Normally I don’t review things that are bad. I don’t believe in spreading negativity about a project that a creative team probably poured their hearts and souls into. However, The Killing Joke was such an iconic comic that I felt I need to do a review of it that’s not your typical internet nerd hate-fest.
26-year-old Kyle Duty of Norman, Oklahoma, was recently arrested after police discovered a craigslist ad where Duty allegedly promised to train underage sex slaves. The casual encounters ad was said to be for girls “as low as you want”, purportedly referring to the age of his ‘trainees’. For those interested in responding, he requested that the subject in emails read “tech me sir”.
This naturally attracted the attention of state law enforcement who responded to Duty’s ad posing as a stepfather who wanted his 14-year-old stepdaughter to be trained. The responses that law enforcement received from Duty are quite chilling…
“She would be gone for a couple of months hidden away in a basement or somewhere private and secluded where he could torture her to break her will.”
“They don’t trade their services for money, they trade for the sexual submission. Basically, this person would have trained that girl. In other words, she would have started out as his sex slave,” said Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.”
There were even plans discussed on how to cover up the girl’s disappearance.
Investigators believe that Duty may not have actually hurt any girls but at the time of the original article were still searching for victims.
If you think guys like this don’t actually exist or are just role-playing I’ll refer you to the stories about ‘Master T’ Timothy Gilmore and Edward Bagley Sr. Both men from Missouri were arrested on unrelated crimes. both relating to the keeping or training of sex slaves. Also, Duty’s case can’t be considered BDSM either because even in BDSM the participants are willing and aren’t brought to their masters by a parent or guardian. In short, this not some blow struck against the freedom of people to pursue alternate sexual lifestyles. This is just the arrest of one man who allegedly was on a quest to torture and violate as many underage girls as he could for his own sick satisfaction.
Let us also not forget that this ad went unmoderated on craigslist for who knows how long. Craigslist has the power to keep these ads from appearing but would rather do nothing.
28-year-old Ashley Pegram of Summerville, South Carolina, disappeared on April 4th, 2015 after leaving for a date with a man she is said to have met on the smart phone messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged with her disappearance and her murder before her body was found.
Ashley Pegram was a mother who didn’t deserve to be killed and left out in the open like that. While meeting people through social apps has become commonplace, it’s still as dangerous as ever. Always exercise caution when making such an arrangement. Let people know where you are going and who you are going with and check in with friends and family on regular basis. Protect yourself and don’t let yourself become a victim.
24 year-old Randy Montante, of Dearborn, Michigan has been charged with allegedly soliciting and receiving explicit images from a 13-year-old girl over the mobile messaging app Kik. He is also accused of having the girl appear naked over video chat client Skype. Montante was said to have the oh so original Kik username of ‘doimakeyourandy’. The vicitm originally told Montante that she was 18 but then revealed her true age but Montante was said to persist.
The victim lived in New Jersey where the mother discovered the messages between Montante and her daughter and contacted local police. Police took over the girl’s account and again brought up the matter of the girl’s age. Montante was said to reply with the age-old creeper credo…
“A good friend of mine said if you like someone, and it’s real, age doesn’t matter.”
It never does to predators. Neither does the safety, well-being nor the resulting mental damage to their victims.
Earlier this month 54-year-old Oak Harbor, Washington, police officer, John Little, was charged in Federal Court for allegedly receiving child porn through the mobile messaging app Kik. Reports say that Little received explicit images from a 13-year-old girl in New Mexico who was said to be sending out the images of her own volition. I can hear the ‘entrapment’ birds already. However, not only could Little have rejected the alleged offer for pictures, he didn’t have to allegedly send the girl pictures of his junk in return. He also reportedly admitted to the FBI that he knew the girl was underage.
This was a man who had been a police officer for almost 30 years. While police are human and are prone to mistakes themselves, they do need to be held to a higher standard since they are the ones who we are entrusting to help protect our children from such predators.
Also, this should serve as another reason why parents need to observe their kids’ smart phone or tablet activity when it comes to Kik. No parent wants to find out that their teenager is sending out explicit images to middle-aged strangers.
The father of a 12-year-old girl has taken to the local media to warn others about what his daughter went through. The girl was approached by a man on Snapchat who attempted to coerce the girl into sending explicit photos of her.
“She’s just distraught, my daughter is usually just a little ray of sunshine, and she is sobbing,” the victim’s father described his daughter’s reaction to someone sending her a photo of a young girl, naked from chin to torso.
“It felt like rape. That’s what it felt like to me. I’m a dad to a son and a daughter, and in that moment, [it felt like] this is a rape victim because someone halfway across the world touched her on the internet,” he exclaimed.
While some parents may think that Snapchat is harmless with its cutesy filters, it can also be a predator’s window to your children if they’re left to use it unattended.
This story is so out there it makes my head hurt and I have to write it in simple sentences.
34-year-old Nicole Reeves, of Lake Worth, Florida, is a mother of two and a super-fan of the rapper Macklemore. You know, the Thrift Shop guy. Let’s not forget that fan is short for fanatic.
A 12-year-old girl from new Hampshire starts to follow Macklemore’s Instagram account. Ms. Reeves reportedly strikes up a friendship with this girl over their mutual admiration for the rapper. Ms. Reeves also allegedly claims that she is the leader of a Macklemore fan club. She isn’t.
The girl, who is now 14, and her family had visited Reeves and her kids in Florida and Reeves had visited the girl and her family in New Hampshire.