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Columbiner kills three in Pennsylvania supermarket before killing self

Columbiner kills three in Pennsylvania supermarket before killing self

(Story broke 6/8/2017)

24-year-old Randy Stair, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, shot and killed three of his coworkers at a supermarket in Tunkhannock before taking the coward’s way out. Stair was a columbiner, as he made a 42 minute film that was said to include homages to the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. Like most columbiners turned shooters, he was also a loser who blamed his problems on everyone else…

“I’ve been stepped on my whole life; not anymore. …I’ve had enough of this putrid planet and I’m going to leave my mark,” he wrote in the film.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Stair also claimed to be transgender, saying he was a woman trapped in a man’s body. I’m aware of the struggles transgender people face in trying to establish their true identities. However, that should not excuse the fact that this coward taking the lives of three innocent people just so he could leave his ‘mark’.

As far as leaving a mark, I don’t even remember if this broke the national news last week. I don’t watch a lot of TV news and I’m actively avoiding Facebook as much as I can. If I didn’t have an email alert registered for the word ‘Columbine’ then I probably wouldn’t have even heard of this shooting. His name will be forgotten in time, lost among the toxic throng of mass shooters that this country unfortunately produces on a continuous basis.

The names you should remember are 63-year-old Terry Sterling, 26-year-old Victoria Brong, and 47-year-old Brian Hayes. These are the people whose lives were selfishly cut short by a coward just for trying to make a living.

Being a columbiner is not a phase, it’s a sickness. If you know someone who shows the characteristics of being one of these failures, tell someone. Too often their so-called phase turns into real word violence.

Pa. suspect charged with posting child porn on Tumblr

Jonathan Mostafa

Jonathan Mostafa

30-year-old Jonathan Mostafa, of Chestnuthiil Township, Pennsylvania, was recently arrested for allegedly posting child porn on Tumblr. When the images were discovered Tumblr contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who in turn contacted local police.

I still don’t understand why anyone would post child porn to a service that is owned by a multi-billion dollar corporation like Yahoo and think they could get away with it, but if makes it easier to find creeps like this then more power to ’em.

What really concerns me about this is that Tumblr is in the process of rolling out instant messaging for its users. Between creeps like this and the young userbase of Tumblr I see this as another avenue that predators can use to approach your kids.

NC Kik Kreeper accused of sending naked pic to 8-year-old PA girl

David Bryan Poplin

David Bryan Poplin

Normally I tend to group all the sex crime suspects from Kik into one large group post since there seems to be so many of them lately, however this particular Kik Kreeper deserved a post all his own due to the severity of his crime and the age of his victim.

29-year-old David Bryan Poplin, of Durham, North Carolina, is accused of using Kik and Instagram to not only allegedly groom his underage female victim but to send her an explicit photo of himself as well. What makes Poplin’s case a little but more severe than usual is that his victim was an 8-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, as I’m sure you could tell by the headline.

“Dave” asked the girl if “he can come to her house and sneak in her bedroom window to show her how to have sex” and perform other sex acts, police said in the complaint.

The girl told “Dave” she was 8 years old, police said, and he suggested they exchange nude photographs. Police said “Dave” sent the girl a photo of his genitals.

Turns out that Poplin was a registered sex offender as well.

The victim was using apps like Kik and Instagram on an iPad. Now I can understand giving your small child an iPad or any tablet because they can be very engaging for them but allowing them to use apps like Kik and Instagram is just ludicrous, or any communication app that can be accessed by individuals outside the household.

If you are a parent educate yourself on how the technology works before giving it to your kids and use the parental tools at your disposal to keep it locked down.

No 8-year-old needs to be on Kik especially since it’s a known haven of pedophiles and sex offenders.

Elytte Barbour seeks new trial for craigslist thrill kill

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Last year Elytte Barbour and his wife Miranda pleaded guilty to the murder of Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and were both sentenced to life without parole. The husband and wife pair lured LaFerrara to his death by posing as a prostitute on craigslist. Once they got LaFerrara into their vehicle Miranda Barbour stabbed him while Elytte restrained LaFerrara by his throat.

Elytte Barbour is now asking for a retrial stating that his counsel was ineffective. He claims that there was evidence that he was insane at the time of the murder and that his attorney only urged him to take the guilty plea of second-degree murder to avoid the death penalty. Not surprisingly Barbour is representing himself.

Personally I’d like to see him get a new trial. I could use the laugh since he’s representing himself and if he went back to trial he’s probably be convicted on first-degree murder which would make him eligible for the death penalty.

UPDATE 9/14/2015: Here is a more current article about Elytte Barbour wanting to withdraw his plea. Apparently he is no longer representing himself as he now has a new attorney.

UPDATE 11/2/2015: Elytte Barbour has withdrawn his request for a new trial.

“This effectively brings the case to an end,” District Attorney Ann Targonski said.

Philly woman offers children for sex on Kik

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In the past I have posted stories about how suspects have been busted by police posing online as parents offering their children for sex. One of the arguments I get from the pedo-defenders is that there aren’t really parents online offering their kids for sex. Well, federal investigators might disagree.

32-year-old Christine Yoder of Philly was arrested for allegedly offering her children, ages 6 years and 16 months, for sex over the instant messaging app Kik. Investigators say she was also willing to give her children away to any pedo who wanted them and would send them explicit photos of her kids.

In one correspondence, she allegedly wrote, “I don’t want any contact after u take her.”

Yoder described to the man the size of clothing he would need to buy for the child and told him she hoped he would get the girl pregnant one day so she could be a grandmother.

So yes, people like this do actually exist.

UPDATE 4/25/2015: Back in March Yoder pleaded guilty and is facing 15 to life. Sentencing is scheduled for early June.

UPDATE 10/21/2015: Yoder was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

Suspect arrested for Pa. craigslist killing in Sept.

 Chad Marshall Wilcox

Chad Marshall Wilcox

Yesterday police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania arrested 28-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox for allegedly killing 36-year-old Manuel Hakimian of Norristown in late September. Police say that Wilcox arranged a sexual meeting with Hakimian through craigslist and when they met at Hakimian’s home Wilcox bound his victim before slashing his throat. Wilcox then went on a multi-state spending spree using his victim’s bank and credit cards. Wilcox turned himself in to police in North Carolina because he had an outstanding warrant for child rape in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

To whomever out there hasn’t taken the hint yet. Whether you’re gay, straight or whatever, meeting people from craigslist for any kind of romantic or sexual encounter is the worst of ideas. While the odds are not likely that you’ll meet a throat slashing child rapist they’re good enough that meeting a stranger from craigslist is more akin to playing Russian Roulette. It only takes on meeting with a craigslist predator to change your life for the worse, or end it.

UPDATE 1/24/2015: Wilcox had pleaded not guilty and prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty. This really comes as no surprise as Pennsylvania has cooled on the death penalty in the past 15 years.

UPDATE 5/11/2015: Wilcox was sentenced to 40 to 80 years after pleading guilty to third degree murder charges. He previously pleaded guilty to involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a child which could see him get an additional 6 to 12 years.

UPDATE 1/23/2016: Wilcox was recently sentenced 21 to 90 years on the child rape charges. No word on if that’s consecutive or concurrent with his murder sentence. Wilcox withdrew his previous plea.

Another Snapchat arrest, another teacher

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Seriously, what is it with Snapchat and teachers?

Anyway, this time the suspect is 29-year-old Todd Christopher Gibson of Landsdale, Pennsylvania. He was arrested by police in Towamencin for allegedly Snapchatting pics of his junk to a then 17-year-old female student in August of last year. Police reports also say that when the student said that he would be caught Gibson supposedly said he did not care and that Gibson repeatedly asked the girl to come to his home.

Gibson has been suspended by the school but no word on if that was with or without pay.

Husband and wife craigslist killers plead guilty

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Earlier today Elytte and Miranda Barbour both pleaded guilty to the murder of Troy LaFerrara. If you’ll recall the Barbour’s hatched a plan to kill someone by luring them through craigslist with promises of sex. They eventually were able to convince Mr. LaFerrera into their SUV where Elytte Barbour strangled their victim with a cord while Miranda Barbour stabbed him to death.

The pair have pleaded guilty to second-degree homicide. The main difference in Pennsylvania between first and second-degree homicide is that first-degree can get you the death penalty while second-degree limits the sentencing to life in prison. Since Pennsylvania hadn’t executed anyone in quite some time I always thought that the chances of them being sentenced to death were slim even though they probably deserve it.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 18th.

UPDATE 9/20/2014: This past Thursday both Barbours were sentenced to life without parole.

Meth heads charged with dental child abuse

Wanamaker and Hoffman

Wanamaker and Hoffman

I didn’t even know that dental abuse was a thing yet here we are. 31-year-old Jessica Hoffman and 36-year-old Kenneth Wanamaker Jr., both of Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, have been charged with that very act. Their 6-year-old daughter’s teeth are allegedly so bad that the infection she could get from the dental disease could kill her. A pediatric testified that the girl must have had the disease for most of her life. Their family dentist reportedly urged the ‘parents’ to get dental surgery for the girl as quick as possible. Their reasoning for not getting the surgery was they’re baby teeth and they’ll fall out eventually.

So what makes these Breeders such experts on the way of dentistry? It could be that they’re chronic meth users, allegedly. During the hearing for these charges a case worker testified that Hoffman had a stillbirth at 34 weeks into the pregnancy. According to doctors the stillbirth was caused by her meth use.

I want someone to tell me what is the big deal about meth. What is the initial rush like that it makes you want to keep doing more and more even at the expense of your own children? We’ve all seen the ‘Faces of Meth’ pictures yet people are still willing to risk trailer trash chemistry by allow that crap into their bodies.

If you do meth don’t have kids. If you have kids don’t do meth. If you have kids and do meth get help.

Thanks to Jessica for the tip.

If you or someone you know has a meth addiction you may want to think about contacting the national substance abuse referral line at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit their website.

Can a website be blamed for prostitution? If it’s Backpage they can.

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Last week the Allentown Morning Call posted a four page article about the issues local police have been having with prostitution and Backpage. I’ve seen the article ridiculed online with people saying “You can’t blame a website for prostitution.” They’re wrong, you sure as hell can.

Think about it. Do you think that the people, and I use that term loosely, that run Backpage think that all the ads on the adult section of the site are for legal services? Of course not. Any idiot cab see that the ads are for prostitution. Yet they still collect money from these ads while saying they’re doing all they can to stop sex trafficking. Obviously they’re not doing all they can or they’d stop taking the money.

Our favorite spokesweasel, Liz McDougall, was even quoted for the article…

Backpage.com removes or blocks about a million ads per month, notably those that appear to involve minors or sex for money, said Liz McDougall, the site’s general counsel. And it has cooperated with police.

I’d like to see the ads they block since the ones they allow are obviously for sex for money and minors are still being trafficked on their website. Yet they’re still collecting the money. How many of those ads are there for Backpage to collect the millions of dollars they make in profit every year?

So can a website be blamed for prostitution? As long as they’re collecting the money and turning an obviously blind eye to the women and children that are being trafficked on their site then they damn well can be blamed.