Daniel Louis Symons
Real life Peter Griffin over there is Daniel Louis Symons of Chesaning, Michigan. He’s accused of allegedly kidnapping a woman he met on craigslist. Michigan State Police say that Symons posted an ad looking for a submissive partner. Remember that part because it becomes important later. A 22-year-old woman responded to the ad however, she claims that Symons was not the man in the picture he allegedly sent. Symons is said to have forced the woman into his car.
Police pulled Symons over because his car was swerving. The victim was kicking around in the back seat causing Symons to get pulled over on suspicion of DUI. Officers found the victim in the back seat with a bag over her head, duct tape on her mouth and her hands bound by zip ties.
For those of you unfamiliar the term submissive, or sub, is used by people in the BDSM lifestyle. Some in the BDSM community might say that this was not a kidnapping at all but some kind of sexual role play. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen this used as a defense. Here’s the problem with that supposition. Symons allegedly misrepresented himself to his victim. That leads me to believe that this incident was not consensual.
Now there was a previous incident where a woman claimed she was kidnapped and raped by a man she met of craigslist but that turned out to be false as that woman admitted to indulging in a rape fantasy. Could that also be the case here? Possibly, and if it is I’ll post as much however, until that happens, and I don’t think it will, yet another craigslist predator has been taken off the streets.
Symons is being held on $500K bond.
Backpage has its share of murderers but due to the lack of alliteration they don’t always get the attention of their craigslist killing cohorts. For example, take the story of 19-year-old Brandy Carroll. Her services were ordered off of Backpage by 38-year-old Andre Robinson of Beloit, Wisconsin. Robinson would be her final client as he’s been charged with allegedly murdering Ms. Carroll.
Police haven’t released all the details of the murder except to say that at some point in the night Ms. Carroll fell down the basement stairs in Robinson’s home. Reports also say that she also suffered from stab wounds and blunt force trauma although a cause of death has not been released beyond ‘homicidal violence’.
Sites like Backpage are obviously not making it safer for prostitutes as many would claim. It’s just allowing the murderers to kill their victims in more comfortable surroundings.
27-year-old Jonathan Blum is a high school teacher in the Bronx although that may not make him the brightest bulb. New York investigators say that Blum posted a craigslist ad allegedly looking for sex with someone underage who was “interested in messing around with a licensed real teacher.” He might as well have just called the police to turn himself in to eliminate the middle man. Instead police posed as a 14-year-old girl and were able to arrest Blum at a pre-arranged meeting place.
At least this exposed a teacher as an alleged predator before he could hopefully harm any kids.
This was probably my least favorite season of Arrow so far. The things that didn’t have going for it was that the main villain was a Batman villain that to my recollection Green Arrow never had any contact with. Yeah I know, Comic Book Guy complaint but it’s a pretty major Batman villain. I also didn’t care for The Atom is Iron Man. Granted originally Brandon Routh was supposed to play Ted Kord instead of Ray Palmer but then the rights for Blue Beetle went elsewhere so I can kind of forgive that. I also didn’t like the inclusion of metahumans but I guess they kind of had to do that because of The Flash spinoff, I just wish they left the metahumans in Central City.
Speaking of which I will say one thing about Arrow and Flash this season. I like how both Ollie and Barry called on each other for help occasionally. Unlike in the MCU where Tony Stark gets attacked in Iron Man 3 and The Avengers are nowhere to be found.
Season 2 has been my favorite season so far because I’m a Deathstroke fan. Season 3 was ok however I am curious to see where they’re going with season 4.
If you haven’t seen Season 2 Arrow not only do I recommend it but you can help the site out by buying it from Amazon through this link.
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Big Head Todd over there is 20-year-old Adam Bishop of Greer, South Carolina. He’s been accused of allegedly having a ‘sexual relationship’ with a 14-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe. The ‘relationship’ is said to have been almost a year long.
If you notice the sarcasm quotes all over this post it’s because a 14-year-old girl can not legally consent to a sexual relationship in South Carolina. Therefore what the article calls a ‘sexual relationship’ should be called what it really is, statutory rape with emphasis on the rape.
If you’re not familiar with MeetMe it’s the spiritual successor to the gaudy meat market that MySpace used to be. While its terms of service may allow for underage kids to be on their site I wouldn’t recommend it for kids since it’s mostly used for hook ups.
These are more recommendations rather than reviews but you get the idea.
Anyway, I liked Season 2 better than the first season. Between the start of the season with HYDRA being in control then working up to Skye’s father along with the Inhumans made for a somewhat jumbled season but it came together nicely in the end.
The one thing that really annoys me about Agents of SHIELD is that they expect you to go see the MCU movies the week they come out. They’ll hint at it with the preceding episode then talk about the movie like it just happened on the next one. They did this with Winter Soldier last season and with Age of Ultron this season. I don’t watch the MCU movies until they’re out on DVD so thanks for that Disney.
Bottom line, like last season this season was also a slow burn culminating in a blowout season finale so be warned it gets kind of slow in the middle but it’s worth slogging through it.
If you haven’t seen the first season how about helping out the site by purchasing it through Amazon.
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Backpage attorney Liz McDougall
For those of you outraged by the picture and are ready to accuse me of misogyny please read the entire post before jerking your knee.
A number of lawsuits have been filed against Backpage this year for their prostitution ads by trafficking victims. I haven’t really been posting about them because they’re always dismissed under the guise of Backpage’s free speech. Another one has been recently filed in Massachusetts by two women who were turned out by pimps on Backpage when they were 15 and 17 respectively. Unfortunately I’m sure this one will be eventually dismissed as well since the law is actually on Backpage’s side due to the antiquated Communications Decency Act of 1996.
However, this particular lawsuit caught my eye because Backpage’s head legal weasel and corporate whore (we’re not there yet) Liz McDougall has commented on this particular lawsuit.
“We do more than any other online service provider to try to prevent the use of our service for any kind of human sex trafficking,” McDougall said.
No, no you don’t. That has to be a bold-faced lie if I ever heard one. As I’ve posted before Backpage represents 82 percent of all online prostitution and 80 percent of all their ads are for prostitution. So statistically you’re doing a whole lot of nothing when it comes to preventing trafficking on your website.
Now as far as the picture goes I did not place the caption on it because Ms. McDougall is female. I placed it there because I think that there’s no way in hell she can possibly believe the bullcrap that she is spreading on Backpage’s behalf. Since she’s more than likely only doing it for the money that makes her a whore in my eyes. Go back and read some of the other things she has said and tell me that she isn’t. And if you still want to call me a misogynist then that is your right but just remember I actually care about the women and girls that are being trafficked against their will on Backpage while it’s obvious that Liz McDougall does not.
UPDATE 1/19/2015: The cities of Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California are both going to file friend of the court briefs in support of the lawsuit.
UPDATE 5/18/2015: As expected the lawsuit was dismissed citing the much outdated Communications Decency Act however, lawyers for the plaintiffs plan to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. Sadly I think that Backpage will completely move operations overseas before they can be held responsible for their actions.
Christopher Howard Beachum
Dallas Craigslist hookup turns homicidal:
Police say Oak Cliff man was murdered by suspect he met on Craigslist:
Dallas police: 27-year-old wanted on capital murder charge in stabbing of 68-year-old man in March:
On March 18th 68-year-old Gerald Canepa was found naked and dead in his Dallas, Texas home. Reports say that he had been killed by strangulation and multiple stab wounds. More than a month later police have named a suspect and he is 27-year-old Christopher Howard Beachum. Beachum is still at large.
According to police Mr. Canepa’s and Beachum had set up a ‘casual encounter’ with each other on craigslist. However instead of a tryst it turned into a murder and a robbery. Several of Mr. Canepa’s items were found at a pawn shop where they were allegedly sold by Beachum.
I wish I didn’t have to say this again but I’ll keep saying it until the message gets through. I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, a furry, or into farm animals. I implore you not to use craigslist for hook ups. Time and Time again I have shown that you are just putting yourself out there as a potential victim for assaults, rapes, robberies and unfortunately in Mr. Canepa’s case death.
Craigslist is hardly a safe place for anything these days.
UPDATE 5/16/2013: Sorry for the late update but Beachum was captured in Lane County, Oregon back on May 2nd.
UPDATE 5/18/2015: Lat week Beachum’s trial was declared a mistrial after a hung jury. Prosecutors are going to retry him in September.
43-year-old Bradley Kosmatka of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, was recently arrested on charges of attempted child enticement, attempted sexual assault of a child under 16 and trafficking of a child. It all started when a state investigator found an ad in the craigslist personals that was entitled…
“Donate for the Mom and daughter fantasy — m4ww — 40 (Grafton)”
Ick. For the uninitiated this usually means that someone wants to ‘have sex’ with a mother and her underage daughter, but mostly just the underage daughter. Like I said, ick.
Thankfully the investigator responded to the ad posing as a mother with two daughters ages 14 and 11. Kosmatka allegedly wanted the 14-year-old to join in while the 11-year-old watched.
Kosmatka was arrested at a McDonald’s, naturally, where he is said to have denied wanting to have sex with the girl and that he was going to give the mother money for a baby sitter.
As I’ve said before there actually are parents out there who are willing to loan their kids to pedophiles for either money or joining in and craigslist continues to turn a blind eye to them.
20-year-old Steven Turner of New Britain, Connecticut, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. As much as some people like to believe that teenagers aren’t posting ads on craigslist the victim in this case did. Not only did Turner allegedly sexually assault the boy but he is also said to have blackmailed the victim into giving him money and jewelry to keep silent about the matter.
Police departments can offer all the space they want for people to feel safe while transacting business through craigslist but something like this can’t be prevented unless parents make sure their kids are staying off of craigslist. Craigslist sure isn’t looking out for your kids after all.
The body of 28-year-old Ashley Pegarm was found over the weekend. Ms. Pegram was the mother from Summerville, South Carolina, who went missing after going on a date with a man she met on the messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged in her murder after blood found in his trunk matched that of Ms. Pegram. A cause of death has not been released other than that she died from homicidal violence.
What has come as surprise to me is that police in the area say that more arrests may be coming but are being tight-lipped about it as the investigation is ongoing. I can only imagine what these other arrests may entail.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.
I received the following e-mail last night. I bring it to you in its unedited form…
FUCK YOUR SITE, FUCK YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, BECAUSE YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME AND YOU WILL BE FORCED TO REMOVE YOUR WEBSITE AND FACE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR IT. FUCK YOU AND YOUR BIAS BULLSHIT. ROT IN HELL YOU PIECE OF WORTHLESS STUCK AT HOME FAT ASS
As Connor said in Boondock Saints “Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.” Not to mention…
This e-mail is from someone I posted about many years ago who may or may not have touched an underage girl they met on MySpace. That’s how old the post is.
If I would have been asked nicely I would have had no problem removing the post since they served their time. I still might if asked nicely. However let’s clear some things up. As I keep saying I’m not a journalist so this is freedom of speech not freedom of press and the only time my freedom of speech may be considered a hate crime is if registered sex offenders become a protected class.
Lastly and most importantly it ain’t my fault you got arrested. So how about you man up and show some responsibility?