Author Archive: Trench Reynolds

16 year independent crime, news and opinion blogger.

Backpage CEO arrested, warrants out for two shareholders

Backpage CEO arrested, warrants out for two shareholders

Carl Ferrer

Earlier today, Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested on prostitution and child prostitution charges after departing a flight from Amsterdam at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. The warrant, out of the state of California, alleges that 99% of Baclkpage’s revenue comes from the money it makes off of prostitution ads. Along with Ferrer’s arrest, the offices of Backpage in Dallas were also raided and arrest warrants have been issued for Backpage shareholders Michael Lacey and James Larkin. They’re being charged with conspiracy to commit pimping.

While this is great news, and a long time coming, I have to wonder how this will affect the Senate investigation into Backpage? To date, Backpage has caught just about every legal lucky break in their controversial history. However, those were either for legislative or civil lawsuit issues. Will these criminal charges stick? I sure as hell hope they do but I wouldn’t be surprised if the charges were dismissed.

Currently, or at least as I’m typing this, Ferrer is being held on $500K bond. Considering he’s an obvious flight risk with all his wheeling and dealing in Amsterdam, one has to wonder if that bond is high enough. Since Fererr blew off a Congressional subpoena last year I have no doubt that he’s capable of ignoring any conditions of his bond if he is released.

As has been usual lately, Backpage attorney Liz McDougall has had no comment. When she has nothing to say, you know it has to be pretty bad for Backpage.

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old Jacob Hall was the victim from the Townville Elementary school shooting who was in critical condition after losing a massive amount of blood. Unfortunately, Jacob died from his injuries earlier today.

The shooter’s name has also been made public and he is 14-year-old Jesse Osborne. Osborne is believed to have also shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Hall family and the community affected by the shooting.

Thanks to @Shearere13 for the tip.

Dylan Lentini convicted of craigslist roommate killing

Dylan Lentini convicted of craigslist roommate killing

Dylan Lentini

Yesterday, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini was convicted in the murder of his roommate, 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York. Lentini was homeless when he responded to Wimebrt’s craigslist ad that was looking for a young gay roommate. Lentini stabbed Wimbert close to 30 times, but claimed self-defense saying that the much heavier man tried to rape him. At one point it looked promising for Lentini when he had a number of charges against him dropped and had several of supporters who believed he was a victim. However, his own sister was convinced that Lentini killed Wimbert.

Personally, I have my own doubts about this story. While Wimbert’s craigslist ad makes it appear he was looking for a ‘roommate with benefits’, which has lead to sexual assaults in the past, the number of times Lentini stabbed Wimbert makes me have doubts about the self-defense claim. Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut ending.

Lentini is looking at a term of 25 to life when he is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29th.

Skeletal remains of Erica Parsons found

Skeletal remains of Erica Parsons found

Erica Parsons

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the skeletal remains of Erica Parsons have been found. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. They were convicted of fraud and are currently in prison. Casey Parsons always maintained that Erica was alive even once saying that she would travel to New Orleans to find her. At the time I sarcastically asked if she would be traveling with OJ Simpson on his trek to find the ‘real killer’.

Erica’s remains were found in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, not too far from where Sandy Parsons’ mother lived. It’s rumored that Sandy Parsons had been talking to authorities while in prison but its unknown if he told them the location of Erica’s body. When the Parsonses were sent to prison after their fraud convictions I wondered how long it would take for one of them to turn on the other. No cause of death has been discussed, but authorities will be holding a press conference next week, although it’s doubtful they’ll have that information at that time.

My prayers and condolences go out to the true friends and family of Erica.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: No charges have been filed against the Parsonses yet as the investigation is still ongoing.

Craigslist creeper thought everyone on craigslist was 18

Craigslist creeper thought everyone on craigslist is 18

John Francis Aragon

Investigators responded to a craigslist ad from the Virginia Beach area that reportedly said…

“Im an older Spanish freak man in need of fetish sex with young girl”

They posed as a 14-year-old girl and arrested 50-year-old John Francis Aragon after Aragon allegedly exchanged explicit texts with investigators. When law enforcement approached him, Aragon reportedly replied by saying that he didn’t think the girl was really 14, because he thought that everyone on craigslist was 18, and asked the investigators if they knew what catfishing was.

Police were also said to have found texts from Aragon to a 15-year-old boy, and to someone whom he bragged to about allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy. The father of three is said to have claimed that these texts were simply ‘fantasy’. All that was missing from his story is that he either wanted to just hang out with the girl, or that he was going to warn her about talking to strange men on the internet. If he had used either of those he would have had craigslist creeper bingo.

Until craigslist starts cleaning their own yard, so to speak, these arrests will continue, which means there are also predators on there who haven’t been caught yet.

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

The man who was found murdered was 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, the father of the 14-year-old shooter. The shooter’s name has still not been released due to his age. The boy allegedly shot his father several times in the chest before the boy called his grandmother in hysterics. His grandmother couldn’t understand him so she went to their home where she found Mr. Osborne’s body. It was shortly after that when it’s believed the shooter opened fire with a handgun on the playground section of the school.

Yesterday, I mentioned that the injuries the victims received were non-life threatening, that wasn’t exactly correct. One of the 6-year-old children almost died from his injuries and is still in critical condition. One witness has said that the shooter had additional ammo with him and it could have been worse if the gun had not repeatedly jammed. The shooter was subdued by a volunteer firefighter who was first on the scene. No motive has been disclosed as of yet, and the shooter’s connection to the school is unknown as he was said to have been home schooled after being suspended for allegedly bringing a weapon to school. One of the students has been quoted as saying that she heard the shooter say that he hated his life. The shooter was also said to be wearing all black at the time of the shooting.

While it has not yet been discussed, under South Carolina law, a 14-year-old who is charged with murder can be tried as an adult.

If I had to hazard a guess at this time, with this preliminary information, I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid turned out to be a ‘columbiner’, or what I prefer to call a ‘mutant’, in other words, a school shooting fanboy. Usually an entitled selfish kid who feels that some minor transgression they perceive against them is worth killing for. As always though, this is just my amateur opinion at this point. I’d also be interested in knowing how the shooter obtained the weapon each time.

Lastly what I’d like to add is that it’s not unusual for a school shooter to kill a family member before they attack the school. Kip Kinkel killed his parents, Jeff Weise killed his grandfather who was his custodial guardian, and Alvaro Castillo killed his father. In many cases when a child kills a parent there are accusations of child abuse, it will be interesting to see if those claims are made.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: The shooter has so far been charged as a juvenile on one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

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Pokemon Go and sex offenders: Next on Scare Tactics News

Pokemon Go and sex offenders: Next on Scare Tactics News

It’s no shock that I’m no friend of sex offenders, and if I see an app that is prone to abuse by them I’ll call it out. However, when I see an article that’s pure FUD that involves the two, I just can’t let it go.

For example, I found an article out of Florida from a news station that ‘revealed’ sex offenders that were living near Pokemon Go gyms and Pokestops. As the article explains…

They stop at PokéStops to buy items and at PokéGyms to battle each other, but those stops and gyms can be anywhere—including where CBS12 found more than 1,000 registered sex offenders.

Do you know where else there are Pokestops and gyms? They’re near schools, churches, libraries, museums, and businesses. They are almost everywhere. Hell, there was even a gym in front of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a lot of these locations will inevitably be near a registered sex offender. That does not necessarily mean that registered sex offenders are using Pokemnon Go to prey on children. It would be incredibly stupid for them to do so since they would be the first person police would go to if anything like that happened. Personally, I have only heard of one instance where children playing the game were approached by a possible predator and that guy was driving a van. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just improbable.

Instead of letting children roam freely playing Pokemon Go, maybe parents should learn how to play it and join their kids. You never know, you may actually have fun spending time with your kids doing an activity they enjoy.

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Earlier today, a teen suspect opened fire on Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina. Two children and a female teacher were struck by bullets, although their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. The suspect has been taken into custody, and is believed to be connected to a death in Townville that took place earlier in the day. The deceased is said to be an adult male whose body was found at a residence.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows. The only thing I’ll comment on right now is that I’m surprised it took this long into the school year for something like this to happen.

Fort Wayne Snapchat Sleaze was also Kik Kreeper to 12-year-old NH girl

Fort Wayne Snapchat Sleaze was also Kik Kreper to 12-year-old NH girl

Joseph Coder

34-year-old Joseph Coder, of Fort Wayne Indiana, has been charged with several crimes involving Snapchat, Kik, and a 12-year-old girl from New Hampshire. Police say that the victim was introduced to Coder in a group chat by one of the victim’s friends. Coder is then said to have given his cell phone number to the victims. Over the various messaging and photo sharing apps they exchanged explicit images of each other. They both claimed to be 16 online but eventually she told Coder she was 12, And Coder allegedly told the girl that he was 23. Then Coder allegedly coerced the girl to send him naked pictures of her 10-year-old sister. When Coder was said to ask for pictures of the girl’s friends, she broke the ‘relationship’ off with Coder. In an interview with police, Coder is said to have admitted that he knew the girl was 12.

According to the terms of service for apps like Kik and Snapchat, a user needs to be at least 13 years of age in order to use their services, however there is no way they can verify a users’ age. In my opinion, due to the amount of predators that inhabit both services, I would recommend not letting any child on them until they were 18. For the parents of pre-teens with cell phones, tablets, and laptops, you may want to think about securing their devices at night. You may trust your child implicitly, but can you trust the stranger on the other end of the conversation?