Wednesday, July 27, 2022

DSotC - claims?

 I have no details here; sharing for informational & documentation purposes (public FB posts, 7/26 & 7/27):

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Photos of past events

 It has been brought to my attention that JM is posting images from past Steampunk World's Fair events as part of promoting his upcoming events. While he is within his rights to use any photos from his previous events (as long as taken by a staff photographer, or the photographer has given him permission), YOU have the right to comment on pictures of yourself with a statement informing any viewers that it is a past event, and you can share your current opinion of said events and event runner. 

Hubris said it well: 

On January 28, 2018 we released a statement that HVBRIS would no longer be performing at Jeff Mach Events (JME) events that JM is involved with or profits from. TL;DR, that statement stands.
It has come to our attention that JM, and events he is affiliated with, are using photos of our past performances at his JME events for promotional purposes. Just to clarify, we (and likely every other performer at his events) signed releases for images and video to be used for future events and promotional purposes. Legally JME is within his rights to use most media, taken at his events by staff photographers, for these purposes without any additional consent.
That being said, we have continued to monitor events in the Northeast and will continue our support of the community by not supporting JME and affiliated events. If there are questions, please send them our way.

Halloween Oddities Market

 Yet another JM event: Halloween Oddities

Halloween Oddities Market, at Blackthorne Resort. 

Please be aware, friends! 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

CTRF (public FB post)

 This is an awful tale. This also shows that even when authorities are contacted and involved, it doesn't always work out. (published with permission)

CW: Rape, Child Abuse
TLDR: We won’t be returning to CTRF, and the Judge Declined to sign the warrant to arrest Shiloh’s rapist.
We have been silent regarding this issue for the last two years, putting our faith in the “System”, but well aware that the system would more than likely let us down. What we did not expect was for the people we trusted, such as the owners of the The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, to also let us down.
In the fall of 2019, at 14 years old, Shiloh worked as an unpaid volunteer for the for-profit institution of CTRF. He had been working there since he was nine, and like most rennie families, felt comfortable and safe there. I often switched off with his father, Eric Fair, or a few trusted friends to chaperone him on these weekends of volunteer work.
On the grounds of the faire that year, Shiloh was sexually assaulted, multiple times, feet from his father, by an 18 year old man known as Anthony “TaterTot” Hoffman.
In April of 2020, amid the pandemic, and years of therapy, Shiloh came forward. Anthony was in the middle of a *different* sexual assault of a minor case, and that gave him the strength to come forward and tell us what happened. We immediately called the state police in Connecticut and opened a case. We notified the owners of Hitting and Stabbing Emporium, where Shiloh volunteered, as well as the owners of CTRF, who were ‘mortified’ that it happened on faire grounds and promised us he would be banned immediately.
In the fall of 2021, as the pandemic restrictions were easing, things were changing in the faire scene. While The Hitting & Stabbing Emporium would not be returning to the faire for the season, many of Shiloh’s friends were, and he wanted to return. We were faced with the problem: do we allow our now 16 year old to not be punished for being a victim, or do we protect him. We discussed it as a family, and decided to put our faith in “Our faire family”.
We were betrayed. The second to last weekend of the faire, Shiloh calls me in hysterical tears. Not only was Anthony on the grounds of the faire he was working, but he had been invited back to work security. We immediately removed Shiloh from the situation and got him to safety. When the Faire management was questioned, we were told that *they* were told by Anthony ‘the case was closed’.
It was not. The *first* assault case against him had been closed. Ours was still open. We had not been consulted, asked, or warned.
In fact, on 1/18/2022 we received the best news in two years: the Detective on the case had submitted a warrant to be signed for Anthony’s arrest. For those of you who don’t know how this works: A case is opened. It’s worked on for as long, and with however much resources are allocated to it, a warrant is submitted to the court with evidence for arrest, a judge signs the warrant (Or not), then the perpetrator is arrested, then prosecution begins.
Unfortunately, two months later (yes that’s how long it sat on the judge’s desk) we were told that the judge declined to sign it. Case… closed.
But it isn’t closed. My son was sexually abused by an adult who will be working *Security* at the Connecticut renaissance festival this year. Who was working security the year he raped my child. And CTRF’s response was not what we expect from a ‘faire family’. Shiloh has all of the support and love from his real friends and family, has been in therapy and will continue to have those supports. My fear: our fear, is that this man will hurt another child.
This is our truth. Shiloh will be posting his own statement on his page.
If you have anything to say that isn’t support, please PM it to me.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

DSotC 2022

 Since people are asking about Dark Side of the Con, I figured I'd post something. 

Jet of Vampire Freaks has been directly asked if JM is involved with DSotC. Jet's quote that I received via a third party is:

"You are correct we want nothing to do with Jeff Mach. It is true that Madame X has frequented Jeff Mach events in the past (as many other people have), and I did have a talk with her about that when we first hired her as part of our staff a few months ago, because you're right we do not want any connection with Jeff Mach. Madame X understands that now that she is working for Dark Side of the Con, she will not be involved with Jeff Mach events."

Yes, Madame X was a presenter/performer at Evil Expo in 2019. Yes, she has hosted JM at Iron Garden events as recently as 2019, as far as I can tell with some quick research. 

The cynic in me wants to distrust everything until proven otherwise. The baby bat in me who remembers the VampireFreak message boards wants VF to be a safe, spooky space. 

That all being said, people can and do grow with time. 

If you are attending DSotC, as with all events, please support the vendors (they are locked in at this point), keep an eye on you and yours, don't leave drinks unattended, and don't be afraid to contact hotel security if need be. 

Edit/Update (Feb 23, 2022): I am compiling information about any involvement of Madame X with JM and his events. If anyone has further information, on either side, please let me know. 

Edit/Update (Feb 23, 2022): Please note that Baron Voltage is performing at both Evil Expo events and at Dark Side of the Con 4.