Items found in Carina Saunders murder investigation made public

Items found in Carina Saunders murder investigation made public

Recently, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations had searched two properties in Oklahoma City and had found items of interest in the murder investigation of Carina Saunders. Now, a search warrant used by the OBSI has been released, detailing the items that they had found.

The warrants indicates a folding knife, shirt, windbreaker jacket, and slip-on sandals were recovered during the three-day excavation in Northwest Oklahoma City.

As has been mentioned previously, it could be months before any forensic evidence can reveal if these items are related to Carina’s murder.

What I also found interesting about the News9 article that I linked to above, is they seem to insinuate Kenny Richards may have had more involvement in the murder than he’s letting on. I hate to talk about someone who at least has not been arrested for the crime I’m posting about, but the property these items were found on belonged to Richards, and News9 has said court records show investigators had received tips claiming Richards allegedly drove Carina to where her body was found and he had buried her belongings in a metal drum on his property. Richards has steadfastly denied any involvement in Carina’s murder.

While I’m not necessarily defending Richards, in my opinion it seems like Carina’s murder was a multi-person affair. By walking an accusatory thin line, certain news outlets could be potentially jeopardizing the investigation by putting too much of the spotlight on any one person of interest. The brutal way Carina met her end demands justice and doesn’t need any more hindrances in bringing the guilty to justice.

A gun is NOT discharged in a US school about once a week

A gun is NOT discharged in a US school about once a week

In the wake of last week’s shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, a gun control advocacy group is once again making hyperbolic claims. Tragically last week, Cedric Anderson shot and killed his estranged wife Karen Smith, and two students, killing one, before killing himself. Now this week, Everytown for Gun Safety has come out with the claim that a gun is discharged in a US school about once a week. This is not surprising as previously they have claimed that there have been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook. Again, the devil is in the details.

Much like their definition of a school shooting, their definition of ‘school’ itself is quite vague and open to a lot of interpretation.

The list tracks “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds,” which could include suicides, accidental discharges, and criminal activity, such as gunfire related to an armed robbery.

So basically, one could interpret that anytime a gun is discharged within earshot of a school, Everytown considers that gun being fired in a school. Now I have no problem with gun control groups, they have their right to seek gun control as they see fit. What I do have a problem with is the distorting of facts. Everytown would have had a better and more logical argument if they had said a gun is found in a school about once a week. While I’m only going by anecdotal evidence of news articles that I’ve read in my research, that seems way more plausible than their wild claims of guns being fired in schools.

With every one of these wildly unrealistic claims, Everytown for Gun Safety becomes less of an advocacy group and more of a parody of one. In my opinion they’re the PMRC or Jack Thompson of guns. They are so out of touch with the facts that they never really had any credibility to begin with.

Damien Echols returns to the scene of the crime to protest Arkansas executions

Damien Echols returns to the scene of the crime to protest Arkansas executions
Damien Echols (I get all my broody headshots done at the mall)

Over Easter weekend, a protest took place in Little Rock, Arkansas, against the state’s plan to execute eight inmates in ten days. The state is said to be doing this since one of the drugs they use in lethal injections is set to expire at the end of the month. Of course you can’t mention the Arkansas death penalty without attracting the attention of triple convicted child killer Damien Echols, he of the West Memphis 3 infamy.

Echols made his intentions known to attend the protest prior to the event itself. NBC was kind enough to give him the media attention he craves. As usual, Echols was ever the drama queen…

“It takes a lot for me to go back to Arkansas,” he added. “It’s a place that holds nothing but horror and despair for me. This whole situation is horrific and fills me with despair to the point that I wake up at night trying to scream.”

Oh, do you mean like the screams of the children that you killed and were convicted for? Are they anything like that?

He goes on to call Arkansas’ execution plans a ‘conveyor belt of death’, as opposed to the killing floor of three children who committed no crime.

NBC also spoke to Patrick Crane who used to be a correctional officer on Arkansas’ death row. Crane now opposed the death penalty and had the following to say…

“What if we killed Damien Echols?” he asked. “We now know that guy is innocent but we could have killed an innocent man.”

No, no you wouldn’t have. You would have executed a man who had been rightly convicted of the crimes against him. Also, for the record, Echols and crew were never exonerated. They took an Alford plea which means they maintain their innocence while pleading guilty. Surprisingly, NBC doesn’t gloss over the Alford plea unlike a number of media outlets who proclaim Echols as innocent. What almost all media outlets fail to mention is that it was the WM3 defense team who approached the state about the Alford plea. I explain why I thought the state gave in to the deal here.

Echols was joined at the protest by alleged wife beater Johnny Depp. He was asked what message he had for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

“How do you sleep man?” Depp asked.

Maybe he should be asking how best bud Damien sleeps after murdering three children? I imagine he sleeps pretty well considering that he’s a sociopath. The Depp-Echols bromance shenanigans didn’t end there either.

From THV11

As he arrived, Echols admitted to our cameraman that he felt that his heart was about beat out of his chest.

“I’ll catch it,” Depp said, who comforted him as Echols arrived to the rally.

Besides triggering my gag reflex, I bet that set Tumblr afire. I can only imagine all the slashfic that must be going on over there which Depp probably writes himself.

Even the bastion of journalism that the New York Times is supposed to be allowed Echols to go on about his over-inflated sense of self-worth.

Mr. Echols’s argument is simpler. He has said he considers himself living proof “that the state of Arkansas does indeed sentence innocent people to death, despite how infallible these politicians would have you believe the system is.”

No you’re not. You’re an aberration of how the system is supposed to work. You got bankrolled by all your celebrity friends which scared the state into releasing you using the Alford plea. For all intents and purposes, you should be one of the inmates set to be executed on their so-called conveyor belt.

As usual, when it comes to most death penalty stories I didn’t see a whole lot of commentary from the families of the victims that these eight men are accused of killing, much like you don’t hear about the real victims of the WM3 when it comes to articles about Echols.

Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stevie Branch

I’m here to make sure they’re never forgotten. As long as Echols and his former friends are free men than justice is being denied them.

Person of interest in Carina Saunders murder texts local news station

Person of interest in Carina Saunders murder texts local news station

Another odd development in an already bizarre story. After agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations finished examining some Oklahoma City properties in the Carina Saunders murder investigation, the person who once owned the properties responded to a local news station.

As mentioned in my previous post, the man who used to own the properties is Kenny Richards. Not only is he believed to have allegedly prostituted Carina, he’s also believed to be the last person to see her alive according to news reports. After his name appeared in the news earlier this week he sent a series of text messages to local TV station News 9.

In a series of text messages, Richards said, “It [sic] all wrong…I told police everything I know.”

Richards explained via text Wednesday evening, “She [Saunders] was a friend of mine…I miss her, too!!” … “I have nothing more to say!!”

I’d be interested in knowing if News 9 reached out to Richards or if he reached out to them. They left that more than a little vague in their article.

The article does mention what items investigators were specifically looking for.

Saunders’ personal items were listed including shoes, socks, bra, underwear, belt, T-shirt, handbag and her wallet.

Investigators were also hoping to recover parts of her body that have been missing since she was found dismembered in a duffel bag in Bethany.

Considering they wrapped up their investigation of the properties early and said that the OSBI recovered items of interest, could they be finally getting closer to bringing Carina’s brutal killer or killers to justice? We can only hope.

Another argument for amending the Communications Decency Act of 1996

Another argument for amending the Communications Decency Act of 1996

In a piece published by the Washington Post, Law Professor and former director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, Mary Leary, argues that Congress hasn’t done enough to stop the sexual trafficking of children by sites like Backpage. One of the main culprits she feels is preventing this is the Communications Decency Act of 1996, or CDA for short. Basically, the CDA grants websites like Backpage immunity from the things that its users post, like ads for children being prostituted. Backpage has been able to fend off several lawsuits claiming that the CDA protects them. For years I’ve been saying that the CDA is archaic since it’s been more than 20 years since the act was instituted. Considering those were the days of dial-up internet on AOL, it’s a joke that the act hasn’t been routinely updated to keep up with current internet trends. Ms. Leary seems to agree…

These companies have been sued by surviving victims throughout the country for facilitating their sex trafficking, and, with one exception, these companies have been able to hide behind Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and claim immunity for their actions by claiming that it grants them protection from prosecution for the transactions that they facilitate.

When Congress drafted Section 230 of the CDA in 1996, we lived in a different world: The Internet was still in its infancy, and online commerce had yet to become a major force in American life. Yet as the Internet has developed and the “dark web” has emerged, Congress has failed to amend this provision to respond to these new challenges. As a result, 47 state attorneys general have written Congress to demand the CDA be amended to prevent this. Law enforcement, child advocates, local politicians and victims themselves have begged Congress to make this important change and close down the largest marketplace for the sale of children in the world.

Ms. Leary continues that without amending the CDA, sites like Backpage will continue to pop up no matter how many are shut down. If the CDA is amended to reflect current times it could cut the head off of the proverbial beast, and sites like Backpage would no longer be able to rake in millions off the suffering of woman and children who are peddled on their pages by pimps and traffickers.

‘Items of interest’ found in search for Carina Saunders’ remains

'Items of interest' found in search for Carina Saunders' remains
Carina Saunders

Yesterday, I posted that agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations had been searching two vacant properties in Oklahoma City for the additional remains of Carina Saunders. Today, agents said that they have found what they’re calling ‘items of interest’ after searching the Oklahoma City properties. Carina was murdered in 2011, and her partial remains were found in a duffle bag in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Investigators haven’t said what the items they found were, but said the items need to go under extensive forensic testing before any conclusions can be drawn from them.

What was not mentioned in yesterday’s news is that the properties they searched had once belonged to a man by the name of Kenny Richards. Richards is believed to have allegedly prostituted Carina shortly before her death. Human trafficking has been a recurring thread in this investigation, as there was once an assumption that Carina was killed in order to intimidate others into working for a sex trafficking ring. There is also believed to be a video of Carina’s murder out there in the wild and the state is offering a $10,000 award for any information leading to the arrest of Carina’s killer.

Again, if you have any information about Carina’s murder please contact the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.

Kik child porn group moderator: “Let’s keep it to 5-year-olds guys”

Kik child porn group moderator: "Let's keep it to 5-year-olds guys"
Justin Wayne Reid II

As you’re probably tired of hearing me mention, the mobile messaging app Kik has been documented to be crawling with sex offenders and pedophiles. More recently, it seems Kik has an even bigger problem with child porn collectors who occupy an increasing number of secret rooms among Kik dedicated to trading the vile imagery.

One such man who allegedly ran one of those groups was 56-year-old Justin Wayne Reid II of Campbell County, Virginia. Reid is accused of running a Kik chat room where the images of girls as young as 10 were said to be traded. Of course, Reid was said to be found with his own personal collection of child porn. However, it appears that Reid must have had somewhat of a conscience as he put his foot down as moderator

In the chat sessions, the warrant showed that Reid posted the following statement: “New Year, New Rule. Nothing under age of 5 allowed. Lets keep it 5 to 18.”

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Yes, because a 4-year-old being violated is so much more worse than a 5-year-old being violated, and yes that is indeed sarcasm. However, that’s how these deviants justify their repugnant behavior, much like the guy who called his child porn ‘nudist pictures’.

In case that’s not disturbing enough, I wonder how many of the girls in the group’s pictures gave these cretins their pictures through Kik since the app is so popular with teens? If you’re a parent and not checking for Kik and apps like it, it’s time to get on the ball before images of your kids end up in the hands of guys who draw the line at 4-year-olds.

OSBI searching for possible additional remains of Carina Saunders

OSBI searching for possible additional remains of Carina Saunders
Carina Saunders

Agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations have been searching two vacant properties in Oklahoma City for the additional remains of Carina Saunders. Carina was 19 when she was killed in 2011. Her dismembered body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. I was under the assumption that her complete remains had been found, but apparently I was mistaken.

Agents are using ground-penetrating radar in order to possibly find the last of Carina’s remains. The properties were rumored to have been occupied by people who allegedly knew who killed Carina but were too afraid to come forward due to fear of being killed themselves. While some may find this outrageous behavior, I can kind of understand because in the past there has been a theory that Carina may have been killed by a Mexican drug cartel as a way to send a message to someone close to her. While that may or may not be true, I could see how that could scare a neighborhood into silence.

So far the OBSI has not released what led them to check these properties or if they have found anything as of yet.

Investigators are still asking that if anyone has any information about Carina’s murder please contact the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.
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Death sentence overturned for man who set girlfriend on fire

Death sentence overturned for man who set girlfriend on fire
Dane Abdool

Dane Abdool was convicted for the 2006 murder of his then girlfriend, 17-year-old Amelia Sookdeo. Abdool, who was 20 at the time, was enraged that he thought Amelia was pregnant. So much so that he forced her out of his car onto the side of a Florida country road, doused her in gasoline and set her on fire. After his conviction, Abdool was sentenced to death, and rightly so. He previously tried to get his death sentence overturned claiming that a drug used in Florida’s lethal injection was considered cruel and unusual, which is ironic to say the least.

This past week, Abdool’s death sentence was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court on the grounds that the jury who decided his fate back in 2008, did not unanimously vote on the death penalty. The jury at the time voted 10-2 to give Abdool the death penalty. Nine other such cases have been sent back to the lower courts for review.

This isn’t to say that Abdool will necessarily escape the death penalty. It means that the sentencing phase will be sent back to a county court to more than likely hold another sentencing phase. My only hope is that during the new sentencing phase Abdool is once again sentenced to death. His crime was not only barbaric, but it’s unimaginable how the 17-year-old Amelia must have suffered, being bound and set on fire, before finally succumbing to the torture that Abdool inflicted on her. Abdool should consider himself lucky if he only receives lethal injection after what he did to Amelia.

Sadly, I doubt that he’ll be re-sentenced to death. Too many jurors these days lack the fortitude to pull the trigger on the death penalty, so to speak. It’s more likely that the jury will not be unanimous, and it will be an eternity before Abdool receives his ultimate judgment.

One of Jennifer Parks’ killers wants to be re-sentenced as a juvenile

One of Jennifer Parks' killers wants to be re-sentenced as a juvenile
James Zarate

James Zarate was 14-years-old when he helped his older brother Jonathan brutally murder their 16-year-old Randolph, New Jersey, neighbor Jennifer Parks. For those of you not familiar with the story, Jennifer had been bullied by James Zarate and reported him to the school. To get back at Jennifer for his brother, Jonathan Zarate invited her over to his house to watch TV. Instead, the Zarate brothers brutally bludgeoned and stabbed Jennifer to death. In an effort to try to hide her body they dismembered Jennifer’s corpse and stuffed it into a trunk that they then put in the back of one of their parents’ Jeep. It was a full 24 hours before the pair, along with a friend, tried to dump Jennifer’s remains in the Passaic River. If it were not for a passing police officer, it may have been an eternity before Jennifer’s body would have been found.

Jonathan Zarate was convicted at trial and was sentenced to life plus 24 years. James was charged as an adult and was sentenced to life plus 14, but later had his sentence reduced by nine years. James Zarate has had many appeals denied, but now instead of appealing his conviction he’s trying to have his sentence reduced.

Recently, James Zarate’s public defender has filed a motion to have Zarate’s case moved to family court, in other words he wants to be sentenced as a juvenile.

If you’re a regular reader of this site you’ll notice that Zarate’s attorney is trying a familiar ploy. In 2016, New Jersey passed a law stating that no one under 15 could be charged as an adult. Zarate’s defender is asking for a juvenile re-sentencing under this ruling arguing that a 14-year-old’s brain isn’t fully developed enough to understand their actions when they commit murder. If the ruling were to fall into Zarate’s favor, more than likely he would be released after time served.

As I have argued many times in the past, this is a load of crap, as a 14-year-old’s brain is developed enough to know what murder is. Zarate willingly participated in Jennifer’s murder and at any time could have gone to his parents, the police or Jennifer to warn her in advance. He did none of these things. Instead he took part in an act only the most bloodthirsty of killers would have committed. To have him ever breathe the air outside of a New Jersey prison would not only be a travesty of justice but an insult to Jennifer’s memory. He is where he belongs.

Thanks to Rob for the tip.

UPDATE 4/14/2017: The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has filed its opposition to James Zarate being re-sentenced as a juvenile. They argue that the new statute does not have “express declaration of retroactive application.”