Teen craigslist killers set house on fire to cover their tracks

Teen craigslist killers set house on fire to cover their tracks
Johnsey and Lasiak

18-year-old Jerry Johnsey, of Auburndale, Florida, and 16-year-old Byron Lasiak, of Winter Haven, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 67-year-old Donald Merkley, also of Winter Haven. Johnsey allegedly knew his victim through craigslist and was having sex with the victim prior to this. In this instance the pair went to the victim’s house and during sex Johnsey allegedly put Merkley in a chokehold until the victim fell unconscious. At that point Johnsey and Lasiak are said to have taken turns beating the victim in the head with a baseball bat. They then found some gasoline and spread it around the house before taking $2.75 they found on a counter.

The next day Johnsey is said to have returned to the Merkley’s house, poured more gasoline and started the fire. Initially, investigators thought the fire was started by an electric heater until Lasiak came forward.

If you’re looking for a friend with benefits or just a one night stand, I would avoid sites like craigslist. Due to its low level of entry and perceived level of anonymity it is a criminal haven. Hook-ups like this in the past from craigslist have led to crimes ranging from robbery to rape to murder. While craigslist isn’t the only dating avenue where these crimes happen I would say that it is the most prevalent one.

Long Island man charged in murder of craigslist prostitute

Long Island man charged in murder of craigslist prostitute
Raphael Oyague

36-year-old Raphael Oyague, of Baldwin, New York, is accused of allegedly murdering a craigslist prostitute by beating her to death with a hammer. Oyague is said to have argued with his victim over money she believed she was owed before beating her then dumping her lifeless body in the weeds. Police were able to find Oyague after the victim’s body was found by tracking a blood trail back to his residence. Oyague has been denied bail and has been charged with second-degree murder.

The victim was 25-year-old Deeana M. Wingender from Syosett. Some reports state that she had become addicted to prescription pills and turned to prostituting on craigslist to pay for her habit. Just because she may have been a prostitute, that shouldn’t reduce her meaning in the world as she is said to have come from a loving family who are probably crushed at their loss.

This story shows me a number of things. The first is that prostitution is still happening on craigslist, not that I ever doubted it stopped completely. The second is how dangerous a pill addiction can be. Some people seem to think since they were given their prescription by a doctor it’s ok to abuse them, but prescription pills are one of the leading causes of drug addiction in the country today. Because of her addiction, Miss Wingender wasn’t what people consider a ‘consenting adult’. Even though she may have had no pimp she was still a slave to her addiction. Lastly, this shows that craigslist, or Backpage, does not make prostitutes any safer than walking the streets. As I’ve said before, craigslist and Backpage just make it more convenient since killers and rapists have their victims delivered to their home.

ID man killed in Backpage hate crime

ID man killed in Backpage hate crime
Jayson Woods, Kelly Schneider, Daniel Henkel and Kevin Tracy

Before we even get into the story just take a look at those mugshots. Take every hick, redneck and trailer trash stereotype you can think of, roll them up in a ball and make it watch ‘Deliverance’ Clockwork Orange style while playing the ‘Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel’ theme song and smoking meth and you’ll produce these four. Don’t let their slack-jawedness fool you though. This quartet is nothing less than barbaric.

49-year-old Steven Nelson of Nampa, Idaho, seemed to be a man who had everything going for him. He was a well liked student at the University of Idaho where he graduated in 2011. He was remembered up to the time of his death by former classmates and faculty of the school. Unfortunately even the most well liked and well read people have their vices. Mr. Nelson is said to have responded to a personal ad on Backpage looking for sex. Instead of meeting up with a willing participant he met up with 22-year-old Kelly Schneider and his cohorts Jayson Woods, 28, Kevin Tracy, 21, and Daniel Henkel, 23. The foursome allegedly beat Nelson within a literal inch of his life including being kicked with steel toe boots because, of course he was. The suspects also stole Nelson’s belongings, and made him get money out of an ATM. He was able to make it to a Boise hospital and gave police a description of his attackers before succumbing to his injuries.

The four are being held without bail and are could all possibly face the death penalty. Idaho has no hate crime legislation when it comes to people being targeted for their sexual orientation.

Again, this is probably going to sound like victim blaming, but while ultimately the four violent hayseeds are responsible for Nelson’s death, no one should ever go looking for anonymous hookup sex on either craigslist or Backpage. I don’t care if you’re straight, gay, trans or whatever. When you take a risk like this the odds are too great that you’ll run into a situation like this that could see you get hurt or worse. Lead the life you want to lead but use your brain and stay safe.

Thanks to Sweet D for the tip.

UPDATE 1/28/2017: Schneider is expected to plead guilty in exchange for a 28 year sentence. The remaining three are still awaiting trial.

UPDATE 4/13/2017: Kelly Schneider has been sentenced to 28 to life.

Jayson Woods was also sentenced to 28 to life.

Florida woman in coma after brutal attack by craigslist roommate

Byron Mitchell
Byron Mitchell

I don’t consider the following story a craigslist crime per se. To me a craigslist crime is one where craigslist was instrumental in helping a criminal locate a victim. However due to the level of brutality that took place I couldn’t just ignore this story.

In Miami Danielle Jones has been brutally beaten and stabbed and is currently in a coma clinging to life. Even more sad is that she may not make it. Police believe the perpetrator to be Jones’ roommate 35-year-old Byron Mitchell. Mitchel responded to Jones craigslist ad for a roommate.

Police say that a week after Mitchell moved in he assaulted Jones by beating her and cutting her face. She sustained multiple lacerations and face and skull fractures. She is currently on a ventilator. Mitchell, who allegedly owns a health and fitness business, is claiming the attack was self-defense. Personally I get the feeling that a health and fitness owner could defend himself from a 23-year-old woman without putting her in a coma.

Danielle Jones’ family had posted the pictures of Danielle lying in her hospital bed on a GoFundMe page for Danielle. The injuries are horrific and looked more like a sadistic beating than any kind of self-defense.

Jones’ own mother is now trying to warn people about getting roommates on craigslist and I couldn’t agree more. I have posted more than a few stories where victims have ended up dead or assaulted by craigslist roommates whether it be the person placing the ad or the one responding to it.

No matter how you use craigslist it has devolved into the internet’s largest game of Russian Roulette.

UPDATE 2/21/2016: Danielle Jones has opened her eyes but doctors are afraid that she may have extensive brain damage from the vicious attack.

UPDATE 3/3/2016: This past Tuesday Mitchell was denied bond. The same article also states that investigators believe that Mitchell allegedly tried to cut off Ms, Jones’ lips and eyelids during the vicious attack.

On an even more distressing note members of Ms. Jones’ family are saying that she may not ever see again.

“Her eyes have hemorrhaged because he strangled her so badly. The doctors are saying she might not be able to see,” her cousin, Kaitlin Cabot, told Inside Edition.

UPDATE 3/11/2016: Danielle Jones has come out of her coma after 24 days.

UPDATE 3/19/2016: Danielle Jones is now speaking as well.

If you’d like you can make donations for her medical expenses at her GoFundMe page.

Bad boyfriend beats baby buries body under bridge

Joshua Markus Beard
Joshua Markus Beard

I’ve been trying to keep the language on the site cleaner than in the past but damn that’s one Frankenstein looking motherfucker. That’s 20-year-old Joshua Markus Beard of Arlington, Texas. He’s been charged in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend’s 19-month-old daughter, Tylea Moore. Beard not only allegedly struck the child and threw her on the bed so hard that she bounced out to the floor but he also stomped on her stomach so hard that the baby was vomiting green fluid. Eventually Tylea succumbed to her injuries at the hands of Markus. Rather than calling police Marks and the girl’s mother, 17-year-old Alexis Botello, allegedly buried Tylea under a bridge. They were caught not only after Beard’s aunt reported the child missing but also after the pair were identified on Wal-Mart security cam footage of them buying shovels and gloves.

I know it’s everyone’s first instinct to attack the mother in a case like this but I ask that you sheath your pitchforks for now. She has been arrested and has been charged with tampering with evidence. What we don’t know is if this was a domestic abuse issue or not. I mean if he was willing to violently kill her child like that what would he be willing to do to her. For all we know there could have been domestic violence that had never been reported. We all know that not every incident of domestic violence gets reported to police unfortunately.

Again though, I feel the need to address future or possible abusers like this. The best way to make sure that police catch you and send you to jail is to kill a child. You will not get away with it. You are not smarter than the police. They will use every method at their disposal to catch you and put you away for a long time. And God forbid you do something like that in a state like Texas where they execute more killers than most countries. Beard has been charged with capital murder so it’s a real possibility for him. So think about that before you raise your hand like that to a child you cowards.

If you’re a victim of domestic violence you can go to The National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call them at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Thanks to Jennifer for the tip and CW for the assist.

Bad Breeder and Boyfriend accused of beating toddler into a stroke

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Not a whole lot of detail on this story but in 2013 April Koch, 22, and Joshua Grabowski, 22, both of Irwin, Joshua Grabowskia, are both accused of beating Koch’s then one-year-old daughter so bad that the toddler had a stroke. Of course when the couple were questioned they said that the girl, Gabriella Berry, fell out of her crib and hit her head on a coffee table. Once again innocent furniture is being blamed for something that idiots do.

Gabriella is now in the custody of her father Robert Berry but Koch still gets a four-hour a week supervised visit. Here’s Mr. Berry describing what his daughter has been going through…

Gabriella Berry’s father, Robert Berry, said the little girl is taking medication for seizures, sees a therapist up to three times a week and has to wear a brace on her left arm and left leg due to the injuries. He remains thankful she survived the alleged abuse.

“I just have to thank God. That’s really the only way to put it,” Robert Berry said. “I just hope she gets back to normal. That’s the biggest thing.”

I’ve seen adults try to deal with the after effects of a stroke and it broke my heart. I can’t even imagine a child who’s barely two having to deal with that.

Of course the alleged abusers are now expecting their own child. I wonder how long it will take before they have that child taken away from them.

Look, my message here is to abusers, you can’t fool the medical professionals. They can tell when a child has been abused. They are smarter than you will ever be. It just makes it worse for you if you try to hide it from police. Or you could, you know, not hit your kids in the first place you idiots.

I tried finding a charity or something where donations could be sent to help with Gabriella’s medical expenses but I wasn’t able to find one. If anyone finds it please leave it in the comments.

Thanks to Stephan for the tip.

Black Hitler: Bitch set me up

‘Black Hitler’: Alleged hooker made the whole thing up:

Sherman Gamble
Sherman Gamble

I originally posted about 54-year-old Sherman Gamble of Manhattan, aka Black Hitler, here. He was arrested back in March for not only allegedly prostituting several women on Backpage but also for attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and strangulation. The name Black Hitler is derived from what he allegedly said to a prostitute that he is accused of savagely beating.

“I am going to kill you,” bellowed the one-man Gestapo during the beatings, claimed the hooker, who originally told cops she was Gamble’s grandson’s nanny. “You don’t know who I am. I am the black Hitler!”

Gamble was offered a plea deal for three years but he rejected it. He’s claiming that this victim made the whole story up.

“He’s not considering it,” said his lawyer Norman Steiner. “This case is a fabricated story by a not credible witness who masqueraded as a nanny to avoid having her parents find out she was a prostitute.”

Yeah, because violent pimps are obviously more trustworthy.

Personally I think the plea deal is pathetic. This scumbag deserves to be in prison for life. No word on how much time he’s facing at trial but whatever it is it won’t be enough.

Meanwhile Backpage just keeps counting their money from the ads placed by filth like Gamble.

“I am the black Hitler!”

‘Black Hitler’ charged with pimping women online: court papers:

Man who called himself ‘black Hitler’ now hit with pimping charges: court papers:

Sherman Gamble
Sherman Gamble

54-year-old Sherman Gamble of Manhattan was recently indicted for allegedly turning out five women on Backpage for prostitution. Backpage would probably tell you that the ads passed all their safeguards. The hobbyists, aka johns, would try to tell you that these are just consenting adults engaging safely in the world’s oldest profession. Except that Sherman has allegedly referred to himself as black Hitler and according to some testimony has lived up to that name.

Sherman has also been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and strangulation. Here’s what supposedly happened when one of the women worked for him tried to leave his ’employ’.

“You’re a bitch and a slut. You need a … pimp and you need to be regulated,” he allegedly told a woman as he shoved a newspaper down her windpipe on March 3.

“I am going to kill you. You’re the type of bitch that should be hung upside down and skinned alive,” he later said, according to court papers.

“I am going to kill you,” bellowed the one-man Gestapo during the beatings, claimed the hooker, who originally told cops she was Gamble’s grandson’s nanny. “You don’t know who I am. I am the black Hitler!”

The victim eventually did escape to a local hospital.

So how’s that for consenting adults. This is the rule and not the exception when it comes to prostitution whether it’s on the street or on the slave trade website of Backpage. If you’re using Backpage to get hookers this is the type of man who your money is really going to. Backpage is also making blood money from these violent pimps so they can sell these women over and over again. But you don’t care do you? All you care about is getting your stick wet, who cares if the bitch is beaten right?

Bad boyfriend spice smoker charged in baby rape

Elijah Fernandez
Elijah Fernandez

Suspect arrested in assault on 4-month-old:

Man Arrested for Rape, Abusing Baby:

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have arrested 19-year-old Elijah Fernandez for the alleged brutal beating and rape of his girlfriend’s 4-month-old daughter.

Reports say that the girl’s mother was at a relatives doing laundry when Fernandez violently attacked the infant. When the baby girl stopped breathing he took her to one of his girlfriend’s relatives in the home and originally said that the baby fell off the table while he was changing her diaper. Except when the baby was taken to the hospital that’s not what they found.Medical staff not only found evidence of a beating but that the girl was sexually violated as well.

When questioned by police Fernandez is said to have eventually admitted to the beating saying that he struck the baby after the baby cried and woke him up and he was upset about not having any money. The reason that he might not have any money is that Fernandez and the baby mama are spice smokers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with spice it’s supposed to be a synthetic equivalent to weed but has been known to have some nasty side effects.

The state Children, Youth and Families Department had been previously called to the home but not because of abuse issues even though there is some evidence that this may not have been the first time the baby had been hit.

At last report the baby was in the hospital on life support.

Something that makes even less sense to me than hitting a child is why this fuckstick would rape an infant like that. Was his rage that all-consuming that he felt it was necessary to violate a child in the most sadistic way possible? We can only hope that he gets tenfold back to him in prison.

Thanks to Anna for the tip.

Face tattooed Breeder indicted for beating infant blind

Joseph Rucker McFall
Joseph Rucker McFall

Cobb man accused of beating infant:

Father indicted in beating of 8-week-old son:

I have no problem with people who have tattoos. I have one myself although in retrospect I wish I never got it but that’s neither here nor there. However I do have a problem with certain tattoos. Those would be the face and neck tattoos. While some tattoo and body modification enthusiasts wish that tattoos like these would be considered socially acceptable they are not. Unless you’re in a band or you’re Mike Tyson it gives off an aura of being unemployable and/or a criminal.

Case in point, our subject of today’s post, one 30-year-old Joseph Rucker McFall of Cobb County, Georgia. McFail was recently indicted for beating his then 8-week old son so violently that the boy now has permanent brain damage and is blind.

While the boy’s mother was in the hospital with pneumonia the baby was being taken care of by her mother. The grandmother left the baby in the room with tattooed loser briefly before he went running out of the house. When the grandmother returned the baby was not breathing. The boy was not expected to survive.In addition to the brain damage and blindness the baby was also said to have fractures of the ribs and arms. McFail has been in jail since October which was the time of his arrest. Thankfully the boy’s mother wants nothing to do with McFail.

If you’re wondering what the tattoo in Hebrew means supposedly it says “God has his eye on you.” Apparently McFail couldn’t heed his tattoo’s advice.

You know I just noticed that I kept writing his last name as McFail. I don’t know why that keeps happening.