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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.

Columbiner kills three in Pennsylvania supermarket before killing self

Columbiner kills three in Pennsylvania supermarket before killing self

(Story broke 6/8/2017)

24-year-old Randy Stair, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, shot and killed three of his coworkers at a supermarket in Tunkhannock before taking the coward’s way out. Stair was a columbiner, as he made a 42 minute film that was said to include homages to the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. Like most columbiners turned shooters, he was also a loser who blamed his problems on everyone else…

“I’ve been stepped on my whole life; not anymore. …I’ve had enough of this putrid planet and I’m going to leave my mark,” he wrote in the film.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Stair also claimed to be transgender, saying he was a woman trapped in a man’s body. I’m aware of the struggles transgender people face in trying to establish their true identities. However, that should not excuse the fact that this coward taking the lives of three innocent people just so he could leave his ‘mark’.

As far as leaving a mark, I don’t even remember if this broke the national news last week. I don’t watch a lot of TV news and I’m actively avoiding Facebook as much as I can. If I didn’t have an email alert registered for the word ‘Columbine’ then I probably wouldn’t have even heard of this shooting. His name will be forgotten in time, lost among the toxic throng of mass shooters that this country unfortunately produces on a continuous basis.

The names you should remember are 63-year-old Terry Sterling, 26-year-old Victoria Brong, and 47-year-old Brian Hayes. These are the people whose lives were selfishly cut short by a coward just for trying to make a living.

Being a columbiner is not a phase, it’s a sickness. If you know someone who shows the characteristics of being one of these failures, tell someone. Too often their so-called phase turns into real word violence.

Sandy Hook truther sentenced for threatening victim’s family

Sandy Hook truther sentenced for threatening victim's family

Lucy Richards

(Story broke 6/7/2017)

57-year-old Lucy Richards of Tampa, Florida, was expected to enter into a plea deal with prosecutors for threatening a man by the name of Lenny Pozner. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Mr. Pozner lost his son Noah at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the hands of Adam Lanza. He’s also taken up the unenviable task of taking on Sandy Hook truthers, or people who believe Sandy Hook was a hoax perpetrated by the government in order to erode the 2nd Amendment. Because of that, he’s been the target of many attacks by the tin foil hat wearing crowd. Richards was one of those loons who had made threats against Mr. Pozner saying…

…“you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” according to federal court documents. The statements were made in January. She also wrote, “Look behind you it’s death,” according to the documents.

That is actually one of the more mild threats that Mr. Pozner has received.

As I was saying, Richards was expected to enter into a plea deal, but the presiding judge threw out the plea agreement and sentenced Richards to 5 months in prison, 5 months under house arrest and three years on probation.

Upon her sentencing, Mr. Pozner said it best…

People like Lucy Richards, who torment victims of violent crime by denying and mocking their pain are a sad reality. Her sadism is evident in her statements and the twisted joy she gets in pouring salt in our wounds and adding to our pain.

“Whatever demons drove her to threaten me, she needs to be held accountable for her crime.”

It will be interesting to see if she continues to cling to her conspiracy laden lunacy once her sentenced is completed.

Two students charged in school shooting plot at small town Virginia high school

Two students charged in school shooting plot at small town Virginia high school

(Story broke 4/23/2017)

Two male students of Rappahannock County High School, in Washington, Virginia, were arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot up the school on the anniversary of Columbine. One of the students is 17-years-old while the other is 16-years-old. That means that these kids weren’t even born when Columbine happened, but still they seemed to emulate the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold.

“On April 5, 2017, while at Rappahannock County High School, [Suspect 1] was overheard speaking with at least one other student where he gave a ‘countdown’ stating ‘fifteen more days,’ indicating the number of days left until the date of April 20, 2017” — the 18th anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado.

During the same exchange, Suspect 1, who is the 17-year-old, was seen showing a photograph on a cellular device to one if not more students: “The photograph depicted [Suspects 1 and 2] dressed all in black clothing, black hats and wearing sunglasses and [Suspect 2] commented while showing the photograph, ‘I can’t wait for four twenty.”

“When referencing firearms, [Suspect 1] has specifically referenced bringing a ‘Tech 9’ [assault pistol] and ‘M-4’ [assault rifle] to school and has discussed using a twelve (12) gauge shotgun to discharge ‘birdshot’ ammunition down a hallway of the school,” the document states.

Personally, I don’t think these kids were seriously plotting to shoot the school. They sound like a couple of columbiners who were trying to be a couple of badasses. Between the picture with the black clothing and the one suspect talking about a Tec-9, this was nothing more than two kids cosplaying as school shooters. (A Tec-9 is one of the guns that was used at Columbine.)

Does that mean I think they shouldn’t be prosecuted? Not at all. This isn’t funny and it shouldn’t be treated lightly. As of 6/6/2017, the 17-year-old is being charged as a juvenile and the trial is set for the 14th. No word on the potential sentence but if he ends up being held until his 21st birthday I’d be ok with that. A 3 1/2 year stint in juvie could do wonders in changing his attitude about the cowards of Columbine.

Two separate students make school shooting threats against same school in Texas

Two separate students make school shooting threats against same school in Texas

(Story broke 4/20/2017)

Two separate students at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas, were arrested for allegedly making unrelated threats to shoot up the school on the anniversary of Columbine. Both threats were made on the picture sharing app Snapchat. A freshman is said to have posted a video where he was pointing a gun at the camera and warned people not to show up to school on April 20th. A sophomore is said to have posted a picture of the butt of a gun with the message that he was doing this for ‘The heroes of Columbine’.

The fact that two separate threats were made on the same day at the same school scares the hell out of me. Both of these kids are probably what are known as columbiners. These are kids, usually, who for some reason or another identify with the Columbine shooters, usually because of falsehoods that have become legend since the Columbine shooting. Friendswood seems to have an inordinate amount of these columbiners as two were arrested back in December for bringing guns to Friendswood High School.

As of May 9th, the freshman had been released under a plea deal while the sophomore had his case continued.

It’s not just sexual predators that parents have to be on the look out for with their kids’ social media accounts. While you may not want to admit it, there’s a chance your child could be on the path toward criminal behavior. Any kind of idolizing or sympathy toward school shooters is not just a phase, it’s a loud cry that they are in immediate need of mental healthcare.