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‘It was an embalmed pig fetus’: Targets of alleged eBay harassment speak out

The Boston-area husband and wife who federal prosecutors allege were the target of a harassment and stalking campaign by former eBay employees are speaking about their ordeal.David and Ina Steiner told ABC’s Good Morning America that the campaign of alleged harassment began with graffiti spray-painted on the fence of their home, then escalated in increasingly…

The Boston-area husband and wife who federal prosecutors allege were the target of a harassment and stalking campaign by former eBay employees are speaking about their ordeal.

David and Ina Steiner told ABC’s Good Morning America that the campaign of alleged harassment began with graffiti spray-painted on the fence of their home, then escalated in increasingly bizarre ways.

Ina and David Steiner in Natick, Mass., on July 30, 2021.Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe via Getty Images

“I started getting harassed online through Twitter, through unwanted email subscriptions, and these were really disturbing emails,” Ina Steiner said.

Then the mysterious deliveries began.

“We got a phone call from a shop in Arizona that said that they couldn’t deliver the wet specimen that we had ordered,” David Steiner said.

“Not having any idea what a ‘wet specimen’ was, I asked her,” he said. “It was an embalmed pig fetus.”

They also received cockroaches, a book about surviving the death of a spouse and a mask worn by the killer from the movie “Saw.”

Asked whether she ever thought eBay executives could be behind the campaign, Ina Steiner said she thought “it was a psychopath.”

“I never in a million years would have thought it was a company,” she said.

The Steiners did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.

The Steiners told the Boston Globe that the campaign of harassment began in June 2019 and that they were targeted at their home in the Boston suburb Natick because they run the decades-old online newsletter Ecommercebytes, which reports in part on auction giant eBay.

What began as an online harassment campaign quickly spilled into the real world, the Steiners said, with various small companies trying to make deliveries of odd items the couple never ordered — a pizza arrived at 4: 30 a.m. one morning after they had been stalked the day before.

“All of these small retailer

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