The Husband and the Hacker: A Park Cities Divorce Gets Gets Weird, with Help from TheDirty.com

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The Oberheiden Law Firm, a "full-service international law firm" headquartered in Dallas, has a small problem. Someone has been hacking into the email account of the firm's founder and principal, Nick Oberheiden, and has been registering scads of fake domain names with plans to publish the communications -- all of them private, many covered by attorney-client privilege -- on the internet. The intent, the firm believes, is slander, pure and simple, a blatant attempt to discredit Oberheiden and drive away clients.

So, naturally, the firm is suing to stop the person it alleges is responsible: Sydney Oberheiden, Nick's wife.

The bizarre lawsuit was filed last week and hinges, to a certain degree, on an anonymous post about Sydney on the gossip web site TheDirty.com. It's the first thing that pops up when you Google her name. She's a heartless gold-digger now on her third husband, it explains, with much nastier stuff offered up in the comments.

It's the type of bile anyone with a shred of decency wouldn't wish upon their worst enemy. Sydney would have preferred for the post to be taken down altogether, but that's not how The Dirty operates, at least not without a court order. So, according to the lawsuit, Sydney, hoping to limit the site's exposure, contacted a friend of a friend, a 28-year-old Uptown resident who runs a one-man SEO firm. For $8,000 per month, he agreed to get the post knocked to the second page of Google search results.

That was all arranged over the phone. They first met on May 24, after two or three weeks of phone calls, at Sydney's Park Cities home. And that's when things apparently began to get weird.

When the SEO guy arrived, he spotted guns on the table, according to a deposition he gave in the lawsuit. Two or three, possibly loaded but definitely real. "The engagement was very uncomfortable for me because there were weapons sitting out, and I just had never seen business done that way," he said.

It didn't help that Sydney held one of the guns for the duration of their meeting, handling it casually, occasionally waving the barrel so it passed across his torso. Nick had just filed for divorce, she explained, and she was preparing to take the guns to a neighbor's for safekeeping.

Being a professional, the SEO guy shrugged the incident off and went about the job he'd been hired to do. He began registering websites using variations on Sydney's name and was relatively successful. For a time, at least, The Dirty was knocked down several slots in the Google search results, though it later resurfaced.

By then, though, the mission had changed. Two days after their first meeting, Sydney told the consultant that she no longer cared about the website. She had more important things to worry about, namely a jealous ex whom she feared had raided and bugged her home and might come after her. She needed someone to stay with her, protect her. She had paid the SEO guy a lot of money, she reminded him.

He refused, but Sydney persisted. She called every day, often several times, which was one reason his girlfriend left him -- the other being the time he was four hours late to pick her up at the airport. At one point she showed up to his house, demanding to be let in. He refused until she told him through the door that Nick was kidnapping their daughter, a toddler, and taking her to Germany, where his parents live.



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DennisGM
DennisGM

09/25/2012
 ALL OTHER DISPOSITIONS (Judicial Officer: RAGGIO, LORRAINE) 
Vol./Book 411I, Page 915,  1 pages      

OTHER EVENTS AND HEARINGS 07/23/2012  

ORIGINAL PETITION (OCA)07/23/2012  

ISSUE CITATION07/23/2012  

ISSUE TRO AND NOTICE07/23/2012  

CITATION ATTY/CMOBERHEIDEN, SYDNEY 

Served 07/23/2012

Returned07/24/201207/23/2012  

CASE FILING COVER SHEET07/27/2012  

AMENDED PETITION1ST07/30/2012  

RETURN OF SERVICE1 ATTY SUBP ISSUED EXEC 7/27/12 (SYDNEY OBERHEIDEN) PPS TENDER FEE $1107/31/2012  

MOTION - COMPEL07/31/2012  MOTION - PROTECT

08/01/2012  MOTION - MISCELLANOUSXPEDITD/DISCVRY08/01/2012  

AMENDED PETITION TRO/TEMP/PERM/INJUCTN08/01/2012  

BOND FILED 08/01/2012  NOTICEATTY/CMOBERHEIDEN, SYDNEY Served 08/01/2012 Returned08/03/201208/01/2012  

MOTION - CONSOLIDATEW/DF121003708/02/2012  

ORDER - TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERVol./Book 411I, Page 339,  3 pages08/02/2012  


ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

But, since they are rich, they are 'eccentric', and therefore immune from standard strictures...

texasdave601
texasdave601

this is the most lurid thing I've read on UP. Meanwhile, at City Hall.....

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

The SEO guy is the perfect example of what people will do if there is enough money.

JSSS
JSSS

I would like to offer my services to Ms. Oberheiden. As a true Texan, I am fine with the open display of loaded weapons. I am happy to offer my bodyguard services, will take off more than my shirt when I get into bed, am perfectly fine with you playing with my genitals or my butt (who says gluteus maximus anyway?), and am happy to let you create fake websites using my name.

robbysalz
robbysalz

"Gets Gets Weird" Gets Weird*

Sam Cavanaugh
Sam Cavanaugh

The problem with trophy wives is you have to keep them polished or they turn ugly really quickly . . .

MikeDunlap
MikeDunlap

Child murder, suicides, child porn operations, SEO-at-gunpoint...Keep up the great summer, Park Cities.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

The Park Cities do Crazy well. Don't believe the computer geek didn't hit it, either.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

LOL   SEO guy let her stay at his place even though she constantly plated with his cock? Something doesn't seem right here. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @GuitarPlayer his complaints seem false.  Not that crazy bitches aren't better avoided.  Hell Manson was prolly trying to get rid of those crazy bitches and told them to go murder someone.  Poor fellow was probably as shocked as anyone. 

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