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Couple found guilry in craigslist murder of Abilene police officer

Couple convicted of murder of Abilene police officer amid doubts of intent

Phillip and Violet Walter

Last week, Violet and Phillip Walter have been convicted in the murder of Abilene, Texas, police officer Don Allen, in his Clyde, Texas, home. Both Walters have been sentenced to 40 years behind bars for Officer Allen’s killing.

Officer Allen’s official cause of death was asphyxiation. Allen had placed a craigslist ad looking for a couple to help commit sex acts that included pegging, (WARNING: Explicit) and communication between Allen and the Walters seem to insinuate that erotic asphyxiation was on the table as well. The deputy medical examiner testified that an accidental death by erotic asphyxiation couldn’t be ruled out. Prosecutors argued that the Walters discussed plans to rob Officer Allen before his death occurred.

APD officer Tim Pipes read a series of text messages sent between Violet and Phillip on the day of Allen’s death. They showed Violet telling Phillip to find a way to get money to prevent impending homelessness and hunger. They then showed that Violet set up a meeting with a person referenced as “Clyde lick.” A Ranger testified earlier in the case that “lick” is slang for a robbery or the victim of a robbery. Another text message from Violet to Phillip says, “Choke him,” with another sent hours before Allen’s death saying, “Take him out all the way, just do it.”

Officer Allen’s death should serve as a warning to others looking to get their rocks off through craigslist. If a police officer isn’t safe from craigslist criminals, neither is anyone else. With craigslist’s low barrier of entry and implied notions of anonymity, crimes like these will only continue to occur.

$10,000 reward offered for video of Carina Saunders’ murder

$10,000 reward offered for video of Carina Saunders' murder

Carina Saunders

19-year-old Carina Saunders’ mutilated body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma, in 2011. It’s been long rumored that a video exists of Carina’s murder, now the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) believes that the video does exist. A week and a half ago the OBSI held a press conference where they have offered a $10,000 reward for the video.

The OBSI also released additional details about Carina’a murder and initial disappearance…

Family members last saw Saunders on Sept. 28, 2011, and her body was found Oct. 13, 2011. Investigators have located surveillance video from Oct. 8, 2011, outside the Newcastle Casino. Saunders is seen getting into a red, four-door Ford pickup with a brush guard and lights on the top, Florence said.

The only description of anyone inside the pickup is a man with full tattoo sleeves on both arms, he said.

“Also worth making note of is that there were girls nearby in a dark car who were pleading with Carina not to go with them. To this date, we don’t know who those girls were, but we would like to know who they were,” Florence said. “If they will come forward, we’d like to talk to them, find out what they saw, what they witnessed, why they were concerned about Carina’s safety and getting in this red pickup.”

It has been thought that Carina’s murder had something to do with human trafficking. Two suspects had been previously arrested, however charges against them were dropped after the OBSI took over the investigation due to lack of evidence at the time. However the charges were dropped without prejudice, so the suspects could be arrested again if the evidence supports it.

If you have any information, call the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.


911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

Early last week the 911 calls to police from the Townville Elementary School shooting were released. In one of those calls the caller claimed that there was a second shooter in the area. Does this mean that Jesse Osborne had an accomplice that is currently at large? Not at all.

As I’ve discussed before second shooters in school shootings are rare and have only happened at Columbine and Jonesboro. Reportings of second shooters are usually due to multiple eyewitness reports of the same shooter or someone claiming that someone fleeing from the site is another shooter.

So don’t read too much into second shooter claims. Initial reports from school shootings are often incomplete or even downright wrong. The odds are it’s just two different witnesses describing the same person.

Craigslist killing in SC leaves one dead, three arrested

Craigslist killing in SC leaves one dead, three arrested

On October 10th, 22-year-old Branden Boyd was shot and killed during a craigslist transaction involving a cell phone in Calhoun County, South Carolina. Charged with his murder are brothers Chavasse Michael Smith, 19, and Hasani Dion Smith, 17, and 20-year-old Darian Washington.

During the transaction a shootout began between the Smith Brothers and Boyd. Washington has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Police say that the Smith Brothers contacted Boyd, who was selling the phone on craigslist, and planned to rob him.

Additional charges in Townville Elementary School Shooting

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

I don’t know why this should matter, but it turns out that the volunteer fireman, Jamie Brock, who was first on the scene was armed. No word on if Brock used his firearm when he subdued gunman Jesse Osborne.

As expected, Jesse Osborne has been charged with a second count of murder, after 6-year-old victim Jacob Hall died from his injuries. This is in addition to the initial charge of murder for the shooting death of Osborne’s father, Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne. Osborne was also charged with another charge of attempted murder as a new juvenile victim was identified. That victim’s injuries were said to be minor.

Prosecutors in South Carolina have asked the court to try Osborne as an adult. As I mentioned before, under SC law a 14-year-old charged with murder can be charged as an adult. The court will rule on this once Osborne has been psychologically evaluated. As of this posting, no motive has yet to be made public.

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old Jacob Hall was the victim from the Townville Elementary school shooting who was in critical condition after losing a massive amount of blood. Unfortunately, Jacob died from his injuries earlier today.

The shooter’s name has also been made public and he is 14-year-old Jesse Osborne. Osborne is believed to have also shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Hall family and the community affected by the shooting.

Thanks to @Shearere13 for the tip.

Dylan Lentini convicted of craigslist roommate killing

Dylan Lentini convicted of craigslist roommate killing

Dylan Lentini

Yesterday, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini was convicted in the murder of his roommate, 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York. Lentini was homeless when he responded to Wimebrt’s craigslist ad that was looking for a young gay roommate. Lentini stabbed Wimbert close to 30 times, but claimed self-defense saying that the much heavier man tried to rape him. At one point it looked promising for Lentini when he had a number of charges against him dropped and had several of supporters who believed he was a victim. However, his own sister was convinced that Lentini killed Wimbert.

Personally, I have my own doubts about this story. While Wimbert’s craigslist ad makes it appear he was looking for a ‘roommate with benefits’, which has lead to sexual assaults in the past, the number of times Lentini stabbed Wimbert makes me have doubts about the self-defense claim. Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut ending.

Lentini is looking at a term of 25 to life when he is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29th.

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

The man who was found murdered was 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, the father of the 14-year-old shooter. The shooter’s name has still not been released due to his age. The boy allegedly shot his father several times in the chest before the boy called his grandmother in hysterics. His grandmother couldn’t understand him so she went to their home where she found Mr. Osborne’s body. It was shortly after that when it’s believed the shooter opened fire with a handgun on the playground section of the school.

Yesterday, I mentioned that the injuries the victims received were non-life threatening, that wasn’t exactly correct. One of the 6-year-old children almost died from his injuries and is still in critical condition. One witness has said that the shooter had additional ammo with him and it could have been worse if the gun had not repeatedly jammed. The shooter was subdued by a volunteer firefighter who was first on the scene. No motive has been disclosed as of yet, and the shooter’s connection to the school is unknown as he was said to have been home schooled after being suspended for allegedly bringing a weapon to school. One of the students has been quoted as saying that she heard the shooter say that he hated his life. The shooter was also said to be wearing all black at the time of the shooting.

While it has not yet been discussed, under South Carolina law, a 14-year-old who is charged with murder can be tried as an adult.

If I had to hazard a guess at this time, with this preliminary information, I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid turned out to be a ‘columbiner’, or what I prefer to call a ‘mutant’, in other words, a school shooting fanboy. Usually an entitled selfish kid who feels that some minor transgression they perceive against them is worth killing for. As always though, this is just my amateur opinion at this point. I’d also be interested in knowing how the shooter obtained the weapon each time.

Lastly what I’d like to add is that it’s not unusual for a school shooter to kill a family member before they attack the school. Kip Kinkel killed his parents, Jeff Weise killed his grandfather who was his custodial guardian, and Alvaro Castillo killed his father. In many cases when a child kills a parent there are accusations of child abuse, it will be interesting to see if those claims are made.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: The shooter has so far been charged as a juvenile on one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

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Michigan craigslist killing leaves father of two dead

Michigan craigslist killing leaves father of two dead

49-year-old Todd Terry, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, was recently shot and killed after responding to a craigslist ad in nearby Inkster. The article and corresponding video doesn’t specify what the ad was for, but since the article makes reference to the fact that Mr. Terry liked to restore bicycles and mopeds It was more than likely for one of those. Tragically there was no moped or bike to be bought as Mr. Terry’s family have indicated that he was killed just for the money he was carrying.

A suspect by the name of Tremayne Alexander has been charged with Mr. Terry’s murder and is allegedly responsible for two other similar crimes in the area.

Todd Terry’s widow is urging others to forgo craigslist…

“They’re creating something that’s not in existence for you to come and bring what? $100? $50? With the plans to kill you. So I tell people to run from it. Don’t even look at it. Don’t even open it up. I wish Craigslist was shut down,” Yvette Terry said.

As I’ve said in the past, due to craigslist’s low threshold of entry, anyone can post an ad saying just about anything they want. This lack of oversight by craigslist has not only led to numerous scams and robberies, but has also led to a multitude of rapes and murders. Craigslist has become nothing but a trap, luring in an overabundance of victims.

Mr. Terry also left behind two sons ages 16 and 13, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account. By all accounts Mr. Terry was a great man. Please donate if you can.

Man last seen on Kik date with SC mom convicted of her murder

Man last seen on Kik date with SC mom convicted of her murder

Edward Bonilla

28-year-old Ashley Pegram of Summerville, South Carolina, disappeared on April 4th, 2015 after leaving for a date with a man she is said to have met on the smart phone messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged with her disappearance and her murder before her body was found.

Ashley Pegram

Ashley Pegram

Earlier this month Bonilla was convicted of Ms. Pegram’s murder and was sentenced to life. During the trial Bonilla tried to claim that her death was an accident. Bonilla hit Ms. Pegram with his mom’s car then tied a plastic bag over her head before disposing of her body in a shallow grave. Her exact cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Ashley Pegram was a mother who didn’t deserve to be killed and left out in the open like that. While meeting people through social apps has become commonplace, it’s still as dangerous as ever. Always exercise caution when making such an arrangement. Let people know where you are going and who you are going with and check in with friends and family on regular basis. Protect yourself and don’t let yourself become a victim.