Just as Hoffmann was launching her Empire Towers page in April 2001, an anti-spammer who called himself Rob Mitchell was putting the crowning touches on a spammer-tracking web site he had been building for three years.
Mitchell was also considered obsessive by some Nanae participants for his painstaking research into the subject of his site: a chronic spammer who used the online nickname "Terri DiSisto" and claimed to be a female college student in Massachusetts.
Unlike most junk emailers, DiSisto wasn't littering the Internet in hopes of selling something. Instead, her ads offered payment in the form of cash and computer or audio equipment to young men between eighteen and twenty-three who mailed her videos of themselves being tickled.
DiSisto's bizarre story began around 1996, when she started spamming obscure newsgroups including alt.sex.fetish.tickling with her ads. "No sex or nudity are ever wanted in my videos," stated the spams. "I just want to see guys tied up and mercilessly, relentlessly TICKLED!" DiSisto claimed she enjoyed tickling as a hobby and was not interested in real-life encounters with her video subjects.
"I have a boyfriend, full cadre of friends, and plenty of guys to tickle already. I AM NOT LOOKING TO MEET OR TICKLE ANY GUYS ENCOUNTERED FROM CYBERSPACE!" stated the ads. College-aged men who stepped up to the offer were told to send the finished products to post office boxes in New York or Massachusetts and were given elaborate instructions ...