19-year-old Paul Williams may have stumbled across one of the greatest mysteries of our time. When he was followed on Instagram by a user named @LisaJames419419, he assumed it was just a spam-bot due to the strange handle. However, driven by nothing more than simple curiosity, Williams decided to look at who else "Lisa James" was following, and what he found may haunt him for the rest of his life:
James was following nearly 200 people, all of them named Paul Williams.
The original Williams took to Twitter to tell his story:
Eagle-eyed readers might see something all these people have in common...
Williams tried reaching out to Lisa James, but was left with more questions and even fewer answers.
Williams began assembling a team of Paul Williams to try and figure out what was going on.
It’s been 16 hours and no Paul Williams have survived. I believe I am the only one left. I must go into hiding now.— paula gene (@AnAveragePaul) March 21, 2018
Shortly thereafter, people began commenting on Lisa James' single post with the hashtag #WhyPaulWilliams:
Meanwhile our original Paul Williams was creating some dynamite memes for the situation:
One might even say he took things a bit too far...
Then came a legitimate crack in the case!
It turns out Lisa James' profile picture is actually of adult film actress Briana Lee, whose images are often used for catfishing and other scams.
And yet the mystery continued to deepen.
When James' account reached 419 followers, the number repeated twice in her handle, she switched to private.
Then, inexplicably, she switched to Thompsons?!
Twitter has come together to try and uncover the truth behind what's going on.
...so far, it hasn't been especially productive.
In the first terminator movie Arnie kills a bunch of Sarah Connors before he finds the right one. Just saying— James 🏳️🌈 (@JamesBaker1993) March 27, 2018
Maybe she met someone called Paul Williams on holiday and she’s pregnant with his child and she’s trying desperately to find the right one...— Dubai Daddy (@dxbdaddy) March 22, 2018
I was going to suggest she was looking for her own father until you said she blocked you. Something fishy going on.— Jerry Timothy (@doctorgenner) March 22, 2018
Maybe this is just Lisa’s version of Ted Mosby searching for this slutty pumpkin? 🤔— Max Richmond (@MaxRichmond501) March 25, 2018
And yet, the people NEED answers!
well i sure haven’t stayed up past 1 a.m. every night watching conspiracy documentaries for nothing 🤷🏼♀️— Tori Stone (@toristonee) March 24, 2018
The only ray of light in this dark pool of the unknown is all the quality memes:
Someday, we will unravel this gordian knot, and the secrets of @LisaJames419419 will be revealed for all to see!
The truth is out there!