12-year-old unsolved arson murder of 8-year-old girl

12-year-old unsolved arson murder of 8-year-old girl

Mackenzie Branham

After receiving this story from friend of the site UberSpork, I was hesitant about posting this story. Passions seem to be high in the area where the crime took place and there has been a lot of drama surrounding it. I was afraid of inviting some of that drama on to the site but I decided to go ahead with the post anyway because at the heart of it a little girl’s murder has gone unsolved for 12-years.

In 2006, in Jeffersonville, Ohio, 8-year-old Mackenzie Branham died in a fire at her mother’s home that investigators ruled as arson. Mackenzie’s mother and her boyfriend were able to escape the blaze but claimed the fire was too intense to save Mackenzie. Since the fire, no arrests have been made and last year it was made public that evidence in the case that potentially contained DNA evidence was destroyed three months into the investigation and was never reported. Specifically, the clothes Mackenzie was wearing the night of the fire had been destroyed and Mackenzie’s father, Donald Branham,  didn’t find this out until last year. That’s 11-years without knowing that evidence that could potentially identify your daughter’s killer had been destroyed.

There are other aspects and accusations of the story that I’m not comfortable getting into since while they are feasible the accusations have not been legally been proven. However, it should be mentioned that Donald Branham has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A child’s murder, especially one in such a horrific manner, should not go unsolved this long.

Anyone with information about the deadly arson is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 740-335-6170.

If you or someone you know lives in a small town or neighborhood and knows of a crime that you think deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

 

Ohio Kik kreeper posed as a preteen girl and a grown man to get nudes from 12-year-old girl

Ohio Kik kreeper posed as a preteen girl and a grown man to get nudes from 12-year-old girl

Christopher Goodin

Just because it’s been months since I posted a story about Kik doesn’t mean all their predators have been inactive. For example, 33-year-old Christopher Goodin of Elyria, Ohio, is accused of allegedly posing as a 12-year-old girl and the fake girl’s abusive bully in order to extort nudes from a 12-year-old girl over the mobile messaging app. Using the name ‘Shorty853’ on Kik. Goodin is said to have befriended a 12-year-old Utah girl through Kik. He was then able to solicit explicit pictures of the girl. In order to keep receiving the images ‘Shorty853’ told the girl that an older man was bullying her and that the only way to get him to stop was to send the older man more images. Using the name ‘Sambamo1’ on Kik, Goodin harassed the 12-year-old Utah girl into sending more images to that username. The victim allegedly told her mother and Goodin was arrested by the FBI.

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Although this is nothing new for this website, this story shows what lengths these online predators will go to in order to ensnare their underage prey. No amount of chicanery is too outlandish or far-fetched for these cretins to try to worm their way in your child’s life. And once again I have to advise any parents out there that no 12-year-old should ever be on Kik. You may trust your kids but you can’t trust all the sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors who use Kik as their collective grooming grounds.

(Sources)
News 5 Cleveland
Patch.com

21-year-old threatens school shooting over 14-year-old girlfriend

21-year-old threatens school shooting over 14-year-old girlfriend

William Ingle

This is a new one on me.

21-year-old William Ingle of Piqua, Ohio, was arrested back in may for allegedly threatening a school shooting. According to reports, Ingle was said to have called a local school threatening a school shooting while calling other school shooters ‘amateurs’. Ingle appears to be another edgelord who referred to himself on his Facebook page as ‘The Satanic Monster’

The supposed reason for Ingle calling in the threat was because his 14-year-old girlfriend was being bullied at the school. Yes, I’ll repeat that for you. His 14-year-old girlfriend was supposedly being bullied.

Ingle was arrested for the threat but I was unable to find any information on if he had been charged with having a 14-year-old girlfriend.

(Sources)
nbc4i.com
Metro

Ohio Craigslist vigilante sentenced to life

Craigslist vigilante sentenced to life in Ohio killing

William Knight

Back in March…of last year, 64-year-old craigslist vigilante William Knight, of Streetsboro, Ohio, shot and killed a man he thought had stolen his son-in-law’s dirt bike. Knight found the bike being sold on craigslist and decided to confront the seller in Akron. The only problem is, the seller wasn’t the person who stole the bike. Knight killed 24-year-old Keith Johnson who had bought the bike from someone the year before. Knight claimed self-defense, but witnesses say Johnson was trying to flee at the time of the shooting. Originally, Knight was only charged with involuntary manslaughter. Later, a grand jury indicted Knight for murder.

Earlier last month, Knight was convicted by a jury of murder, and later that month, he was sentenced to life in prison. ‘

Initially, Knight had informed police he was going to meet the seller, but something more pressing drew the police’s attention so Knight didn’t wait on them. If you find something of yours that was stolen listed on a site or app like craigslist, don’t go to meet the seller yourself. Instead, call the police and let them handle it. It’s kind of their job. While the media loves to tell stories about civilians whose stolen stuff ended up on craigslist and got it back by confronting the thief, there are so many things that could go wrong in that situation that it’s too dangerous to conduct such a sting on your own. There’s no stolen property that’s worth the cost of your life.

Death Sentence upheld in Ohio craigslist killings

Death Sentence upheld in Ohio craigslist killings

Richard Beasley

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Richard Beasely was sentenced to death. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been executed yet. If Ohio doesn’t impose a moratorium on the death penalty, I give him about another 15 years before his date with the needle.

In case you may not remember Richard Beasley, he concocted a plot where men would be lured to Ohio for a phony farm job Beasley posted on craigslist. Three me were shot and killed by Beasley after responding to the ad. Those men were Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. A fourth man, Scott Davis, was able to escape from Beasley’s attack.

Beasley also employed a teenage henchman by the name of Brogan Rafferty who helped Beasley dispose of their victims’ bodies. The pair would split any ill-gotten gain they were able to claim from their victims. Rafferty was tried as an adult and sentenced to life without parole.

Beasley was attempting to steal the men’s identities, probably because he was already facing criminal charges for drug and human trafficking.

This past week, the Ohio State Supreme Court upheld Beasley’s death sentence. Beasley’s defense argued there were errors in the trial which should cause a new trial. However, not only did the Ohio Supreme Court vote unanimously that Beasley’s conviction should stand, but the court also voted 6-1 that the Beasley’s death sentence should remain. The only thing more perfect than that in Ohio was the Cleveland Browns 0-16 season last year.

But again, as is the problem with most death penalty cases, Beasley will probably never get the justice he truly deserves. While Beasley can file appeal after appeal, Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern can’t appeal their death sentences and they didn’t even commit any crime.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/10/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/10/2017

Prostitution bust stemming from internet ads leads to two teens’ rescue from child sex trafficking:
Lexington, South Carolina. India Tykeyeh Cuyler, 23, and Donnell Salethian Woodard, 29, are accused of allegedly coercing two 16-year-old girls into prostitution on Backpage.

Mankato Police Seeking Help In Locating Suspects Involved In Robbery:
Minnesota. Man was robbed while trying to sell a phone on craigslist.

Police find missing St. Louis County teen in online escort ad; pimp pleads guilty:
52-year-old Sean McChord O’Donnell pleaaded guilty to prostituting a missing 15-year-old girl on Backpage in St. Louis. He’s not looking at much of a sentence.

New Castle Man Facing 15 Years In Prison For Child Sex Trafficking:
28-year-old Ronald Kyle Hartman, of New Castle, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage in both Penn. and Ohio. Hartman also got the girl hooked on heroin.

Woman warns about pet adoption ads after paying $500 for nothing:
Florida woman loses $500 after wiring money out-of-state for a dog on craigslist that doesn’t exist.
1. Don’t ever wire money to people you don’t know.
2. Don’t buy pets on craigslist.
Not only do you have to worry about non-existent pets, but too many puppy mills advertise on craigslist.

Delavan man pleads guilty in child-trafficking case:
22-year-old Octavion L. Keith, of Delavan, Wisconisn, pleaded guilty to prostituting a minor on Backpage. However he claimed that he was babysitting the girl’s siblings so she could make money as a prostitute. Riiiiiiiight.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/7/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/7/2017

Cloned iPhone X costs Chandler couple big:
Arizona. OfferUp. Knock off iPhones being sold online are actually Android phones. You can read more about it here as well.

Police: Teens shot attempting to steal during meetup to buy jewelry:
San Antonio, Texas. OfferUp. They’ll live.

Rural Brandon man arrested for apartment rental scam:
Iowa. 43-year-old Gregory Todd Selken is charged with allegedly renting an apartment he didn’t own on craigslist.

Man accused of sex trafficking girls out of a motel:
21-year-old Elijah Teel of San Antonio allegedly prostituted an underage girl on Backpage.

Man shot during Garfield Heights robbery arranged through OfferUp, police say:
Ohio. OfferUp. Victim shot in the hand.

Newark man falls victim to $3,400 Craigslist scam:
Delaware. Scammers used fake account on app to electronically transfer money to the victim. Probably Venmo if I had to guess.

Craigslist renters rent the same home:
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michael Alan Hite accused of allegedly renting out a home he didn’t own to several people.

Police: Teens rob man during online marketplace exchange:
Flint, Michigan. Man robbed of Apple Watch during LetGo exchange.

Two teens accused of beating man with crowbar during robbery:
Columbus, Ohio. OfferUp.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/5/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/5/2017

Apartment Manager Finds Stolen Fridge For Sale On Craigslist:
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Craigslist)

Home rental scam steals mom’s Christmas money:
(Cincinnati, Ohio, Craigslist)

Lehigh Valley police discover nationwide sex trafficking ring including cities like Chicago, San Diego and more:
(Pennsylvania, Backpage)

El Paso men charged after stolen cellphone shows up on selling/purchasing app:
(Texas, Craigslist and OfferUp)

Couple warns rental scam has resurfaced in Central Maine with new twist:
(Craigslist)

Rental scam ruins vacation in Naples:
(Florida, Craigslist)

Officials warn public of online rental scams:
(Moorpark, California, Craigslist)

Huntsville police warn about ‘movie money’ counterfeit bills:
(Alabama, Craigslist)

Police: Stranger harasses woman with threatening texts, negative Craigslist ad:
(St. Louis, Missouri, Craigslist)

Ohio teacher sends nude Snapchat to student

Ohio teacher sends nude Snapchats to student

You know, it’s gotten to the point every time I see a story about a teacher sending out nude pics on Snapchat, I almost automatically assume it’s a female teacher ‘seducing’ a younger male student. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link to the news article to find this…

Ohio teacher sends nude Snapchat to student

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith is a substitute teacher who worked at the Scioto County, Ohio, schools. He’s accused of allegedly sending a nude Snapchat of himself to a female student and trying to get the girl to come to his home for sex.

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What 67-year-old man thinks that a teenage girl is going to want to have sex with them? Unless you’re filthy rich or Taylor Swift’s grandfather, they’re not.

Also, my usual advice to parents applies here as well. Check your kids’ devices to know what apps they’re using and who their friends are on these apps. Be their parent, not their buddy. In this digital age there comes a time when you have to stop being the ‘cool’ parent and be a real parent.

Ohio parents didn’t know their kids were on Instagram

Ohio parents didn't know their kids were on Instagram

Police in Port Clinton, Ohio, are advising local residents to be aware of someone who has been approaching their children on Instagram. The person with the username of “cry_baby_cryyy” is said to have been approaching children on Instagram and having conversations with them before revealing they’re an adult. Reports say the Instagram conversations are ‘alarming’.

What I found more alarming was what Port Clinton Police discovered in their investigation.

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In case you missed the part I was talking about, it’s the “some of the parents were not even aware that their child was using Instagram”.

Let me clue some parents into something. If your kids have a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet, and they’re above the age of 12, they’re probably on Instagram, and if they’re on Instagram, they’re probably sharing too much personal information whether they realize it or not.

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Online predators can often discern your child’s relative location by things that appear in the background of pictures such as school colors or any activity your kid may belong to. Have a discussion with your kids about sharing information that could put them in danger, and if you don’t know if your kids are on Instagram, look for the icon at right on their devices.