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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?

Boyfriend of woman stabbed to death in craigslist confrontation tells his side

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I originally posted about the stabbing death of 41-year-old Robin Smith, from Fresno, California, here. Now her boyfriend, who was present at the time of her stabbing, is taking to local media to tell his side of the story.

He claims that Smith contacted the man “to get some transmission fluid for her broken down vehicle”. However the article doesn’t say why he thinks that the man stabbed Smith if it wasn’t self-defense. He claims that he only accosted the man after Smith was stabbed. However the article does state that Smith had worked as a prostitute in the past which would lend credence to the report that the craigslist ad that stared the whole thing was for ‘companionship’.

Again that doesn’t mean she deserved to be killed however I am finding the transmission fluid story a little hard to believe. When people’s cars break down to some take to craigslist for immediate help? That would not be my first avenue of choice in that situation.

Police are still investigating and so far no charges have been filed.

Was Fresno craigslist stabbing self-defense?

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For a while now craigslist has been described as the ‘Wild West’ of the internet. I think this story drives that point home better than most.

On New Year’s Eve 41-year-old Robin Smith, of Fresno, California, was stabbed to death, but was she a victim or an aggressor?

The man who killed her claims that he met Smith through craigslist regarding an ad for what the ABC 30 article calls companionship. The man also claims that Smith began asking for money and then Smith’s boyfriend allegedly attacked the man. The man then claims he stabbed Smith in self-defense. Fresno police are saying that the man is cooperating with police.

While we don’t know for sure I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much this sounded like a prostitution deal gone south. Does that mean Smith deserved to be stabbed to death? It’s hard to say at this time.

In true Wild West fashion there are no ‘good guys’ in this story but what led to her death remains to be seen.

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…

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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.

Arrest made in the murder of Cynthia Worthy

Cynthia Worthy

Cynthia Worthy

There’s been some conflicting information being put out by the media but from what I can tell two suspects were arrested last night in Oak Park, Michigan, but only one of them has been charged with the murder of Cynthia Worthy.

Police are not releasing a lot of details but they say the suspect has a criminal history and was on parole at the time of Ms. Worthy’s murder.

I’ll post more here as more details become available.

UPDATE: Previous reports were incorrect. Only one person was taken into custody. Still no further information on the suspect.

UPDATE 10/17/2015: The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Jerome Moore of Oak Park, Michigan. He was recently arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Cynthia Worthy’s murder.

Jerome Moore

Jerome Moore

Cynthia Worthy was a good girl who got caught up

Cynthia Worthy

Cynthia Worthy

There hasn’t been any news information in the ongoing investigation of Cynthia Worthy’s murder. If you’ll recall Ms. Worthy went missing this past Friday after leaving to meet a man from Backpage. Her body was recently found in a Detroit alley. According to the coroner’s report she had been stabbed multiple times in the chest. So far no person of interest or suspect has been named or apprehended.

I wanted to share with you a quote from The Detroit News from Cynthia Worthy’s mother.

She was a super-sweet girl who just got caught up doing something just to make some quick money,” Priscilla Harrison said Tuesday. “She was a good girl. She didn’t deserve this. … She’s got a lot of family and friends who are loving her and missing her right now.

A lot of sex workers think I hate them, that I want to see them hurt or destitute. Nothing could be further from the truth, I want to see them safe, out from under a traffickers control if they’re under it and preferably out of the lifestyle. The allure of money can be powerful hut in my opinion it’s not worth the risk to willingly put yourself in the danger that these women face on a constant basis. If anyone who is reading this is thinking about going into the business I implore you not to. The risk to not only yourself but the trauma that your family could endure is not worth it.

Cynthia’s family currently have a GoFundMe site set up for her funeral expenses. I hope you can spare some money for a grieving and loving family.

As I said previously police do not currently have a suspect…

Anyone with tips or information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Body of missing Detroit woman found

Cynthia Worthy

Cynthia Worthy

The body of 23-year-old Cynthia Worthy of Detroit has been found. Sadly it seems that she was stabbed to death and her body was found in an alley. Ms. Worthy went missing last Friday after meeting a man from Backpage for a date. Her family states that she was working as a prostitute on Backpage but that she was trying to get out of the lifestyle.

So far there has been no mention of a suspect. I’ll post more details as they become available.

My prayers and condolences go out to her friends and family.

Ten years since the murder of Jennifer Parks

Jennifer Parks

Jennifer Parks

It was ten years ago today that 16-year-old Jennifer Parks of Randolph, New Jersey, was murdered by her neighbors, the Zarate brothers, Jonathan and James.

James Zarate had invited Jennifer over to watch TV but it was just a plot to lure her into the Zarate household. The Zarate brother’s held a grudge against Jennifer after she had complained to her school about being bullied by James. The brothers brutally stabbed and bludgeoned Jennifer to death. Then to try to cover up their crime they dismembered Jennifer’s body and hid her remains in a trunk which they then put in the back of the family SUV for over a day. The brothers were arrested when they were caught trying to dump Jennifer’s remains into the Passaic River. Both brothers were sentenced to life in prison.

I first wrote about Jennifer back in 2005 due to the sheer brutality of it and the complete disregard for Jennifer’s life that the Zarate brothers had. During that time I had the pleasure of corresponding with Jennifer’s mother, Laurie Parks. She thanked me for what I was doing to make sure that Jennifer’s memory would never be forgotten. I also had the opportunity to meet two friends of Mrs. Parks that I consider close friends to this day. Unfortunately Jennifer’s father died from a heart attack but not before seeing his daughter’s killers sent to jail.

Today Jennifer would be 26 and we could only imagine what her life would have been like now. Would she be married with a daughter if her own or would should be years deep into a successful career? Unfortunately will never know since the Zarates stole the life of a girl filled with so much potential.

As long as I am writing I swear that Jennifer will never be forgotten.