There’s not many worse nightmares for a parent then finding a strange man in your child’s bedroom. Unfortunately that nightmare came true for a father in Bay Point, California when he found a 29-year-old man in the bedroom of his 12-year-old daughter.
That man was Jose Simentel of Hayward, California who allegedly used the smart phone messaging app Kik to gain the girl’s confidence. Simentel has been charged with allegedly molesting the girl. Even worse is that Simentel is a registered sex offender who was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
Kik is used for instant messaging on smartphones like AIM and Yahoo Messenger were used on desktop computers and should be treated as such. Know what apps your kids are using and know who are on their friends lists. If you don’t leaving a virtual window open to your kids is just as dangerous as leaving a real one open.
One of the alleged murder weapons used to kill Mark “Zeb” Spencer
While the United States may lead the market in craigslist killings the market has not been cornered.
In Coomera, QLD, Australia, the body of 37-year-old Mark “Zeb” Spencer was found. Police believe that he was beaten to death after a robbery scam went horribly wrong. According to reports Mr. Spencer ordered the services of a prostitute through craigslist. Instead the prostitute and a male partner allegedly beat Spencer to death.
Authorities in Australia have arrested 33-year-old Peta Lorang-Goubran and her accomplice, 28-year-old Mark Dayney, and charged them with Spencer’s brutal murder. The pair are believed to have beaten Spencer to death with a tennis racket and a baseball bat. Investigators also say that the pair may have other victims that they have robbed in a long running scam.
So it’s just not the US where you’re taking your life into your hands by using craigslist. Even in other countries they refuse to clean up their site.
On a somewhat unrelated note, brothels are legal in Queensland while street prostitution is not and sex trafficking against people’s will does take place in the country.
Something else I posted on my social network accounts that I felt was good enough for posterity.
If you look for an agenda in everything then everything has an agenda.
If you look for racism in everything then everything is racist.
Instead of picking sides we should be coming together to help each other.
I thought the statistic of children who come from divorced families are more likely to divorce was interesting. I never knew that.
Via: Spodek Law Group
One of the more recent articles concerning e-cigs and vaping is this one out of Japan that says researchers have found that e-cigs contain 10 times the carcinogens of tobacco cigarettes. As usual the headline betrays the actual information.
“In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette,” said researcher Naoki Kunugita, adding that the amount of formaldehyde detected varied through the course of analysis.
So in one brand of e-cig they found 10 times the levels of carcinogens. Which brand was it? Where were they manufactured? You can’t paint all e-cigs and vaping items with such a broad brush because of one bad apple.
I get the feeling that this is going to be the study that the anti-vaping crowd clings to as reasons for banning vaping much like the ant-vaxxing crowd still cling to the disproven report of Dr. Andrew Wakefield who claimed that vaccines cause autism even though there is no proof to the contrary. Never mind that I can cite an American study that said the benefits of vaping outweigh the risks or the top scientists who petitioned the World Health Organization to not recommend banning vaping due to the amount of lives it would save.
The next thing you know the anti-vaping crowd will be claiming that vaping causes autism.
Thanks to Jamie for the tip.
Remember kids, after you’ve been married 25 years you can tell your partner that if you killed them you’d have been out by now.
Via: Divorce Lawyer NYC – Paul Rudder
***SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN”T SEEN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF THE FLASH***
This past Wednesday on The Flash, Dr. Wells told Blackout that he knew the names of all the people killed by the Central City particle accelerator accident that gave Barry his powers. He rattled off the following list of names…
Three of those names jumped out at me. Those would be Ralph Dibny, Bea Dacosta and Ronnie Raymod.
In DC Comics lore they’re better known as…
Green Flame or Fire
I’m surprised they didn’t say Ted Kord since he’s almost always dead in no matter what form the DC universe takes but I digress.
I’m pretty sure we’ll see Ronnie Raymond in the future since he was Caitlin”s fiance but I’m really hoping that Ralph Dibny is alive in Central City. He’s a very under appreciated character and one of my favorites.
First off I wonder how many people actually remember that there was a shooting at Florida State a few weeks ago? But I digress.
The week before last Myron May shot up the library at Florida State University, injuring three before police shot and killed him. According to some people who knew him May was extremely mentally disturbed. He allegedly thought that the government was stalking him with an ‘energy weapon’. He is also said to have called police to report a hidden camera in his apartment even though police failed to find anything. This was beyond your typical conspiracy theory nonsense and devolved into dangerous paranoia.
The question is what could have been done to help May before he became dangerously violent? People who are this disconnected with reality aren’t going to seek help for themselves since more than likely they perceive any one in any kind of authority as a threat. His family could have had him held for his own safety but we don’t know if they were aware of his mental illness. He also must have been good at hiding his illness because his co-workers and colleagues said he was fine. However some of his neighbors lived in fear of him.
Unfortunately even in a perfect world I don’t think May could have been stopped. He was a perfect storm of mental illness, violence and just enough of an actor to hide his psychosis from those who could have gotten him help legally. Even if the act of asking for psychiatric help was less stigmatized in our culture I don’t think that would have made a difference.
UPDATE 1/11/2015: The autopsy showed that May had meth in his system which could explain a lot. If he was using while mentally ill it could have magnified his illness and if he was using before he became ill it could have made him that way.
In the past I have posted stories about how suspects have been busted by police posing online as parents offering their children for sex. One of the arguments I get from the pedo-defenders is that there aren’t really parents online offering their kids for sex. Well, federal investigators might disagree.
32-year-old Christine Yoder of Philly was arrested for allegedly offering her children, ages 6 years and 16 months, for sex over the instant messaging app Kik. Investigators say she was also willing to give her children away to any pedo who wanted them and would send them explicit photos of her kids.
In one correspondence, she allegedly wrote, “I don’t want any contact after u take her.”
Yoder described to the man the size of clothing he would need to buy for the child and told him she hoped he would get the girl pregnant one day so she could be a grandmother.
So yes, people like this do actually exist.
There’s been a report floating around that says there have been 45 craigslist killings since 2009. That sounds about right but there have also been more since at least 2006 not to mention those killed through Backpage as well. Yet neither site really does anything to try to protect their users.