Through email correspondence, Loop 21 journalist Wesley Lowery was able to get in contact with George Zimmerman, who is currently in hiding as the case of Trayvon Martin continues to implode.
Lowery researched and tracked down the appropriate domain address for the website Zimmerman set up a few days ago and was able to get into contact with the 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain.
According to Lowery:
The first step was running a "Who is" search using registry.com. That search revealed that the website had been registered using popular domain host GoDaddy.com.
A similar "Who is" search showed that the domain registration was to a private email address, however a third party email address was listed in order to reach the domain owner.
A spokesperson for GoDaddy declined to comment on the site or who the domain is registered to, referring inquires to the information page for Domains by Proxy, a third party privacy organization (owned by Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons) that allows domain owners to remain anonymous by registering sites in the company's name.
The following is the email messages back and forth between Lowery and someone answering as George Zimmerman:
date: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM
subject: Confirming authenticity
To whom it may concern, I am a freelance reporter who has worked on multiple stories concerning the Trayvon Martin case. I am hoping to confirm that the site launched today and registered earlier this month (www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com) is in fact being run by George Zimmerman and his supporters.
Please reach out to me with any confirmation,
At 5:46 pm, I received the below response, subject line "Confirmation" from an email account linked to the domain name.
You are correct, www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com is run by me, George Zimmerman.
Thanks, George Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
Do you have anything to prove that the site is in fact run by you? Is your legal representation willing to issue a statement confirming the authenticity? If George Zimmerman has in fact created a website, it's major news. But, before reporting it, I'll need absolute confirmation of the authenticity.
What can you provide me to prove that this is, in fact, run by George Zimmerman?
I'm now seeing reports from NBC that your lawyers have confirmed that the site is indeed run and authorized by you. If that is the case, why have you decided to create a public site now? I understand that you have yet to speak publicly and probably won't say much, but I would love to hear any insight into your version of the events regarding the death of Trayvon Martin as well as about how much money you're hoping to raise via this site for your defense.
Would it be possible to speak with you briefly or to correspond via email?
Certainly, You can contact Sean Hannity I spoke with him today and he confirmed my identity.
Sincerely, George Zimmerman
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke.
From: REDACTED Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM
To: Wesley Lowery <email@example.com>
Mr. Lowery, You are corresponding with me via Email. Sincerely, George Zimmerman The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke.
Wesley Lowery <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM
George, Thank you again for your responses. Will you be accepting any new media requests in addition to your interview with Sean Hannity?
Would you be willing to answer a few questions about the case and your recollection of what happened on that night?
That was the last message between Lowery and Zimmerman. It looks as though Zimmerman was considering what his lawyers confirmed earlier in a press conference; George did speak with Hannity.
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