Author Archive: Trench Reynolds

15 year independent crime, news and opinion blogger.

Pa. police catch hybrid craigslist/Kik creeper

Michael Straff

Michael Straff

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, recently arrested 58-year-old Michael Straff for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Straff is said to have placed a craigslist ad entitled “Daddy’s Looking for his Baby Girl KIK Q m4w (Philadelphia and Burbs).” He reportedly communicated with the detective he thought was a girl on Kik using such usernames as “imyourDaddy011” and “Daddy for u.”

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When the subject of age came up Straff allegedly had an answer I haven’t heard before. He is said to have replied to the age matter with “Well I’m not pushy and I am laid back.” In reality that’s just another way of saying the child predator mantra of ‘age is just a number.’ He’s also accused of allegedly sending dick pics to the detective as well.

Not surprisingly, the meeting place where the arrest took place was yet another fast food place. A doughnut joint for once, that’s new at least.

Not only is Kik full of sex offenders and pedophiles but you’d be kidding yourself if you didn’t think craigslist was as well.

Browser plugin to erase names of mass shooters

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From the ‘This is Possibly the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard’ Department comes a new plugin browser from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The Chrome plugin called Zero Minutes of Fame is designed to scrub the names and images of mass killers from any website that you look at online. This is their attempt to prevent copycat crimes except I see just one flaw in their master plan, they’re preaching to the choir. If you’re already a follower of the Brady Campaign you’re probably not someone who is getting ready to commit a shooting spree so what purpose would this really serve?

As I’ve said before we should know the killers’ names because to do so would garner them even more infamy in my opinion. Not to mention that the people who give them infamy are a tiny minority of society and they’re obviously not going to install this plugin.

Also, does the Brady Campaign consider Firefox users a lost cause?

Tyler Hadley to be resentenced for the bludgeoning murder of his parents

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Tyler Hadley

Add Tyler Hadley to the unfortunately growing list of murdering minors who get a second shot at sentencing while their victims are still dead. Hadley was 17 in 2011 when he bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer in their Port St. Lucie, Florida, Home. He then threw a party that he had invited all his friends too on Facebook while his parents corpses laid in their bed. He was tried as an adult and pleaded no contest but not before giving out prison autographs that read  ‘Hammer Time’.

Hadley was sentenced to two life terms, one for each parent, Mary Jo Hadley, 47, and Blake Hadley, 54. Now the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach has ordered that Hadley be resentenced due to the Supreme Court’s ruling that automatic life without parole for minors is unconstitutional.

Hadley’s uncle, Mike Hadley, puts it better than I ever could…

“All I can say is that whatever laws that they are passing to let these young kids under 17 to just do whatever they want and then give them a lighter sentence is insane,” Hadley said during a phone interview. “It makes no sense at all. When somebody can do those horrendous things to another human being and then stand back and laugh about it and have a party over their dead bodies is crazy. You can never let those people out on society again — ever.”

Added Hadley: “He got a lighter sentence because he didn’t get the death penalty. He’s lucky he got what he got.

Not to mention that he obviously has no remorse for his actions. Not only was he trying to parlay his infamy into some kind of badass prison rep but he also pleaded no contest. That means he did not admit any guilt but agreed that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

Like his uncle said, he deserves the death penalty. Anything less than at least one life sentence is a massive miscarriage of justice.

Bullying excuse already being given in Antigo shooting

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From the ‘That Didn’t Take Long’ Department the Wausau Daily Herald is reporting that Antigo High prom shooter Jakob Wagner was bullied. A former classmate of Wagner’s said that he was bullied since middle school because of his poor hygiene. While I would never condone bullying if someone has poor hygiene habits for more than four years they’re kind of inviting trouble on themselves. I also wonder how many former classmates they had to talk to before someone mentioned the ‘b’ word.

The same classmate also said that Wagner had an unhealthy obsession with guns. Not the Midwestern hunting type obsession but more like the Adam Lanza type obsession. I wouldn’t be surprised if some time down the line someone claims that he had Asperger’s.

I can commiserate with kids who are bullied. I was bullied for 12 years just because I was smaller than everyone else. However I’d like to offer these kids something they don’t have and that’s the wisdom of experience. It may feel like getting out of school will never happen but in reality it’s just a blip on the timeline of your life. Also if you resort to this level of violence not only have you let the bullies win but you become the ultimate bully yourself.

UPDATE 4/28/2016: Unified School District of Antigo interim district administrator (longest title ever) Donald B. Childs says that there is no evidence of bullying in this situation. He also says that ‘the media is at fault for reporting that Wagner was bullied’. He’s not wrong. If you read the article I just linked to it seems that the USA Today family of newspapers are pushing the bullying issue more than it deserves to be.

Also the police seized a journal and teen suicide reading materials, whatever they are, among other items from Wagner’s home.

Craigslist creeper assaults woman in her home

Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino

Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino

Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino was arrested in Sparks, Nevada, for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her own home. Reyes-Palomino allegedly responded to a woman’s ad who was selling children’s clothes on craigslist. Once he got in the woman’s home he allegedly began to ask the woman personal questions before touching her inappropriately. Police believe he may have more victims…

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness 775-322-4900.

This story goes to show two things. One, craigslist is polluted with guys like these with their activity in just about every section and two, you should never have anyone from craigslist ever come to your home.

Shooting at Antigo High School prom

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Last night in Antigo, Wisconsin, 18-year-old Jakob Wagner opened fire on two people leaving the prom at Antigo High School. A male and a female student were struck but both sustained non-life threatening injuries. A police officer who was already at the school patrolling the parking lot heard the shots and returned fire at Wagner. Wagner later died from his injuries at a local hospital. A school district administrator said that Wagner was supposed to have graduated last year but was continuing to work on his diploma. The same administrator also believed that Wagner planned on entering the prom and opening fire there. He doesn’t believe that Wagner was targeting his two victims. So far I have yet to hear of a motive however some reports say that Wagner had recently broken up with a girl who attends the school.

Not that anyone asked but on the Trench Reynolds classification scale I do consider this to be a school shooting rather than a shooting at school. The crime did take place at the school and seems to fit the description of a ‘typical’ school shooting. The only thing unusual about it was that it took place during a prom. To my recollection that’s the first time I can recall a shooting of that type taking place at a prom. While the victims’ injuries were not as grave as they could have been, if Wagner had not been stopped by the officer we could be talking today about a massacre instead of ‘just’ a shooting. Also please understand that my use of the words typical, unusual and just to describe this shooting is not meant to lessen the impact of this crime. Unfortunately in this day and age we do have ‘typical’ school shootings whether you want to believe that or not.

One thing that does appear to be typical about this shooting is that it seems another selfish man-child has thrown his life away by using violence to deal with his own inadequacies.

Was Kenny Bartley romantically involved with his counselor?

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

I had previously heard rumors to the effect but now the Knoxville News Sentinel recently reported that Campbell County School shooter Kenny Bartley may have been romantically involved with his counselor in Virginia. If you’ll recall after Bartley was retried for the 2005 shooting and sentenced to time served he was allowed to travel to Virginia in order to live with his counselor and her family. Since that time the counselor’s child died from abuse resulting in blunt force trauma. Bartley was allegedly present at the time of the boy’s death although no charges have yet been filed in that case. Since Bartley’s counselor/alleged squeeze has not yet been charged with a crime I will not name her here.

This new revelation comes from Bartley’s probation officer in Tennessee who has claimed that his counselor has committed a few inappropriate acts…

It alleged, among other things, that a monitoring device that tests for alcohol in body sweat repeatedly recorded the presence of alcohol just two months after he was freed on probation in February 2015 with the agreement that he would move to Vienna, Va., where his longtime counselor claimed she had lined up addiction and mental health counseling services and planned to teach him living skills.

Bartley and his counselor instead became lovers, with the 23-year-old Bartley living with her and her three-year-old son, who died in May 2015 in Bartley’s care under suspicious circumstances.

It’s also alleged that Bartley’s counselor threatened to take Bartley to another state if she didn’t receive reports from the ankle monitor company that had fitted Bartley with his alcohol detection monitor claiming that she was basically Bartley’s probation officer in Virginia.

To make matters even more creepy Bartley’s counselor first met him when he was 11-years-old at a juvenile mental facility and it allegedly continued from there…

When Bartley was charged in the school shooting, his counselor took a job at the juvenile detention facility where he was housed and again began working with him.

If these allegations are true then this is worse than the women who married the Menendez brothers or our favorite crazy murder groupie Lorri Davis who married thrice convicted child murderer Damien Echols. This would mean that his counselor is a sexual predator who has been stalking him since he was 11-years-old. Who even knows what may have taken place between them from the time he was 11 leading up to the day he shot Ken Bruce to death. It would also go a long way in explaining why Bartley’s mental health has obviously not improved since that time.

Thanks to Kevin for the tip.

Person of interest in Chanel Petro-Nixon’s murder jailed on new murder charge

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon was 16 in 2006 when she was strangled to death in Brooklyn, but to date no one has been charged with her murder. As recently as 2014 the NYPD said that they had a person of interest in her murder but could not physically connect him to the crime.

The story took a strange turn recently as the person of interest, 29-year-old Veron Primus, has been arrested on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent for allegedly stabbing another woman to death. Primus is accused of murdering 24-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves last year. Primus was a classmate of Chanel’s back in 2006 and was the last person believed to be with her before she disappeared. Primus was being questioned about the alleged kidnapping of another St. Vincent woman when, from what I understand, found evidence implicating him in the murder of Ms. Graves and possibly one other woman.

I hope for the sake of Chanel’s family that this somehow will finally allow New York police bring justice for Chanel.

I’ll post more on Primus and his more recent alleged crimes as information becomes available and time allows.

Florida man caught trying to screw the pooch on craigslist

George Wilkinson Jr.

George Wilkinson Jr.

21-year-old George Wilkinson Jr. of Tallahassee, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly looking for dogs to have sex with on craigslist. While this is not a new phenomenon it seems that Wilkinson was not shy about what he wanted. Normally the ‘people’ that are into pooch screwing use a thinly veiled code on craigslist. It seems that no one clued Wilkerson in…

In the ad, he wrote that he was looking for “someone who owns a big dog they like to mess around with … let’s go to your place and let’s have fun and get mounted by your dog.”

It doesn’t get much more blunt than that.

Wilkinson is said to have claimed that the ads were a joke. Ah, the old joke defense. We haven’t seen you in a while. The court thought the joke was so funny they set his bond at a grand and banned him from owning any pets. Sadly he did allegedly receive e-mails from people who were willing to let him have sex with their dogs. If that is the case I hope they are prosecuted as well.

Lastly, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention that this is a common occurrence on craigslist despite their so-called community policing. Apparently the craigslist community is too busy looking for dogs to abuse.