Two suspects accused of trafficking missing woman on Backpage in Minn.

Two suspects accused of trafficking missing woman on Backpage in Minn.
Heichert and Krimpelbein

As I’ve said before, even with Backpage’s sham of a self-imposed exile, there’s still a backlog of crimes to discuss. This is one of them.

30-year-old Dustin Jeffery Arthur Heichert and 32-year-old Adam James Krimpelbein, both of Hudson, Wisconsin, were arrested for allegedly prostituting a missing woman on Backpage in Minnesota. The story of how the pair met the woman is a magical one…

When Krimpelbein met the victim, she wanted to drink and party, but he didn’t offer her any free booze, Krimpelbein told police. She would have to “give it up,” he said, if she wanted to drink.

All three of them were broke and they evenly split the proceeds from prostitution, Krimpelbein said.

Make no mistake, this is nothing more than two men taking advantage of a woman who more than likely has addiction issues and then turned her out for what probably amounted to beer money. The victim is listed as a missing person under civil commitment which probably means she has mental health issues as well, but the government violated Backpage’s rights if you hear the way they tell it.

Kik kreeper caught with missing Missouri girl

Kik kreeper caught with missing Missouri girl

25-year-old Dominic Pearson was charged in federal court with attempting to entice a minor for sex, but the charges hardly explain what it is alleged to have happened. Pearson is accused of allegedly grooming a 13-year-old girl over mobile messaging app Kik before arranging to have the Missouri girl run away.

After picking up the girl with another man named ‘John’, the victim claims that Pearson allegedly raped her after they left the Springfield area. The victim also claims that Pearson was well aware of her age.

What makes matters worse is that the girl was using her father’s cell phone to use Kik. At any time this man could have checked the app to see that this was going on…

“I am on the way to you, we are going to meet up with our ride,” said one message from “black heart.”

Other messages were more graphic. One said “I can’t wait to be with u and marry u.” Another indicated “black heart” might be coming to get the girl from the “east side of Nebraska, I am working my way there.”

Again, you may trust your kids completely, but do you trust everyone that they’re talking to online? You shouldn’t, especially on Kik considering it is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles.

Trial currently underway in 2015 NY craigslist killing

Trial currently underway in 2015 NY craigslist killing
Kyle Box

In a case that is reminiscent of the trial of Dylan Lentini, 19-year-old Kyle Box, of West Carthage, New York, is on trial for the brutal stabbing murder of 62-year-old Randy Bent. Box is said to have met Bent in March of 2015 through craigslist after Box had posted an ad where he allegedly said “I’ll give you a good time you won’t forget.”

Sometime during the liaison, Box allegedly stabbed Bent close to 50 times before burning Bent’s body in his Watertown home . Box claims that he stabbed Bent in self-defense, however prosecutors say that the forensic evidence doesn’t support Box’s claim, and that Box changed his story several times.

This isn’t the first craigslist murder I didn’t hear about it when it first took place.I doubt it will be the last either. How sad is it that craigslist murders have become so commonplace that they hardly register anymore on the media radar? That should tell you something about the chances you take when you use craigslist, especially if you’re just looking for a hook up. I don’t care if you’re straight, gay or your somewhere else on the gender scale, if you use craigslist to look for a one night stand you are taking your life into your own hands.

Backpage still taking money for sex ads

Backpage still taking money for sex ads
Screenshot of Backpage’s Cleveland women seeking men section

I should have known this would happen. It happened after craigslist shut down their adult services section so I should have figured it would happen here.

Cleveland.com is reporting that Backpage is still running ads for prostitution even after their self-imposed shuttering of the adult section amid cries of government censorship. Andrea Powell, an advocate from the organization FAIR Girls, contacted Cleveland.com to let them know that Backpage’s ads for prostitution are now being run in the dating section and I can verify that she is correct.

As you can see by the graphic I posted above, the Cleveland personals section is flooded with thinly veiled ads for prostitution. While it is free to post ads in the personals section, there are upgrades you can buy to keep your ads in better positioning and circulation. Also, as we know, Backpage does in fact have moderators that work for them, but obviously they’re turning a blind eye to the personals section now, or worse they’re still allegedly editing the ads and coaching the ad posters to make them look less illegal.

The bottom line is that as of right now women and children are still being trafficked on Backpage, absolutely nothing has changed and we should not let Backpage get away with this.

Woman who was accused of trying to set up craigslist rape was framed

Woman who was accused of trying to set up craigslist rape was framed
Angela Diaz

Last July, I posted about how Michelle Suzanne Hadley was arrested for trying to set up he rape of her ex-boyfriend’s pregnant wife through craigslist. In a twist that is normally reserved for TV dramas, it turns out that the so-called victim in the plot was actually the suspect.

31-year-old Angela Diaz of Anaheim, California, has been accused of allegedly setting up the craigslist rape fantasy ad against herself in order to frame Hadley. Investigators say that Diaz used special software to make it look like Hadley had posted the ad and sent harassing e-mails to Diaz. Police were eventually able to determine the true IP address that the craigslist ad was posted from. Supposedly, Diaz wanted Hadley out of the way to put the brakes on any feelings that her husband may still have had for Hadley. Diaz seems to appear to be a serious con artist as well…

Along with attempting to frame Hadley, Diaz is accused of faking a pregnancy and cervical cancer, forging a check, posing as an attorney and as two of her husband’s ex-girlfriends, and forging doctors’ notes.

While this story is tailor-made for TV crime shows like Dateline and 48 Hours, this is the exception and not the rule. In the overwhelming majority of criminal cases where a suspect claims that they’ve been framed they haven’t.

UPDATE 1/16/2017: Late last week Diaz was extradited from Phoenix to California to stand trial. She could be sentenced to as much as 14 years behind bars. Diaz has also pleaded not guilty.

NJ craigslist creeper arrested for molestation while out on bail

NJ craigslist creeper arrested for molestation while out on bail
Ethan Chandler

42-year-old Ethan Chandler of Bellville, New Jersey, was arrested back in December after allegedly placing a craigslist ad looking for sex from minors. While out on bail he was arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old boy that he met through social media. Investigators discovered the second crime after reviewing Chandler’s phone for evidence from the first arrest. Police believe he may have more victims and the State Attorney General is asking anyone to come forward if they have any information.

“We have information that we allege is suggestive of there being yet another victim, so the case is still being investigated although charges have already been lodged,” State Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.

“We are actively seeking additional tips and leads with respect to this particular defendant.”

“If people have any information about this individual, authorities are asking that they call our tip-line at 888-648-6007.”

Another fine example of the type of people using craigslist while they turn a blind eye to such activity happening on their own website. Even Backpage had moderators, even though they were allegedly checking for the wrong things.

Indy Backpage rapist ‘heard voices in his head’

Indy Backpage rapist heard voices in his head
Fort, Reaves, and Kilgore

Just because Backapge has closed down the adult sections doesn’t mean there isn’t a backlog of crimes involving the website. Just before the new year in Indianapolis 16-year-old Korey Reaves is not only accused of allegedly raping a Backpage prostitute, but another woman as well.

Police say that Reaves and 19-year-old Anthony Fort planned on robbing the prostitute at her hotel room after finding her on Backpage but during the robbery Reaves is said to have raped the woman. When a female security guard went to investigate the room Reaves allegedly raped her as well.

According to the women, Reaves became increasingly irate during the assaults and demanded money, saying he needed a “stack” for himself and Fort.

After apprehension Reaves wasn’t acting like such a tough guy. While in custody he wrote letters of apology to his victims claiming that…

…he “has a problem and often hears voices in his head that forces and compels him to make very bad decisions and choices.”

Again with the voices. I still have to ask why the ‘voices’ never tell someone to do charity work?

Anyway, Reaves has been charged as an adult and 18-year-old Myia Nicole Kilgore has been charged as an accomplice. Kilgore was reportedly a getaway driver for the duo.

While all this was happening Backpage was still getting paid.

Backpage shuts down adult sections after Senate smackdown

Backpage shuts down adult sections after Senate smackdown
Somebody call the Waaaaahmbulance!

Hell has frozen over. The end is nigh. Backpage has voluntarily shut down the adult sections of its website after the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations announced its findings about the website. The subcommittee reported that they found Backpage was knowingly editing the ads that appeared to have someone underage in them, but still allowed the advertisements to be displayed. Backpage’s own moderators were also allegedly instructed to remove words from the ads that may have hinted at child prostitution.

Backpage executives began using a feature called “Strip Term From Ad Filter” to help screeners automatically delete hundreds words indicative of sex trafficking — such as “lolita, teenage, amber alert, teen and school girl, according to the Senate report.

“Backpage moderators told the Subcommittee that everyone at the company knew the adult-section ads were for prostitution and that their job was to ‘put…lipstick on a pig by sanitizing them,’” the subcommittee alleges in the report.

Backpage responded to the report not only by shutting down sections of their websites that promoted prostitution, but by also posting the above graphic in the adult sections. Please allow me to address the arguments Backpage put’s forth.

First off, the government has not unconstitutionally done anything to Backpage. They literally shut down those sections on their own. The Chairs of the Senate Subcommittee, Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, even say as much…

“Yesterday we reported the evidence that Backpage has been far more complicit in online sex trafficking than anyone previously knew. Backpage’s response wasn’t to deny what we said. It was to shut down their site. That’s not ‘censorship’—it’s validation of our findings.”

Potentially, Backpage could bring back those sections at any time, and I wouldn’t put it past them.

Also as I’ve said many times in the past, this was never an issue about free speech, it’s always been an issue about how much money Backpage could make off of the women and girls that sold into sexual slavery through their website. The only thing that has kept them legally protected was the archaic Communications Decency Act of 1996 whose crafters obviously didn’t imagine websites would be using their legislation to defend the ‘freedom’ of deriving profit from sex trafficking.

As far as donating to Children of The Night, I can’t stop you from doing that. They do work to get children out of prostitution, however they admittedly have taken money from Backpage which is said to make up 10% of their budget. I would personally recommend SelahFreedom as they have personally assured me they have taken no money from Backpage and never would.

As far as the people who will say that this will drive prostitution and trafficking further underground, I say that’s the whole point. Backpage’s adult sections made it easy for just about anyone to become a pimp or trafficker when all they had to do was pay a few bucks to turn anyone out. With the closing of the adult sections it will mean a significant drop in the number of potential pimps looking to traffic someone online.

For those of you who say Backpage made sex work safer, I’ve already said that concept is highly suspect as it has allowed killers and rapists to have their victims delivered directly to their homes.

Since Backpage reportedly receives 80% of their profits from their adult ads, and that their founders, including CEO Carl Ferrer, are still facing criminal charges, it remains to be seen if Backpage will try to survive as a ‘normal’ classifieds site. However, if I had to hazard a guess I would say probably not, but in the past Backpage has been a virtual Rasputin refusing to die.

Make no mistake that this isn’t a blow to free speech but a victory for all the women and girls that have been trafficked on Backpage for the past decade and more.

The Chicago Facebook Live attack wasn’t about race

The Chicago Facebook Live attack wasn't about race
Brittany Covington, Jordan Hill, Tanishia Covington, Tesfaye Cooper

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about the beating and torture that was streamed on Facebook Live out of Chicago. What the headlines were quick to point out is that the suspects were black and the victim was white. What the media was not very quick to point out was everything else in the story. Then again, facts don’t sell papers or get clicks from Facebook, knee-jerk outrage does in these times. In what seems to be the norm these days, most people online were quick to defend their own personal biases in the wake of this story while the truth became lost. It’s my hope to wade through the muck of personal prejudice to find at least a rose petal of truth.

Here’s how the story was first reported

The 18-year-old man, who had been reported missing by his parents in Crystal Lake earlier this week, is shown crouching in a corner on a video carried on Facebook Live. His wrists are bound and his mouth is taped shut.

As a woman shoots the video, two men cut the man’s shirt with knives, then take turns punching him and stomping his head. One of the men cuts the victim’s hair and scalp with a knife, and it appears the man is bleeding.

As the man crouches against a wall, someone shouts, “F‑‑‑ Donald Trump” and “F‑‑‑ white people.”

That was all that was needed to send the Facebook knee jerk brigade into full meltdown. In some cases you could almost smell the kerosene being poured on the crosses. A lot of people seemed to be under the impression that this roving gang of black thugs were just roaming the streets of Chicago looking for someone white that they could torture because Trump won the election. Cries of ‘hate crime’ rang down from the pale tableau of the Facebook masses. Those charged with the attack are Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24. They have all been charged with hate crimes as the mob had demanded. As it turns out, race may have been the least of the motives involved.

Jordan Hill was actually said to be a friend of the victim. The victim’s parents dropped him off at a Chicago McDonald’s so the victim could have a sleepover at Hill’s. The attack was said to have occurred when the victim got into a ‘play fight’ with Hill and then the Convington sisters became annoyed with the victim, and that the attack may have escalated due to drugs and alcohol. Another motive that has been discussed is that the suspects had allegedly planned on extorting something from the victim’s family as they reportedly sent the victim’s family text messages saying that their son was being held captive. In yet another report, Hill allegedly started beating the victim when the victim’s parents kept trying to contact Hill about their son’s location. All four suspects have been held without bail.

Now having said all that, some of you may have the notion that somehow I am trying to excuse the four suspects from what they’ve done. Nothing could be further from the truth. They deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sentenced to whatever the maximum punishment may be. However, we shouldn’t be outraged by the races of everyone involved with this crime, but rather the fact that four people not only brutally tortured a special needs man but had the audacity to broadcast it live on Facebook. We shouldn’t be blaming the Black Lives Matter Movement or Donald Trump voters for this crime as no one involved is representative of either base. The only thing that race had to with this crime is that it made for inflammatory headlines. Should they have been charged with a hate crime? Absolutely, but mostly because the victim is mentally diminished.

Ask yourselves this. If the victim had been black, would this had been just another story out of crime ridden Chicago? Would there be any Facebook outrage then? Respectively, those answers would be yes and no.

I’ll be posting more updates on this story as they become available and as time allows.

Craigslist caregiver steals from victims

Craigslist caregiver steals from victims
Tina Edwards

I was just going to post this story on my twitter account and be done with it, but the headline “Police say woman robbed victims she met through Craigslist” just doesn’t do the story justice.

Anyway, Lady Joker up there is 36-year-old Tina Edwards of Louisville, Kentucky. She is accused of stealing from several victims after allegedly offering her services as a caregiver on craigslist. We’re not talking about stealing some singles from someone’s purse or even lifting some jewelry. Some of the crimes she’s been accused of is allegedly stealing a car from a quadriplegic patient who hired her to help her get around, and stealing an iPad, blank checks, and the home and car keys from another victim.

Having had to use home health care aides in the past when my mother was ill I can understand how desperate the victims may have been to have someone help them around the house, but in my opinion craigslist is never the way to go. It’s become so sketchy I wouldn’t even hire someone to groom my dog from craigslist. This article from the Huffington Post (I know, I’m shocked that it’s good too) has good advice on how to hire someone reliable.