Visa and MasterCard can no longer be used on Backpage

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This week both Visa and MasterCard said that their cards will no longer be able to be used to place ads on Backpage. Both credit card companies had been asked by Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Tom Dart to discontinue doing business with Backpage over the obvious human trafficking that takes place on the site. Sheriff Dart has been one of the leading critics of Backpage for some time.

“Backpage has significantly lowered the barrier to entry for would-be sex traffickers, giving them easy access to millions of johns while cloaking them in anonymity and putting all risk on the shoulders of their victims,” Dart said in a statement on Tuesday. “Raising that barrier will lead to less would-be sex traffickers entering the business and ultimately less victims.”

This has to be a huge blow to Backpage as a lot of the money used to pay for ads come from pre-paid Visas and MasterCards. American Express stopped letting Backpage be used by their cardholders earlier this year.

And the cherry on top of this sundae is when reached for comment Backpage’s head legal weasel Liz McDougall had nothing to say.

Liz McDougall, senior counsel for Backpage, declined to comment.

That’s a minor miracle in itself.

I guess we’ll see pimps and traffickers setting up their own bitcoin rigs now.

Police say CT craigslist killing was an organized hit

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I originally posted about the shooting murder of Jesus Silva here. He was shot to death in New Britain, Connecticut, after responding to a craigslist ad for a car he was selling. Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos have been charged with his murder. Before I said that I did not have any information on the motive for the murder but now new warrants have been released that allege what the motive was.

Investigators believe that Silva was involved in the drug trade and was ordered to be executed after he allegedly came up short with the money he owed his supplier. So far it is unknown if the supplier is going to be charged. Silva was also said to have brokered car sales frequently and it appears that his assailants used that information to lure him to his death.

Murders have been solicited for on craigslist many times before but this is the first time I’ve heard of a victim of a contact killing being lured to his death through the online classifieds site. It seems that criminals of all forms have some kind of use for craigslist.

Facebook vigilantes beat California homeless man because of hoax

Here is just one more reason why you shouldn’t believe everything that’s posted on Facebook.

A group of Facebook vigilantes in Modesto, California, beat a homeless man after someone posted the following to Facebook.

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Guess what kids. It was a hoax.

Modesto police even contacted the person who allegedly first posted it…

“She was a friend of a friend of a friend who posted this information on Facebook,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves explained.

Was this friend of a friend of a friend also attacked after not flashing her high beams or pricked by a syringe full of AIDS?

Luckily the man wasn’t seriously injured and did not press charges against his attackers.

I don’t even know what to add at this point because it’s not like anyone is going to leave Facebook or stop spreading any bullshit that someone posts but if you have one of those kind of Facebook friends you may want to show them this post.

Teen raped in graveyard by older Snapchat ‘friend’

Bruce Henrique

Bruce Henrique

Police in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts have arrested 24-year-old Bruce Henrique for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in a graveyard. Investigators say that Henrique communicated with the girl through Facebook and Snapchat. They also say that after the victim told Henrique she was underage that he sent her what the article calls “multiple nude photos of himself in a state of arousal.” Ick.

It’s heartbreaking how the victim’s mother found out. She noticed her daughter was missing and found her daughter’s bike on the side of the road near the cemetery where she was allegedly raped by Henrique.

I can’t stress this enough, know what apps your kids are using on their phones and know who all their friends are on their friends list even if that means asking them who every single person is. Also parents please talk with your children and let them know that if adults are approaching them on these apps that they probably don’t have their best interest at heart.

We get letters: You my sir one judgemental prick

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I received the following e-mail from a guy named Dan. Dan writes…

You my sir one judgemental prick. I wonder where you get off with your holier than thou attitude. Your site is total garbage. Hang out in your mom’s basement much. All just a result of your childhood and having been bullied. An agent of change my ass

The one thing I want to address about Dan’s e-mail is my mom’s basement. I wish I had a basement growing up. My cousins in Philadelphia had a cool basement and I had friends growing up who had cool basements but we didn’t have one. I was always jealous because they had cool things like pool tables and vintage pinball machines in their’s.

Basement’s aside I was wondering what had Dan so hot under the collar. I couldn’t find his name on this site so I decided to do some research so I looked him up by the e-mail address he used to send me his missive. At first I thought his address was a typo because if you changed it by one character it becomes the title of a somewhat famous heavy metal album. That was until I found two very interesting items that are peripherally related to this site.

The first was that I found an account on a website where you’re supposed to be verified as safe by the online prostitutes one may or may not frequent. Kind of like a reverse eBay rating for johns.

Then I found something even more glorious. An alleged chat between someone using the same username as Dan and another person on from the website TinyChat. Now let me preface this by saying I don’t know if this was some kind of police investigation or maybe someone like perverted justice or if this chat is even legitimate. I’m just showing what I’ve found online. Usernames have been changed to protect all parties involved. Also there is some salty language in the chat transcript so I’m putting it behind the cut.

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Yet another round of Kik Kreepers

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Police in Pasco County, Florida, say that 22-year-old Carlos Perez would pose as a female on Kik and would send photos of a nude women to underage boys on Kik and would allegedly get explicit photos of the boys in return. Perez was a high school wrestling coach and allegedly targeted two kids he knew through the wrestling program. of the school.

45-year-old Eric Jenney of Westfield, Massachusetts, was recently arrested after police say that he was allegedly part of a child porn ring that traded files on Kik. Investigators also say that the very explicit pictures were shared between adults and minors.

Remember, as I keep saying, Kik is a well documented favorite tool of both pedophiles and sex offenders.

Missing TN teen last seen with sex offender she met on Kik

Hayleigh Wilson

Hayleigh Wilson

14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson of Surgoinsville, Tennessee, was last seen in a Marion, North Carolina, Wal-Mart this past Tuesday with a 41-year-old sex offender, Benjamin Shook of Georgia. The pair is said to have met on the instant messaging app Kik.

As I have posted in the past Kik is a well know too in the arsenal of pedophiles and sex offenders to meet victims. Also a smart phone does not necessarily need to even be active for Kik to be used as long as a wi-fi connection can be found.

Ben Shook

Ben Shook

Shook was released from prison in 2014 and was registered as a sex offender but never updated his information after that.

An Amber Alert has been issued

Shook was wearing a blue shirt with “Ford” written on it, dark shorts and a camouflage baseball hat. He has multiple tattoos.

Hayleigh was wearing a flowery shirt.

Hayleigh and Shook may be in a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Maroon in color with Tennessee tag D6020D.

If you have any information on Hayleigh Wilson or Ben Shook, contact the Surgionsville Police Department at 423-272-7121 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

My prayers go out to her family for her safe return.

UPDATE: The vehicle they had been driving has been found in Grayson County, Virginia, but neither Hayleigh nor Shook have been found as of yet.

UPDATE 6/29/2015: Here are some security cam photos recently released out of Virginia.

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The US Marshalls are now offering a reward for information that leads to Hayleigh’s safe return.

The pair are also said to have received a ride from an unsuspecting stranger and are believed to be on foot in the area near Sugar Grove, Virginia.

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Just how violent was the Franklin Regional school stabbing? Extremely violent

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

Yesterday was a pre-trial hearing for Alex Hribal. He’s accused of stabbing 20 students at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Hribal has been charged as an adult. The hearing is part of a process to determine if he would be better suited in juvenile court since he was 16 at the time of the crime.

As I’ve posted before Hribal is a columbiner, that is he’s a fan of the Columbine cowards, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. A Psychiatrist for the defense even says as much

Defense psychiatrist Dr. Christine Martone testified Hribal believed he was being “egged on or controlled by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris from hell.”

At least he got their location right. This doesn’t surprise me as I’ve seen grown people on columbiner forums have convinced themselves that they’ve been visited by the spirits of Harris and Klebold. One woman even claimed that she had ghost sex with Klebold and had his ghost babies. I wish I still had the link to that because it was comedy gold, but I digress.

As with most columbiners, Hribal didn’t have an original thought in hi head when it came to the date of the attack…

The defense experts said Hribal was fascinated with the April 1999 shooting massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. Klebold and Harris killed themselves after killing 13 others, and Hribal carried out his attack on April 9, Harris’ birthday, only because school was out on his preferred target date, April 20, 2014, the 15th anniversary of Columbine.

Also not surprised about the fate either because outside of April 20th the other high unholy days for the columbiners are April 9th and September 11th, the birthdays of Harris and Klebold respectively. Don’t believe me? Just read a few of these. (1) (2) (3)

Of course the psychiatrist for the defense is saying that Hribal is responding well to treatment and expresses remorse for what he did and would fare better in juvenile detention with treatment. Right. While we’re talking about what he did let’s hear from some of his victims who testified at the hearing.

Here’s how the injuries of 17-year-old Greg Keener were described…

One of 20 students stabbed by a high school classmate testified that the wound to his torso was so severe teachers couldn’t apply pressure to stop the bleeding — because his liver was protruding from it.

Then there was 17-year-old Kate Lonergan who described the events of that day like this…

“It was wet, and I could feel that my lip wasn’t attached to my face anymore,” she said.

Of the six victims that testified yesterday most said they didn’t even know him, as is usual in these attacks, and all of them said that they believe Hribal should be tried in adult court.

You’re damn right he should. In a perfect world you don’t get to eviscerate children and see the light of day again. I doubt many of his victims could handle the fact that if he was tried in juvenile court that he’d be out in less than 4 years.

Only one thing caused the Charleston church shooting

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I wasn’t going to blog about the horrible tragedy that happened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. That was until I saw everyone and their grandmother blaming the shooting on everything that didn’t cause the bloodshed.

The shooting was not caused by gun laws, or the confederate flag (aka the traitor’s rag), or prescription medication. Before anyone even tries to claim so it wasn’t caused by bullying, video games or Autism either.

The shooting was caused by one ignorant and racist monster. To blame it on anything else lessens his own responsibility for his actions.

May he rot in hell.

December murder of CT man may be a craigslist killing

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On December 30th of 2014 Jesus Silva of Meriden, Connecticut, was found shot to death in his car on the streets of New Britain, CT. Since his murder police have arrested Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos, all of Springfield, Mass., and have charged them with Silva’s murder.

Today in a court hearing it was revealed that the murder may have been a craigslist killing. Mr. Silva had an ad on craigslist selling his car. His family said that he was in phone contact with someone about his car the night of his death and police say records indicate that he was allegedly speaking to Sierra.

No word yet if the motive was robbery or something more sinister. I’ll post additional details as they become available.