The Black Hole Time Traveler

TW: sexual assault, rape

If you follow this blog with any regularity, you should know that I take the occasional dive into some strange rabbit holes. This one looks into the activities of one Marlin Pohlman.

In 2004, Pohlman filed a patent application for a method of gravity distortion and time displacement. The claims require the formation of two rotating black holes and then zapping them with electrons:

Some nonsense.
USPP 2006/0073976, FIG. 1

The disclosure is the typically lengthy trail of barfed-up theoretical physics, with no real explanation of how someone is supposed to create these singularities or keep them stable. The apparent goal is to create particular kinds of spacetime by using gravitons generated by the singularities, in particular generating “timelike curves” that would presumably be used for time travel.

The patent examiner rightly pointed out that, despite the hundreds of pages of theoretical work cited by Pohlman, there was no indication that he had actually come up with a way to do any of the things he claimed. The application was rejected.

But it turns out, the name Marlin isn’t very common. So if you google it, you find out about his interest in John Titor, a self-proclaimed time traveler who was active on the internet in the early 2000s. Pohlman’s patent application apparently makes use of a number of Titor’s ideas, and people who dig into the Titor lore end up mentioning Pohlman pretty regularly.

But before you get to that, your Google searches will show how Pohlman was arrested in 2014, coming back from a vacation to Thailand, and was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of causing someone to ingest a controlled substance, four counts of third-degree assault, two counts of attempted first-degree rape, one count of third-degree sodomy, and four counts of reckless endangerment and harassment.

He ultimately pleaded guilty to two drug charges and a third charge of second-degree attempted assault of a woman. It is worth noting that police found a drug lab in his home. He was sentenced to over six years in prison and is out now.

While in prison, he apparently took a correspondence course on paralegal studies, with a focus on patent law and criminal defense. I guess there is something to be said for knowing what your interests are?

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