Last week, the conviction of Joseph Cyr in the 2011 murder of Jaymie Adams was upheld by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Cyr was sentenced to two life sentences for supposedly killing the 26-year-old pregnant mother of four and her unborn child. Jaymie Adams was a prostitute who was being turned out in Oklahoma City on craigslist by her husband Justin Adams. Justin Adams was a person of interest early on in the investigation. Not only was he alleged to be having an affair after his wife went missing but he had also taken out a $100,000 life insurance policy on his wife shortly before her murder. You could be safe in assuming that at this point it would be an open and shut case but it wasn’t to be.
Investigators soon turned their attention to Joseph Cyr. Cyr was said to have been a customer of Jaymie Adams and his DNA was supposedly found inside of her. However, the autopsy report on Jaymie Adams claimed that there was no definite sperm is seen in
the oral, vaginal or rectal swabs.
As I’ve stated before, I’m not saying that Joseph Cyr wasn’t capable of murdering Jaymie Adams, however, I believe that not only was Joseph Cyr convicted on flimsy evidence but Justin Adams had much more to gain from his wife’s death. While I’m not usually one for conspiracy theories, Cyr’s arrest and conviction feel like he was railroaded. It even seems like the local media in Oklahoma went out of their way to under-report the investigation and trial. To my knowledge, once Cyr was arrested, the local media never questioned anything the investigators and prosecutors claimed about Cyr.
Even in announcing that Cyr’s life sentences had been upheld, the local media appears to be very apathetic when it comes to reporting anything about Cyr. For example, please check the following articles about Cyr’s conviction being upheld.
All of these articles are consistent with the reporting that’s been happening on this story. They’re all quite brief and lacking detail and in the case of Oklahoma City’s own newspaper, The Oklahoman, they relied on an AP wire report rather than doing their own investigating.
In a day when primetime news shows and documentarians alike are trying to find the next wrongly convicted prisoner, why is no one looking into this?
(Trench’s note: I started writing this post over a month ago then ‘things’ happened but I’m trying to deal. I didn’t want to waste the post so better late than never.)
As I was trying to catch up on all the news I’ve been neglecting, I came across this article from the Sun-Sentinel in Florida about Nikolas Cruz’s behavior before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The article interviews a number of people who knew Cruz and their statements show just how hateful he was.
One acquaintance of Cruz claims that Cruz hated black people since a ‘girlfriend’ of his left him for a black man. I use the sarcasm quotes around girlfriend because it’s unclear, to me at least, if this girlfriend even knew that Cruz considered her his girlfriend. For all we know, his ‘girlfriend’ could have been of the Canadian variety who you wouldn’t know. That same person claims that Cruz was always mad about not having a girlfriend leading me once again to believe that Cruz may have been an incel. I wouldn’t be surprised if the fact he couldn’t get a girlfriend was the motive behind the shooting itself. Another acquaintance claims that Cruz would often make antisemitic remarks and give Nazi salutes. Racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny due to the shooters own inadequacy with women are not uncommon among many school shooters.
Speaking of inadequacy with women, Cruz also allegedly punched his own mother in the face so hard he knocked her teeth out. According to a relative, Cruz wanted to go to Wal-Mart but his mother said no. So being the sane and rational being that he was, Cruz is said to have punched his mother in the face so hard that it caused $2000 in dental damages. A bill that Lynda Cruz was still paying off at the time of her passing. I do not wish to speak ill of the dead, but this was the same women who allowed Cruz to have multiple guns in the home. I realize that in too many cases blood is thicker than water, but is it too thick when your own life is in danger? If she had not passed away last year it’s my opinion that Nikolas Cruz would have killed his own mother than have gone on to commit a mass shooting much in the vein of Adam Lanza and Sandy Hook.
But yeah, let’s blame video games and President Obama for the school shooting instead of where the real issues lie, at the feet of the shooter and the lax regulations that allowed this psychopath to own multiple guns. Remember kids, you can’t have a school shooting without the shooting part. Take away the gun you take away the shooting.
Campbell County High School shooter Kenny Bartley has found his way back to jail once again. If you’ll recall, Bartley was convicted of the 2005 murder of Campbell County High School principal Ken Bruce. Bartley was 15-years-old at the time. Bartley was charged as an adult and sentenced to 45 years behind bars. In 2014, at a retrial, Bartley was found guilty of only reckless homicide and was sentenced to time served. Since his release, Bartley has been no stranger to the law as he has been arrested multiple times and was present when his therapist’s son died from injuries related to child abuse.
This past Sunday, Bartley once again found himself on the wrong side of the law as he was arrested on assault charges. Bartley is accused of going to his father’s house in Lafollette, Tennessee, and demanding money. Bartley was said to have been met by his father’s girlfriend who told him to go away. Bartley reportedly responded by telling her “Get out of my face, bitch. I will kill you!” It was at this time that Bartley allegedly grabbed a rubber mallet that was nearby. Fearing for her life, the woman grabbed a gun from inside the home and told Bartley to leave. Police found Bartley walking down the road before arresting him.
Following his story as long as I have, history indicates that Bartley will probably be out of jail again soon if he hasn’t been already. Bartley is 27 now and is obviously in need of psychiatric help. He has shown that he has a tendency towards violence yet he keeps finding himself a free man while he continues to endanger members of his family. As I’ve been saying since his 2014 release, what’s it going to take before Kenny Bartley is either returned to prison or a psychiatric facility? He is obviously too dangerous to be left to his own devices.
It seems that the Commonwealth of Kentucky has provided us with another participant for the never-ending parade of assclowns. Last time, it was U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who said the government can’t do anything to prevent school shootings. Now, I present to you Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
Late last June, hey I’m catching up sort of, Bevin was at a listening session hosted by the Federal Commission on School Safety. Did he blame school shootings on easy access to guns, inadequate mental health care in this country, or lackadaisical parenting? None of the above, actually. Governor Bevin blamed school shootings on video games, cell phones, and ‘over-medicating our children’.
“We are arming children with a device that has been proven time and time again — there’s not a single study that refutes or flies in the face of the fact that this leads to greater self-doubt, greater depression, greater ideas of self-harm,” Bevin said.
Except, Bevin is either lying or talking out of his ass as there have been multiple studies disproving any link between video games and real-world violence. Here’s one now.
Of course, Bevin also said that he doesn’t support any new gun restrictions. I mean why would you want to take the shooting part out of school shootings? It’s not like his state isn’t a stranger to school shootings as two high-profile school shootings have taken place in Kentucky. The first one being the Heath High School shooting in Paducah and the most recent one being the shooting that left two dead at Marshall County High School. So let’s not try to figure out how guns got into the hands of a then-13-year-old and a 15-year-old but instead place the blame on Frotnite or PUBG.
I’m a first generation console game and I’m turning 50 later this year. Why aren’t there more games in politics already so we can focus on the real matter at hand repeatedly carting out a two decades old trope that has no basis in fact?
Late in May, because I’m prompt like that, cellphone videos made by Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz were made public. The Miami Herald posted these videos to their website and I’m posting them here today. I’m obviously not posting these videos in order to glorify the extreme loss of life that happened but to show how much of an emotionally stunted weakling Cruz really is.
He sounds like a 13-year-old girl who was raised by the internet and had memes for parents. If it wasn’t for the fact that he owned a veritable arsenal, no one in their right mind should have been afraid of this coward.
Notice at first he talks about his supposed power then later in the video he refers to the power of his AR, referring to the AR-15 rifle. So even by his own words, he’s another coward hiding behind a gun because he couldn’t deal with his own inadequacies without resorting to bloodshed. As is typical with these deluded and entitled sociopaths, Cruz blames everyone else for his failures. As far as who ‘Angie’ is, as far as I can tell there’s been no definitive answer to that question. If I had to hazard a guess, I imagine she’s probably a poor girl that Cruz had an infatuation with who probably didn’t even know he existed. The crossover between emotionally stunted and socially awkward men who can’t approach women without being creepy and school shooters have become more prevalent in recent years. It wouldn’t surprise me if Cruz was either a borderline or full-on incel. Although, I saw some non-gender specific person on Tumblr say “They would be the Angie to their Nik”, Cruz could probably now have the pick of the litter on Tumblr. And by litter I mean trash.
Not really much to talk about here outside of the worst ad for Uber ever. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how he once again talked about his AR like not only is it an extension of himself but also like a gun is the ultimate problem solver.
All of this paints a picture of the stereotypical school shooter. An entitled and selfish antisocial malcontent who doesn’t have the emotional wherewithal to deal with the same life problems that everyone has. Anyone that reaches for a gun in these matters is nothing more than a petulant coward.
It was reported yesterday that comic book legend Steve Ditko passed away at the age of 90. Most of his online tributes talk about how Ditko was the co-creator of such legendary comic book icons like Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. Others will talk about how Ditko shunned notoriety and just wanted to draw comics. Even others will talk about how he was a devotee of the Objectivist philosophy. Instead, I’m going to talk about how Steve Ditko indirectly influenced me into the writer I am today.
I’ve been a fan of comic book heroes since I was young. From watching the Batman ’66 reruns to the Super-Friends cartoon to picking up my first copy of The Flash from a 7-11 in the 70s, I’ve always been a fan on the superhero genre. In the late 80s as a young adult, I came across a comic at my local comic shop that caught my eye because of the protagonist’s aesthetic. It was Hub City’s trench coat and fedora-clad vigilante, The Question as written by another comic book legend Denny O’Neil and drawn by gritty artist Denys Cowan.
For those who may not be familiar with the character, news reporter Vic Sage dons the faceless visage of The Question to get the answers a journalist just can’t get. While Ditko wrote him in the 60s as a vigilante with a black and white moral code, O’Neil took the very unique approach of writing The Question as a Zen detective dealing with various shades of gray. While O’Neil’s take was a far cry from Ditko’s, he stayed true to the character’s core principle of an insatiable need to find the truth.
I first got on the internet and started creating websites back in the late 90s before blogs were even a thing. Back then mostly everyone used screen names to protect their identity. Influenced by The Question, I chose the name of TheTrenchcoat. (Not a typo, all one word with two capital Ts.) As many of you know, when Columbine happened, this led to me being confused with the so-called Trenchcoat Mafia. This was the impetus which got me into writing about crime online since I wanted to dispel many of the mistruths of that fateful day, which many are still told today. You might even say that I had an insatiable need to find the truth. The rest is history.
As I posted on social media yesterday, had it not have been for Steve Ditko creating The Question there probably would not have been the Trench Reynolds you see today. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Mr. Ditko.
This past Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was addressing a group of community leaders in Danville, Kentucky. When the subject of school shootings came up McConnell said there was nothing the Federal Government could do to prevent future ones from happening.
“I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds,” McConnell told a group of community leaders in Danville Tuesday.
“You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don’t think we could do that from Washington, I think it’s basically a local decision,” he said.
If that isn’t passing the buck I don’t know what is. President Truman is probably turning in his grave.
I don’t know if Senator McConnell is aware of this, but he’s a member of the legislative branch of the Federal Government. It’s kind of their job, as the name implies, to pass federal legislation. So, what kind of federal legislation could Congress pass to try to prevent future school shootings? How about offering federal assistance to people in need of mental healthcare? Or they could pass legislation regulating, or outlawing, the private sale of guns where background checks aren’t required. They could enact laws requiring the prosecution of ‘responsible’ gun-owning parents who allow their unsecured guns to be used in a school shooting. They could also raise the federal age limit of gun ownership to at least 21, although personally, I think 25 would be more apropos. The possibilities are endless.
What Senator McConnell obviously means is that the party he leads refuses to do anything about preventing school shootings because not only would it mean compromising with the opposing party, but it would also risk jeopardizing that sweet sweet gun lobby money.
Sometimes the measure of a man’s worth is standing up for what’s right rather than supporting what keeps you employed.
Before I get into the meat of this post I want to preface it by saying two things. The first is, I realize a victim in this story died and I am not trying to lessen the impact of or make light of their death. The second thing is, I also realize how much life and limb has been lost due to school violence this year, more than any other year I can remember. I’m also not trying to downplay the severity of the number of tragedies that have happened this year. However, I do have to take the media to task for calling everything a school shooting.
For example, here is how I received a news article from Google News Alerts about a shooting that took place in Overland Park, Kansas, on Tuesday.
Only one of those four headlines doesn’t call the incident a school shooting. When I clicked on the link from WIBW here in Topeka the headline at the time still referred to the incident as a school shooting although the headline has since been corrected. But the first paragraph of the story betrays the original headline.
Authorities have arrested a suspect in a shooting that killed one and critically wounded another outside an Overland Park elementary school.
What happened is that 32-year-old Anthony David Grable was working with two other people installing playground equipment at the school when an argument ensued and Grable allegedly shot his two co-workers, killing one of them.
No students or faculty were at the school. No students or faculty were involved in the shooting. Schools in the district have been out of session since late May. However, I can almost guarantee you that some gun control group like Everytown for Gun Safety will consider this as a school shooting in order to overinflate their stats used to further push their agenda. Then it becomes a vicious cycle with media as they take whatever number Everytown puts forth as gospel and the cycle continues. While I think that the country is obviously in desperate need of gun reform, no one benefits from lies and hyperbole. Because once they’re accepted as fact and then the truth is revealed, it will give the opposition just as much ammunition, so to speak, to reverse any benefit and once again we’re back at square one where nothing has changed and kids are still dying for no reason.
Hey, look at me working on a current story. Go me.
Anyway, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced today he will be donating metal detectors to the school district where the Santa Fe High High School shooting took place. Earlier, I tweeted that this was tantamount to closing the barn door after the horses get out. What I mean by that is it’s extremely rare for a school shooting to take place at a school where one has happened before. Off the top of my head I can’t even think of one instance but if I’m mistaken please feel free to correct me.
Getting back to the metal detectors, not only is it too little too late, but they really don’t discourage anyone from committing a school shooting. If someone is determined enough to commit a school shooting, they’re not going to automatically stop at the site of a metal detector. Unless these mental detectors carry strong electromagnets that can rip the gun from an assailant or a laser grid that would slice them to bits, school metal detectors are nothing more than security theater. Again, I have to point to the shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota where a metal detector and an armed resource officer failed to prevent nine from being killed.
Back in June, it was reported that Zachary Cruz started an anti-bullying foundation. Cruz is the brother of Nikolas Cruz, the psychopath who murdered 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida back in February. Zachary Cruz is no stranger to law enforcement after he was caught trespassing on the school’s grounds shortly after the shooting claiming he wanted to ‘soak it all in’. While in custody, Zachary Cruz allegedly bragged about how many girls he and his brother were going to get due to his brother’s infamy. He has since been allowed to leave Florida and has moved to Virginia.
Before we get to the obvious point, is this really the type of person who should be running an anti-bullying foundation? I’m not saying bullying isn’t a major problem within our schools, considering I experienced it on a first-hand basis almost daily for 12 years. Victims of severe bullying definitely need more resources to help them deal with the problem, but those resources should not be inspired by someone who tries to capitalize on mass murder.
Now on to the obvious point. Zachary Cruz claims a program like his could have helped his brother…
“He was open to trying new things, so this organization – let’s say a kid would’ve saw him at Douglas by himself and that kid would’ve approached him and became his friend, I really think that person would’ve changed this whole thing.”