Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting
Zemmer Middle School

(Story broke 5/10/2017)

Back in February, three teens, two aged 14 and one 15, were arrested for allegedly plotting an attack against Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. Back in May, the trio appeared in court where a video made by the teens was played that was heavily influenced by the so-called ‘Basement Tapes’ from Columbine. If you’re familiar with the history of Columbine, this won’t be anything new.

Please forgive the copious copying and pasting.

In the film, XXXXX and XXXXX, 14, sat side-by-side in armchairs in XXXXX’s parents’ basement, smoking while describing the alleged plot to “shoot up” Zemmer Middle School and their plans to commit suicide after.

“It’ll be nerve-wracking, alright, but it’ll be the best moment of our lives,” said XXXXX.

“Our short lives,” XXXXX added.

“I can’t [expletive] wait,” said XXXXX.

Calling themselves “gods” and saying that they intended to “bring justice to the world, one school at a time,” the two teens listed off intended targets in the shooting, throwing their heads back and laughing to themselves.

“I thought I could I could trust someone not to [expletive] walk all over me for almost a year now, it’s [expletive],” XXXXX said in the video. “As if my life wasn’t bad enough. But you know what? It won’t matter.”

“We’re going to use a sawed-off machine gun, some pistols,” said XXXXX.

“Gonna be the best [expletive] of my life,” said XXXXX.

The pair claimed in the video that the attack would leave them with “followers” who would watch over from the afterlife.

“You know what, XXXXX, we’re gonna be in heaven, resting in peace, watching over our followers for generations to come. We will have followers, trust me … till this world is brought to justice one school at a time.”

“If not several,” said XXXXX.

In the video, the two also discussed the Columbine shooters and “Zero Hour,” the documentary on the 1999 mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students fatally shot 13, injured 21 and subsequently committed suicide.

“We’ll be resting with them,” XXXXX said in the video, laughing.

As usual, I’m not naming these kids because that’s the kind of attention they crave with this kind of behavior.

As far as the video is concerned, it makes me laugh. These kids are in middle school and consider themselves gods? Please, you’re far from gods, you’re not even acolytes. You’re just another group of plebeians who think they’re being edgy by emulating the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. You’re not the first and sadly, I’ll doubt you’ll be the last. You know nothing about the real world and obviously have little to no parental guidance in your lives.

Speaking of parental guidance, guns were kept in two of the homes by parents, but by all accounts the weapons were secured. However, that doesn’t mean that any security measure couldn’t have been circumvented by the teens. It wouldn’t have been the first time a kid has gotten hold of the key to the gun locker and took the weapon to a school.

Thankfully, the trio have been charged as adults and are looking at life sentences on attempted murder charges. Instead of gods, they’ll just be numbers, collect-calling their parents for commissary money.

Pam Vitale’s killer: “There is no blood on my hands.”

Pam Vitale's killer: "There is no blood on my hands."
Scott Dyleski’s yearbook photo circa 2005

(Story broke 7/1/2017)

Back in 2005, Pam Vitale was bludgeoned to death by a then 16-year-old Scott Dyleski in her Lafayette, California, home. Vitale was the wife of high-profile defense attorney Daniel Horowitz. Dyleski was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life without parole. The evidence against him was overwhelming with his DNA being found on Pam Vitale’s body and the fact that he carved the symbol he used to sign his artwork into her back.

Now, due to a 2014 California Supreme Court ruling, Dyleski is looking to get his sentence commuted to 25 to life meaning he would be eligible for parole after 25 years. The problem is, at least in my opinion, Dyleski still hasn’t shown any remorse for the brutal killing. Not only does he still deny he murdered Pam Vitale, but he sees himself as some kind of potential mentor for at-risk kids.

“I did not kill Pamela Vitale,” Dyleski said Friday. “There is no blood on my hands.”

His voice cracked when he described himself as a depressed teenager who lived for “the day I’d have the courage to kill myself.” He admitted to smoking marijuana and engaging in credit card fraud — two things revealed in his 2006 trial — and wanted the chance to leave prison so he could work with at-risk youth.

“I have realized the great potential I have, and the great amount of good I can do,” he said.

Let it not be forgotten that it was his marijuana growing scheme combined with the credit card fraud that led him to murder Pam Vitale in the first place. Dyleski used a neighbor’s credit card to order $2,300 worth of grow lights then killed Pam Vitale thinking she was the neighbor with the credit card.

People who have defended Dyleski have tried over the years to say that it was Daniel Horowitz that killed Pam Vitale, but they are simply engaging in conspiracy theories since Horowitz is a noted criminal defense attorney.

Not only should Dyleski not be a mentor to at-risk youth, but he should never see the light of day or breathe the air of a free man. Regardless of his age at the time, he is a cold-blooded killer who has shown zero remorse for his actions and deserves to spend the rest of his days rotting in a California prison cell.

A ruling is scheduled for July 13th.

Mountain View High stabber charged in adult court, is identified

Mountain View High stabber charged in adult court, is identified

As was mentioned in my previous post, the knife-wielding suspect from the stabbings at Mountain View High School in Utah has been officially charged as an adult and is expected to plead guilty to the fifth and final charge of attempted murder. Since the suspect will now be processed in adult court the 16-year-old has been identified as Luke Dollahite. With the adult charge, he could be sentenced to 10 to life.

For those of you who may think that a life sentence for attempted murder is too much for a 16-year-old, not only did Dollahite show no remorse in his attack, but he was noticeably disappointed that he hadn’t succeeded in killing anyone. One of his victims also received such nerve damage in his arm that it is permanently paralyzed.

You want to cause all this mayhem and violence to other people because you can’t handle your own life? Then you have to pay the price.
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House burns down where Oklahoma family was murdered by their kids

House where Oklahoma family was murdered by their kids burns down
The Bever house now.

If you haven’t heard about the Bever family, they were a family from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who were killed by two of their own family members. In July of 2015, then 18-year-old Robert Bever and then 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed their father, 52-year-old David Bever, their mother, 44-year-old April Bever, brothers Daniel, 12, and Christopher, 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria. Surviving the attack was a then 13-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and a then 2-year-old Autumn who was unharmed. The Bever brothers are said to have killed their family because they wanted to be more famous than Columbine. Robert Bever, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in order to avoid the death penalty, while his brother Michael has been charged as an adult and is set to go on trial later this year.

The Bever house then.

There had been plans made to raze the house and turn it into a memorial park by a city councilman, but part of that point is now moot since the house caught fire last week. So far investigators have not given any cause for the fire or whether or not they think this is a case of arson. There are many possible motives as to why someone may have wanted to burn the house down, but the one I’d like to focus on is that of, what if it was done by a neighbor? I’m not saying it definitely was, because for all we know it could have been a squirrel chewing on a power line. However, the following quote from a local resident caught my attention.

Neighbors said they’re used to people stopping by to look at the house – and even vandalize it.

“They try to take things – pieces of wood from the side and stuff like that ya know,”

Now imagine living in that neighborhood with a ‘murder house’ that’s been vacant for two years, while twisted ghouls constantly come by trying to claim a piece of murderabilia. That’s not even mentioning the number of ‘normal’ vandals that the house has attracted. I could see someone from the neighborhood growing impatient with the planned demolition of the house and taking matters into their own hands.

If this was in fact a case of arson, I see many problems with someone starting their own homegrown suburban renewal program. The first is that fire is very hard to control and this easily could have spread to neighboring residents. Another problem is that fire fighters are putting their lives on the line even when dealing with a single house fire. Any one of them could have easily been killed if the slightest thing had gone wrong in fighting the fire. Then the house would have been a murder house for a second time. Lastly, if this was arson, you just made it easier for the murderabilia ghouls to take a piece of what’s left of the house. They may have even given them an incentive, since not as much of the house is left.

To be honest, I hope it was an accidental fire, as arson may even glamorize the murders further to those that get a thrill from such things.

Tampa craigslist killing leaves father dead, two arrested

Williams and Johnson

44-year-old James Beck, of Tampa, Florida, was killed this past Tuesday after trying to sell his 16-year-old son’s dirt bike on craigslist. Beck and his son met a pair of individuals when one of them opened fire on Beck, striking him twice in the neck. The two suspects then ran off with the dirt bike. Beck unfortunately died on the scene from his injuries right in front of his son.

Police have arrested 16-year-old Ramontrae Williams and 17-year-old Dontae Johnson, and charged them with first-degree felony murder and robbery.

A GoFundMe has been set up by Beck’s family in order to pay for funeral and other expenses.

Sadly, I don’t have much else to add here. Craigslist should be considered too dangerous for anyone to use anymore. While you, the reader, may have found the perfect deal on craigslist, and have never had a problem, the number of people killed through craigslist is now in the triple digits. Craigslist has become nothing more than a dangerous game of Russian Roulette, and too many people are becoming victims to a deadly game that they don’t even realize they’re playing.

UPDATE 2/27/2017: Last week a grand jury indicted both teens, and they will be tried as adults.

UPDATE 3/2/2017: Williams has been denied bond.

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

As an update to the shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, a second person was also injured in the shooting, but was said to have injuries that were not life threatening.

This past Monday, gunman Ely Ray Serna was in court and denied the charges, which I imagine is the juvenile equivalent of pleading not guilty. His attorney actually requested that he be allowed to return to his home with his parents. Thankfully, the judge ordered him held in juvenile detention for now, noting that the shooting “involved significant planning.”

Serna’s sister says that her brother is not a monster, but is unclear what his motive may have been.

Now, in a new Sheriff’s report that was released today, Serna allegedly apologized to Logan Cole after shooting him. Then Serna reportedly offered the gun to Cole and asked him to pull the trigger while the shotgun was pointed at Serna’s forehead. Cole is said to have refused the offer. The 17-year-old gunman then kicked the gun across the floor before being apprehended by school staff.

I can honestly say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a school shooter offering his victim some form of restitution, not to mention showing signs of regret in the middle of their spree. In my opinion this doesn’t seem like the typical school shooting where the gunman is seeking some kind of fame or retribution. To me it seems more like he was trying to commit suicide by cop then lost his nerve after shooting Logan Cole. That in no way should be seen as an excuse for his actions. He shot Logan Cole twice with a 12 gauge shotgun at close range, once in the chest and again in the arm. For committing such a wanton act of violence he should be tried as an adult. That decision could be made as early as this coming Friday when Serna returns to court.

UPDATE 1/28/2017: Victim Logan Cole is said to have a shotgun pellet in his heart. While the injury is not life threatening at present, if left untreated could cause a heart infection.

This is said to be the GoFundMe set up for Logan Cole by his father.

UPDATE 2/3/2017: Today in court, a judge ordered a competency hearing for Serna, and that he remain in juvenile detention for now.

UPDATE 2/6/2017: Logan Cole has been released from the hospital, and is now home. His father states that he is still at risk of infection due to the shotgun pellets that they couldn’t retrieve.

UPDATE 2/17/2017: Logan Cole has returned to class, but is currently wearing a brace on his torso that should be removed within months.

UPDATE 6/12/2017: Serna will be tried as an adult, and his bond has been set at $1 million.

UPDATE 6/15/2017: A judge has ordered the trial to start on August 21st and has made it known he wants the trial to conclude before the start of the school year so there can be closure.

UPDATE 6/25/2017: Serna has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. I can’t wait for the reasoning behind this one. Take a drink if they mention Asperger’s.

We get letters: What to do about a possible gun owning ex-con

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I received an e-mail not too long ago about a person who was featured on this site many years ago. The person in question committed a crime as a teen but was charged as an adult and was sentenced to prison time. Unfortunately, they weren’t sentenced to much prison time and they are now out of prison. This person is now the legal age to own a gun and they live in a gun friendly state. Back to the e-mail.

The e-mail I received was from someone who claimed that the person in question committed an armed crime against them. The matter is said to have been investigated by police but no arrest has ever come from it. Unfortunately, without a public record of arrest there’s not much that I can do about as far as making it public knowledge however, I did a little digging. I went to the Facebook of the person in question and it’s very pro 2nd-Amendment and anti-government. That’s their prerogative and all but I have yet to meet anyone that pro-gun without owning one. If memory serves me correctly people convicted of felonies in this country, no matter which state, are ineligible to own firearms for the rest of their lives. As far as I know the conviction has not been expunged.

So my question to you dear reader is this, what can be done at this point to ensure the safety of the community around this former felon who is possibly in possession of firearms?

Tyler Hadley to be resentenced for the bludgeoning murder of his parents

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Tyler Hadley

Add Tyler Hadley to the unfortunately growing list of murdering minors who get a second shot at sentencing while their victims are still dead. Hadley was 17 in 2011 when he bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer in their Port St. Lucie, Florida, Home. He then threw a party that he had invited all his friends to on Facebook while his parents’ corpses laid in their bed. He was tried as an adult and pleaded no contest but not before giving out prison autographs that read  ‘Hammer Time’.

Hadley was sentenced to two life terms, one for each parent, Mary Jo Hadley, 47, and Blake Hadley, 54. Now the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach has ordered that Hadley be resentenced due to the Supreme Court’s ruling that automatic life without parole for minors is unconstitutional.

Hadley’s uncle, Mike Hadley, puts it better than I ever could…

“All I can say is that whatever laws that they are passing to let these young kids under 17 to just do whatever they want and then give them a lighter sentence is insane,” Hadley said during a phone interview. “It makes no sense at all. When somebody can do those horrendous things to another human being and then stand back and laugh about it and have a party over their dead bodies is crazy. You can never let those people out on society again — ever.”

Added Hadley: “He got a lighter sentence because he didn’t get the death penalty. He’s lucky he got what he got.

Not to mention that he obviously has no remorse for his actions. Not only was he trying to parlay his infamy into some kind of badass prison rep but he also pleaded no contest. That means he did not admit any guilt but agreed that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

Like his uncle said, he deserves the death penalty. Anything less than at least one life sentence is a massive miscarriage of justice.

Torey Adamcik denied new trial or re-sentencing

Cassie Jo Stoddart
Cassie Jo Stoddart

Late last week a judge denied Torey Adamcik’s request for either a new trial or a reconsidered sentence. Adamcik’s attorney argues that recent court rulings that say mandatory life sentences for teens are cruel and unusual however the judge disagreed that those rulings applied in the case of Adamcik.

Along with cohort Brian Draper, Adamcik was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to life for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart. The pair had bragged about the murder on videotape after stabbing Cassie 29 times. Draper was also a fan of the Columbine shooters, what I call a mutant and what Tumblr users call a columbiner.

Philip Chism sentenced for rape and murder of Danvers High teacher. Victim’s family angered by sentence.

Philip Chism
Philip Chism

Yesterday Superior Court Judge David Lowy sentenced Philip Chism to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years for the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. He also sentenced Chism to two 40 year sentences for her rape and robbery committed by Chism. All three sentences will be served concurrently meaning that the earliest he could be released is in 40 years minus the time served he spent in prison awaiting trial. As I’ve mentioned before Chism could not be sentenced to life without parole since the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that LWOP for teens is unconstitutional as it is considered cruel and unusual.

Colleen Ritzer’s mother had this to say about the sentence…

“Today’s sentence is unacceptable and the laws must be changed,” Peggie Ritzer said at a news conference. “Colleen’s family, friends, students, and those who admired her have been given a life sentence without parole, but not the individual who committed the heinous act. This is wrong and unjust.”

I couldn’t agree more. Chism not only slashed Ms. Ritzer’s throat with a boxcutter but he also raped her and violated her with a tree branch before leaving her body in the woods while he went to a movie with the money he took from her. LWOP is the least that this monster should have received. His age at the time of the crime, 14-years-old, should not be used as excuse for such brutality. There’s no way in hell that someone his age doesn’t know what he’s doing is wrong and the law should reflect it. The more we absolve actions like this the more frequent they’ll become.