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School suspends 20+ students for liking Instagram post about school shooting

School suspends 20 students for liking Instagram post about school shooting

At a prep school in Charlotte, North Carolina, two idiot teens posted a picture to the photo sharing app Instagram that said “(School name) gon have a school shooter one day.” Other than that, there was really nothing threatening about the picture. It was just two kids standing there in what appears to be a parking lot. Neither kid looked all that threatening.

The problem came when 20-some other students of the school gave the picture a like on Instagram. Because of that, the school suspended the students that liked the picture.

Of course since personal responsibility died some time ago, some of the parents of the suspended students are up in arms.

“None of us are happy with the decision,” said the parent. “We feel like this is going to follow our kids.”

She claims the school said that the suspension for endorsing the threat will stay on her daughters’ record until she graduates.

“Twenty plus students could’ve learned a lesson today, not necessarily been sent out of school for three days”.

Boo-hoo.

There’s another lesson that could have been taught from this incident, the lesson that actions have consequences, even on trivial social media posts. Your kid probably wasn’t getting into Harvard anyway.

New details released in the recovery of Erica Parsons

New details released in the recovery of Erica Parsons

Erica Parsons

Recently, the search warrants used to recover the body of Erica Parsons were made public. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina.

The warrants revealed that Erica’s body was allegedly disposed of by the Parsonses on December, 11, 2011. The warrants also revealed the ungodly amount of abuse that the Parsonses allegedly inflicted on her.

This treatment included “locking the girl in a closet, beating her with a belt buckle, bending her fingers back and choking her,” the warrant said. That confirmed what the Parsonses’ son Jamie had testified to during their fraud trial — that he had witnessed his parents abuse Erica and that the couple encouraged him and his younger siblings to abuse her.

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The fraud trial that the above quote is referring to, is from when the Parsonses were convicted of fraud for collecting Erica’s government benefits after her disappearance.

According to his testimony, Casey would often break Erica’s fingers by bending them backwards. She would then make her own cast for Erica’s fingers and would not take her for medical assistance.

Jamie testified that Sandy would often get mad and punch Erica with his fist in the back and the top of her head.

Erica was forced to live in a closet with the clothes, Jamie testified, and was often locked in the closet for hours at a time. There was no bed in the closet and she was forced to sleep on the floor.

She was not given access to a bathroom, he said in court, and when Casey found out that Erica had relieved herself she would be beaten, Jamie said. He also said food was often withheld from Erica and she was forced to eat dog food out of a can.

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Jamie Parsons said it was his mother, Casey Parsons, who ran the house and was behind most of the abuse that everyone else was afraid to confront.

“They beat her with a belt buckle, that’s why Erica was bald on the top of her head, is because momma would always, or Casey, excuse me, Casey, would always beat her on the top of her head with the belt buckle,” he said.

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FOX 46 out of Charlotte, NC has a timeline of events in Erica’s disappearance.

Erica’s biological mother had some words for Casey and Sandy Parsons

“If you ask me what I think of him now, it’s not appropriate to hate people – I know that. It’s not appropriate to not be able to pray [for] people, and believe you me I know that one too. I don’t care. I despise every breath they’re still allowed to take,” Carolyn Parsons said.

Carolyn Parsons said after Erica was reported missing in 2013, she tried to meet with Casey and Sandy.

“I gave them ample opportunities,” she said. “See me. If you don’t want to tell the Sheriff’s Department I don’t care. If you don’t want to tell the FBI I don’t care. Tell me where she is. Tell me what you did. They never had the guts to face me and I still don’t think that they do.”

Casey and Sandy Parsons have yet to be charged in Erica’s death, but both are currently in prison, serving time for fraud.

Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica’s remains

Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica's remains

Erica Parsons

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been dealing with a minor health issue that’s prevented me from posting, but I’m much better now.

This past week the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on the discovery of Erica Parsons’ remains. The Sheriff stated that it appeared that Erica had been long dead prior to her being reported missing. It was also revealed that it was Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy Parsons, who led investigators to the burial site. Let’s focus on that for just a moment. Since the time that Erica was first reported missing in 2013, she was already gone for two years. In all that time, Casey Parsons was trying to portray that somehow she and her husband were the victims, not that they were fooling anybody. All this chicanery just so they could collect a few bucks a month from the government in the form of Erica’s benefits. All the while, Erica was already dead in an unmarked grave while people who still cared about her looked for her. Sandy Parsons is also believed to have bragged in prison that they would never find Erica without him. Most reports say that Sandy Parsons was allegedly trying to work out a deal with prosecutors. If any deal has been made, I hope it only goes as far as sparing him from the death penalty. However, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has said there is no deal in place.

So far, no cause of death has been released and the Parsonses have not yet been charged in Erica’s death.

An anonymous donor donated $5000 for a memorial marker to Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, however they are still collecting donations in Erica’s name. You can make a donation here.

Skeletal remains of Erica Parsons found

Skeletal remains of Erica Parsons found

Erica Parsons

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the skeletal remains of Erica Parsons have been found. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. They were convicted of fraud and are currently in prison. Casey Parsons always maintained that Erica was alive even once saying that she would travel to New Orleans to find her. At the time I sarcastically asked if she would be traveling with OJ Simpson on his trek to find the ‘real killer’.

Erica’s remains were found in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, not too far from where Sandy Parsons’ mother lived. It’s rumored that Sandy Parsons had been talking to authorities while in prison but its unknown if he told them the location of Erica’s body. When the Parsonses were sent to prison after their fraud convictions I wondered how long it would take for one of them to turn on the other. No cause of death has been discussed, but authorities will be holding a press conference next week, although it’s doubtful they’ll have that information at that time.

My prayers and condolences go out to the true friends and family of Erica.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: No charges have been filed against the Parsonses yet as the investigation is still ongoing.

New reward and new age progressed photo for Erica Parsons

Erica Parsons' new missing poster

Erica Parsons’ new missing poster

Yesterday, the FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the location of Erica Parsons. If you’ll recall, Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina, but no one can prove that the woman, allegedly Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman, actually exists. The Parsonses also continued to collect the government benefits for Erica while she was missing. They were convicted of fraud and are currently serving out their sentences.

The FBI and the NCMEC also released a new age progressed photo of Erica. If she is still alive she would now be 18. The photo can be seen above and at the NCMEC website.

If you know where to find her, call the Rowan County Sheriff’s at 704-216-8700 or FBI Charlotte 704-672-6100.

Elisa Baker still not taking responsibility for Zahra Baker’s death

Elisa Baker

Elisa Baker

ELisa Baker is still up to her grifting ways even in prison. Not only is she still denying that she had anything to do with 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s death but now she says she’s appealing her conviction for the death and dismemberment of her step-daughter. Elisa Baler is believed to have killed Zahra before dismembering her body then reporting her to the police as missing.

Now ELisa Baker is still trying to get someone, anyone to believe her lies. She claims that she was only given 15 minutes to agree to the guilty plea which saw her go to jail for 18 years for Zahra’s murder. Worst of all she’s still acting like she actually cares about Zahra…

From her cell in a North Carolina prison Elisa Baker, 47, told The Daily Telegraph she still keeps a photo of the smiling 10-year-old inside her locker.

“Why would she haunt me? I was a good mamma,” she told the newspaper.

No you weren’t. Good mama’s don’t deal drugs and abuse their step-children and they especially don’t mutilate them and try to cover up their murder. Sadly it could only take her convincing the right person to believe her lies in order to arrange her freedom.

Charlotte 10-year-old solicited through Kik

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A 10-year-old girl from right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, had a pornographic image sent to her through the instant messaging app Kik. No arrests have been made but the suspect allegedly posed as a 15-year-old named Steven.

In case you needed more incentive to find out what apps are on your kids’ phones this should be it as Kik is a known refuge for pedophiles and sex offenders. No 10-year-old needs to be on Kik.

North Carolina upholds sex offender ban on social networks

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This past Friday the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networks like Facebook. I’m actually ambivalent about this law mostly because it was pushed by NC Attorney General Roy Cooper back in the MySpace days as a piece of feel good legislation designed to get him re-elected. It must have worked because he’s still in office. When it first passed I argued that it really does nothing to protect kids from the predators who haven’t been caught yet.

Since that time I’ve referred to the law as the ‘Dumbfish’ law. I call it that because it is akin to a dumb fish jumping into a fisherman’s boat. Registered sex offenders in NC are supposed to register their e-mail addresses and social networking profiles with the state. In theory all they would need to do is just use a new e-mail address. However that has not stopped several sex offenders in NC from being caught in the Dumbfish net.

The main reason I’m ambivalent to the law is that no one should expect the government to raise your kids. As I tend to say parents are the only real line of defense between online predators and their kids.

Bones found on property where Erica Parsons once lived

Erica Parsons’ missing poster

Erica Parsons’ missing poster

For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Erica Parsons you can catch up here.

The Rowan County (NC) Sheriff’s Office has announced that bones have been discovered on the property in Salisbury, North Carolina, where Erica once lived. The bones were discovered after the current owner cut down a tree and found the bones. According to local news reports the bones could in fact be animal bones especially since the Parsons kept several animals on the property when they lived there. So there’s a good chance that this could turn out to be nothing.

However what I find fascinating was some of the evidence investigators found on the property in 2013 that I haven’t heard about until now…

That list includes a “plastic bag with JonBenet Ramsey magazines” and a “JonBenet book with notes inside about remodeling house.”

In addition to finding photos and books about the death of JonBenet Ramsey inside the Parsons home, the new warrant states that investigators also found material on the “South Carolina Susan Smith case.”

This is important since Erica’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, were still collecting government benefits for Erica after she had disappeared. Both of them are currently serving jail sentences on federal fraud charges. Casey Parsons claims that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. A woman she claims has the name of Nan Goodman that law enforcement can not locate or even verify exists which sounds vaguely familiar to the claim Casey Anthony allegedly made that her daughter was with a baby sitter by the name of Zenaida Gonzalez who didn’t actually exist.

In my opinion Casey Parsons has always come off as the arrogant sort who thought she could outsmart not only local police but the FBI. In reality it seems that the only reason she’s gotten away with Erica’s disappearance so far is dumb luck. Here’s hoping that investigators can eventually close the book on Erica’s disappearance but it seems more and more like Erica is unfortunately no longer with us.

UPDATE: The initial findings seem to indicate that the bones are probably animal bones.

A postscript to a brutal craigslist rape that’s six years overdue

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Ever since I combined my many websites into the one you see today I’ve been doing a lot of maintenance on the site. I’ve been fixing dead links, broken images and the like. While working on some of the posts from 2009 I came across a story that I remembered vividly. It was the rape of a woman from Kannapolis, North Carolina. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you may know that Kannapolis is not too far from where I live. I was even interviewed by local media when the story first broke. The fact that it was local was not the reason it stands out so vividly for me. Instead it’s because the victim’s rape was solicited by her husband on craigslist. The husband posed as his wife on craigslist posting an ad claiming that she was into rape fantasies and wanted a man to come to her house and rape her. While others like Jebidiah James Stipe and Justin Crawford have committed similar crimes, this was the first instance of what I call rape by proxy on craigslist that I can remember. I never forgot this story because I never found out what became of the husband and the man he convinced to rape his wife.

The husband’s name was never made public to my knowledge in order to protect the identity of the victim. The actual rapist was a man by the name of Rodney Liverman. It bothered me that news of their convictions or sentencing were never made public. Not in the “I need to know because I’m a faux-journalist” kind of way but I couldn’t stop this gnawing feeling of curiosity for the outcome. I really wanted to know if justice was served and this feeling of not knowing has eaten at me for the past 6 years. So when I came across the story again while doing site maintenance I decided to finally find the answer once and for all. Fortunately, I actually know the name of the victim’s husband. I’m not bragging, it was sent to me by a tipster shortly after the crime happened. However, I have not made his name public in respect to the victim, and if she’s out there reading this please believe me when I say no disrespect to you is ever intended.

Anyway long story even longer I was able to find his information on his status. In 2011 he was convicted and was sentence to 32 1/2 years behind bars with a minimum of 25 years. I’m going to refrain from posting any information about him to avoid any connection to the victim. However I can provide a link to what happened to the actual rapist. Rodney Liverman was sentenced to 18 years with a minimum of 14 1/2 years.

Neither of these sentences seem long enough for the heinous crime they perpetrated but I am glad that it’s not a slap on the wrist. I also hope that the sentences were long enough for the victim to find some kind of solace.