Peter Vandever, Outing the Plagiarist

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Conman Peter Vandever
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In previous posts I’ve raised concerns about conman Peter Vandever, initially speaking of The other side of Peter Vandever. Essentially I stated that I believe that things were not quite right with his stories & conduct and that there was another hidden darker side to the man. In a recent post I exposed him as an unrepentant and devious thief. In this post I continue sharing more examples of his blatant plagiarism within Facebook and his personal website. It’s a sad never-ending story.

The Facts

Peter Vandever is a conman masquerading as a Christian Missionary. He travels the world seeking financial support, web development and photography work. He is intelligent, blogs openly about his travel, faith and personal experiences. He is however an unrepentant conman, liar and plagiarist who leaves a trail of human trauma in the many countries he visits.

Born in the Philippines, Peter was educated in the United States, and has in the last three years or so traveled between the USA, several South Pacific countries and is now [Q1, 2015] in the Philippines.

These are all facts that I have verified from personal experience and/or independent third parties whom have recounted their tales of trauma to me in various ways.

So far these are verifiable facts but at this point I move into his own story and then unverified or partially verified information.

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Conman Peter Vandever
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His Story

Peter says of himself that he is open and honest.

I am Peter Vandever. I live my life in the open. (Blog)

This is quite true. He does . . . when it suits him. There are however some ugly parts of his life that he wants to remain hidden. These parts hurt others, hence this expose.

Peter tells all that he is a Christian and a Christian Ministry. I know that he has attended church in the USA and that his departure was under a cloud. I know some of the circumstances but am not willing to reveal them. It is my opinion that the church leaders had problems with him and that there were issues of integrity and pride at stake. Some of this information came out in a public forum. I hesitate to lay blame entirely on Peter in this case because he generally “has a point” but his conduct in the time that I have been observing him however clearly falls outside the general expectation of a Christian. He is certainly a mile away from Christian Missions in any shape or form as it is generally recognised. I suspect that he does have a genuine faith but with unresolved and/or psychiatric issues, how could you know? Peter claims that he has led many to the Lord. I find this hard to believe but Peter may very well do believe this, regardless of the reality. All I can say to this part of his story, is that I’m jolly glad it is not me who has to judge him at the end of his allotted time on earth!

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Peter gives conflicting stories regarding his past. The general thrust of his past, according to him is that he spent time in the US Army, has been retired now and lives with a $500.00USD per month pension. People including me have searched in vain for verification of this; stories do not stack up and some claim emphatically that this is an outright lie. I suspect that it is, or if it is true then he is probably suffering from a physical or psychiatric issues relating to the Gulf war. My take (if asked to bet) would be that it is a fabrication.

He has claimed to be a senior person in the IT space in the Philippines and has on many occasions ‘talked big’. I have been unable to verify ANY of his “big talk” claims. I suspect therefore that this is just ego-talk and that he has been involved in Internet connectivity business however his historical role is largely exaggerated.

Peter is careful not to write specifics on his blogs about this past but is more careless in online forums and Social Media. I’ve been told many times that his stories do not stack up. I’ve been able to verify some falsehoods about the past easily but not all. Many call him a fruit-loop, basket-case, special-case, nutter and worse!

Blogging/Internet

Peter has an extensive digital footprint with multiple Facebook accounts, frequent new websites and is a moderately prolific blogger. His business reputation is poor with all people who have reported to me expressing some form of dissatisfaction with his interactions and business conduct. I do not believe that he has done much commercial work.

His technology of choice is Word Press with strong use of Plugins. I’d consider his end products mid-range and commercially acceptable. I consider his writing to be intelligent, lucid, containing good [apparently] original thought and genuine. He wears his heart on his sleeve a little more than many would do, which is an indicator to me of difficulty/inability to measure emotional realities and human boundaries. Most people would apologise and wouldn’t want to wind victims up. Peter seems not to pull any punches, telling the victim above to “move on” – whew!

He claims a high level of technical expertise but I have yet to see evidence of this. I’d estimate his IT skills to be average-to-high but I don’t actually know. He has made some serious errors of judgement in both a technical and strategic sense.

Plagiarism, Passing Off, P*ssing Off

peter-vandever-facebook-plagiarism-11076052_925044460859511_704452701_nPeter is a long-term plagiarist and has clearly no compunction about stealing others’ photographs and publishing them in his own name. Recent Facebook complaints in his current country of domicile (the Philippines) have highlighted this theft but it has been going on longer, probably back to the time that he started promoting himself as a photographer, most likely even before that.

In my previous post about Peter (Peter Vandever, now outed as a thief), I demonstrated his hot-linking form of theft from images used on his main website and posted examples of plagiarism from another professional photographer.

I continue now with two more examples of outright theft, lies and cover-up. I start with a Facebook claim to fame. I then demonstrate a deliberate theft in a more traditional manner – scraping a high resolution photograph, cropping it and superimposing his personal name onto the image.

This photograph was taken by a Canadian photographer Myriam Tibeault in Quebec who took photos of her friend Laurence. I have verified this myself personally and Myriam is happy for me to take the matter further.

The shot above is from Peter Vandever’s Facebook page. He says:

Peter A Vandever Another shot from last week
February 9

This is of course a lie and his discussion below says [click the image to read it full size]:

Asel Perez wow! looks like kill bill! whos she Peter? where did you find her?
February 11 at 8:44pm
Peter A Vandever She is a missionary here.
February 11 at 8:44pm
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Asel Perez i thot shes the actress – cool pic! Where’s she missionary at? i hope everythings ok
February 11 at 9:34pm

Asel Perez has ‘liked’ Peter A Vandever on Facebook although methinks she, like many of the 2000+ others, might be disassociating from him very shortly!

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Peter stole two photos of Laurence, another one here showing the original and the stolen one.

Now this photographer Myriam did not know Peter, is in another country and was decidedly upset when informed. Three people informed her of the theft. she attempted to contact Peter twice.

Here’s one of her complaints

He ignored her.

The subject in the photo Laurence also tried to contact Peter. He ignored her too.

I tracked the ‘outing‘ backwards receiving cooperation all the way and verified the method by which Peter was outed.

The stories align.

Here’s a response from Peter that indicates that things seem to have gotten nasty.

peter-vandever-communications-11084568_1080377055322565_1579988284_nThe fact that Peter has basically told the victim to “get over it” and referred to his theft as “questionable content” is probably the reason the photographers’ blood was boiling.

Peter Vandever is a photograph thief, stealing photos from other photographers, passing them off as his own, lying about the subject and covering up his conduct, ignoring pleas for communications from aggrieved parties in multiple instances. On top of that he is clearly unrepentant.

This is not a recent phenomena either. In 2001 photographer Graham Crumb took this stunning shot of an elderly Samoan man drinking ava.

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He published the photo in high resolution without watermarking but with very clear conditions for use under Creative Commons Share and Share alike rules. This is what the photographer says on his own page:

Photos from here and there, mostly in the South Pacific.

This site serves mostly to document the miracle of the mundane.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All content on this site may be used by others, subject to a Creative Commons license. Briefly, you’re free to share this content, or to alter it for your purposes, but you need to attribute the photo to me, and if you distribute the results, it must be under the same terms as the original (i.e. this) license. See this page for details.

High resolution versions of these photos are available on demand, subject to additional licensing constraints. Contact me for details. [Emphasis added]

These are the actual rules that Graham released his image under:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. [Emphasis added]
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Peter Vandever superimposed his name on the Graham Crumb photograph and placed this stolen image on his website. Click image for original size high resolution.

Contrary to the original photographers extraordinarily generous and clear terms of use, Peter has superimposed his name on this high resolution image and used it online.

Graham’s, evidence is here. He has every right to sue Peter Vandever for plagiarism and may use this post as evidence. I and others have further evidence more suitable for litigation purposes offline should he wish to press charges.

A photo of this calibre is worth suing for. Peter steals some of the best of course!

There’s more . . . much more and it goes on . . . and on . . . and on.

In my next post in this exposure of Peter Vandever’s photography theft I will be sharing examples of his mass plagiarism and misrepresentation in some of his other commercial websites. It’s not pretty. He’s attempted to hide this plagiarism too but he’s not THAT smart. He’s made some basic errors and I will be publishing the evidence.

I also give my thoughts in regards to Cognitive Dissonance, the capacity to simultaneously steal, cover-up, believe that you’re a ‘good guy’ and preach the name of Jesus.

Peter does all four without a blink of an eyelid.

Thank you for passing this way . . . more about the other side of Peter Vandever in an upcoming post.

The Peter Vandever Series:

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  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/nikonphilippines/ please check the conman at Nikon Philippines and see how unremorseful he is. He thinks he is above everyone else. Please use hashtag #PeterVandever on Twitter and Facebook. The whole world should learn about his real agenda. It is to con people.

  2. The nerve of this guy to steal photos or claim that it is his photo. I also remembered another incident where the thief submitted a photo in a contest and it actually won first prize. Forgot the name of the person who stole the photo and that event. But I think it was an Asian or SEA photo contest.

  3. I am disappointed. You can do better witch hunting than this haha….. Come on, up your game…. Give me some comedy 🙂

  4. Peter Vandever says:

    PETER VANDEVER RESPONDED WITH MULTIPLE CORRECTIONS/CLARIFICATIONS BUT REQUESTED THAT THE COMMUNICATION IS KEPT PRIVATE. HE ALSO STATES THAT THIS WILL BE HIS ONLY RESPONSE. THE LATTER BEING THE CASE, I PUBLISH IT HERE IN FULL, My comments are interspersed.

    > You are funny, man…. really funny 🙂

    You are a sick man . . . really sick!

    > I do not mind letting you use my name, even negatively, for your own SEO purposes.

    I’m not interested in SEO – I look at my Stats once or twice a year.

    > I realize I am polarizing and that my name is searched very often. I have better things to do than worry about what my critics and haters have to say about me.

    Your defensive, arrogant, ostrich behaviour inflames your critics. People who cannot measure the emotional dynamics around them often have psychiatric issues

    > However, since you are so interested in me and care so much about my destiny, let me correct some misinformation:

    > I have a medical discharge due to a nerve system accident.
    > I get more than $500 a month in retirement. Quite a bit more.
    > I do write WordPress plugins but also work in many other scripts.
    > Yearly, I am cleared by the psychologist with a clean mental health save PTSD.
    > I could care less about how people “feel” Emotions change and emotional decisions are never wise.
    > If people want to harrass me, I will mock their silliness. 40+ messages in my “other folder” and I love the delete box.

    Whatever . . .

    > WordPress has had the ability to link images in articles since Day 1. That is not stealing as you claim.

    Your point here is a Logical Fallacy. Whether a CRM system has the technical capacity to hot-link or not is totally irrelevant to the issue. You are like a bank robber saying that the road has allowed the getaway car to get away so therefore robbing a bank is OK!

    Here’s a simple little test to prove the point – try hotlinking to a Getty Image and wait for the test results. Getty Images lawyers will your revel in your foolishness I’m sure! Your benefit will be going to restitution for quite some months, regardless of what you try to claim about it not being theft.

    > Posting my pictures on your website could be consider stealing. I don’t care but if we want to “purist.”

    OK Thanks. Nice to know that you don’t care. I’ll take you at your word and will encourage others to plagiarise your work too. Good for the goose . . . Thank you Peter, for giving the world your approval to scrape and use your images for other purposes.

    > Leaving a wake of human trauma? This is why you really don’t like me. It is not about any of these other bullshit.

    No Peter, the wake of human trauma consists of the many people you have lied to and about; the people who have had the misfortune to cross your path and who struggled with your conduct that falls outside of social norms. You hurt an incredible number of people and make it worse for them by telling them to “get over it” and “move on”.

    > You didn’t like how I mock very publically Fa’a Samoa and since then, you had found reasons to trash me. Let me very clear: Fa’a Samoa is dumb as hell, outdated and generally does not work. Culture is the bedrock to poverty. If fa`lavelaves do not keep Samoans poor, I don’t know what to tell you.

    You are a fool for your guesswork here is provable nonsense. Work with facts Peter, not guesses.

    > Do I respect Filipino culture? Not one bit. Guess what? I do not keep it nor do I try to pretend that I do. I want nothing to do with it. It is dumb and only the poor are stupid enough to try and keep it. Why? Keeping the culture is survival to them.

    > Your (and mine) forefathers worked very hard to connect the world into the global economy. The fact that Samoans can somewhat talk in English is the result of that. Economics matter before “culture” any day.

    I’m not interested in your guess as to why I have exposed you as an unrepentant liar and a thief. I think you have some VERY valid points well elucidated in your writing. I too have written many words – 637,000 of them mostly about Samoan culture and its challenges and I have said this about you too quite clearly, but you are a thief, and a liar and purport to be a Christian Missionary. Your conduct does not reflect this reality.

    > However, you need to be honest about your problem with me. It is because I do not give a damn about culture or people’ “feelings.” That is your real beef and it has been since the start. Let me be clear: Culture in general is annoying at best. No respect for it is coming from me. Not today, not tomorrow and not next week.

    I’m not interested in your “respect” Peter. My problem with you is that you are a conman, an unrepentant liar and a thief, masquerading as a Christian Missionary – period. I’ve outed you. This is fact. What Peter thinks about why I write what I do is irrelevant.

    > Will I continue to piss off people? Probably. Will I keep hearing people blast me? Probably. Will I just laugh at it and go on living my life? I will for sure. In the end, it does not change me at all.

    That Peter is sadly quite true. It is also either the ultimate in arrogance or the proof positive of serious psychological problems. It’s likely to be a mixture of the two. It is also the reason that I am exposing you for who you are . . . an unrepentant criminal.

    > Do I realize that if I was a little less abrasive that I would be doing much better in relationships, business, and just generally? For sure, I would. I am not native. I realize that burning bridges can be very unwise.

    Your abuse in relationships extends to ridiculous extremes and is much more than an issue of imbalance – it is a very serious situation that indicates deep issues. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. When you have no fear of repercussions for stealing; no repentance; and no interest in mending your ways then you will continue to reap a lonely life full of people hating you, and a huge victim complex on your shoulders.

    > Your problem with me is and has been my lack of empathy for people. Admit it. Your first “article” on me came out about 14 hours after I posted my first “hardass” article on Fa’a Samoa? Connection maybe? Hmmm…..

    Unrelated.

    It takes me weeks, sometimes months, sometimes even years to research, obtain, collate, process evidence, and a clear understanding of a subject of my investigative blogging. It ha snothing to do with your blogging, especially that which came out just a few hours previously.

    > Anyways, I have to do what white people….work. It has been real fun watching all these fools in the Philippines pretend like their opinions of me actually matters…. they don’t pay my bills 🙂

    Nor mine. I ignore them too except when they have a point and someone trashes them. At that point you become the fool in my eyes, not them.

    > Note: this is a private email and it is not for public release.

    Why not – you live your life in the open remember? I write and wrote publicly. You want me to hide who you are so the world remains oblivious to these points of correction and so-called validations of your behaviour? I will publish.

    > Thank you and Salamat Po.

    You’ll need to speak English to me or I will ignore you

    > Also, this is my only statement.

    And that’s exactly what you said last time! Unfortunately this time is also unlikely to true either.

    > If you want to reply, stay focus on the issue, not bringing other issues into it 🙂

    Sure – the issues are:

    1. You are an unrepentant liar and a thief, passing yourself off as a Christian Missionary
    2. You have caused and will continue to cause a trail of trauma across the globe
    3. The world needs to be forewarned about you so that they can be fore-armed.

    Get over it.

    • Thank you for saying what had to be said. Peter is a sick vile idiot. Here is a post from today;

      Peter VandeverYesterday 1:24 AM

      It is laughable…all the pinay that post…. look at their facebook page and they are POOR people…….. complete losers…… why would I care what so slut spreading her legs for air con thinks?
      ———————————————-

      My reply;

      We laugh at you Peter, sir don’t you know it? You continue to say bad things about people you do not even know, maybe it makes you feel better. Now you disrespect Filipina women and the poor? You say they spread legs? Who the fvck are you but a sick vile idiot. See this report:
      http://www.dennis.co.nz/2015/03/peter-vandever-outing-the-plagiarist/

  5. Hi Dennis!
    First of, thanks for exposing Peter Vandever for what he is.
    I am a part of several discussion/camera groups in Manila where Peter joined, and subsequently criticized a lot of members… I think you will find this article interesting:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3AJ3ujfVsM_gsJ%3Ajabezprints.com%2Fwatermarks-are-they-smart%2F+&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ph

    (I hope the link works)
    He describes why one should not Watermark his/her work, and how it is a sign of insecurity and fear. However, gathering from what he has been doing, it is clear why he hates watermarking: it prevents him from lifting/editing the picture and claiming it as his own LOL
    I am a Filipino, and he also describes us as very racist. This article is interesting:

    http://petervandever.com/2015/03/philippines-castles/

    He describes being treated badly by a female train marshall for sitting up front in a train (our local MRT). This is foul, and let me explain why: in Manila, the first 2 coaches of the train/MRT are reserved for Women (especially Pregnant Women), Senior Citizens, and people with disabilities. If you will look at the picture he posted, the train marshall was approaching him, and you will understand that even if Filipinos are predominantly English speaking, there is still a language barrier, especially if the person we are talking to is acting arrogantly and rudely. I suspect this was the case, and Peter treated it as being a Racial Slur against him. As a filipino, I am not trying to defend my countryman, but I just wanted to put his rant into context. He was forcing the issue that he was being singled out for his race, when in fact, the woman was telling him that he was in a a Coach reserved for Women, Senior Citizens and People with disabilities.
    Anyway, I hope this reaches you and finds you well…
    Thank you,
    Name withheld

    • Thank you for contributing here and your moral support. It’s not an easy thing to out people when they don’t ‘play with a full deck’ but the world now has the opportunity to see proof of Peter’s plagiarism. THAT’s my focus here. Peter Vandever is an unrepentant thief – period. I’ve shown the proof and am continuing with an expose of large volume copyright theft as well.

      In regards to your link through to his comments about sharing photos, Peter has a good mind and often has good points BUT, and this is a big but he CANNOT understand other points of view. Take the example his thoughts on the sharing of photos – this indicates the context in which he steals himself. Because he believes something should be a certain way (everybody sharing images) he expects others to think or feel the same way. Part of this is arrogance. Part of this is psychiatric. The bottom line is that he’s rather unlikeable as a result of what he does. My 2c anyway!

      Your comments on Filipino train warden make perfect sense. Peter does not understand the emotional/human dynamics things much of the time (that’s why he comes across as culturally insensitive) and tends to shoot off at the mouth pretty quickly. “Sorry!” is not in his vocabulary and arrogance and aggression are natural making his life one steady stream of trauma for those he rubs up against.

      My advice would be to stick to the issues and de-personalise things as much as possible, which is of course the opposite of what he does TO over-personalise things. You can be sure that anything to do with human-relationships and emotions, he will drop the ball.

      His actions though, like stealing and passing off for pecuniary gain are crimes in most jurisdictions. Unless he recognises the errors of his ways and stops the practice then one day, someone will get him, no matter how frequently he moves from country to country. His shrink should tell him to say sorry to the people he screwed and to stop it before it lands him in the clink but from my experience most shrinks are loathe to instruct directly and even then Peter’s not one to take advice easily – is he?

      Thanks for contributing.

    • Great reply sir. I love Filipinos and their culture. My Filipina wife and I have been married 47 years and she is my high school sweetheart. We met in church near San Francisco… she is my life. Peter has stated many times that he hates Filipinos, he slanders all people in all countries he has been in. He is mentally disturbed, smart yes but insane. Opo? Mabuhay Republik nung Philipinos! I know my spelling is bad but I am working on it, bakit hindi.

  6. Concerned Reader says:

    Filipinos victimized by Peter Vandever should file complaints before the Bureau of Immigration against him for his slurs against the Filipino people which make him an undesirable alien. The video is one good evidence. Have the scum deported.

    • Thanks Concerned Reader. Strong words indeed and a valid suggestion. I don’t know your culture but Peter’s blaze approach to matters he cares about do create grounds for serious concern. You get the impression that he’s a heavyweight and tough dude. In fact it’s all bluff and self-delusion, for when confronted he runs and hides. As always my interest is simply in getting the truth out there, for it is his deceptiveness that causes me the most concern, especially around his claim to be a Christian Missionary and his associated requests for financial support not so much the silly things he says about cultures foreign to his. He did the same thing in the other islands he visited too. It’s not just Filipino-bashing. Thanks for sharing here.

      • Steve Taylor says:

        When did he run & hide admin? Are you saying that he’s physically scared of you?

        • > Scared of me personally?
          Yes and no . . . The phrase can/does apply to physical confrontation – yes, but not to me personally. I’m a pacifist when it comes to physical violence preferring to avoid violence until I have no option but to kill.

          Peter’s responses to life’s challenges though have to me understood through the eyes of psychiatric illness. The guerilla-type baiting and selective arguments are common with those who cannot deal with life the same way as many others. You see this most clearly when he is confronted, where he (and others like him) will change the subject or ignore key topics and focus on minor issues.
          This a form of running and hiding (from an issue or threat). He’ll kill you from his FB for example if you challenge him. Another form of controlling his environment so that he’s no threatened with things that challenge him.

          Pet beefs or soap-boxes are also another indicator of a “different way of dealing with life”. Whereas we might list ten items of concern in his conduct, all strikes of logic to us, Peter (and others like him) will deal with an 11th issue and ignore the ten we want to address. This is interpreted as someone dishonest by most. In Peter’s case though he clearly cannot deal with something like the direct plagiarism charge – his responses (is that all you’ve got on me?; everybody does it including you; or you’re wasting your time on me; or you are doing it because xxx) are all logical fallacies of the first order and they are a form of running and hiding. He simply can’t cope with this exposure; has no shame because he can’t see what we can. Throw in the influence of human pride and you have trouble! It’s a tricky one to describe – if you’ve got no experience with psychiatric issues (99% of the world hasn’t) then you can miscue badly on who you are dealing with.

          An informant described a chat with another conman I exposed . . . very similar to Peter. Knowing the gossip he said in a sales presentation, “I hear that you’ve got a bad history in XXX country?” to which the conman simply ignored the question and proceeded to talk on a totally different subject. That’s a form of hiding, simply pretending that something doesn’t exist and proceeding as if it isn’t there. People call people who operate like this crazy – psychiatric issues aren’t ways to grapple with unless you’ve got some experience – even then there are patterns – no one-size-fit-all

  7. Bill Rand says:

    Just want to give words of encouragement to your site. This Vandever has gotten himself in trouble on another photography group for being an ass.

    This guy is not even remorseful about it. But when you factor his damaged mental capacity, it makes sense.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks Bill
      It’s good to have people you endorse my writings. Thank you for doing this, for it validates and brings increased confidence to others to speak out. I would assess your words “being an ass” to be a common take on Peter Vandever’s approach to human relationships. Remorse requires an ability to look at reality from anothers’ perspective and ajudge our own conduct in the light of things greater than ourself. Peter cannot do this. Whether it is for psychiatric reasons, through pride or a mixture of both matters not – empathy, sensitivity and understanding the feelings of others come second to his own agenda. I think that his mental capacity is actually quite strong and he has some good original thought at times BUT he’s a liar, thief and causes a lot of grief for others as a result of what he does to others. Sadly he is unable or unwilling to learn! Thanks again for sharing!

  8. Hello, Dennis, I’m a blogger and moderator of a Facebook group, Get Real Philippines, where Peter had been a member. Peter was frequently flame-baiting and annoying many members of the group with his right-wing shilling. I believe he had also been making fake accounts of women whose pictures he had stolen somewhere, and pretending he was with them. I suspect he never set foot in the Philippines and never had a picture where I recognized my country. He had since been booted. You can find Peter’s own article condemning me and my group. I am glad you are taking this opportunity to out this fake.

    • Thanks for commenting here ChinoF. As I have said before, the more people who make comments, like you, the less likely it is that Peter is able to continue his charade when people Google his name and find these pages and see the results of his activities.

      > Peter was frequently flame-baiting and annoying many members of the group with his right-wing shilling.
      This is a common ‘take’ on Peter. I’m politically agnostic and do actually listen to Peter, for at times he has some very good points. He’s not stupid although he certainly lacks social graces; his morals are situational rather than absolute and he’s not afraid of putting his heart out there. The thing with Peter is that as far as I can see, he actually believes what he says at the time that he says it, no matter how obnoxious or anti-social or crazy it may seem to those observing and especially those engaging. I have observed enough to recognise all the signs of a guy [in the vernacular] ‘with a screw-loose’ and in more medical sense with psychiatric issues. This may mean that your assessment of “flame-baiting” and “right-wing shilling” may be valid in appearances but not quite accurate when you understand the guy properly. I’m not saying that you are wrong to remove a source of friction, but that there is another way of looking at his behaviour.

      > I believe he had also been making fake accounts of women whose pictures he had stolen somewhere, and pretending he was with them.
      Yes I can confirm that he has done this – how many times I do not know but yes, he has.

      > I suspect he never set foot in the Philippines and never had a picture where I recognized my country. He had since been booted.
      This is an interesting suggestion and one that has not been put to me up until now. This is what I do know . . .

      TRUE:
      * He has definitely been in the USA – I have communications with his ex-American pastor(s)
      * He has definitely been in the South Pacific – I met him once in Samoa and I have spoken to people who had unfortunately engaged with him in Fiji

      PROBABLY TRUE:
      * He claims to have been born in the Philippines and to have worked there in an ISP. I suspect that this is true but haven’t validated this.

      ALMOST CERTAINLY FALSE:
      * He claims to have traveled to many countries and taken photographs there. I have shown some of the evidence that the photographs are fully plagiarised, and I have a complete copy of some of his key websites with copies of his entire uploads indicating the times and volumes of images that he has stolen. The pattern is that in the last couple of years, simultaneously with his marketing of his photography skills, his plagiarism increased and his false/dubious claims of international travel photography seems to have begun. When he says things like, “In 2013, I had the opportunity to visit xxx country” and displays stolen images, it is obvious that he misrepresents reality.
      * He claims to have taken specific images [some of which you will be aware of and some of which I have blogged about] yet I know and can prove that they have been stolen

      > You can find Peter’s own article condemning me and my group. I am glad you are taking this opportunity to out this fake.
      Thanks again for bothering to write. It is difficult doing what I do in some ways. Peter himself writes that I do it for SEO purposes and/or personal reasons. In fact I do it simply because Peter Vandever is an unrepentant liar and thief masquerading as a Christian Missionary and that p*sses me off. Thassit – period!

      • Dennis, whatever the differences in what we observe, no matter how difficult things seem, I think you’re doing public service with this and deserve commending. Nevertheless, I hope for still the better ending for the poor chap, and not for him to get beaten up and all that.

        • > Dennis, whatever the differences in what we observe, no matter how difficult things seem, I think you’re doing public service with this and deserve commending.

          Thank you. I think so too despite his brickbats and negativity.

          > Nevertheless, I hope for still the better ending for the poor chap, and not for him to get beaten up and all that.

          He’ll probably never get beaten physically – he runs.

          Your phrase “better ending” raises the underlying cause of the friction he creates. If I am right that he’s always been a square peg in the round hole of social interaction because of something psychiatric then he will have always struggled in the human interaction department and unless he humbles himself and accepts that he’s got a problem in interpretation of reality and is greatly responsible for the aggression that he generates, then sadly, the current status will continue and more people will get their fingers burned at his hands. This comes back to the primary reason I do what I do, and to your first comment which is that this is a public service.

          Thanks again for commenting ChinoF which gives another dimension to the story, thus making the experience a little richer for those researching him.

  9. Anonymous says:

    A few expat groups in Cebu have had run ins with Peter recently. He does not seem to be doing well mentally and is walking around in old ratty clothes and smelling pretty bad. One guy recommended that he get in touch the VA Manila in order to get some of his issues addressed, and he didn’t take it well. Foreigners here mostly avoid him now. He really needs help but there is nothing anyone can really do. We just hope it doesn’t turn out badly.

    Thanks for having these posts up.

    • Thank you for updating me here Anonymous.
      > A few expat groups in Cebu have had run ins with Peter recently. He does not seem to be doing well mentally and is walking around in old ratty clothes and smelling pretty bad.
      This saddens me and I appreciate the update but the point remains that Peter is an UNREPENTANT plagiarist. When you steal knowingly and consciously and then lie about it and try to cover it up, there are consequences, both professionally and personally (spiritually as well).
      > One guy recommended that he get in touch the VA Manila in order to get some of his issues addressed, and he didn’t take it well.
      That would be right! Peter’s psychiatric issues are one thing. His conduct as an unrepentant thief are another. What others can never help him with is his own pride.
      > Foreigners here mostly avoid him now.
      Unless one is called to specifically engage with him, and one knows exactly what to say/do, that is wise.
      > He really needs help but there is nothing anyone can really do.
      That is probably quite correct. I can help him by continuing to keep his conduct in the public arena for this will help prevent him from repeating his cons and thus in some ways save him from himself and keep others informed for their own protection, but most do not have his respect and thus can never likely influence his mind or behaviour. It is possible that as his nemesis he may one day recognise the central role that I have played in his outing and exposure but until we (and in this case ‘he’) humble ourselves, our position is one of arrogance leading to despair and eventually death. Peter of all people should know this but sometimes it is only when we go to the bottom that we can seek help to rise up above our human nature. Peter’s issues are a little more public and have a psychiatric bias but they are the same that we all have – to get over ourselves, and DO what the Good Book says.
      > We just hope it doesn’t turn out badly.
      It has turned out badly for lots of people that he has ripped off and ‘messed with’. If a counsellor ever gains his confidence and trust it may be possible for Peter to learn about the intricacies of engaging with people in a different manner from what is natural/normal to him but the prognosis is not good when he doesn’t see the need for help!
      > Thanks for having these posts up.
      And thanks for contributing!

    • Too bad I was in Makati all of the last month and I wear many types of clothes. If I was in work clothes, they could have been old and wore out. Work clothes are like that. 🙂

    • “PROBABLY TRUE: He claims to have been born in the Philippines and to have worked there in an ISP. I suspect that this is true but haven’t validated this.”

      Old comment, I know. Just putting it on here for the record – this claim is FALSE. He entered the Philippines for the first time in his life several years ago. And on the other point, he’s never held a job in his life.

  10. I recently saw a recent post by him “Clan and Caste Systems in the Philippines” and I was just surprised of how toxic he is. I didn’t see your post until now and this confirms my suspicion of how toxic this person is. I had to make a video on him just to vent and flush him out of my mind. Feel free to watch it or not lol. Thank you for your time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIzQXZtFRfA

    • > I was just surprised of how toxic he is.
      Toxicity comes from pride. He lacks humility and unfortunately integrity. Peter has a good brain on him and clearly uses it but for a self-professing Christian Missionary he has serious cognitive dissonance.
      > I didn’t see your post until now and this confirms my suspicion of how toxic this person is.
      If we understand that he’s got something wrong up top; that he’s an unrepentant liar and thief, that he baits people on topics of his choosing and ignores topics of his own integrity then his toxicity can be seen for what it really is – just noise.
      > Feel free to watch – I did Thanks!

  11. Finally the truth came out today. A video that shows Peter is guilty as a Sexual Offender in Missouri. All the details and links to verify are found here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KaQ_oFaf-U

    • Thank you for commenting James
      I can confirm that the video claims are correct however there are two points I make:
      1. The court records detail a guilty plea on the crime of either public sexual exposure or public sexual activity NOT pedophilia and
      2. The quotes used have been stripped from my website without attribution. I have attempted to update the video Comments Feed with this:

      Please attribute the quote you have used for the video from one of my confidential informants to the original source ( http://www.dennis.co.nz/2011/10/the-other-side-of-peter-vandever/ ) so that people can read it context. This is a requirement of quoting my material as per my Terms ( http://www.dennis.co.nz/disclosure-statement/ ) visible from every page which state clearly “Quoting – You may quote any part of this website in any media format (print, radio. TV or online) as long as you refer to the online source of your copied/quoted materials with a functioning hyperlink or reference to “www.dennis.co.nz”. I believe that this is VERY important in Peter’s case because any hate material has the potential to inflame a situation actually encouraging socially abhorrent practices regardless of where it comes from. Thank you.

  12. I’ve known Peter since about kindergarten. I went to school with him through high school. I know not what happened he graduated, but I became Facebook friends with him probably 7-8 years ago. I promptly unfriended him probably 4-5 years ago after he asserted that female US soldiers in Iraq deserved to be raped for being in the service against god’s will. To this day, he’s the only person I’ve ever unfriended on FB.

    I recall being convinced that the pictures in his Facebook folders were not his and wondered aloud more than a few times whether he was even in the countries in which he claimed he was living. He had all of these beautiful pictures and yet he was not featured in a single one of them. When I pressed him about it, he ignored it.

    I too am convinced he is not working with a full deck. Lots of anecdotes from when we were growing up, but I suppose sharing those would just be personal and petty. From the sounds of it, he’s done enough in his adult life that folks don’t need anecdotes for proof that he’s suffering greatly.

    • Thanks for contributing here “Source”.
      > I promptly unfriended him probably 4-5 years ago after he asserted that female US soldiers in Iraq deserved to be raped for being in the service against god’s will. To this day, he’s the only person I’ve ever unfriended on FB.
      Sad that Peter speaks his mind like this. This is the warped aspect of psychiatric conditions that takes one truth and pushes it too far.
      > I recall being convinced that the pictures in his Facebook folders were not his and wondered aloud more than a few times whether he was even in the countries in which he claimed he was living. He had all of these beautiful pictures and yet he was not featured in a single one of them.
      I have proved that Peter IS an unrepentant plagiarist, a thief.
      > When I pressed him about it, he ignored it.
      This is the way people with psychiatric conditions deal with their issues – argue when they have something and ignore reality.
      > I too am convinced he is not working with a full deck.
      He’s not.
      > Lots of anecdotes from when we were growing up, but I suppose sharing those would just be personal and petty.
      Yes, and no. I think that some people would like to hear samples of them, and if they are given in the context of helping people understand the true nature of Peter, I think it is appropriate.
      > From the sounds of it, he’s done enough in his adult life that folks don’t need anecdotes for proof that he’s suffering greatly.
      That is certainly true, though.

  13. I met Peter online back in 2006 when I was traveling to the Philippines to meet my NOW wife of 10 years. Thinking he was a christian and having similar backgrounds….I was a pastor in the Church of God and Assembly of God I thought our connection might be a good one as he was also traveling to the Philippines at that time to conduct what he said were tent revivals similar to the ones you would come across here in the US. The more I got to know him though things were not adding up with all his claims. I was seeing that he he was just another conman, and a unrepentant one at that.
    To make a long story short I will share the following. I was living on Mindanao Island with my wife, and had begun doing some food outreaches….nothing elaborate or large scale…just buying rice and a few canned goods and working with a local filipino pastor reaching out to small barangays giving what we could to the poor. While doing this I would take lots of pictures and post them on my Facebook account. Unknown to me Peter had taken several pictures and posted then as his own…..my wife discovered this by chance. One in particular which was a small shanty home….nipa hut…that my wife relative lived in. Peter posted it with the comment that it was the home of a village pastor who kindly let him stay there while he was conducting a miracle crusade in their village. When I confronted him about it he just laughed it off even after I demanded he apologize. He then went on to tell me that the only reason my wife who is 20 years younger than me had married me and had sex with me was due to the fact she was a con artist and wanted only my money and the chance to move to America. That infuriated me, but I couldn’t do anything to him as he was still actually in the US and had never traveled to the Philippines. I began following his fake trail of lies and posting as often as I could. He would email me and talk shit to me when I would comment on his blogs about his deceitful life. I finally after a couple of years exposing him just left it alone. It became harder and harder to keep up with many many fake blog accounts about being a missionary and looking for donations. He is a sick person not only mentally but now physically. Its a shame that it is all catching up with him now. I actually kind of feel sorry for him because he just won’t give in and apologize to everyone he has conned and hurt over the years, and try to begin a new life. He seems happy just continually disrupting lives all over the Philippines.

    • Thanks fr responding here Kevin and sharing your story
      > I met Peter online back in 2006 when I was traveling to the Philippines to meet my NOW wife of 10 years.
      Congratualations
      > Thinking he was a christian and having similar backgrounds….
      But you got a surprise?
      > I was a pastor in the Church of God and Assembly of God I thought our connection might be a good one as he was also traveling to the Philippines at that time to conduct what he said were tent revivals similar to the ones you would come across here in the US.
      This will have most likely been total fabrication.
      > The more I got to know him though things were not adding up with all his claims. I was seeing that he he was just another conman, and a unrepentant one at that.
      Yes, this is the thing that psychiatric issues bring isn’t it? One can be a conman, get found out and go to ground, but when you keep doing it and can’t face up to it, the cognitive dissonance really grates with right-minded people doesn’t it?
      > To make a long story short [photogaphy plagiarism & fraudulent claims]
      I appreciate that you are so specific here. Your testimony of this fraudulent conduct by Peter, claiming to be a Christian missionary etc when in fact it is all in his mind and is pure fabrication aligns with much of what I have blogged about.
      > When I confronted him about it he just laughed it off even after I demanded he apologize.
      People who don’t have experience or understanding of psychiatric issues expect normal human responses such as embarrassment or a sense of guilt or shame, according to a conscience. People like Peter though do not have this either to the same extent or even at all. Thus their responses when caught are not ‘normal’. Peter has acknowledged to me directly that he doesn’t comprehend empathy, and has shown me over a long time that he has psychiatric issues along these lines.
      > He then went on to tell me that the only reason my wife who is 20 years younger than me had married me and had sex with me was due to the fact she was a con artist and wanted only my money and the chance to move to America. That infuriated me,
      > Ignore it. Peter tried to lash out at me too when I first started exposing him. If you get into a scrap with him, he’ll bang you with what comes to mind then will go away. At the last count I think he and I are around 120:3 – he did a few posts trying to ping me for something years ago and I’ve had a few years exposing him for who he really is!
      That infuriated me,
      > but I couldn’t do anything to him
      It’s not worth it! He runs from conflict. What you have done by posting here will likely have a much bigger chance of making the world a better place because people can see that there is, yet another person out there with a similar story. Sunlight, they say, is a wonderful disinfectant!
      > I began following his fake trail of lies and posting as often as I could. He would email me and talk shit to me when I would comment on his blogs about his deceitful life. I finally after a couple of years exposing him just left it alone. It became harder and harder to keep up with many many fake blog accounts about being a missionary and looking for donations.
      There are now others who have taken up the cause exposing him. The more he rattles the cages, the more he will get caught in them eh?
      > He is a sick person not only mentally but now physically.
      Yes that is sad isn’t it but while there are psychiatric issues, it all comes down to his pride. For that he pays the price.
      > Its a shame that it is all catching up with him now. I actually kind of feel sorry for him because he just won’t give in and apologize to everyone he has conned and hurt over the years, and try to begin a new life. He seems happy just continually disrupting lives all over the Philippines.
      Someone like Peter CAN never apologise. I’m not so worried about what happens to him or to the people he cons (life is not always fair) but I am interested in the truth getting out there – good or bad for him, or his detractors.
      Thanks for swinging by here and commenting Kevin

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