This Monday Night, July 24th 2017, I will be appearing on an episode of the TV show #Murder, that’s on the One TV Network. The show deals with the craigslist killing committed in Jacksonville, Florida, by David Sparre.
The episode airs at 10PM Eastern and 9PM Central. If you don’t have TV One in your area, or on your cable package, you can view the episodes later on the One TV website.
Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.
I’m not saying this is what exactly happened, however, when you argue with a prostitute over money and try to get it back, that’s when pimps and their muscle try to get involved and they only solve problems one way, with violence. Much in the way that you wouldn’t ask a drug dealer for change, if you’re out money because of a Backpage sex ad, that’s on you. Just let it go man, because it’s gone. It’s not worth losing your life over. Even better, how about not using Backpage to solicit prostitutes? It only continues the cycle of violence and abuse many of these women have to endure from their pimps and traffickers.
54-year-old Robert Lee Covington was the personal assistant to the senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope of Dallas. According to reports, the Cathedral of Hope is one of the largest LGBT churches in the country. Mr. Covington was found dead in his home on Friday night. He is said to have died from asphyxiation due to his nose and mouth being covered by duct tape. Missing from his home were his Rolex watch, his cell phone and car keys.
Police had no suspects until 22-year-old Yevin Rushing allegedly returned to the scene of the crime in a U-Haul. Rushing saw police investigating the crime scene and left. Neighbors reported this as a suspicious vehicle which led police to the suspect. Rushing allegedly told police he met Mr. Covington on craigslist and Covington had given him his Rolex. The watch was said to have been in Rushing’s vehicle. He is currently being held on $500,000 bond after being charged with capital murder.
By all accounts, Mr. Covington was loved by his congregation and by no means do I intend to sully his name or memory. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind not just those in the LGBT community, but anyone, not to use craigslist for hook-ups. While there is a degree of anonymity to craigslist, there is a much higher degree of danger. Anybody who uses craigslist for any kind of physical pursuit could find themselves robbed, sexually assaulted, or sadly, even killed.
Back in 2005, Pam Vitale was bludgeoned to death by a then 16-year-old Scott Dyleski in her Lafayette, California, home. Vitale was the wife of high-profile defense attorney Daniel Horowitz. Dyleski was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life without parole. The evidence against him was overwhelming with his DNA being found on Pam Vitale’s body and the fact that he carved the symbol he used to sign his artwork into her back.
Now, due to a 2014 California Supreme Court ruling, Dyleski is looking to get his sentence commuted to 25 to life meaning he would be eligible for parole after 25 years. The problem is, at least in my opinion, Dyleski still hasn’t shown any remorse for the brutal killing. Not only does he still deny he murdered Pam Vitale, but he sees himself as some kind of potential mentor for at-risk kids.
“I did not kill Pamela Vitale,” Dyleski said Friday. “There is no blood on my hands.”
His voice cracked when he described himself as a depressed teenager who lived for “the day I’d have the courage to kill myself.” He admitted to smoking marijuana and engaging in credit card fraud — two things revealed in his 2006 trial — and wanted the chance to leave prison so he could work with at-risk youth.
“I have realized the great potential I have, and the great amount of good I can do,” he said.
Let it not be forgotten that it was his marijuana growing scheme combined with the credit card fraud that led him to murder Pam Vitale in the first place. Dyleski used a neighbor’s credit card to order $2,300 worth of grow lights then killed Pam Vitale thinking she was the neighbor with the credit card.
People who have defended Dyleski have tried over the years to say that it was Daniel Horowitz that killed Pam Vitale, but they are simply engaging in conspiracy theories since Horowitz is a noted criminal defense attorney.
Not only should Dyleski not be a mentor to at-risk youth, but he should never see the light of day or breathe the air of a free man. Regardless of his age at the time, he is a cold-blooded killer who has shown zero remorse for his actions and deserves to spend the rest of his days rotting in a California prison cell.
31-year-old Kevin C. Jarrett, of Kankakee, Illinois, was shot and killed in University Park, Ill., after a transaction from classifieds app LetGo turned into a robbery gone deadly. Mr. Jarrett was said to be selling his XBox on the app and his girlfriend was with him at the time of the shooting. Three suspects are said to have been involved and so far no arrests have been made at the time of this posting.
The suspect descriptions released by investigators were very vague. A witness told police they saw three people wearing all black. One of them was described as a juvenile, wearing his hair in an Afro.
Anyone with information on the shooting should go to the University Park Department or call (708) 235-4803.
This is the fourth murder connected to the LetGo app since March of this year by my calculations. That is about a murder a month. At that rate, LetGo may be spoken in the same hushed whispers as craigslist when it comes to dangerous online marketplaces.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Jarrett.
Hazley was also allegedly prostituting a 19-year-old the same time he was turning out Desiree on Backpage. At one point, according to the unidentified 19-year-old, he made her watch him and Desiree ‘having sex’ and after Desiree died he asked the other girl to come back to work for him, saying, “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Hazley is looking at 10 to life in federal prison. Here’s hoping it’s closer to life than it is to 10.
There’s a whole lot of ‘not caring’ in this tragic story. Rosales obviously didn’t care about the life of Desiree Robinson. Neither did Hazley except when it came to making money. Most importantly Backpage doesn’t care that 16-year-old girls are being peddled on their website as long as the pimps continue to pay for the ads. Desiree did have a family that cared for her and they still do. They’re currently suing Backpage for allowing Desiree to be prostituted. While most of these lawsuits have failed in the past, lawsuits like this may be successful in the future due to the Congressional investigation that found Backpage was editing their ads to make them appear less criminal.
Police say in their arrest report Lamarre got in the back of Brown’s car and was handed a bag containing some weed. Instead of paying for it, it’s alleged Lamarre shot Brown in the back and fled. Lamarre was captured because he left his phone behind and was picked out by Brown’s girlfriend in a photo line up.
Brown’s family is maintaining Brian was not a drug dealer, however, police are saying craigslist was not part of his murder.
Lamarre is said to have confessed to the murder.
Even if Brian Brown was selling weed to Lamarre, his life was still cut short by a lazy and greedy asshole. Lamarre was even said to have had no intention of paying Brown for the weed. So instead he shot Brown in the back over a half-ounce of weed after Brown allegedly tried to take it back. Lamarre allegedly killed Brian Brown just because he didn’t want to pay to get high, and now a man who had a potentially bright future is dead. To me that makes Lamarre one of the lowest forms of criminal.
As I’ve said before, the old rules to making these transactions don’t apply anymore as Zack was shot in broad daylight in public. If you insist on using any of these classifieds sites or apps, please meet the other person involved at a police station. Most police stations now have areas set up specifically for these transactions.
33-year-old April Vancleave of Arlington, Texas, was shot and killed around Christmastime last year after trying to sell some items on classifieds app 5miles. She was trying to make enough money to buy her 6-year-old daughter a Christmas present. This was an unusual story because Ms. Vancleave did everything right when going to meet the purported buyers. She met them during the day, at a Target store and brought her husband with her. When the sellers didn’t show, her husband dropped her off back at home and he went back to work. Two men had followed her from Target and robbed her before shooting and killing her.
Back in February, police arrested 33-year-old Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez. Recently, the second suspect in Ms. Vancleave’s murder was arrested. Today, U.S. Marshals arrested a man going by the name of Alex Menor Diaz, who they believe is Gamez’s alleged accomplice. He was brought to the attention of authorities by Ms. Vancleave’s family after going through Gamez’s Facebook friends list. Diaz may be using an alias and investigators are still trying to determine his true identity. He is currently being held on $1 million bond.
While this story is a rare type of craigslist-like killing, it does show how dangerous it can be to do business with online strangers in real life. Again, while no plan is absolutely perfect, the best option when making these type of transactions is to do them at your local police station.
19-year-old Brian Brown was shot and killed this week after trying to sell a Playstation on craigslist. Brian went to the meeting place in North Miami Beach, Florida, but instead of meeting a buyer, he was shot in the back three times and died from his injuries. This happened during the middle of the afternoon in a very public spot. Sadly, Brian was a kid who had everything going for him in life before it was tragically and selfishly cut short. He had received a football scholarship to a college in California that he’ll unfortunately never get to use.
So far, no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 305-471-2400 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.
As I’ve said before, the old rules don’t apply anymore. Craigslist criminals don’t care anymore if it’s the middle of the day or if it’s in front of a crowd of people. They’ve shown time and time again they’ll do whatever it takes just to make a few lousy bucks. Think about it for a second. Someone killed this bright kid who was full of potential just to steal a video game console they probably could have gotten for couple of hundred bucks at a pawn shop. I hope justice is swift and unforgiving toward those who committed this heinous crime.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the friends and family of Brian Brown.