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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.

(Sources)
CBS News
The Post and Courier
WYFF
Independent Mail
The State

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.

Person of interest charged in the murder of Chanel Petro-Nixon

Person of interest charged in the murder of Chanel Petro-Nixon

Veron Primus

You can see my first post on Veron Primus here. He’s been the main person of interest in the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon. Primus had recently been arrested on murder and kidnapping charges in the island country of St. Vincent. Investigators in Brooklyn say thanks to that arrest they were able to obtain evidence that allegedly connects Primus to Chanel’s murder. Authorities in Brooklyn are not saying at this time what the evidence is but that they are looking for even more evidence.

36 Hours For Removal: Why does Backpage get a pass when Facebook doesn’t?

36 Hours For Removal: Why does Backpage get a pass when Facebook doesn't?

43-year-old Jennifer Streit-Spears was recently stabbed to death. Her boyfriend and alleged killer, 45-year-old Kenneth Alan Amyx, posted a picture of her dead body on her own Facebook account. Members of Streit-Spears’ family tried to get Facebook to remove the photo off of her profile but the photo remained on her profile for 36 hours. Facebook offered the following explanation….

“Facebook has long been a place where people share their experiences and raise awareness about important issues,” a rep told the newspaper. “Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve violence and graphic images of public interest or concern.”

While Jennifer Streit-Spears’ murder is indeed tragic and the length of time it took to remove her photo unfortunate, Facebook was at least able to provide a somewhat reasonable explanation as to why it took them so long to remove the photo.

Recently ABC News’ Nightline did an expose on Backpage and their CEO Carl Ferrer. In case you haven’t heard, Ferrer was called to appear before the US Congress to explains his website’s role in online prostitution and human trafficking but Ferrer refused to appear. Not only has Congress held Ferrer in contempt but they’re currently suing Backpage in order to compel them to turn over records that may show Backpage’s complicity in the sex trade.

During their investigation of Ferrer, Nightline placed an ad on Backpage, with police assistance, that was blatantly advertising a prostitute who was underage. Here’s how it was reported by Nightline…

Det. Lincoln posted an ad for an 18-year-old escort, adding in a line that said she had “a younger friend” who was available as well. Minutes after he posted the ad, calls and texts started streaming in. The ad was up and running.

The ad remained up for about 36 hours, leading to dozens of phone calls, texts and even an arrest captured on “Nightline’s” cameras. The ad was only taken down after “Nightline” sent an anonymous email to Backpage’s dedicated email address for suspected child trafficking. It took eight hours to receive a response, which said to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC. The ad was taken down shortly after Backpage’s email response was sent.

Backpage later told “Nightline” in a statement that even though they thought that the ad did not clearly advertise that a girl under 18 was involved, their moderators did take it down and they say they banned the account. They also reported the ad to NCMEC.

So according to Backpage an 18-year-old prostitute who says that she has a younger friend isn’t advertising a girl who was under 18. Either they have no concept of the term ‘younger’ or they have abysmal math skills.

Facebook provides a reasonable explanation as to why a murder victim’s picture stayed up for 36 hours and the media is all over it. Backpage gives what can be best described as a half-assed excuse as to why an ad for child prostitution stays up on their website for 36 hours and barely anyone bats an eyelash.

Granted that the child prostitute in this case was fictitious, but how many girls have been peddled on Backpage without them even taking a second look at the ad once they have their money?

These two stories are equally egregious yet only one of them got the media attention that they both deserved. How many women and children have to be sold into sexual slavery in not just our country but most of our cities and towns before we finally decide to speak out about it? There’s been too many victims of Backpage already.

Sister of NY craigslist killing suspect says he’s guilty

Sister of NY craigslist killing suspect says he's guilty

Dylan Lentini

There has been some question as to whether or not Dylan Lentini killed 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York, in self-defense or cold blood. A 19-year-old Lentini started rooming with the elder Wimbert after responding to the older man’s ad for a roommate on craigslist. Lentini claims that he stabbed Wimbert almost 30 times in self-defense after Wimbert sexually assaulted him. If this was the ad that Wimbert placed that does not sound too farfetched. Lentini has also has several vocal supporters who claim that he is innocent, however his own sister is not one of them.

Lentini’s half-sister, 21-year-old Ashara Smith, believes in her heart that Lentini is guilty. She claims that Lentini is indeed capable of this level of violence and that he was playing Michael Wimbert. She believes that Lentini was manipulative and heavy drug user who is said to have allegedly killed two kittens. She also claims to be in fear for her life if he were to ever get out of jail.

Do I believe that she’s telling the truth? That remains to be seen. I have seen people tell more malicious lies to suit their own needs but her account of events should not be dismissed just yet, at least not without a reason for why she might lie.

Still no arrests in the 2011 murder of Carina Saunders

In 2011, 19-year-old Carina Saunders was brutally murdered and her dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. Arrest had been made in her murder but the individuals arrested have had the murder charges against them dropped. The case is currently being handled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.

News Station KOCO in Oklahoma City recently released the following video about her murder

Anyone with any information regarding Carina’s murder is asked to please call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

Suspect in father’s KC craigslist killing captured

Suspect in KC father's craigslist killing captured

Fazon K. Swinton

I originally posted about the murder of 39-year-old father Jake Brantner here. Brantner was shot and killed in Kansas City while trying to sell a gun to a buyer from craigslist. His alleged killer was captured earlier this month and is said to be 18-year-old Fazon K. Swinton.

Swinton allegedly grabbed the gun without paying and ran off when both men produced guns and fired at each other. Brantner was gunned down in front of his 10-year-old daughter while Swinton later took himself to the hospital after being struck by a bullet from Brantner’s gun.

As I mentioned before, craigslist forbids firearms to be sold on their site but without any kind of moderation their ban doesn’t really mean a whole lot.

ID man killed in Backpage hate crime

ID man killed in Backpage hate crime

Jayson Woods, Kelly Schneider, Daniel Henkel and Kevin Tracy

Before we even get into the story just take a look at those mugshots. Take every hick, redneck and trailer trash stereotype you can think of, roll them up in a ball and make it watch ‘Deliverance’ Clockwork Orange style while playing the ‘Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel’ theme song and smoking meth and you’ll produce these four. Don’t let their slack-jawedness fool you though. This quartet is nothing less than barbaric.

49-year-old Steven Nelson of Nampa, Idaho, seemed to be a man who had everything going for him. He was a well liked student at the University of Idaho where he graduated in 2011. He was remembered up to the time of his death by former classmates and faculty of the school. Unfortunately even the most well liked and well read people have their vices. Mr. Nelson is said to have responded to a personal ad on Backpage looking for sex. Instead of meeting up with a willing participant he met up with 22-year-old Kelly Schneider and his cohorts Jayson Woods, 28, Kevin Tracy, 21, and Daniel Henkel, 23. The foursome allegedly beat Nelson within a literal inch of his life including being kicked with steel toe boots because, of course he was. The suspects also stole Nelson’s belongings, and made him get money out of an ATM. He was able to make it to a Boise hospital and gave police a description of his attackers before succumbing to his injuries.

The four are being held without bail and are could all possibly face the death penalty. Idaho has no hate crime legislation when it comes to people being targeted for their sexual orientation.

Again, this is probably going to sound like victim blaming, but while ultimately the four violent hayseeds are responsible for Nelson’s death, no one should ever go looking for anonymous hookup sex on either craigslist or Backpage. I don’t care if you’re straight, gay, trans or whatever. When you take a risk like this the odds are too great that you’ll run into a situation like this that could see you get hurt or worse. Lead the life you want to lead but use your brain and stay safe.

Thanks to Sweet D for the tip.

Tyler Hadley to be resentenced for the bludgeoning murder of his parents

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Tyler Hadley

Add Tyler Hadley to the unfortunately growing list of murdering minors who get a second shot at sentencing while their victims are still dead. Hadley was 17 in 2011 when he bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer in their Port St. Lucie, Florida, Home. He then threw a party that he had invited all his friends to on Facebook while his parents’ corpses laid in their bed. He was tried as an adult and pleaded no contest but not before giving out prison autographs that read  ‘Hammer Time’.

Hadley was sentenced to two life terms, one for each parent, Mary Jo Hadley, 47, and Blake Hadley, 54. Now the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach has ordered that Hadley be resentenced due to the Supreme Court’s ruling that automatic life without parole for minors is unconstitutional.

Hadley’s uncle, Mike Hadley, puts it better than I ever could…

“All I can say is that whatever laws that they are passing to let these young kids under 17 to just do whatever they want and then give them a lighter sentence is insane,” Hadley said during a phone interview. “It makes no sense at all. When somebody can do those horrendous things to another human being and then stand back and laugh about it and have a party over their dead bodies is crazy. You can never let those people out on society again — ever.”

Added Hadley: “He got a lighter sentence because he didn’t get the death penalty. He’s lucky he got what he got.

Not to mention that he obviously has no remorse for his actions. Not only was he trying to parlay his infamy into some kind of badass prison rep but he also pleaded no contest. That means he did not admit any guilt but agreed that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

Like his uncle said, he deserves the death penalty. Anything less than at least one life sentence is a massive miscarriage of justice.