Again, I hate the use of portmanteaus like ‘sextortion’ but they’ve become a necessary evil.
Speaking of evil, 22-year-old Zachary Myers is accused in three Colorado counties of sexually assaulting underage girls. Myers is said to have used a new twist on the extortion trick. Normally a predator like this would threaten their victims or the victims’ families with violence if they didn’t comply with their requests. Myers, on the other hand, allegedly threatened to kill himself if his victims did not comply. He is even said to have gone as far as keeping a photo on his phone of himself holding a shotgun in his mouth. He reported used this trick mostly on Kik in the sexual assault of at least three different victims in Jefferson, Weld and Denver counties. His victims range from ages 13 to 16. In each case Myers is accused of allegedly either forcing himself on them or attempting to. Myers was also said to have been in possession of several explicit pictures of underage girls.
Normally, this is where I go on about how Kik is just crawling with sex offenders and pedophiles, and I guess I just did, but the article brings up a great tip about your kids’ electronic devices. It recommends that you may want to consider taking your kids’ devices away at night. Some of you may say that you trust your child too much to do that and that’s fine, but do you trust whoever they’re talking to on the other side?
It seems that even the bad guys aren’t safe on craigslist anymore solidifying its wild west comparison.
In Littleton, Colorado, one suspect is dead and another is on the run after a home invasion gone wrong. A man had advertised something for sale on craigslist and two men showed up at his house and tied him up. They tired stealing the man’s cars but the man freed himself, retrieved his own gun and shot one of the suspects that was trying to steal his SUV. The other suspect got away in a gold 90’s Ford Mustang. The Mustang has been retrieved but the suspect is still at large.
The Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a Hispanic male in his forties. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
So far no charges have been filed against the homeowner.
24-year-old David Haskin, of Grand Junction, Colorado, has been arrested for allegedly ‘having sex’ (child rape) with a 12-year-old girl that he met on social networking site MeetMe. Before you ask, because I know you will, the terms of service for MeetMe, like most social sites, state that the minimum age for users is 13.
The victim, and she is a victim in the eyes of the law, would let Haskin in the house when no one else was home.
After his arrest Haskin had a response that was worthy of a Chris Hansen interview…
“Fifteen maybe,” Haskin allegedly replied, when asked by investigators if he knew the girl’s age. “I honestly don’t know how old she is.”
First off that’s probably a load of crap, and secondly the age of consent in Colorado is 17 so even if she was 15 you’d still get arrested.
After his arrest for the movie theater murders in Aurora, Colorado, a number of James Holmes fangirls showed up on the internet, mostly Tumblr, because…well…it’s Tumblr. Having dealt with a murder groupie or two in my time I wrote about the self-proclaimed ‘Holmies’ here.
With his recent conviction this article from Slate by Amanda Hess revisits with the Holmies to see if their attitude has changed towards their mass-murdering heartthrob. Surprisingly it has but not necessarily for the better. A number of them now see him as some sort of martyr for mental illness in this country. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety on a daily basis let me make it clear that in no way, shape or form should this assclown be used as the poster boy for mental illnesses. To do so would be wrong for a number of different reasons.
First to portray him as some sort of sympathetic figure is akin to excusing him for the brutal murders of 12 innocent people. Secondly, there’s enough of a stigma against mental illnesses already that this would make people think that anyone with even the slightest psychological defect is a potential mass murderer. Lastly and most importantly it would further discourage people suffering from a mental illness from seeking treatment lest they be thought a danger to those around them.
If you want to make anyone the spokesperson for mental illness and treatment make it the person who suffers in silence since no one around them can understand how they’re feeling and who receive advice like “Have you tried not being depressed?” by people who don’t know any better.
Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident when there are serious injuries or deaths from violence and the school is accused of negligence.
This legislation was born out of one incident and that was the shooting at Arapahoe High School where Karl Pierson shot and killed Claire Davis before taking his own life. Claire Davis’ parents believe that the school knew Pierson was a threat and failed to do anything about it.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had this to say…
“Certainly for our children to learn and to grow, we need to make sure that we ensure their safety,” Hickenlooper said moments before signing the bill at the state Capitol.
While I feel for the friends and families of all school shooting victims this law will do nothing to keep children safe. It is nothing more than what I call ‘feel good legislation’ devised mainly to look good in the press and to get politicians re-elected. For example see my posts on Roy Cooper and Richard Blumenthal.
Think of all the school shooters since the late 90s. Could any of them have been deemed a threat by the school before their acts of violence? Only peripherally at best. That opens up a whole other can of worms. Now schools could go overboard in naming students as potential threats. That in turn could lead to more lawsuits by parents whose precious snowflakes were deemed threats.
One of the stories I’m woefully behind on is this one out of Longmont, Colorado, where police say that 34-year-old Dynel Lane not only allegedly stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins but cut Ms. Wilkins’ baby from her womb. Ms. Wilkins was seven months pregnant at the time of the brutal crime.
Ms. Wilkins went to Lane’s residence after responding to a craigslist ad for baby clothes. If this sounds slightly familiar it’s because it’s eerily reminiscent of the murder of Heather Snively. Ms. Snively was stabbed to death by Korena Roberts in 2009 and then Roberts cut the baby from Ms. Snively’s womb. However in this instance Ms. Wilkins survived her injuries. Unfortunately her baby did not.
Lane has been charged with attempted murder however she has not been charged with murder in the death of Ms. Wilkins’ unborn baby since Colorado does not recognize an unborn child as a person unless it’s capable of surviving outside the womb. Take that for what you will.
UPDATE 2/23/2016:Dynel Lane has been convicted on all counts against her including attempted first-degree murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Sentencing is scheduled for late April.
41-year-old Robert Felix Gonzales of Broomfield, Colorado, was recently sentenced to 112 years behind bars for prostituting a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. This took place between 2011 and 2013 you know, after adult/erotic services was removed from the site.
Like most pimps he convinced his victim that he was her boyfriend but that didn’t stop him from using violence against her. Reports say that one time he hit her so hard that he broke his own hand. It took the girl to jump from a moving car to finally escape from this scumbag. Again, kind of dispels the whole consenting adults thing.
It’s refreshing to see a jurisdiction hand down a serious sentence when it comes to the crime of child sex trafficking. Here’s hoping that it continues and more places follow.
The family of Amy Ahonen has said that Amy’s remains have been found in two separate parts of the Denver area. She went missing back in 2011 under mysterious circumstances.
At the time of her disappearance Amy’s sister said that Amy placed an ad for a roommate on craigslist and that a guy who responded to the ad made her fear for her safety. Since that time I have not heard whether or not police have investigated that avenue. So far no arrests have been made in Amy’s disappearance.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Amy’s family and friends.
33-year-old Billy Joe Delacey of Hatfield, Pennsylvania has been arrested for the August 2011 murder of 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva in Mesa County, Colorado. Delacey allegedly solicited the male on male massage that was being offered by Oliva on craigslist. Police believe that the pair met for sex where Delacey paid Oliva $100 even though no sex ever took place. Instead Oliva was killed by blunt force trauma to the back of the head.
Police say that the only person that arranged to meet Oliva on the day that he was killed was someone who called themselves ‘Billy’ and a picture that was sent to the victim’s phone resembled that of Delacey. Delacey tried to be slick about the murder too. He gave several stories about where he was at the time of the murder, none of which proved to be true. He also refused to take a polygraph test and told friends he was leaving Colorado because he was shipping out. Delacey hadn’t been active in the military since 2008. Where he really shipped out to was his folks’ place in Pennsylvania where he supposedly told them that he was only under investigation for ‘piracy’. I don’t see how that can be considered piracy except that he stole a man’s life, allegedly. Also not totally suspicious was that police say that Delacey downloaded a program called “Evidence Eliminator” mere hours before police first contacted him. Since police know this I’m guessing the program didn’t work very well. Child porn was allegedly found on the computer as well which Delacey is said to have claimed he stole from his neighbor.
Ladies and gentlemen, this may just be the guiltiest person to ever have lived without killing someone in front of a dozen witnesses.
But again this goes to show two things that I’ve been saying for a while. Even with craigslist shutting down their erotic services section the human sex trade is still alive on craigslist and needs to be monitored. The second is if you meet anyone from craigslist in the real world you are literally and without hyperbole taking your life in your own hands.
I think the list of craigslist killers now hovers around 20 at least. One of these days I’ll finally get around to having a page that lists them all.
Murder groupies are nothing new to me. I’ve been writing about them since roughly the first day I put keyboard to text field. I originally posted about the mutants. A term I use about the people who either idolize or sympathize with school shooters, mostly the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. Then a few years later I started writing about the fans of convicted tripe child murderer Damien Echols of the West Memphis 3. So it came as no shock to me that there are now fans of Aurora theater mass murdering scumbag James Holmes. They’ve even already named themselves. They call themselves “Holmies’.
Murder fandom is nothing new. I don’t know who the first murdering coward was that received a piece of fan mail but it’s been going on as long as I can remember. Women have written love letters to Ted Bundy. The Menendez brothers both got married while serving life terms for killing their parents. Also I’ve known way too many people who were really into Charles Manson. But just because it’s not new it doesn’t make it any less disturbing.
The ‘Holmies’ are mostly teenage girls who think that Holmes is hot. I guess if you’re into Ronald McDonald but whatever. Like most teenage girls they show their adoration for Holmes with pictures and letters that they’ve posted on the internet. They have group forums and chat rooms where they talk about the crushes that they have on him. It’s like how most teenage girls show their obsessions with their favorite pop star but instead their idol is a mass murdering psychopath. They also wear plaid and drink Slurpees in homage of Holmes since he was allegedly arrested in a plaid shirt and he talked about owning a Slurpee machine when he was younger. I would imagine some of them have even dyed their hair like Holmes.
Too many kids today in our society have no moral compass. They’re told that everyone is special and that there is no right or wrong. It’s all about what they want at any given time. And don’t give me any crap about these kids or even Holmes being an outcast. When I was a kid there wasn’t hardly anyone who was more of an outcast than I was and my attention was never drawn once to serial killers or mass murderers. To these kids I say this is wrong. This is not a good or even a safe thing to do. By proclaiming a public love for someone who took the lives of 12 innocent people and sent dozens more to the hospital will invite nothing but trouble on you. To their parents I say pay closer, or any, attention to your kids. If they’re a ‘Holmie’ do your damn job as a parent and put a stop to it. As I always like to say, you’re their parent first and their friend second.
I wonder how long it will be before one of these ‘Holmies’ gets locked up for plotting or committing their own crime.