An added bit to the mystery is that apparently someone logged in as him under his account several months after his death. Now this could have been a family member, or someone with access to his computer who just happened to decide that the logical thing to do with a dead family member’s computer is to visit all the web sites they used to frequent. :dubious:
At one time I had an industry contact in the Canadian government, and I made an inquiry as to whether any workplace accident as was described occured in that month. No such accident had been “officially” reported as happening, which is not proof in that it is not unknown for even fatal industrial accidents to be mis-reported or mis-filed - or not filed at all. At that point I decided I didn’t care enough to check any further, as it would verge on stalking someone.
These things do not prove he was a fake by any means, but they cast serious doubt on his reality. Over the years many people have been suggested as the “real” identity, and many unsavoury rumours have been floated around as to why he suddenly had to leave (if he was a fake), most of them involving sexual escapades with other doper, secret agents in black helicopters, child porn, scientology, and other things much worse. Many bits of info and “evidence” have been floated about, including a well-done but obviously fake chat log where he outs himself as Ed Zotti, and a fake transcript of an e-mail chain with his ISP where they reveal that “Wally” was actually dialing in from the San Francisco Bay Area to a Canadian ISP.
It’s one of those mysteries that will never be answered barring someone presenting more and verifiable evidence.