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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.

Person of interest in Chanel Petro-Nixon’s murder jailed on new murder charge

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon was 16 in 2006 when she was strangled to death in Brooklyn, but to date no one has been charged with her murder. As recently as 2014 the NYPD said that they had a person of interest in her murder but could not physically connect him to the crime.

The story took a strange turn recently as the person of interest, 29-year-old Veron Primus, has been arrested on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent for allegedly stabbing another woman to death. Primus is accused of murdering 24-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves last year. Primus was a classmate of Chanel’s back in 2006 and was the last person believed to be with her before she disappeared. Primus was being questioned about the alleged kidnapping of another St. Vincent woman when, from what I understand, found evidence implicating him in the murder of Ms. Graves and possibly one other woman.

I hope for the sake of Chanel’s family that this somehow will finally allow New York police bring justice for Chanel.

I’ll post more on Primus and his more recent alleged crimes as information becomes available and time allows.

Suspect arrested in Backpage killing of SC man

Michael Saheem Spears

Michael Saheem Spears

Backpage murders don’t seem to get the same media attention as ‘craigslist killings’. Maybe it’s because of the lack of alliteration. Backpage bloodshed doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it. I’m only half-kidding too. However, I will give each of these stories the attention they deserve to show that Backpage, while not only the online haven of prostitution and human trafficking, is also just as dangerous as craigslist if not more so.

22-year-old Michael Saheem Spears of Aiken, South Carolina, has been charged in the murder of 62-year-old Jesse Sanders of Whitmire, S.C. Sanders is said to have responded to an ad for an escort that is said to have featured Spears, however Spears was said to be only interested in robbery. Sanders was shot multiple times and his body was dumped on the side of a highway.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2211, www.newberrycountysheriff.com, or Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIMESC.

No one really uses Backpage for sofas or used cars, it is mainly used for criminal activity and Backpage is making millions of dollars from it. Sadly, Mr. Sanders was only worth a few bucks as far as Backpage is concerned.

Ten years since the murder of Jamie Rose Bolin

Kevin Ray Underwood

Kevin Ray Underwood

Normally I’m not one to engage in remembrances of tragic events however sometimes there are events that are so tragic that when the sate comes around it must be discussed. One of those tragedies was the brutal 2006 murder of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin at the hands of Kevin Ray Underwood of Purcell, Oklahoma. This past Tuesday, April 12th, was the tenth anniversary of her murder.

Jamie Rose Bolin

Jamie Rose Bolin

What made Jamie’s murder stand out more than most was not only the brutal fashion in which she was killed but because of the senselessness of it all and the selfishness of her killer. You see, Underwood was obsessed with the concept of cannibalism. He had such a strong desire to know what the taste of human fresh was like that he not only murdered his young victim but he raped her postmortem and attempted to cut off her head after that. Underwood cared so little about his victim that he even volunteered to join the search for her after she went missing. Underwood was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to death shortly thereafter. After having a number of appeals denied he still remains on Oklahoma’s death row. The death penalty has never been awarded to one more deserving of it. At least by me Jamie will never be forgotten.

To see what I posted about Jamie’s murder at the time you can read the archives.

Father murdered in KC craigslist killing

Jake Brantner

Jake Brantner

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.

Elisa Baker still not taking responsibility for Zahra Baker’s death

Elisa Baker

Elisa Baker

ELisa Baker is still up to her grifting ways even in prison. Not only is she still denying that she had anything to do with 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s death but now she says she’s appealing her conviction for the death and dismemberment of her step-daughter. Elisa Baler is believed to have killed Zahra before dismembering her body then reporting her to the police as missing.

Now ELisa Baker is still trying to get someone, anyone to believe her lies. She claims that she was only given 15 minutes to agree to the guilty plea which saw her go to jail for 18 years for Zahra’s murder. Worst of all she’s still acting like she actually cares about Zahra…

From her cell in a North Carolina prison Elisa Baker, 47, told The Daily Telegraph she still keeps a photo of the smiling 10-year-old inside her locker.

“Why would she haunt me? I was a good mamma,” she told the newspaper.

No you weren’t. Good mama’s don’t deal drugs and abuse their step-children and they especially don’t mutilate them and try to cover up their murder. Sadly it could only take her convincing the right person to believe her lies in order to arrange her freedom.

Torey Adamcik denied new trial or re-sentencing

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Late last week a judge denied Torey Adamcik’s request for either a new trial or a reconsidered sentence. Adamcik’s attorney argues that recent court rulings that say mandatory life sentences for teens are cruel and unusual however the judge disagreed that those rulings applied in the case of Adamcik.

Along with cohort Brian Draper, Adamcik was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to life for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart. The pair had bragged about the murder on videotape after stabbing Cassie 29 times. Draper was also a fan of the Columbine shooters, what I call a mutant and what Tumblr users call a columbiner.

Philip Chism sentenced for rape and murder of Danvers High teacher. Victim’s family angered by sentence.

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Yesterday Superior Court Judge David Lowy sentenced Philip Chism to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years for the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. He also sentenced Chism to two 40 year sentences for her rape and robbery committed by Chism. All three sentences will be served concurrently meaning that the earliest he could be released is in 40 years minus the time served he spent in prison awaiting trial. As I’ve mentioned before Chism could not be sentenced to life without parole since the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that LWOP for teens is unconstitutional as it is considered cruel and unusual.

Colleen Ritzer’s mother had this to say about the sentence…

“Today’s sentence is unacceptable and the laws must be changed,” Peggie Ritzer said at a news conference. “Colleen’s family, friends, students, and those who admired her have been given a life sentence without parole, but not the individual who committed the heinous act. This is wrong and unjust.”

I couldn’t agree more. Chism not only slashed Ms. Ritzer’s throat with a boxcutter but he also raped her and violated her with a tree branch before leaving her body in the woods while he went to a movie with the money he took from her. LWOP is the least that this monster should have received. His age at the time of the crime, 14-years-old, should not be used as excuse for such brutality. There’s no way in hell that someone his age doesn’t know what he’s doing is wrong and the law should reflect it. The more we absolve actions like this the more frequent they’ll become.

Many charges dropped in NY roommate killing

Many charges dropped in NY roommate killing

Dylan Lentini

In the almost 16 years of this website I have believed that only three people who I’ve posted about were either wrongly convicted or arrested. I may now have a fourth.

I originally posted about Dylan Lentini here and here. He was arrested last year for the alleged stabbing murder of 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York.

Since that time all the counts of robbery in the first degree have been dropped as have three of the four murder in the second degree charges. Lentini has maintained that he killed Wimbert in self-defense stating that Wimbert kept trying to force himself upon the teen. Lentiti had a laceration of his own in his hand and yelled to neighbors to call 911 after fleeing the scene.

The only thing that keeps me from fully believing that Lentini acted in self-defense is the amount of stab wounds that Wimbert received and that was 24. Although with the robbery charges dropped I’m not seeing much of a motive for murder.

I’ll continue to keep an eye on this story for further details.

UPDATE 5/8/2016: Lentini recently gave a jailhouse interview claiming that Wimbert had raped him.