Police in Mesa, Arizona, have arrested 24-year-old Michael Alexander Abel for allegedly murdering 32-year-old Austin David Parton. Mr. Parton would buy used Apple products on OfferUp then resell them on eBay. Abel is said top have set up a meeting on OfferUp with his victim. The victim was shot in the back and some of his equipment and car were missing. Police were able to track down Abel through the OfferUp app and a witness identified Abel as the man who placed the ad which lured Parton to his death.
To my recollection this has only been the second OfferUp murder, the first being that of Hesham Kamel of Cleveland back in August. Again, just because some classifieds have moved from websites to mobile apps doesn’t make them any less dangerous. In this day and age, you should always meet a seller or buyer at a police station, a number of which will accommodate such transactions. If the other person can’t meet you there then walk away from the deal. Nothing that is sold online is worth your life.
Before I begin, isn’t that the mugshot of a man who knows he’s been busted? But, I digress.
59-year-old Karl Waggoner, of Apache Junction, Arizona, was a Principal at an elementary school in Pinal County. He may have since been relieved of his position because of what he allegedly posted on Craigslist. Waggoner is accused of posting several ads on craigslist leading up to the Labor Day weekend asking for teenage girls to go skinny dipping with him at his home.
This ad caught the eye of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old girl. According to the PCSO the conversation quickly turned sexual. At his arrest, Waggoner reportedly admitting to placing the ads.
The school board did do a background search on Waggoner going back 15 years and found nothing. That could mean he just hasn’t been caught until now. Police are currently looking for possible victims.
This is another case of craigslist allowing ads which solicit children for sex on their website. Don’t tell me they can’t moderate their site because they do. Usually it’s only for ads they feel can hurt their business directly, otherwise it’s still anything goes on craigslist.
Hey, another Snapchat story without a teacher, however, I shouldn’t be making light of this since it’s a pretty disturbing story.
28-year-old Keri Harwood, of New River, Arizona, claims she met a man who would pay her to perform solo sex acts over Snapchat. Apparently her feminine wiles weren’t enough to keep the money flowing, as the man was said to have offered her more money to molest her two children and send him the videos. Payments that once hovered around the $100 mark quickly turned into payments of $500 to $600. Harwood allegedly molested the children while her husband was at work on at least five different occasions according to her own admittance. She is said to have told police she did these unspeakable acts because she ‘needed the money’. She’ll need the money even more as she’s currently being held on $150,000 bond.
It makes me wonder if Harwood started out as a camgirl. For those of you who may not know, there are sites where women, and men, can set up accounts where they can livestream themselves and set prices for certain acts. Models are paid in tokens, a type of virtual currency, instead of cash as to probably avoid prostitution laws. Plus it obfuscates how much models are being tipped and how much of a percentage the sites are taking in. In a number of these cases you can obtain the model’s Snapchat address to receive future images. It’s not unheard of for private deals to be made off-site. To clarify, this is merely speculation on my part, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was the case.
As someone who was once entrusted to help raise two children this sickens me to no end. There were plenty of times where I was dirt poor as well and not once did I ever think about sexually exploiting my stepkids in order to make a couple of bucks. It makes me wonder what exactly she needed the money for. According to pictures on her social media accounts, it doesn’t seem like she was hurting for much.
No word on if the man who requested the videos has been apprehended or not.
You know, someone should start a website where parents like this are called out publicly, or maybe someone will.
Eraserhead Chandler Bing up there is 24-year-old flight attendant Joshua James Kuhn. He is accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl while wielding a machete. The victim went to the Phoenix apartment where Kuhn was after meeting another person on Facebook and agreeing to a date. Kuhn and two other men were also there. The victim tried to defend herself against Kuhn with a knife but Kuhn was able to disarm her. Kuhn is reportedly claiming that the sex was consensual and that ‘she said she was 18’, which is the age of consent in Arizona.
No matter how well your kids think they can defend themselves, nothing is ever absolute, and rarely do situations like that go as planned. Even at the tail end of their teenage years, kids still need to be reminded that not everyone they meet online is necessarily their friend no matter how nice they may seem, and scenarios like this should be avoided.
Back in olden times, I use to post stories about unintelligent criminals who would post their crimes on social media and then think that the police never look at such things. I’m not saying I invented that type of content, but after a while everybody started posting stories like that. So being the hipster crime blogger that I am I stopped, but on occasion a story in that vein compels me to post about it once again.
Take for example, our subject above, one 35-year-old Christopher Conway of Phoenix, Arizona. I mean that mugshot alone would probably want to make me post about him even if he was caught for jaywalking. Sadly, that’s not the crime that Conway was arrested for. He was arrested for allegedly violently assaulting his girlfriend and posting the heinous act on the mobile picture sharing app Snapchat.
This wasn’t your ‘typical’ domestic violence either, not that domestic violence should ever be called typical but Conway is said to have gone to some brutally violent extremes…
According to court records, the alleged victim told police that Conway taped her hands, feet, and mouth up. The tapes, according to court documents, were removed and reapplied several times. Police also said the man used weapons, including knives, cigarettes, and a drill, which left various visible injuries. Conway reportedly placed a drill to the alleged victim’s head to tangle her hair.
Conway is said to have taken the woman’s phone and taken a picture of her naked and bound and posted it to Snapchat. When asked about the photo and the incident Conway reportedly replied that it was just “a game”. What fucking game involves knives, cigarettes and a drill? That sounds more like a biker gang initiation. Calling this “a game” is right up there with pedophiles saying they’re just ‘hanging out’ with children.
I have no tolerance for domestic abusers. They’re cowards who think that they have the right to abuse their partners, some even going as far to brag about it, which seems like what Mr. Neck Tattoo did here.
If you’re caught in abusive relationship and need help please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You don’t have to take it and you deserve better. There is no man or woman out there worth being tortured over.
29-year-old Felix Joel Perez Fong, of Phoenix, Arizona, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl that he was friends with on Facebook. He is said to have met the victim at a family party before continuing to talk to the girl on Facebook where they exchanged explicit pictures. Reports say that Fong repeatedly mentioned that he knew the girl was half his age. So let’s assume that the victim was either 14 or 15, that’s still under the legal age of consent. Apparently the age difference wasn’t large enough to stop Fong from picking the girl up from school so they could have sex, or as it should be called child rape.
There’s nothing that’s not creepy about this story, from meeting the girl at a family party to picking the girl up at school for sex. If you’re not careful, this is who could be talking to your kids on Facebook. While kids are more likely to be abused by someone they know, like a friend of the family, doesn’t mean predators won’t use electronic means such as Facebook to groom their victims.
In the past, lawsuits like these were dismissed due to the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The CDA basically states that a website is not responsible for the content that its users post, however if Backpage did in fact edit ads submitted by users, it may make the CDA defense null and void. These lawsuits are in addition to the ones already filed in the states of California, Texas, Washington and Alabama.
Hopefully at least one of these lawsuits will have its intended consequence because let’s not fool ourselves, even amid its current legal woes Backpage is still making money off the victims of sex trafficking. The fight is far from over, but Backpage is showing a vulnerability in its legal armor.