Is a glass gun cabinet really a gun cabinet?

Is a glass gun cabinet really a gun cabinet?

Ceci n’est pas une gun cabinet

In case you lost it in the shuffle of the myriad of school shootings which took place last year, in December, 14-year-old Brandon Clegg stole his father’s guns, made his father drive him to Dennis Intermediate School at gunpoint, and exchanged gunfire with police at the school in Richmond, Indiana, before taking his own life. If you’ll recall, his mother warned police about the potential shooting after Clegg left their home. One of the main questions regarding this occurrence was where did Clegg get the guns from? We know that he stole them from his father but how?

Earlier this month, it was reported that Clegg took the guns from his father’s gun cabinet. Clegg was able to circumvent the cabinet’s locks by smashing the cabinet’s glass windows. That’s not a secure gun storage option, that’s just a display. I’m guessing that none of the guns had trigger locks either. This is like leaving your purse or wallet in plain view inside your car then complaining when someone smashes the window.

Again, more ‘responsible’ gun owners whose guns find their way into the hands of children.

San Antonio Kik kreeper charged with abusing 6-year-old girl

San Antonio Kik kreeper charged with abusing 6-year-old girl

Bobby Dominguez

31-year-old Bobby Dominguez of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested last month for allegedly sharing child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik with an undercover federal investigator.

In a Kik group chat, Dominguez reportedly told the FBI agent that Dominguez had ‘access’ to a 6-year-old girl. Dominguez is said to have sent the agent explicit photos of the 6-year-old girl. After he was arrested, Dominguez reportedly admitted to also molesting the girl. A watch that he owned was matched with a watch that appeared in one of the photos. Click here for more stories about Kik

While the 6-year-old girl had no choice in being exploited on Kik, this is just another example of how Kik is rife with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. If you have a child who uses this app you may want to consider deleting it from their devices or at least monitor their usage and friends list. There are settings and apps you can use depending on the type of device your kids use to prevent them from downloading Kik or similar apps. While you may trust your kids online, can you afford to trust the people they meet there too?

Did a Florida predator use Fortnite to groom victim?

Did a Florida predator use Fortnite to groom victim?

I’ve previously posted about the potential of your child being approached by an online predator through the popular online video game Fortnite here. My conclusion in that previous post was that since Fortnite is popular with kids there is absolutely a chance that your kids could be approached. However, in my opinion, it’s more likely that your child would be approached through social media rather than a video game and I felt the media was making a mountain out of a molehill. Now, international headlines are proclaiming that a Florida man allegedly used Fortnite to groom his 17-year-old victim. The truth is a little more complicated than what the headlines use to try to lure you in.

Before we get started I just wanted to say that I’ve been playing video games for over 40 years. I do not, however, play Fortnite. I’m not a big fan of online games as there can be steep learning curves in short amounts of time and at my age, I just don’t have the patience for that anymore. Plus, I never said I was actually good at video games. So basically, while I have a working knowledge of gaming, I’d rather take a hole puncher to my eyelids than play Fortnite.

Anyway, on to the story.

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Anthony Gene Thomas

The headlines would have you believe that 41-year-old Anthony Gene Thomas of Broward County, Florida groomed a 17-year-old girl through Fortnite. He did reportedly groom the girl and supplied her with money and a cell phone so he could keep in touch with her. He’s also accused of ‘having sex’ (child rape)  with the girl and taking explicit pictures of her. Those details I will not debate and if he is convicted of these charges he should be sentenced to a lengthy prison stay.  However, what the headlines don’t tell that is buried in the middle of the story is that Thomas allegedly used a go-between to approach the girl. Thomas reportedly has a Fortnite playing accomplice that set up Thomas’ interaction with his victim. Since none of the articles I read didn’t discuss any details about the accomplice I’m assuming that the accomplice is underage and may be a victim of Thomas themselves. Florida authorities are saying that Thomas may have multiple victims and are asking for the public’s help.

As is common in these cases, prosecutors believe there might be more victims. Those with information about this case can call BSO Det. Michael Joo at 954-888-5241.

So, the question remains are your children likely to be approached by predators while playing Fortnite? As I said before, Fortnite is as about as dangerous as any other online utility that your kids use. However, I don’t think it’s crawling with pedophiles like most mobile messaging apps are. If your kids use an app like Kik or Snapchat, it’s my belief that they’re more likely to be approached through there. That’s not to say you shouldn’t keep an eye out for who your kids are chatting with on Fortnite. Fortnite’s voice chat can be disabled if you’re more comfortable doing that.

In this digital age, you can’t be like my parents were who couldn’t get the clock on the VCR to stop blinking 12:00. Today’s parents need to be technologically educated in order to keep their kids safe from online predators who may approach your child without you ever noticing. Learning something new shouldn’t be feared and it goes a long way in keeping your child safe.

(Sources)
BBC
Miami Herald

Charges dismissed against man accused of shooting his wife and claiming it was suicide

Charges dismissed against man accused of shooting his wife and claiming it was suicide

Thomas Harry Jackson

I originally posted about the murder of Courtney Jackson here. She was the mother from Falcon, Colorado who died after being shot twice in the head. Her husband, 45-year-old Thomas Harry Jackson allegedly told police dispatchers that his wife was suicidal and that she shot herself during the call to 911 except no shots were heard during the call. Police then arrested Thomas Jackson after discovering two bullet wounds in Courtney’s head. Because, you know, it’s nigh impossible for someone to kill themselves twice as the coroner has said that either shot would have killed Courtney. You would think that this would be an open and shut case, but not so fast.

This past Friday, prosecutors dropped all charges against Thomas Jackson citing a lack of evidence. I’m trying to be calm and rational about this but seriously, what the fuck? Now I know I’m no legal expert but investigators couldn’t find sufficient evidence in the three months that Jackson has been held in custody? Courtney’s body was reportedly found 17 feet from where the shell casings and her blood were found and Thomas Jackson is said to have no other explanation as to what happened.

This doesn’t mean that Jackson is free and clear though. Jackson’s own attorney has said that murder charges could be brought against Jackson again if the evidence warrants it as Courtney’s murder is still being treated as an open investigation. However, for now, this animal is walking around and probably living in the house where he was accused of killing his wife. And what exactly is stopping this miscreation from fleeing the country?

While I’m normally very pro-police, the investigators involved in this case better step up their game before this becomes an absolute clusterfuck and there’s no justice to be had for Courtney Jackson.

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If you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, even once, get out of the relationship as fast as you can even if it’s with just the clothes on your back. It doesn’t matter if they say it won’t happen again or they say they love you, they will continue to abuse you. If you can’t reach out to a friend or family member to help please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or at their website at https://www.thehotline.org/.

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If a crime has happened to you or someone you know and you think it deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

 

NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 57 peeping felonies walks free on minimal bond

NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 59 sexual felonies walks on minimal bond

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

I originally posted about Andrew C. Jackson Jr. here.  He’s the 38-year-old attorney who was practicing in Jefferson, North Carolina. He was arrested back in October for allegedly placing a spycam in one of the restrooms in his office. Jackson had previously had his license suspended fin 2017 for some financial discrepancies within his office but the suspension was delayed for four years if he kept his nose clean. His nose is reportedly anything but clean at this point.

In my initial post about Jackson, I worried that justice may take a back seat to local backdoor politics as Jefferson is a pretty small mountain town. Or as I put it,  I’m concerned that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It seems my fears may have been justified.

While Jackson has been charged with 57 felonies charges of misuse of a photographic device, he’s also been released on a mere $15,000 bond. Not a typo, fifteen thousand dollars. For a man who has racked up close to 60 felony charges not only does $15K seem terribly low but even a lawyer in the Appalachians could probably gather that kind of scratch in a short amount of time.  And really, this pittance of a bond is an insult to anyone whose most intimate privacy he may have violated.

My hope is that everyone who reads this story shares it to their social media account of choice as the judicial system not only in Jefferson but also in Ashe County need to have a bigger eye kept on them instead of just one lonely blogger. So for me, please share this story so we can make sure that true justice is carried out in the courts.

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If a crime has happened to you or someone you know and you think it deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

We get letters: Swift kick in the ass

We get letters: People can change

I’ve been doing this for so long (coming up on 19 years, thank you) it’s not unheard of for me to get an email from someone I’ve written about before. Surprisingly, most of them are very polite and often ask me to remove the post I’ve written about them after they’ve served their time. As long as their crime is relatively minor I’m more than happy to oblige.

Recently, I received an email from someone I never thought I would. In his much younger days he had been arrested for plotting an attack against his high school not once, but twice. At the time of his initial arrest, he was working at McDonald’s and not only did I refer to him as a fry cook but I called the plot The Fry Cook Plot.  After some of the things I’ve said about him I never expected to receive the following email…

What’s up? Yes, this is the “fry cook”. Anyways I actually just wanted to comment to let you know that you were right in your reporting. I should’ve gotten over it and if I wasn’t weak it would’ve been done with. Regardless I served my time and now actually own my own business and have a beautiful wife and kids and three cars here on Long Island. I lost mad weight and gained significant muscle. I feel absolutely amazing in life now. Prison toughened me up real quick. I actually laughed at some of your writing on me because of how funny you spun the story. I know it’s odd but I just came across it today and gave me a good laugh. Anyway, I just wanted to write to you and say that there are people who can change everything around. Just need a swift kick in the ass such as myself.  It goes to show that some people rise to the top while others fall sometimes. Keep writing so I can keep laughing. Your favorite fry cook.

The reason I’m posting this email is not to boost my own ego but to use this email as a wake-up call to any kids out there who think that violence is the only solution to whatever you’re experiencing at school or home. You don’t have to let prison or worse be your kick in the ass. Turn your life around now instead of wallowing in self-pity and letting it eat you alive. Take it from someone who’s been there, your life will be better for it.

Conn. Facebook vigilantes cause suicide of suspected predator

Facebook vigilantes take to the streets of Bristol, Connecticut

It seems the Facebook vigilantes have graduated from Facebook itself to being vigilantes in meatspace. Previously these keyboard commandos would accuse people of various offenses online with little to no proof. Actions like this have not only ruined people’s lives but have caused others to take their own lives.  Now, some of these groups are taking to the streets.

NBC News recently published an article online about a twig of a man from Bristol, Connecticut who calls himself ‘Incognito’ who runs a vigilante group called POPSquad. They’re a combination of Perverted Justice and a YouTube version of To Catch a Predator. They basically entrap people into meeting them under the guise that their targets are on their way to meeting an underage child for sex. They then video the encounter and post it to the internet. One of their more recent targets took his own life after being confronted by the ‘twigilantes’. This suicide makes them judge, jury, and executioner.

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Incognito. (Seriously, who is afraid of this twig boy?)

While I’m no fan of sexual predators I’m also not a fan of mob rule. Not only do you not have the right to take the law into your own hands, but you’re also playing with fire. One day you’re going to mess with the wrong guy and end up receiving an ass beating at best or a toe tag at worst. Why the police haven’t arrested these assclown wannabe Batmen is beyond me.

Let the police do their job. Instead of trying to feel like a big man by basically entrapping people why don’t you instead teach parents the dangers of social media. And you say that…

“There’s two types of people who don’t like POPSquad: We either caught you or you know somebody that we caught.”

Well, I’m neither. I’m someone who respects the rule of law and doesn’t appreciate your untrained and amateurish brand of justice that will end up doing more harm than good.

Update on if Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin is a fugitive

Update on if Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin is a fugitive

David Bryan Poplin

Shortly before the new year, I posted about David Bryan Poplin who is accused of grooming an 8-year-old girl from Pennsylvania over messaging app Kik in 2015. Since then I hadn’t heard anything about Poplin but an anonymous reader sent me an article that said he was caught grooming other girls in Argentina. He did some time in Argentina and was deported in October of last year but I was unable to find if he had been apprehended in the United States.

In my previous post, I asked if anyone had any information about Poplin’s legal status to send it to me. Well, the anonymous reader came through again. I was sent a link to a court document from Pennsylvania that states Poplin is, in fact, a fugitive from the law.  If the link disappears I have posted the doc below.

Hopefully, we’ll be hearing about his arrest sooner rather than later.

Again, if you have any information on Poplin’s whereabouts please do not post it in the comments but contact me instead. Any communication with me will be held in the strictest of confidence.

Again I ask that you do not take matters into your own hands.

The 2018 Trenchie Awards

The 2018 Trenchie Awards

I’m sorry that I didn’t get these posted yesterday as I was feeling under the weather. That’s a weird phrase. Aren’t we always under the weather? Anyway, on with the show.

Best Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  I looked more forward to this then I did Avengers: Infinity War. Even though I’m a DC Comics fanboy, I had to see Spider-Verse shortly after its release and I have yet to see Aquaman. Animated superhero movies are so much more complimentary to the genre than live-action movies. I literally got choked up during several parts of Spider-Verse.

Best Album: I did not get a lot of new music in 2018 and some of the ones I did came out in 2017 like Ritual by In This Moment.  Halestorm had a pretty decent album with Vicious but there were a number of songs on it that I didn’t care for. If I was picking song of the year it would be Dance Macabre by Ghost. A very catchy metal song that I could not get out of my head but the rest of Ghost’s new album was bland, in my opinion. Anyway, my album of the year was an album called Thief by a band called Callout. A little different than what I normally listen to but the album had a lot of songs that I kept finding myself listening to over and over again. Here’s a sample.

Best TV Show: 2018 was a great year for TV, at least for me. Season 5 of Agents of SHIELD was the best season they’ve had so far. Season 1 of Black Lightning was awesome until the season finale where the villain literally said he wanted to “Make America Great Again”. While I’m no fan of the tangerine nightmare from where that phrase originated, but I found that episode to be a little too ham-fisted. Also, I’ve fallen off the Black Lightning train as I dropped off during season 2. Season 1 of Cloak and Dagger was really good too but I felt their season finale was rushed to an ending. However, I am looking forward to the second season. However, there was one series that hit on all cylinders for me and it was Titans. Even I thought it was going to be bad after the infamous “Fuck Batman” trailer but it turned out to be a really well-done series that kept me looking forward to each new episode. I also appreciate the fact that DC Universe released episodes weekly instead of doing it Netflix-style by releasing all the episodes at once. I’m not a binge watcher and didn’t watch Daredevil season 3 because of that.

Best Comic: Vertigo’s Astro City. If you haven’t read Astro City, it takes place in Metropolis-like city where many superheroes reside but Astro City oftentimes features just the normal citizens trying to live in such a city. The storyline that made me pick Astro City as comic of the year was one where a man’s wife was erased from time during a Crisis-like event but the man still retained his memories of her and he went on to start a support group for people who lost loved ones in superhero/villain related calamities. Astro City was a great title that deconstructed the superhero genre without relying heavily on gratuitous violence.

Most Inane Political Agenda of 2018: Arming teachers. Anybody who thinks that arming teachers will prevent school shootings is a few McNuggets short of a happy meal. Arming teachers just puts guns even closer to the hands of would-be shooters.

Dumbasses of 2018: All the troglodytes who put any stock in the QAnon conspiracy theories. Because when I think of investigative fact-finding my first thought is always of 4chan.

Biggest Jackass Celebrity of 2018: I don’t know if he really qualifies as a ‘celebrity’ but it’s NRA President Oliver North for suggesting that Ritalin causes school shootings. This is who represents you, responsible gun owners.

18 years in a row now. I guess I’ll keep doing these after all.

Where in the world is Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin?

Where in the world is Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin?

David Bryan Poplin

Before we even get started with this story I want to stress that I don’t want this turning into a Facebook lynch mob type of situation. I don’t want anyone taking matters into their own hands. Let the police do their job. However, I am looking for some information.

Back in 2015, I posted about David Bryan Poplin from Durham, North Carolina. He is a registered sex offender who allegedly used Kik and Instagram to groom an 8-year-old Pennsylvania girl. After I made that post, Poplin became more or less an afterthought to me. I just assumed he had been arrested in Durham and was extradited to Pennsylvania. However, that may not be the case.

An anonymous reader sent me a tip that Poplin was deported from Argentina back in October after being caught allegedly grooming two 13-year-old girls there. (If your Spanish is a little rusty you’ll need Google Translate.) In Argentina, Poplin allegedly used WhatsApp, which is more internationally used than in the US, and Instagram to groom these girls and coerce them into sending him explicit pictures.

So, the first question is what was he doing in Argentina in the first place? Was he not arrested in Durham back in 2015? If he was deported from Argentina where is he now? The US and Argentina do have an extradition treaty but I was unable to find Poplin in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, or federal inmate searches.

So the question remains, where is he?

If you have any information on the status of any pending legal action against Poplin in the US or his whereabouts, please do not post it in the comments but contact me instead. Any communication with me will be held in the strictest of confidence.

Again I ask that you do not take matters into your own hands. I just want to know if Poplin is on his way to trial or not.