Detroit backpage murder case moved

James Brown (Obviously not THE James Brown)

James Brown (Obviously not THE James Brown) Murder Case Moves to Macomb County:

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

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.

UPDATE 12/2/2012: Brown’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf.

Arrest made in Detroit Backpage murders

Renesha Landers and Denesha Hunt

Renesha Landers and Denesha Hunt

Charges announced in “ Murder Investigation”:

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

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.

Detroit backpage murder victims ID’d.

Vernithea McCrary

Another Detroit woman identified in escort investigation:

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, 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.

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Backpage responds to Detroit murders (through their lawyer)

Statement from representative on Detroit murders:

Backpage released a statement through one of their attorneys in reference to the recent murders in Detroit of Demesha Hunt, Renisha Landers and two unnamed women. Three of the victims are believed to have been prostitutes that were advertised on the Village Voice Media owned

Here is the statement in its entirety…

“After we heard about these terrible crimes, we reached out to the Detroit Police Department, even before we heard from them, to offer assistance in the investigation. Our team has already provided the police with detailed information about the ads that the suspect or others posted on numerous web sites.

“Law enforcement authorities now have evidence that the investigation appears to connect to at least 30 different ads or other postings on at least 15 different websites, separate and distinct from ours. We are not aware of the existence of any evidence that would indicate which of these many sites were used by the suspect to establish contact with his victims.

“We have a team of more than 100 content monitors and internet experts who will continue to cooperate with the investigation and provide as much helpful information as we can.

“ shares the concerns of law enforcement and the community that every effort be made to stop violent criminals from using the internet to commit their crimes.

Backpage has developed strong cooperative relationships with front-line state and federal police agencies nationwide, assisting with sting operations, promptly responding to subpoenas, and otherwise aiding in the identification, apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

“We do our best to provide a safe and legal environment for our customers through aggressive content monitoring and sophisticated content filtration software.

We agree with a recent USC study that recommended leveraging online technologies and datadriven information in real time to detect and apprehend online criminals.

Steve Suskin
Legal Counsel

Pretty much exactly as I predicted.

For those of you who aren’t fluent in bullshit please allow me to translate for you.


Since this is a PR nightmare for us we decided to call the Detroit police to see how much they know to see what we could exploit in our favor.

But it wasn’t just our website. There are other websites too. So we’re not so bad if other websites do it right?

We have a guy in India who we call a monitor but he doesn’t really do much.

By ‘cooperating’ with police we are trying to establish plausible deniability.

We have so much legal paperwork in our offices we’re drowning in them.

We pay a lot of lip service saying that we monitor the content of our site but not to the point where it would eat in to our profits.

But there can be a 1000 murders and we still won’t shut down the adult section. We’re all getting filthy rich from it.

Slimy McMouthpiece
Head Weasel
Classifieds site that makes its money from the trafficking of women and children.

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Did a Backpage serial killer murder 4 Detroit women?

Renesha Landers and Denesha Hunt

3 women found dead linked to escort Web site, Detroit police say:

Bodies found in Detroit linked to online ads:

Detroit police chief says 4 murders related:

Within the last week four murdered women were found in the trunks of cars in Detroit, 3 of them were reported to be escorts on the Village Voice Media owned

The bodies of cousins Demesha Hunt, 24, and Renisha Landers, 23, were found in the trunk of a car in December 19th. On early Christmas morning two more women were found burnt beyond recognition in the trunk of a burning car. Their names have not yet been released. It has also not been made public yet which of the three women had ads on backpage. The causes of death have also not been released. However police do believe that the incidents are connected.

Not surprisingly Village Voice Media has not yet responded to media requests for comment. I’ll save you all some time. VVM will say something to the effect that those these deaths are regrettable they are working with law enforcement. Then they’ll stick in something about how their thinly veiled prostitution ads are a first amendment right and that they’re ability to make money off the women and children that are trafficked on their site trumps the right for these women to not be murdered. Not necessarily in those words but you get the idea.

Will this new national attention on backpage get VVM to reconsider their stance on the adult ads on backpage? As long as their making money hand over fist I seriously doubt it.

Thanks to Sue and Bonnie for the tips.

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Plenty of Blackmail

Ah, extortion. Probably my favorite of the white-collar crimes. Only because it’s so doomed to fail.

For example take 41-year-old Nadia Aubry of the Detroit area. She’s been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to blackmail a married businessman that she had sex with after meeting him on free dating site PlentyOfFish.

The FBI says she asked for $20K and threatened to tell the man’s wife if he did not pay. She also allegedly sent him pictures of his house and family showing that she was serious.

Of course since you’re reading this here you know that instead of paying the man went to the FBI who set up Aubry for arrest.

I guess greed is a more compelling reason than family.

To the married guys out there, don’t troll free dating sites for an affair. The long time repercussions are not worth the night of fun you may think you’re having.

Detroit police looking for craigslist shooter

Julian Logan

Police Seek Detroit Craigslist Shooting Suspect:

Police in Detroit are looking for Julian Logan who is accused of shooting a man that he met through craigslist. Police say that Logan told the victim he was going to sell him $7,000 worth of electronics. Instead Logan is said to have shot the man in a robbery.

The shooting took place in February. The victim was in critical condition but has survived his wounds.

Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5640 or Crime Stoppers at its anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Logan is lucky that he didn’t become one more in the long line of craigslist killers. Also even though this article is a week old from my checks Logan is still on the run, no pun intended.

Safer classifieds at

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Mich. man dead after craigslist shooting

Police: Man Dead after Answering Craigslist Ad for ATV:

A man from Shelby Township, Michigan is dead after responding to a craigslist ad for an ATV.

The man and a friend went to a house in Detroit after responding to an ad for an ATV. The ‘seller’ said he needed a ride to get the keys. While in transit the ‘seller’ shot both men killing one.

The suspect is still at large and the victim has not yet been named.

One of these days I’m going to tally the body count that craigslist has left in its wake and have sort of a memorial.

Don’t forget to tell your friends that craigslist is not only dangerous but they do nothing to protect their users. Let them know about this site to show them that craigslist isn’t the trustworthy hippy commune that everyone thinks it is.

And since this happened in Murder City don’t expect to see this in the national media.

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Drunk Michigan Mom blows a .28 trying to pick up daughter from school

Police: Drunk Mom at Ferndale High School:

Cops: Drunken mom tries to pick up girl from Ferndale school:

53-year-old Bernice Davis of Detroit, Michigan is your new champion standing high atop the PBB BAC Board. While trying to pick up her daughter from Ferndale High School Davis was allegedly so drunk that her daughter, wisely I might add, would not get into the car with her. School staff contacted police who say Davis blew a mind numbingly .28 on the breath test. That’s is more than 3 times the legal limit in the US.

Not surprisingly weed and Xanax were also said to be found in the car.

Congratulations Ms. Davis. Currently you are our Most Drunken Parent To Put Their Kids At Risk on PBB.

Thanks to Sun Runner for the tip.

Guilty pleas in boy’s grill cremation and death

Detroit couple plead guilty in child’s death:

In 2007 Detroit police were investigating Nickella Reid and Joseph Miller on child abuse claims when their 1-year-old son Nicholas Miller was brought to the hospital with burns over 35% of his body. During that investigation Reid told police of 2-year-old Deuntay Miller’s death and that they cremated Deuntay’s body on a barbecue grill to avoid funeral costs. Except further investigations found that while they were avoiding funeral costs the pair were still collecting welfare benefits in Deuntay’s name.

Monday they entered pleas to the charges against them…

Nickella Reid, 23, pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter and welfare fraud in connection with the death of her son, Deuntay Miller, prosecutors said.

Joseph Miller, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for Deuntay’s death.

When one of these welfare fraud cases happens it always makes me wonder what they spent the money on that they deemed more important than the death of their own son.

Thanks to Angie for the tip.