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 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.
In Lake Worth, Florida, 45-year-old Lee Johnson was said to have posted an ad on craigslist looking for a romantic walk on the beach with a woman roughly his same age. By long walks on the beach I meant the ad was allegedly for ‘Taboo sex’, and by roughly the same age I mean the ad allegedly said that he was into “the very young and incest.”
When approached by an undercover investigator from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office posing as a 14-year-old girl, Johnson was said to respond with…
“I kind of wish you was a little younger. My fantasy is 11-12 years old.”
Not surprisingly, Johnson is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2010 on child porn charges.
Not only is this more reason to keep these sex offenders behind bars longer, but it should also be a warning to craigslist to start cleaning up their own yard. When someone puts in one of their ads they’re into incest, it’s a good indicator the ad should probably be moderated, rather than allowing reprobates like this to have an avenue for their perverse pursuits. However, if craigslist wants to continue to be known as the pedophiles’ classifieds of choice, I guess that’s on them.
25-year-old Jordan David Newman, of Panama City, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Before we continue any further, it really shouldn’t be called a sexual relationship but rather child rape, and the age of consent in Florida is 18 for those that need reminding. Reportedly, Newman is also a local EMT who used the fire station to have sex with the girl. Newman is also accused of using photo sharing app Snapchat to exchange sexually explicit pictures and communicate with his victim.
While I tend to mainly post about online predators, the truth is that a child is more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know. That’s not to say that these ‘familiar’ predators still won’t use the same tools as the online predators. Newman is said to be a friend of the girl’s family. Even if that friend is one of your family’s most trusted associates, it’s highly inappropriate for a 25-year-old man to be having Snapchat conversations with a 16-year-old girl. Any decent man should know that.
55-year-old Michael Miller of Arizona was arrested in Miami for allegedly prostituting a woman on Backpage and violently assaulting her. Miller is said to have been romantically involved with the woman in Arizona when he reportedly talked her in to prostituting herself on Backpage. By the time she realized she was just another body to sell for Miller it was already too late.
Miller allegedly choked her and punched her in the face while trafficking her all over the country. He reportedly turned her out at high trafficked events like the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve. While in Miami, the woman said she was too tired to work, but Miller beat her and made her work anyway. Luckily, at one point, the victim was able to contact her family who contacted Miami police who arrested Miller.
Once again, this woman is another victim who supporters of Backpage will tell you doesn’t exist. They’ll try to tell you they don’t know anyone who’s trafficked, and that they don’t know any pimps. I guess this is a woman they didn’t know. More than likely they know a lot of victims like this woman but choose not to care. Women like this are being trafficked all over the country on Backpage. Don’t let anyone try to tell you differently.
18-year-old Jerry Johnsey, of Auburndale, Florida, and 16-year-old Byron Lasiak, of Winter Haven, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 67-year-old Donald Merkley, also of Winter Haven. Johnsey allegedly knew his victim through craigslist and was having sex with the victim prior to this. In this instance the pair went to the victim’s house and during sex Johnsey allegedly put Merkley in a chokehold until the victim fell unconscious. At that point Johnsey and Lasiak are said to have taken turns beating the victim in the head with a baseball bat. They then found some gasoline and spread it around the house before taking $2.75 they found on a counter.
If you’re looking for a friend with benefits or just a one night stand, I would avoid sites like craigslist. Due to its low level of entry and perceived level of anonymity it is a criminal haven. Hook-ups like this in the past from craigslist have led to crimes ranging from robbery to rape to murder. While craigslist isn’t the only dating avenue where these crimes happen I would say that it is the most prevalent one.
In the past, lawsuits like these were dismissed due to the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The CDA basically states that a website is not responsible for the content that its users post, however if Backpage did in fact edit ads submitted by users, it may make the CDA defense null and void. These lawsuits are in addition to the ones already filed in the states of California, Texas, Washington and Alabama.
Hopefully at least one of these lawsuits will have its intended consequence because let’s not fool ourselves, even amid its current legal woes Backpage is still making money off the victims of sex trafficking. The fight is far from over, but Backpage is showing a vulnerability in its legal armor.
The Herald talked to a woman who still uses Backpage to advertise her services for sex…
A scan of Miami’s Backpage.com site quickly uncovers dozens of women and men like Abigail, who have simply hung their sex business shingle in new places on the site. Now, with the “adult” category gone, she posts ads on the “women seeking men” dating section.
And she posts a lot.
And to anyone who points out to me that the woman in the article doesn’t have a pimp…
“I obviously love the money. It honestly has become an addiction.”
Greed is a pimp and it makes Backpage one, especially considering how much they profit off of sexual slavery.
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.
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.
37-year-old Lauren Diaz of Orlando, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly producing child porn in her own residence. None of the articles I’ve read state who her victims were, but they do state that her two children are now in custody of the DCF.
When your app has become the go to choice for sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn producers you would think that it would be bad PR for the app maker, yet here we are. The Canadian made app is still widely popular and there are few to little signs that Kik is doing anything to stop the infestation of pedophiles on its platform.
It’s way past time that we should start deleting Kik from the phones and tablets of our children.
Some of the messages were creepy AF as the kids say…
London told the victim she had feelings for her starting when the victim was in 7th grade, but “fell in love with” her while she was in 8th grade.
Throughout their conversations on KIK, London referred to the victim as a daughter and said, “I love you, baby girl.”
London said her husband was very jealous of the relationship she had with the victim, because he at first thought she was talking to another man.
“I told him to [explicit] off,” said London in a message to the victim. “You’re my daughter and if I want to talk to you I can.”
The victim’s mother had previously caught London messaging her daughter but thought it had stopped. When it comes to predators like this, you can’t assume anything. Kik is a haven for sex offenders and pedophiles so you should check your children’s phone or tablet usage regularly. Let them know that you trust them, but you don’t trust the offenders they could be talking to.