12-year-old unsolved arson murder of 8-year-old girl

12-year-old unsolved arson murder of 8-year-old girl

Mackenzie Branham

After receiving this story from friend of the site UberSpork, I was hesitant about posting this story. Passions seem to be high in the area where the crime took place and there has been a lot of drama surrounding it. I was afraid of inviting some of that drama on to the site but I decided to go ahead with the post anyway because at the heart of it a little girl’s murder has gone unsolved for 12-years.

In 2006, in Jeffersonville, Ohio, 8-year-old Mackenzie Branham died in a fire at her mother’s home that investigators ruled as arson. Mackenzie’s mother and her boyfriend were able to escape the blaze but claimed the fire was too intense to save Mackenzie. Since the fire, no arrests have been made and last year it was made public that evidence in the case that potentially contained DNA evidence was destroyed three months into the investigation and was never reported. Specifically, the clothes Mackenzie was wearing the night of the fire had been destroyed and Mackenzie’s father, Donald Branham,  didn’t find this out until last year. That’s 11-years without knowing that evidence that could potentially identify your daughter’s killer had been destroyed.

There are other aspects and accusations of the story that I’m not comfortable getting into since while they are feasible the accusations have not been legally been proven. However, it should be mentioned that Donald Branham has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A child’s murder, especially one in such a horrific manner, should not go unsolved this long.

Anyone with information about the deadly arson is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 740-335-6170.

If you or someone you know lives in a small town or neighborhood and knows of a crime that you think deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

 

Child killer Damien Echols weaves his ‘magick’ over Rolling Stone

Child killer Damien Echols weaves his 'magick' over Rolling Stone

Damien Echols (I’m not trying to start a cult. What would give you that idea?)

Once again, the PR team for triple-convicted child killer Damien Echols has fleeced another major media outlet. Previously the New York Times and The Guardian have published puff pieces about Echols’ foray into ‘magick’.  Now, Rolling Stone has published a very similar piece.  Nothing that I haven’t gone over before.

Of course,  the article claims that Echols was convicted for a crime he didn’t commit yet fails to mention that he and the other two of the West Memphis 3 took Alford pleas which are in essence guilty pleas.

What really gets me about these articles is that they all treat ‘magick’ like it’s not a totally made up concept. The ironic part is that Echols’ ‘magickal’ followers would dismiss any religion as being made up but put full faith in Echols’ snake oil show.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Rolling Stone article is also written by a woman. Again, I’m not trying to be misogynistic, as I pointed out here, but it seems like the WM3 PR team like to specifically seek out female journalists who are sympathetic to Echols’s so-called plight.

And again, all these articles about Echols’ ‘magick’ show allow him to continue making money off of the violent deaths of three young boys.

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Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch

New Home With Broken Windows

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So after years of dealing with various webhosts and obsessing over every last minute detail of my website’s WordPress installation, I finally decided to move my site to WordPress.com.

However, whenever I move the site something inevitably goes wrong. This time most of the images on my posts are broken. This was my fault for not following the instructions correctly and I’ve been in contact with WordPress and they’re assisting me in getting everything corrected. In the meantime, I hope you’ll tolerate the broken look for a little bit.

Once that situation is out of the way, then I can fully concentrate on writing and bringing you the content you deserve.

NC mountain town lawyer caught running camera in bathroom

NC mountain town lawyer caught running camera in bathroom

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

This story was sent to me by an anonymous reader who I assume is from the town where this alleged crime occurred, Jefferson, North Carolina. Last month in this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains 38-year-old attorney Andrew C. Jackson Jr. was arrested for allegedly planting a hidden camera inside his law firm’s bathroom. This is a felony in the state of North Carolina, however, I currently have no knowledge of what kind of sentence it carries. Personally, I hope it’s a rather lengthy one.

This isn’t Jackson’s first transgression either as he had been previously admonished by the North Carolina Bar. Jackson was believed to have allowed a former employee to embezzle funds from the firm’s bank account while Jackson advanced the funds of one client to another unrelated client which is frowned upon by the NC Bar. As far as I can tell, Jackson had his license suspended in early 2017 but the suspension was stayed for four years on the condition that Jackson kept his nose clean.

What the reader who sent me this story may not know is that I’ve spent a little time in Jefferson. While they weren’t extended stays I got a pretty good impression of this tight-knit community. I’m concerned though that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It’s a small enough town where some kind of deal could fly under the radar with little to no attention. I may not hold the gravitas of some on the internet, but at least I will be keeping a watchful eye on this story in order to post if there will be actual justice or backroom chicanery.

If you or someone you know lives in a small town or neighborhood and knows of a crime that you think deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

Plea deal offered to craigslist ‘hitman’ who killed 19-year-old girl

Plea deal offered to craigslist 'hitman' who killed 19-year-old girl

Joseph Michael Lopez

I originally posted about the bizarre craigslist killing of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger of Broomfield, Colorado, here. It’s alleged that Natalie was despondent and suicidal, according to her friends, and she took out an on craigslist looking for a hitman to kill her. 22-year-old Joseph Michael Lopez is said to have responded to the ad posing as a hitman and shot Natalie in the back of the head.

Now, it’s being reported that Lopez has been offered a plea deal against the wishes of Natalie’s family. Lopez is expected to plead guilty to 2nd-degree murder with a 50-year sentence and a possibility for parole. Natalie’s family is not having it…

“We said no and they still offered it to him today. Our family does not agree with this or is willing to do any plea bargain. I’m dumbfounded. I’m so disappointed in the legal system in Adams County,” said Ted Bollinger, Natalie’s father.

Can you blame him? If this was my daughter I’d be pushing for a death sentence which Colorado has only used once since it was reinstated in 1974.

In my opinion, Lopez should receive at least a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Even if the hitman story is true, just because someone who may be suicidal asks you to kill them, obviously, doesn’t mean you should. It takes a depraved indifference to just callously kill a complete stranger that you met through craigslist. And again, if craigslist actually moderated their site, if Natalie did place an ad it would never have come to Lopez’s attention.

I’m curious as to why the state is offering Lopez a plea deal. I guess the story is strange enough that it could possibly cast a modicum of reasonable doubt onto a jury.

Lopez is expected to enter his plea on December 3rd.

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son’s murders

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son's murders

Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, recently gave one of her mental health talks again, this time in Dallas.

It’s really nothing I haven’t talked about before, but again she seems to be giving the wrong impression of what her demon spawn did. She continues to talk about Columbine like it was only her son’s suicide and not the mass murder of 13 innocent people.

I still think her continued talks are a continued form of disrespect toward the victim’s families.

Kentucky kids cosplay as Columbine killers

Kentucky kids cosplay as Columbine killers

Two female students were suspended by Adair County High School for three days for coming into school on Halloween dressed as Columbine killers, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold. These columbiners even went as far as to emulate the death poses of their cowardly heroes in the school’s library as shown above.

Whenever something like this pops up I always have to ask where are the parents? Well, the local news articles were happy to oblige this time…

A father of one of the girls said the girls know they made a mistake but the school “blew the whole situation out of proportion.” He also told LEX 18 the girls have received death threats.

While I never support the idea of death threats of any kind, this would not have been my reaction if I had children that did something so amazingly stupid as this. From what I’ve read this was not blown out of proportion at all, as a matter of fact, if the school had any cojones these two girls should have been expelled for creating an unsafe climate within the school. If either of these girls were my daughter I would immediately take her to get the mental healthcare that she so obviously needs and not just blow it off like she egged someone’s house.

Too much parental apathy and the ‘Not My Kid’ syndrome are what lead these anti-social miscreants to become mass murderers.

(Sources)
LEX18
WHAS 11
WAVE

Butler High School shooter was not bullied

Butler High School shooter was not bullied

Jatwan Cuffie

When I first posted about the shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina, I wondered where 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie got the gun he used to kill Bobby McKeithen. Well, while it hasn’t been made public yet exactly where he got the gun it has been made public where it first emerged. The .380 pistol was stolen out of a car in neighboring Gaston County. Another responsible gun owner. Guns are plentiful in Gaston County as it is the redneck cousin of Matthews’ Mecklenburg County.

On the day of the shooting, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided to keep classes in session after the shooting occurred. A CMS spokesperson said that the decision was made “to provide students with a safe place to stay until their families could come get them.” On paper that sounds reasonable but then again, I’m not a parent who had a child at Butler High that day. How to react to a shooting inside a school is not an exact science and in a perfect world, it never should be.

Cuffie has been charged as an adult and has been ordered held without bail. He is looking at a possible sentence of life without parole.

While the headlines decry that the shooting arose out of some kind of bullying escalation, unsurprisingly, I have my doubts. My first doubt comes from a video that was obtained by the Charlotte Observer that reportedly shows the gunman, Jatwan Cuffie, on the losing side of a fight. Here is the video as posted by The Observer.

While it appears that Cuffie got the crap kicked out of him he also appeared like he was a willing participant in the fight. Not only that but Bobby McKeithen was also in the video, in the blue hoodie, and he had no involvement in the fight outside of being a witness. Combine that with the texts that Cuffie sent to McKeithen after the fight really make me question any kind of bullying motive.

Here is an excerpt of the texts as obtained by WBTV

Cuffie told police he texted McKeithen, asking who he thought won the fight, and that McKeithen indicated the other person did, not Cuffie.

The 16-year-old then texted McKeithen back, saying he “only thought that because [McKeithen] was with the other guys.” Cuffie said McKeithen asked “who is going to check me about it” and Cuffie replied that he was.

Cuffie indicated that one of the men involved in the Harris Teeter altercation wanted to “get him at school.” He said he also got a text asking if he “had beef with [McKeithen] too,” and that he didn’t text back.

To me, it seems less like a bullying situation and more like a rivalry between two groups of Butler High Students to see who is more badass. This wasn’t because of bullying, this was a revenge killing since Cuffie had lost face in the fight. By most accounts, McKeithen was no bully. The real bully is the one who shoots an unarmed student. Remember, a gun is a coward’s weapon.

UPDATE: Just as I was about to hit the post button, I received an alert that says both police and CMS have now said that there was no bullying involved and the shooting arose from an ongoing dispute.

The Daily Threat 11/5/2018

The Daily Threat 11/5/2018

10/29/2018

Former UAA student arrested for alleged school shooting threats
Police probe shooting threat found on note at Alabama school
Police ID suspect in Snapchat threats against Kilgore, Longview high schools
Police: Woodlan student arrested for threatening school on Snapchat

10/30/2018

Police: Broward County teen says he was kidding about school shooting threat
(Don’t they all?)
Dual False Reports Of Shootings At Two Palmdale Middle Schools
Police investigating threats to ‘shoot up’ 2 Faribault schools
Police charge C-A student with making threat against school
Teen shares assault rifle picture and warning, gets arrested

A male juvenile is in custody on terrorizing charges after he allegedly shared a picture of an assault rifle with a message of “Don’t come to school tomorrow” on Snapchat.

10/31/2018

Teen threatens to shoot students at Seminole Ridge High School, deputies say
Student expelled for Snapchat threat towards Chelan High School
Update: More info indicates note threatened a school shooting at Butte High
Winona High student arrested for social media message about shooting up school
Niceville High student threatens school shooting
Local student arrested after discovery of Halloween threat
Teenager arrested for school shooting threat

A search warrant was served at the 15-year-old’s house, where deputies reported seizing a 12-gauge shotgun, two .22 caliber rifles, a .357 magnum handgun and approximately 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

Bloomington police temporarily increase school security amid school shooting threats

Police were notified Tuesday night of a Jackson Creek Middle School student who posted a Snapchat of what appeared to be a rifle with the caption “Getting it ready for tomorrow… wear blue.”

11/1/2018
Former Two Rivers student arrested for threats on Snapchat
More than eight months after Parkland shooting, Manatee schools still dealing with threats

11/2/2018

2 Rangeview students face charges after Snapchat photo showing apparent gun leads to lockdown
Volusia deputies arrest student who threatened school shooting
Police investigate threats made toward several Miami-Dade schools
Police charge 2 Central Cabarrus HS students for bringing gun on campus
West Iredell student arrested for shooting threat
Washington County, TN schools ‘shelter in place’ after discovery of threat

11/4/2018

Teenager arrested for threat to shoot Merced school dance

Crimean school shooter wanted ‘Columbine 2’

Crimean school shooter wanted 'Columbine  2'

Kerch Polytechnic College

Lately, I’ve been going back to the older posts on the site and correcting grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s allowing me to revisit stories I haven’t thought about in over a decade. Back then I was able to devote a lot of detail to these stories since school shootings were still a rarity compared to today. I was even able to dedicate a lot of time to international school shootings such as the ones at Geschwister Scholl School and Albertville-Realschule in Germany, and the ones at Jokela High School and the Kauhajoki School of Hospitality in Finland. Today, school shootings have become so common not only can I not dedicate as much time to them as I used to but I have to skip some as well. That includes domestic as well as international. Within the past year, Russia, and one of its disputed occupied territories, has experienced a number of school attacks. I’ve been unable to post about any of them until now and still, I’m only going to briefly post about it.

Back in mid-October, there was a very deadly school shooting at the Kerch Polytechnic College in the city of Kerch on the Crimean Peninsula. As you may know, Crimea is currently occupied by Russian forces while Ukraine contends Crimea is their sovereign land. 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov took a gun to the school and killed 20 victims before taking the coward’s way out. Recently, it came to light, at least to my light, that Roslyakov was what’s known online as a columbiner. Columbiners are kids who have an unhealthy obsession with not only the Columbine killers but most other school shooters and some mass killers as well. According to Crime Russia, Roslyakov told a friend that he was planning the shooting and was calling it Columbine No. 2. According to Wikipedia, Roslyakov wore a t-shirt which said ‘Hatred’ in Russian as a nod to Eric Harris. Of course, there were accusations of bullying causing the shooting but again, when you’re obsessed with weapons and school shootings and act like an all-around misanthrope you can’t blame everyone else because you’re ‘different’. Also much like a lot of today’s school shooters, Roslyakov wasn’t even born until after Columbine. The columbiners also cling to the myth that Columbine was caused because of bullying. Roslyakov’s bullying might have been in his own mind since by some reports Roslyakov was popular, nuch like Eric Harris was actually popular.

My point is that if you really want to identify the next potential school shooter, parents, teachers, and other officials need to be wary of these columbiners. Even before the advent of social media, they’ve been congregating on the internet. Today you might be surprised to find out how many groups there are on social media dedicated to the Columbine cowards and the plethora of copycats that have followed. If you know one of these kids, tell someone. It may turn out to be nothing, or you could prevent another Parkland or Columbine from happening.