Suspect claims Boston Pokemon threats taken out of context

One of the suspects arrested in Boston for allegedly planning a mass shooting at the World Pokemon Championships in Boston said that the alleged threats of violence were ‘taken out of context’. Never heard that one before. I’m surprised they didn’t say it was just a joke.

As for being taken out of context please tell me how this is taken out of context…


In case you’re wondering those aren’t airsoft guns. Not only are those the real thing but they were the alleged weapons they were arrested with, not to mention the rather large amount of ammo they brought with them.

I’d be interested to hear what the supposed correct context should be.

And oh look, there’s a claim now that 18-year-old alleged plotter Kevin Norton was bullied in high school. That usually makes me wonder if he was bullied because he was already an entitled psychopathic knob considering he couldn’t even handle being banned from a Pokemon forum without taking to violence.

UPDATE 7/31/2016: Both ‘men’ have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to two years behind bars.

Mass shooting plot thwarted at World Pokemon Championships

No, it wasn't Team Rocket

No, it wasn’t Team Rocket

I didn’t want to do this story. When the story first broke I posted a link on my Facebook page that said “That’s it. We’ve failed. The last one leaving society please turn out the lights.” However the more I read about the story and saw just how outlandish it was I had to comment.

For those of you who haven’t heard 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo were arrested at the World Pokemon Championships in Boston over the weekend for allegedly planning a mass shooting at the event. For those of you who were curious like I was the championships were for both the card game and the video games.

It’s not like the pair had much of a chance because they were consistently bragging about it on social media leading up to the event. They allegedly posted images of their firearms saying that this would be bigger than Columbine, natch, and referenced another Boston Massacre. At the time of their capture the pair were said to have an AR-15, a shotgun and a cubic ass-ton of ammo.

While both ‘men’ were invited to the event the supposed reason they wanted to shoot up the place was because Norton was banned from an online Pokemon forum. Let me rephrase that in greater detail. An 18-year-old Pokemon player was banned from what was probably a message board, got so butthurt over it he wanted to shoot up a public event and convinced a 27-year-old man to join him. He was playing chicken with a message board moderator with guns. While this may seem a tad silly and they were easily captured there could have been a substantial loss of life…OVER A POKEMON MESSAGE BOARD. I don’t think there could be a bigger first world problem than that.

With each passing generation our society is becoming more spoiled, more entitled and less able to properly emotionally deal with some perceived slight without resorting to violence and yes I do believe it is a problem uniquely entrenched in America.

UPDATE 11/12/2015: Both suspects have pleaded not guilty and their bond has been set at $150K each. In setting the bond the judge stated…

“They can buy guns anywhere: Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops. … I’m not going to add a thousand conditions that are virtually unenforceable.”

Cue the Helen Lovejoys: Boston bombing was caused by teenage brains

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Teen Brain May Have Pushed Him to Violence:

19-Year-Old Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Just a Kid & His Brain Proves It:

Yeah, this one deserves a separate post from the main Boston bombing post because this is something that falls within my wheelhouse.

It seems that today as a society we keep looking for excuses for murderers. They had a bad childhood, society didn’t give them a chance, he never had bacon, wah wah wah wah wah. With Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev being 19-years-old a tired defense rears it’s ugly swollen misshapen head that I’ve been dealing with since day one of this blog. (Insert whiny hippy voice here) “Oh he’s just a child, he doesn’t know the full consequences of his actions, the brain isn’t fully formed until 25” To that I give a resounding BULLSHIT!!!

We’re not talking about taking dad’s car for a joyride or underage drinking. When you mention the names of cowards like Eric Harris, Adam Lanza and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev we are talking about mass fucking murderers not truants or shoplifters. Murder is a pretty simple concept. Murder is wrong and death is forever. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Anybody who tries to say otherwise is a pearl-twisting busybody who has a weak spot for any criminal under 21. And here is their patron saint…


“Won’t someone please think of the children”

I’d rather think of the victims and the justice that’s due to them.

The Boston Marathon bombing


First I want to offer my prayers and thoughts to the citizens and visitors of Boston who were affected by today’s tragedy.

It is definitely way too early to speculate on a suspect or motive but I thought of something while watching the news reports. Today is tax day here in the United States. April 15th is the annual deadline for American citizens to have their income tax returns filed. Boston was the site of the historic Boston Tea Party, a protest by American colonists protesting the heavy taxes inflicted on them by the British Crown.

If you were to ask me what type of person would commit such an atrocity I would have to say that in my very amateur opinion it is more than likely a tax protester who is a part of the sovereign citizen movement. In a nutshell they believe that they are citizens of their respective states and not federal citizens and some believe as such that federal income tax does not apply to them.

While the New York Post has reported that there was a Saudi national in custody the Boston Police have said that there are no suspects in custody during the latest press conference. Keep this in mind, shortly after the bombing in Oklahoma City they said the suspect at first was Middle Eastern and we know that turned out not to be true.

Boston news says that the feds are questioning someone possibly related to the bombings.

UPDATE 4/16/2013: Two of the people killed by the bombs have been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell. My prayers and condolences go out to their friends and families. I can’t imagine the grief over two young and promising lives snuffed out so violently by the acts of a coward. These are the names that we should always keep in mind.

Yesterday a ton of people on the internet ran with the NY Posts’s misleading story about the Saudi national that was being questioned and posted hate-filled tirades about Arabs and Muslims in general. Not only are those people racists they’re also idiots. As the saying goes those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing the media stated that the suspect being sought was Middle Eastern and we all know how wrong that turned out to be.

CONSPIRACIES: I hate the fact that I have to address the idiotic conspiracy theories about yesterday’s tragedy but if I can get one person to not believe in that crap it will be worth it.

For those of you not conspiracy minded here is a great article explaining what the tin foil hat crowd is blathering on about.

For those of you who are a tin foil hat wearing cretin please choke on it. The tweet by the Boston Globe was after the initial explosions and the mysterious man on the roof was a guy who worked in the building. So please do the world a favor and drive a pick ax through your keyboards so we don’t have to put up with your government conspiracy fueled fantasy world ever again.

UPDATE 4/17/2013: The third person killed in the blast has been identified as Lu Lingzi, a Chinese graduate student at Boston University. Again another promising young life that was cowardly taken from this world.

UPDATE 4/18/2013: The FBI has released images of two men that they believe are suspects. They are considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you have any information about these men you are asked to call 1-800 CALL FBI.


UPDATE 4/19/2013: As I’m sure you’ve heard by the hunt is over. 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by police while his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been captured by law enforcement. Grievously the capture came at the expense of another life. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed by the suspects early in the morning. My prayers and condolences go out to his friends, family and fellow police officers.

Officer Sean Collier

Officer Sean Collier

Obviously my early prediction of the bombings being part of some kind of anti-tax protest were indisputably wrong. Am I happy that the suspects aren’t anti-tax white guys? Hell no I’m not fucking happy. Four people are dead because of these cowards. I don’t give a shit if they’re plaid with purple polka dots and come from the moon. I don’t care that they’re Chechnyan Muslims. I wouldn’t care if they were Hare Krishna Scientology Moonies. All I care about is justice being served.

POLITICS: The only this as bad as the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists are the political hacks. I’m not talking about media commentators, I’m talking about every Jane and Joe Blow on the internet pointing fingers at the other side of the aisle. Do you really think the victims care if they were blown up by someone from the left or right-wing? For those of you who eat, sleep and breathe politics you’re not helping in any way shape or form so save it or better yet take your politics and shove them up your ass.

Thanks to Bonnie for the links.

UPDATE 4/20/2013: No real news to update but I wanted to give just a little more commentary.

For those of you who deriding Islam because the suspects are Muslim I have two words for you, Eric Rudolph. Rudolph is not representative of all Christians so why would the Tsarnaev brothers be representatives of all Muslims? Not to mention that a motive hasn’t even been officially made public yet. For all we know they could be disgruntled Yankees fans or they could just be two assholes who saw themselves as better than everyone else like the Columbine cowards. If you’ll recall they had also set bombs except theirs failed to detonate.

For those of you who are having issues with the fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not had his Miranda rights read to him you need to unwad your panties. While it is rare it is not unheard of. As a matter of fact this very scenario was discussed in my criminology class back in college. If there is a possible immediate threat to the public police can interrogate the suspect without Miranda. The exact example my professor used was in case of a bomb that had not been detonated but its location was still unknown. Then Miranda would not be a requirement.

So stop being so over-reactionary, no one is being oppressed. Besides, most of you wouldn’t know real oppression if it bit you in the ass.

UPDATE 4/21/2013: According to counter-terror expert Phillip Mudd the Boston Marathon bombings were more Columbine than 9/11 which is exactly what Steve Huff, the godfather of crimeblogging said to me as well.

The North Caucasus rebels, who engage the Russians in Chechnya among other locales, disavow any connection the bombings in Boston

“We are only fighting Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for monstrous crimes against Muslims,” the rebels said.

33-year-old Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donohue Jr. was shot by the suspects after exchanging fire with them. Donohue was struck in the leg which severed his femoral vein and artery causing him to bleed out. However he was resuscitated and is expected to recover. My prayers thoughts and thanks go out to Officer Donohue and his friends and family.

UPDATE 4/22/2013: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant. I didn’t realize that was up for debate. Also the FBI believes that due to the amount of firepower they discovered the brothers may have been planning to hit additional targets.

Here is Dave Cullen’s piece on whether or not the Boston attack was more like Columbine than anything else.

There is already a free Dzhokhar Tsarnaev movement, or as the Twitter hashtag puts it #freejahar. It’s mostly based on conspiracy bullcrap but I bet there are some girls on tumblr who think he’s cute. I wish I could say I was surprised but I’m not. In the 13 years that I’ve been blogging I’ve run across a number of ‘fans’ of mass murderers. It shocked me at first but now I hardly even blink when the topic comes up.

WHY ONE POST TRENCH?: Not that anyone asked but I thought I would explain why I just keep updating the one post instead of making multiple posts. Normally this isn’t one of the types of crimes I normally post about. You guys know my usual topics. However since it had such a far-reaching impact on the country it was hard not to write about it. I also wanted to keep all the information in one place because of so much misinformation and downright ignorance being spread out there. Think of it as your reference card for the truth.

8-year-old dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, mother charged

Brandon Yang


Mother charged in the death of her son 

On January 16th a 16-year-old boy returning home from school smelled smoke in the town home she shared with his mother Li Rong Zhang (39) and his younger brother Brandon Yang (8).  After attempting to get into his mother’s bedroom and kicking the door several times, he called 911.  The firefighters arrived and broke through a makeshift barricade to find Brandon face down on the bed and his mother face down on the floor, near by a hibachi grill full of charcoal briquettes glowing red in the middle.  CPR was performed on both, but Brandon later died at Quincy Medical Center, his mother was treated for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Boston Medical Center. 

Despite all the neighbors’ claims that Li Rong would never harm her children, the police believe this was a case of murder-suicide.  As the door, the only way to escape the room, was barricaded with a large bureau extending from floor to ceiling, there was no food in the room or on the grill.  According to police chief Keenan suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning is quite common in their native country ….China. 

Brandon was just honored at his school in the “Terrific Kids” program.  By all accounts he was a great child, who loved his family and had a great relationship with his older brother. 

Zhang was arraigned on murder charges in her hospital room. 

This is so sad a good kid, a mother who appeared to be a loving, doting and attentive mother and she does this.  Not one of her neighbors believe it was in purpose, but there was no other pliable reason for the grill to be inside the home.  The heat and electricity were both operating properly.  Why barricade the only way out, if the intention was not there to keep them in the room.  I guess we should be grateful she did it gently, instead of torturing him.  But to me it is sad state of affairs when we can be so used to parents taking their children’s lives that we are grateful she did it gently. 

Thanks to Jill P. for the tip.

Other traffickers celebrating craigslist ‘censorship’


Hub escort service cheers Craigslist ad shutdown:

I am extremely repulsed by this article. A woman who runs an ‘escort service’ in the Boston area is celebrating craigslist’s alleged shutdown of the adult services section. She basically refers to the women who ‘work’ for her as inventory…

“My business will definitely pick up,” said Julie, who advertises a “premiere” Boston-based escort service on Google and withheld her last name for legal reasons.

“With Craigslist, there’s no middleman,” she said. “It’s like going to a furniture outlet instead of Jordan’s or Cardi’s. So guys figure, ‘Why pay $200 to have a girl come here, when I can pay $120 to go see her.’ ”

Whomever this Julie character is she should be investigated for human trafficking as well.

However as I mentioned in my previous post the prostitution and trafficking ads from craigslist is leaking into the other sections. The article mentions that ‘erotic masseuses’ were now posting ads in the ‘beauty’ section. Also a member of our Facebook page also said that ads are appearing in the talent section. As I’ve said before this may be part of Jimmy and Craig’s plan to show how that craigslist needs an adult services section.

But isn’t this where craigslist’s much vaunted community policing is supposed to take effect?

Philip Markoff: Drama Queen in death

Philip Markoff

Philip Markoff

‘Craigslist Killer’ Philip Markoff Wrote Ex-Fiancee’s Name in Blood as He Killed Himself:

We now know how Philip Markoff was able to take the coward’s way out and boy did he have a flair for the dramatic.

Markoff took a pen that was filed down to a slashing tool and cut major arteries in his arms and legs. I guess that Grey’s Anatomy book was used for something else besides hiding his gun. Anyway he also wrapped the wounds in plastic from a plastic bag. He also stuffed toilet paper down his throat and put a plastic bag over his head. Officials say he did all this in order to make sure that medical staff would be unable to revive him. It seems that he really wanted to die. I bet he even went down the road.

But sometime in the middle of all this he was able to scrawl his fiancée’s name in blood. Also he committed suicide on what would have been their one year anniversary. You know, except for the fact that he was arrested for the robbery and murder of Julissa Brisman.

All I have to say is what a bitch. Markoff that is.

Julissa Brisman’s family have expressed their disappointment in Markoff’s suicide saying that he escaped justice. Not to be disrespectful but to them I would say that I believe that justice can be served after this life. I’m sure that Markoff is currently receiving more retribution than this world could possibly inflict.

Philip Markoff reportedly commits suicide (CONFIRMED)

Philip Markoff

Philip Markoff

Report: ‘Craigslist Killer’ Philip Markoff commits suicide in jail:

Fox 25 in Boston is reporting that Philip Markoff committed suicide in jail at 10:20 PM local time last night.

As I’m sure most of you know Markoff was the accused killer of craigslist masseuse Julissa Brisman.

No word yet on how Markoff saved money for the tax payers of Massachusetts.

I refuse to refer to Markoff as the ‘craigslist killer’ because there were craigslist killers before him and there have been craigslist killers after him.

UPDATE: Markoff’s defense attorney has confirmed Markoff’s death.

Markoff indicted in RI

Craigslist Killer Suspect Indicted in Rhode Island:

Prosecutors Seek DNA Sample In Craigslist Killing:

The man who has been dubbed by the media as the Craigslist killer, Philip Markoff, has been indicted in the state of Rhode Island.

If you’ll recall not only is Markoff accused of killing Boston masseuse Julissa Brisman but he’s also accused of robbing and assaulting a stripper in Warwick, RI.

Meanwhile back in Boston prosecutors have requested a DNA sample from Markoff saying they do not have one on file.

Philip Markoff indicted, enters plea

In a loud voice, Markoff pleads ‘not guilty’:

Philip Markoff, the accused killer of craigslist masseuse Julissa Brisman, was indicted on seven counts including first-degree murder. An emotionless Markoff entered a very vocal plea of not guilty.

Another detail that emerged today was that Markoff allegedly used the stolen driver’s license of a New York man to illegally purchase the gun that he used to kill Julissa Brisman. The man who the license belonged to is not believed to have any connection to the crime.

I wonder how his Facebook support group is dealing with this.