I haven’t posted much about the Bethel High School shooting that happened in Anchorage, Alaska, back in 1997. Back then a 16-year-old Evan Ramsey took a shotgun to the school and opened fire killing Principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios. Ramsey was tried as an adult and was sentenced to close to 200 years in prison. Back in 2008, Ramsey gave an interview to Nightline where he blamed the shooting on everyone but himself. He blamed everything from video games, to bullies, to the kid who taught him how to shoot a gun. He even tried to claim that he didn’t think death was permanent at the time of the shooting.
Now, with the 20th anniversary of the shooting having just passed yesterday, the Alaskan media have spoken to Ramsey and he seems to have changed his tune.
Ramsey said he is not making excuses or blaming video games, rock music or anything else, unlike how it sounded years ago in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He is not looking for sympathy. He said he is speaking up to say how wrong he was and to help others, like school counselors, understand the rage that took hold.
“I can’t say that I am sorry enough,” Ramsey said. A correctional officer announced time was up. He said he hopes everyone he hurt will find closure, peace.
“There’s a part of me that will always be sad,” Evan Ramsey said. “Sad for what I did. But the small amount of sorrow that I have, others feel more.”
Evan Ramsey says he’s sorry for his crime and wishes he had known then that his high school years would pass quickly and his frustrations over bullying would be over.
So for once it seems that we have a school shooter that’s finally owning up to the responsibility of his actions. However, that hasn’t stopped the press for making the excuses for him. For example, the ADN headline reads “Evan Ramsey’s tattered life filled him with rage. Then he brought a shotgun to school.” Both articles I link to spend more time going over Ramsey’s childhood then they do about the victims of the shooting. They spend paragraphs on Ramsey’s father being sent to prison for his own attempted mass shooting and how his mother became an alcoholic. They talk about the bullying he suffered at school ad nauseam. Both articles are written in such a way that Ramsey’s childhood is supposed to somehow excuse the double homicide he committed.
If Ramsey is willing to accept responsibility for his crime the press is doing a major disservice by playing up his childhood issues. By doing so, they’re not only excusing his actions but they make them seem acceptable by potential school shooters.
29-year-old Felix Joel Perez Fong, of Phoenix, Arizona, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl that he was friends with on Facebook. He is said to have met the victim at a family party before continuing to talk to the girl on Facebook where they exchanged explicit pictures. Reports say that Fong repeatedly mentioned that he knew the girl was half his age. So let’s assume that the victim was either 14 or 15, that’s still under the legal age of consent. Apparently the age difference wasn’t large enough to stop Fong from picking the girl up from school so they could have sex, or as it should be called child rape.
There’s nothing that’s not creepy about this story, from meeting the girl at a family party to picking the girl up at school for sex. If you’re not careful, this is who could be talking to your kids on Facebook. While kids are more likely to be abused by someone they know, like a friend of the family, doesn’t mean predators won’t use electronic means such as Facebook to groom their victims.
55-year-old Gary Owens of Omaha, Nebraska, reportedly took out an ad on craigslist that said he was a nice guy and just looking for a friend. A homeless woman responded to his ad looking for a place to stay. Instead she found herself in a makeshift prison. Once she was in the house Owens allegedly told her “You know we’re going to have sex right?” before preventing her from leaving the bedroom. After she rebuffed his advances, Owens allegedly restrained her with rope and choked her into unconsciousness before raping her. When she needed to use the bathroom Owens would lock her in there as well. The victim says she was eventually able to trick Owens into letting her use a phone and was able to call a women’s shelter who helped her escape. Owens is said to have a long and violent criminal history.
I can understand someone being desperate enough to seek shelter anywhere if they’re without a home, however, craigslist is not that place to look. Unfortunately, it is overflowing with violent predators like this. If they’re allowing you to stay in their home out of ‘the goodness of their hearts’ it’s more than likely that they want something unsavory in return.
Ybarra had also previously claimed that his plan was instructed to him by God and Satan. However, the prosecution noted that Ybarra didn’t make any such claims until he had already been in detention and heard talk of ‘God’s plan’ through ministries in jail.
There has been a lot of speculation that Ybarra is somehow representative of the failure of mental healthcare in this country. Let’s not forget that Ybarra was receiving treatment, but not only did he discount the treatment from day one, but also went off his meds so he could ‘feel the hate’.
So don’t shed a tear for Ybarra, he’s going exactly where he belongs for the rest of his natural life, away from society where he can’t hurt anyone anymore.
Anuj and Leslie Chopra, 41 and 42 respectively of Jamestown Township, Michigan, are accused of trying to lure teen friends of their 16-year-old daughter into sex. Mr. Chopra is accused of allegedly offering 16 and 17-year-old boys to perform sex acts for money while Chopra would record the acts. Mrs. Chopra is accused of allegedly sending explicit pictures to the 16-year-old boy through Snapchat in order to get the boy into bed.
According to Wikiepdia, the age of consent in Michigan is 16 unless one is an authority figure, then it’s 18. It could be argued that a friend’s parent is somewhat of an authority figure, however, the point is moot since Mr. Chopra allegedly offered money to the teens. Because of the money the charge becomes human trafficking.
It always amazes me when a romantically involved couple agree on such a horrible idea. I always wonder how that conversation gets started. “Hey honey, you know what would make our marriage even better? If I recorded you getting tag-teamed by two underage boys?” With her replying “I know just the way to do it to, I’ll send porn to one of our daughter’s friends on Snapchat.””BRILLIANT!”
It used to be, back in the day, that parents had each others backs, now you can’t even trust them.
55-year-old Michael Miller of Arizona was arrested in Miami for allegedly prostituting a woman on Backpage and violently assaulting her. Miller is said to have been romantically involved with the woman in Arizona when he reportedly talked her in to prostituting herself on Backpage. By the time she realized she was just another body to sell for Miller it was already too late.
Miller allegedly choked her and punched her in the face while trafficking her all over the country. He reportedly turned her out at high trafficked events like the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve. While in Miami, the woman said she was too tired to work, but Miller beat her and made her work anyway. Luckily, at one point, the victim was able to contact her family who contacted Miami police who arrested Miller.
Once again, this woman is another victim who supporters of Backpage will tell you doesn’t exist. They’ll try to tell you they don’t know anyone who’s trafficked, and that they don’t know any pimps. I guess this is a woman they didn’t know. More than likely they know a lot of victims like this woman but choose not to care. Women like this are being trafficked all over the country on Backpage. Don’t let anyone try to tell you differently.
As I’ve said in the past, too many people think that sex trafficking doesn’t happen where they live, and that it only happens in big cities. Have you ever heard of Auburn, Maine? I didn’t until I read this story. According to Wikipedia, the city has a population of roughly 23,000. That didn’t keep one man from violently forcing a woman to sell herself on Backpage.
A 57-year-old Auburn man was indicted this week, accused of raping a local woman, forcing her into prostitution and beating her with a gun, hammer and dinner plate in November.
And that is only the tip of the bloody iceberg.
Minor is also accused of allegedly beating the woman with a belt before tightening the belt around her throat. He is also said to have pistol whipped her in a fit of jealous rage. Kind of ironic that someone who forces a woman to have sex with other men would be jealous. He is also accused of striking the victim in the back of the head with a hammer after she woke up, and smashing a plate over her head after punching her. When the victim was finally able to make it to a hospital for her injuries Minor is said to have shown up at the hospital looking for her. Other women had ‘worked’ for Minor as well so God only knows what he did to those women too.
This story, which is sadly only one of many, should show you a number of things. The first is that human trafficking is happening everywhere, yes, your town too. The second is that this is obviously not a victimless crime, unless you consider violent assaults and rape victimless. Lastly, this is not an ‘industry’ of women who chose this way of life as many would have you try to believe. This woman, this victim, is more the rule than the exception no matter how many sex workers will tell you that they don’t know anyone who is being trafficked against their will. Those people are either turning a blind eye to the brutality before them to justify the way they make money, or are being trafficked themselves, and are just repeating a line that their pimps have told them to say.
Let’s also not forget that Backpage made their money off of this woman’s blood and pain in the name of ‘free speech’.
Here’s what parents and kids need to know about how Magana is said to have found one of his victims…
Detectives said 27-year-old Josh Manuel Magana had learned enough about the victim through her social media posts to convince her that he knew where she lived and what school she attended.
As I’ve said before, online predators don’t need very much information from your kids’ social media accounts to find out where they live, work or go to school. The most innocent picture could provide them with the information they may need. Anyway, back to Magana.
Using the screen name “thegiftedmonster”, Magana reportedly threatened his victim into sending him explicit pictures. Once he received the pictures, he then threatened the victim into having sex with him or he would make the pictures public. One of his victims didn’t even come forward until she was contacted by police. Magana is accused of using this scheme to sexually assault both a 16 and 17-year-old girl in two separate incidents, but let’s be honest, this is nothing short of rape.
Police believe that Magana may have more victims…
Detectives said they believe Magana has more victims, and urged anyone who had been contacted by “thegiftedmonster” to call the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force at (323) 526-5156.
18-year-old Adonis Jackson, of Elmore County, Alabama, has been charged with the production of child porn and second-degree rape. Jackson allegedly used Snapchat and Facetime in order to obtain explicit pictures of 16-year-old students. Once he obtained the pictures Jackson is said to have extorted his victims into having sex with him.
These are the same tactics used by much older predators except in this case the predator doesn’t have to pose as a teen because he is one. He also deserves the same type of prosecution as these older predators as well. Just because he’s closer in age to his victims doesn’t make him any less of an abuser.
This is also a good lesson for kids that Snapchat pictures don’t disappear like the app may claim, and anything that makes its way out on to the internet is out there forever.