Facebook hammer killer resentenced

Facebook hammer killer resentenced

Tyler Hadley

In 2011, a then 17-year-old Tyler Hadley of Port St. Lucie, Florida, killed both of his parents with a claw hammer before dragging their bodies to their bedroom. While the bodies of  Mary Jo and Blake Hadley remained in the bedroom, Tyler Hadley threw a party for all of his Facebook friends. He even showed one of his friends the corpses of his murdered parents.

While in prison he gave out autographs to other prisoners signed ‘Hammer Time’ Hadley was charged as an adult and pleaded no contest to their murders. Subsequently, he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. However, his sentence was thrown out after the Supreme Court ruled that minors couldn’t be sentenced to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Last week a new sentence was handed down for Hadley and it was a lesser sentence, however, it may be unlikely Hadley would ever be a free man. The sentence he received this time was two concurrent life sentences.

The judge presiding over the sentencing had this to say…

“The defendant displayed perverse premeditation, heartless cruelty and savagery, extreme violence, a willingness to mutilate and absolute depravity,” the judge declared. “Considering the victims were blood relatives and were killed up close and personally with a handheld tool, it’s obvious the defendant was fueled by a long, simmering, passionate hatred toward those who loved him the most.”

I’m satisfied that Hadley received two life sentences although I would have preferred them to be served consecutively again. It was also good to see a maniac like this put away for life despite the best efforts of the Supreme Court. Personally, I have no problem with minors being sentenced to LWOP for certain offenses like premeditated murder. If a teenager doesn’t understand that murder is not only illegal but inherently wrong then they’re too stupid to be among the rest of us anyway.

Butler High shooter indicted on lesser charge

Butler High shooter indicted on lesser charge

Jatwan Cuffie

My apologies as this story is actually close to a month old.

Anyway, last month, 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie was indicted for the shooting at Butler High School that left 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen dead. However, Cuffie was indicted for the lesser charge of second-degree murder. This could result in a sentence of 12 to 25 years behind bars. Cuffie has been charged as an adult.

While I do feel that Cuffie should spend the rest of his life in prison, I actually agree with the second-degree murder charge. While there had been friction between Cuffie and friends of Bobby McKeithen, I don’t believe that this was a premeditated murder but more of a heat of the moment crime. If you’ll recall, Cuffie took the gun to school after losing a fight to Bobby McKeithen’s friends the night before. McKeithen was only a witness to the fight. So Jatwan Cuffie may have had a target in mind but I doubt that target was Bobby McKeithen and only shot him after a fight broke out between the two.

But this is no consolation to the friends and family of Bobby McKeithen. They will no longer get to see or enjoy the company of Bobby. In a perfect world, Cuffie would go away forever, unfortunately,  the law says otherwise.

Butler High School shooter was not bullied

Butler High School shooter was not bullied

Jatwan Cuffie

When I first posted about the shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina, I wondered where 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie got the gun he used to kill Bobby McKeithen. Well, while it hasn’t been made public yet exactly where he got the gun it has been made public where it first emerged. The .380 pistol was stolen out of a car in neighboring Gaston County. Another responsible gun owner. Guns are plentiful in Gaston County as it is the redneck cousin of Matthews’ Mecklenburg County.

On the day of the shooting, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided to keep classes in session after the shooting occurred. A CMS spokesperson said that the decision was made “to provide students with a safe place to stay until their families could come get them.” On paper that sounds reasonable but then again, I’m not a parent who had a child at Butler High that day. How to react to a shooting inside a school is not an exact science and in a perfect world, it never should be.

Cuffie has been charged as an adult and has been ordered held without bail. He is looking at a possible sentence of life without parole.

While the headlines decry that the shooting arose out of some kind of bullying escalation, unsurprisingly, I have my doubts. My first doubt comes from a video that was obtained by the Charlotte Observer that reportedly shows the gunman, Jatwan Cuffie, on the losing side of a fight. Here is the video as posted by The Observer.

While it appears that Cuffie got the crap kicked out of him he also appeared like he was a willing participant in the fight. Not only that but Bobby McKeithen was also in the video, in the blue hoodie, and he had no involvement in the fight outside of being a witness. Combine that with the texts that Cuffie sent to McKeithen after the fight really make me question any kind of bullying motive.

Here is an excerpt of the texts as obtained by WBTV

Cuffie told police he texted McKeithen, asking who he thought won the fight, and that McKeithen indicated the other person did, not Cuffie.

The 16-year-old then texted McKeithen back, saying he “only thought that because [McKeithen] was with the other guys.” Cuffie said McKeithen asked “who is going to check me about it” and Cuffie replied that he was.

Cuffie indicated that one of the men involved in the Harris Teeter altercation wanted to “get him at school.” He said he also got a text asking if he “had beef with [McKeithen] too,” and that he didn’t text back.

To me, it seems less like a bullying situation and more like a rivalry between two groups of Butler High Students to see who is more badass. This wasn’t because of bullying, this was a revenge killing since Cuffie had lost face in the fight. By most accounts, McKeithen was no bully. The real bully is the one who shoots an unarmed student. Remember, a gun is a coward’s weapon.

UPDATE: Just as I was about to hit the post button, I received an alert that says both police and CMS have now said that there was no bullying involved and the shooting arose from an ongoing dispute.

West Liberty-Salem High gunman sentenced

West Liberty-Salem High gunman sentenced

Back in January of 2017, 17-year-old Ely Ray Serna entered West Liberty-Salem High School in West Liberty, Ohio, armed with a shotgun. Serna ended up shooting 16-year-old Logan Cole in the chest. Cole required extensive surgeries and had a shotgun pellet lodged near his heart. Thankfully, Logan Cole survived his injuries.

Serna was charged as an adult and was expected to go to trial, however, back in early April of this year, Serna pleaded guilty to attempted murder, felonious assault and inducing panic. Earlier today, Serna was sentenced to 23 1/2 years behind bars.

When asked by the sentencing judge if there was any reason behind the shooting Serna was said to have replied, “I can’t say I was angry about anybody or anything, I didn’t have anybody targeted.” I doubt that’s true at all. No one goes into a school and shoots someone in the chest with a shotgun unless they were angry or deranged. My guess is, after shooting Cole in the chest, Serna lost his nerve, even offering Cole the shotgun and asking Cole to shoot him. If anything, Serna was probably just another copycat looking to be ‘famous’. The problem with so many copycats is their names tend to be forgotten. For every Adam Lanza or Eric Harris, there are several Ely Sernas whose names will be forgotten over time, as they should be.

Bever brother to drop insanity defense

Bever brother to drop insanity defense

The Bever house in 2015

Michael Bever’s defense team recently announced they would not be pursuing an insanity defense for their client. In 2015, a then 16-year-old Michael Bever, and his then 18-year-old brother Robert, stabbed and killed their parents, 52-year-old David Bever and 44-year-old April Bever, in their Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, home. However, they didn’t stop there. They also killed their siblings, Daniel, 12, Christopher, 7, and Victoria, 5. Surviving the attack was 13-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and 2-year-old Autumn who was unharmed.The motive the brothers allegedly gave for the killing spree was they wanted to be ‘more famous than Columbine.’ In 2016, Robert Bever pleaded guilty to murder in order to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to five life sentences without parole. Michael Bever has been charged as an adult in the murders.

Bever’s defense contends the parents were committing psychological child abuse which is not totally out of the realm of possibility. However, that doesn’t explain why they killed their brothers and sister as well. Not to mention that according to their surviving sister, the duo was allegedly planning the murder at least a year in advance.

Previously, the defense has tried saying Michael only went along with the murders because he was scared of his brother, but investigators say that Robert feigned he was in danger in order to get his siblings to open the door to the room where they were hiding so they could be killed.

Michael Bever’s trial has been delayed a number of times, but it looks like it’s finally set to start on April 16th. Unlike his brother, since he was a juvenile at the time of the crime, Michael Bever is not facing the death penalty. With any luck, he’ll receive the same sentence his brother did.

UPDATE 5/9/2018: Michael Bever was convicted in the five murders of his family members.

Kentucky school shooter identified

Kentucky school shooter identified

Late last week the gunman from the Marshall County High School shooting had been identified as 15-year-old Gabe Parker. Normally, minors are not identified until they are charged as adults, which prosecutors are expected to do. However, Parker’s name was made public after it was released that his mother is a local reporter who responded to the scene as part of her job.

Speaking of parents, both of Parker’s parents are divorced and have remarried. Neighbors have said they don’t believe Parker’s mother kept any type of firearm in the home.

And as is come to be expected, rumors of Parker being bullied have swirled through social media and then the local news. No reports of any actual bullying have yet to be confirmed and in my opinion probably never will be as the bullied school shooter is largely a myth. Another reason I think there was no bullying involved was because according to one witness, Parker liked to talk about violence and allegedly told people he wanted to join the Mafia.

Even if he was bullied, he more than likely did not take his wrath out on his supposed tormentors, as according to most reports Parker targeted people at random.

There still hasn’t been a motive mentioned publicly, but I’m still laying odds on Parker being just another Columbine copycat. Just another loser who can’t deal with his own inadequacies without resorting to violence who doesn’t have an original idea in his feeble little mind.

UPDATE 3/15/2018: Parker had been previously charged as an adult and a court ruling has upheld that decision.

UPDATE 3/29/2018: Earlier this month, Parker appeared in court, but according to this report, Parker claims he was not bullied.

Called it.

UPDATE 3/30/2018: Also earlier this month, Parker allegedly told police he was interested in science and he wanted to see how students, police and society would react to the shooting. I can honestly say, I wasn’t expecting that as a motive. This kid is an unabashed psychopath.

Suspect in Italy High shooting wore a trench coat

Suspect in Italy High shooting wore a trench coat

I was reading an article about how Noelle Jones, the victim in the Italy High school shooting, has been released from the hospital. I wish her a speedy and painless as possible recovery. If you can afford it, her GoFundMe to help pay for her medical bills is still massively below the goal.

However, there was something else in the article from KWTX about the unnamed 16-year-old suspect I hadn’t heard about until now. Originally, it was thought the motive may be romantic in nature as it was alleged Ms. Jones dated the shooter and broke up with him prior to the shooting. Then Noelle’s father refuted that claim and said Noelle was dating someone else. I hypothesized the shooter might be one of those ‘nice guys’ who believes that every woman owes them something just because he’s nice.

Now the article states the gunman wore a trench coat during the shooting. While that doesn’t disqualify the ‘nice guy’ theory, since they defile the good name of trench coats and fedoras, if you add his history of violence to the mix, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could be a columbiner. That’s not to say that one precludes the other as the two communities often overlap. It also doesn’t help the report states the shooter fired at another student as well. So there could have been more injuries or worse if this violent psychopath didn’t run out of bullets.

UPDATE 6/5/2018: The suspect has been identified as 16-year-old Chad Anthony Padilla and has been charged as an adult.

Alex Hribal sentenced for Franklin Regional High stabbings

Alex Hribal sentenced for Franklin Regional High stabbings

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal was 16 when he stabbed over 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in 2014. Some of the injuries sustained by the victims were so severe that internal organs were exposed and facial features were removed.

Hribal modeled his attack after Columbine by originally planning the attack for the 15th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th 2014. However, there were no classes scheduled for that day so he moved the date up to April 9th, the birthday of Columbine coward Eric Harris. He even told the defense’s psychiatrist he believed he was being “egged on or controlled by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris from hell.” Bullying was brought up as a motive, but was quickly dismissed by both police and Hribal’s own attorney at the time. He was subsequently charged as an adult for his actions.

Hribal pleaded guilty to 21 counts of attempted murder back in October. Today, he was sentenced to 23-60 years behind bars. At sentencing, Hribal had this to say…

“I feel horrible about everything but there’s no words to use, nothing I can say to make it all better or fix it.”

That’s not stopping his lawyer from appealing the sentence arguing his client should have been tried in juvenile court.

Of course, even though it had been previously dismissed as a motive, his parents tried to deflect blame on to bullying…

Hribal’s parents also addressed the court, saying the case was about bullying and mental illness. His mother broke down on the stand, sobbing and saying Alex was their responsibility and told the judge, “I’m the one that should be sentenced, not him.”

In my opinion they should both be going to jail if his parents knew about his Columbine obsession and refused to do anything about it. Unfortunately, the law doesn’t work like that.

Idaho Supreme Court upholds sentence of one of Cassie Jo Stoddart’s killers

Idaho Supreme Court upholds sentence of one of Cassie Jo Stoddart's killers

Cassie Jo Stoddart

This happened a few weeks ago, but you should be used to that by now with me. Sorry, just getting to it now.

Anyway, in late December, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of Torey Adamcik. Adamcik and Brian Draper were juveniles when they killed their friend, 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart, in September of 2006. The pair were charged as adults and both were convicted and sentenced to life for the brutal murder of Cassie. Since their 2007 convictions, both men have filed many appeals claiming that sentencing juveniles to life is unconstitutional or they didn’t have effective counsel. All previous efforts to escape their convictions have failed.

There are some who believe that the pair were too young to be sentenced to life in prison. It’s my opinion that they were plenty old enough to know what they were doing was wrong considering they killed Cassie just for the thrill. The pair also videotaped themselves before and after Cassie’s murder talking about how they were going to kill her. The transcripts from the tapes have been released.

Before the murder, Adamcik told Draper, “we’re not going to get caught,” to which Draper replied by saying, “we’re going to make history,” according to the transcript in the Supreme Court’s opinion.

The transcript includes conversation between Adamcik and Draper referencing horror-slasher films like “Scream” and comparing themselves to serial killers like Ted Bundy, the Hillside Strangler and the Zodiac Killer.

“Those people were mere amateurs compared to what we are going to be,” Adamcik said.

In another segment of the transcript, Draper says “I feel like I want to kill somebody. Uh, I know that’s not normal, but what the hell.”

Adamcik replied, “I feel we need to break away from normal life.”

According to the transcript, Draper said he and Adamcik identified Stoddart as their victim the day before the murder, despite claiming she was their friend.

“We’ll find out if she has friends over, if she’s going to be alone in a big dark house out in the middle of nowhere. How perfect can you get?” Draper said.

“I’m horny just thinking about it,” Adamcik replied.

These are not two people, and I use that term loosely, who should be released back into society. Not only did they know what they were doing but they documented their actions as well, like it was a home movie to be rewatched later. They are the definition of depraved and probably have no remorse for Cassie’s senseless murder.

Franklin Regional stabber pleads guilty

Franklin Regional stabber pleads guilty

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal was 16 when he stabbed over 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in 2014. These are no mere cuts and scrapes we’re talking about either. Some of the injuries were so bad they included one that just missed a student’s heart, another where a student’s lip had almost been removed from his face, and one where a student had been cut so deep the student’s liver was protruding from the wound.

Not surprisingly, Hribal was a columbiner and wanted to commit his spree on the 15th Anniversary of Columbine, April 20th, 2014. However, there were no classes being held at the Murrysville, Pennsylvania, high school that day, so Hribal moved up his plans to April 9th, the birthday of Columbine coward Eric Harris.

Hribal was set to be tried as an adult, but this past week the now 20-year-old Hribal pleaded guilty to 21 counts of attempted murder. The prosecution is looking for a 30 to 60 year sentence when Hribal is scheduled for sentencing in January. Technically, the judge could sentence Hribal to 21 consecutive sentences totaling around 800 years but that is unlikely to happen.

Again, I would love to know if the parents of columbiners know their kids have obsessions with mass murderers. At this point, most columbiners weren’t even born when Columbine happened. If your kid has just such an obsession, it’s not just a phase. A phase is them having some kind of hair cut you don’t care for. The hero-worship of mass murderers is a sign that they’re in severe need of mental treatment. They may not turn out to be a killer, but why take that chance?