For years, an anonymous Twitter account that went by the handle Donny Dooley had much of this province terror-stricken. Donny Dooley “mocked accident victims, berated grieving parents, and terrorized women” until three years ago, in January 2020, when the St. John’s Independent, an online news publication, revealed his true identify and the account was deleted.
The Unmasking of Donny Dooley, Newfoundland's Most Wanted Troll was published by the online Independent in January, 2020. The investigative piece was later nominated for an Atlantic Journalism Award.
Donny Dooley — "a truly monstrous and malicious persona", as The Independent article hammered home — turned out to be Chris Pretty.
The Independent wrote that Donny Dooley (2012-2020) targeted “the most vulnerable people in this community, often weaponizing their own traumas against them at the lowest point in their lives beyond a sadistic personal pleasure.”
Donny Dooley was also vicious against me as President of FISH-NL, a rival union to the FFAW between 2016-2019, and people close to me.
Blocking Donny Dooley wasn't enough to prevent his hatefulness from seeping into too many lives.
The Independent article revealed no personal information about Chris Pretty, but the editor later confirmed him as the brother of Greg Pretty, long-time FFAW-Unifor staffer.
Greg Pretty is also the leading candidate (endorsed by the union executive on Dec. 1) for President of the FFAW, the province’s largest private-sector union representing all sectors of the $1 billion-plus fishery.
The election for President is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 5th.
In that light, Greg Pretty must be asked two questions: at what point did he learn of his brother’s alter Twitter ego, Donny Dooley, and did he immediately condemn his revolting online behaviour?
The identify of another anonymous Twitter account, Harry LaSabre, has never been revealed.
Executive Director, SEA-NL
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