an “Al-Qaeda training camp” and that Kim had “taken his virginity.” Wow. Doesn’t get any loopier than that!
He also, according to the Huffington Post, filed lawsuits against the Lincoln Memorial, James Hoffa, and the Eiffel Tower. I wonder what the Eiffel Tower did to him? He also apparently tried to sue the Guinness Book of World Records for “hurting [his] feelings.” He’s listed in Wikipedia for filing over 2600 lawsuits against everyone from Martha Stewart to Steve Jobs to Perez Hilton.
Guinness asserts they never sent such a letter.
“Jonathan Lee Riches is not a record holder, and a category for the most litigious man is not something Guinness World Records has ever monitored as a record category.” Guinness spokesperson Sara Wilcox told The Huffington Post in an email.
The case — like the vast majority of Riches’ suit — was dismissed.
This man seems to be mentally ill!!!!!!!!!
Can you believe this man?