One of the suspects arrested in Boston for allegedly planning a mass shooting at the World Pokemon Championships in Boston said that the alleged threats of violence were ‘taken out of context’. Never heard that one before. I’m surprised they didn’t say it was just a joke.
As for being taken out of context please tell me how this is taken out of context…
In case you’re wondering those aren’t airsoft guns. Not only are those the real thing but they were the alleged weapons they were arrested with, not to mention the rather large amount of ammo they brought with them.
I’d be interested to hear what the supposed correct context should be.
And oh look, there’s a claim now that 18-year-old alleged plotter Kevin Norton was bullied in high school. That usually makes me wonder if he was bullied because he was already an entitled psychopathic knob considering he couldn’t even handle being banned from a Pokemon forum without taking to violence.
I didn’t want to do this story. When the story first broke I posted a link on my Facebook page that said “That’s it. We’ve failed. The last one leaving society please turn out the lights.” However the more I read about the story and saw just how outlandish it was I had to comment.
It’s not like the pair had much of a chance because they were consistently bragging about it on social media leading up to the event. They allegedly posted images of their firearms saying that this would be bigger than Columbine, natch, and referenced another Boston Massacre. At the time of their capture the pair were said to have an AR-15, a shotgun and a cubic ass-ton of ammo.
While both ‘men’ were invited to the event the supposed reason they wanted to shoot up the place was because Norton was banned from an online Pokemon forum. Let me rephrase that in greater detail. An 18-year-old Pokemon player was banned from what was probably a message board, got so butthurt over it he wanted to shoot up a public event and convinced a 27-year-old man to join him. He was playing chicken with a message board moderator with guns. While this may seem a tad silly and they were easily captured there could have been a substantial loss of life…OVER A POKEMON MESSAGE BOARD. I don’t think there could be a bigger first world problem than that.
With each passing generation our society is becoming more spoiled, more entitled and less able to properly emotionally deal with some perceived slight without resorting to violence and yes I do believe it is a problem uniquely entrenched in America.
UPDATE 11/12/2015: Both suspects have pleaded not guilty and their bond has been set at $150K each. In setting the bond the judge stated…
“They can buy guns anywhere: Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops. … I’m not going to add a thousand conditions that are virtually unenforceable.”
Right before the holidays the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that life without parole for minors is unconstitutional. Not just mandatory LWOP but LWOP in general. Once again the argument of a teen’s brain not being fully developed was used as the reasoning behind the decision.
“Simply put, because the brain of a juvenile is not fully developed, either structurally or functionally, by the age of eighteen, a judge cannot find with confidence that a particular offender, at that point in time, is irretrievably depraved,” the court wrote. “Therefore, it follows that the judge cannot ascertain, with any reasonable degree of certainty, whether imposition of this most severe punishment is warranted.”
So what does this mean? It means a cold-blooded killer like John Odgren could one day be free. If you’ll recall Odgren was sentenced to life without parole after stabbing James Alenson to death at the age of 16 in a bathroom at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Odgren had an unhealthy obsession with knives and crime scene forensics and often bragged to classmates that he could commit the perfect crime. He was recorded in prison conversations with his parents admitting that it should only be manslaughter since he didn’t know his victim.
Then there’s 14-year-old Philip Chism of Danvers High School who is accused of not only slitting the throat of his teacher, Colleen Ritzer, but also allegedly raping her with a tree branch.
Of course the brains of teenagers are not fully developed. That doesn’t mean that they don’t know the difference between right and wrong. That doesn’t mean that they don’t know the difference between life and death. That doesn’t mean that they don’t know that murder is wrong. If the brains of teens are so undeveloped that this isn’t common knowledge then they shouldn’t be allowed on the streets. The reality is that these teens have an overinflated sense of self-worth and feel that the world owes them something and with this ruling the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court just enforces that misguided notion.
Before I die I’m afraid we’ll see a society where no one is held responsible for their actions anymore.
Yeah, this one deserves a separate post from the main Boston bombing post because this is something that falls within my wheelhouse.
It seems that today as a society we keep looking for excuses for murderers. They had a bad childhood, society didn’t give them a chance, he never had bacon, wah wah wah wah wah. With Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev being 19-years-old a tired defense rears it’s ugly swollen misshapen head that I’ve been dealing with since day one of this blog. (Insert whiny hippy voice here) “Oh he’s just a child, he doesn’t know the full consequences of his actions, the brain isn’t fully formed until 25” To that I give a resounding BULLSHIT!!!
We’re not talking about taking dad’s car for a joyride or underage drinking. When you mention the names of cowards like Eric Harris, Adam Lanza and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev we are talking about mass fucking murderers not truants or shoplifters. Murder is a pretty simple concept. Murder is wrong and death is forever. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Anybody who tries to say otherwise is a pearl-twisting busybody who has a weak spot for any criminal under 21. And here is their patron saint…
“Won’t someone please think of the children”
I’d rather think of the victims and the justice that’s due to them.
First I want to offer my prayers and thoughts to the citizens and visitors of Boston who were affected by today’s tragedy.
It is definitely way too early to speculate on a suspect or motive but I thought of something while watching the news reports. Today is tax day here in the United States. April 15th is the annual deadline for American citizens to have their income tax returns filed. Boston was the site of the historic Boston Tea Party, a protest by American colonists protesting the heavy taxes inflicted on them by the British Crown.
If you were to ask me what type of person would commit such an atrocity I would have to say that in my very amateur opinion it is more than likely a tax protester who is a part of the sovereign citizen movement. In a nutshell they believe that they are citizens of their respective states and not federal citizens and some believe as such that federal income tax does not apply to them.
While the New York Post has reported that there was a Saudi national in custody the Boston Police have said that there are no suspects in custody during the latest press conference. Keep this in mind, shortly after the bombing in Oklahoma City they said the suspect at first was Middle Eastern and we know that turned out not to be true.
Boston news says that the feds are questioning someone possibly related to the bombings.
UPDATE 4/16/2013: Two of the people killed by the bombs have been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell. My prayers and condolences go out to their friends and families. I can’t imagine the grief over two young and promising lives snuffed out so violently by the acts of a coward. These are the names that we should always keep in mind.
Yesterday a ton of people on the internet ran with the NY Posts’s misleading story about the Saudi national that was being questioned and posted hate-filled tirades about Arabs and Muslims in general. Not only are those people racists they’re also idiots. As the saying goes those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing the media stated that the suspect being sought was Middle Eastern and we all know how wrong that turned out to be.
CONSPIRACIES: I hate the fact that I have to address the idiotic conspiracy theories about yesterday’s tragedy but if I can get one person to not believe in that crap it will be worth it.
For those of you who are a tin foil hat wearing cretin please choke on it. The tweet by the Boston Globe was after the initial explosions and the mysterious man on the roof was a guy who worked in the building. So please do the world a favor and drive a pick ax through your keyboards so we don’t have to put up with your government conspiracy fueled fantasy world ever again.
UPDATE 4/17/2013: The third person killed in the blast has been identified as Lu Lingzi, a Chinese graduate student at Boston University. Again another promising young life that was cowardly taken from this world.
UPDATE 4/19/2013: As I’m sure you’ve heard by the hunt is over. 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by police while his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been captured by law enforcement. Grievously the capture came at the expense of another life. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed by the suspects early in the morning. My prayers and condolences go out to his friends, family and fellow police officers.
Obviously my early prediction of the bombings being part of some kind of anti-tax protest were indisputably wrong. Am I happy that the suspects aren’t anti-tax white guys? Hell no I’m not fucking happy. Four people are dead because of these cowards. I don’t give a shit if they’re plaid with purple polka dots and come from the moon. I don’t care that they’re Chechnyan Muslims. I wouldn’t care if they were Hare Krishna Scientology Moonies. All I care about is justice being served.
POLITICS: The only this as bad as the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists are the political hacks. I’m not talking about media commentators, I’m talking about every Jane and Joe Blow on the internet pointing fingers at the other side of the aisle. Do you really think the victims care if they were blown up by someone from the left or right-wing? For those of you who eat, sleep and breathe politics you’re not helping in any way shape or form so save it or better yet take your politics and shove them up your ass.
UPDATE 4/20/2013: No real news to update but I wanted to give just a little more commentary.
For those of you who deriding Islam because the suspects are Muslim I have two words for you, Eric Rudolph. Rudolph is not representative of all Christians so why would the Tsarnaev brothers be representatives of all Muslims? Not to mention that a motive hasn’t even been officially made public yet. For all we know they could be disgruntled Yankees fans or they could just be two assholes who saw themselves as better than everyone else like the Columbine cowards. If you’ll recall they had also set bombs except theirs failed to detonate.
For those of you who are having issues with the fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not had his Miranda rights read to him you need to unwad your panties. While it is rare it is not unheard of. As a matter of fact this very scenario was discussed in my criminology class back in college. If there is a possible immediate threat to the public police can interrogate the suspect without Miranda. The exact example my professor used was in case of a bomb that had not been detonated but its location was still unknown. Then Miranda would not be a requirement.
So stop being so over-reactionary, no one is being oppressed. Besides, most of you wouldn’t know real oppression if it bit you in the ass.
UPDATE 4/21/2013: According to counter-terror expert Phillip Mudd the Boston Marathon bombings were more Columbine than 9/11 which is exactly what Steve Huff, the godfather of crimeblogging said to me as well.
“We are only fighting Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for monstrous crimes against Muslims,” the rebels said.
33-year-old Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donohue Jr. was shot by the suspects after exchanging fire with them. Donohue was struck in the leg which severed his femoral vein and artery causing him to bleed out. However he was resuscitated and is expected to recover. My prayers thoughts and thanks go out to Officer Donohue and his friends and family.
There is already a free Dzhokhar Tsarnaev movement, or as the Twitter hashtag puts it #freejahar. It’s mostly based on conspiracy bullcrap but I bet there are some girls on tumblr who think he’s cute. I wish I could say I was surprised but I’m not. In the 13 years that I’ve been blogging I’ve run across a number of ‘fans’ of mass murderers. It shocked me at first but now I hardly even blink when the topic comes up.
WHY ONE POST TRENCH?: Not that anyone asked but I thought I would explain why I just keep updating the one post instead of making multiple posts. Normally this isn’t one of the types of crimes I normally post about. You guys know my usual topics. However since it had such a far-reaching impact on the country it was hard not to write about it. I also wanted to keep all the information in one place because of so much misinformation and downright ignorance being spread out there. Think of it as your reference card for the truth.
This is an article from the Worcester Telegram about Lanyun Ma, 42, and Wei Ma, 22, who were both charged with human trafficking while running a backpage advertised massage parlor in Oxford, Mass. However instead of focusing on the horrors of human sex trafficking the article focused more on the matters of the local city council.
Foreign sex workers are often brought in illegally from other countries in horrid conditions and are forced to work of their ‘debt’ by being forced to sexually pleasure any degenerate who can come up with $60 and a tip. Often they are basically kept prisoner, forced to live in the same room they’re violated in and are often held against their will or have their families back home threatened with violence.
Instead of focusing on that the article instead focused on the licensing and zoning of massage parlors in the Oxford area.
This is why hardly anyone gives a crap about sex trafficking in this country. While countless women and children are being sold and violated people in this country are more concerned about what is it doing to their property values.
It’s been a long time that we’ve heard any news in the story of missing child Giovanni Gonzalez. As a matter of fact it’s been almost a year to the day.
Quick recap, in 2008 a then 5-year-old Giovanni spent the weekend with his father in Lynn, Massachusetts. When it came time to be returned to his mother Ernesto Gonzalez said he didn’t know where Giovanni was and hasn’t given his location since. Ernesto Gonzalez has claimed that he killed his son but police say there is no evidence to support that. I can’t believe that Giovanni has been missing now for four years.
In my last post about Giovanni I posted about how the parental kidnapping charges against Ernesto Gonzalez had been dropped against him because a Superior Court judge stated that Ernesto Gonzalez did have parental rights to Giovanni since he had paid some child support and filed for joint custody.
This past week the parental kidnapping charges have been reinstated against Gonzalez.
The high court, in a 15-page opinion written by Justice Barbara Lenk, said it didn’t have to reach the constitutional question because another part of the law also provides that if “either parent relinquishes or abandons the child and the other parent is fit to have custody, that parent shall be entitled to custody.”
The court said Gonzalez had been absent for three years from his son’s life, including a one-year complete disappearance. He had sought permission from the mother to have weekend visits with his son. His son disappeared on the third visit with him, in mid-August 2008.
While this is good new unfortunately it doesn’t bring Giovanni back to his mother, Daisy Colon, who still believes that Giovanni is alive.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lynn police at 781-477-4436.
Basically this is an article from the Boston Herald about how various officials in Massachusetts are appalled by how so many women and children are being trafficked on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. Your usual banter from politicians however what I want to talk about is what Village Voice Media legal weasel Liz McDougall had to say about this.
“Backpage is working diligently to rid its site of human trafficking,” McDougall said. “Although Backpage is a for-profit business, it does not want to make a single penny off of this abhorrent activity.”
She is either a liar or a blind fool. Not only does backpage make ‘pennies’ off of the sex trafficking by most reports they made two billion seven-hundred million pennies off of their prostitution ads in a year.
If Backpage and Village Voice Media really find human trafficking that abhorrent then they would shut down the adult section. It’s that simple.
When it comes to violent criminals there is one list that’s longer than that of the ‘craigslist killers’. That would be craigslist rapists.
In 2009 Reinaldo Prado of Framingham, Mass. was arrested for raping and robbing prostitutes that advertised their services on craigslist. His crimes took place three months before anyone even knew who Philip Markoff was.
When arrested he was in possession of stolen cell phones, knives and zip ties. He raped and robbed these women in a matter of days.
Today he was convicted of rape and robbery and will be sentenced in October.
With the removal of the adult/erotic services section from craigslist the rapes that have occurred through their site have not ceased. Now they just occur through the casual encounters and personals sections.
As I’ve said many times before craigslist is far from having cleaned up its act.
UPDATE 10/13/11: Prado only got 9-12 years. Another joke sentence for a serial sexual predator.