> If you invest in the market (even if you don't the
> story is unreal!)
This stuff really happened?
"One day in the Fall of 2006, Senator Orinn Hatch called Patrick to his home. He does that sometimes - they take walks together, discuss politics and the state of the nation. But this time, the senator wanted to talk about something else.
When Patrick entered the building, the senator pulled him into a corner of the lobby. “I am going to tell you something,” he said. “But I cannot tell you more than this. You are up against some really nasty, vicious people. They will not hesitate to kill you.”
The senator took a deep breath and continued. “I want you to do something for me. I want you, the next chance you get, to go on TV or radio and say the following. Say that if anything happens to you, Orinn Hatch says that he’s never going to rest until the United States government has gotten the people who did it. Now I’m not kidding, Patrick, I want you to do that tomorrow if you can.”
The senator repeated this several times. And he made Patrick repeat it back to him. "
"In January, 2007, Patrick accepted an invitation to meet an offshore investor in a greasy spoon diner in Long Island. They had never previously met, but over the previous year the man had fed Patrick bits and pieces of information about the workings of the phantom stock scam, and the hope was that he might have something more to say in person. But that day at the diner, all he had was a message.
“I’ll make this quick,” he said, with two other witnesses present. “I have a message for you from Russia. The message is, ‘We are about to kill you. We are about to kill you.’ Patrick, they are going to kill you. If you do not stop this crusade, they will kill you. Normally they’d have already hurt someone close to you as a warning, but you’re so weird, they don’t know how you’d react.”
"A lot of people bowed out of the fight, but Patrick did not relent. In answer to the threat from the Russians, Patrick asked for a week “to think about things.” During the week, the man from the diner called to ask one of Patrick’s colleagues, “Is it going to take Byrne having a gun in his mouth before he backs down?”
At the end of the week, Patrick received a phone call: “The Russians want to know your answer.” Patrick said he needed just another few days to think.
Two days later, he filed a $3.5 billion lawsuit against the entire brokerage industry, which he accused of helping hedge funds sell phantom stock.
Patrick received one last email from the Russians’ intermediary: “Nice raise. LOL.”