"Re-examine all that you have been told, dismiss that which insults your soul." Walt Whitman
On Friday, May 9, 2015 I became aware of an article on Technical.ly by Juliana Reyes with details about the bankruptcy of a reputation defender company Brand.com filing for bankruptcy.
The article named Ira Riklis as an investor and linked to my website: http://thebillionaireswoman.com stating: "Riklis himself appears to have been dogged by online reputation issues and now has a strange online persona."
Before finding the above referenced article I spent several days trying to track down a person who did not seem to exist and who appeared to be attacking my website thebillioanireswoman.com as well as some of my blogs attempting, in essence, to have them disappear from the internet.
For the record, and before going any further, I want to state that I have been stalked, harassed and terrorized both online and off for decades. Because of my history with Ira Riklis I have always suspected him to be behind the onslaught of never ending attacks against me.
On April 23, 2015 I received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice, via my ISP, regarding a claim that my website was violating the copyright(s) of The Secret Life of Billionaire Ira Riklis.
At 8:01am the same day I sent off a response to my ISP detailing that:
The Billionaire's Woman is a book I wrote. It is in fact, a memoir, about my life with Ira Riklis.
I noted that throughout the years Ira Riklis (or someone who works for him) copied some of the content of my book and had it placed on his various blogs in an attempt to push down my content.
Further, the title The Secret Life of Billionaire Ira Riklis is what I named several of my blog posts written in April 2009 in an attempt by me to try to defend myself against the Riklis attacks.
I stated additionally that Ira Riklis hired reputation defenders and had used the same titles as I did to throw off whoever stumbled upon information regarding my book. He has done this for a very long time.
I added that the information on my website is true and if it were not Ira Riklis would have at some point during the past 22 years sued me. But he cannot since what I have written about is the truth.
Although I have had many issues with most of the online platforms such as LinkedIn, Yelp.com, Craigslist.org,Google.com, Blogger.comYahoo.com and other content based websites (as well as having information disappear from real newspapers such as The Daily News and The Mississippi Press) I always suspected Ira Riklis had a hand in the never ending onslaught of online problems hounding me.
After receiving the false DMCA complaint, I discovered the person who requested thebillionaireswoman.com website be taken down seemed to have a fake name, a fake address, a fake phone number and a fake website leading to a page where an article I wrote 'Meshulam Riklis: The Mo-Ghoul and the Latest Bankruptcy' was copied word for word.
It seemed bizarre as the article reprinted on the allegedly "actual" owner's website was dated December 15, 2008 which, if accurate, would have preceded the Rapid American Corporation bankruptcy by five years. The bankruptcy of Rapid American Corporation due to on-going asbestos and mesothelioma related lawsuits is a historically undisputed fact that took place in March 2013.
It seemed to me that the online stalking and harassment appeared to have changed becoming more aggressive within the last couple of months. So, for example, instead of simply trying to hide my content now they were trying to remove my content.
All of my content.
My landlordlinks.net business related content. My personal content on blogs and other platforms. Someone was doing something to erase all mention of me online.
For me that someone could only be Ira Riklis.
And so on May 8th, last Friday, I began an intensive online search to see if something had happened with anyone Riklis hoping to find something that would explain the recent events.
One of my thoughts was that perhaps Meshulam Riklis, Iras father, who is now 91 had passed away. If an event like this had indeed happened it might have triggered some media attention.
Instead I discovered the article on Technical.ly originally published on May 4, 2015. In the piece Ira Riklis is named as an investor and partial owner of Brand.com. I read and reread every single word and although I believe this wasnt an actual bankruptcy but in fact may be something else entirely I was elated.
For the first time in decades I was able to breathe again. One of my friends who I contacted almost immediately with the information said Ira is finally out of the shadows. He cant hurt you anymore.
Finally, there is a tangible item on a respected news source linking Ira to me. And the fact that it was a reputation defender company was too coincidental.
I seem to be the catalyst for Ira Riklis to invest in certain businesses.
His Lydia Security Monitoring, doing business as COPS Monitoring had its seed in a home security business, once named Alarm One, that Ira invested in after paying $150,000 to a former police captain named Dave who then owned it to find me for him in the mid 1980s.
So it did not come as a surprise to note that Ira had invested in a reputation defender company. For as long as I have been online he has been there in the shadows striking at me. So it was a logical investment for him as far as I could see.
I sent a thank you note to Juliana Reyes who has been writing about Brand.com in Technical.ly for a close to 2 years with the words Your article may have saved my life.
On May 10th another one of my blogs was attacked. I followed some information to chillingeffects.org and discovered original website had vanished.
It was supposed to be a quiet Sunday, that fourth weekend in January when I happened across Ronan Farrow's New Yorker article 'Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies,' in the New Yorker. I read it twice. I had to het a grip. Many of the things that have been happening to me for 30 years seemed to have also happened to actress Rose McGowan. Continuing to happen.
Like ex-Mossad agents posing using fake identities to gain access to her so they could turn around and give Weinstein information on the book she was writing. A ton of dirty tricks meant to derail her from speaking. Gas-lighting. Threats on her life. A variety of spies. Threats to her sanity, her peace of mind, alienating her from people close to her. Because, of course, she had to be paranoid.
But she isn't.
Ronan Farrow did an amazing job. I was elated. So incredibly happy to know the tools these rich and powerful men use are now being exposed. Tools, in my case, that I believe Ira Riklis has helped to create.
I was able to piece together the people who spied on her in various guises back to Ira Riklis and his connections. His connections to Israel (as his father is one of the men who is given credit for the creation of Israel after WWII and he was also the private financier to Ariel Sharon who is a former Prime Minister. I traced the connection from Ira Riklis and his father to the spy ring known as Black Cube. Bank Hapapolim is another "client" of theirs. The bank that makes Shari the richest woman in Israel was just one of the many connections I was able to trace back to the Riklis's since Shari Arison is Micky Arison's sister and the daughter of Ted Arison who with Ira's father created Carnival Corp.
I have been trying to tell my story. Tying to get my harasser who manipulated me into becoming his sex slave to be if not criminally convicted then publicly shamed. This is not easy. Not easy because he and his army of spies attack me almost daily.
But they are exposed now.
And we are in a new era. The first time in history that women are stepping forward and confessing "me too, me too, me too."
When Riklis's friend and former landlord, Donald Trump was declared President of the United States I was stunned. The man who openly said "I just grab 'em by the pussy" was going to sit in the White House. One of the uncouth had pushed himself into the Oval Office. For years, there had been at the White House a veneer of respectability. It disappeared. However what appeared in its place was the outrage of a people oppressed. Women lined the streets in numbers unprecedented. We will be suppressed and raped no longer. My me too moment is here and I will speak.
. . .
I'm a writer who grew up in New York City. I was a commercial real estate broker with a fancy office on Park Avenue. Just before Labor Day on 2005 I was about to embark on a much needed long weekend when Hurricane Katrina hit the Golf Coast. The moment I walked into my apartment on Wednesday, August 29th I tuned in to watch the news. Images of stranded Katrina victims with haunting looks of despair immediately made me want to help. That night from my livingroom floor, armed with a computer and a phone, I created what was to become known as Katrina Home Drive. With the help of volunteers across the country we helped to find new homes and resources for thousands of survivors.
It didn't take me long to realize that renters in New York City were in need of help too. And so I started Landlord Links (which can still be found here). These became the first landlord directories with links to landlord websites (where renters could bypass broker fees). Landlord Links paved the way for my AptStar Program -- which I continue to do. I have created a life for myself where I help people. And I love it.
AptStar: Revolutionizing the Rental Industry in New York City
Press Release: Friday, August 16, 2013 The process of renting an apartment in New York City is overwhelming even for seasoned renters. [Read More]
AptStar: The Apartment Matchmaker (documentary)
Another one of my wonderful clients, Dan Zambrano, spent some time filming a couple of my AptStar clients. He interviewed me. Because of my on-going issues with Ira Riklis and the multitude of people he has hired and continues to hire to stalk me and terrorize me I didn't feel comfortable having Dan interview me in full view. I insisted he not show my face. It made the film difficult for him to finish.
But now all of you who have wanted to know why my face is hidden, well, I can now say: I was afraid. However, I am no longer afraid. I am here. Still advocating for renters and still helping people who survive catastrophic events (Harvey as the most recent of my efforts). And while I have always been outspoken on human rights, I can include the rights of women and girls who have been sexually exploited.
Tedx Talk: The Time I Was Featured on a Tedx Talk
During the summer of 2015, via my AptStar Program, I helped a wonderful couple, Justin and Dahlia Constantine who were relocating from Washington, DC find their new apartment in New York City.
Once they got settled Justin asked me if he could share my backstory with him for his upcoming Tedx Talk. The premise behind the Ted Talk platform is simple -- ideas worth sharing.
The title of Justin's talk is 'You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are.' I was flattered and from my perspective didn't think I even remotely fit into the category of heroism on the battlefield. [Read More]