Emergency Programming Note

I was going to announce this after my appearance on #Murder tonight, however, a story broke that forces my hand.

I’ve broken off all the stories about craigslist, Backpage and the like into a new site called Crime Classified. The site isn’t quite ready for primetime, but an issue has forced my hand.

So from now on, stories about classifieds sites and apps will be over there.

If you follow me on social media, you don’t have to do a thing. However, if you follow me either on RSS feed or through the mailing list, you will have to subscribe to the new site as well.

And for further spoilers, I’m going to be doing the same for my social media posts as well in the near future.

Trench to appear on TV One’s #Murder

Trench to appear on TV One's #Murder

This Monday Night, July 24th 2017, I will be appearing on an episode of the TV show #Murder, that’s on the One TV Network. The show deals with the craigslist killing committed in Jacksonville, Florida, by David Sparre.

The episode airs at 10PM Eastern and 9PM Central. If you don’t have TV One in your area, or on your cable package, you can view the episodes later on the TV One website.

I’ll be posting a select clip to my YouTube Channel after it airs.

Backpage sex ad leads to murder in Austin

Backpage sex ad leads to murder in Austin
Julian Juan Medrano

(Story broke 7/12/2017)

Here we have another story in which there are no good guys.

43-year-old Dunieski Castillo-Leyva and two of his friends were said to have responded to a sex ad on Backpage in Austin, Texas. The trio drove to an apartment where an argument reportedly ensued over money paid and ‘services’ not received. Of course, arguments like this tend to turn violent and this one was no different.

Levya and his friends tried leaving the area and got into his car. This is where 17-year-old Julian Juan Medrano allegedly fired a single shot into Levya’s vehicle instantly killing the man. Medrano is said to be related to the apartment where the three men drove to, but it hasn’t been made public as to what capacity he was serving.

The investigation is currently ongoing.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

I’m not saying this is what exactly happened, however, when you argue with a prostitute over money and try to get it back, that’s when pimps and their muscle try to get involved and they only solve problems one way, with violence. Much in the way that you wouldn’t ask a drug dealer for change, if you’re out money because of a Backpage sex ad, that’s on you. Just let it go man, because it’s gone. It’s not worth losing your life over. Even better, how about not using Backpage to solicit prostitutes? It only continues the cycle of violence and abuse many of these women have to endure from their pimps and traffickers.

WaPo busts Backpage in major lie about sex ads

WaPo busts Backpage in major lie about sex ads
Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

The Washington Post recently received documents from a lawsuit unrelated to Backpage that allegedly shows Backpage was not only creating and editing the content of their adult ads, but they were copying ads from competing websites and actively soliciting people to post sex ads on Backpage for free.

The lawsuit was filed against a company in the Philippines named Avion. Avion was being sued by a real estate site for copying their ads. Documents that were seized by the courts in this lawsuit also showed Avion was allegedly copying sex ads from other sites and posting them to Backpage. Avion was also said to contact people who would post sex ads on other sites and promised they could post their ads for free on Backpage. Normally, it costs for anyone to post ads in Backpage’s dating section where the sex trafficking ads are now said to reside.

So what does this mean for Backpage? Well, for years, Backpage has been protected by the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The CDA protects websites from prosecution when its users post illegal content. However, if Backpage is actively creating, editing, copying and soliciting this content, that makes them de facto publishers which no longer affords them the protection of the CDA. This in turn could lead to any number of state Attorneys General to prosecute the Backpage cabal of CEO Carl Ferrer and co-founders Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Most importantly, it could lead to an inordinate amount of women and children being freed from sexual slavery.

This also comes at a time when Backpage is suing the Attorney General of Missouri to halt any investigation into Backpage’s alleged illegal activity. Once again, Backpage hides behind the First Amendment and the antiquated CDA. However, with these newly released documents, Backpage may want to start focusing their legal efforts elsewhere, like keeping the blood money trio of Ferrer, Lacey and Larkin out of prison. I also find it kind of humorous that Backpage’s head legal weasel, Liz McDougall, has been silent on the matter when she usually has no problem spouting lies for her greedy benefactors.

Lastly, for those of you who still believe that Backpage is willingly helping law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, please watch this video with a representative of the NCMEC telling it how it really is.

Craigslist creeper wanted serious girls into incest

Craigslist creeper wanted serious girls into incest
Peter Joseph McGibbon

(Story broke 5/17/2017)

30-year-old Peter Joseph McGibbon of St. Paul, Minnesota, was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex with children through craigslist. Not just any sex mind you. Oh no. McGibbon’s ad reportedly said he was into ‘serious girls’ who shared his interest in incest. Let that sink in for a moment. He allegedly wanted underage girls who shared his interest in incest. Looking at his mugshot, he may have more than just a passing interest in it, he looks like he’s also a product of it. Since I can’t see all of him, I can’t tell if he has any flipper arms or anything like that. In McGibbon’s craigslist ad, he also reportedly said he was interested in starting a ‘nudist family’. That’s just more craigslist creeper code for wanting to have sex with children.

Police posed as a 15-year-old girl responding to his ad and McGibbon was said to be fine with her age. They arrested him at a nearby park. McGibbon was also under a previous child porn investigation when Google gave a tip to the NCMEC. Speaking of incest, when police tried to seize his phone, his mother stepped in and said they couldn’t take the phone because it had all his doctor appointments were on it. Well, that and some child porn police allegedly seized.

McGibbon had been previously charged with child porn possession in Florida but those charges were dropped due to McGibbon’s alleged diminished mental capacity.

It almost seems to me that craigslist’s lack of monitoring is emboldening wave after wave of pedophiles and predators who find acceptance among the other cretins on craigslist. While craigslist says it relies on community policing to flag inappropriate ads, it’s hard to take those ‘police’ seriously when they’re a group of abominations.
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3 teens arrested in Southern California school shooting plot

3 teens arrested in Southern California school shooting plot
Calexico High School

(Story broke 5/10/2017)

There isn’t a lot of information about this story, but what is known is three students of Calexico High School, in Calexico, California, were arrested back in May for allegedly plotting a school shooting against the school. I was unable to find the ages of all three unnamed juvenile suspects, but at least one of them is 15-years-old. While police haven’t released many details, they have said their case for attempted murder is strong. At least one of the suspects lived in a home with multiple firearms.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to discuss. First off, the plot was foiled because another student actually informed the principal about the alleged scheme. Too many times before school shootings there have been reports of a student either knowing about the plan, or seeing the gun, but chalk it up to “I didn’t think he was serious”. As the saying goes, if you see something, say something. It’s better for it to be a false alarm than an actual school shooting where life and limb are lost.

The other topic is, of course, bullying. It has been raised in this case but local police put it best…

Police said that bullying may have been a factor, but they are quick to point out that it is no excuse to put the lives of others in danger.

Someone with a gun who shoots unarmed kids is not only a bully in their own right, but they’re also a coward.

46-year-old Kik kreeper sends tablet to teen

46-year-old Kik kreeper sends tablet to teen
Eric Beckman

(Story broke 5/9/2017)

46-year-old Eric Beckman of Browntown, Wisconsin, is accused of allegedly using the Kik messaging app to solicit a 13-year-old girl for explicit pictures. Beckman posed as a 19-year-old pig farmer named Tommy Lee Holmes. While the article doesn’t explicitly state it, it gives the impression that Beckman did allegedly receive explicit photos from his young victim. Posing as someone who is closer to their victim’s age is a common trick used by many online predators.

Beckman is said to have even gone as far as to send a tablet to the teen through the mail. While tablets aren’t the most expensive pieces of tech anymore, this does show how far some predators will go to circumvent parental monitoring. So if you take away your kid’s device, the predator can still communicate with them with this secondary device. Again, with most messaging apps, all you need to use one is a wi-fi enabled device and an internet connection. They do not require a cellular signal.

At last report, Beckaman was free on bond.

Kik is probably the most frequently used app by predators who try to communicate with kids. As I’ve said many times in the past, Kik is inundated with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. If your kids are using Kik, make sure you know who everyone is on their friends list. If they can’t give you a last name of their friend or if their friend is not local or known to you, delete that contact or reconsider allowing your kids to use Kik.

Another classifieds creeper that may have wanted daddy/daughter sex

Another classifieds creeper that wanted daddy/daughter sex
Jordan Reece Chavez

(Story broke 6/8/2017)

24-year-old Jordan Reece Chavez of Loveland, Colorado, was arrested back in June for allegedly posting an online classified ad where he was looking for sex with children. I’ll get to which classified site in a moment. Chavez was arrested at a hotel by the Loveland Police Department who say Chavez believed he was there to have sex with two adults and a child under the age of 10.

While this was not mentioned in any article I found on this story, I would guess Loveland Police posed as parents willing to turn out their child on the classifieds site. Which brings us to which site it was. Every article I saw about this story said the ad was on an unnamed site. The tipster who sent me this story claims to have personal insight into the story and told me what site it was. However, since the articles are saying its unnamed, I would imagine police do not want that detail released so I will not release it either.

Some of the articles also state Chavez was being held without bond. The tipster told me Chavez had been bonded out. I can neither confirm nor deny that, however, when I went to the Larimer County Jail’s inmate search, I was unable to find Chavez listed as an inmate so take that information for what you will.

The investigation is currently ongoing…

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Loveland police detective Henry Stucky at 970-962-2249.

According to the tipster, they see ads like this online all the time of people seeking couples with children for the purpose of sex. Through my own experience writing this blog, and one other, I’ve found the practice is more common than you might expect. Yet the classifieds site’s administrators continue to turn a blind eye to the child sex trade that continually happens on their site in order to save the website a few bucks. With the millions they make they could hire moderators to review obviously illegal ads, but they’d rather sleep on a bed of money and try to call themselves philanthropists. Not to mention, we as consumers also turn a blind eye to it so we can get a great deal on that used couch without feeling guilty.
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LGBT church staff member victim of craigslist killing in Dallas

LGBT church staff member victim of craigslist killing in Dallas
Yevin Rushing

(Story broke 7/9/2017)

54-year-old Robert Lee Covington was the personal assistant to the senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope of Dallas. According to reports, the Cathedral of Hope is one of the largest LGBT churches in the country. Mr. Covington was found dead in his home on Friday night. He is said to have died from asphyxiation due to his nose and mouth being covered by duct tape. Missing from his home were his Rolex watch, his cell phone and car keys.

Police had no suspects until 22-year-old Yevin Rushing allegedly returned to the scene of the crime in a U-Haul. Rushing saw police investigating the crime scene and left. Neighbors reported this as a suspicious vehicle which led police to the suspect. Rushing allegedly told police he met Mr. Covington on craigslist and Covington had given him his Rolex. The watch was said to have been in Rushing’s vehicle. He is currently being held on $500,000 bond after being charged with capital murder.

By all accounts, Mr. Covington was loved by his congregation and by no means do I intend to sully his name or memory. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind not just those in the LGBT community, but anyone, not to use craigslist for hook-ups. While there is a degree of anonymity to craigslist, there is a much higher degree of danger. Anybody who uses craigslist for any kind of physical pursuit could find themselves robbed, sexually assaulted, or sadly, even killed.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Covington.
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