Previously, I’ve discussed the murder of Desiree Robinson before. She was the 16-year-old girl who was being prostituted on Backpage in the Chicago area. On Christmas Eve of 2016, when 32-year-old Antonio Rosales couldn’t pay her, he allegedly brutally murdered her instead. Her alleged pimp tried to get other women to work for him and reportedly said: “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Now, the man who recruited Desiree for her pimp testified in court to how little Desiree’s life was worth to those who were trafficking her.
Back in April, 26-year-old Charles McFee pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sex trafficking conspiracy for recruiting Desiree into prostitution. McFee expected to get a $250 ‘finder’s fee’ after ‘giving’ Desiree to her alleged pimp, Joseph Hazley. Hazley is still awaiting trial on human trafficking charges for prostituting Desiree on Backpage. In exchange for a lighter sentence, McFee is expected to testify against Hazley.
When people ask why we need legislation like FOSTA and SESTA, Desiree’s story should be the answer why, and her story is only one among multitudes of women and children who have been bought and sold like so much merchandise on Backpage. Not only do websites that facilitate human trafficking need to be held responsible for deaths like Desiree’s, but a message also needs to be sent to every would-be pimp and trafficker who thinks they can make some quick money by selling people into sexual slavery.
Hazley was also allegedly prostituting a 19-year-old the same time he was turning out Desiree on Backpage. At one point, according to the unidentified 19-year-old, he made her watch him and Desiree ‘having sex’ and after Desiree died he asked the other girl to come back to work for him, saying, “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Hazley is looking at 10 to life in federal prison. Here’s hoping it’s closer to life than it is to 10.
There’s a whole lot of ‘not caring’ in this tragic story. Rosales obviously didn’t care about the life of Desiree Robinson. Neither did Hazley except when it came to making money. Most importantly Backpage doesn’t care that 16-year-old girls are being peddled on their website as long as the pimps continue to pay for the ads. Desiree did have a family that cared for her and they still do. They’re currently suing Backpage for allowing Desiree to be prostituted. While most of these lawsuits have failed in the past, lawsuits like this may be successful in the future due to the Congressional investigation that found Backpage was editing their ads to make them appear less criminal.
32-year-old Antonio Rosales of Chicago is accused in the murder of 16-year-old Desiree Robinson in Markham, Illinois, on Christmas Eve. Rosales was attending a party in Markham when he saw an ad for Robinson on Backpage. Rosales had sex with Robinson, but when he couldn’t pay her he allegedly punched her and slit her throat. Robinson’s friends went to the house where the party was where they found Robinson’s body and a knife. The autopsy said that Robinson had been beaten and choked before having her throat slit.
While I hope that prosecutors do everything within their power to put this scumbag behind bars for the rest of his unnatural life, I hope they’re also looking to prosecute the people who put Desiree Robinson on Backpage to begin with. While some may argue that Ms. Robinson was on Backpage by choice, I find that very hard to believe. The first thing that indicates to me that she was being trafficked is that she had been reported missing as a runaway since November 29th. Pimps and traffickers often convince their underage victims to run away with promises of a life of luxury. Ms. Robinson’s mother also said that Desiree had contacted her but couldn’t tell her mother where she was. Victims of sex trafficking often can’t reach out to their family due to threats of violence against them and their family. I also have to wonder if her ‘friends’ were her pimp and enforcers. A number of prostitutes often travel with a ‘security guard’. They’re supposed to make sure that not only does the prostitute collect the money for the pimps, but they’re also supposed to make sure that the prostitute doesn’t run off. Sounds a lot like slavery doesn’t it?
As far as I’m concerned, whoever turned her out on Backpage is as equally culpable in her death as Rosales allegedly is. This isn’t even taking into account that Backpage once again allowed a minor to be sold for sex on their website which led to her violent death. Just another drop of blood money in their already overflowing coffers.
UPDATE 2/7/2017: The family of Desiree Robinson have made it known that they plan on suing Backpage for Desiree’s death. I hope they’re successful in that endeavor, however history is not on their side as all similar lawsuits filed against Backpage were dismissed.
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.
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 14-years-old in 2013 when he allegedly raped and killed his teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Chism allegedly raped her not only physically but also with a tree branch before slitting her throat and leaving her body in the woods. Chism has been charged as an adult.
The details of Chism’s psychiatric report has not been made public.
Jury selection was about to begin in the trial of Philip Chism before a judge ordered him to a psychiatric hospital to determine his mental competency. Chism was 14-years-old in 2013 when he allegedly raped and killed his teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Chism allegedly raped her not only physically but also with a tree branch before slitting her throat and leaving her body in the woods. Chism has been charged as an adult.
Chism is said to be uncooperative in aiding his defense by not talking to his attorneys. His defense also claims that he is suicidal, has banged his head against the floor and is hearing voices. The prosecution believes he’s faking it and I tend to agree. I’ve previously read and posted about subjects who have used the ‘hearing voices’ excuse to angle for a stay in a mental institution rather than prison. Also as far as I know, and please correct me if I’m wrong, there has been no previous history of Chism having auditory hallucinations so I seriously doubt he’s having them now. I don’t blame the judge for ordering more evaluation since all bases should be covered to limit appeals if Chism should be convicted and in my opinion he should be.
In my amateur opinion I think that this is only a small roadblock on the way to Chism’s conviction. Considering not only in the violent way he allegedly killed her by cutting her throat with a box cutter, raped her and left a note by her body that said “I hate you all”, I think there is probably enough forensic evidence that will lead to Chism’s conviction.
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.
Phillip Chism was 14 when he allegedly rapes his teacher with a tree branch then slashed her throat with a box cutter. He then left the body of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts, in the woods then went to a movie.
While the now 15-year-old Chism has been charged as an adult in her murder he’s only been charged as a juvenile in her rapes. I guess that’s why he’s in a Department of Youth Services facility. It’s now being reported that Chism attacked a female employee of the facility in Dorchester. He allegedly followed her into a locker room with what they’re calling a ‘pencil-like’ object. Other than that no details of the attack have been made public yet.
He should not be in a youth services facility, he should be in jail awaiting trial. The crimes that he’s accused of are no joke. He brutally raped and violated and murdered Colleen Ritzer and his latest attack sounds like he was trying for a repeat performance. An alleged murderer and rapist like this should be treated with kid gloves. He should be treated like the butcher and sadist he is.