There are people out there who love secrecy. The manuscript of the gospel of Judas and three other texts were traded around the art world for 20 years, suffering considerable damage in the process. Dutch art-dealer Michel van Rijn exposed much of this, and indeed many other evil deeds in the art world. Unsurprisingly those he exposed want his site off-line.
Some years ago his first site was the target of an injunction by James Ferrell of Ferrellgas. I’ve corresponded with the latter, and found him a pleasant and helpful man. The injunction seems to suggest that the action was taken mainly because material on van Rijn’s site was compromising a suit by Ferrell against the notorious Bruce Ferrini, the man who did more damage to those four manuscripts than any other single source.
Someone also persuaded Google to remove all reference to his site. He moved to http://www.michelvanrijn.nl/, which also never appeared in Google.
I recently noticed that the site had vanished. It seems that it vanished in October 2006, after death threats to his children.
We are all the poorer for this. It’s understandable, but why haven’t the police stepped in? I hope that we will see you again, old inkslinger.