A mysterious website popped up last week asking the question Who Is Patient Zero? We’re not quite sure if this is about zombies but it certainly looks like it could be and never one to let our cyber-sleuthing grow stale we’ve had a bit of a look into it.
Robert Forrester is Patient Zero. According to his Facebook he is married with a 13 year old son and a yappy dog and has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Robert Forrester would appear to be a real person. Checking the Whois records on the domain reveal that he owns a number of domains, going as far back as 2005. He claims to live in Arizona which part of the Whois record seems to verify, though he seems to have a second address in Burbank, California.
Several Who Is Patient Zero top level domains were registered on the 30th of June and all the others under the same name have been registered for months or years and don’t appear to be part of a bigger plan.
Looking at the source code also reveals nothing. Made on Godaddy hosting and software it’s not professionally created and contains no analytics or other identifiers.
The Facebook profile is new though, appearing at the same time as the domains were registered and the company he claims to work for doesn’t seem to exist. Tineye doesn’t show any other matches for the Facebook profile pic and the image matches the one above that’s been ‘zombified’ on the main site, suggesting it’s a real photo of him.
Other links on whoispatientzero.com go to Starway Pictures showing an image of their new film The Blackout, which looks like a decent horror, but no zombies. Kreeptown is a trash culture podcast, but again no mention of zombies. Lastly a link to a Cafepress site with a couple of tees. Nothing much there.
So, what could it be?
Well Robert’s first Facebook status update is “can’t sleep. Not feeling too well. Head hurts a bit.” which seems a little strange, most people’s would be something to do with setting up Facebook rather than launching straight into a complaint. It seems a little bit like a set-up. Of course if he really does have a tumour then it’s not out of the realms of possibility.
Secondly, that single image does look a lot like he’s tried to make himself look like a zombie and Patient Zero is a book by Jonathan Mayberry about a bio-weapon that turns people into zombies.
Could Starway Pictures be making a Patient Zero movie or will this be an insight into a man’s struggle with a brain tumour?
Ultimately we’ll just have to wait until August 1st when the website is going live proper to find out. Stay tuned.