This month’s normally shitty Rolling Stone magazine features a fascinating article about Matthew Weigman, a troubled teenager born blind whose preternatural hearing abilities allowed him to manipulate the phone system to moblize Swat teams, gain access to all levels of government, and extort fellow phreakers (pranksters and criminals who hack phones) in to doing his bidding, all while under the age of 18. His ablilites included super hearing, and an uncanny gift for mimic, including both voices and tones. Currently in jail after being apprehended by the FBI, Weigman’s story reads like any classic villain origin tale, and it is hard to believe that some one like this actually exists. Hopefully, someday, he will find a way to use his powers for good, like Wolverine. Seriously, this article has to be read to be believed.
Do so here.