Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons sentenced for fraud

Erica Parsons’ missing poster

Erica Parsons’ missing poster

This past Friday the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, Casey and Sandy Parsons, were both sentenced to federal prison time after being previously convicted on fraud charges. Casey got ten years while Sandy was sentenced to eight. They were both immediately taken into custody at the time of sentencing.

The Parsons’ were collecting government benefits for their adopted daughter Casey even though no one had seen Casey for a year before she was reported missing by her adoptive brother. Casey Parsons claimed she gave Erica to Erica’s maternal grandmother, a woman by the alleged name of Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman. The problem is no one can prove that Nan exists or that the exchange ever took place. There has also been evidence that while Erica was with her adoptive parents that she was abused horribly. Also there were other allegations of fraudulent activity by Casey Parsons against other persons as well. It seems like she was a regular grifter in the vein of Elisa Baker.

I wonder how long it takes before the Parsons turn on each other while in prison. Alive or dead Erica deserves justice and not these measly fraud sentences.

30-year-old school shooting has modern connections

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

I had never heard of the school shooting at Goddard Junior High School in Goddard, Kansas, until recently. Close friend of the site Denise sent me this article detailing the shooting 30 years later. The shooting happened on January, 21st 1985. I was 16 at the time. I don’t ever recall the news of it making it out to the East Coast of that time unlike today when we hear about events like these almost as they’re happening.

14-year-old James Alan Kearbey entered the school that morning armed with a .308 rife and a .357 Magnum. Before it was over he had shot and killed Principal James McGee and wounded three others before he surrendered to police. Much like modern-day school shootings there were claims of bullying however investigations would show that Kearbey was a tough acting loner obsessed with guns. Other students have said that he was difficult to get along with. Much like the Jonesboro shooting Kansas had no laws at the time where Kearbey could be charged as an adult. As you can see in the photo Kearbey wore a long coat and sunglasses, instead of making him look like a bad ass he looks more like a boy playing dress up in his father’s closet. Ten years after his release he found himself in trouble with the law again on firearms and domestic violence charges, not that unlike Kenny Bartley who was the Campbell County High gunman.

So it seems that even 30 years ago there were people of my generation who felt that they were entitled victims who could only cowardly solve there problems through violence. Not many as there are today but still some.

Boating accidents

Growing up near the ocean my father and uncle were involved in a serious boating accident. Use this information so it will be less likely to happen to you.


Via: Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer – El Dabe

19-year-old Backpage child pimp arrested in RI

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19-year-old Reginald Chaney was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. Chaney allegedly turned out the girls, ages 15 and 16, from January 16th to the 28th around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’s also accused of tasering one of the girls to get her to comply.

Again, I have to question just how effective Backpage’s laughable screening process is when some 19-year-old kid can manage to get underage girls on their website.

Robbery suspect shot and killed in craigslist plot to steal dog

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A man was shot in killed in DeKalb County, Georgia after allegedly trying to rob a man who was selling a bulldog puppy on craigslist. The man was offered an extra $500 to deliver the dog late at night. When the man arrived at the meeting place with the dog two men were waiting for him. One produced a gun in an attempt to steal the dog. The man selling the dog brought a friend with him who happened to be legally carrying his own gun. The man’s friend shot and killed the alleged robber in self-defense. The man who was killed has been linked to other robberies in the area as well.

Even the bad guys are taking their lives in their hands on craigslist.

Arrest made in September craigslist killing in NJ.

Travis Picou

Travis Picou

Back in September 41-year-old Mamuka Chamiashvili of Brooklyn, New York, was shot and killed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after responding to a craigslist ad for a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Back in October 28-year-old Ali Garner and 30-year-old Keon Lewis, both of Elizabeth, were arrested in connection with Mr. Chamiashvili’s murder and recently 36-year-old Travis Picou of Paterson was also arrested. All three are being held on $2 million bond each.

I’ll say it again that using craigslist for any reason is very akin to playing Russian Roulette.

The evolution of debt programs

In order to get out of debt one must know the different ways of resolving it.


Via: NJ Bankruptcy Lawyer Ralph Ferro

Bodies of missing Ga. couple found, suspect in custody

Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns

Jay Towns

I am sad that i have to post that the bodies of Bud and June Runion have been found. The couple from Marietta, Georgia went missing after going to look at a Ford Mustang that was advertised on craigslist. Unfortunately there was no Mustang which seems more like a ploy to commit robbery. The suspect in the Runnions’ disappearance and death, 28-year-old Jay Towns, has been apprehended. The Runions’ vehicle was found submerged and their bodies were found nearby but not underwater.

Here’s something that I forgot to mention in my last post. I don’t post about every craigslist scam anymore. There are so many that it would be too time consuming for me to post every one. However with the last few months I have heard of a scam where scammers are posting ads on classifieds sites like craigslist advertising either high dollar value or classic cars. In too many cases the cars don’t exist and are just bait to fleece people out of their money. Unfortunately in this case the cost was much greater.

My heart breaks for the Runion family and my prayers and condolences go out to them.

UPDATE 2/2/2015: The autopsies showed that the Runions were both shot in the head.

Elderly Ga. couple missing after leaving for craigslist deal

 Bud and June Runion

Bud and June Runion

Authoirties in Georgia are currently searching for Bud and June Runion of Marietta, Georgia. The couple have been missing since Thursday after leaving to go look at a classic Mustang that was advertised on craigslist in McRae, Georgia.

The Runions’ family have set up a Facebook page in hopes of getting information out to help find the couple.

Bud Runion 5’9 was last seen wearing a corduroy collared shirt and a blue canvas jacket.

June Runion 5’6 was last seen wearing a pair of tan or beige slacks and a plaid shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or The Cobb County Police Department.

According to Google the Cobb County Police Department phone number is (770) 499-3900.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the Runions and I pray that they are returned safely,

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UPDATE 1/25/2015: Police have named a suspect in 28-year-old Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns. He is currently at large and believed to be the last person the Runions talked to on the phone and has allegedly given false information to investigators.

Ronnie "Jay" Adrian Towns

Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns

Anyone with information about the couple’s whereabouts is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3900.

State Senator wants death penalty for school shooters in Indiana

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Indiana State Sen. Brandt Hershman recently introduced a bill to the Indiana legislature that would make a school shooting where victims are killed an aggravating factor that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty. Sen. Hershman says he was influenced by the shooting of Andrew Boldt by Cody Cousins at Purdue University in 2014. After pleading guilty and showing no remorse Cousins was only sentenced to 65 years. Sen. Hershman believes this would be a deterrent to would be school shooters.

“By including school shootings on the list of qualifying factors for the death, I hope it will deter future tragedies and allow for the most deplorable criminals to receive punishment to the fullest extent of the law,”

While I admire Sen. Hershman’s stance on the matter and as much as I am a firm believer in the death penalty, ultimately this will not deter school shooters if history is any indicator. First off this would not apply to suspect’s who are minors as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that even minors who have been charged as adults can not be executed. Secondly, most adult school shooters are of the mindset that they will not live to be apprehended. Cho Seung-Hui, Stephen Kazmierczak, and Charles Carl Roberts IV, all committed suicide before they could be taken in. Even Cody Cousins killed himself in prison. None of these men were rational individuals so trying to deal with them on a rational basis would not have deterred them from their respective atrocities.

I think a better solution to deterring school shootings is making mental healthcare in our society less stigmatized and more readily available but even that’s not a perfect solution.