Peter Fox has taken the role of bitter ex-husband to the extreme, creating an entire website devoted to destroying the life of his ex-wife, including stories calling her a “child abuser, a white supremacist, a narcissist and just an all-around bad person.”
For Fox, the animosity toward his ex-wife, Desiree Capuano, reportedly dates back to 2002. The two were splitting up and locked in a custody battle for their son when Fox, a Canadian citizen, lied under oath and said he was an American citizen. He was deported to Canada in 2009, spent two years in prison for perjury, and said his relationship with his son was ruined, the New York Daily News reported.
So to get back at his ex-wife, Peter Fox created a website with multiple pages smearing her, calling her a stripper, and outlining his plans to destroy her life.
Desiree Capuano didn’t actually find out about the website until March 2014, the New York Daily News reported. A co-worker warned Desiree it wasn’t wise to tell people she had been a stripper and a drug addict, as the co-worker thought Desiree herself had created the site.
That’s because Peter Fox, who also goes by his birth name Richard Riess, has many pages of alleged “blog posts” written in the first person, pretending to be his ex-wife.
My name is Desiree Yvonne Capuano. I’m a drug addict, a child abuser, a white supremist, a narcissist, and just an all around bad person.
I’ve built my life on the beliefs that it’s not only okay, but in fact, admirable to lie, cheat, and take advantage of other peoples’ compassion to get what I want.
I believe in saying whatever needs to be said to get what I want from people. And as long as I think I can get something from you I will be the sweetest person you’ve ever met.
The site contained names and contact information for Desiree’s family and co-workers, as well as emails from Desiree regarding custody arrangements for their children.
Patrick also detailed schemes to ruin her life, including one to obtain revenge porn to put onto the website.
“I’d have to hire someone to get close to you, pretend to be interested in you … gain your trust, then eventually sleep with you,” he said in an email January 2015 that was also copied to the couple’s son.
Desiree said she tried to have the website taken down, and GoDaddy actually was able to pull it, but it showed up again a few days later on Patrick’s private server.
“He’s told everybody he will not stop, all of this will not make him stop,” Capuano told the New York Daily News. “There’s no law to tell him he’s got to.”
Police in Arizona, where Desiree lives, said there is nothing they can do to take the website down, noting her ex-husband’s right to free speech.
Desiree said she is desperate to make the site go away, saying her ex-husband will not stop unless someone makes him.
“There has got to be a way to take that down,” Capuano said. “He told me once that his ultimate goal was to make me commit suicide. I won’t let him win.”
Patrick Fox does not argue that point. He told CBC News that he will only take the site down when Desiree is dead or “when she is destitute and homeless” will prompt him to take down the site.
A judge in Arizona did issue a protective order for Desiree and ordered Patrick Fox to stop emailing her, but also noted that the site could not be taken down.
“The actual comments used by the perpetrator in this case, we couldn’t conclude that that would cause the complainant to have an objective fear for their personal safety,” said Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch.
“In this case, the fact the people live in different countries played a part in that assessment.”
Patrick Fox told the CBC that he knows the site makes him look “like a very nasty person,” but said if people understood the reasons why he is mean to his ex-wife they it would “mitigate some of the nastiness.”
[Image via DesireeCapuano.com]