Tag Archive: Massachusetts

Mass. man tries to get girls in his van with Pokemon Go

Mass. man tries to get girls to play Pokemon Go in his van

Sketch of the suspect

Sketch of the suspect

From the interdepartmental cooperation between the ‘It was bound to happen’ Department and the ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’ Department comes this story from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. This past weekend a man described as being in his 20s, allegedly tried to get three 11-year-old girls into his van by asking them to play Pokemon Go.

He is described as a slim, well-built, dark-skinned male in his 20s with tattoos on both of his arms and chest. He was not wearing a shirt at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident, the person of interest or his vehicle is urged to call the Bridgewater Police Department Detective Division at 508-697-6118.

In this day and age, everything innocent unfortunately becomes perverted.

Suspect claims Boston Pokemon threats taken out of context

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…

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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.

UPDATE 7/31/2016: Both ‘men’ have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to two years behind bars.

Mass shooting plot thwarted at World Pokemon Championships

No, it wasn't Team Rocket

No, it wasn’t Team Rocket

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.

For those of you who haven’t heard 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo were arrested at the World Pokemon Championships in Boston over the weekend for allegedly planning a mass shooting at the event. For those of you who were curious like I was the championships were for both the card game and the video games.

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.”

Mass. rules LWOP for teens unconstitutional

Mass. SJC bars no-parole life terms for youths:

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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.

Teacher charged with enticing teen student over Snapchat

Fall River math teacher charged with enticing a child under 16:

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I knew it was only a matter of time but here we have the first Snapchat arrest chronicled on this site. For those of you unfamiliar with Snapchat you can catch up here but in a nutshell it’s a smart phone app that deletes texts and photos after 10 seconds.

Anyway in Fall River, Massachusetts 27-year-old Adam Medeiros has been charged with allegedly enticing a 13-year-old girl over Snapchat among other things. Medeiros was a teacher at Talbot Middle School but has since resigned his position. He’s accused of not only sending inappropriate texts and photos but also having inappropriate conversations and contact with the student. For example…

Medeiros, 27, allegedly made inappropriate comments and gestures to the student, such as grabbing her belt.

In one incident, the victim told police that Medeiros pulled her shirt up and said, “I like the view from up here but I don’t want anyone else to see it,” according to police reports.

The girl said Medeiros invited her over to his apartment during the April vacation, said she looked “hot” and complimented her legs. The girl also said Medeiros made comments about a classmate’s backside, alluded to having had sex with another teacher and even texted her once while he was on a date, saying that he wished she was there with him, according to police reports.

And lastly…

On one occasion, the girl claimed that Medeiros warned her by saying, “You better not say anything to anyone or you would regret it if you tell someone,” according to court records.

In his defense Medeiros has said that he’s known the victim since sixth grade has a very friendly and casual relationship with her. Uh, that’s not really helping your case there pal. Teachers are supposed to have a professional relationship with their students, not a casual one. Not to mention the fact I don’t care how casual the relationship may be it is never appropriate to communicate with a student via Snapchat. That makes you look more guilty than anything.

Cue the Helen Lovejoys: Boston bombing was caused by teenage brains

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Teen Brain May Have Pushed Him to Violence:

19-Year-Old Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Just a Kid & His Brain Proves It:

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…

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“Won’t someone please think of the children”

I’d rather think of the victims and the justice that’s due to them.

Mass. pair indicted on Backpage child prostitution charges

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Malden man charged with child trafficking:

Pair charged in trafficking of girl for sex:

Malden man, Lynn woman indicted on child sex trafficking charges:

24-year-old David Minasian of Malden, Massachusetts and 23-year-old Madonna Say of Lynn, Massachusetts have been indicted on federal charges of prostituting a 15-year-old girl on Backpage. The girl was a runaway who Minasian and Say allegedly took to Florida to have her work as a prostitute for them. On the way there the pair supplied the girl with booze, weed and percocet. Originally they told the girl that they would split the money but of course they didn’t. Then when they got back to Massachusetts they told the girl they she owed them money for the drugs they gave her. They also took explicit pictures of her when they advertised her on Backpage.

While the pair are being held without bail they are looking at a max of 25-years.

The statutory minimum penalty for sex trafficking of a child is 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The statutory minimum penalty for sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion is 15 years, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Unless the sentences are concurrent then they’re looking at a max of 15. In reality I’ll be surprised if they even get 10. These sentences need to be tougher. When dealing in prostitution and human trafficking if you really want to discourage these kinds of crimes they need to make the risk much greater than the reward.

Meanwhile Backpage is still making profits off of these kids being trafficked and very few people actually care.

The Boston Marathon bombing

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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 not conspiracy minded here is a great article explaining what the tin foil hat crowd is blathering on about.

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 4/18/2013: The FBI has released images of two men that they believe are suspects. They are considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you have any information about these men you are asked to call 1-800 CALL FBI.

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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.

Officer Sean Collier

Officer Sean Collier

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.

Thanks to Bonnie for the links.

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.

The North Caucasus rebels, who engage the Russians in Chechnya among other locales, disavow any connection the bombings in Boston

“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.

UPDATE 4/22/2013: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant. I didn’t realize that was up for debate. Also the FBI believes that due to the amount of firepower they discovered the brothers may have been planning to hit additional targets.

Here is Dave Cullen’s piece on whether or not the Boston attack was more like Columbine than anything else.

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.

What woman would submit to a craigslist ‘medical exam’?

David E. Anderson

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Man accused of recruiting women through Craigslist for fake medical exams:

Salisbury man charged with child porn, secretly taping women:

Cops: Wife uncovered med scam:

44-year-old David E. Anderson of both Salisbury, Mass. and Newtown, Conn. was arrested last month for allegedly luring women on craigslist to submit to his medical exams and secretly recording these violations. In case you were wondering Anderson is not a medical professional.

Investigators say that Anderson would post fliers and ads on craigslist promising women $25-$50 if they would allow themselves to be examined by medical students, but first they would need to undergo a very invasive exam by Anderson. Supposedly Anderson went as far as to purchase legitimate medical equipment to make the ruse seem more authentic. He may have as many as 20 victims for this scam alone spanning several years. This happened in Salisbury, but wait, there’s more.

In Newtown Anderson was arrested in November for allegedly secretly recording his underage female relatives in various states of undress. It doesn’t get much more creepy than that. Also let’s throw in that he’s being charged with having additional child porn on his computer.

Does the majority of the country really have the collected mentality of an 8-year-old where they believe everything online is true? I bet they think they’ll really get that free iPad if they click on the flash ad too.

Use your brains people. Craigslist is filled with nothing but scam artists, thieves and predators. You’d be safer doing business with the mob.

Licensing and zoning more important than sex trafficking

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2 women post $10K bail on new Oxford massage parlor charges:

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.