Author Archives: Trench Reynolds

Pa. school stabber inspired by Columbine

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

16-year-old Alex Hribal has been moved from a juvenile detention facility to a mental health facility. Hribal is facing 21 attempted murder charges for stabbing 21 people at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, back in April. A psychiatrist for his defense says that Hribal is schizophrenic. A doctor for the prosecution says that Hribal is only depressed because he’s in a correctional facility.

That’s all well and good but what I find more interesting is that during the hearing with the psychologists it was revealed that Hribal’s attack was allegedly inspired by Columbine.

Hribal says he related to how the Columbine attackers felt — and that he felt ostracized in school. He also said he didn’t expect to survive the knife attack, that it would be his message to the world. Hribal even wanted to carry out his attack on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, but moved the date because school was not in session that day.

He’s not mentally ill. He’s just another mutant/columbiner who incorrectly identifies with the Columbine cowards. Hate to break it to you kid but they weren’t ostracized. They had plenty of friends and were pretty popular.

Not everyone gets to be the big man on campus, kids. The sooner you can deal with that the better your life will be. Or you can be like this mutant and be looking down the business end of a several decade prison sentence. The choice is yours.

MT RSO charged with being a craigslist creeper

Donald Gary Town

Donald Gary Town

47-year-old Donald Gary Town was recently arrested in Missoula, Montana, for allegedly trying to solicit sex from a 14-year-old boy on craigslist who was actually an investigator from the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Town’s ad allegedly said that he was in to “young skinny” males. Town is said to have the investigator for explicit photos and of course was arrested at pre-determined meeting location.

Not surprisingly Town is a registered sex offender who not only did time for sexual abuse of children but also sexual intercourse without consent. He obviously didn’t do enough time. I mean who would have guessed that a sex offender would have taken to craigslist to find more victims? The answer to that question is everyone except craigslist.

Two men charged in Tampa Backpage rapes

Taylor and Coleman

Taylor and Coleman

One of the arguments I keep hearing in defense of Backpage and their ads for prostitution is that the girls are safer online than they are on the streets. But are they really?

Police in Tampa, Florida, have arrested 19-year-old Ikeem Alonzo Taylor and 20-year-old Corey Terrell Coleman for the alleged rape and robbery of two women who were advertising on Backpage as escorts. Taylor is said to have raped and robbed the women and gunpoint while Coleman acted as his driver.

It sounds like these women may have been ‘independent contractors’ but God forbid if either of them had pimps. Do you think that the pimps would care if they lost money because they were raped? If anything they’d probably face additional violence from the pimp and this is the cycle of violence that Backpage perpetuates by keeping the adult section open. It’s not free speech that Backpage is really worried about, it’s their blood money.

FBI report says mass shootings sharply increased since 2007

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The FBI recently released a report after studying 160 ‘shooting incidents’ from 2000 to 2013. They came to the understanding that most of the shootings took place at either a school or workplace. However the most damning piece of news to come out of the study is that mass shootings have been on a very sharp upswing since 2007.

According to the report, an average of six shooting incidents occurred in the first seven years that were studied. That average rose to more than 16 per year in the last seven years of the study.

Since the report was released a lot of people have been blaming the increase in shootings on whatever their pet cause is whether it be gun culture, video games or the media. I am no different except I like to think that my pet causes make a little more sense.

Again, as the dead horse I continue to beat, a lot of these gunmen were mentally ill. While not excusing their actions it does tell us that, in my opinion, that they may be too afraid to seek treatment due to the stigma that is still placed on seeking mental healthcare in our society. Let’s be honest, if you had a friend or co-worker who confided in you that they were seeking mental health treatment for whatever reason most of you would not only look at them differently but you’d probably start going out of your way to avoid them. There;s also the other side of the mental health coin too. When does the safety of the public outweigh the ‘feelings’ of the criminally and violently insane? Because that’s what it’s come too, that we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by telling them they need to be committed.

The next reason is that as each year passes our society becomes more and more entitled. Too many people think that they’re special invaluable snowflakes who are owed by the world. Let me tell you something, the world doesn’t owe you shit. I had bad grades in school. Was it every teacher’s fault? No it was mine because I wouldn’t apply myself. I’ve been out of work for the better part of a year, I can’t get hired to save my life. Is that my former employers’ fault? No it’s mine and I’m trying to better myself so that I can get hired on somewhere. In either of those cases what I didn’t do is commit a mass violent atrocity. If things suck in your life there’s a good chance that it’s your fault. You can either blame everyone else or suck it up and try to do better. Killing a bunch of people shows just how incapable you are of being a rational adult.

The last reason is because of misinformation. True journalism is dead. It’s more important now to be first rather than true. After every mass shooting how much false information is spread through the internet? How much of that misinformation is believed as fact afterwards? How many mass shooters have identified with previous mass shooters because of that misinformation? The answer to all of those questions are too many.

So what’s the solution? There isn’t one. It’s too late. We’ve become a society of gullible, emotional, narcissistic and ignorant marks. It’s going to get much worse and will never get better.

Mother of Columbine killer to write book

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Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, is said to be writing her memoirs which will deal with the ‘indescribable grief and shame’ she has had to live with for 15 years. Also, all proceeds from the book will go to charity and mental health research. So does this mean that the Klebolds are finally accepting responsibility for the events on April 20th 1999? While that remains to be seen I doubt it.

In the past during rare times that she has spoken to the media she has made excuses for her, her husband Tom and their hellspawn. In 2004 she told the New York Times that “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.” In 2009 in an essay she wrote for O Magazine she basically admitted how clueless she was when it came to her son and again she admitted as such in a 2012 book about children who commit crimes. So you’ll have to forgive me if I think the book is going to be anything but more of the same.

But I hear you say “She’s not being paid for the book.” Of course she isn’t, not directly anyway. The only reason the proceeds are going to charity is because the families of the real victims of her son would raise holy hell if she took even a penny. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to get compensated especially if the book takes off.

Then again maybe the guilt has finally gotten to her. The article states that she’s been wanting to write this book since Sandy Hook. That’s more than fitting since just about every school shooter has paid some tribute to her son and his cowardly cohort Eric Harris. Cho Seung-Hui, Stephen Kazmierczak and Adam Lanza all viewed her son as a hero. She has it within her power to try to end that kind of veneration of killers. Whether or not she chooses to use that power responsibly remains has yet to be determined.

Study says bullying not the cause of school shootings

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You know, I was going to do this long drawn out post on this but what’s the point? I’ve been over this so many times and now there’s clinical support for my assertions.

Anyway, researchers at Freie Universität Berlin conducted a study of 126 attacks against schools in 16 different countries and do you know what they found was at the root of most attacks?

The biggest surprise for the researchers was that 43 percent of the perpetrators had problems, conflicts, or unjust experiences with teachers and school representatives before they went on the school shooting spree.

And since most school shooters are narcissistic ego-maniacs in my opinion the slights from teachers were probably not even slights at all.

Now can we please stop the bullied school shooter trope? Not only is it not true it really doesn’t do anything to stop bullying.

SC woman bound and raped during craigslist date

John Phillip Burnside

John Phillip Burnside

33-year-old John Phillip Burnside of Hanahan, South Carolina, has been arrested by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly tying up and raping a woman he met through craigslist. The victim says she met Burnside on the singles section of craigslist and had been texting for a week before inviting him over to her home. The couple reportedly started having consensual sex before Burnside started spanking her. The victim said stop but instead Burnside is said to have tied her up and raped her before taking a shower and leaving.

I know what some of you are going to say, that the victim isn’t a victim and the suspect is being falsely accused. I’m not saying that is the case but for the sake of argument let’s say it is. Besides someone ending up as a rape victim that’s another reason why not to go trolling on craigslist for sex.

For men or women craigslist sex is not safe, don’t do it.

Fla. woman tied and beaten after craigslist date

Crime

Julian Ryals

Julian Ryals

Police in Boynton Beach, Florida, have recently arrested 38-year-old Julian Ryals for allegedly brutally assaulting a woman he met on the casual encounters section of craigslist. The victim states that the pair had consensual sex and when it was over Ryals refused to let her leave, tied her up, choked her and hit her and tied her up again after she broke free of her bonds. The victim eventually escaped and was able to call 911. Ryals is then accused of stealing the woman’s car. He also has a lengthy rap sheet that include charges of domestic violence and battery.

People, people, people. How many times do I have to say it? Craigslist is not the place to meet people for anything let alone casual sex. I’m not victim blaming here because ultimately the blame lies with the perpetrator however, male or female, you need to be smarter than this. The majority of men on craigslist looking for casual sex are dregs and a lot of them are looking for nothing more than victims. Think, don’t let yourself become a victim.

Ga. school gunman sentenced, why Trench thinks it’s too long

Michael Brandon Hill

Michael Brandon Hill

Do you remember Michael Brandon Hill? A little bit more than a year ago he took several guns into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County, Georgia. No one was hurt after he briefly exchanged gunfire with police and he ultimately surrendered after being talked into it by the school secretary. Considering he was armed to the teeth and had 500 bullets in his possession, yet no one was hurt, I had suggested that he was trying to commit suicide by cop. I was right.

This past Tuesday Hill pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He said that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions. He was then sentenced to 20 years in prison, that sentence doesn’t help anyone. Hill has a history of mental illness, specifically being bi-polar. According to Hill’s brother he was off his meds because his Medicaid ran out, a situation that I can certainly relate to. Even at his hearing Hill admitted he was trying to commit suicide by cop.

“He knew because there were children the police would come there and they would fire at him and he would die,” Deets told Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott. “He is a 21-year-old man who had the deck stacked against him from birth. He reached out for help but our system, as it exists, is not equipped to give people like Mr. Hill help.”

Not to mention, and yes I will keep beating this horse, that seeking help for mental health issues in our society is still stigmatized. His own brother even said that he had ‘the bi-polar’. That’s a great example of how many people are still ignorant of what these terms really mean.

Bottom line is 20 years in prison is too much for Michael Hill. This is someone who actually needs treatment and not jail. Sentence him to a state psychiatric facility? Fine, that I have no problem with. In prison I doubt he’ll get nearly the help he needs.

T.J. Lane escape wrap-up

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane

Just posting some news tidbits in the aftermath of T.J. Lane’s brief escape from prison.

Lane was in possession of a pitchfork at the time of his capture but what I found more interesting is that prior to his arrest he was disciplined for having Pokemon cards in his cell among other more heinous infractions. The big badass can’t get by without his toys apparently.

Lane is now being housed in the maximum security Ohio State Penitentiary. From what I understand the facility he escaped from was minimum to medium security. He’s in there with the worst of the worst from Ohio. I wonder how tough he thinks he is now.