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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.

Dane Abdool appeals death sentence over execution drug

Court Filing Challenges Florida’s New Execution Drug:

Dane Abdool

Dane Abdool

Dane Abdool is appealing his Florida death sentence over the new lethal injection drug midazolam. Abdool’s supporters argue that it could be cruel and unusual punishment after a prisoner moved more than usual during past executions.

When this argument comes up I always have to give a dark chuckle. Hanging if done right broke the neck instantly causing death. A firing squad was as quick and painless as they get. With lethal injection the prisoner just goes to sleep before taking the big sleep. To speak of cruel and unusual when it comes to the likes of Dane Abdool insults the memories of his victim.

You see, Abdool is a holdover from the days when I had a website called News of Doom. The stories featured on that site were about the worst that humanity had to offer. When Abdool was first arrested back in 2006 his friends and family flooded the site defending Abdool acting like he was a choir boy. Hardly.

If you’re not familiar with the story back in 2006 a then 20-year-old Abdool was arrested in the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend Amelia Sookdeo. He killed her because he thought that she was pregnant. Except he didn’t just kill her. He forced her out of his car on a county road where he forced her into a ditch and set her on fire. He covered her in gasoline and SET HER ON FIRE. A 17-year-old girl who he thought was carrying his child. It turns out that Amelia wasn’t even pregnant.

So whatever anti-death penalty pansy ass shyster is appealing his sentence they should be ashamed of themselves. Cruel and unusual is the way that Amelia Sookdeo died. First the oxygen being drawn out of her body before the intense heat just melts the skin off of her muscles and bones. You’re going to tell me that’s not cruel and unusual?

It would only be cruel and unusual if they executed Abdool by dousing him in gasoline then setting him on fire while he’s spit roasted over an open flame so he burns evenly. That would also be justice.

You want to know why the United States has the largest prison population in the world? There’s no deterrent to keep people out. Anybody can get off.

Florida woman surrenders to FBI for being a Backpage child pimp

Woman Wanted for Teen Sex Trafficking Surrenders in St. Petersburg: FBI:

Keosha Renee Jones

Keosha Renee Jones

21-year-old Keosha Renee Jones of St. Petersburg, Florida recently surrendered herself to local police and the FBI. Jones was wanted on charges of child sex trafficking. According to investigators Jones allegedly prostituted two 14-year-old runaway girls on Backpage. She is also said to have taken explicit photos of them for Backpage and then kept all the money they made. The victims said they feared for their lives if they didn’t do what Jones said.

Backpage will tell you that the ads they carry for child prostitution are not only a free speech issue but that they have thousands of safeguards in place to keep ads like these from happening. Obviously they are wrong on both parts.

Again I have to ask where is the outrage on this? The sex trafficking of children is not just a third world problem. It’s happening right here in our backyard. More people would rather be outraged when a dog is shot by police. Dogs and cats get more media attention than children being sold for sex in this country.

We get letters: You were either molested or abused

Polk County (Fla.)Sheriff Grady Judd

Polk County (Fla.)Sheriff Grady Judd

I received the following e-mail not too long ago. Since in this country people are innocent until proven guilty I will keep the e-mailer’s name anonymous.

I would like to know if you truly believe all CL stings are 100% accurate. I am bipolar and during a tough time could not control my mania. I never asked for sex but looking for someone to hang with to mellow me out. Ground me. Eventually I agreed to whatever they want because I was not allowed over unless I agreed.

I never thought agreeing to somethingon internet means you actually have to do it.

My craiglist experience is that 20% percent of the time I meet someone off CL we have sex and most not the same day.

I know I am not a pedophile.
SHould my life be ruined cause the police convinced a mental health manic person to agree to commit a crime he was never looking for. With no child porn, no coaching or any activities with children.

You support and stereotype but isnt each case different

You should write a story with my case, and when writing a story you should put both sides, thats your responsibility in sharing information.

In the article they put out, they said I wanted to teach a 15 yr old to have sex. Yet I never said that, text it or emailed it. Thats just what they want you to believe.

I find your page ignorant and full of anger.
You were either molested or abused or something to have this much hate.

Its a sad day when a lonely adult cant go to an adult website to try to find a friend without being entraped for a crime.

Why cant an american go to plenty of fish, or match or craigslist to meet someone without being a criminal.

Through a little research I was able to determine that I believe that the e-mailer was arrested in one of the many craigslist stings conducted by Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd. Sheriff Judd must have arrested dozens if not hundreds of alleged predators in his infamous stings by now. But I digress.

Please allow me now to address the e-mailer’s concerns.

Do I believe that all craigslist stings are 100% accurate? The law of averages would say no. I’m sure in at least a minority of cases entrapment may have been involved but I don’t think your case is one of them. If your charges have been dropped or reduced I would be more than happy to post a correction or have your name removed. However in my research I noticed that you have been allegedly arrested two more times since then for probation violations.

It’s no secret that I am also bi-polar but never once in my worst times have I ever thought about ‘hanging out’ with someone who was underage. As I’ve said in the past the ‘hanging out’ line it was the guys on To Catch A Predator always use. If you need someone to hang out with go to a strip club. As long as you keep tipping the dancers they’ll be your best friends and best of all they’re of legal age.

If you’re getting laid legally 20% of the time on craigslist you’re playing a deadly game of Russian Roulette where you could end up being robbed or killed. See, I care about your well-being.

None of the articles I linked to said specifically that you wanted to teach a 15-year-old about sex. Odd that you would say that.

I was neither molested or abused and considering I was a Catholic altar boy until I was 17 that’s really saying something. I just happen to have a problem with people who try to allegedly take advantage of a child sexually and the websites that allow it.

Did the police solicit you for sex, did they message you first, did they come to your house? If not you probably weren’t entrapped.

You can go to any website you choose to someone. That is your right. However if the someone in question is below the age of consent then you might be considered a criminal.

Personally I think you need to not only get better help for your bi-polar disorder but it sounds like you may have a sex addiction problem to work out as well. I hope you can get help.

Man posing as craigslist photographer charged with rape

Man posing as photographer on Craigslist charged:

Man posing as photographer on Craigslist strangled and raped aspiring models in a Miami forest:

 Anthony Molina-Iglesias

Anthony Molina-Iglesias

Sexual predators love to prey upon the vanity of their victims. Going back to the days of old MySpace I’ve lost count of how many predators used some form of what I call the modeling scam in order to gain access to their victims. Ages of the victims have run from pre-teens to women in their 20s. Allegedly 30-year-old Anthony Molina-Iglesias of Miami is no stranger to this particular ploy.

Molina-Iglesias has been charged with rape after allegedly luring two women to a secluded area after promising them a free modeling photo shoot on craigslist. After he took the women to his chosen spot he choked one until she passed out bound her with zip ties and raped her. He choked and bound the second woman as well but did not rape her. A third victim has also come forward stating that he raped her in a similar manner.

Allow me to address all the aspiring models out there. Craigslist is no place to find a photographer and I’ll tell you why. It doesn’t cost anything to place an ad on craigslist. Anyone can place an ad on craigslist saying that they’re a modeling agent, talent scout, photographer or whatever. That doesn’t necessarily make it true. The lower the level of entry the more suspect the person can be. Also don’t think craigslist is screening these potential predators. They’re not even lifting a finger.

Would you call a beaten homeless woman a consenting adult?

Man beat homeless woman forced her into prostitution, authorities say:

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27-year-old Jesse Lewis had an interesting way of getting women to allegedly prostitute for him. According to Tampa police at least on one occasion he choked and beat a homeless woman, made her call him ‘daddy’ then advertised her on Backpage. Lewis was said to have kept all the money made by the woman.

The victim was able to escape Lewis after he fell asleep. Most women in her situation are not so lucky.

According to reports Lewis tried defending himself that he finds promiscuous women but doesn’t get involved in how they make money. That’s because they don’t make any money because he keeps it all. Either that or he just beats homeless women for fun.

So the next time you ‘hobbyists’ go on about consenting adults try to keep this story in mind. This is the rule and not the exception. Also, do I need to mention that Backpage continues to make money off of cretins like this? I will keep mentioning it until it stops.