Requiescat in pace
In the past few days I’ve received some e-mails and comments asking if Bad Breeders is no more. Sadly that is in fact the case.
I originally took the site over when I was working for b5 Media and it was still Parents Behaving Badly. While I have always been an advocate for abused children I took the site over for a payday and that was the reason I kept the site open after b5 Media and I parted ways. While I wasn’t getting the money I was while working for b5 I was still getting enough from Google Adsesnse to justify keeping the site open. Not enough to make a living but enough to justify keeping it open. The problem was I felt guilty collecting money on a site that was about child abuse. I felt like I was collecting money directly from the victims of child abuse like I was stealing their lunch money or something. It was obvious in the last couple of years of BB that I had totally lost the passion for that site as I barely ever posted. The final straw came when Adsesne threatened to ban BB. Without that income stream it became no loner financially viable of logistically feasible to keep BB open anymore.
That’s not to say that I wasn’t proud of the work I did there. All the posts that I made personally are here at this site. I still have everything from BB backed up as well and eventually I will have that posted somewhere as well however as of right now that’s a project that has to be put on the back burner for now as I get this site in order. I also want to thank all the other writers from BB who contributed to the site over the years. I wish we made enough money for me to have paid everyone for their contributions but the PayPal fees would have pretty much eaten up any payment.
In the meantime I’ll still be posting some BB type stories however it won’t be the main focus of the site. In the meantime if you need a BB type fix I recommend Bonnie’s Blog of Crime.
Hopefully some of you BB fans will stick around here as well because it’s not just parents that abuse children. There are those that are being preyed upon by strangers online or are being sexually trafficked on sites like Backpage and they deserve our attention too.
Thank you for all the years of your support.
Tonight at 8:30 EST I’ll be chatting with the gang from CriminalInjustice on Paltalk talking about PBB. If you have Paltalk the room name is CriminalInjustice.
My awesome boss at b5media has suggested that I should do a year in review type of post. Unfortunately I’ve only been running this blog since November so it would be a pretty short year.
Now I know some of you are looking forward to voting for bad parent of the year but like I said since I’ve only been doing this blog since November I’m not up to speed on all the bad parenting stories of the year. However I think we would all agree and that a vote would be no contest that bad parent of the year would have to be Casey Anthony with her crazy mom Cindy as a runner up.
But I’m not here to talk about Casey Anthony as I have sworn not to become part of the media and blogging circus that This case has become. I’m here to talk about what I think was the story of 2008 and that would be the disappearance of Giovanni Gonzalez.
This case is eerily similar to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. Back in August 8-year-old Giovanni of Lynn, Mass. was to have spent the weekend with his father, Ernesto Gonzalez. When it came time for his father to drop him off at his home he didn’t show up. So Giovanni’s mother went to Ernesto Gonzalez’s home and he said that he didn’t know where Giovanni is. So now Ernesto Gonzalez sits in a jail cell refusing to cooperate with police. At one point Ernesto Gonzalez told the Boston Globe that he did kill Giovanni and dismembered his body but police have said that confession was bogus. As of yet Giovanni has not been found.
Another reason why I’ve picked this as my story of the year and my main cause for this site is the lack of coverage that this story has received outside of the Boston area. Fellow crime blogs Dreamin’ Demon and Shadow Scope, among others, have also blogged about Giovanni Gonzalez with little to no attention paid to the story. So why have there been no Nancy Graces or Greta Van Susterns rushing to Boston to cover this story? I mean when this story started there were two children missing with two parents in jail refusing to cooperate. Is it because Giovanni is a boy? Is it because Ernesto Gonzalez is male? Or is it the obvious, the fact that Giovanni Gonzalez is Hispanic?
I think that subconsciously people are basing this on race. For example over at my other b5media blog MyCrimeSpace I posted a short entry about Casey Anthony’s Facebook and I received more comments than I have for all of my posts about Giovanni Gonzalez combined. When was the last time the major news networks focused on the disappearance of a minority child? Yet the Jon Benet Ramsey story still makes major headlines and Casey Anthony makes daily headlines. What else could it possibly be if it’s not race? As a country we had no problem electing a minority President yet we could still give a rat’s ass about a missing Hispanic boy. It makes no sense.
Here’s to a 2009 where I hope as a country and a society we start caring about all missing children.
Just to let everyone know I am now also the blogger at Parents Behaving Badly which is also a member of the b5media Lifestyle’s channel.