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Follow-up to the Cody Wright picture on Facebook

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In the days since my last post about the above picture making the rounds on Facebook I’ve had several people claiming to be family of the victim leaving comments claiming that this is not a hoax. I’m still not convinced it’s not a hoax considering that for one everyone claiming to be a family member is an extended family member. That’s the familial version of a friend of a friend. Secondly, simple questions about the matter go unanswered like what police department is currently searching for him. It’s obviously not the Manchester, New Hampshire, police since there’s no mention of Wright anywhere in their wanted list or on any of their social media.

Also the ‘family’ seemed to overlook my second statement about the matter that even if the abuse allegations are true, posting this picture could jeopardize the investigation and any possible prosecution. Especially considering some of the language being used in some of the Facebook posts related to the matter

Were you at asshole I’d like to do that to you your a candyass punk little bitch your going to love jail

Nigga I would kill you if that was my child she nor even mine and this shit got me wanting to see this njgga and fuck him up wih a crowbar facts how could u do this to that baby wtf she do to deserve to get beat up you are a scum to this earth I hope someone fucks you in your ass every night till u begging it to be over fuck face

Low life piece of shit!! Come to maine! I ‘ll show u ur punk ass wont survive in any hood…starting w those fingers of urs….run but u cant hide!

I’ll beat his ass if I saw him make him member that ass whooping then go turn us both in

And so on.

Not to mention that the earliest I could find that this was posted on Facebook so far is December 10th. So you’re going to tell me that thus guy has been on the run from police this long and there’s been absolutely no mention of these alleged crimes outside of Facebook?

The combined facts, or lack thereof, makes the whole situation highly suspect.

I’ll just leave this here for a lot of you…

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Stop sharing the Cody Wright picture on Facebook

3/2017: UPDATE: There’s still no evidence any of this happened, but I’ve posted a new entry about how Facebook refuses to remove the picture.

1/2017 UPDATE: Let me save you some time since this is making the rounds again on Facebook. There still have been no criminal charges filed. The police do not currently have any arrest warrants out. Just because your friend’s uncle’s cousin’s roommate said it was true doesn’t make it so. If a crime has been committed, by reposting this picture on Facebook you’re actually impeding the investigation. In short, stop being a dumbass.

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(Original post 12/30/2015)

So I regrettably open up Facebook this morning and I’m greeted with this photo posted by way too many people who should know better.

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I can almost guarantee that this is a hoax.

First off the earliest I found this posted to Facebook was December 18th. That’s over a week ago, I would imagine that in that time if these allegations were true someone would have notified the police about this. According to the Manchester Police Department’s website a Cody Wright is not currently on the run (pdf) nor is someone by that name in custody anywhere in the state of New Hampshire. There are currently no news articles in New Hampshire or anywhere else mentioning any crimes committed by a Cody Wright. Nothing about it anywhere of importance in the past 12 days except the cackling hen-house that is Facebook.

More than likely you’re spreading the photo of an innocent man. If you think there’s no harm in doing that I’ll remind you about Chad Michael Lesko who was accused of child rape on Facebook. That turned out to be false but not after he and his mother received thousands of death threats. It turned out that the post was started by a friend of a woman he broke up with. That could very well be the same situation with the alleged Mr. Wright.

Even if this story turns out to be true, which I almost guaran-damn-tee it isn’t, let the police do their job. By posting and reposting this meme saying that he should be found before the cops find him could potentially ruin any chance of prosecution.

I know too many of you believe Facebook is the truth and the way and the light but it wouldn’t kill you to get off of Zuckerberg’s teat every once in a while and think for your damn self.

UPDATE 1/9/2016: I was going through some Facebook posts about the situation to see if anything new has developed and lo and behold I found this. It seems that there may have been a response by the Manchester PD after all…

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The release from Manchester PD goes as follows…

**POLICE RESPONSE**

MPD RESPOND TO INJURED CHILD POST

To: Press

11 December 2015

A picture has surfaced on social media, specifically on Facebook of a child with injuries.

The Manchester Police Department is currently investigating as to whether or not there is a criminal aspect to the case.

We as an agency would not and did not submit or post these photographs. Furthermore, the investigation remains in its infantile stage and no one is wanted at this time.

So this response was made a day after the original picture went up yet that still didn’t stop the yokels from organizing a Facebook lynch mob that is still reposting the picture as if it’s gospel.

UPDATE 1/25/2016: Once again the Manchester Emergency Alert Center has reached out to the Manchester, NH, police and this is how they responded.

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We received a response from Juvenile Services stating that there is an investigation but as stated earlier, no active warrants have been issued. No new information is being released. They did praise MEAC for reaching out and for not promoting erroneous information being spread on social media. We would also like to thank those followers who did reach out to us for answers before jumping on the bandwagon. The MPD will do their job and if there is a crime, those responsible will be held accountable.

It can also be found at this link.

However I wanted to stress this point, “The MPD will do their job and if there is a crime, those responsible will be held accountable.”

So again, if a crime has been committed let the police handle it.

Facebook vigilantes beat California homeless man because of hoax

Here is just one more reason why you shouldn’t believe everything that’s posted on Facebook.

A group of Facebook vigilantes in Modesto, California, beat a homeless man after someone posted the following to Facebook.

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Guess what kids. It was a hoax.

Modesto police even contacted the person who allegedly first posted it…

“She was a friend of a friend of a friend who posted this information on Facebook,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves explained.

Was this friend of a friend of a friend also attacked after not flashing her high beams or pricked by a syringe full of AIDS?

Luckily the man wasn’t seriously injured and did not press charges against his attackers.

I don’t even know what to add at this point because it’s not like anyone is going to leave Facebook or stop spreading any bullshit that someone posts but if you have one of those kind of Facebook friends you may want to show them this post.

Facebook vigilantes falsely shame one man, cause death of another

On my personal Facebook I’m always going on about how people shouldn’t just re-share everything they see on Facebook. Facebook has become a dumping ground for every misinformed story and urban legend on the internet. I’m about to show you two examples of why you shouldn’t do that.

First we go to Toledo, Ohio where a man by the name of Chad Michael Lesko was falsely accused of child rape in the following post…

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You read that right. That post was shared over 25,000 times. Mr. Lesko and his mother received a number of death threats because of this. However the post was allegedly made because Lesko broke up with a friend of the false accuser. Mr. Lesko even admits that he was molested by his father as a boy and says that he would never go down that road. While Mr. Lesko is trying to piece his life back together Steven Rudderham can no longer do that.

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Mr. Rudderham of Hull, England had admonished a 14-year-old girl on Facebook for publicly giving her contact information to a 60-year-old man that she didn’t know. Apparently someone didn’t care for that and posted his name and address on Facebook claiming that Mr. Rudderham was a pedophile. Of course that was shared and re-shared by the Facebook hive mind. Much like Mr. Lesko, Mr. Rudderham had also received several death threats. He was so distraught over the posts and threats that he hung himself in a graveyard.

So stop and think before you re-share that post labeling somebody as a pedophile or danger to children, it may not be true and it may lead to dire consequences. All it takes is a simple Google search to see if it’s true or not. Don’t be just another Facebook follower, be a voice of reason and truth.

Philly Facebook vigilantes claim wrong man is the Kensington Strangler

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There’s two reasons why I don’t post the Facebooks or MySpaces of criminals anymore. The first is that they have family and friends listed on their profiles that usually had nothing to do with whatever crimes they have committed.

The other reason is because of stories like this.

In Philadelphia there have been a series of strangulation murders in the Kensington section of the city. Of course the serial killer has been dubbed the Kensington Strangler.

Someone, it’s unknown who at this time, posted on Facebook that a 24-year-old Kensington man was the strangler. With Facebook being what it is it circulated as fact. However it turns out that the guy that the Facebook vigilantes thought was the strangler turned out to be ruled out as a suspect. He wasn’t even considered a suspect by police. People started gathering at his house. No word if they were carrying pitchforks, torches and nooses.

The man was in such fear for his life that called police to come get him so he could get his name cleared. Police were able to clear him through the DNA evidence.

Remember kids, not everything on Facebook is true. And if you have information on a major crime like that call police, don’t post it on Facebook. Let the real police do their job without them having to worry about internet turned real lynch mobs.

Aussie Facebook vigilantes jeopardize bushfire case

Online vigilantes threaten arson case:

Facebook vigilantes from Australia have outed the identity of the alleged arsonist responsible for one of the many bushfires raging through Australia.

There was a protective order in place protecting the identity of 39-year-old Brendan Sokaluk who is accused of killing 21 in a bushfire that he allegedly started. That didn’t stop a group of Facebook users from divulging his identity, likeness and address. Part of the order has been lifted in regards to his name but in Australia you still can’t publish his likeness or address.

Police however are afraid that revealing his identity could put prosecution of Sokaluk in jeopardy by prejudicing a potential jury.

Leave the police do their job people. While I don’t agree with the Australian law it is the law. How would you feel if Sokaluk got off because of something you posted on Facebook?

Vigilante using YouTube to lure pedophiles

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Queensland vigilante luring pedophiles on YouTube:

An Australian vigilante is using YouTube in order to lure pedophiles out in the open. Allegedly he poses on YouTube as a 13-year-old boy. The article doesn’t elaborate but it sounds like he uses YouTube to set up meetings with the pedophiles then gets all their personal info to post it to YouTube.

Law enforcement and child advocacy groups are hoping to discourage this kind of activity as it could lead to child molesters getting off of their charges.

To all would be vigilantes out there. You’re not as smart as you think you are and you’re probably doing more harm than good.

Vigilantes and Clowns

Contact Information Posted In ‘Cheerleader’ Beating, Families Seek Protection:

There’s a lot of dumbassery to go around in this article.

First are the internet tough guy vigilantes who thought it was a great idea to post the names and phone numbers of the suspects in the Victoria Lindsay beating to YouTube. To whoever posted the video and the subsequent yahoos who harassed their families, you need to grow up. You’ve stooped to their level. And in the meantime a family who had nothing to do with was harassed in the process. Did it accomplish anything except feeding your basement dwelling internet tough guy ego? That has probably made things worse. It could possibly make a jury more sympathetic to the suspects rather than the victim. So way to go assclowns.

Speaking of assclowns let’s go to one Stephen Schumaker. He’s the only suspect released on bail and acted as one of the lookouts. He doesn’t see what the big deal is…

Schumaker, the only one of the eight arrested to be released from jail, told Local 6 that his family is receiving death threats from all over the United States.

“I don’t see why I’m even in this whole situation,” Schumaker said in an interview for Local 6.

What are you, stupid? You took an active part in a savage beating. It was your job to make sure that no one interrupted it. As the only ‘adult’ in the group you should have known better but obviously your mentality betrays your adult status.

Innocent family harassed

Hundreds Of Callers Harass Wrong Family In Videotaped Beating Case:

Here’s two lessons for you. The first is don’t fall into the mentality of the mob. The second is don’t believe everything you see on the internet.

The phone number that was supposed to belong to the family of Zachary Ashley that was posted on YouTube actually belonged to a different family. So 300 of you made harassing phone calls to a family that had nothing to do with the beating of Victoria Lindsay.

So stop thinking that you’re some badass vigilante or something because you’re not. You’re nothing more than a vandal who can’t think for yourself.

Facebook Vigilantes in Oregon

Facebook Site Prompts Sexual Assault Charges At College:

Every time I make a post about Facebook vigilantism I hear the song “Ghost Riders in The Sky” by The Outlaws in my head.

Anyway Facebook Vigilantes have struck again. This time the vigilantism has crept over our northern border and is now taking place in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

At Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon a male student who I won’t name was accused of a sexual assault against a female student.

Before even law enforcement caught wind of it a Facebook group targeting him was made. It was later removed.

According to the Information Week article the alleged victim went to the local media and as of the time of IW’s article had still not reported it to police.

Even to her own admission the victim admits she initiated the encounter but then changed her mind.

Let’s just for a second say that her story is true. Personally I’m not buying it but let’s just say it is. By going public with the alleged aggressor’s name not only into Facebook but also into the media she’s probably ruined any chance of him being prosecuted.

Let the law do it’s job people. When you pull stunts like this justice doesn’t get served, it gets turned away at the door.