I remember a time not too long ago where people on the internet were wary about sharing their personal information with strangers. We even told our kids that the don’t talk to strangers rule even applies to the internet. Now in the days of Facebook and Instagram it seems we have abandoned those principles.
Police in Turlock, California, say that 22-year-old Eladio Ramirez of Modesto was able to use this abandoning to his advantage. Ramirez was charged with allegedly ‘having sex’ (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he met through photo sharing app Instagram. He allegedly started following the girl on Instagram while she was 13. The girl was able to sneak out of her house multiple times to meet Ramirez. How Ramirez got tripped up should be a lesson to anyone thinking about getting involved in something like this…
The situation came to light on the morning of Nov. 24 when an individual reported seeing a young girl on Lewis Street sitting alongside the road crying. The responding officer learned from the girl that she had left her home without anyone knowing and when she returned a light was on inside and she was afraid to go back inside, Lewis said.
Police believe that Ramirez may have more victims…
Investigators suspect Ramirez may have had similar encounters with other young girls and are asking them to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 209-668-5550 ext. 6624.
These days you probably have to worry more about what’s on your kids’ smartphone then what’s on their computer. If you’re not careful their phone could give predators access to your kids 24 hours a day especially when they’re not home.
Whether you want to admit it or not smoking looks cool. A lot of people probably started smoking because it looked cool. Hell, James Dean smoked and a lot of people think he’s the coolest person who ever lived.
Now in this day and age of electronic cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers the naysayers are using the same old tired arguments to try to discourage people from using these cigarette replacements. One argument they can’t use is that it looks cool.
Considering the sizes of e-cigs and vaporizers range from a slightly oversize novelty cigarette to the handle of a light saber they are too awkward to use one and look cool at the same time. For example my vaporizer is the size of a small flute (piccolo?) and has a substantial heft to it. It’s too heavy to hold between your fingers or let hang from your lip. When I use it I hide it with my hand like I was doing something illegal.
While I was at the store buying my vaporizer I saw the epitome of uncool. A customer at the store had her vaporizer on a string around her neck. Talk about being tied to your addiction.
When I’m at work and want to use my vaporizer I still have to go to the smoking area and even the smokers are giving me the side eye. Not to mention that everyone I know who uses an e-cig or vaporizer is someone who has smoked for years (in my case decades) who is trying to or has quit smoking.
Bottom line is no kid is going to pick up vaping because they think it looks cool. If they do they have no idea what cool is,
In North Pole, Alaska, police recently arrested 24-year-old Amber Lynn Aubrey Swanson in the death of her 18-month-old son, Julian Swanson-Byrd.
Swanson told the staff at the local hospital that Julian had frostbite after falling from a car window into the snow. She claimed that she took Julian for a drive to get him to sleep and when she stopped the car she fell asleep. When she woke up she claims that Julian somehow opened the window and climbed out of the car and was face down in the snow. She brought him to the hospital after he had already passed.
Except when the autopsy was done the medical examiner claims that the frostbite was actually thermal burns and that Julian had died from blunt force trauma to the head.
I’m not sure the type of car involved in this story but let’s say for a moment that Julian fell from the window of the car. I would assume that most people in a place like North Pole would drive trucks or SUVs or some kind of 4×4 which can be pretty tall. Combine the height of the alleged fall and the amount of snow that would have been present to cover the boy’s body like that could the fall have caused the blunt force trauma. I’m thinking no. Not to mention the frostbite wasn’t even frostbite to begin with.
Again here’s a thought people, the doctors are smarter than you. Instead of thinking up lies in order to get yourself out of trouble how about not abusing your kids in the first place?
Received another lovely e-mail singing my virtues…
To “trench” You are a embellishing, twisted person who has a sick fascination with child related crimes. You are a known distortionist who many people hate. You are the leader of a sick colte. You are the biggest troll of them all and I have nothing but the worst wishes for you. I hope you burn in hell with the real monsters and they take advantage of you. Enjoy the pitiful thing you call a life you hypocritical douchebag.
What is a colte and how do you know if one is sick? Do you have to shoot it at that point? Oh, he meant a cult. Yeah, I don’t get the comparison either. It’s not like I force people to read my site.
Also this is just another ploy in the pedo-defenders bag of tricks, accusing someone who frowns on the practice of pedophiles of being a pedophile. I believe that’s called the “I know you are but what am I” axiom. Since they’re so preoccupied with the thoughts of children they begin to act like them.
While I may be going to hell my conscience will be clear knowing that I didn’t get there by being a kiddie toucher.
I received the following e-mail from someone who is obviously confused about what website this is…
I have been reading your posts. Much of what you write about is so generic and lacks details. Some of it is outright wrong. You are simply not telling the full story. For example, a sting you wrote about involved Perverted Justice. What you failed to tell people was that one of the PJ decoys went after the guy for a year and invited him 5 different times to meet. She was also connected to the Enron fraud scandal in California and has a history of mental illness. In real cases of abuse, the victim does not pursue someone for a year and invite the attacker five times to meet. You also failed to mention that not one of the people entrapped had a previous record. You also failed to tell the public that the town who set the men up only had 1,000 people in it and prior to that never had an incident of abuse. Now, why would a town that small, want to attract predators? Could their be other motives?
Sorry, I had to interrupt here for a second. I mean talk about generic and lacking details. Maybe I should have used the Irony Police graphic.
You often write about your own mental illness. You try to act like you are concerned for people. I understand that you are trying to make yourself feel better by your blogs and tweets. Trying to undo some wrong done to you. But you are actually doing more harm than good. Don’t you realize that you are now the one causing damage to people? Don’t you see the common thread in Perverted Justice, yourself, and those who follow you? All of you have mental illnesses. Unchecked mental illnesses. Just look at your comments!! All of you have mental illnesses.
Don’t you even wonder why all these internet stings are becoming more prevalent? It is because they are cheap, easy, and really nothing has to be proved. You don’t have to prove a single thing. You are just setting people up. Meanwhile, real cases of abuse involving real people are getting ignored. In fact, people like Perverted Justice are the real predators. Why do you think they refuse to turn over their computer equipment and only give the police chat transcripts in MS Word? Why do you think they are so secretive? It is because they are using their activities to cover up what they are doing. Do you even know the backgrounds of the people in that group? Their connection to crime and abuse? The fact the founder himself was brought up on sex charges?
You want to stop child abuse? Motivate your local cop to go down to a women’s shelter and start researching real cases of abuse. Real victims of abuse don’t pursue their attackers. They don’t invite their attackers to meet.
What you are writing is going to get an innocent person killed. In fact, by looking at some of the names you write about, I think you might have already done that. Stop writing about suicide. What you have written in your poorly researched and biased articles has driven people to suicide. The very thing you claim to abhor.
I hope you can live with other people’s suicides on your conscious.
For those of you who may not remember Perverted Justice is/was (are they still around?) a band of internet vigilantes trying to rid the internet of pedophiles and predators. By now you should know how I feel about internet vigilantes but occasionally PJ not only worked with law enforcement as the e-mail writer mentions above but they also worked with the one and only Chris Hansen during the “To Catch a Predator” series of reports on NBC.
But just like he accuses me of being his accusations are not only lacking details but also lacking any proof. I at least link to media reports from which I make my commentary.
Here’s the punchline though. I checked the archives and I haven’t even mentioned PJ in six years. It sounds like to me that someone got busted and rather than taking responsibility blames their problems on PJ.
By the way nice try in trying to guilt me but I had an Irish-Catholic mother. Your guilt trips mean nothing to me.
Another story that I’ve been woefully behind on is that of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. Back in late November the state of Connecticut released their final report. You can read a PDF of the report here.
What a lot of media outlets have been focusing on is that Adam Lanza was obsessed with Columbine. I was about to dismiss this as media hyperbole again especially considering that Lanza had a not only a spreadsheet that detailed numerous mass murders but he also had newspaper clippings and documentation on the shootings at NIU and Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. That was until I read the report.
On page 27 of the report it states that among the evidence that was seized from Lanza’s room were ‘large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings.’ So Lanza was just another copycat mutant, an anti-social loser with no originality. And just like his coward heroes the only way he could make himself feel relevant was through the barrel of a gun. Also just like his coward heroes he took the coward’s way out making the flames of hell burn just a little more yellow.
Also listed in the evidence seized were ‘materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles.’ So not only was he a mutant but he was pedo-defending scum too.
That sounds painful doesn’t it? Anyway, back in November, 24-year-old Joseph Lamar Johnson was arrested for allegedly sending pics of his junk to a 15-year-old girl through the smartphone app Snapchat. As you may know Snapchat’s supposed allure is that the pics are supposed to self-destruct after ten seconds. Also as many have shown there are many ways of getting around that. This story obviously shows that as well.
Johnson is a teacher at Mowat Middle School in Lynn Haven, Florida and is accused of sending the picture to a former female student who is 15-years-old. It seems that Snapchat is the preferred tool of choice by teacher creepers. In the short time that I’ve been posting about Snapchat, Johnson is the third teacher I’ve posted about getting in trouble by using it.
Hey guys, let me let you in on a little secret. Do you know how you can send pics like this to minors without getting in trouble? You can’t, so stop doing it.
Also is Florida like the pedo-defender capital of the world? The first comments in the article are quick to question the victim’s veracity. It’s almost akin to witness intimidation. They prey upon these articles and leave these comments almost to try to make sure that victims like this girl won’t come forward in the future.
One of the stories I’ve been woefully behind on is the murder of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, a teacher at Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. If being murdered by one of your 14-year-old students and having your body dumped in the woods naked from the waist down wasn’t bad enough now it’s been revealed that Philip Chism not only allegedly killed her by slashing her throat with a box cutter but he supposedly robbed and raped her as well.
Chism’s grand jury indictment revealed that he is believed to have robbed Ms. Ritzer of credit cards, her iPhone and her underwear. Chism is believed to have violated her with an object. The object in question is said to have been a tree branch. He is also said to have left a note by her body that said “I hate you all” which still remains unexplained.
Chism is facing the murder charge as an adult but the rape and robbery charges as a juvenile. More than likely those charges will be upgraded to adult status as well.
Chism has pleaded not guilty. I haven’t heard of what the defense will be but I would bet it will be the old standard of “He’s not an adult and doesn’t have a fully functioning brain” bullcrap. I don’t believe the brains of 14-year-olds are that easily pushed towards violence. If they were we would be seeing a lot more crimes like this than we do.
Recently 48-year-old Jeffrey Monroe Roy of Mobile, Alabama. was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in federal prison for using the internet to solicit a minor for sex. In 2012 law enforcement officers in Florida posted a craigslist ad posing as a 13-year-old female According to investigators the conversations quickly turned sexual and when Roy showed up for the meeting, after crossing state lines, this is what he had in his possession…
After making arrangements to meet Jaz, Roy drove from Mobile on June 16, 2012, to meet with her at a predetermined location, where he was arrested and found to be in possession of Viagra, condoms, a camera, a knife, handcuffs, a first aid kit and a deck of 52 sex-position cards.
You all know this one by now. Police in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, have arrested newlyweds Elytte and Miranda Barbour, 22 and 18, in the brutal stabbing death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. The Barbours allegedly lured LaFerrara to his death through a craigslist ad where Miranda Barbour offered ‘companionship’ more on the sarcasm quotes later.
On Veterans Day police say that Miranda Barbour picked up LaFerrara at a local mall in her SUV while Elytte (What the fuck kind of name is Elytte?) hid in the back. After LaFerrara got in the vehicle Elytte threw a rope or cord around LaFerrara’s neck while Miranda repeatedly stabbed him. And by repeatedly I mean 20 times. She tried claiming self-defense but police didn’t buy it. Especially since Elytte (Seriously, who names their kid that?) is said to have told police that the couple have been planning on killing for a long time. Later that night after the murder she took her stupidly named husband to a strip club to celebrate.
Now they may be married in name but this so sounds more like a pimp/prostitute relationship than a marriage. Oh I’m sure Mrs. Barbour believes or believed they were in love but it’s obvious that Elytte (It gets stupider every time I type it) is an old pro at this at the ripe old age of 22. Listen to what he told the media after his wife was arrested…
Barbour said his wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 for meeting with men for such activities as having dinner or walking around a mall. The ads she placed on websites including Craigslist all said upfront that sex was not part of the deal, he said.
“She is not a prostitute,” he said. “What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”
Right, and I have a Pulitzer in blogging
This is the old disclaimer used in a lot of craigslist and backpage prostitution ads. Hell, it even dates as far back as when escort services advertised in newspaper classifieds. However it does not absolve anyone, be it prostitute, pimp or john of their legal responsibilities as much as any one of those may have you believe.
Not to mention all the stories that I’ve previously posted about underage runaways whose boyfriends turned into pimps overnight.
So I can already hear some of you saying doesn’t that make Miranda Barbour a victim? Possibly, but if she was any kind of victim that all went to hell when she decided to plunge a knife into Troy LaFerrara 20 times. If she was being forced into the life by her husband she crossed the line into killer without hesitation it seems.
In case you were wondering Pennsylvania does have the death penalty but haven’t executed anyone in 14 years and that was Gary Heidnik. So that should show you what kind of depravity you have to commit in order to get executed in Pennsylvania.
Second? Hell, this isn’t even the second craigslist killing I’ve posted this week. It’s the third for those keeping score.
I’ll give them credit though, sort of, they cite Richard Beasley as being the first. I can’t decide if it’s good or bad that they forgot about good old Philip Markoff who is usually cited as the ‘first’ craigslist killer. For the record he wasn’t even close to first. In my estimation the first would be John Steven Burgess.
Yes I know it’s easy to pick on the Daily Mail but they’re just a symptom of a larger disease in the mainstream media. Hysterics rather than reporting. Sensationalism rather than facts.
UPDATE 1/26/2014: Pennsylvania prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for both Barbours. House of Horrors killer Gary Heidnik was the last person to be executed in Pennsylvania and that was 15 years ago.