As usual, when I’m back at my Dad’s house, I spend a lot of time reading through the magazines he has saved for me since the last time I was home. Yesterday I was reading the October Esquire (one of the best issues ever actually) and came upon an article that I absolutely could not put down. The author opens with:
The story you are about to read is true. It involves a fugitive heiress, guns, money, and layers of Internet intimacy and deception. It is a mystery that takes place at the edge of technology. And it is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
It is pointless for me to try to describe the story here; you should read it. What really bugged me out about the whole thing is that I hadn’t heard of it before — it seems rather odd that I wouldn’t have come across it through my incessant internet-news-reading habits. Perhaps I did and blew it off. Either way, the story has its tentacles around me now and I plan to read this girl’s entire weblog from start to present. If your interest has been piqued, you should first read the article to get a feel for what’s going on, and then dive into the actual weblog (I just realized that her last entry was in October, the same month that the Esquire article broke). As the author of the Esquire story points out, this could all be an elaborate hoax, and probably is, but the more I read, the more I believe — I’m hooked regardless. [I found a May article from Wired which discusses the Isabella v. phenomenon, but keep in mind that that this article is about eight months old and came out well before the Esquire guy got the interview with Isabella]