Tag Archive: Brooklyn

Another E-Cig explodes; what the media is not telling

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A 14-year-old boy from Brooklyn, New York is said to be partially blinded after an e-cigarette exploded in his face at a kiosk at a mall that was selling the apparatus. The article I linked to is from Fox News which does tend to be sensationalistic but it’s a symptom of a larger problem when it comes to the media and vaping.

First off the ‘kiosk’ was obviously not all that concerned about carding someone who they were trying to sell a nicotine product to. That may be an indicator that they may be trying to sell substandard products. Secondly let’s take the word e-cigarette out of the equation and replace it with another common item. If the headline read ’14-year-old left blinded after car explodes’ would we be calling for the entire auto industry to be shut down? Next, not all e-cigarettes or vaporizers are the same. Was it a high-end brand name or some kind of knock off made in a third world country? And lastly how many fires today are still caused by careless cigarette use despite the ‘fire safety’ cigarettes they sell now? They’re still on the market and show no sign of ever being removed.

Vaping is not for everyone. I get that. However it has helped an overabundance of people kick the habit of smoking. So when a fear mongering article like this one shows up in the media about vaping, question it like you should most melodramatic articles written by an exaggerating media.

Justice still being sought for Chanel Petro-Nixon

Mom seeks justice for slain honor student found in garbage bag:

Chanel Petro-NIxon

Chanel Petro-NIxon

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 8 years since the murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon of Brooklyn. In June of 2006 Chanel’s body was found in a garbage bag after having been strangled to death. At that time of her death police were looking into Chanel’s MySpace account for any possible clues. Since that time no one has been arrested for her murder.

The article I linked to does mention something that I had not had heard about until now. Police do have a person of interest in Chanel’s murder. On the day of Chanel’s disappearance she was supposed to meet a boy. When questioned the boy said that Chanel stood her up. That boy is now in prison for violating a restraining order taken out by a former girlfriend. He was also charged twice with rape but was acquitted both times. To me that sounds a lot like where there’s smoke there’s fire but police have not been able to physically connect him to the crime. That’s why police say they need the public’s help.

The Mayor’s office, NYPD, and Crime Stoppers have joined forces to offer a $22,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. The number to dial with a tip is 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are treated confidentially.

“There are people that have information,” Detective Scandole told PIX 11. “And they may believe that information is not important and it may seem inconsequential. But to us, it could be the one thing that ties it together. It’s like we’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle and we’re missing that one piece.”

I pray that the Nixon family will find justice and peace very soon.

16-year-old Backpage prostitute raped and thrown from Brooklyn roof

Married father of two, another sicko rape 16-year-old prostitute and toss her from roof of a three-story Brooklyn apartment building, sources say:

Antonio Owensford

Antonio Owensford

Back in mid-July 26-year-old Antonio Owensford and 24-year-old Anwar Desouza were arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old Backpage prostitute before throwing her off the roof of a three-story Brooklyn apartment building.

According to reports Desouza did not want to wear a condom, an argument ensued where Desouza and Owensford were said to have attacked the girl, choking her before raping her and then through her off the roof of their building. Owensford is claiming that everything was consensual but I don’t know of many people who would consent to being thrown off of a roof.

At last report the girl survived but was in serious condition including a full body cast.

While Desouza and Owensford are obviously monsters for the malicious crimes they are accused of committing there are at least two more monsters out there that should be facing legal. The first is whatever lowly pimp was turning out a 16-year-old girl and the second is the operators of the website that allowed the underage girl to be advertised like some kind of sex cattle.

Backpage, your day is coming.

Backpage pimp ‘apologizes’ to 13-year-old girl he beat and sold

Kendale 'Ace' Judge

Kendale ‘Ace’ Judge

Pimp gets prison time after apologizing for peddling 13-year-old runaway on backpage.com:

21-year-old Kendale ‘Ace’ Judge was sentenced in a Brooklyn, NY court to 6 to 18 years in prison for prostituting a 13-year-old runaway girl on Backpage.

During his sentencing Judge supposedly apologized to his victim…

“I sincerely apologize,” Judge said in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

“My own weakness, my own weak-mindedness and lack of education led to my incarceration,” he went on. “I now know I was the cause and this is the effect.”

I hope he’s sincere but something tells me that he’s more sorry about being caught.

Judge was said to have thrown the girl down a flight of stairs when she tried to leave him. He also has to register as s ex offender which leads me to believe he at the very least statutory raped her.

This is more the norm than the myth of the ‘consenting adults’. Only idiots believe in myths. Or should I say the lie losers who pay for sex tell themselves to justify their behavior.

The consensual and criminal can co-exist

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Judge in Craigslist ‘sex-slave master’ case says consensual S&M can be criminal:

In the case of John Hopkins a judge has ruled that an S&M relationship can cross over into being rape, kidnap and torture.

If you’re not familiar with this story Hopkins is accused of making a 27-year-old Wisconsin woman his sex slave after promising her free rent on craigslist. Hopkins claims the pair were in a consensual BDSM relationship for two years. However the judge says that does not excuse some of the things Hopkins is accused of doing.

“We’re dealing with two individuals with varying degrees of mental instabilities,” Judge Patricia DiMango said in the case of accused sicko “master” John Hopkins and his alleged victim, a 27-year-old Wisconsin woman.

“In these types of situations, with the facts presented by both sides, both the consensual and criminal can co-exist,” the judge said.

“At some point, it can change to a situation where no means no. There comes a time when they’re not playful fun any more and they become dangerous — criminally dangerous.”

Still, the judge said, “I’m not denying that at some point and at some time this abuse and torture was consensual.”

The article states that the victim claims she broke her hand trying to escape from being shackled.

Right now to me this seems like a he said/she said kind of case but still, as I said previously, with the injuries that the victim sustained the judge may be right in saying that the consensual and criminal can co-exist.

UPDATE: Hopkins has pleaded not guilty.

Sex slave may not have been one

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Craigslist ‘sex slave’ e-mail trail:

It figures. As soon as I post the story about the Wisconsin woman who claims that she was being held as a sex slave by a guy she met on craigslist it turns out that may not be the case.

The attorney for the suspect, John Hopkins, says that the woman allegedly had a BDSM type relationship for over a year and that they did not meet on craigslist.

“i yearn to serve my Master better. can i cook for you tomarrow? i love you so much.,” she allegedly wrote in the e-mail, which she signed “sub,” apparently for the S&M term submissive.

Even if that is the case John Hopkins may still be a rapist. Again I think the injuries that the victim sustained indicate rape.

More on this as details become available.

WI woman held captive and raped as sex slave in Brooklyn

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Wis. woman says she was held in NYC as sex slave:

I’m sure you’ve all heard this story by now. A woman from Wisconsin responded to an ad on craigslist from a man seeking a roommate in Brooklyn, New York. The man offered to pay for not only her plane ticket from Wisconsin to New York but would pay her rent if she cooked and cleaned for him. Not to make light of the situation but with most too good to be true offers on craigslist too good to be true is a massive understatement.

Rather than cooking and cleaning police say that 45-year-old John Hopkins made the 27-year-old woman his sex slave. He allegedly chained her to a radiator, repeatedly beat her and raped her and forced him to call him master. This all went on for eight torturous days. Supposedly he only let her leave the apartment so she could go to work. More on that in a little bit.

The woman was treated for rectal bleeding and bruising. I’m sorry but that does not sound like a normal BDSM relationship to me.

As far as why the woman kept returning to the apartment I have a theory that was brought forth by lovely and talented wife Jade. She believes that since Hopkins probably had her personal information in order to purchase her plane ticket he probably threatened her family if she did not return. I have an addendum to that theory as well. The victim had a job as a chef on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To me that sounds like this could have been her dream job and that she didn’t want to risk having to leave New York.

Both of those, to me, show just how much of a manipulative predator that John Hopkins can possibly be.

Also I would strongly recommend never falling for the craigslist ads that say that they’ll pay for your half of the rent in exchange for domestic services. More than likely they’re after something else.

Thanks to Courtney for the tip.

Two indicted for child prostitution in Brooklyn

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Two Charged With Pimping Girls on Craigslist:

Two Brooklyn men busted in craigslist underage hooker scheme:

Authorities in Brooklyn, New York have indicted 25-year-old Arctic Rogers and 26-year-old Treymaine Songster with child prostitution. Surprisingly those aren’t their street names. Rogers referred to himself as “Scooby Da Don” which I guess makes his co-pimp Shaggy.

Scooby and Shaggy are accused of using both craigslist and backpage to prostitute two girls ages 15 and 17. Reports say that the pair used rape and threats of violence to keep the girls working for them.

Rogers is not only accused of branding the girls with his pimp name but he also allegedly filmed the girls having sex and then sold the videos online. So I guess we can add a child porn charge as well. To top it all of Rogers posted on his Facebook that his activities as “pimpin hoes” and “getting this money.” If it gets updated again I’m sure it will read ‘bein’ someones bitch” but I digress.

Police say that they’re may be other victims as well.

Not surprisingly craigslist couldn’t be reached for comment and I don’t think any media outlets even bothered to contact Village Voice Media about backpage since they probably don’t want to step on the toes of their media brethren.

George Weber’s accused killer appears in court

John Katehis perp walk

John Katehis perp walk

Teen charged in slaying of WABC newsman laughs at taped confession:

NYC teen recounts radio newsman’s killing in video:

Tempers flare in court in case of teen accused in WABC news slay:

It’s been a while since we talked about yet another accused craigslist killer John Katehis. In March of 2009 Katehis allegedly stabbed New York radio newsman George Weber to death after Weber placed a craigslist ad looking for sex. And by stabbed I mean 50 times.

Katehis is claiming that he freaked out after Weber gave him cocaine and produced a knife and stabbed Weber in self-defense, 50 times.

Katehis has not been helping his own defense since the March 2009 slaying. In one instance he refused to speak to the media unless it was for cash. In one court appearance he had ‘satanic’ scribblings all over his shoes. And of course there was his MySpace page of him posing with knives and claiming how much of a satanic badass he was.

His latest episode of not helping himself happened this week in court when his taped confession was aired. In the tape Katehis laughed at certain times while joking with investigators while he munched on a doughnut. While the confession was being played he was laughing along with himself in court.

Let’s not also forget that Katehis rolled Weber for $60 after he stabbed him. People who kill in self-defense even while on cocaine usually don’t rob their dead victims. Not to mention Katehis said that he exchanged his bloody clothes for Webers. Again if it was self-defense would he be trying to conceal evidence?

And it seems that Katehis’ lawyer isn’t helping either. Defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz tried getting the judge recused from the trial because he felt the judge had a grudge against him.

“I cannot function as an attorney with a muzzle – and a blade pointed at my throat,” Schwartz told Firetog in court on Thursday.

Bad choice of words there pal.

Schwartz also claims that investigators and prosecutors terrified his client. Yeah, he’s so terrified that he joked and ate doughnuts and even laughed at himself in court. Sounds like a real scaredy cat to me.

George Weber’s plight should show you exactly how dangerous cruising for anonymous sex on craigslist could be.

Brooklyn Bloods Backpage prostitution

8 Charged with Sex Trafficking Girls, Women in Brooklyn:

Bloods gang members went to Brooklyn schools to recruit underage girls as hookers: prosecutors:

Eight people in Brooklyn, some which are Bloods gang members, have been indicted for running 3 separate prostitution rings that included not only women but teens as young as 15.

They allegedly recruited girls from area high schools. If the girls or women did not make the minimum of $500 a day they would be beaten court papers say.

As is expected the girls were advertised on both craigslist and the Village Voice Media owned backpage.

Not only did both articles not seem a comment from Village Voice Media but they didn’t seek comment from craigslist either. Even if craigslist gave their usual non-response the effort would have been appreciated.

So the media is actually going backwards in their investigating.

Thanks to Pete Gleason for the tip.