On Asperger’s and Umpqua


If Chris Harper-Mercer didn’t take the coward’s way out after the shooting at Umpqua Community College I imagine his defense would have been one of two things, either bullying or Asperger’s. In the 15 years I’ve been writing about school shootings those seem to be the two most popular scapegoats for those looking to escape their responsibility for school violence. As I’ve said before Asperger’s doesn’t make people into killers. Asperger’s does not cloud your sense of right and wrong or what’s legal and what is not. Many Asperger’s patients are successful well-adjusted people. Unfortunately Harper-Mercer was not one of those people and his mother doesn’t seem to be one either.

Not only did Harper-Mercer allegedly have Asperger’s but so does his mother, Laurel Harper. Asperger’s patients can obsess over a hobby; for the Harpers their obsession was with guns. Ms. Harper was of the belief that the government would revoke the 2nd Amendment any day now and is said to have stockpiled firearms. For those of you who may be of the same mind it takes a two-third majority vote of both houses to amend the Constitution. The last time that happened was 20 years ago and that concerned the salaries of congressmen so you know that would pass with no problem. So in short, Obama ain’t comin’ for yer guns. Harper and her son really seem to have the Nancy/Adam Lanza vibe going on. She should probably consider herself lucky that her son didn’t kill her.

The problem with a lot of Asperger’s patients is that they’re self-diagnosed. These people are usually just anti-social jerks hiding behind the Autism spectrum to blame other people for their problems. I really have to wonder if that’s the case here.

Scary potato man caught in underage Backpage sting

Corwin Thomas Moose

Corwin Thomas Moose

43-year-old Corwin Thomas Moose (I can’t make this stuff up folks), of Maple Grove, Minnesota, has been recently arrested and charged with two counts of prostitution of a minor. A 16-year-old girl was allegedly advertising herself on Backpage for sex. I see that Backpage’s age verification process hasn’t changed at all, but I digress. Moose is said to have had sex with her at her home.

Police found the girl’s ad and approached her considering her a victim. They posed as the girl and arranged another meeting with Moose and this is what went down…

Police met him at the gas station and arrested him. In his vehicle, they found a large empty suitcase, rubber gloves, and a new tarp lining the trunk.

Police also discovered that Moose did not have the $100 when he arrived at the gas station.

The victim should consider herself very lucky that police found her because it appears that if they didn’t she may have been just another statistic and just a little more blood on Backpage’s hands.

But seriously, the dude has a head like a giant potato, right?

Donation pages for the victims of the Umpqua Community College Shooting


The following are the GoFundMe pages for many of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. Some are survivors and unfortunately too many are not. All their families need assistance with various costs stemming from the shooting. Please consider donating. Any help they can receive would go a long way in helping not only the victims and their families heal but would help heal the Roseburg community as well.

Ana Boylan, 18 – Survivor
Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16 – Survivor
Chris Mintz, 30 – Chris was the man who threw himself in front of the gunman to protect others. On his GoFundMe page he asks that before you donate to him consider helping the other victims first.
Julie Woodworth, 19, you can read the extent of Julie’s injuries here.
Amber McMurtrey, 34 – Survivor
Rand McGowan, 18 – Survivor

Rebecka Carnes, 18, deceased.
Lucero Alcaraz, 19, deceased.
Quinn Cooper, 18, deceased.
Kim Dietz, 59, deceased.
Treven Anspach, 20, deceased.
Jason Johnson, 34, deceased.
Sarena Moore, 44, deceased, does not have a donation page as far as I know but this article needs to be read to see just how much of a coward the gunman really was.

There’s also the UCC Relief Fund through the United Way.

If you know of any more donation pages for the victims please let me know and I will have them added.

You don’t have to be an old man to be a Kik Kreeper

Kendall Carter

Kendall Carter

Dispelling the creepy old man myth that permeates these stories 21-year-old Kendall Carter, of Milton, Tennessee, was recently indicted on child porn charges. Carter allegedly posed as a 14-year-old boy on our favorite messaging app Kik using the aliases of Kenny, mrstang76 and olliej2222. He reportedly would use the old pedophile trick of gaining explicit photos of underage victims before blackmailing them for more. If the victims wouldn’t send him more pics he threatened to send the photos to victims’ school, friends or family.

As is usually the norm in these cases investigators believe that Carter may have more victims…

Federal officials asked any possible victims in the case to contact the Nashville office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, at 615-664-5500.

While he’s not the youngest creeper I’ve ever posted about he’s pretty damn close. They aren’t all old men in dirty coats. They come from every background, race and creed. All the more reason to make sure you know who’s on your kids’ friends list. As I am wont to say Kik is ground zero for many pedophiles and sex offenders.

SF Bay Area man accused of being social networking date rapist

Kwangmin Jin

Kwangmin Jin

20-year-old Kwangmin Jin of San Ramon, California, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting four women in the San Francisco Bay area, specifically Fremont, California. Drugging and sexual assault are the terms the article used but let’s call a spade a spade. That sounds a lot like date rape.

Anyway, Jin is said to have met the women over Tinder, Facebook, Mocospace and Skout. Skout is new to me but it appears to be just another dating app even though it says its purpose is to meet new people. He allegedly used the aliases of Kevin Park, Kevin Jin, Jeremy Lee and Kevin Lee. Once he met the women he’d offer them a drink that was reportedly spiked with an unnamed sedative drug. The women would pass out and Jin is said to have sexually assaulted them while unconscious. Again, that sounds an awful lot like date rape to me.

Of course Jin may have more victims…

Fremont police said there is evidence indicating that there are probably more victims throughout the Bay Area. Anyone who may have had contact with Jin is asked to contact police at (510) 790-6900.

Jin was arrested at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where he was attending classes but so far there have been no mention of any victims in Illinois.

This story should serve as a reminder for both men and women regardless of sexual preference. Even though online dating has been a thing for close to 20 years now, if not longer, we’re still not at a place in our society where people you meet online can be trusted. Just from a safety standpoint online hook ups or one night stands should be avoided at all costs. I know that’s hard to say when you’re young and full of life and want to have fun. I get it I’ve been there and made some questionable decisions. Luckily none of them cost me any bodily harm. There’s a gamut of crimes that predators like this can commit from robbery to murder. It’s not worth losing your life over.

If you know someone who engages in this kind of risky behavior you may want to send them this story.

St. Louis veteran goes missing after leaving to buy car on craigslist

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis has been missing since Saturday after leaving to go buy a car on craigslist. Mr. Polk had previously served in the Army and had recently saved up enough money to buy a new car.

Polk was last seen around 7 p.m. on October 3, wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

Anyone with information on Robert Polk’s whereabouts should contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5309.

Unfortunately this is a recurring event. Just this year Taylor S. Clark of Illinois and Bud and June Runion of Georgia were both killed after going to buy cars on craigslist. Criminals will either advertise a popular car at a lower than usual price or advertise a classic car that is hard to come by. Usually the goal is robbery, insisting that the buyer brings cash, but occasionally it ends up in murder.

I pray to God that is not the case here.

Why the Umpqua shooter’s manifesto should be released


During the Umpqua Community College shooting the gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, is said to have spared one victim in order to hand them a manifesto to be made public. While the complete details of the manifesto have not yet been made public it’s been leaked that Harper-Mercer allegedly bemoaned that he wasn’t too successful with the ladies. I’ll be getting into his lack of social skills in a future post.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has gone on record saying that he will not mention the gunman by name

Roseburg’s anonymity campaign — appearing in hashtags like #dontsayhisname — has been driven in part by Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, who told reporters, “You will never hear me say his name.”

Hanlin reportedly does this in order to avoid giving undeserving fame to the shooter. I disagree with him on this point, but I digress.

It stands to reason that since Hanlin won’t name the killer he may not ever release the killer’s manifesto to the public. I think this is a mistake and the manifesto should be made public.

Several years ago a U.S. District Judge ordered depositions given by the parents of the Columbine shooters were to be kept sealed in the National Archives until 2028. Similarly former Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink had the infamous Basement Tapes destroyed in 2011 without notifying any kind of media. It wasn’t until earlier this year that anyone knew that the tapes had been destroyed. In both instances both decisions were made in order avoid any more copycat shootings. Unfortunately that has not been the case. Instead of having knowledge of how the gunmen acted and planned we have myths and legends born out of ignorance that some have used in order to stage their own killings.

Knowledge is power and the more knowledge we have about how mass murderers like this act and think the better chance we have of stopping the next possible shooting.

Oikos University gunman declared competent to stand trial

One Goh

One Goh

The last time we heard anything about Oikos University gunman One Goh he had been ordered to a state psychiatric hospital after being declared mentally incompetent to stand trial for gunning down seven people at the small religious Oakland college. Recently the state hospital has declared Goh mentally competent to stand trial. His attorney is appealing and a hearing on Goh’s competence has been scheduled for November.

Goh was previously enrolled at the school and went on his killing spree after being expelled from the school and perceived bad treatment from other students. However Goh himself was said to be an anti-social troll would be verbally abusive to women and would go and pick fights.

Goh would have been eligible for the death penalty if it wasn’t found unconstitutional in California last year.

Suspect charged with kidnapping Indiana girl he met on Kik

Christopher M. Cortez Jr.

Christopher M. Cortez Jr.

22-year-old Christopher M. Cortez Jr., of Whiting, Indiana, is accused of allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl that he met on Kik. Cortez is said to have posed as a 17-year-old on Kik using the screen name of Jack Skelton/whocareshonestly. He told his victim that he could give her a ride home from school. When Cortez picked her up he allegedly threw out her cell phone and drove her to Chicago. She was discovered at a gas station where a customer noticed that she was in distress.

In case you needed another warning to check your kids messaging app accounts this would be it. God only knows what would have happened if she wasn’t found before any bodily harm could be done to her. In case you’ve missed the last few dozen times I’ve said it Kik is infamous for being one of the tools of choice for pedophiles and sex offenders.

By the way, this toolbox is out on bond. Sleep well Indiana.

The insignificance of the Umpqua Community College shooter


I guess we have to talk about the shooting at Umpqua Community College. I almost didn’t want to. When I first saw the headline that there had been a school shooting with nine dead I literally could not believe it. I had to double-check the headline to make sure I wasn’t misreading it. I thought maybe I was having a bad dream. I just didn’t want to believe it this time. When it finally registered that it did happen it threw me into a deep depression. I’d like to say that I waited almost week before posting about it because I wanted to wait to get all the pertinent information but 24-48 hours is usually sufficient for that. Instead I just kept putting it off because I was too depressed. I’m not trying to make this story about me but if the next few posts about the shooting feel disjointed that’s why.

Before we get started though let’s take some time to remember the victims.


Starting at top left Lucas Eibel, 18, Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, Professor Lawrence Levine, 67, Lucero Alcaraz, 19, Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, Jason Dale Johnson, 34, and Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18.

I know I don’t have to rehash the details but for the record 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing the nine victims listed above.

What I wanted to talk about in this post is something that the gunman allegedly posted in a 4chan thread where he reportedly announced his intention to commit a school shooting.

The first 4chan post

The first 4chan post

Later on in the thread he reportedly said the following

“This is the only time I’ll ever be in the news. I’m so insignificant,” read an apparent post by the would-be Oregon gunman.

It’s my contention that he’s still insignificant and always will be. In a few months time his name will be forgotten to most everyone living outside of Roseburg.

For example do you remember the shootings at Red Lake High School or NIU? Nine people were killed at Red Lake and five at NIU? Now, can you remember the names of the gunmen off the top of your head? Chances are that you can’t. I took to my personal Facebook to ask my friends if they could name either one of the gunmen. Out of all the people who responded only two people could name either one of them. One is a former columbiner and the other is another crime blogger.

In another one of his online posts he went on about his admiration for Roanoke news gunman Vester Flanagan

“I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

Except you’re only in the supposed limelight for the briefest of times. In the history of man you won’t even be a footnote. I had even completely forgotten Flanagan’s name until it was brought back up by the most recent shooting. Let’s examine that a little more. So Harper-Mercer was supposedly influenced by Flanagan. In turn Flanagan was influenced by the Virginia Tech and Columbine gunmen. So in Harper-Mercer we have a copy of a copy of a copy. It’s hard to be significant when you’re just another clone.

Speaking of copies Harper-Mercer is said to have asked some of his victims what religion they were. This harkens back to a Columbine trope where one of the gunmen there allegedly asked victim Cassie Bernall if she believed in God before shooting her. That’s been repeated in at least one other school shooting so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where this loser got it from.

Hell, this isn’t even Roseburg’s first school shooting. There was a shooting at Roseburg High School back in 2006. Like most school shooters if this assclown had an original thought it would die of loneliness. Also like most shooters this is just another self-absorbed and entitled asshole who thought the world owed him fame and everything else and instead of owning up to his own failures he blamed everyone else. Also just like every other clone who came before him he took the coward’s way out. It’s difficult to be significant when you’re just another copy.

If you want to be significant do something great with your life, Volunteer, write, paint, sing, become a first responder, enlist in the military, do something with your life that earns you the privilege of being remembered. Mass violence and suicide are nothing more than weak cop-outs.