Mistrial declared in Taft Union High shooting

Taft Union High School

Taft Union High School

Back in January of 2013 a then 16-year-old Bryan Oliver stormed Taft Union High School, in Taft, California, with a shotgun and discharged the gun into the chest of his victim, Bowe Cleveland. Cleveland had to be induced into a medical coma and had further complications after his initial release from the hospital. Oliver fired another shot at another student by the name of Jacob Nichols. A teacher prevented Oliver from committing anymore violence. Oliver was charged as an adult with two counts of attempted murder. Yesterday during the sentencing phase of Oliver’s trial a mistrial was declared.

As in most school shooting cases bullying was used as the main defense. I’m still of the opinion that the bullying in Oliver’s case may have just been a case of him being a violence obsessed loser in the vein of Cho Seung Hui but I digress. It appears that the defense was a successful one for now because of bleeding heart jurors…

“I think he went in there to shoot the child, but I don’t think he went in there to murder,” he said. “Just because you shoot somebody doesn’t mean you want to kill them.”

In the end, Miller said, the greatest failure was on the part of the school district.

“They didn’t step up,” he said. “This boy was crying out for help, and they didn’t give it to him.”

With all due respect sir you are a fucking moron. When you shoot someone, with a gun, killing them is your only intention. Especially when the person holding the gun was discovered to have written bloody revenge fantasy stories. If for some reason Oliver goes free after the retrial in January and goes on to commit violence again you should be the second person held responsible.

RSO using Kik found in girl’s bedroom

Jose Simentel

Jose Simentel

There’s not many worse nightmares for a parent then finding a strange man in your child’s bedroom. Unfortunately that nightmare came true for a father in Bay Point, California when he found a 29-year-old man in the bedroom of his 12-year-old daughter.

That man was Jose Simentel of Hayward, California who allegedly used the smart phone messaging app Kik to gain the girl’s confidence. Simentel has been charged with allegedly molesting the girl. Even worse is that Simentel is a registered sex offender who was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

Kik is used for instant messaging on smartphones like AIM and Yahoo Messenger were used on desktop computers and should be treated as such. Know what apps your kids are using and know who are on their friends lists. If you don’t leaving a virtual window open to your kids is just as dangerous as leaving a real one open.

Sex scam leads to Gold Coast area craigslist killing

One of the alleged murder weapons used to kill Mark “Zeb” Spencer

One of the alleged murder weapons used to kill Mark “Zeb” Spencer

While the United States may lead the market in craigslist killings the market has not been cornered.

In Coomera, QLD, Australia, the body of 37-year-old Mark “Zeb” Spencer was found. Police believe that he was beaten to death after a robbery scam went horribly wrong. According to reports Mr. Spencer ordered the services of a prostitute through craigslist. Instead the prostitute and a male partner allegedly beat Spencer to death.

Authorities in Australia have arrested 33-year-old Peta Lorang-Goubran and her accomplice, 28-year-old Mark Dayney, and charged them with Spencer’s brutal murder. The pair are believed to have beaten Spencer to death with a tennis racket and a baseball bat. Investigators also say that the pair may have other victims that they have robbed in a long running scam.

So it’s just not the US where you’re taking your life into your hands by using craigslist. Even in other countries they refuse to clean up their site.

On a somewhat unrelated note, brothels are legal in Queensland while street prostitution is not and sex trafficking against people’s will does take place in the country.

Marriage and Divorce

I thought the statistic of children who come from divorced families are more likely to divorce was interesting. I never knew that.


Via: Spodek Law Group

Weddings and marriages

Remember kids, after you’ve been married 25 years you can tell your partner that if you killed them you’d have been out by now.


Via: Divorce Lawyer NYC – Paul Rudder

Could anyone have helped the FSU shooter?

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First off I wonder how many people actually remember that there was a shooting at Florida State a few weeks ago? But I digress.

The week before last Myron May shot up the library at Florida State University, injuring three before police shot and killed him. According to some people who knew him May was extremely mentally disturbed. He allegedly thought that the government was stalking him with an ‘energy weapon’. He is also said to have called police to report a hidden camera in his apartment even though police failed to find anything. This was beyond your typical conspiracy theory nonsense and devolved into dangerous paranoia.

The question is what could have been done to help May before he became dangerously violent? People who are this disconnected with reality aren’t going to seek help for themselves since more than likely they perceive any one in any kind of authority as a threat. His family could have had him held for his own safety but we don’t know if they were aware of his mental illness. He also must have been good at hiding his illness because his co-workers and colleagues said he was fine. However some of his neighbors lived in fear of him.

Unfortunately even in a perfect world I don’t think May could have been stopped. He was a perfect storm of mental illness, violence and just enough of an actor to hide his psychosis from those who could have gotten him help legally. Even if the act of asking for psychiatric help was less stigmatized in our culture I don’t think that would have made a difference.

Philly woman offers children for sex on Kik

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In the past I have posted stories about how suspects have been busted by police posing online as parents offering their children for sex. One of the arguments I get from the pedo-defenders is that there aren’t really parents online offering their kids for sex. Well, federal investigators might disagree.

32-year-old Christine Yoder of Philly was arrested for allegedly offering her children, ages 6 years and 16 months, for sex over the instant messaging app Kik. Investigators say she was also willing to give her children away to any pedo who wanted them and would send them explicit photos of her kids.

In one correspondence, she allegedly wrote, “I don’t want any contact after u take her.”

Yoder described to the man the size of clothing he would need to buy for the child and told him she hoped he would get the girl pregnant one day so she could be a grandmother.

So yes, people like this do actually exist.

45 ‘Craigslist Killings’ Since 2009

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There’s been a report floating around that says there have been 45 craigslist killings since 2009. That sounds about right but there have also been more since at least 2006 not to mention those killed through Backpage as well. Yet neither site really does anything to try to protect their users.

Backpage murder in Jacksonville, FL

Chad Richard Hurst

Chad Richard Hurst

Back in late October, 30-year-old Chad Richard Hurst was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida and is believed to have stabbed 28-year-old Jennalee Miles to death after arranging a ‘date’ with his victim on Backpage. Hurst is also charged with stabbing another woman from Backpage who escaped.

I’m sure Liz McDougall and Backpage just think that Hurst was exercising his right to display his knife skills.

Standing up to child prostitution on Backpage

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Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is one of the few journalists who has taken a stance against Backpage. He has been penning columns about them for years. In his latest column about Backpage he talks about the lawsuit against Backpage filed by two Massachusetts women who were underage at the time they were trafficked for sex on Backpage. I can’t do his column justice so I’ll post some relevant selections.

About the so-called freedom of speech argument…

Some readers may scoff that this is about censorship of free speech. No, it’s about human rights — because one of the most searing rights abuses in America is the sexual exploitation of children.

On Backpage’s screening process…

Backpage also makes it hard to search for missing girls by allowing scrambled phone numbers in sex ads. If you sell a dog on Backpage in the pet section, you must post a numeric phone number; sell sex with a girl, and you can use a nonsearchable version — such as zero12-345-six78nine — that makes it more difficult for police or family members to locate a missing child with a simple Internet search.

Likewise, Backpage allows ads to be paid for with untraceable credit cards or even with Bitcoin. It doesn’t require any age verification or real names.

And Backpage’s obvious hypocrisy…

Liz McDougall, the lawyer for Backpage, declined to comment on the allegations in the lawsuits, but she told me: “We remain committed to effective measures of prevention and successful prosecution of this heinous crime.”

That’s absurd. Backpage claims to report possible sex-trafficking cases, but Yiota Souras, the general counsel of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says that “Backpage’s reporting is not conducted in good faith.”

Yet even people who work to get trafficking victims off the street continue to believe that Backpage actually wants to solve a problem that they themselves are not only perpetuating but making millions of dollars from. Without the ads that traffic women in children in sexual slavery Backpage would wither and die, they know that and any thing they say or do is only done with the objective of continuing to make money at the cost of their victims.