RI man convicted of Backpage murder

James A. Adams

I guess the murdering of Backpage prostitutes has become so prevalent that I don’t hear about all of them.

For example 34-year-old James A. Adams, of Warwick, Rhode Island, was just recently convicted in the 2012 murder of 20-year-old Backpage prostitute Mary Grier. Adams is said to have used Backpage to try to rob one woman he ordered off of Backpage after pistol-whipping her. That victim was able to escape. Mary Grier was not so lucky. Only two weeks after the assault of his previous victim Adams led Ms. Grier into a garage where he murdered her. Forensic reports say that she had ligature marks and around her neck and that the cause of death was homicidal violence.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin had the following to say about Backpage’s responsibility in all of this…

“Despite ongoing and increasing evidence that the website is being utilized by individuals for criminal purposes, including activities resulting in charges of solicitation, rape, human trafficking and even murder, the company continues to allow the activities to continue, and even flourish,” Kilmartin said.

While collecting millions of dollars I might add. Well, maybe not anymore.

UPDATE 11/16/2015: Adams has been sentenced to life +100 years. It’s nice to see that some courts can hand out real sentences for these murderers.

New England Backpage prostitute murdered, sadly this is not a repeat


28-year-old Daniel Tejeda, of Providence, Rhode Island, was recently indicted on first-degree murder charges for the death of 24-year-old Ashley Masi. Masi was found unresponsive back in March by police doing a welfare check on her. Police discovered that Ms. Masi was working as a prostitute on Backpage. Investigators say that Tejada responded to her Backpage ad and somewhere along the line allegedly strangled her to death. Unfortunately Ms. Masi left behind three young children who are now in state care. Tejada is already in jail on unrelated charges.

Hopefully with the recent financial blows dealt to Backpage no further blood will be spilled over what Backpage calls a free speech issue.

UPDATE 10/27/2015: Tejada has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.

UPDATE 4/18/2016: Tejada was convicted of first-degree murder.

UPDATE 6/20/2016: Last week Tejada was sentenced to life with parole possible in 25 years.

Ashley Masi

Ashley Masi

19-year-old Backpage child pimp arrested in RI


19-year-old Reginald Chaney was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. Chaney allegedly turned out the girls, ages 15 and 16, from January 16th to the 28th around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’s also accused of tasering one of the girls to get her to comply.

Again, I have to question just how effective Backpage’s laughable screening process is when some 19-year-old kid can manage to get underage girls on their website.

Madam is just another word for pimp

Pawtucket police: Providence woman was ‘madam’ for underage girl:

14-Year-Old Protsituted out of Cranston Home:

Nicole Ferreira

Even with the use of sarcasm quotes I wish the media would refrain from referring to female pimps and traffickers as madams. It makes them seem less responsible for their crimes than their male counterparts. Not only that but the phrase madam conjures up images of Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke, Dolly Parton from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas or some equally fictionalized romanticism of madams. As I’ve said before female sex traffickers can be just as vicious if not more so with their victims.

While not necessarily vicious police in Pawtucket, Rhode Island arrested 21-year-old Nicole Ferreira for allegedly prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage. The victim told police that Ferreira set her up on 50 ‘dates’. That means she was raped 50 times by johns. A 14-year-old girl can’t legally consent to sex whether she’s getting paid for it or not. When police questioned Ferreira about prostituting the girl she allegedly said “I just post the info and take the calls,” like she didn’t do anything wrong.

Both men and women are willing to trade illegally in the sexual slavery of children as evidenced here. Let’s not lessen the impact of the crime by calling them madams.

Backpage trafficking indictments in Providence, RI


Two men indicted for trafficking in Providence, N. Providence:

In Providence, Rhode Island 23-year-olds Andy Fakhoury and Joseph Defeis were indicted for trafficking women for prostitution off of the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

Police in RI were tipped off from police in NY that Fakhoury and Defeis were holding a 19-year-old girl against her will and making her work the streets for them. Police say they found the victim’s picture on backpage advertising for “upscale gentlemen”. The article says it was in the adult section of backpage which makes me believe that it was on the escorts section.

Yet backpage will try to tell you that they’re effective in putting a stop to trafficking on their site. Obviously not since Fakhoury and Defeis were allegedly trafficking other women as well. But it’s a victimless crime right?

In case you needed another reason not to hire a babysitter off of craigslist

Keith Bishop

Keith Bishop

Police in Tiverton, Rhode Island arrested 43-year-old Keith Bishop for allegedly molesting a 9-year-old boy that he babysat for about a year.

Bishop allegedly answered an ad on craigslist the parents had placed for a babysitter.

Would you hire a baby sitter from MySpace? Because there seems to be the same number of sexual predators on craigslist that there are on MySpace.

18 Attorneys General call for the shutdown of craigslist’s adult services but one is missing


AGs Call for End of Craigslist Adult Services:

Attorneys general target Craigslist:

Missouri AG Chris Koster joins other attorneys general asking Craigslist to remove adult ads:

Ohio AG: Craigslist should drop adult services:

Tennessee AG joins in call on Craigslist to eliminate adult services section:

AGs demand Craigslist drop adult services section:

Gansler among 17 state AGs calling for Craigslist to drop adult services:

Kansas AG Asks Craigslist To Remove Adult Ads:

In case you couldn’t tell this is big news.

18 U.S. State Attorneys General have called for craigslist to shut down the adult services section. Among those are Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Martha Coakley of Massachusetts, Chris Koster of Missouri, Richard Cordray of Ohio, Bob Cooper of Tennessee, Dustin McDaniel of Arkansas, Douglas F. Gansler of Maryland, and Steve Six of Kansas. Not mentioned are the AGs from Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Of course craigslist was quick to pay lip service to the AGs…

Craigslist supports states’ efforts to stop illegal exploitation, spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best said in a statement that did not indicate whether the website plans to get rid of its adult services section.

Of course they have no intention of getting rid of adult services. Craigslist has a history of flying in the face of common decency.

While this is a big piece of news there’s something missing. It’s easy for these attorneys general to call for craigslist to shut down adult services. There’s only one attorney general who if he put his name behind this movement would have a huge impact. I am of course referring to former governor, former mayor of Oakland, current gubernatorial candidate and current attorney general of California…


Jerry Brown

Attorney General Brown, we may be politically opposed in some of our views but for a man who cares about the environment and opposes the death penalty I would imagine that you would be opposed to the trafficking of women and children that is being facilitated by craigslist.

Craigslist is headquartered in your home state. In my opinion craigslist’s shameful record when it comes to prostitution, child prostitution and human trafficking is a black eye for the Golden State. If I can’t appeal to your heart I will appeal to your aspirations. How much of a huge political coup would it be in your current gubernatorial race if you got the biggest facilitator of human trafficking in the country to get that section of the website shut down?

Mr. Brown, I beg of you to add your name to that of the other state attorney’s general in asking craigslist to shut down the adult services section. Maybe they will listen to you.

Markoff charged in RI robbery

Suspected ‘Craigslist Killer’ Phillip Markoff charged with assault of stripper in Rhode Island:

Today Julissa Brisman’s accused killer, Philip Markoff, was hit with additional charges. Rhode Island authorities charged Markoff with assault and attempted robbery for the incident in Warwick where he allegedly tried to rob an exotic dancer, who advertised on craigslist, at gunpoint.

The robbery took place two days after he allegedly killed Brisman.

RI man caught trolling for teens on MySpace

RI man charged with using MySpace to solicit sex:

A resource officer in a middle school in West Warwick, RI received complaints about a man who was contacting some students there inappropriately on MySpace.

The West Warwick police then set up a fake MySpace posing as a 13-year-old girl. That’s how they were able to capture 28-year-old Edgar Braley. They arrested him when he showed up to a pizza joint where he thought he was meeting the ‘girl’.

Guy beats 8-month-old on Thanksgiving

Man accused of kicking, beating 8-month-old boy:

26-year-old Brandon Holley of Middletown, R.I. was arrested for beating his 8-month-old son. He admitted to police that he stepped on, kicked and punched the baby. Of course the coward did this when the mother was not around. This happened on Thanksgiving morning. When the mother returned they all went to her mother’s for Thanksgiving instead of going to a hospital. When the grandparents saw the child’s injuries then the baby was taken to the hospital.

As usual in abuse cases like this Holley gave ‘conflicting stories’ to police. I think that’s news-speak for ‘he was lying’.

Another case of some abusive monster who thinks he’s smarter than doctors and police combined.