With Jake’s permission, I’m republishing the full text of his interview with me for those who may be interested, since he only took a few parts for his article:
Why did you decide to launch the website?
There was a number of reasons and they all came together at the right time to inspire me to launch the website. The desire to afford the public to have access to content of public interest, which is denied them by the mainstream press and/or their respective governments, was among the chiefest.
Have you always been interested in this kind of content?
I’m interested in reality. I wish to understand the world the way it really is – raw and uncensored – not filtered through the rose colored lens.
What draws you to it?
The desire to contribute to the global awareness by affording the public a platform where they may choose to see with their own eyes what really goes on in different parts of the world, without being downplayed, whitewashed, sanitized or suppressed.
How has the site grown in popularity over the years?
I have never spent a single penny on advertising, never participated in any traffic exchange schemes, nor otherwise driven internet surfers into the site. Best Gore has grown, and continues to grow entirely and exclusively through the word of mouth. I am also proud to say that at no point in the site’s existence have I engaged in spam to spread the word that the site existed. Never!
Instead, I focused solely on publishing content without deceiving the reader. I made it my commitment to always ensure the title is descriptive of the content, and the article accompanying it is well researched, factual and never deceiving. It’s surprising how much a site can grow from nothing when you treat your readers with respect and never violate their trust in you by deceiving them with blown out of proportion titles, or other overhyping. At Best Gore, the readers always know exactly what they’re going to get, and get exactly what they expect. Not once have I deceived the readers, so they keep coming back, keep staying longer, and keep telling their friends who follow suit. And that, in essence, is the secret to Best Gore’s success.
What ‘genres’ or kinds of content tend to generate the most traffic?
As part of my commitment to user privacy and anonymity, I do not run on the site any scripts that collect analytical data about the surfers. I put my money where my mouth is, and took all the heat when the Canadian regime used its resources to attack and silence me, resulting in 3 years of detention, so nobody else involved with Best Gore would get their life threatened.
I truly don’t have anything to look at in order to get an idea on what generates the most traffic, but if number of comments or video views are of any lead, then certain types of content indeed tend to be more popular than others.
Narco executions from Mexico are always very theatrical in delivery of violence, which is often a magnet for views. Murders of foreigners vacationing in Thailand who get thrown out a high-rise with plastic bag over their head and hands tied behind their back and their death is ruled suicide by local authorities are also quite magnetic. Some ISIS videos, which tend to be filmed and processed on quality equipment and thus provide top quality picture are likewise sometimes popular. And generally anything that people feel passionate about, or touches their emotions tends to draw a lot of attention.
Is there an all-time most popular video or piece of content? Do you have a personal favourite?
I think the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs still reigns as the all time most popular post by number of comments. My personal favorite? Probably the same “3 Guys 1 Hammer” video by the above mentioned Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. For the longest time I considered it the most graphic murder filmed on video, but there have been some incredibly vile stuff happening lately that got them beat, like the recent decapitation of a man with peeled face in Mexico.
Where do you get the content you host?
Mostly from members of the website who provide it to me by email.
How do you verify it? Do you get much content you suspect is fake?
Oftentimes I do. I get more content every day than I’m able to publish, so if I receive something that looks suspicious, I tend to ignore it and move on to stuff that looks undoubtedly real. I have posted a couple of videos I was not sure were real, Luka Magnotta being one specific case, in which case I appealed to the Best Gore community to use their combined power to determine if the video was real or fugazi.
You mentioned that people who visit the website are seeking information on real life events. Do you see it as an information source?
Best Gore is in an essence a dispensary of photos and/or videos showing what really happens in various places around the world. Commentary accompanies each visual media, which if background information is known contains the summary of said information, and if not known, contains a summary of the content in the media. But, throughout the website’s existence, I’ve been instilling in all readers the need to keep an open mind with all information they receive, whether from me or whatever other source they may peruse, never take anything at face value, and verify, double verify and trust no one, but their own gut. I am happy to see all the feedback I frequently receive from people who have been deprogrammed by reading Best Gore from the indoctrination by the mainstream media.
Do you think there are positive outcomes of viewing this kind of content?
I don’t think that. I know that. Over the years of running Best Gore, the ever increasing number of testimonies from Best Gore members who shared their stories about how Best Gore saved their life, or lives of their loved ones, leave absolutely no doubt about that. Best Gore saves lives, prevents accidents, makes people more responsible, less reckless and more aware. There is zero doubt about that.
What would you say to people who think you’re playing into the hands of terrorists etc. who are looking to broadcast their atrocities?
The same I told the people asking why I published the Luka Magnotta video. ISIS, much as Luka, produces their videos because they want to broadcast them. They want them to be seen and want the people to talk about them. That’s why they invest all the time and energy, or go through risks, to produce these videos.
Do you think ISIS, after setting up the scenes, executing the captives, then spending days in post production, would change their mind about publishing the videos on the internet if Best Gore was shut down? Do you think they would just cut their losses and keep the videos to themselves? Of course not.
If there was no Best Gore, these people would go elsewhere to get their videos seen. They would go to YouTube, or other sites which are routinely used by children or people who don’t particularly wish to see gore.
Best Gore on the other hand makes it clear on its every page that it is a website intended for mature audiences, and warns users that the content within is graphic, shocking or otherwise sensitive in nature. The websites URL alone suggests all one needs to know about the website.
My unwavering commitment to never using clickbait titles, but instead making all titles accurate and descriptive of the content, ensures that Best Gore pages don’t show up in Google search result for searches on unrelated topics. And if a search is conducted for a phrase that does lead to results showing Best Gore pages, the descriptive titles ensure that no internet user is deceived into viewing graphic content if they don’t wish to.
The point I’m making is – nobody ends up on Best Gore, except by deliberate physical action of their own. And when they do end up on Best Gore, they will always be aware that should they proceed further, what they will have seen will be graphic. Consequently, users of Best Gore know they are gonna see graphic content, and are mentally and physically prepared to see it. But if there was no Best Gore, ISIS and other such producers would submit their videos elsewhere, which could very well include places where people don’t expect to see graphic content, or don’t want to see graphic content, or could be deceived into seeing graphic content.
Whether politically correct snowflakes like it or not, ISIS videos will continue to appear on the internet. Wouldn’t you, if you’re a parent of a child, feel more comfortable knowing ISIS is content with having their videos getting a lot of views and getting talked about on websites like Best Gore, so that they don’t seek to promote them by way of other sites?
Besides, there’s this little inconvenient fact that I was persecuted and imprisoned in maximum security prison by the Canadian regime for publishing videos on Best Gore, while the Canadian regime was arming, training and financing the ISIS terrorists so they could commit the atrocities, and produce these videos. By publishing the videos I am but a messenger, affording the public the ability to know what is going on. By silencing the messenger, you will force the public into ignorance, but just because they will no longer be aware of the atrocities committed by ISIS, it won’t mean ISIS is not committing the atrocities.
In conclusion – don’t blame bloggers for making the public aware of atrocities committed by the proxy mercenaries of their governments. Instead, blame the governments for being the root cause of the atrocities, and if your goal is to prevent ISIS videos from being seen, then you’ll need to address the cause of the problem, not the effect. As I said earlier, you can kill the effect by silencing Best Gore, but so long as your government keeps funding ISIS, these videos will keep coming, and ISIS will find new ways to make them seen.
By exposing the ISIS atrocities without censorship, Best Gore affords the public the opportunity to better understand the problem, and see it for what it is. Consequently, Best Gore has done more to counter the threat of ISIS than any western regime that seeks to use ISIS as an excuse to censor the internet, and control what information reaches the public. My prosecution proves that this is indeed the case.
You’ve mentioned in the past some instances where groups have used videos for political reasons – Syrian rebels claiming Mexican beheading video was the work of Assad, for instance – and your members have realised this was false. Would you be able to share any other examples of your site exposing things like this?
Other examples are the video of domestic gas leak explosion that the terrorists published with the claim that this was the aftermath of an air raid on children by the forces of president Bashar al Assad, or when the lynching video from Kenya was used to claim that it shows Muslims being murdered by Buddhists in Burma, or the video of the earthquake aftermath from Tibet, which was used to claim that Russians killed all these people in Eastern Ukraine.
There are many more examples like that, and they all explain why Best Gore is constantly under attack by the governments, and subject to smear campaigns by the mainstream press. Best Gore destroys conspiracy theories and fake news with evidence the public can see with their own eyes. No wonder it makes people in the position of power, who seek to profit from endless wars and exploitation of the populace nervous, and constantly plotting to shut me down for good.
Is there anything you wouldn’t host on the site?
Quite a bit. For example, I don’t do animal suffering, unless it has a very solid chance at serving the public good. This is why we published the videos of Kenny Glenn abusing he terrified cat called Dusty, or the video of US soldiers clubbing a sheep to death, or throwing a puppy off a cliff.
Are you ever ‘haunted’ by something you’ve seen?
You get desensitized by it, once you’ve seen enough of gore. Which is what makes the website so verifiably helpful. Real life is uncensored, and happens to all of us. You can whine at Best Gore all you want, the fact of a matter is, tomorrow a child could be killed right in front of your own kids, and they will have witnessed it firsthand. There will be no warnings about graphic content, no option to leave the site. It will happen, there will be real blood, real death, real brain matter on the ground, real beating heart ripped out of the rib cage… This is reality and we are all subjects to it.
Hell, it could even happen that your kid gets run over and cut in half. We have dozens of videos of people being cut in half and living to experience the agony. If that happened to your kid, he or she would get to see gore on themselves. Would you still go and whine at Best Gore if it happened?
By posting the videos and photos that we do, we help desensitize people to gore, so when a real life event involving gore happens in their lives, they won’t faint, they won’t freak out, they won’t throw up, they won’t make it worse. To the contrary, they will remain collected much as a doctor is when he performs a gory surgery.
And it is the same with me. I remember when I started Best Gore, there were videos that were making me queasy, but little makes me pause these days, and that makes me content with who I am, and with how I would conduct myself in a difficult situation.
However I will admit that I constantly find myself having difficult time processing content in which the defenceless are brutally victimized. Israeli soldiers using Palestinian children as human shields, for example, or old people beaten to death for the little pension money they got, are but two examples.
Are there any videos you regret seeing?
Even if I found myself feeling that way, I would quickly realize that what I saw is what really happened somewhere in the world, and by seeing that, I am more aware of the way the world is.
Tell me a bit about the Magnotta video, and how that was passed onto you. Why was this video in particular singled out for prosecution?
My prosecution was political, not criminal. The Magnotta video was singled out because the Canadian regime could not come up with another reason to put me in jail.
It was the classic case of first having the victim the regime sought to imprison, and then the law books were being searched for the reason to justify it. In democratic societies, it works the other way around – first there is a crime, and then the investigators search for the perpetrator, but no investigation takes place if no crime was committed. A crime is only a crime if someone suffered harm or loss, or a realistic possibility of harm or loss.
In my case, the regime tried to pin various made up charges on me, including terrorism, child pornography, or hate propaganda, but were unable to justify them without raising blatant suspicion that the prosecution was manufactured. So they settled with charging me with “Corrupting Morals” and chose the Magnotta video to make the charge stick.
Police notes and subsequent cross examination confirmed that the prosecution started with them having me as a person they sought to throw in jail. They didn’t even know who I was, where I was, or if I even had anything do to with any of the content on the Best Gore website. They had my name, and decided that this is the guy they’re gonna make an example of, and teach him the lesson, so that whoever comes after him, resorts to self censorship or else they’re next.
Did it make you wary of posting things that could land you in legal trouble?
No. I run the website that exposes the people with power abusing their positions of power on the general public. There is inherent risk in serving the public, not the powers that be, and I have always been aware of it. I chose to do the right thing and kept informing the public nevertheless. Surely enough, it landed me in jail, but that’s mostly because I lived in Canada.
I was not prosecuted because I published the Magnotta video, but because I lived in Canada. The same video was published by other webmasters from other countries, but none of them faced any form of government sanctioned attacks against them and/or their websites for publishing the video, even if they did it solely for the shock of it. Canada is the only country in the entire world that prosecutes expression the entire rest of the world considers untouchable under the international human rights law.
What kind of traffic does the website attract currently?
Whereas I don’t track visitors, I do not have the answer to that, but my guestimate is in the 5 million unique readers range a month. That’s 5 million people who are aware and don’t live with rose tinted shades on their mugs.
Where do most of your visitors come from? How does Australia rank?
Unfortunately I would have no way to answer that question. I am aware of a number of registered members who are Australian, though.
When did the site start earning money? In general terms, has it been quite lucrative?
The site has been ad free most of its life. Ads were put up when I was taken hostage by the Canadian regime, to assist with costs of running the site while I was forced to defend myself (without a lawyer, as I couldn’t afford one, even though I don’t have legal education or experience, and don’t even speak English well enough to make any worthwhile arguments).
Because of the website’s niche, monetization is challenging at best. No company with reasonable advertising budget would want to advertise on a website that exposes police brutality, government abuse of citizens, war profiteering and similar anti-people activities. So all I’m left with is porn, and porn doesn’t earn much. Worse yet, porn earns less today than it did 5 years ago.
Nobody is happy about porn ads on the site, least of all myself, but even though these ads earn very little, I wouldn’t be able to sustain the site without them, so they are a necessary evil. Getting an account and logging in removes all ads, though.
What’s next for you? Are you planning to continue running the website, given your current situation?
I successfully escaped the tyrannical regime of Canada, and am currently seeking political asylum in a neutral country. Whereas the Canadian regime violated my internationally recognized human rights, their abuses are currently being investigated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Right, a permanent body of the Organization of American (OAS), who has opened a file to investigate the State of Canada in relation to human rights abuses against me.
At present time, I am awaiting a response from my host country, and will decide on the next step then. Meanwhile, I continue being involved with Best Gore, and have the goal to stick around at least until the number of blog pages reaches 1,000. I rejoined Best Gore when it was at 846. It is currently at over 900, and could get to 1,000 by the end of the year.
I may leave publishing on the internet all together by then, but whereas I was threatened with assassination by the Canadian police, I will spend the rest of my life in hiding. I have been slowly acquiring survivalism skills in order to sustain myself in the bush far away from the civilization, should the need for it arise.
Do you think there is more demand for ‘gory’ or graphic content these days? Is the site now more popular than ever?
Yes, the site is more popular right now than it’s ever been. Even though I don’t collect any stats, there are some third party applications that one can fall back to. Alexa ranking is one such application, and it suggests significant growth in popularity over the past few months. That growth was quite extraordinary though, and may have been influenced by my unceremonious return, so it is likely that it will retract at some point and stabilize on a certain level.
Do you remember the first gory video you watched? Or one that really sparked your curiosity in the genre?
Chechclear. I first came across it a long time before starting Best Gore. It was on a foreign website. I remember I was unable to finish watching it. It was just too brutal for me at the time. Years went by, I started Best Gore and after about a year of running it, I felt desensitized enough to revisit Chechclear. This time around, I was able to finally watch the whole thing and put it up on the site.
I found the humanizing elements definitely affect me. Certain content which is far less graphic than most of what we see at Best Gore, when it strikes close to home, or involves situations I find myself in often, tends to have a more profound impact on me. A kitchen knife cut on a finger, for example would make me cringe, but a beheading of an apostate in Iraq wouldn’t. I believe it has to do with the fact that certain things you can relate to, others are so distant, that they either don’t involve you, or are unlikely to involve you, and therefore your mind tends to process them differently.
While I can’t speak for other people, I have heard Best Gore members who ride motorcycles lament on motorcycle accident videos when someone suffers serious injury or death after being in a situation they often find themselves in. It would have little emotional impact on me, but quite profound on avid bikers.
Anything involving the undue suffering of the downtrodden tends to impact me a lot as well. There was this old woman who got stoned to death by a robber for the little money she had on her. The pictures showed her hardened, wrinkled, cracked hands, quite clearly demonstrating that this woman had known little joy in life and mostly her life was about hard manual labor, and now that she’s too old to work, she collects minimal pension that she can barely make do with, and you can see all that from the way her body is worn out, and then you realize that after living the hard life she got bashed on head with a rock until it pulverized, and all for the equivalent of a couple of dollars that she had on her – these things really touch you deeply.
Emergency services responding to tragic events have reported being able to ‘switch off’ to horrific injuries, but are haunted by things like the sound of phones ringing, knowing it means loved ones are attempting to contact victims. Have you had experience with this?
A friend of mine who is an undertaker answered similar question of mine in the same manner. He drives a van and goes where a corpse was found to collect it and take it to a mortuary. In vast majority of cases it’s just job. There could be a guy who was found 3 weeks after dying, and the stench would be something awful, his body putrefied on the floor, but it’s still just the job that has no impact on his emotional state.
But one day he got called to collect a female corpse from an accident scene. He got to the scene, and there was this young Philippine woman who tragically died in a car crash. Up to this point it was all just another job, but then he found the filled up Western Union slip with money attached to it, which she was apparently on her way to send to her impoverished family back home. She worked two jobs and lived extra frugally in order to support her family at home, and died tragically on her way to send them money. She was mangled beyond recognition, but that had negligent impact on him. The fact that the WU slip showcased her as a caring woman who worked hard in a foreign country to provide for her relatives back home gave her human properties, so she no longer was just a corpse in need of transport.
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Thanks for reading if you got all the way here. Tomorrow I’m moving to a secluded farm deep in a mountain. I’ll be focusing on polishing self sufficiency skills and getting the proper handle on gardening and raising farm animals. I will still be making appearances, but they will be fewer than they used to be.