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Kik used by Va. Tech student in murder of teen

David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers

David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers

I’ve been taking mental break from the website for the past week or so but I read something tonight that demanded my attention.

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Virginia. She went missing last Wednesday after sneaking out of her house. Her body was later found across the border into North Carolina. Police believe that she was allegedly stabbed to death by 18-year-old Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer. Also arrested was 19-year-old Natalie Keepers who is being charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder and helping dispose of Nicole’s body.

It’s believed that Eisenhauer met and communicated with Nicole through the smart phone messaging app Kik. Unfortunately that makes a lot of sense to me. For the past few years I’ve been posting just some of the examples of how Kik is used by sex offenders and pedophiles. Nicole, by all accounts, was a very vulnerable child. She was bullied not only in school but also online. She had survived several health scares when she was much younger, one of which left her with a visible scar. She seemed to be insecure about her looks and looked for approval online. That’s fertile ground for any kind of online predator. They live to prey upon the insecurities of their victims. Nicole honestly believed that Eisenhauer was her boyfriend.

The thing is any girl could have been Eisenhauer’s victim or the victim of another predator. There’s no profile for the type of victims on Kik. They can be smart, popular, cool, nerdy, loners or what have you. What I’m trying to say is that any kid using Kik is a potential victim. Have a talk with your kids. Let them know that if someone that old is showing ‘romantic’ interest in them it’s more than likely not for a good reason. And above all else educate yourself on these smart phone and tablet apps. Even if a cell phone is inactive it can still use a wi-fi signal to connect to these apps.

When I was young my parents could afford to be technologically illiterate and let the VCR flash 12:00. In today’s world where there are so many online avenues to your kids that luxury no longer exists.

Trial set to start for the murder of Jaymie Adams. Is the wrong man being tried?

Jaymie Adams

Jaymie Adams

Since I started posting about the murder of Jaymie Adams I’ve contended that her husband, Justin Adams, was her killer. Not only was he prostituting her on craigslist while she was pregnant but he was also allegedly having an affair and had taken a life insurance policy out on his wife. Oklahoma City police originally arrested Adams and charged him with his wife’s murder.They then did an about-face and lessened the charges to manslaughter and under a plea deal allowed him to walk out of court a free man.

All of a sudden they arrested a man by the name of Jospeh Cyr and made him the prime suspect. The police say that Cyr was a john and killed Jaymie Adams although they never said, to my knowledge, what his motive was. They claimed that Cyr’s DNA was found on Jaymie even though it was not mentioned in the autopsy report. Now Cyr’s trial is set to start this coming Monday and we’re finally getting a glimpse of what kind of tactics the prosecution has planned.

From NewsOK…

Prosecutors plan to discuss Cyr’s past sexual interactions with women during the trial. They allege Cyr “repeatedly intertwines sex and violence” and desires to impregnate women against their wishes.

They also allege Cyr often pressured the women he impregnated into aborting “the very pregnancy which he sought and caused.”

This is the first I’ve heard of any such behavior like this from Cyr. I’m not saying it’s not true it just all seems very vague as far as motives go. In the time around Cyr’s arrest I had been contacted by Cyr’s girlfriend at the time and she did not give any indication to me about any violent sexual behavior towards her from Cyr.

The whole situation seems like the Oklahoma City PD screwed the pooch on this one. As far as I’m concerned the entire investigation was mishandled and should have been handed off to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) like the investigation into the murder of Carina Saunders.

In today’s climate where every police action is questioned and scrutinized and documentaries of police mishandling capture the country’s imagination why is no one questioning why this investigation was such a clusterfuck from the beginning?

Making a Murderer isn’t as accurate as you think

making-a-murderer

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A series of documentaries are made about a brutal murder that cast doubt on the guilt of the convicted. In its wake an online community springs up calling for the convicted’s exoneration. Sound familiar? If you’ve been following my site for any length of time you may think that I would be taking about Damien Echols of the infamous West Memphis 3. Normally you’d be right but this time I’m talking about Steven Avery and the Netflix documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’. It seems to be causing me a lot of deja vu.

Steven Avery served 18 years in prison for a rape for which he was later exonerated for due to DNA evidence. Two years later he was arrested and later convicted of brutally murdering 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. The documentary supposes that Avery was framed by police looking for revenge since he beat the rape charges. The investigators and prosecutors in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin are portrayed as bumbling rednecks who were willing to pin the case on Avery so they could close the case quickly. Again if that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same tactic used in the Paradise Lost series of documentaries. Also as with Paradise Lost outcries of injustice have gone up all across the internet calling for the pardoning of Avery.

Paradise Lost and Making a Murderer have one other thing in common. Not all the facts were presented in either documentary. Here is a great article about a lot of the information that was left out of the series. I’m going to post just a sample…

— The documentary said that part of Avery’s criminal past included animal cruelty. To my recollection, it didn’t specify exactly what that animal cruelty was. I know that for some of our readers, knowing is enough to want to see Avery get the death sentence regardless of whether he murdered Halbach: He doused a cat in oil and threw it on a bonfire (this is not relevant to the murder trial, but it certainly diminishes the sympathy some of us felt for him).

— In the months leading up to Halbach’s disappearance, Avery had called Auto Trader several times and always specifically requested Halbach to come out and take the photos.

— On the day that Halbach went missing, Avery had called her three times, twice from a *67 number to hide his identity.

— The bullet with Halbach’s DNA on it came from Avery’s gun, which always hung above his bed.

The problem with documentaries like this is three-fold. The first is that they’re designed to prey on emotion rather than logic. Why else would people take to making harassing phone calls to the Manitowoc County Sheriffs Department? I wonder how long it will be before they start harassing the victim’s family. The second is that they usually start with their desired outcome first and work their way backwards to have the narrative try to fit their objective. Lastly it’s very rare for a documentary to be made where the filmmakers say “yep, he did it’ unless it was about a hard to catch serial killer like Ted Bundy or David Berkowitz. That’s not even to mention that a lot of these ‘convicted criminal is really innocent’ stories that are run in places like network news magazine shows almost all of the time the criminals are actually guilty.

Another point I’d like to make is that it’s not unheard of for someone to be exonerated of one crime only to commit another. For example Joseph “Shabaka” Brown was hours away from being executed before being exonerated for rape and murder. He was arrested in 2012 for murdering his wife. Brown pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 to 18 years.

My final thought on this for now is that there seems to be one person missing being talked about in all this and that’s the victim, Teresa Halbach. Her family has stated that “they were saddened to learn that individuals and corporations continue to create entertainment and to seek profit from their loss.”

Teresa Halbach

Teresa Halbach

Steven Avery is guilty. To think otherwise is to deny justice for Teresa Halbach no matter how ‘entertaining’ a documentary may be.

Philip Chism convicted in rape and murder of Danvers High teacher

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Earlier today a Massachusetts jury found 16-year-old Philip Chism guilty in the rape and murder of Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer was Chism’s math teacher at Danvers High School. in 2013 a then 14-year-old Chism brutally raped and slashed the throat of Ms. Ritzer with a box cutter and is even believed to have violated her with a tree branch. The crimes were also believed to be premeditated. Chism’s defense tried arguing that their client was suffering from a psychotic episode at the time. The prosecution argued that he was faking any kind of mental illness which also momentarily delayed his trial previously.

Chism was tried as an adult however there is a possibility for parole as the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that LWOP for minors is unconstitutional in all cases. Considering the brutality of Ms. Ritzer’s death and the fact that he tried to attack a Department of Youth Services female employee while in custody should show that regardless of his age Chism should never see the light of day ever again.

Long con turns to craigslist killing in Oklahoma

Kathryn Lynn Hicks

Kathryn Lynn Hicks

44-year-old Kathryn Lynn Hicks is accused of shooting and killing 59-year-old Michael Ray Beach of Cordell, Oklahoma, sometime in late November. Mr. Beach met his alleged killer back in June through the craigslist personals after his wife had passed away in 2014. During their relationship Hicks had moved in with the victim and allegedly had him change his will and bank account to include her. Beach had her removed from the premises after he believed he tried to kill him.

From NewsOK

“Beach later told Perkins that Hicks had given him a milkshake that night and it tasted gritty. Beach had told several people that he thought Hicks had tried to kill him,” OSBI Special Agent Dannie Sanders wrote in the affidavit.

Beach did have to go to the hospital shortly after that incident.

Thinking that she was still in Beach’s will Hicks is said to have shot and killed Beach in his own home. She reportedly claims that she did not kill him but found his body then claimed that there were two men in the house who assaulted her and left. They must have planted evidence on her because police found a bullet in her purse which matches the type of gun allegedly used to kill Beach. Not to mention this was all for naught as Mr. Beach had Hicks removed from his will and other documents prior to his murder.

I would indeed classify this as a craigslist killing. Hicks appears to be a grifter in my opinion and was using craigslist to find a victim and it also appears that murder was always the end game to get to Beach’s money. Also this shows what kind of criminal element uses craigslist to their advantage. It has become much too unsafe to use for anything in my opinion.

New twist in NY roommate killing

In my last post about the murder of 66-year-old Michael Wimbert in West Nyack, New York, I said that it did not appear to be ‘roommate with benefits’ situation. I may have been wrong about that. The Rockland County Times is saying that this could be the ad placed by victim Michael Wimbert…

wibertad

In my opinion that looks exactly like a roommate with benefits ad.

This is important now because the alleged killer, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini, has pleaded not guilty and is claiming that Wimbert tried to molest him and he acted out of self-defense. However I have doubts about that too since Wimbert was recovering from eye surgery and I wonder if lethal force was a necessary self-defense.

I’m still not ready to classify this as your ‘normal’ craigslist killing. Also how sad is it that there are craigslist killings that are considered normal?

19-year-old charged in possible NY craigslist killing

Dylan Lentini

Dylan Lentini

19-year-old Dylan Lentini has been charged with allegedly stabbing 66-year-old Michael Wimbert to death after responding to a craigslist ad for a roommate. Lentini responded to the ad last Friday with the murder taking place this past Tuesday in the West Nyack, New York, home of the victim.

This doesn’t appear to be a ‘roommate with benefits’ situation either…

He may have needed a roommate to help pay his rent and bills. His landlord said Wimbert had been recovering from eye surgery and had problems finding work.

The motive for the murder has not been made public at this time so I’m hesitant to call it a ‘craigslist killing’ just yet. I’ll post more details as they become available.

craigslist Halloween hook-up leads to Michigan murder

Christopher Charles-Ruben King

Christopher Charles-Ruben King

Police in Madison Heights, Michigan allege that 19-year-old Christopher Charles-Ruben King killed 59-year-old Fernando Gonzales on Halloween night. Gonzalez is said to have placed an ad on craigslist looking for a date. Sometime during the night King allegedly strangled Gonzales to death before setting fire to his house and stealing his car.

Again I don’t care what your sexual orientation is, but if you’re using craigslist for hook-ups or one night stands you’re inviting a world of trouble on yourself. Craigslist is rife with criminal activity and is no longer the friendly communal neighborhood site that it was roughly two decades ago.

Philip Chism ruled competent to stand trial

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Last month the trial of 16-year-old Philip Chism was halted when a judge ordered Chism to a psychiatric facility to determine his mental competency. Chism was said to be uncooperative with his defense and that he was hearing voices among other concerns. Yesterday a judge ruled that Chism is competent to stand trial and the proceedings have started up again.

Chism was 14-years-old in 2013 when he allegedly raped and killed his teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Chism allegedly raped her not only physically but also with a tree branch before slitting her throat and leaving her body in the woods. Chism has been charged as an adult.

The details of Chism’s psychiatric report has not been made public.

The Washington craigslist killing that isn’t

Christopher Garcia Gonzalez

Christopher Garcia Gonzalez

23-year-old Christopher Garcia Gonzalez has been arrested and charged with the murder of 32-year-old Christopher Davis of Lynwood, Washington. Local media in Washington seems to be implying that there is a craigslist connection to the murder but I disagree.

Davis is said to have taken out an ad on craigslist for what the local media is calling ‘a romantic housekeeping arrangement’ which sounds like a roommate with benefits situation to me. Gonzalez was allegedly being thrown out by Davis after an argument. It’s unknown if that was the motive for the murder but Gonzalez allegedly strangled Davis before stealing his car and fleeing the state. Gonzalez was later captured in California.

The reason I don’t consider this what the media would normally refer to as a ‘craigslist killing’ is because as far as I can tell Gonzalez did not use craigslist specifically to find a murder victim. It sounds like that Gonzalez had been there a while before deciding to murder Davis. A crime like this has happened before in Florida where 24-year-old Latoya Jordan stabbed 53-year-old Daniel Somerson to death. Jordan was living with Somerson for a while after responding to a roommate ad on craigslist. Conversely though, 21-year-old Grant Van Muren killed Charles Clark of Naperville, Illinois, the day he moved in after responding to a craigslist ad. In the case of Clark’s murder it seemed that Van Muren was only searching for a victim and had no intentions of staying.

No disrespect is intended towards Mr. Davis as I hope that his killer is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.