I recently wrote a new book, The Ultimate How to Disappear and was not impressed with the results. I decided not to publish, however, I figured I would post sections of the book online. Do note, these pages are UNEDITED but it is the content that is important. Enjoy!
Frank M. Ahearn: http://www.Disappear.Info
Stop Everything… Look around your world and ask yourself is it safe. The computer you are using, the smart phone at arm’s length and the connections they utilize. Is it safe? Who will be able to access your digital footprints when you are disappeared?
What search words and phrases are you leaving behind? Are they words and phrases that can lead to your future location? Will these forgotten pieces of data become the nail in your coffin or the key that locks you away? Most people who disappear leave a river of traces. They never THINK that one word entered into a search engine could become their downfall.
The goal of this book is to teach you to think about pre-disappearing. To teach you to break down your current world and combat there here and the now. Pre-disappearing begins with finding the dirt you may leave behind? Meaning, did you watch a documentary about Fiji six months ago or perhaps place an online personal ad to meet a potential mate in Germany. Each are a digital footprint and neither can be deleted. Therefore, your only option is to not go to Fiji or Germany.
When you are thinking about or searching for past footprints, think digital and physical. We are both, flesh and data. Digital is a call you a realtor in Lisbon and physical is buying the pre-paid mobile phone or debit card at a store. Never think that a past footprint is harmless. Your predator can make a hundred mistake but it is your one forgotten or ignored footprint that can end your story.
Many people begin the disappear journey either as a reaction to an event or day dreaming of disappearing. This usually takes place in front of a computer searching.
Ask Yourself: What did you dream about?
Obviously you will not remember all of your search engine dreaming. You could take your computer to a techie and have them search your computer. This will reveal the bones of your computer and perhaps there is one search word recovered that saves the day.
Ask Yourself: Where did you dream from?
Access to the internet is a beautiful thing but it can become difficult figuring our past actions. For example, perhaps six months ago your mobile carrier was Dusterdick Mobile and currently it is Ahearn Mobile. This is a problem because you have no clue as to the information you left behind while being a customer of Duesterdick Mobile.
I would suggest you forget about all the plans you made up to this point and start from scratch. Decide on a new disappear location because you may have searched your destination six months back via an old internet service. The footprint is there and you might be where the footprint leads.
Change: Since you are unable to bend time and space like Hiro Nakamura, you have one only option. Change your plans, there is no other option. To not change your plans or destination is only a time bomb waiting to explode. In the disappear world you cannot live on hope, hoping the predator does not find the trace you left behind. If it exists, it can be located. If it can be located so can you. I cannot stress this fact enough.
Digital Swerving: Go back to the hardware and connections you utilized and swerve the connections. If Fiji was a disappear thought and you did some internet searching about Suva you must accept, Suva is gone and now it is time to create swerving.
Go back to the computers, smartphone and various connections and begin to search nearby countries or cities like Tonga or Samoa. Make one of those searches deeper and more detailed then Suva. The trick is to swerve the predator elsewhere. Why do this if you are not going to Fiji. Because you could have created a footprint along the way that could somehow lead the predator to your actual disappear land. Take the predator from point A to Point B and leave them there.
What to Search: When creating Digital Damage Control, search out how to become a citizen of Tahiti, new identity in Tahiti, extradition in Tahiti and so forth.
Toss in a Red Herring: Sometimes when hunting people, it is the one item that leads us down the promised land of discovery. On one computer type in Latvia and look at one website with apartments for rent. Nothing more! Leave it at that and let your predator wonder.
Digital Damage Control: Creating fake content to cover up unintentional trails you created.
A Story: I was hired to locate a person who skipped out on a ton of money. I did all of my basic searches but everything led to a dead end. It was as if he vanished into thin air and was nowhere to be found. Sometimes this happens in the skip tracing world and it sucks.
I go back to the client and ask if they have more information and the client forks over about six or seven email addresses used by the target. The interesting or common factor is all of the email addresses were a combination of his last name and year of birth. One of the old email addresses showed up on a sports memorabilia website.
I was thinking, there is no way this guy skipped out and is still using his sir name as part of his email address. Well, I was wrong. I searched out different sports sites and eventually located a posting where he has some sports cards for sale. My client set up a mail drop and purchased the sports cards with a prepaid debit card. When the merchandise was received it had the targets return address on the box. Busted!
The moral of this fine story goes back to habits, which I discuss further down the literary road. Here is a criminal who swindles someone out of money and they do not think to change their email address style or format. This is no different than sticking up a liquor store and not using a balaclava.
I am unsure if it was stupidity or just the target underestimating my client. Either way, it was an act of stupidity. This brings me to something I call the digital dumbass point. This is when someone does something on a digital level and they do not think, imagine, expect or fathom that, the action they committed will cross over into the world of flesh.
There is really no separation of digital and flesh anymore. To a large degree we are more of a digital presence if anything. To disappear properly one must learn to also disappear from their digital self. When predators hunt, they usually search for the digital entity prior to searching for your actual flesh.
In this case, the criminal never thought about how his lack of change could lead to his demise. In the pre-disappearing part of your journey this is when you think, this is when you hack apart your life and question all. It is the information you leave behind or the information you do not change that will make you suffer the consequences.
Back in the days when I was doing some heavy skip tracing I had a number of skip tracers working for me. The truth is we were quite a motley crew, however, we were some kickass skip tracers and could seriously hunt. There would be times names would come across our desk, be it the wealthy who lied, cheated or stole. What these titans of industry all had in common was they never, ever imagined, that there was a group of drunkards, potheads and single mothers responsible for extracting their phone records, bank records and ultimately taking them down.
Who knows why this particular criminal did something so stupid by using his last name in a current email address. The bottom line is it does not matter because he is presently wearing orange!
What Are My Habits: Asking this question is crucial in pre-disappearing? This is an exercise in thought. Sit your ass down and write a list about you and your habits, the good and the bad. Do not leave out any of the juice, this list might be the fine line of freedom.
When you think habits, think online and offline.
Do you drink a certain coffee or tequila brand? Do you go to the racetrack weekly? Do you smoke a specific cigar? Do you only buy Estee Lauder Pure Color or Manolo Blahnik shoes? Ask, ask and ask again.
Personally, I have grown into the habit of only wearing black t-shirts and Ralph Lauren jeans. If I had to disappear those would be the first items to go on my list. Nor would I ever step into a Starbucks or bookstore again.
What Are Your Habit Alternatives: After you have identified your habits and are cured of your wicked ways? The next question to ask is if your alternatives are derivatives of your old habits. Frank M. Ahearn has given up the black t-shirt style and now wears black dress shirts. Frank Ahearn no longer hangs out in Starbucks but spends his time in local cafes.
Perhaps one of your habits of the past was renting old movies online. You think, cool, you will spend your weekends in a movie theatre that shows old movies. Maybe you were an avid biker and you plan to join a Meetup group for city walkers. Are future habits derivatives of your past habits?
More to come.