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.

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.

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting
Zemmer Middle School

(Story broke 5/10/2017)

Back in February, three teens, two aged 14 and one 15, were arrested for allegedly plotting an attack against Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. Back in May, the trio appeared in court where a video made by the teens was played that was heavily influenced by the so-called ‘Basement Tapes’ from Columbine. If you’re familiar with the history of Columbine, this won’t be anything new.

Please forgive the copious copying and pasting.

In the film, XXXXX and XXXXX, 14, sat side-by-side in armchairs in XXXXX’s parents’ basement, smoking while describing the alleged plot to “shoot up” Zemmer Middle School and their plans to commit suicide after.

“It’ll be nerve-wracking, alright, but it’ll be the best moment of our lives,” said XXXXX.

“Our short lives,” XXXXX added.

“I can’t [expletive] wait,” said XXXXX.

Calling themselves “gods” and saying that they intended to “bring justice to the world, one school at a time,” the two teens listed off intended targets in the shooting, throwing their heads back and laughing to themselves.

“I thought I could I could trust someone not to [expletive] walk all over me for almost a year now, it’s [expletive],” XXXXX said in the video. “As if my life wasn’t bad enough. But you know what? It won’t matter.”

“We’re going to use a sawed-off machine gun, some pistols,” said XXXXX.

“Gonna be the best [expletive] of my life,” said XXXXX.

The pair claimed in the video that the attack would leave them with “followers” who would watch over from the afterlife.

“You know what, XXXXX, we’re gonna be in heaven, resting in peace, watching over our followers for generations to come. We will have followers, trust me … till this world is brought to justice one school at a time.”

“If not several,” said XXXXX.

In the video, the two also discussed the Columbine shooters and “Zero Hour,” the documentary on the 1999 mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students fatally shot 13, injured 21 and subsequently committed suicide.

“We’ll be resting with them,” XXXXX said in the video, laughing.

As usual, I’m not naming these kids because that’s the kind of attention they crave with this kind of behavior.

As far as the video is concerned, it makes me laugh. These kids are in middle school and consider themselves gods? Please, you’re far from gods, you’re not even acolytes. You’re just another group of plebeians who think they’re being edgy by emulating the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. You’re not the first and sadly, I’ll doubt you’ll be the last. You know nothing about the real world and obviously have little to no parental guidance in your lives.

Speaking of parental guidance, guns were kept in two of the homes by parents, but by all accounts the weapons were secured. However, that doesn’t mean that any security measure couldn’t have been circumvented by the teens. It wouldn’t have been the first time a kid has gotten hold of the key to the gun locker and took the weapon to a school.

Thankfully, the trio have been charged as adults and are looking at life sentences on attempted murder charges. Instead of gods, they’ll just be numbers, collect-calling their parents for commissary money.

Pam Vitale’s killer: “There is no blood on my hands.”

Pam Vitale's killer: "There is no blood on my hands."
Scott Dyleski’s yearbook photo circa 2005

(Story broke 7/1/2017)

Back in 2005, Pam Vitale was bludgeoned to death by a then 16-year-old Scott Dyleski in her Lafayette, California, home. Vitale was the wife of high-profile defense attorney Daniel Horowitz. Dyleski was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life without parole. The evidence against him was overwhelming with his DNA being found on Pam Vitale’s body and the fact that he carved the symbol he used to sign his artwork into her back.

Now, due to a 2014 California Supreme Court ruling, Dyleski is looking to get his sentence commuted to 25 to life meaning he would be eligible for parole after 25 years. The problem is, at least in my opinion, Dyleski still hasn’t shown any remorse for the brutal killing. Not only does he still deny he murdered Pam Vitale, but he sees himself as some kind of potential mentor for at-risk kids.

“I did not kill Pamela Vitale,” Dyleski said Friday. “There is no blood on my hands.”

His voice cracked when he described himself as a depressed teenager who lived for “the day I’d have the courage to kill myself.” He admitted to smoking marijuana and engaging in credit card fraud — two things revealed in his 2006 trial — and wanted the chance to leave prison so he could work with at-risk youth.

“I have realized the great potential I have, and the great amount of good I can do,” he said.

Let it not be forgotten that it was his marijuana growing scheme combined with the credit card fraud that led him to murder Pam Vitale in the first place. Dyleski used a neighbor’s credit card to order $2,300 worth of grow lights then killed Pam Vitale thinking she was the neighbor with the credit card.

People who have defended Dyleski have tried over the years to say that it was Daniel Horowitz that killed Pam Vitale, but they are simply engaging in conspiracy theories since Horowitz is a noted criminal defense attorney.

Not only should Dyleski not be a mentor to at-risk youth, but he should never see the light of day or breathe the air of a free man. Regardless of his age at the time, he is a cold-blooded killer who has shown zero remorse for his actions and deserves to spend the rest of his days rotting in a California prison cell.

A ruling is scheduled for July 13th.

35-year-old cosplayer cruises cons and Instagram to prey on girls

35-year-old cosplayer cruises cons and Instagram to prey on girls
Derrick La Marr Jones

(Story broke 5/3/2017)

35-year-old Derrick La Marr Jones, of Catonsville, Maryland, was arrested for allegedly trying to lure a 16-year-old girl from Ashburn, Virginia to Baltimore through Instagram, while using the screen name of ‘Toxicnfektion’. He is also said to have sent an Uber to the girl’s home to bring her to Baltimore. Authorities say that this girl may not be his only victim.

Investigators say that Jones has traveled all over the country to various comic conventions, and the like, in order to try to pick up underage girls. He would use the aliases of Kanovski Zan-Lee Vulgen, Kano or Lee, when telling girls at these cons that he was anywhere from his late teens to early 20s. He also claimed to be a cosplayer, a martial artist and a pro-gamer. Jones is said to have attended conventions in Orlando, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City.

Police believe he may have more victims…

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect is asked to call Detective J. Suess of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475 or you may submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app, which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

There are few things as sad as a middle-aged man trying to act like a young person for any reason. Doing so to try to pick up underage women is even sadder. Not to mention that he bragged about being a martial artist. I bet he even tried to convince them he was an MMA fighter. If he wasn’t so potentially dangerous he’d be almost laughable.

How not to approach your children about Snapchat

How not to approach your children about Snapchat

(Story broke 6/21/2017)

If you discovered that your 11-year-old son or daughter was on Snapchat how would you handle it? I’d like to think most of us would handle it rationally, but still disciplining the child within reason. For example, you could take away their phone for a certain amount of time, or you could add restrictions to the phone where they wouldn’t be able to download such apps. I would also imagine that you would have a talk with them about how dangerous apps like these could be, especially when you make friends with strangers.

31-year-old Sean Nguyen of Peabody, Massachusetts, did not handle it that way. When Nguyen found out that his 11-year-old daughter was on Snapchat he, for lack of a better term, snapped. When his daughter wouldn’t relinquish her phone, Nguyen allegedly beat the girl with a belt, pulled her hair and choked her.

Nguyen may have had valid concerns, but that does not excuse his alleged actions.

“My niece had over 800 friends, but she doesn’t know 800 people. My brother’s concern was some of those people could be perverts. So she deleted her whole account, that did come about at the end, the account is gone,” her aunt explained.

While I’m not a fan of Snapchat, parents may want to remember that celebrities are also on the photo sharing app. When I was that age, there were a number of musicians I was infatuated with, although I don’t think there were 800 of them. Either way, this could have been used as a teaching moment instead of an outburst of violence.

As a reminder to parents, Snapchat is rated T, which means it is not appropriate for children under 13.

Attentive mom busts sneaker creeper on Instagram

Attentive mom busts sneaker creeper on Instagram
Mohamed El-Saawy

(Story broke 5/3/2017)

62-year-old Mohamed El-Saawy of Johns Creek, Georgia, was arrested for allegedly trying to lure a 14-year-old boy by promising him high-end shoes through Instagram. The way he was caught was a thing of beauty, if the word beauty can be used in this instance.

The 14-year-old boy was using his mom’s phone for Instagram because his phone was broken. The mom reviewed his Instagram activity and was able to arrange a meeting with El-Saawy that just so happened to involve police. The mom also has some great advice for parents…

“Be vigilant,” she said. “It’s not invading their privacy. It’s making sure that they stay safe.”

In other words, be their parent.

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

(Story broke 6/23/2017)

Three people were arrested in Acworth, Georgia, recently for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. If that wasn’t bad enough, the girl was also 23 1/2 weeks pregnant at the time of her alleged traffickers’ arrests. Police say that there could be additional arrests.

The article I linked to from WSB in Atlanta didn’t mention the suspects’ names, but from the video it sounds like they are Amanda Beck, Joanne Grindel, and, I kid you not, Cross Beaver. I have no idea if any of their names have been spelled correctly.

Suspect names aside, this is just one more travesty to add to the unending list of travesties that have been perpetrated through the pages of Backpage. Sex trafficking is still taking place on their website no matter how many times they cry censorship, which means Backpage is still making money from the pimps and traffickers who use violence and force as their tools to sell women and children over and over again.

It is an embarrassment to our society that more people aren’t outraged about this.