Yesterday, I told you a bit about a retired chemist from Hampstead, NH, named Ed Lanpher.
Prior to my reporting, he was the only other person to request details about Maura's case via public records requests with the state of New Hampshire.
As some of you know, a popular messageboard related to Maura's disappearance was taken down by a web anarchist known as "Pomkik". Pomkik spammed a Topix board until the mod was forced to delete it altogether. Pomkik has threatened several people who have reported on this case.
Recently, Pomkik posted a photograph of my wife, claiming she was Maura in disguise. Wouldn't that be a twist?
Strange name, Pomkik. Does is mean something?
One reader pointed out that "Pom" is short for a thermoplastic, Polyoxymethylene. Lanpher has a patent on a specific type of polymerized rubber and worked in thermoplastics until he blew up his lab.
"Kik" is the company abbreviation for Kunststoffen Industrie, a plastics company in the Netherlands, founded in 1968.
Given Pomkik's fascination with my family, I assumed it was Alden Olson. Now I'm not so sure.
UPDATE: Ed Lanpher is not Pomkik!