Pages and pages ago on this thread, I posted a summary of the early discoveries of Litton's cheating. Since that time, the discoveries and outstanding detective work by the LR folks have dramatically expanded the scope of Litton's bizarre escapade of cheating and dishonesty.
Since the thread is now almost impossibly long, it would probably be helpful if someone could post a history of the investigation up to this point that could piggyback on mine. That way folks new to the thread could understand in a nutshell what has happened.
SoKLR - I know you have some great stuff on your site - could you put it all into one written document that could be posted here and on your site?
On another note, has anyone looked more closely at the WV Marshall Marathon? I can't believe how many different instances of cheating that have been uncovered.
As I said to Clarkston Kent in a recent e-mail, there has to be a limit for how weird this is getting. I mean, if the guy is seriously mentally ill and we are expending a lot of energy to corral the illness, we are wasting our time. On the other hand, if he is the serial cheater that we have made him out to be, then this continues to be a worthwhile exercise.
I know that I may never get an answer for this, but what remaining motivation would he have for
a) expending serious $$ to travel to a far-away marathon to
b) cheat in it and
c) use a different name?
Utterly outrageous in theory, but it has been documented now several times over the past few days. He doesn't get the notoriety, he doesn't get to show the results to his "friends" as a fast race, he can't claim it in any fundraising goal, he gets no apparent personal payback (except possible a piddly amount of prize money).
I just cannot understand. None of us probably ever will unless Litton decides to come clean and write a book in which he divulges his motivations and methods. Despite the disgusting egomania associated with that idea, I think it would be fantastic as long as it led to better race controls and an answer to all of our burning questions about WHY.
Come on Kip - help us out here!
What does a serial _ _ _ _ _ _ get out what they do?
Answer: They get off on it.
And sometimes they get off on leaving little clues behind as a puzzle.