Twin sisters have revealed how they tracked down their serial cyberstalker who was posting their nude photos across the internet, and eventually got him sent to federal jail.
Madison and Christine Conradis endured a decade of harassment after finding their intimate images posted on 4chan – followed by a series of intimidating messages sent to them by anonymous social media accounts.
Despite being turned down by police, the sisters continued their fight – which ended last December. Their cyberstalker – a man they both knew well – was jailed, reports the Washington Post.
Christopher Buonocore – who had attended college with the sisters, and even went to one of their weddings – had been the man behind the years-long campaign of harassment, posting six women’s intimate images online thousands of times.
He was sent to federal prison for 15 years for the crimes. But it was only possible thanks to the twin sisters’ dogged intuition, internet sleuthing, and determination to help other women in their position.
Madison and Christine Conradis endured a decade of harassment after finding their intimate images posted on 4chan – followed by a series of intimidating messages sent to them by anonymous social media accounts
Justice was served thanks to the twin sisters’ dogged intuition, internet sleuthing, and determination to help other women in their position
Christopher Buonocore – who had attended college with the sisters, and even went to one of their weddings – had been the man behind the years-long campaign of harassment, posting six women’s intimate images online thousands of times
Madison found out 10 years ago, when she was 24-years-old, that her nude images were being spread on lawless website 4chan. The pictures were also being sent to her father, her friends, and her boss.
Despite the harassment, Madison was told by police in Madison, Florida, that what she was experiencing wasn’t criminal and there was nothing to be done.
But as the torment continued and Madison received Facebook messages from anonymous accounts demanding new photos, her sister Christine who had just passed the bar decided to step in where law enforcement had failed to help.
In 2016, Madison also started dating her new boyfriend Jeffrey Geiger. During a trip to Florida Keys, she posted a sunset on her Snapchat story – that was viewed by 39 people.
The next morning, she got a message from one of the anonymous harassment accounts saying: ‘You guys having a great time in the keys I see.’ Madison scoured the 39 names who saw the photo and honed in on one – Christopher Buonocore.
A year later, when Madison’s relationship with Geiger was breaking down, she realized new images of her were being posted on 4chan. They were nude images she had sent her boyfriend.
Boudoir images of Christine, that she had sent to her husband, were also being posted. Geiger had had access to them via Dropbox.
It was at this point that the twins confronted Geiger – who allegedly confessed to getting in touch with the anonymous harassing accounts and sent them the new nude images of his girlfriend and her sister.
Geiger left a handwritten note for Christine, a copy of which she included in the court records: ‘I am an idiot and don’t deserve your sister. I’m not asking you to forget or look past what I did.
The sisters would receive eerie texts from anonymous accounts threatening to spread their images further
As the torment continued and Madison received Facebook messages from anonymous accounts demanding new photos, her sister Christine who had just passed the bar, decided to step in where law enforcement had failed to help.
In September 2018, the sisters filed a lawsuit against Geiger and ‘John Doe,’ claiming invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress
‘I’m just hoping one day you’ll forgive me. … I swear on everyone I love that I was only trying to help.’
In September 2018, the sisters filed a civil lawsuit against Geiger and ‘John Doe,’ claiming invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Crucially, their main goal was to open discovery – which would allow them to subpoena 4chan and obtain the IP addresses to expose John Doe – the person who Geiger had sent the pictures to and subsequently uploaded their nudes to the website.
On their own accord, the sisters started tracking and noticing quirks in punctuation and spelling on the 4chan posts to see if there were any common similarities to see if their stalker was also doing this to other women.
Christine and Madison realized that one person with the same username seemed to be behind other malicious nude posts of four other women.
When the twins looked up those women on Facebook, they saw they all had one connection in common, Chris Buonocore.
Buonocore, from Long Island, went to the Florida Institute of Technology with Christine and was a member of the same fraternity as Christine’s future husband.
He had attended Christine’s wedding in March 2017 – at the height of the harassment.
Madison told the Washington Post: ‘I never even had interactions with him at their wedding at all, but he was definitely there.’
The sisters then dug into who the four other victims were. One was Buonocore’s ex-girlfriend, another was his underage relative, the third was his childhood friend, and the fourth was his ex-fiancee.
The ex-girlfriend told the sisters she had been enduring his sexual harassment since 2013, and she also tried to get the 4chan photos of herself taken down.
Buonocore’s relative was 14 years old in 2016, when he shared photos of her in her school uniform on 4chan. He asked fellow users for advice on how to trick her into sending him nudes.
He said he wanted to have sex with her, according to the plea agreement. In one post, he wrote, ‘I have a strong desire to watch [her] get raped,’ and he offered to pay someone to do it, the plea agreement seen by WaPo said.
The third victim, Buonocore’s childhood friend, said that he had somehow got a photo of her bare chested when she was 15, and he spread it online, documents say.
The fourth woman was Buonocore’s ex-fiancée. After they split up, he posted intimate photos of her online – and she only found out when she was contacted by the twins.
Still being turned down by law enforcement, Christine used her new attorney knowledge and prepared a 59-page document explaining the entire case.
It included all the evidence they found for all six women, and included ways to get around the tight legal restrictions that police departments were consistently turning them down for.
Using the docket, all the women demanded a criminal investigation from their respective investigators.
At his trial in November 2021 in Tampa, US District Judge Thomas Barber sentenced Buonocore to 15 years in federal prison
In Manatee County, Florida, the case was finally passed up to federal investigators, and in July 2019, the FBI took over on behalf because the evidence showed that this was a case of interstate cyberstalking.
Months later, thanks to their previous civil case, Madison and Christine also got a final, crucial piece of information. They received the IP addresses and contact details of the 4chan poster.
In April 2020, internet providers confirmed it was Christopher Buonocore who was posting the intimate images.
The civil case concluded with the sisters settling with Geiger for an undisclosed amount, and the judge ordering Buonocore to remove and destroy the images of Madison and Christine.
As for the criminal case, the US attorney for the Middle District of Florida charged Buonocore with six counts of cyberstalking in December 2020 – since there was no federal criminalization for revenge porn.
He pleaded guilty to all counts.
At his trial in November 2021 in Tampa, US District Judge Thomas Barber sentenced Buonocore to 15 years in federal prison.
This was four years more than the prosecutor had even asked for – and far more than the plea deal Buonocore was trying to strike.