67-year-old Richard Knider Jackson of Detroit is accused of prostituting women and at least two underage girls on Backpage. Jackson would allegedly get his victims hooked on heroin then turned them out on both the streets and Backpage. Police say that Jackson kept a locked iron gate on the second floor to keep his victims from escaping and others were kept captive in the basement. He also allegedly beat his victims and kept all their money. His victims are said to have included a 31-year-old woman, two 21-year-old women, and two underage girls ages 15 and 16. One of the adult victims was able to allow the two underage victims to escape. The two girls were still missing at the time that this story broke.
The FBI is currently looking for the two juveniles who escaped from the house. Anyone with information about the two juveniles or about Jackson’s sex trafficking operation is asked to call the FBI at 313-965-2323.
With the eventual dismissal of pimping charges against the operators of backpage, this will not only create more monsters like Jackson but it will embolden them as well. Nothing about this story is ‘right’ on any level. Backpage is not making it safer for prostitutes, there is no consenting in this story and some of the victims are not adults. But please keep telling me how a man building a prison in his house for women and girls, beating them regularly and getting them hooked on drugs so they could be raped by strangers is considered free speech.
Recently in Detroit authorities have been looking for a suspect who allegedly targeted an 11-year-old girl on mobile messaging app Kik among other possible victims. Instead of letting police do their job one member of a victim’s family allegedly took it upon themselves to hit a 19-year-old male with their car who they thought was the suspect. Detroit police say the man had nothing to do with the crime but that didn’t stop an actual mob from forming and ending up with a man being literally hit by a moving vehicle. Even if this man had happened to be the suspect this act would have more than likely damaged any kind of prosecution against him. Now as it stands members of the initial victim’s family could be facing criminal charges. Vigilantes are only cool in comic books and on TV, leave their actions there.
No word on if this man was first wrongly blamed on Facebook but I wouldn’t doubt it.
There hasn’t been any news information in the ongoing investigation of Cynthia Worthy’s murder. If you’ll recall Ms. Worthy went missing this past Friday after leaving to meet a man from Backpage. Her body was recently found in a Detroit alley. According to the coroner’s report she had been stabbed multiple times in the chest. So far no person of interest or suspect has been named or apprehended.
She was a super-sweet girl who just got caught up doing something just to make some quick money,” Priscilla Harrison said Tuesday. “She was a good girl. She didn’t deserve this. … She’s got a lot of family and friends who are loving her and missing her right now.
A lot of sex workers think I hate them, that I want to see them hurt or destitute. Nothing could be further from the truth, I want to see them safe, out from under a traffickers control if they’re under it and preferably out of the lifestyle. The allure of money can be powerful hut in my opinion it’s not worth the risk to willingly put yourself in the danger that these women face on a constant basis. If anyone who is reading this is thinking about going into the business I implore you not to. The risk to not only yourself but the trauma that your family could endure is not worth it.
The body of 23-year-old Cynthia Worthy of Detroit has been found. Sadly it seems that she was stabbed to death and her body was found in an alley. Ms. Worthy went missing last Friday after meeting a man from Backpage for a date. Her family states that she was working as a prostitute on Backpage but that she was trying to get out of the lifestyle.
So far there has been no mention of a suspect. I’ll post more details as they become available.
My prayers and condolences go out to her friends and family.
23-year-old Cynthia Worthy of Detroit went missing on Friday after meeting a man for a date. The CBS Local article says that Ms. Worthy met the man on a “social media escorting website”, however news station WXYZ states they met through Backpage. While Backpage is infamous for allegedly facilitating over 80% of all online prostitution in the US it does in fact have a personals section.
Worthy is described as a black female, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and around 200 lbs. with a medium complexion, red and auburn hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt with stone washed bottoms and tan sandals.
Anyone who has seen Worthy or may know of her whereabouts is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-2200.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family that she is returned without harm.
Before we get started let me preface this post by saying that so far only The Arab American News is reporting that this was a ‘craigslist killing’. I’m not saying that you should doubt the veracity of the article, I’m just saying that they’re the only ones making the craigslist connection so far.
Anyway, on May 17th 24-year-old Hassan Deaibes of Dearborn, Michigan was shot and killed after responding to a craigslist ad for motorcycle parts in Detroit. The ‘sellers’ changed the location of the deal once Hassan and his uncle arrived at the meeting place. The suspects allegedly robbed Hassan of his money before one of the suspects shot Hassan in the head. Hos uncle was driving and was uninjured and was able to flag down an ambulance, Unfortunately Hassan succumbed to his injuries the next day.
Three suspects have been arrested but have not been named yet. Two of the suspects are only 16 while the third suspect is in his 20s. No word yet on which one was the gunman who fired the fatal shot.
My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Hassan Deaibes.
Personally, as I’m sure you know, I would never recommend doing any kind of business on craigslist. However of you insist on not heeding my warning if anything feels wrong at anytime during a craigslist transaction get out of there as quickly as possible or don’t even go to the meeting. Also many police departments are offering their parking lot as supposed safe zones to make these transactions.
Wayne County, Michigan, which includes Detroit, has dropped all their charges against James Brown. Brown is believed to be involved with the murders of Demesha Hunt, Renisha Landers, Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary. Three of the women are believed to be prostitutes that were advertising on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
With Wayne County dropping the charges, charges have been filed by nearby Macomb County. Previously investigators said that it was unknown where the murders actually took place. With these new charges being filed I would hazard a guess that they believe they took place in Macomb County.
I guess if Liz McDougall was quoted for this article she’d probably say how great it was that Backpage was able to help catch a killer.
Around last Christmas Detroit was rocked by two pairs of murders. This is Detroit we’re talking about so it takes a lot to shock them. On December 19th the bodies of cousins Demesha Hunt, 24, and Renisha Landers, 23, were found in the trunk of a car. Then on Christmas day the bodies of Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28, were found inside a burning car. Three of the four victims were prostitutes that advertised on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
24-year-old James Brown of Sterling Heights, Michigan has been arrested in connection with the murders but has not yet been charged with the murders. Police say that’s because they believe the murders themselves may have taken place outside of Detroit.
Backpage actually tried claiming that they were ‘helpful’ in the investigation as soon as the murders occurred. What they should have done is admitted that their site was the directory a murderer used to find his victims. Unfortunately they have 27 million reasons not to do that.
Again I apologize in my tardiness of posting these stories.
Anyway last week prior to the new year police in Detroit named one of the women who were found in the trunk of a burning car.
Police say they have identified one of the victims as 28-year-old Vernithea McCrary. As of the time of this article police had not released the name of the other victim found with her but family members believe it is 28-year-old Natasha Curtis. Both women were found burned beyond recognition. A cause of death has yet to be announced.
As mentioned before Detroit police believe that three of the four victims, the others being Renesha Landers and Denesha Hunt, were prostitutes that advertised on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. Backpage, being the slimy weasels they are, are quick to point out that multiple websites were involved. That’s like the pitbull defenders who say wiener dogs maul just as many people.
You’re the top dog now Backpage and you’re foaming at the mouth while your handlers say what a good dog you are. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll have to be put down.