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Death sentence overturned for man who set girlfriend on fire

Death sentence overturned for man who set girlfriend on fire

Dane Abdool

Dane Abdool was convicted for the 2006 murder of his then girlfriend, 17-year-old Amelia Sookdeo. Abdool, who was 20 at the time, was enraged that he thought Amelia was pregnant. So much so that he forced her out of his car onto the side of a Florida country road, doused her in gasoline and set her on fire. After his conviction, Abdool was sentenced to death, and rightly so. He previously tried to get his death sentence overturned claiming that a drug used in Florida’s lethal injection was considered cruel and unusual, which is ironic to say the least.

This past week, Abdool’s death sentence was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court on the grounds that the jury who decided his fate back in 2008, did not unanimously vote on the death penalty. The jury at the time voted 10-2 to give Abdool the death penalty. Nine other such cases have been sent back to the lower courts for review.

This isn’t to say that Abdool will necessarily escape the death penalty. It means that the sentencing phase will be sent back to a county court to more than likely hold another sentencing phase. My only hope is that during the new sentencing phase Abdool is once again sentenced to death. His crime was not only barbaric, but it’s unimaginable how the 17-year-old Amelia must have suffered, being bound and set on fire, before finally succumbing to the torture that Abdool inflicted on her. Abdool should consider himself lucky if he only receives lethal injection after what he did to Amelia.

Sadly, I doubt that he’ll be re-sentenced to death. Too many jurors these days lack the fortitude to pull the trigger on the death penalty, so to speak. It’s more likely that the jury will not be unanimous, and it will be an eternity before Abdool receives his ultimate judgment.

Pokemon Go and sex offenders: Next on Scare Tactics News

Pokemon Go and sex offenders: Next on Scare Tactics News

It’s no shock that I’m no friend of sex offenders, and if I see an app that is prone to abuse by them I’ll call it out. However, when I see an article that’s pure FUD that involves the two, I just can’t let it go.

For example, I found an article out of Florida from a news station that ‘revealed’ sex offenders that were living near Pokemon Go gyms and Pokestops. As the article explains…

They stop at PokéStops to buy items and at PokéGyms to battle each other, but those stops and gyms can be anywhere—including where CBS12 found more than 1,000 registered sex offenders.

Do you know where else there are Pokestops and gyms? They’re near schools, churches, libraries, museums, and businesses. They are almost everywhere. Hell, there was even a gym in front of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a lot of these locations will inevitably be near a registered sex offender. That does not necessarily mean that registered sex offenders are using Pokemnon Go to prey on children. It would be incredibly stupid for them to do so since they would be the first person police would go to if anything like that happened. Personally, I have only heard of one instance where children playing the game were approached by a possible predator and that guy was driving a van. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just improbable.

Instead of letting children roam freely playing Pokemon Go, maybe parents should learn how to play it and join their kids. You never know, you may actually have fun spending time with your kids doing an activity they enjoy.

Instead of not naming the killers this is what we shouldn’t do

Instead of not naming the killers this is what we shouldn't do

For a few years now there’s been a movement among some who believe that the names of killers like Omar Mateen shouldn’t be made public. They believe that this gives them the notoriety they wanted. In the past I have posted why I disagree with this practice. Long story short, we shouldn’t forget history’s villains and if we let the media give them names, like Son of Sam or the Zodiac Killer, that gives them even more notoriety than they were looking for. Instead, what we should be doing is not over-reporting the story.

For example, it’s no secret that Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS right before the shooting and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack even though it wasn’t organized or ordered by them. ISIS thrives on having their name in Western media, lone wolf attacks like Orlando should not be attributed to ISIS as it just gives them free publicity and propaganda which in turn could influence more ISIS inspired lone wolf attacks like the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The other worrisome practice I see being carried out by the press is the reporting of every ancillary detail and minutia about the attack. Do we really need to know that Mateen texted his wife during the attack and also checked Facebook to see if the attack was trending yet? No, we don’t. In my opinion those are what I like to call rubbernecking details, items the news reports on solely to get pageviews and clicks. Journalism used to operate under such tenets of whether there was a need for the public to know certain details of a story, emphasis on the word ‘need’. Now most major media outlets are more concerned with SEO keywords than information that is in the public’s best interest. In my opinion this is just another practice that gives the killers the notoriety that they were looking for since their every move during the incident is dissected like they were some Hollywood celebrity ordering lunch at a small town diner.

I’m not holding my breath on any of these changes to take effect anytime soon since news publishing is the industry that coined the callous phrase ‘if it bleeds it leads’.

My thoughts on the Pulse Orlando shooting

My thoughts on the Pulse Orlando shooting

I normally don’t post about major headline grabbing crimes like this. I prefer to post niche stories that are under-reported, but the Pulse Orlando shooting is so significant that I can’ just ignore it. If you’d rather see how a real crime blogger posts about this please visit Bonnie’s post on the matter.

Anyway these are some random thoughts I had on the matter. Some I’ve shared to social media this weekend and others I haven’t

First I’d like to share some old blog posts I’ve written on other topics that I think may apply to this tragedy. The first is that the media is beating us over the head again with lists of the deadliest shootings in America. Again I think the more they do that the more trivialized the shootings can become. Secondly, as I’ve posted before, I don’t think it’s the access of guns that is the problem. It’s never been more difficult to purchase firearms legally yet we have greater levels of gun violence than at any point in our history. Lastly, for those of you who think that every practitioner, or even the majority of practitioners, of Islam are terrorists than you need to do more research, like I did after 9/11, rather than repeating the same old myths that keep getting propagated in the more ignorant parts of the internet.

Now for some random thoughts on the matter…

Just because some murderous assclown swears allegiance to ISIS, and ISIS claims responsibility for the attack, doesn’t necessarily mean that this was an orchestrated attack by ISIS. It could have just been a moment of opportunity for ISIS to claim responsibility. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the cowardly scumbag was the only one involved in planning the attack.

I posted the following both on Twitter and my personal Facebook page…

As a society we’ve declined so much in the past 15 years that we didn’t even wait until the bodies were cold before we were waxing politically about our pet ideologies. The usual tropes were all carted out, immigration, gun control, Muslims, etc. Instead of coming together to fight hate we just kept fanning the flames of hostility. I wouldn’t say that we’re headed for a 2nd Civil War but as a country we’ve never been more divided since then, and as we all know a house divided can’t stand.

We’ve lost the ability to be objective in this country. We’re all too worried about being left or right, conservative or liberal, religious or atheist, than being human and American.

Don’t buy your e-juice at flea markets

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The preceding video is from WKMG Channel 6 in Orlando, Florida. It’s actually a very good segment they did on vaping. However this is the headline they lead with on their website…

Counterfeit FDA seal on E-cigarette ‘juice’

Towards the end of the video they talk about FDA regulation and they show e-juice that was purchased at a flea market bearing the FDA logo on it as to indicate FDA approval. Now, I love some flea markets, I spent a lot of time at the Berlin Farmers Market in New Jersey and got a great deal on one of my infamous trench coats there. Flea markets can be great for deals but they can also be a haven for knock offs.

These false labels are not a common occurrence among vaping vendors. As much as you can get a great deal at a flea market some things are worth paying the extra money for.

Florida Breeder suffocates infant son. Media says Xbox to blame

Dad kills crying toddler son so he could play Xbox:

Cody Wygant

Cody Wygant

24-year-old Cody Wygant of Homosassa, Florida, is accused of killing his 16-month-old son, Daymeon Wygant. The media would have you believe it was so he could play Xbox uninterrupted. Personally I don’t think that’s why at all but first let’s get some details.

Wygant allegedly killed his son by holding the baby’s nose and mouth shut for 3 to 4 minutes until he became lethargic. Why did he do this? The baby was crying of course. How dare babies cry? After putting his son in a playpen he went and played Xbox and watched TV. He didn’t check on his son for five hours and when he did Dayemon was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Did he think that cutting off the baby’s breathing would put him gently to sleep? Is that what his parents did because that would explain a lot. Now I’m not excusing anything this assclown did. I think it wouldn’t have mattered if he was watching football, talking on the phone, or listening to music, he probably would have killed his son no matter what he interrupted. He’s a murderer but he’s not James Sargent. Although ‘they’ should restrict Wygant’s airways for 4 minutes at a time and see how long he lasts.

Blame the killer, not the game.

Thanks to Tiffany for the tip.

Suspect killed during craigslist robbery

Man fatally shoots Craigslist seller-turned-robber, police say:

Man Charged With Murder In Craigslist Robbery Gone Wrong:

Duwayne Lewis

Duwayne Lewis

Police in Coral Springs, Florida, say that 26-year-old Jason Mageau and 18-year-old Duwayne Lewis allegedly tried robbing a man after they posted a craigslist ad promising a good deal on a cell phone. After the victim showed up to make the deal Mageau allegedly produced a gun and pistol whipped the victim. The victim went back to his car where he got his gun and shot Mageau in the chest. Mageau later died at the hospital.

Have you ever heard the expression ‘never bring a knife to a gun fight’? I guess you can also say never bring a starter’s pistol to a gun fight because that’s what Mageau’s gun was. The victim on the other hand had a real gun with real bullets.

Lewis is said to have tried to tell police that he and Mageau were victims of the robbery but police say that the evidence provided by the victim shows otherwise. Lewis has been charged with murder in Mageau’s death as Florida law states a person who assists in a crime that leads to a death may be charged in that death.

So no matter what side of the craigslist robbery you’re on just by using craigslist you’re taking your life in your hands. Even the criminals are safer not using it.

Female pimp busted in Daytona Backpage sting

Daytona woman charged with human sex trafficking:

Lashonda Riley

Lashonda Riley

Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, recently arrested 23-year-old Lashonda Riley for allegedly turning out a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. Hey Backpage, how are those safeguards working? Doesn’t seem to be working too well if you ask me.

Riley is also accused of beating the teen if she thought the girl was holding back any money. As I’ve said before female pimps should never be referred to as ‘Madams’ because there’s nothing ladylike about them.

Also once again here we have a case where the prostitute was neither consenting nor an adult. That myth should be long-buried by now.

AL man charged with running sex tourism trade on craigslist

Man arrested in connection with sex tourism business:

Patrick Minga

Patrick Minga

Just when you think the sex crimes on craigslist couldn’t get any more depraved a story like this comes along.

50-year-old Patrick Minga of Huntsville, Alabama, was recently arrested for allegedly running a sex tourism business that advertised on craigslist. In case you’re unfamiliar with what sex tourism is it’s when a travel organization arranges trips to places like Thailand in order for their customers to have sex with underage children. In this case investigators say that Minga was allegedly arranging trips to Ecuador and Colombia for customers to have sex with girls that were 13 and under. I would love to know how the ad was worded.

Minga was being investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida since that’s where they say the trips were originating from. He’s looking at 30 years for attempted sex trafficking.

Isn’t it funny how craigslist’s vaunted community policing didn’t catch this ad but the real police did? I guess it’s probably because craigslist’s community police were too busy responding to the ad.

Craigslist, it’s past time that you started monitoring your own site. Clean up your yard.

UPDATE 7/4/2014: Minga has been found guilty. He faces sentencing in November.

Florida methtards leave their kids in the woods

Michael and Sarah Butcher

Michael and Sarah Butcher

Florida Parents Arrested After Abandoning Three Kids in the Woods:

30-year-olds Michael and Sarah Butcher were found by police in Punta Gorda, Florida, after parking in a private RV lot. Why were they parking there? Well, police say they found meth along with a needle and spoon in the glove box so I’m going to guess that they were looking to smoke meth. After the arrest the pair claimed to be brother and sister.

So were the kids in the truck while Uncle Daddy and Aunt Mommy smoked meth? Don’t be ridiculous. Only real lowlifes do that. In this case the Butchers allegedly abandoned their kids, ages 10, 8, and 6, in the woods and drove off so they could smoke meth. They supposedly did it like the assholes who dump their dogs. They took them out to the woods, told them go play, then hauled ass out of there. It wasn’t until police received a call about wandering hungry kids that anything was done about them. I guess the Butcher ‘siblings’ didn’t think to tell police to help their kids. Of course they didn’t. That would only get them in more trouble, which there in now, so I guess they’re plan really didn’t work that well.

If I had Walter White-like chemistry skills I’d make a super-meth that would make the tweakers’ heads literally explode. Quicker than rehab and no strain on the taxpayers.

Thanks to Stephan for the tip.