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Crazy conspiracy lady ordered to pay $8.4M to man she claims raped her

Crazy conspiracy lady ordered to pay $8.4M to man she claims raped her

Rape is a serious subject. It’s spoken about in the same grave tones as something like cancer. For many victims of rape, they consider it a worse crime than murder. One of the things that makes it such a horrible crime is many victims never come forward to report a rape out of fear of retribution or shame. What doesn’t help with the problem is when someone falsely claims to have been raped.

52-year-old Susan Shannon of Everett, Washington, claims she was raped by retired Army Colonel David “Wil” Riggins when the two attended West Point in the mid to late 1980s. By most reports she never contacted any authority about it until Col. Riggins was up for promotion to Brigadier General in 2013. Shannon then made blog posts on her personal blog claiming Riggins had raped her. Riggins was then pulled out of contention for the promotion because of the accusations. He retired instead. No subsequent investigation was ever able to prove any rape had taken place. Shannon was sued by Riggins for defamation and a jury ruled in his favor and awarded the retired Colonel $8.4 million.

Now I know it’s not unusual for rape victims not to come forward for years. I know there is a problem of rape and sexual assaults among the military. However, when you take a closer look at Ms. Shannon, the underlying tin foil hat starts to show.

On her blog, Ms. Shannon has claimed the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a conspiracy perpetrated by the government in order to take our guns. She claims to be a Christian, yet calls the Mormon Church a cult and the Roman Catholic Church part of the New World Order. She’s also a bible-thumping homophobe who would probably fit right in with the Phelps family. What’s worse is she has a GoFundMe page to help with her legal expenses and she’s already raised $11,000 at the time of this posting. I guess it pays to be crazy.

In my opinion she is a disgrace to rape victims who had to fight with every inch of their being to try to bring their rapists to justice. While character is not always the best indicator when it comes to proving rape, I think in this case it goes a long way in showing the mental capacity of this woman, her obvious delusions, and her apparent constant need for attention.

UPDATE: As I was writing this post I noticed the post on Shannon’s blog entitled ‘In my defense’, in which she pleads her case and claims to be the victim of the media, it appears she had all opposing comments removed and the comments were then closed. Again, I think this goes a long way in showing how her mind operates.

In defense of Michael Vick

In defense of Michael Vick

Michael Vick and Ben ‘Therapist’ Roethlisberger

With the recent news of the killing of Harambe the gorilla and the harassment that ensued, it allows me the opportunity to address something that has been stuck in my craw for a number of years now.

Most of us are familiar with Michael Vick. He was the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when he was arrested in 2007 for operating a dog fighting ring on his property. After his arrest it was revealed to the public that not only was Vick running a dog fighting ring but he had also committed some unspeakable acts against dogs that had lost their fights. Vick was convicted and spent 18 months in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Ben Roethlisberger has been the starting quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2004. Since that time has won the storied franchise two Super Bowl championships, however, he is not without controversy of his own. In 2010 Roethlisberger was accused of allegedly raping a woman in the bathroom of a Georgia nightclub. His security detail was even accused of not only allegedly standing at the bathroom door while the alleged rape took place but also interfering with the police investigation. Roethlisberger was never charged due to a lack of evidence. Many people seem to think that he got away with it due to his stature within the sports world.

Since serving his sentence Michael Vick has not only stayed out of trouble but lobbied for a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to willingly watch a dog fight and a felony for bringing a child to a dog fight. Roethlisberger never even saw the inside of a holding cell which a number of people say was a miscarriage of justice.

So why is Michael Vick still reviled while Roethlisberger is heralded as a hero in Pittsburgh? The answer is simple. As a society, at least here in America, we value the welfare of animals more than our fellow human beings. I’m not saying that Michael Vick is a saint by any means, however, he paid his debt to society and has kept his nose clean since his release from prison yet he’s still reviled to this day. Meanwhile an alleged rapist is celebrated around the NFL like he’s the second coming of Christ. If the accusations are to be believed he violated a woman sexually against her will. Even if Roethlisberger had done time people would have been more willing to forgive a rapist than an animal abuser.

Here’s the cold hard truth people, animals, including all of your pets and mine, are lesser life forms. It doesn’t matter if they’re dogs, cats, horses, gorillas or what have you, when it comes right down to it we are the dominant species of our world. We should have more sympathy for a thinking and feeling human victim of rape than an abused animal yet we anthropomorphize animals into being an equal species on the level of man. I’m not advocating animal abuse but at the end of the day people are more important than animals. Yes, our pets may be cute and fluffy but when all is said and done they’re just animals yet we’ll value the life of a dog we never even knew over the welfare of a rape victim. Just one more instance that shows as a society our priorities are are nowhere near in order.

Philip Chism sentenced for rape and murder of Danvers High teacher. Victim’s family angered by sentence.

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Yesterday Superior Court Judge David Lowy sentenced Philip Chism to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years for the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. He also sentenced Chism to two 40 year sentences for her rape and robbery committed by Chism. All three sentences will be served concurrently meaning that the earliest he could be released is in 40 years minus the time served he spent in prison awaiting trial. As I’ve mentioned before Chism could not be sentenced to life without parole since the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that LWOP for teens is unconstitutional as it is considered cruel and unusual.

Colleen Ritzer’s mother had this to say about the sentence…

“Today’s sentence is unacceptable and the laws must be changed,” Peggie Ritzer said at a news conference. “Colleen’s family, friends, students, and those who admired her have been given a life sentence without parole, but not the individual who committed the heinous act. This is wrong and unjust.”

I couldn’t agree more. Chism not only slashed Ms. Ritzer’s throat with a boxcutter but he also raped her and violated her with a tree branch before leaving her body in the woods while he went to a movie with the money he took from her. LWOP is the least that this monster should have received. His age at the time of the crime, 14-years-old, should not be used as excuse for such brutality. There’s no way in hell that someone his age doesn’t know what he’s doing is wrong and the law should reflect it. The more we absolve actions like this the more frequent they’ll become.

Virginia Kik kreeper charged with rape of 12-year-old

Erick Enrique Lemus Martinez

Erick Enrique Lemus Martinez

There’s not a lot of detail on this story but honestly there doesn’t need to be.

22-year-old Erick Enrique Lemus Martinez of James City County, Virginia, is accused of allegedly raping a 12-year-old Williamsburg girl he met through Kik. He’s been charged with rape and forcible sodomy and is being held without bail.

Once again I have to mention that no 12-year-old needs to be on Kik since the mobile messaging app is the app of choice that sex offenders and pedophiles mainly use to find their victims.

Remember how bad MySpace was back in the day with predators? Kik is infinitely worse due to the fact that it’s used from mobile devices which can be easily used outside of a parent’s watch.

Buffalo man accused of using social media for rape, child porn and child prostitution

Robert Pritchett

Robert Pritchett

20-year-old Robert Pritchett of Buffalo, New York is a real piece of work. Not only is he under investigation for child porn and rape charges in which he allegedly used mobile messaging app Kik for, but he’s also accused of prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage and MeetMe.

Federal investigators believe he may have more victims…

While online, Pritchett went by a variety of names including James Heart, James Cooper, James Matthew, Tyler Games, James Allen, Jamez Tommy, Gabriel Michaels, Jess Allen, Thomas Allen, Matthew Allen, James Church, Faith Anderson and Max Heart.

If you have any information in connection to this case, you’re asked to contact the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force at 716.856.7800 or go to http://www.fbi.gov to submit a tip electronically.

Again I would recommend talking to your kids about scum like this and let them know that any adult they don’t know that starts talking to them online is more than likely out to harm them.

NH suspect accused of raping four women, two from Backpage

James Banks

James Banks

22-year-old James Banks, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was recently indicted for allegedly not only raping a woman twice but trying to force her to prostitute herself for him. Banks was already being held on $150,000 cash only bail for the alleged rapes of three other women, two of whom he met through Backpage.

I constantly hear from the promoters of the consenting adults myth that sites like Backpage make sex workers safer. Since the beginning I have contended that it not true since using Backpage allows these women to be delivered into the hands of sexual predators. I doubt that Banks’ victims from Backpage felt very safe…

An affidavit by detective Kristyn Bernier alleges Banks met one of the victims, identified as “T,” through an ad she had on Backpage advertising massages. The woman, age 21, told police she was raped by Banks in his Richards Avenue apartment on Jan. 15, 2015, when he said he had a gun, that he had “killed somebody” and “tried to strangle” her.

A woman identified by Bernier as “F” reported that Banks answered an ad she had on Backpage and said she was also raped in his apartment, which was padlocked from the exterior. That woman, age 27, said her cellphone was taken from her so she couldn’t call for help and that she escaped by jumping out a third-story window.

No woman, no matter her profession, whether chosen or otherwise, deserves to be raped. However you can’t pretend that Backpage is some magic shield that will keep you safe from rapists or violent pimps. If anything it’s more of a shopping list for predators like this.

UPDATE 3/19/2016: After a mistrial Banks pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree assault and one felony for unlawful restraint and was sentenced to one year behind bars. One of the victims allegedly lied on the stand.

Chicago man accused of raping Backpage escort

Cortrell Grant

Cortrell Grant

23-year-old Cortrell Grant, of Chicago, is accused of raping an escort that he ordered on Backpage.

Before we get into the crime itself I have to chide the Chicago Sun-Times for using the terms ‘sexual assault’ and ‘having sex’ when what allegedly happened was clearly rape. In my opinion to not call the crime what it really is lessens the impact of what really happened. Tell me if this sounds like ‘having sex’ to anyone…

Both men sexually assaulted her repeatedly and the other man—who has not yet been charged—took her cell phone and keys, prosecutors allege.

Grant continued having sex with the woman while the other man went to ransack her car, but Grant stopped and ran when he heard a noise, prosecutors said.

Not sex, rape. I can’t even imagine the horror that the victim had to endure not knowing if she was going to live or die while repeatedly being violated.

Secondly I want to address the Backpage issue with this crime. A number of sex workers who claim they’re ‘consenting adults’ say that websites like Backpage make it safer for them. Again in my opinion it does not, as has been shown here it only delivers victims to where potential rapists want them. Am I saying that the victim deserved what she got? Not at all and only the most ardent supporters of the consenting adult myth would ever believe that. However by telling yourself that Backpage makes it safer for prostitutes then you’re just fooling yourself.

Kik kreeper busted for child porn also kept woman prisoner as sex slave

Calvin Patrick

Calvin Patrick

34-year-old Calvin Patrick of Mt. Morris, New York, was recently charged for allegedly displaying child porn through his Kik messaging account. He is also believed to have been in contact with minor girls from other states.

What makes Patrick so reprehensible is not just the child porn charges but the child porn was probably discovered while he was being investigated after he was arrested for allegedly holding a woman prisoner repeatedly raping her for months. Unfortunately as the old slogan goes, but wait, there’s more.

Patrick was supposedly a level one sex offender. Level ones are considered the least likely to offend, in theory. Obviously that was not the case with Patrick since he went from pleading guilty to child porn possession in 2008 to not only torturing his victim for months but according to reports he was said to have been talking to an 11-year-old girl on Kik and commenting to a witness about how he wanted to keep the girl locked up.

Sadly it appears that keeping victims imprisoned is becoming a trend for Kik kreepers.

As usual, and it’s a shame we have to call this usual, this is the type of story that your kids need to see in order to understand the consequences for talking to adult strangers not only on Kik but any social or messaging app.

Lastly this should show that there should be no ‘levels’ when it comes to sex offenders and pedophiles. I’m reminded of Michael Jacques of Vermont from back in the MySpace days. He raped and killed his own niece, Brooke Bennett. He was also a sex offender who completed a ‘program’ in order to get an early release from prison. There’s only one level of sex offender and they’re all capable of committing barbaric atrocities such as this.

UPDATE 4/15/2017: Patrick has pleaded guilty to the child porn charges against him and faces a sentence of 15-40 in July. I was unable to find any information regarding the status of the rape charges against him for allegedly keeping a woman captive for months as his unwilling sex slave.

Philip Chism convicted in rape and murder of Danvers High teacher

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Earlier today a Massachusetts jury found 16-year-old Philip Chism guilty in the rape and murder of Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer was Chism’s math teacher at Danvers High School. in 2013 a then 14-year-old Chism brutally raped and slashed the throat of Ms. Ritzer with a box cutter and is even believed to have violated her with a tree branch. The crimes were also believed to be premeditated. Chism’s defense tried arguing that their client was suffering from a psychotic episode at the time. The prosecution argued that he was faking any kind of mental illness which also momentarily delayed his trial previously.

Chism was tried as an adult however there is a possibility for parole as the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that LWOP for minors is unconstitutional in all cases. Considering the brutality of Ms. Ritzer’s death and the fact that he tried to attack a Department of Youth Services female employee while in custody should show that regardless of his age Chism should never see the light of day ever again.

Kik kreeper held 15-year-old girl captive for weeks

Christopher David Schroeder

Christopher David Schroeder

If you want the nightmare story to show your kids so they’ll act safer online then this is it.

41-year-old Christopher David Schroeder, of Marthasville, Missouri, is accused of allegedly meeting a 15-year-old Ohio girl on Kik and keeping her captive for weeks on end in his home.

Schroeder is said to have used an old predator trick to gain his victim’s confidence…

She told Schroeder that she was unhappy at home, and he told her he would pick her up and help her. She had told him she was only 15 in one of their Kik chats.

Of course what 41-year-old man would offer help like this to an underage girl if there wasn’t some kind of ulterior motive involved. Things were not as rosy as I’m sure the victim imagined…

On Nov. 8, Schroeder drove to Ohio and picked her up near her home. Once she was in his vehicle, he made her remove the SIM card from her cellular telephone and broke the SIM card into pieces.

He told her not to reveal her real name to anyone and that she needed to change her appearance by cutting and/or coloring her hair.

He also told her she needed to lose weight. Schroeder then smashed her cell phone and tossed it into the river

Investigators say that Schroeder raped the girl multiple times and had quite the set up in his bedroom…

Authorities also obtained search warrants for the home and, during the search, video cameras, a DVR and other items were recovered. Two cameras were located in Schroeder’s bedroom with the focus point being the bed.

He even tried claiming that he thought the girl was 18 like that would magically make everything better.

So when your kids get mad at you for checking out their Kik account you can show them this story. Tell them that it’s not that you don’t trust them but you don’t trust the monsters that are lurking on Kik. In case I may have forgotten to mention it lately Kik is rife with pedophiles and sex offenders.

UPDATE 1/6/2016: Schroeder’s victim and her family are set to appear on the Dr. Phil Show tomorrow to tell her ordeal. From the video I’ve seen she’ll be keeping her identity hidden.

Normally I don’t care for Dr. Phil since I consider him to be just another TV charlatan however he is watched by a very large amount of people and at least this will help get the word out about how dangerous Kik can be.