Valentine’s mall shooting plot sheds light on Columbiners

valentine

Back in February police in both the U.S. and Canada foiled a mass shooting plot that was to take place on Valentine’s Day at the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia. There were three suspects, two male and one female. All three were self-admitted Columbiners.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term a Columbiner is someone who is bascially a fanboy, or girl, of the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. On the internet they exist mostly on Tumblr but in years past they congregated on LiveJournal and Xanga. I used to refer to them as mutants, like radiation exposed subhumans that dwell in sewers kind of mutants.

I’m not going to name these three Columbiners accused of this plot because that’s what they want most of all. what they perceive as fame but what we call infamy. In this case I’m surprised that the alleged plotters planned on Valentine’s day for their proposed crime. Usually the Columbiners aren’t original enough to plan anything that’s not on the anniversary of Columbine. They’re still not original as Valentine’s day is also the day of one of the most infamous crimes in North American history. Speaking of unoriginal, one of the male suspects took his own life while police were advancing on his location, much like his cowardly heroes.

The article I linked to also talks to author and friend of the site Dave Cullen. Mr. Cullen is not very popular with the Columbiners since his book ‘Columbine’ does not paint the killers in the most flattering light. Let’s see what he has to say about them…

“There are people who are just interested in the crime and are typically obsessive about it, but there’s also definitely a fandom,” he said.

“There’s a subset of those who are females. A lot of them are fan-fiction types of things of girls with their imagined sexual exploits with them,” Cullen said.

He’s not kidding folks. Years ago I came across a Columbiner message board where one grown woman legitimately believed she had sex with the ghost of Dylan Klebold and had his ghost babies. I wish I was making that up.

They continue with Mr. Cullen…

Cullen noted that one Columbiner’s intro page on her website expressing admiration for Harris contains an inaccuracy in nearly every line, right down to erroneously claiming the gunman’s favourite film was Natural Born Killers. It wasn’t, according to Cullen.

“Most of what she says in her overview is wrong and just demonstrates a cursory knowledge, as someone who’s obsessed, but not obsessed enough to find out if she’s got it right,” he said. “This is who we’re dealing with here.

Like believing that Columbine was caused by bullying. It wasn’t and there is no evidence to support that.

Being a Columbiner is not a normal thing. It’s not just a phase. In my opinion it’s more a sign of mental illness and should be treated as such. If your kids are like this get them the help they need immediately before they’re arrested or worse.

February craigslist killing in Little Rock

Jeramye Hobbs

Jeramye Hobbs

They say that April is the cruelest month but I think February may have just taken the crown.

Back in February 56-year-old Frank Steinsiek of Little Rock, Arkansas, was shot and killed by someone allegedly posing as a craigslist buyer for the motorcycle he was advertising. Arrested for the shooting and charged with capital murder was 24-year-old Jeramye Hobbs. Hobbs allegedly told police that he bought the bike from Mr. Steinsiek legally but police gathered other evidence that led them to arrest Hobbs.

My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Steinsiek.

Again, no matter where you are or what you’re selling or buying you are taking your life in your hands by using craigslist. As I’ve stated many times, possibly the only safe place to make transactions is at a police station.

Ga. college student killed in craigslist attack

James Jones Jr.

James Jones Jr.

Only just a few weeks after the craigslist murders of Bud and June Runion a 21-year-old college student was shot and killed during a craigslist robbery. Police in Marietta, Georgia, say that James Jones Jr. was shot to death while trying to buy what he thought was going to be an iPhone 6. His assailants even took the Nike sneakers he was wearing as he sat in his car dying. Police have arrested Jordan James Baker, 18; Jonathon O’Neil Myles, 19; and Kaylnn Shiquez Ruthenberg, 21. Police have testified that Ruthenberg pulled the trigger.

Such a stark contrast in lives too. James Jones Jr. was a well-dressed colleges student who mentored kids at a local school. Ruthenberg on the other hand has a long criminal history and once pawned a $1500 watch he stole for $50.

Even though Jones’ murder happened back in February my prayers and condolences still go out to his friends and family.

In closing always remember that when you deal on craigslist no one is looking out for you, not even craigslist themselves. Due to the sheep amount of criminal activity and violence that takes place on craigslist you’re better taking your business elsewhere.

Baker, Myles, and Ruthenberg

Baker, Myles, and Ruthenberg

RSO: Kik is dangerous

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Last year I posted about how an anonymous New Jersey pedophile told a local newspaper that instant messaging app Kik was ‘well known in their industry’. Now more recently a registered sex offender from Michigan contacted his local news station (WOOD) to tell them how dangerous Kik can be.

“This is not a toy. This is something very, very serious,” the man told Target 8. “This kik app is getting dangerous.”

Within minutes of creating a profile and without contacting anyone, two people — purportedly teenage girls — reached out to chat. One of the teens had a profile name indicating personal struggles.

The sex offender Target 8 interviewed said that is exactly what perpetrators look for.

“That’s when a sexual predator can jump in — like me. I would jump in and say ‘Hey. What’s your problem? Let’s talk,’” the man said. “I would be their comfort. I would be their go-to person.”

That’s all it takes. Within minutes of installing the app a predator could already be on his or her way to grooming your child.

It’s up to you as a parent if you want to allow this app on your kids’ phones but at least check it occasionally for inappropriate contact. As I’ve said many times before, you’re the only real defense between your kids and online predators.

The Craigslist Killing list and Safetrade

safetrade

Ever since I started posting about crimes as they relate to craigslist I’ve been talking about making a list of all the victims who have been killed by way of the online classifieds site. I no longer have to worry about that daunting task becuase someone with better resources than me has.

I’ve talked about the AIM Group many times before. They’ve done many studies on the effects of human trafficking that craigslist and backpage have had. More recently they’ve put together a list of all the victims of ‘craigslist killings’ since 2007. In those years I’ve lost count of how many victims there have been. The AIM Group lists the number of victims at 86 and I’m sure that number will continue to increase at an alarming rate since there were 21 of these killings in 2014 alone.

Granted that number is a small number compared to all the transactions that take place on craigslist but 84 is still an inordinate amount of people who were taken away from their families in some of the most violent fashions often time just for a shiny bauble or trinket they were selling.

In that vein Aim Group has started an initiative called SafeTrade. Their goal is to organize police stations and other law enforcement offices to be safe havens for online classifieds transactions with no cost to the police departments.

Help take back the online classifieds from criminals and visit the SafeTrade website today for further information.

It’s only 10% (From the mouth of Liz McDougall X)

Liz McDougall

Liz McDougall

In the run up to Super Bowl weekend Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart placed ads on Backpage stating that they will be conducting prostitution stings using Backpage. They were still able to arrest 60 people.

As funny as that is that’s not really why I wanted to talk about this article. Once again we have a choice quote from Backpage’s head legal weasel Liz McDougall that I just couldn’t let go.

In an emailed statement, Liz McDougall, general counsel for Backpage, wrote: “Backpage is a general online classified advertising website with millions of ads for jobs, real estate and items for sale. Ads posted in the ‘adult’ category constitute less than 10% of the site’s overall ad content. Sheriff Dart’s conflicting portrayal of the site content is erroneous.”

Emphasis mine.

Only ten percent? Is that so? Just for a moment let’s taker her at her word. Even if the ‘adult’ ads on Backpage make up 10% of its content that still means that a mere 10% of Backpage ads are responsible for 82% of all online prostitution according to an AIM Group study. In another study done by Arizona State University, they say that the amount of prostitution ads on Backpage make up over 80% of the site’s ads.

I know math can be hard Liz but there’s a big difference between 10 and 80.

Tied up with bed sheets and dog collars, trafficked on Backpage

Alvarez, Belizaire and Alexander

Alvarez, Belizaire and Alexander

Back in January the Orlando, Florida, Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation arrested Rodney Alexander, Tiffany Belizaire and Jose Alvarez on human trafficking charges. The trio are accused of prostituting a woman on Backpage against her will.

Again for those of you who still believe the consenting adult myth…

“Immediately they took advantage of her addiction to cocaine and started posing her on Backpage and forcing her to prostitute,” MBI Lt. Mike Gibson said.

“It got so bad at one point, they actually tied her up with sheets and dog collars and dog chains and held her captive inside closets,” Gibson said.

According to investigators’ documents, the victim was forced to work as a prostitute every day, walking the streets and responding to online ads posted on Backpage. She said the alleged ringleader, Alexander, punched her, and threatened to torture her with power tools and a curling iron on days when she made only $50.

Yet Backpage insists they’re part of the solution. Much like I used to say about craigslist you can’t be both the problem and the solution. What was once the craigslist conundrum is now the Backpage Paradox.

The Columbine Basement Tapes have been destroyed

Former JeffCo. Sheriff Ted Mink

Former JeffCo. Sheriff Ted Mink

This story is actually two months old and I apologize for taking so long in posting it.

If you’ve followed anything about Columbine since that fateful day in 1999 you may have heard of the ‘Basement Tapes’. These were videos made by the Columbine cowards Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold that not only contained their ego-maniacal rantings but also detailed their plans for the school. For years the tapes had only been seen by law enforcement and a handful of journalists. If the tapes had ever been made public some like myself believe that they could be studied to see how school shootings like Columbine could be prevented. Instead former Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink had the tapes destroyed, in 2011 without any media notification.

Sheriff Mink is of the mind that the tapes would only generate more copycats. While the tapes would be masturbatory fodder for the columbiners and mutants the secrecy of the tapes have not prevented copycat shootings. Red Lake, NIU, and Virginia Tech were all nothing more than copycat shootings since all of the gunmen had some bizarre case of hero-worship for Harris and Klebold. The mystery of what exactly was on the tapes has probably caused the ‘legend’ of Harris and Klebold to grow since the tapes are open to speculation and their followers have some very active imaginations.

This also follows a familiar tactic of keep information about the shooters out of the public hands by government officials. Back in 2008 U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock ordered the depositions given by the gunmen’s parents in a wrongful death lawsuit be sealed in the National Archives for 20 years. I wouldn’t call this a conspiracy but it does feel like something is being intentionally hidden and not just to prevent copycats. Unfortunately we won’t have an inkling of what that is for another 13 years.

Trench’s early impressions of DC Comics’ Convergence

Convergence

I don’t think I’m dropping any spoilers but just in case you’ve been warned.

I Know it’s only the first week of DC Comics’ latest continuity crossover reboot crisis whatever but I’ve come away with two things from it so far.

The first is that the concept reminds me a lot of 2013’s Deathmatch by Boom Studios which is one of my favorite series of all time.

The other thing is that after visiting with pre-New 52 characters that we haven’t seen in 4 years maybe the New 52 isn’t so bad after all. A lot of the old characters felt just like that, old and out of date.

What to do after a car wreck

It’s not easy keeping your wits about you after a car wreck. Let this infographic help you.


Via: Los Angeles Car Accident Law Firm – Sitkoff