Just a few weeks ago, we wrote a post exposing the antics of Brian Morris and his friend Guy Cox, AKA James Badger. Now, we bring you yet another fictitious circumcision promoter, who also happens to be a friend of Brian Morris.
Browsing through the links listed on the links and resources page on Brian Morris’ website, one will run across circumcisioninformation.com (the sixth link on the list), a website attributed to one Dr. Pierre LaCock, based in the U.S.A.
This website was also listed in an early version of a brochure written by Morris titled “Sex and male circumcision: what every woman should know.” For whatever reason, however, the link does not appear in the most recent version of the brochure.
This Dr. Pierre LaCock picked the interests of our investigators, because trying research to see who this Dr. Pierre LaCock was lead to a peculiar problem; you can’t actually find a Dr. Pierre LaCock. In fact, entering “Dr Pierre LaCock” on Google yields exactly two results: Morris’ website, and a PDF of Morris’ website archived a few years ago, found on our old wiki database, circleaks.
Internet records for circumcisioninformation.com show that the site is registered to one Pierre Lacock with an address in Germany.
The website itself does not provide any more help. There is no “about us” section or attribution, other than an email address.
But herein lie the details; the circumcisioninformation.com website has what appears to be a mistake in the headline. The headline reads “circumcisioninfo.com.” Now, the term “information,” and its abbreviated form, “info,” are interchangeable in written and spoken English, but not in a url. So our investigators decided to check this lead, and typed circumcisioninfo.com on the browser.
Entering “circumcisioninfo.com” in a browser takes the user to a website titled “circumcision information center: all you need to know about circumcision”. At the bottom of the page, one can read “objective information – physician verified”. However the word circumcision is often misspelled as “circimcision” throughout the website.
Again, there appears to be no attribution, no “about us” page, and no contact information.
Before that, all the way until February of 2011, the website was a mere title.
But, BINGO! Until February of 2009, circumcisioninfo.com had all the information that is currently found on circumcisioninformation.com!
What does this finding mean?
It means that that the information was originally on circumcisioninfo.com, and it was later transferred to circumcisioninformation.com (LaCock’s website), most likely with intentions of redesigning circumcisioninfo.com, only the web designers forgot to update the head title.
Internet records reveal that circumcisioninfo.com belongs to Alex Shteynshlyuger, from Acclaim Urology, with an address in Brooklyn.
Acclaim Urology has a website, http://www.acclaimurology.com, which uses the same template as circumcisioninfo.com, with only slightly different colors. One of the links on the left side navigation of Acclaim Urology is: Alex Shteynshlyuger MD, and yet, mysteriously, this leads to a blank page.
Acclaim Urology’s website shows a list of urologists with their addresses (but no Alex Shteynshlyuger besides that blank page). The about us page is also blank. There is a password protected “Affiliate Area” – registration closed, and the contact us page has no information other than a contact form. The domain was privately registered.
Finally, Google searches for Alex Shteynshlyuger MD lead to http://www.dralexurology.com/, which is also a WordPress website with a similar, yet more elaborate template.
The website shows that Dr. Shteynshlyuger is located at:
New York Urology Specialists
330 W. 58th St. #401
New York, N.Y. 10019
Phone: (646) 663-5544
This address is also visible on his Google+ profile.
There is almost no mention of circumcision on this website, other than it being listed as one of the procedures performed by Dr. Shteynshlyuger.
The domain was registered by one Roman Shteynshlyuger with an address in Hollywood, Florida.
Our conclusion is that Pierre LaCock is most likely an alias for Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, with the specific purpose of promoting circumcision. The main evidence is the similitude in the two domains (circumcisioninformation vs. circumcisioninfo), the fact that the content from circumcisioninfo was transferred to circumcisioninformation in order to redesign circumcisioninfo, the strikingly similar templates used on the circumcisioninfo, acclaimurology and dralexurology websites, and the domain circumcisioninfo being registered to Dr. Shteynshlyuger since at least 2009.
It seems, however, a little pointless to create a website to promote a surgical procedure under a pretend name, particularly when his own line of work (urology) is consistent with the practice of that procedure. Could it be that the purpose is to provide information beyond what he can, as a licensed doctor, legally and ethically, say?
But… who is Mike Cormier from Moncton, New Brunswick?
As we were capturing the screenshots, the who.is page for circumcisioninfo.com offered us another name. The website info tab identified the owner of the site as one Mike Cormier from Moncton, NB. The registrant was still Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger. Hmm, the plot thickens.
The previously listed brochure by Brian Morris still had more information for us! The list of authors who endorsed the content did include Mike Cormier from New Brunswick, Canada. The 8th link listed on the brochure (right after LaCock’s website) was a Geocities website attributed to Mike Cormier.
Geocities used to be a free hosting service for personal websites, very popular during the 1990s, later purchased by Yahoo, and finally closed. So, the problem is that most Geocities websites are no longer active (some are), and this was not the exception. However, the wayback machine proved to be useful once again in locating snapshots of Cormier’s site.
Now, there was something familiar in this website. The text: “If you’ve been surfing the internet to find information on the topic of infant or male circumcision you have probably come across many anti-circumcision web pages and very few that tell the other side of the story.”
Compare to circumcisioninformation.com (LaCock’s website):
LaCock’s site has the exact same text in 2014, that Cormier’s Geocities site had 15 years ago!
And as we have already seen, circumcisioninfo.com (Shteynshlyuger’s site) content from 5 years ago is the exact same content from circumcisioninformation.com (LaCock’s site) today. So, just to verify, we used wayback machine just once more to check LaCock’s site. Another match!
So now we have two names for Pierre LaCock: Alex Shteynshlyuger, an urologist in New York, and Mike Cormier in Moncton, New Brunswick. Could we find more information about this Mike Cormier?
This is where the track became fuzzy. The address listed on the who.is corresponded to a trailer park, nor a medical center, an office building or anything else. We found at least two Mike Cormiers in Moncton, one a veterinary, and one a producer, writer and actor of a puppet TV show called “Cowboy Who?” which aired in Canada between 1990 and 1994.
Could Cormier be one of those two characters? Or, as we have learned to believe, could it just be a convenient name, another fake “doctor” created in those late 20th century’s and early 21st century webrings to increase the presence of circumcision-related websites?
Maybe we will ask Alex Shteynshlyuger about this. Or the veterinarian. Or the TV producer.