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.

Grisly double craigslist murder in Michigan

Brady Oestrike

Brady Oestrike

While I was off taking some downtime from the world of crime one of the most horrific craigslist related crimes happened in western Michigan. To be honest I’m having a hard time trying to come up with one that was more violent and cruel.

31-year-old Brady Oestrike of Wyoming, Michigan is believed to have killed 18-year-old Brooke Slocum and her boyfriend 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer. From what I can gather from the media reports Brooke Slocum was in contact with Oestrike through craigslist trying to set up some kind of sex for housing deal on the urging of Oppenneer. It’s unclear exactly what happened next but after the trio had met up Oppenneer’s headless body was found in a nearby park.

An investigation of Brooke’s Slocum’s computer led authorities to Oestrike. When they tried to arrest Oestrike during a high risk traffic stop he fled and shortly afterwards crashed his car. Oestrike took his own life by shooting himself before police could apprehend him. When police opened the trunk they found the body of Brooke Slocum who had been strangled to death. She was also 8 months pregnant at the time of her murder. As of yet Charles Oppenneer’s head has still not been located. Investigators are looking into whether or not Oestrike was connected to any other murders but are saying that nothing is concrete at this point. I am only scratching the surface with my description of this most disturbing crime. Please read the news links that I’ve provided below.

Brooke Slocum’s family have set up a GoFundMe in order to help pay for her and her unborn child Audi’s funeral expenses if you’d like to donate.

Now I hate to speak ill of the dead and especially a victim of such a violent crime but I have to wonder if maybe Brook was being turned out on craigslist by her boyfriend. Brooke’s own father even said that her relationship with Oppenneer was not healthy

“I know that love is not manipulation; love is unconditional and that wasn’t the case,” Slocum said. “My daughter deserved better than that.”

I’ve posted more than one story on this site concerning craigslist where boyfriends or husbands have manipulated their significant others into prostitution or pimps have caused women and girls to believe they were their boyfriends while the pimps were just using them as their prostitutes. I’m not saying I’m 100% certain that this is what happened but it is definitely one avenue to explore.

Lastly, once again I find myself trying to warn people to the dangers of craigslist especially when it comes to the seedier parts of the site like the personals and the casual encounters section. Horrible and vicious people like Oestrike are out there waiting for an opportunity to find a victim that craigslist basically brings to their door. I urge you to not be that victim.

Thanks to Soobs for the tip.

Craigslist Killings: Father of victim says she was in unhealthy relationships
Craigslist murders: Wyoming police release investigation timeline
Pregnant teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated in Craigslist sex case
Exclusive: Photos inside home of suspected Craigslist Killer
Jessica Heeringa investigators look into Craigslist Killings
Brooke & Baby Audi Funeral Services GoFundMe

‘A Monster Took Him’

‘A Monster Took Him,’ Family Speaks Out About Suspect Accused Of Beating Infant To Death:

Man jailed after infant’s death:

Said monster, Steven Shaw

Said monster, Steven Shaw

41-year-old Steven Shaw of Coldwater, Michigan, is only 5 feet (1.5m) tall. His small stature hasn’t stopped him from being the worst kind of monster. In the past Shaw was accused of the rape of a 13-year-old girl and choking his own 7-year-old daughter. He escaped justice both times. He’s also been accused of abusing his ex-wife but charges were dropped. Unfortunately, growing up in an abusive household I know how that scenario plays out. Doesn’t mean the abuser isn’t guilty. This time Shaw is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 7-month-old son, Carson Burm.

Shaw allegedly beat Carson to death while the mother was at work. Shaw was also said to have been watching over the mother’s 2-year-old daughter as well. While the mother was at work Shaw is said to have shaken the baby and struck his head against a hard object. The force was enough to snap the baby’s spine.

Of course Shaw tried the usual BS when abusers try to cover their crime…

Medics found the baby on the floor, turning blue and unresponsive. Shaw told the responder he had laid the baby in its crib but moved it to the doorway when it stopped breathing.

Of course the hospital and coroner found out otherwise. Do they think that if they’re story is convincing enough that no one will check? Police also found a hole punched in the wall so take that for what you will.

CPS was said to have visited the home 3 times but did not take Carson away. My friend, who we’ll call CW, works for a state child protection agency. I asked CW why wouldn’t CPS interfere if they’ve been their 3 times. CW told me that a judge would more than likely not agree to have a child removed from a home unless there were visible marks and bruises. At the time Carson was only treated for what one doctor called an ear-infection even though they noted that there was blood in Carson’s ear.

Shaw seems like one of those guys who tries to make up for his stature by trying to be a tough guy, but like most tough guys it seems he only takes his violent rage out on victims smaller than himself. I wonder how that’s going to work out for him in jail.

In the meantime Carson’s father has set up a memorial fund on GoFundMe which can be found here. They are in need of money to help pay for Carson’s funeral. Please give if you can.

If you live in the Coldwater area there will also be a fundraiser for Carson.

Family said a fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Butler Motor Speedway, located at 1031 Clarendon Rd. 49082. The race will start at 7 p.m.

Thanks to MM for the tip.

Carson Burm

Carson Burm

Hyperbole thy name is Michigan

OMG they're both cylindrical so they must be the same

OMG they’re both cylindrical so they must be the same

First off I think I speak for all vapers and retailers when I say no one is saying that vaporizers and e-cigs should be sold to anyone under 18. I don’t know why policy makers are making a big deal of this other than the fact it makes them look like they’re fixing a problem that doesn’t exist.

Anyway this article from the Oakland Press in Michigan has a bunch of people in it saying things that they should know better about but it’s easier to be heard than it is to be right.

That’s why Michigan Rep. Gail Haines is trying to get a law passed that would ban the sale of the electronic smoking devices to teens. She said they contain nicotine and, therefore, should fall into the already prohibited sale of tobacco products to youth under 18.

“Nicotine is nicotine,” said the Republican lawmaker.

I think she went to No Shit Sherlock University. What she said is pretty inoffensive but what comes next scares me.

There’s also an increase in people using e-cigarettes to smoke other substances, such as hash (marijuana) oil inserted in the cartridges, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

“(Narcotics officers) are seeing more of it in raids and on tables,” during raids, Bouchard said. “You could walk through a mall smoking one (with hash oil) and no one would know.”

Granted that weed vaporizers and nicotine vaporizers look the same the two are not interchangeable. You can’t just walk into a vape store and get a weed vaporizer and some hash oil. Also you can’t by an over the counter e-cig and use it to get high. Do the Oakland County Sheriffs bother anyone smoking a cigar because it might be a blunt? Somehow I doubt it.

Let’s not forget that flavors mean that things are marketed to kids…

Haines said the number of teens using the devices that look like cigarettes has dramatically increased just in the past year and “they are offered in candy-like flavors such as raspberry and cheesecake,” she added. Some come with the cartridges, and liquids can be purchased to refill them.

“Marketing is almost predatory,” Haines said. “They are being portrayed as glamorous and cool…with celebrities. Kids are being bombarded with these ads.

First off, that anti-vaxxing charlatan Jenny McCarthy is neither cool nor a celebrity. Also, oh no, refillable cartridges? That’s pretty much how vaping works on most levels. However I will give her credit for using raspberry and cheesecake and not cotton candy and bubble gum.

Here’s what it comes down to. I doubt many of these political busybodies ever smoked let alone vaped so they have no idea what it’s like to engage in a deadly habit for decades before finding a working and enjoyable solution that has finally helped them kick the habit.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer sentenced

Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women:

Backpage.com killer stays in cell on sentencing day:

James Brown

James Brown

This past Tuesday 26-year-old James Brown, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28. If you haven’t been following the story Brown killed the women after answering their advertisements on Backpage. The four victims were working as prostitutes but that shouldn’t devalue their lives or Brown’s sentencing.

In pairs Brown left their bodies in abandoned cars in Detroit although the murders took place at his home. One of the cars he lit on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Like the coward that he is Brown stayed in his cell rather than go to court to face his sentence. I mean, how bad do you have to be for a Michigan judge to say that he wished that Brown could have been sentenced to more than just life. This coming from a state that has never had a death penalty since it was accepted into the Union.

Yet Backpage’s business continues unabated like the victims never existed or had family and friends that loved them. I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this but every penny they make from the prostitution ads is nothing but blood money. Hopefully one day there will be a reckoning for Backapge and its owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer convicted

Backpage murderer Brown convicted on all counts:

James Brown

James Brown

Yesterday James Brown of Sterling Heights, Michigan was convicted on four counts of murder. Brown killed Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28, after finding them advertising on Backpage. While these women may have been working as prostitutes it doesn’t change the fact that they had families and people who loved them as shown by their attendance in court.

After asphyxiating his victims in pairs at his home he would put their bodies in the trunk of the cars they arrived in and abandoned them near an interstate. He set the car on fire that Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary were found in.

Brown will receive a mandatory sentence of life without parole as Michigan has no death penalty. That’s right, the state that contains Detroit has no death penalty.

At the time of the murders Backpage almost broke their arms patting themselves on the back claiming they helped in the investigation rather than taking any kind of responsibility for the fact that the money they make from the ads of these four woman, and any other woman advertised on their site, is nothing but blood money.

Craigslist killing in Kalamazoo

Murder charge in Kzoo Dumpster beating:

Man who was beaten, left in dumpster, dies:

Drew Thorngate

Drew Thorngate

26-year-old Drew Thorngate of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was recently charged with the alleged murder of 30-year-old Francisco Veloz Padilla. Originally Thorngate was only charged with assaulting Padilla but unfortunately Mr. Padilla died from his injuries almost a month after the assault.

According to police Padilla had requested massage services through Thorngate’s craigslist ad but stood Thorngate up. So when the pair finally met it’s alleged that Thorngate beat Padilla with a baseball bat before leaving him in a dumpster. Thorngate is also said to have left the scene and then returned with bleach to clean up the scene and doused Mr. Padilla in bleach also.

Again, it doesn’t matter which side of the craigslist transaction you’re on. If you’re doing any kind of business on craigslist you’re taking your life in your hands.

UPDATE 12/9/2014: Thorngate has been unanimously convicted of first degree murder meaning that he’ll more than likely be sentenced to life when he is sentenced in January.

UPDATE 1/14/2015: Thorngate was sentenced to life without parole.

Hooker Breeder tries to sell kid to pedo

Reardon and Brys

Reardon and Brys

Warren mom accused of offering up 4-year-old daughter to Lincoln Park stranger for money:

I used to give craigslist and Backpage prostitutes a hard time. I thought getting out of the life was easy. I thought they could just walk out whenever they wanted. Then I met someone at a human trafficking symposium who was in the life and the stories that she told the audience made me realize how difficult it really is to escape that kind of life especially when a pimp is involved. Since then I focus more on the actual johns and traffickers than the prostitutes themselves. This time however I can’t do that because even if our subject today was under the control of a pimp I’m pretty sure even the pimp would be horrified at what allegedly took place.

Police in Warren, Michigan, say that Jennifer Marie Brys advertised her services as a prostitute on Backpage. She was contacted through her ad by one Edward Cody Reardon. The pair had texted back and forth which is usual when an ‘escort’ is setting up an appointment. What is unusual is that somehow the conversation turned to her 4-year-old daughter. I’ve known working girls and I know someone who is still in the business. The ones I know that do have children would never divulge that kind of information to a potential john. Anyway, this apparently piqued Reardon’s interest because he then basically asked “Uh…how much for the girl?”. Not in those words but…

In one text message, Reardon allegedly wrote, “To be honest I won’t even wanna do like much with u… I really like her.”

Investigators say Reardon was willing to pay $200-$300 for time with Brys. When he found out she had a daughter, he allegedly agreed to pay at least $300-$500. He allegedly said he wanted to shower with the child.

And police say that she was willing to go through with this. If it wasn’t for the fact that the baby daddy went through her text messages a 4-year-old girl may have been molested for a mere 3 bills. I guess that’s the going rate these days to condemn your child to a life of tragedy.

14-year-old found being prostituted on Backpage in MI

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Backpage.com ads for sex ‘dates’ with 14-year-old lead to federal charges for Saginaw woman:

Back in January the FBI received a tip that an ad on Backpage for Saginaw, Michigan was for a 14-year-old girl. When investigators conducted a sting to find the girl they also arrested 20-year-old Desiree Poole for allegedly prostituting the girl on Backpage.

Poole allegedly tried using the excuse that she thought the girl was 16. Now where have we heard that kind of defense before? Oh, that’s right usually from sexual predators who get caught. It seems that pimps/traffickers and child predators tend to use the same kind of tactics to groom their victims.

Poole is looking at 10 years behind bars on federal child sex trafficking charges and no one at Backpage is facing any kind of repercussions whatsoever.

Tragic case of Backpage sex trafficking in Detroit

Deante L. Brown

Deante L. Brown

Task force busts alleged online prostitution ring at Southfield hotel:

26-year-old Deante L. Brown of Detroit, Michigan is facing federal charges of sex trafficking after he allegedly prostituted several women on Backpage. What makes this story even more tragic than usual is one of the women he was prostituting. I can’t do her plight justice so I’ll quote the article.

“April” turned out to be an alias for a former Eastern Michigan University teaching student who developed a blood disorder that resulted in her losing multiple fingers, court records show. After the amputation, she became addicted to pain-killers, heroin and crack cocaine and turned to prostitution because she believed she had “no place to go and no one to turn to for help,” according to court records.

She says that Brown turned her out at a hotel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Michigan where she was forced to have sex with men sometimes ten times a day. In return Brown would giver her a baggie of crack for each date and that Brown would not allow her to sleep. She says that was the only way she could get through it. When police set up sting she told them that there is a large group at the motel involved in sex and drug trafficking. Brown was arrested when he returned to the hotel room.

Again this should go as the ultimate myth buster when it comes to consenting adults. A lot of times pimps and traffickers use women who are already hooked on drugs or get them hooked on drugs to work for them. This is a practice you’re supporting when you use a prostitute and try to justify it to yourself by claiming they’re consenting.

Also in this article an FBI agent stated that Backpage is not part of the problem.

“Backpage really isn’t to blame. … It’s the exploiters out there who are taking advantage of the minors and these females,” said Edward Price, an FBI officer with the task force. He noted that several media outlets run adult material and escort ads, which are not illegal.

While I’m not going to call for Agent Price’s badge I have to vehemently disagree with him. While some other publications may carry ads for prostitution none of them have as many and make as much money on them as Backpage. Brown was said to have kept most of the money that April earned so the only people making money off of her were Brown and Backpage. To me that makes them 100% complicit in the sex trafficking trade. It’s sad to see that an FBI agent can’t see this.