If the suspect’s story is to be believed, this may be the most bizarre craigslist killing I’ve heard of in the past 12 years.
Back in late December, 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger of Adams County, Colorado, went missing. The day after she was reported missing her body was found. Nicole had been shot in the head and a lethal amount of heroin had been found in her system.
Originally, the public turned their suspicious eye toward a scary looking man who Natalie claimed was stalking her. She even took out a restraining order on the man. Since he has not been charged in Natalie’s death, I won’t post his name. However, I get the feeling that some people will still point to him as a suspect. He was a person of interest until another person was arrested for Natalie’s murder.
22-year-old Joseph Michael Lopez was arrested this past week and was charged with first-degree murder in Natalie’s death. Lopez claims that Natalie took an ad out on craigslist entitled “I want to put a hit on myself.” Lopez claims he responded to the ad posing as a hitman. The two exchanged over 100 text messages. Lopez claimed that he didn’t shoot Natalie but was with her the night she died. However, police say when Lopez was confronted with the GPS data from his phone he allegedly admitted shooting her in the back of the head.
Do I believe Lopez’s grandiose tale of the craigslist ad? Surprisingly, I think there may be a grain of truth to his story. It’s not unheard of for people to look for a hitman on craigslist. Usually, those people are also arrested. Some of Natalie’s friends have said she had suicidal thoughts and a drug problem so it is a possibility that for whatever reason she didn’t want to end her life by her own hand. I’m not 100% convinced this is why he killed her, but it’s not the strangest reason why someone kills.
Having said that, that does not excuse Lopez’s actions in any way shape or form, nor does that make Natalie Bollinger any less of a victim. Just because someone asks you to kill them DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD. Lopez reminds me of one of those guys who thinks he’s an actual ninja because he collects swords and watches anime. If his story is true, then due to his obvious disregard for Natalie’s life, I would have no objection if Lopez was given the death penalty. That seems unlikely since Colorado has only executed one person since the death penalty was reinstated in 1974.
I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one and as usual, I’ll post updates as they become available and as time allows.
Recently, the FBI announced the outcome of a nationwide sex trafficking sting operation called Operation Cross Country XI. They were able to rescue 84 juveniles and arrest 120 people involved in sex trafficking. Of course, one of the sites they used during this operation was Backpage.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the Operation happened in Denver, Colorado, where agents were able to rescue two sisters, ages 5-years-old and 3-months-old, from someone who was turning them out for money. A ‘friend’ of the girls’ family was offering them for sex (child rape) for $600. I really hope this was the first time this supposed friend was offering these girls out, but somehow I doubt it was.
While it can’t be said for certain those girls were turned out on Backpage, I would hazard that at least a large portion of the other 82 juveniles rescued were. Yet Backpage still continues to do business, still continues to make money off of these victims, and still claims that their role in the national sexual slavery trade of juveniles is their right to free speech. Yet very few in the general population of the country care because they don’t think it’s happening where they live, or to someone they know. That’s just one of the ways they’re wrong. It’s happening across all social classes, locations, and ethnicities, and unless we wake up to the problem and it will only get worse.
This past Friday, police in Norwood, Colorado, found the bodies of two girls between the ages of 5 and 10 on a local farm. Their identities and causes of death have not been released, but the bodies were believed to have been there for at least two weeks. Police received a tip about the bodies being on the farm.
Those charged in the girls’ deaths are 23-year-old Frederick A. Blair, 37-year-old Madani Ceus, 53-year-old Ika Eden, 50-year-old Nathan Yah, and Nashika Bramble. Bramble was briefly on the run before turning herself into authorities on Saturday.
The four initial suspects have all been charged with murder in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide and felony child abuse causing death. Before Bramble was apprehended, police said she was wanted on the same charges.
The two victims are believed to be related to each other and to one of the suspects.
Much like everywhere else in the country, even rural areas are becoming much less tight-knit. Gone are the days where everyone knew who their neighbors were. Now, people tend to be less socially active in their own communities which makes it easier to hide child abuse.
Imagine a child who is going through abuse at home during the summer. They may not even have the option to reach out to someone for help during what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year for kids. While other kids are out swimming or playing, they might be at home, not allowed to go out so no one sees the signs of abuse, just counting the days until school starts again so they can have some kind of escape from their home lives.
This means as regular citizens, we need to be more active in reporting suspected cases of abuse. It’s better for there to be a false alarm than an abused child not receiving any help because we didn’t want to get involved.
Here is a link to all the state child abuse hotlines, while Colorado’s is 1-844-CO-4- KIDS (1-844-264-5437). In any state you can remain anonymous, although more weight is given to a report when the reporter gives their name. A suspected abuser is never given the reporter’s name. However, it’s better to report anonymously than not at all.
24-year-old Jordan Reece Chavez of Loveland, Colorado, was arrested back in June for allegedly posting an online classified ad where he was looking for sex with children. I’ll get to which classified site in a moment. Chavez was arrested at a hotel by the Loveland Police Department who say Chavez believed he was there to have sex with two adults and a child under the age of 10.
While this was not mentioned in any article I found on this story, I would guess Loveland Police posed as parents willing to turn out their child on the classifieds site. Which brings us to which site it was. Every article I saw about this story said the ad was on an unnamed site. The tipster who sent me this story claims to have personal insight into the story and told me what site it was. However, since the articles are saying its unnamed, I would imagine police do not want that detail released so I will not release it either.
Some of the articles also state Chavez was being held without bond. The tipster told me Chavez had been bonded out. I can neither confirm nor deny that, however, when I went to the Larimer County Jail’s inmate search, I was unable to find Chavez listed as an inmate so take that information for what you will.
The investigation is currently ongoing…
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Loveland police detective Henry Stucky at 970-962-2249.
According to the tipster, they see ads like this online all the time of people seeking couples with children for the purpose of sex. Through my own experience writing this blog, and one other, I’ve found the practice is more common than you might expect. Yet the classifieds site’s administrators continue to turn a blind eye to the child sex trade that continually happens on their site in order to save the website a few bucks. With the millions they make they could hire moderators to review obviously illegal ads, but they’d rather sleep on a bed of money and try to call themselves philanthropists. Not to mention, we as consumers also turn a blind eye to it so we can get a great deal on that used couch without feeling guilty. more “Another classifieds creeper that may have wanted daddy/daughter sex”
I recently received a tip about a livestreaming app for mobile devices called Live.Me. With the app, anyone can livestream video from wherever they are and viewers, or followers, are able to leave comments. The internet, being what it is, has caused problems for some users of the app.
At this point I decided to download the app for myself to see what it’s all about. On the surface it reminds me of Stickam, the now defunct web cam site. A good number of the streamers on Live.Me were scantily clad females. The age of the streamers isn’t always displayed and the app doesn’t really require any age check for it to be used. According to their terms of service, a user has to be at least 13 to use the app, but you have to be at least 18 to download it. I have no idea on how they can actually enforce any of that, which leads me to believe they probably aren’t. Live.Me also says they don’t allow nudity or explicit sexual contact of any kind, but again it’s unknown how they’re monitoring for such content, if they’re monitoring for it at all.
One thing that particularly bothered me about the app was the ‘Nearby’ feature. As far as I can tell, even if you disable your location, it still shows you people near you who are broadcasting live on the app. Location is disabled by default but that doesn’t appear to affect the Nearby feature. Even the amount of miles between you and someone watching your stream is too revealing for me. That’s all some predators need to begin gathering information on a victim.
So in conclusion, as with most apps, it’s the parent who has to be the ultimate guardian. Check your children’s phones and tablets regularly for apps like this and then proceed responsibly.
The ad was entitled “Daddy Daughter Role Play” and was not very subtle as to what he wanted.
The ad read in part, “Daddy knows you’ve been a naughty girl. I looked at your computer today and saw all the naked pictures of boys. I’m going to tell Mommy unless you do something for me?? Would you like to play?”
He then started communicating with Aurora police, who were posing as a 12-year-old girl who responded to his ad.
Vashaw: “HI, How old are you?”
Undercover female: “I’m almost 13 … totally understand if ur not cool with that …”
Vashaw: “Wow. That’s so hot.”
Undercover female: “Really.”
Vashaw: “Yes Really. But I don’t want to get in trouble. But I would like to know more.”
When he was arrested, Vashaw claimed that this was absolutely, scout’s honor, the very first time he had tried something like this. His ad sure as hell doesn’t sound like someone who was doing this for the first time. He’s looking at two years in county lockup when he is sentenced at the end of June.
Again, for every craigslist creeper that is caught by police before they can hurt a child, there are scores more out there who are not being caught. If craigslist were to actually spend some of the millions of dollars they make into moderating their ads, just think about how many children could be saved. Instead, pedophiles and sex offenders are using craigslist as their own personal Amazon for children.
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.