56-year-old Raymond C. Vallia of Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently sentenced to 20 years behind bars for kidnapping a 13-year-old Missouri girl that he met online. The pair used mobile messaging Kik in order to communicate and orchestrate her kidnapping. Vallia drove from Amaraillo, Texas, for some reason, to Montrose, Missouri and had planned on taking her back to his home in New Mexico. He was found with the girl by a New Mexico State Trooper after an Amber Alert was issued. According to Google Maps if he had made it all the way to Albuquerque round trip from Amarillo would have been a roughly 1500 mile trip. This is how persistent child predators are when it comes to claiming a victim. More reason why they should be kept behind bars for longer than they’ve been getting. Apparently Vallia couldn’t wait to get his child prize home as they ‘had sex’ (child rape) in Texas.
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39-year-old Jake Brantner of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was murdered recently in Kansas City. Bratner was believed to be meeting a potential craigslist buyer that he was said to be selling his gun to. Instead witnesses say that Bratner was shot to death while still in his car in front of his 10-year-old daughter.
Craigslist officially does not allow firearms to be sold through their website however since they do no moderating whatsoever it obviously happens anyway.
As of this time Jake Bratner’s killer is still walking free.
If you have any information or saw anything call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Police are currently looking for a blue Ford Five Hundred with a sunroof.
With the recent news of mobile messaging app Kik being connected to the murder of Nicole Lovell a copious amount of Kik creepers have emerged from the woodwork. Some of whom look like they literally came from the woodwork.
For example, take 39-year-old Robert J. Holloran of St. Louis. He is accused of running a child porn group on Kik called “youngtorture”. Let that settle in for a minute. Holloran was not only charged with allegedly downloading thousands of child porn images but since he’s a registered sex offender he was also charged with failing to register his social media accounts.
If you want the nightmare story to show your kids so they’ll act safer online then this is it.
41-year-old Christopher David Schroeder, of Marthasville, Missouri, is accused of allegedly meeting a 15-year-old Ohio girl on Kik and keeping her captive for weeks on end in his home.
Schroeder is said to have used an old predator trick to gain his victim’s confidence…
She told Schroeder that she was unhappy at home, and he told her he would pick her up and help her. She had told him she was only 15 in one of their Kik chats.
Of course what 41-year-old man would offer help like this to an underage girl if there wasn’t some kind of ulterior motive involved. Things were not as rosy as I’m sure the victim imagined…
On Nov. 8, Schroeder drove to Ohio and picked her up near her home. Once she was in his vehicle, he made her remove the SIM card from her cellular telephone and broke the SIM card into pieces.
He told her not to reveal her real name to anyone and that she needed to change her appearance by cutting and/or coloring her hair.
He also told her she needed to lose weight. Schroeder then smashed her cell phone and tossed it into the river
Investigators say that Schroeder raped the girl multiple times and had quite the set up in his bedroom…
Authorities also obtained search warrants for the home and, during the search, video cameras, a DVR and other items were recovered. Two cameras were located in Schroeder’s bedroom with the focus point being the bed.
He even tried claiming that he thought the girl was 18 like that would magically make everything better.
So when your kids get mad at you for checking out their Kik account you can show them this story. Tell them that it’s not that you don’t trust them but you don’t trust the monsters that are lurking on Kik. In case I may have forgotten to mention it lately Kik is rife with pedophiles and sex offenders.
UPDATE 1/6/2016: Schroeder’s victim and her family are set to appear on the Dr. Phil Show tomorrow to tell her ordeal. From the video I’ve seen she’ll be keeping her identity hidden.
Normally I don’t care for Dr. Phil since I consider him to be just another TV charlatan however he is watched by a very large amount of people and at least this will help get the word out about how dangerous Kik can be.
I’m saddened that I have to post that the body of 22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis was found this past Thursday. It appears that Mr. Polk had been there for some time however police have released that the cause of death appears to be a shooting. As you may recall Mr. Polk went missing a week ago today after going to look at a car that he found on craigslist.
Police aren’t saying if craigslist is related to his murder since they have not yet named a suspect. However police have said that there has been a transaction on one of Mr. Polk’s financial accounts that is said to have taken place after his death.
Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers. The phone number is 866–3 71–8477.
As I mentioned in my last post about Mr. Polk too many people have been murdered in the past year or so after going to look for cars on craigslist. If a deal for a car looks too good to be true on craigslist it probably is. A lot of criminals use fake ads for cars as a way to lure a victim that they know will have a substantial amount of cash on them.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Polk.
The regional CrimeStoppers organization is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Mr. Polk will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Call or text a crime tip to the CrimeStoppers hotline: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477)
22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis has been missing since Saturday after leaving to go buy a car on craigslist. Mr. Polk had previously served in the Army and had recently saved up enough money to buy a new car.
Polk was last seen around 7 p.m. on October 3, wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Anyone with information on Robert Polk’s whereabouts should contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5309.
Unfortunately this is a recurring event. Just this year Taylor S. Clark of Illinois and Bud and June Runion of Georgia were both killed after going to buy cars on craigslist. Criminals will either advertise a popular car at a lower than usual price or advertise a classic car that is hard to come by. Usually the goal is robbery, insisting that the buyer brings cash, but occasionally it ends up in murder.
I pray to God that is not the case here.
As I’ve previously posted 19-year-old Taylor Clark of Madison County, Illinois, was shot and killed after trying to sell his car on craigslist. His alleged killer is 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis. Taylor’s car and then his body were found in Hazelwood, Missouri. It seems there may have been a very good reason for that.
Reports say that Taylor met Gordon at his Gordon’s place of work where witnesses say that they drove off to a wooded area near the business before Gordon returned alone. The story gets even more tragic and pathetic from there. Gordon is said to have driven the same type of car that Taylor was selling except Gordon had his repossessed.
While police have not commented on this finding it’s beginning to sound like that Gordon killed Taylor because of his own inadequacies. Just like cowards do.
How did Gordon possibly think that this car swap killing was even going to work. I swear that criminals sometimes think that life works like a cheesy 1980s sitcom or movie where it’s so crazy it just might work. No, it doesn’t. It never works. So instead of being a leech on society fix your own damn problems before murdering someone for some selfish and shallow reason.
An innocent man is dead because he may have driven the same type of car that some other guy had repo’d. Think about that.
Once again I’m sad to post that the body of 19-year-old Taylor S. Clark was found shot to death 400 yards from the car he was trying to sell on craigslist. Taylor’s car was found abandoned in Hazelwood, Missouri. No suspect has been named or arrested at this time.
Police are seeking the public’s help in this case. Please call the Major Case Squad if you have any tips: 314-513-5225
Still no word if Taylor was set up through craigslist but the memory of the murder of Bud and June Runion, who died under similar circumstances in Georgia, are still fresh in our minds.
My prayers and condolences go out to Taylor’s friends and family.
UPDATE 5/6/2015: Police in Missouri have arrested 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis and have officially charged him with the murder of Taylor Clark. Taylor’s murder does appear to be yet another ‘craigslist killing’ as investigators have said that Taylor and Gordon exchanged e-mails about the car that Taylor was selling on craigslist.
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.
I briefly talked about the Missouri bill on vaping and e-cigs here. At that time I thought it was just another bill that would ban sales to minors. However the bill also contained a clause that would classify e-cigs and vaping as non-tobacco products. Because of that clause Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill.
Again, you would think that public officials that are always saying how concerned they are with the public’s health would welcome an effective alternative to smoking that doesn’t carry the multitude of health risks that smoking does. As I’ve said time and time again this is all about money. It’s about the taxes that state governments place on tobacco that must pay a lot of salaries.
Remember kids, a politician’s only real job is to get re-elected.