I normally don’t do missing person stories. I usually leave them for the armchair sleuths of the internet. I am no sleuth, but if I can help get the word out even a little bit, then I do what I can.
Back in October, someone entered the home of 13-year-old Jayme Closs in Barron, Wisconsin. In just four minutes Jayme’s parents, James, and Denise Closs, were shot to death and Jayme had been kidnapped. She has been missing ever since.
I have no great insight to give on this case. By most reports, all leads have been pursued and have come up empty. The only thing I can offer is that if the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime have left the state of Wisconsin, they will more than likely be eligible for the federal death penalty since murder committed during a kidnapping is a capital crime. However, Wisconsin itself does not have the death penalty.
Like everyone else, I hope and pray that Jayme is still alive and will be found safely.
I’ve not made it any secret that I smoked cigarettes for 30 years. I used several different methods to try to quit. Patches, gum, and a stupid little alarm clock that was supposed to wean me off cigarettes but was about as effective as an actual alarm clock. Then after one too many cigarettes sent me to the ER, I finally kicked the smoking habit for good by using e-cigarettes and eventually vaping. In those 5 years, I haven’t even had a single cheat cigarette, granted I still have a nicotine addiction I’m trying to shake.
One of the biggest problems with vaping is it’s a douchey activity. Just the terms vape and vaping sound douchey, the equipment looks douchey, the names of the flavors of the juices sound douchey, and the people who complain about not being able to vape inside establishments claiming ‘I’m not smoking, I’m vaping’ are incredibly douchey. Then there are douchebags like 30-year-old Dustin Appenzeller of Racine, Wisconsin who aren’t helping matters.
This guy can’t be for real. Anyone with an iota of intelligence knows nicotine is a stimulant. You don’t give kids meth when they can’t sleep do you? That’s not even taking into account that nicotine poisoning is a real thing which is another reason why so many politicians are down on vaping. Politicians are afraid kids will drink the juice considering many of them have candy-like flavors, and this assclown just goes ahead and gives it to his kid.
Normally, I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone, but it would be no skin off of my nose if this guy started smoking four packs of Luckys a day.
If a child has consumed nicotine juice call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222 or online at PoisonHelp.org.
Woman warns about pet adoption ads after paying $500 for nothing:
Florida woman loses $500 after wiring money out-of-state for a dog on craigslist that doesn’t exist.
1. Don’t ever wire money to people you don’t know.
2. Don’t buy pets on craigslist.
Not only do you have to worry about non-existent pets, but too many puppy mills advertise on craigslist.
Delavan man pleads guilty in child-trafficking case:
22-year-old Octavion L. Keith, of Delavan, Wisconisn, pleaded guilty to prostituting a minor on Backpage. However he claimed that he was babysitting the girl’s siblings so she could make money as a prostitute. Riiiiiiiight.
The Dread Pirate Roberts’ douchier younger brother up there is 28-year-old Alex Bawek of South Dakota. He was arrested by police in Altoona, Wisconsin for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Bawek was said to have posted an ad looking for discreet, hot, fun. Discreet is a code word for ‘please don’t be a cop’. Fortunately cops often disregard such codes, like they did in this instance.
Police in Altoona responded to Bawek’s ad as a 14-year-old girl, to which he said “I bid you good day.” Just kidding. He asked for pictures of the girl and told her what sex acts he wanted to do to her. He was in possession of a box of condoms when he was arrested which kind of negates any kind of “I just wanted to hang out” kind of excuse.
This is your clientele craigslist. A bunch of desperate men looking to ‘have sex’ (child rape) with underage children. If you even just moderated some of your ads, it could have the effect of discouraging other predators from using your website.
Holmen police responded to the ad posing as a 15-year-old girl. Gnewikow is said to have offered the ‘girl’ money for sex after finding out her age. When police arrested him at the predetermined meeting place. Gnewikow reportedly told officers that he was there to meet an adult woman from Backpage. So basically he was there to meet a prostitute rather than an underage girl.
I’ll say this much, that’s a pretty good strategy. If police buy it, you only get arrested for soliciting a prostitute instead of a child. Good in theory but horrible in execution because if the police are already there waiting for you, or show up right after you arrive, they already know why you’re there.
28-year-old Kevin Gowsell of Middletown, Ohio, was arrested in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for allegedly soliciting sex from police posing as a minor. Goswell, allegedly posted a craigslist ad stating he would be passing through town and had a room and hot tub to share.
At the time of his arrest in Eau Claire, Goswell is said to have taken a page out of the ‘To Catch a Predator’ playbook…
Goswell said he was concerned about the child’s welfare and wanted to meet her for supper to tell her it was not safe to meet strangers online.
A 42-year-old from La Crosse, Wisconsin, was arrested after he allegedly placed a craigslist ad that asked for “a little girl to play with for the night.” Police responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old girl. The suspect reportedly asked for explicit images of the girl to make sure she wasn’t law enforcement. Police set up a meeting at a house and arrested the man when he arrived. He is said to have told police he was there to “meet the teen for ice cream and to lecture her about her behavior”. The ‘lecture her about her behavior’ was a popular excuse from some of the older men who were featured on ‘To Catch a Predator’. The suspect’s wife even said the man didn’t eat ice cream.
If you’ve noticed, I haven’t mentioned the man’s name because he died before he could be brought to trial. I was unable to find a cause of death, however, it may have been a suicide since his obituary reads that he lost his battle with mental illness.
While that is tragic, it doesn’t change the fact his ad was allegedly allowed to remain on craigslist for who knows how long, and only because of police intervention no child was actually harmed. It’s just another case of the predators who continually inhabit craigslist and craigslist’s refusal to do anything about them.
So how could such a young man get into child prostitution? One reason could be that Backpage makes it so easy for anyone to get into the prostitution racket. All you need is a gift card, a willing or unwilling person to turn out, and an internet connection. The bar of entry into the world of human trafficking has been severely lowered, thanks to Backpage.
While the article doesn’t state how Loyola was able to ascertain the Snapchat usernames of his victims, please stress to your children not to give them out publicly and they should treat them as they would their phone number. This can go a long way in preventing predators from contacting children.
24-year-old Benjamin Chastain of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a youth volleyball coach who is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with one of his 14-year-old female players. Since Chastain was a coach, of course his transgressions started on the picture sharing app Snapchat. Chastain allegedly would message the girl on Snapchat about sexual matters, then would follow it up with ‘oops’. Have lol and j/k fallen out of favor? But I digress.
Chastain also allegedly would bring McDonald’s food to the girl while she was at school and they would eat the food in his car. At some point, it’s alleged Chastain grabbed the girl’s butt as she was leaving his car. He is even believed to have purchased the girl lingerie and requested pictures of her wearing it.
Chastain maintains his innocence, but how innocent can you be when you’re bringing the girl fast food at school, having her eat the food in your car, and buying her lingerie? No 24-year-old man needs to buy a 14-year-old girl something from Victoria’s Secret. That’s not even taking into account the whole butt grabbing thing. Luckily things didn’t advance any further than that.
Check your kids’ social media accounts, people. It’s better to find out something inappropriate is going on before it can escalate into criminal behavior that can have lasting psychological effects on your child.