Illinois man’s disappearance may have craigslist connection

Taylor S. Clark

Taylor S. Clark

19-year-old Taylor S. Clark of Madison County, Illinois has been missing since yesterday around 10:30 am local time. He may have been going to meet someone about selling his 2007 Nissan 350ZX that he had advertised on craigslist.

Clark is described as a white male standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds. He has light brown shorter hair and a full facial mustache and beard.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Clark or his vehicle, or may have information about his disappearance is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 618-692-4433, the investigation line at 618-692-0871, or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

Please share this and the news story I linked to especially if you live in the area, but please share it even if you don’t.

My prayers go out to Taylor’s friends and family in hopes of a safe return.

UPDATE 5/6/2015: Taylor’s car was found in Hazelwood, Missouri, but so far he has not been found. For what it’s worth it’s about a 40 minute drive from Madison County to Hazelwood according to Google Maps.

Texans lose their minds over military exercise Jade Helm 15

Surprised this wasn't done in  Comic Sans

Surprised this wasn’t done in Comic Sans

Almost around this time last year I posted about how not only were the conspiracy nuts taking over but they were now dictating public policy. In that year it’s gotten significantly worse.

The U.S. military is about to undertake something that it’s done since the beginning of when this country had a military, military exercises. Many sections of the military will; take place in a massive exercise that will span from July to September and from California to Texas that is codenamed Jade Helm 15. A lot of people in Texas are collectively losing their shit over Jade Helm 15 saying that either their guns are going to be confiscated, it’s the start of martial law or that they’ll be sent to the ever so popular FEMA prison camps.

This would actually be hilarious if it wasn’t for one thing. The GOVERNOR of Texas, Greg Abbott, has actually bent over for these crackpots by promising that the Texas Guard will monitor the exercises to make sure they’re on the up and up. God forbid a politician should tell these people that they’re crazier than a shithouse rat. At least a former politician did. Todd Euless, a veteran of the Texas Legislature, wrote a letter to the governor that said he is “horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.” He also referred to the lunatic fringe as a cancer on the state. Can’t say I disagree with him.

My question is are these partisan conspiracy nuts? Are they only frothing at the mouth because a black Democrat who’s a ‘secret Muslim from Kenya’ in the White House or did they also go bananas about military exercises when Bush of Skull and Bones was in office?

Let’s look at this logically for a minute. I know that’s a lot to ask from some folks but bear with me. Where is the majority of fighting taking place in the world today? In areas with lots of deserts. What’s mostly between California and Texas? A shit ton of desert.

As an aside when I become president I’m going to initiate Aluminum Hat 1 that will round up all the conspiracy theorists and finally put them in FEMA camps. Then they’ll finally get to be happy by telling everyone they were right all along. It’ll be easy to identify them. Just ask them if 9/11 was an inside job.

As I’ve said before when you look for a conspiracy in everything then everything is a conspiracy. Me? I’d rather go about living my life without fearing an imaginary bogeyman.

UPDATE 5/4/2015: For fuck’s sake, Chuck Norris is one of them.

Backpage sex trafficking at the Kentucky Derby

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It’s no secret that there is always an extreme uptick of sex trafficking at the time and location of major sporting events. Today’s Kentucky Derby is no different as Backpage traffic has increased in the days running up to the Derby.

I tend to not post those stories because it should be common sense. However I posted a link to this one because I wanted to share the story of a victim of sex trafficking that was quoted in the article…

Margeaux Gray knows the system all too well. She lived it for more than a decade.

“I was first exposed to trafficking, or sold into slavery, when I was 5-years-old,” she told WKYT’s Miranda Combs.

By the time Gray escaped, the trauma had left visible scars. She’s now legally blind, the effects of bulimia. She said she was sold for sex by someone she trusted, over and over again.

“By nine years old, I knew how to do things that no child should ever know how to do. No one. It’s unacceptable,” she said.

Gray doesn’t share details. She said the person who sold her for sex was never charged because prosecution was too painful for her.

“It’s all about control and controlling the victim so they can stay quiet. So I was brainwashed into believing a lot of things, and it worked.”

Yet people, and I use that term loosely, will use the myth of the ‘consenting adult’ to justify to themselves what they’re doing isn’t wrong when they order someone off of Backpage.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Call Specialists are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.

Human trafficking is nothing more than modern-day slavery and yet is probably one of the least known crimes among the American populace. Please help spread the word that it is an epidemic in our society.

Check your kids’ Facebooks for sex offenders among their friends list

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Thanks to this article from KYW Radio in Philadelphia (Come on South Jersey and Philly peeps sing along with Trench…KYW…News Radio…1060) I was introduced to a Facebook app called Friend Verifier. It’s an app that allows you to check your kids’ Facebook friends list for sex offenders.

The first thing you’ll need is a Friend Verifier account which is free. The second thing you’ll need is the login and password of the Facebook account you’ll be checking. Remember, you’re the parent. You should already have all of your kids’ logins.

Log in to your child’s Facebook account then go to the Friend Verifier website log in to your FV account then click on the button that says ‘Scan all friends for sex offenders’. It doesn’t hurt to check your own Facebook friends list either. Thankfully mine came up empty but I can say that at least in that way it works.

However even Friend Verifier will tell you that not every search is perfect and may miss a sex offender in their scan due to whatever information is already out there.

Wile FV is a great tool no tool is perfect and once again I remind you that as a parent you’re the only true defense between online predators and your kids.

Trench reviews Avail Vapor

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Recently Avail Vapor opened a new store not too far from where I live so I stopped in yesterday to see what they had in store. I had a very pleasant experience in their store.

The store was immaculate and the tasting stations were clean and functioned flawlessly. The staff was friendly and helpful and even though they recommended a new mod for me that I’m not in the market for they didn’t pressure me into trying to buy a new mod which I greatly appreciate.

I ended up buying two bottles of Dirty Banana (non-sponsored link) which I was able to get on special for $20.00. While I haven’t yet ordered anything from their website it is a top-notch site that you actually can order from. You’d be surprised how many vaping websites look like they’re from the 1990s.

To top it all off they gave me a nice reusable bag to use when I go back to them to buy more juice and I will be back.

While MadVapes is still my number one store Avail just became my number 1.5.

Mich. middle school employee busted on Snapchat

Dominic Ciccantelli

Dominic Ciccantelli

Usually when I start writing about a school employee that gets arrested for inappropriate use of Snapchat I ask why is it that so many school workers are on Snapchat? Of course the answer is obvious, it’s where the kids are and it’s where the predators within the school’s personnel can maintain contact with the students without attracting attention from the parents, in theory. Remember that Snapchat used to tout itself on the fact that the pictures sent through the app were temporary and would be deleted after a short amount a time. Of course that doesn’t stop people from making copies or screen grabs of the allegedly short-lived pictures or videos.

In Michigan, Dominic Anthony Ciccantelli worked as a special-education classroom assistant in a middle school. Among some of the many crimes that he’s been accused of that involve inappropriate touching of some of the female students he’s also been accused of allegedly Snapchatting pictures of his junk to three underage girls including a 13-year-old girl that he helped at the school.

The 13-year-old also told police that Ciccantelli asked her to perform a sex act with him, according to court documents.

Both she and Ciccantelli allegedly said they had spent a night together in his car. The girl said they had kissed and “made out” several times in several places, including once in the school’s teachers’ lounge.

I’m not saying that all school employees are child predators but it seems that there’s an inordinate amount of them among those who work at schools.

Again I say to parents it’s up to you on whether or not you want to allow your kids to have Snapchat on their phones or tablets. However I urge you that if you do make frequent checks on their friends list to make sure that no adult is contacting them for sexual reasons.

Accomplice of Ohio Craigslist killer has life sentence upheld

Brogan Rafferty

Brogan Rafferty

Brogan Rafferty was 16 when he helped Richard Beasley commit the murders of three men in Ohio back in 2011. Beasely lured his victims to Ohio by using a craigslist ad promising employment on a ranch. Instead Beasley would shoot them and try to steal their identities in order to evade the drug and human trafficking charges he was facing. His victims were Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. Beasley tried killing a fourth victim wo was able to escape which eventually led to the pair’s capture.

Rafferty’s involvement consisted of digging the shallow graves for the victims, driving Beasley around and splitting the take with Beasley. He was tried as an adult and prosecutors alleged that Rafferty was well aware of what crimes he and Beasley were committing. A judge and jury agreed as he was convicted on aggravated murder charges and sentenced to life without parole in 2012.

Recently Rafferty had his sentence upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals. He tried arguing that his confession to police was coerced as he unsuccessfully did prior to his trial. He also tried arguing that juveniles are not eligible for LWOP sentences which if memory serves me correct juveniles are only ineligible for mandatory life sentences. Rafferty’s sentence was not a mandatory sentence. I’m surprised they didn’t argue that the teenage brain is not fully functioned and can’t grasp simple concepts like life and death. That’s been a favorite of those convicted of murder as a juvenile.

Rafferty’s next stop will more than likely be the Ohio Supreme Court.

DC lawyer stabbed to death during craigslist meeting

Jamyra Gallmon

Jamyra Gallmon

In early February Washington D.C. attorney David Messerschmitt was stabbed to death in a DC hotel by someone he met on craigslist. Police say that 21-year-old Jamyra Gallmon committed the murder during a botched robbery. Mr. Messerschmitt was expecting a male visitor since his craigslist ad was looking for other men.

Galmon is claiming a bizarre form of self-defense in the killing…

After her arrest, Gallmon spoke to police. She admitted to going to the hotel that night with the intention of robbing the victim. According to the court documents, Gallmon said she walked into the hotel room and quickly turned to walk out when Messerschmitt got off the bed and grabbed her. Gallmon told police this caused a flashback to a memory of when she was assaulted.

At that point, the suspect told police that Messerschmitt started fighting with her. She pulled a knife, according to the court documents, and stabbed the victim seven times, including one wound that went through his heart.

This is another criminal defense that sounds like it’s coming from a child making up stories about who broke the lamp.

Also arrested was 19-year-old Dominique Johnson and has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Mr. Messerschmitt was married to a wife that he’s now left behind. I don’t care whatever your sexual orientation is but if you’re using craigslist to meet someone for extracurricular activities you’re taking a big risk with your safety.

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

Colo. woman has baby cut from womb after responding to craigslist ad

Dynel Lane

Dynel Lane

One of the stories I’m woefully behind on is this one out of Longmont, Colorado, where police say that 34-year-old Dynel Lane not only allegedly stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins but cut Ms. Wilkins’ baby from her womb. Ms. Wilkins was seven months pregnant at the time of the brutal crime.

Ms. Wilkins went to Lane’s residence after responding to a craigslist ad for baby clothes. If this sounds slightly familiar it’s because it’s eerily reminiscent of the murder of Heather Snively. Ms. Snively was stabbed to death by Korena Roberts in 2009 and then Roberts cut the baby from Ms. Snively’s womb. However in this instance Ms. Wilkins survived her injuries. Unfortunately her baby did not.

Lane has been charged with attempted murder however she has not been charged for murder in the death of Ms. Wilkins’ unborn baby since Colorado does not recognize an unborn child as a person unless it’s capable of surviving outside the womb. Take that for what your will.

Ms. Wilkins has a GoFundMe page set up for medical expenses.

Mich. man killed by craigslist date

Bria Corrine-Janelle Blackmon

Bria Corrine-Janelle Blackmon

Late last month 57-year-old Michael Scott Freeland, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was found dead in his home after a fire except it wasn’t the fire that killed him. Police say that 20-year-old Bria Corrine-Janelle Blackmon allegedly beat him to death in order to rob him then set the fire to hide the crime. Blackmon met her victim through craigslist and had a personal relationship prior to the murder so it seems like she was in it for the long con. Blackmon’s stepbrother, 19-year-old Demonte Marcellus Easterling, has also been charged in the murder.

Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith had the following to say about craigslist…

“Sadly, the dangers affiliated in conducting business with a complete stranger through Craig’s List has resulted in another tragic loss of life,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a news release announcing the charges.

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