Crime

Reward renewed in Carina Saunders murder

Reward renewed in Carina Saunders murder

This past Friday, it was six years since the remains of 19-year-old Carina Saunders were found inside a duffel bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. Also this past Friday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation renewed the $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Carina’s killer. This reward has been offered multiple times in the past but has to be renewed after 90 days according to state law. Also, $10,000 is the maximum reward that can be legally offered in the state of Oklahoma.

Many theories abound as to why Carina was murdered and dismembered. The prevailing thought is that Carina was somehow involved with human trafficking, and was killed to make an example. Several suspects have been previously arrested for her murder but charges were dropped, however charges could be refiled at a later time if any conclusive evidence indicates those suspects were involved.

Earlier this year, police seized items, which belonged to Carina, from a home where Carina was last seen alive. The person who owned the home was believed to have prostituted Carina but maintains his innocence. State investigators also believe there is a cell phone video of Carina’s murder in someone’s possession.

Call OSBI at 1-800-522-8017 with information or email a tip to tips@osbi.ok.gov.

Valium did not cause the Las Vegas shooting

Valium did not cause the Las Vegas shooting

I didn’t plan on blogging about the Las Vegas shooting. I felt just as bad about it as I did when 9/11 happened. As a matter of fact because of my depression I haven’t been able to blog about two school shootings that took place recently. Then I saw something claimed about the shooter, Stephen Paddock, that made my blood boil and I couldn’t remain silent on this.

Some online political rag, who I won’t link to because they don’t deserve the traffic, used the headline of “Stephen Paddock: Another Mass Shooter on Psychiatric Meds”. The rag linked to another article from the Las Vegas Journal Review, which in my opinion was very irresponsibly written. Basically both articles insinuate that since Paddock was prescribed Valium it led to the shooting. The article claims one of Valium’s side-effects is ‘aggressive behavior’. According to the Mayo Clinic, the side-effect should be more properly referred to as ‘outbursts of anger’ and it’s not that common.

Paddock was believed to have taken the drug at prescribed intervals and didn’t abuse the drug. So you’re going to tell me this so-called aggressive behavior caused by Valium, or diazepam if you will, resulted in Paddock inspecting three different possible locations for his rampage, amassing a stockpile of weapons over a number of years and meticulously planning his crime to include cameras outside of his hotel room? I don’t buy it. Not only that, but it’s bad journalism.

The Las Vegas Review shouldn’t even be trusted as a news source since it was taken over by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is rumored to have bought the paper so it would no longer criticize his business practices. Adelson was also a large donor to the Trump campaign so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Adelson, through the paper, is trying to turn the debate away from gun control to prescription drugs.

There are a group of people who are so opposed to antidepressants or any medicine used for the treatment of mental healthcare, they almost always attach it to whatever mass shooting may have just occurred. To my recollection this has been going on since at least Columbine, when it was made a big deal that one of the shooters was prescribed Luvox for depression. Never mind that the other shooter was on no such meds. That’s not even mentioning that these people will blame the drug if the shooter was either on or off of the drug they were prescribed.

The worst part is these people are further stigmatizing mental healthcare, something that doesn’t need any further stigmatization in this country. Not everyone on Valium is a potential mass murderer, they’re more likely trying to stave off a crippling anxiety attack. Furthermore, people on antidepressants are more than likely just trying to function normally in society and not plotting the mass execution of dozens.

‘Manifesto’ of Umpqua Community College gunman released

Again, I have to apologize for my absence. There has been a glut of school shooting news lately, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s wreaked havoc on my psyche. As they say, if you stare into the abyss too long, the abyss starts staring back, and it’s been staring back a lot lately. But I digress.

For those of you who may not remember, back in the fall of 2015, 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine victims. Harper-Mercer took the coward’s way out, killing himself after being engaged by police.

Recently, the official investigation into the shooting wrapped up. Nothing earth shattering was revealed, however Harper-Mercer’s ‘manifesto’ was released. Before we get into that, I hate using the term manifesto when it comes to stories like this. While manifestos are usually issued by terrorists, tyrants and madmen, in my opinion the term manifesto almost offers a sense of legitimacy to the rantings of psychopaths. Harper-Mercer’s manifesto is no different in its insanity. In a nutshell, the reason that Harper-Mercer killed nine innocent victims was because he couldn’t get a girlfriend.

In his ramblings, Harper-Mercer bemoans the fact that he was a 26-year-old virgin, who was supposedly denied ‘everything he deserved’ which caused him to identify with the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold, Cho Seung-Hui, Elliot Rodger, Adam Lanza, and Vester Flanagan. All failures who blamed their own inadequacies on everyone else and couldn’t resolve them without resorting to violence.

Then Harper-Mercer goes on about how he can’t get a girlfriend because of black men. By his own admission, Harper-Mercer was part black but claimed his ‘blackness’ was acceptable since it came from a black woman. In his closing FAQ, he states the reason he doesn’t have a girlfriend because women prefer ‘thug black men’.

You know, in one aspect, Harper-Mercer was ahead of his time. If he had not committed this atrocity, he would have loved the alt-right movement filled with Trilby wearing neckbeards complaining that society owes them everything.

To all the troglodytes that may identify with this loser, and other losers of his ilk, let me explain something to you that will make your life much easier and less angst-ridden if you accept this axiom into your life. The world doesn’t owe you anything. Society doesn’t owe you anything. You only get out of life what you put into it. If you expect fame, recognition and love, work for them. You may think committing mass murder will bring you some of those things, it won’t. You won’t even be a footnote in history. You’ll just be another forgotten reprobate, buried in an unmarked grave.

Instead, why don’t you try to seek counseling in order to deal with your social deficiencies. Step outside of your online echo chamber of 4chan, subreddits and Pepe the Frog memes to experience how other people interact without having to take up firearms.

The full ‘manifesto’ can be read behind the cut.

Thanks to colgam01 and Lady Gray for the tips.
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Shots fired in Columbus Scioto school

Shots fired in Columbus Scioto school

Adan Abdullahi

Late last week, 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi fired three shots from a firearm in the halls of the Columbus Scioto school. Thankfully, no one was injured and Abdullahi was talked into surrendering his gun to a school staff member. Abdullahi has been arrested and is being held on $950,084 bond.

So far no motive has been made public, however, if I had to make an assumption based on what little information has been revealed, I would say this is more of a mental health issue, rather than the usual motive for school shootings of selfishness and egomania. Columbus Scioto is a school for those with mental health issues. I’m more concerned with where Abdullahi got the gun. If you own a gun and have kids, a gun lock can go a long way, and in a lot of jurisdictions you can get them for free from your local police department.

While I haven’t read any of the article comments, because they’re almost always toxic, I’m waiting for someone to call this an act of Islamic terrorism based solely on the shooter’s name.

As usual, I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

Russian school shooting was just a Columbine copycat

Russian school shooter was just a Columbine copycat

Mikhail Pivnev

This past week, there was a school shooting in the Russian town of Ivanteyevka near Moscow. 15-year-old Mikhail Pivnev entered his classroom at School No. 1, struck his teacher in the head with a meat cleaver, shot her in the head with a pneumatic gun, and set off smoke bombs in the classroom. The teacher is expected to survive her injuries, but several students were injured trying to flee the area. Some of the students’ injuries included broken bones after they jumped from windows in order to escape.

There have been varying reports about how the attack started. Some reports say Pivenv attacked the teacher after she reprimanded him for being late. Other reports state that Pivnev announced that ‘he came here to die’ before attacking the teacher.

What’s not in dispute is Pivnev was nothing more than a Columbine fanboy, a columbiner if you will. His social media accounts were full of references and tributes to Columbine. According to most reports, Pivnev posted the following on the anniversary of Columbine.

‘On April 20, 1999 was the attack on the Columbine school.

‘If not to go into details, then as a result, 13 pupils died, 23 were injured and two are alive in my heart.

‘Here and again the same day….. No matter what happens around me, how they treat me, I wonder if I’m needed here …

‘Life is beautiful, friends, but sometimes death is better. And it could be better if I was in the place of Eric and Dylan …

He was even said to have used the name of Mikhail Klebold on his social media accounts. Let’s not forget Pivnev was born in 2002, meaning he wasn’t even close to being alive when Columbine happened. Why should that matter? In my opinion if you weren’t alive during a certain event, you really can’t appreciate the impact it had at the time. For example, I don’t have as much knowledge of how much Pearl Harbor or the JFK assassination affected the country since I wasn’t born yet. Yet I am very aware of how tragedies like Columbine and 9/11 have affected us.

Well, since he emulated the Columbine killers he must have been bullied right? Nope. Not only is there no evidence to indicate the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold were bullied, authorities are saying that Pivnev planned his attack because he was annoyed that his classmates offended him. If that is the case, like most cowardly school shooters, he attacked someone who had nothing to do with him being ‘offended’. Just another petty kid who thought he was better than everyone else who couldn’t solve his own social inadequacies without resorting to violence.

Another recurring theme that has presented itself during this story is that Pivnev would tell everyone about his plot and no one believed him. Normally, I would admonish anyone who had the ‘it can’t happen here’ mentality, however, this is only the second school shooting in modern Russian history. In 2014, student Sergei Gordeyev shot and killed geography teacher Andrei Kirillov and a police officer at School No. 263 in Moscow.

What’s most unbelievable to me is Pivnev planned this attack for three years. That means he started planning this attack since he was 12-years-old. I don’t know what the state of mental healthcare is in Russia, but if your kids are sitting around their computer (tablet, phone, what have you) watching Columbine videos then they are in desperate need of help.

Lastly, of course when one of these so-called tough guys is captured and has his day in court his attitude changes immensely.

Earlier, the attorney said that the teenager repents all what he had done and apologized to victims.

Three years of planning and hate then all of a sudden when he’s in cuffs he’s suddenly repentant. Like most school shooting copycats, he’s just another coward who cries like a baby when faced with the consequences of their actions.
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One of Jennifer Parks’ killers to remain sentenced as an adult

James Zarate to remain sentenced as an adult in Jennifer Parks' murder

James Zarate

In 2005, 14-year-old James Zarate helped his older brother Jonathan brutally kill and dismember their neighbor, 16-year-old Jennifer Parks of Randolph, New Jersey. The younger Zarate brother was tried as an adult, convicted, and sentenced to life plus 14 years. Jonathan Zarate was sentenced to life plus 24.

Back in April, James Zarate, now in his mid-20s, attempted to appeal his life sentence by arguing he should have been tried as a juvenile. His defense used the same old argument of his brain supposedly not being fully developed. While a teenage brain is obviously not fully developed, it’s developed enough to the point where they know the difference between right and wrong, and there was nothing more wrong than what the Zarate brothers did to Jennifer.

The brothers invited her over under the guise of watching TV, but when she went to their house they stabbed her to death, dismembered her body then stored her body in a large trunk for 24 hours before trying to dump her remains in the Passaic River. All because Jennifer reported to the school James Zarate was bullying her.

At any time between the time Jennifer was invited over their house until the time they were caught by police trying to dump her body, James Zarate could have told his parents, or police, or anyone. Instead he chose to remain complicit in Jennifer’s murder, up until the point where the Zarates almost got away with it.

Yesterday, a Superior Court judge upheld the original decision to try James Zarate as an adult, which basically upholds his life sentence. In 2016, New Jersey passed a law which said no one under the age of 15 could be charged as an adult. However, the judge ruled the 2016 law does not have to be retroactively applied.

In no way does James Zarate ever deserve to see the outside of a prison ever again. No matter how ‘undeveloped’ his brain might have been, his cold-blooded brutality was fully developed.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for her editorial assistance)

Trial delayed in the Bever family murders

Trial delayed for 16-year-old who helped killed his family

The Bever house.

In July of 2015, 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed their father, 52-year-old David Bever, their mother, 44-year-old April Bever, brothers Daniel, 12, and Christopher, 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria. Thirteen-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and two-year-old Autumn survived. The two brothers allegedly killed their family so they could be ‘more famous than Columbine’.

The elder Bever brother was sentenced to five life sentences without parole after pleading guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. Michael Bever has been charged as an adult and his trial was delayed back in May to start this past August. However, his trial has been delayed again. The trial has been rescheduled due to a new attorney being assigned to Bever, but that’s not what I want to talk about.

The defense is arguing Michael Bever was under the influence of his older brother and feared for himself if he did not carry out his brother’s orders. Except the way the younger Bever helped kill his family betrays that defense completely, in my opinion.

Authorities also say Michael, who was 16 at the time, even banged on the office and bathroom door, where younger siblings were hiding, and begged to be let in, because he feared he would be killed. Police say when the children opened the doors, they were murdered.

That doesn’t sound like someone who feared his brother to me. That sounds more like a psychopath who took great enjoyment in killing his own family for no other reason but trying to be famous. The surviving sister even said the two brothers were talking about committing murders up to a year before the crimes occurred. Some people would argue his brain wasn’t developed enough to realize the repercussions of his actions. If someone his age doesn’t realize killing most of his family isn’t wrong then they really have no business being in society anyway.

(Sources)

Tulsa World
News On 6

UPDATE 10/3/2017: Michael Bever is refusing to cooperate with the prosecution’s psychiatric evaluation. I don’t know about you, but that almost sounds like an admission of guilt to me.

Update on Zemmer Middle School shooting plot

Update on  Zemmer Middle School shooting plot

Zemmer Middle School

Earlier this week there was a hearing in regards to the alleged school shooting plot targeting Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. The defense for the three teen suspects tried getting the charges thrown out, however, the judge ruled there was substantial evidence for a trial to be held.

One of the defense attorneys seems to be treading on familiar grounds

“These kids were desensitized to the reality of the things they were talking about, Columbine and school shootings,” said attorney, Matthew Norwood. “In the case of XXXXX, he was looking to get a reaction … there were no steps taken. It was just talk … Prosecutors are going off of pure paranoia.”

Pure paranoia, huh? Well, in addition to their own version of the Basement Tapes, where they refer to themselves as gods, further evidence was revealed about their alleged intentions. Police found the following ‘story’ on one of the suspect’s cell phones.

“My name is XXXXX and everyone at school thought I was kidding, that I wouldn’t shoot it up, or bring the guns to school,” Lapeer County Detective Bob Wells read from the story messaged from XXXXX to XXXXX on social media. “They always bullied me and thought I was kidding, just like the kids at Columbine.”

Except there’s no evidence to show the Columbine cowards were bullied. More misinformed cretins who turn to violence when things don’t go their way.

The suspects have been released on over $100K bond each and have been ordered to stay off the internet. It’s also been ordered that guns need to be removed from all the households and it’s recommended all three suspects undergo counseling. Considering the three have been charged as adults and are facing life sentences, maybe they should have received counseling earlier.

Sentencing hearing for La Loche gunman delayed

Sentencing hearing for La Loche gunman delayed

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

If you’ll recall, last year a 17-year-old boy from La Loche, Saskatchewan, shot and killed two brothers at their home before going to the Dene High School at the La Loche Community School and killing two teachers there. In October of last year, he pleaded guilty to the murders. For the past few months there have been sentencing hearings to determine if he will be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile. If sentenced as an adult the unnamed teen is looking at a life sentence, but a juvenile sentence would be less than ten years. Families of the victims he killed, along with the victims he wounded, have been calling for him to be sentenced as an adult.

Just recently, it was thought the hearings were about to come to a close, but it’s now been delayed. The defense has recently argued the shooter may have fetal alcohol syndrome after recently receiving the diagnosis from defense psychiatrists. The hearing has now been delayed until September 1st.

If you think he should now garner any kind of sympathy, remember this was the kid who thought he would be getting a present on the one-year anniversary of the shootings while in detention. Let’s also not forget he killed two people in one location, then went to a second location to try to kill as many people as possible.

This is just a ploy by the defense to try to get a lenient sentence for their client, however, what it’s really doing is delaying justice for the victims.

UPDATE 9/12/2017: The sentencing hearing is now set to resume in October.

Chachi loves tin foil

Chachi loves tin foil

Have I ever mentioned how I really can’t stand conspiracy theorists? I especially can’t stand them when they claim an incident where innocent lives are lost is a ‘false flag‘. These people, who lack common sense and completely disregard Occam’s Razor, think that every mass shooting is a false flag. The only good thing about the tin foil hat crowd is when they make their outlandish claims public, sane people can completely disregard anything else that comes out of their mouths.

For example, take Scott Baio. Yes, that Scott Baio. Chachi himself. This mental midget retweeted a conspiracy theorist’s photo claiming that the mother of Vickie Soto and the mother of Heather Heyer were the same person. For those of you who may not know, Vickie Soto was a teacher who was killed during the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, while Heather Heyer was the woman was struck by a car and killed by a neo-nazi at the recent protest in Charlottesville.

After a well-deserved social media backlash Baio deleted the tweet, then half-heartedly apologized for the tweet saying he retweeted it but didn’t post it, which is somehow better according to him.

To make matters worse, a mother of child who died at Sandy Hook tweeted at Baio’s wife Renee about the matter. Renee Baio responded to Nelba Márquez-Greene with the following…

This is what this insane harpy told a woman who lost her 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, at Sandy Hook. All because the Baios are stupid enough to believe whatever bullshit some random troglodyte on Twitter happens to post.

If you believe things like 9/11 was an inside job or Sandy Hook didn’t really happen, seek psychiatric help before you have to be forcefully committed. Then again, you probably think any kind of mental healthcare is part of a conspiracy between big pharma and Obamacare to steal your thoughts. Trust me, no one wants them.