I now believe (on further reflection and investigation) that Steve Case has some sort of retaliatory Skunk Works separate from other AOL workers to which he has assigned the task of "getting back" at his enemies no matter how insignificant they may be.
This means yours truly for surely I have little or no effect on the general course of computerdom's history. Imagine Mr. Case being so insecure that he has to retaliate against an individual suck page of which there must be hundreds. He certainly couldn't do it alone so he sets up a "hit" squad to do the dirty work for him without the knowledge of other AOL workers or management people.
I am forced to this conclusion because if my AOL visa was not commandered by an AOL staffer why ???
The second is really strange. A real thief would have gotten as much as possible as soon as possible. Like perhaps a super new computer or desktop replacement laptop ... a Dell Latitude or IBM Thinkpad.
The only charges were these totaling $153
There are only three illegal charges (hardly worthwhile for a genuine thief)
The charges range over a period of 4 days and I didn't receive the Earthlink package (and realize that my card was being used) for another few days snailmail time.
I called up Dick's Sporting Goods and got the destination city for clothing thinking it would go to Virginia if AOL stole it or perhaps Texas if someone got it out of my trash here.
It went to Wilmington, Delaware . That't about 110 miles from AOL's corporate headquarters in Dulles, Virginia
Extremely suspicious that I could guess the destination of the clothing within about a hundred mile radius which could have gone anywhere in the U.S.A. Eh? Possible destination: a relative of an AOL staffer?
More to follow if any more is discovered.
Addendum (later same day):
Final note here:
I see where our illustrious Steve has been slapped with a big bucks class action law suit (around Feb 01,2000 or before) for the exact properties of AOL 5.0 that I dumped his service for.