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Canadian craigslist creeper said put the age of your kids in the subject line

Sex offender arrested again for allegedly targeting kids:

Frank Cunningham

Frank Cunningham

33-year-old Frank Cunningham of Newmarket, Ontario, is a registered sex offender with a number of infractions to his name. In 2004 he was convicted of sexually assaulting a little girl and in 2005 was convicted for luring a child over the internet. Apparently Canadian prison agrees with him because he’s been arrested again, this time for allegedly trying to lure children through craigslist. The way he tried luring them is downright repugnant.

Police say that Cunningham posted an ad on craigslist looking to meet single mothers where he talked about cuddling up with the mothers to watch chick flicks. You can see a picture of the creepy ad he placed on craigslist in the linked article. However it’s not the mother’s he was really after, it was their children since he placed in the ad “put the age of your kid/kids” in the subject line.

Cunningham did get at least one response to his ad, the local police posing as a single mom. They had been tipped off that someone had been posting ads like this in order to gain access to the children. Police say that they also found child porn in Cunningham’s home. At this time they do not believe that any children were harmed this time by Cunningham. They are asking for anyone who has come into contact with Cunningham to call them.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7078. Anonymous tips can be left through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, visiting 1800222tips.com, or texting YORK and your tip to CRIMES (274637).

Even still there are people who walk around with their heads in the clouds thinking that craigslist is still a safe place to meet someone. It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, gay, straight, or whatever, craigslist is not the ideal place to meet someone new. The chances are too great they’ll turn out to be someone like this.

The Asus 4G Surf Linux Challenge: PCLinuxOS LXDE 2014 Desktop

PCLinuxOS-logo

Yes it has been two years since I’ve done the EEE PC Challenge. For those of you new to the site I have an Asus EEE PC 701 $G Surf. It was the first generation of netbooks. The problem with it is that it only has a 4GB hard drive and the Linux distro that came with it not only sucked but was never updated as far as I know. So in the years that I’ve had it I’ve always been looking for Linux distros that will fit on the small hard drive and work decently.

The reason I haven’t done one of these in two years is for a number of reasons. The first is that most Linux distros, including a lot that bill themselves as being lightweight, don’t fit on the tiny hard drive of the aging computer. The second reason is that current Ubuntu based distros, which I prefer, have what’s called a PAE Kernel in them and the Surf has a non-PAE processor. The last reason is that I uh…kind of misplaced my Surf for a last few months. However, I have since found it and I have installed a decent OS on the computer but it took a while for me to get in on there.

Anyway, Like I’ve mentioned I prefer Ubuntu based distros since Ubuntu is one of the most widely based Linux distros in the world but the PAE issues made that virtually impossible. So I took a step out of my comfort zone and went to a distro that I hadn’t used in years and was one of the first distros to work properly with the EEE pc 701, PCLinuxOS. It’s a distro that was forked from the late lamented Mandriva which was also a kick ass distro in its day.

The problem was getting it installed. Normally I download the distro then install it on a USB drive using Unetbootin. During the initial boot I couldn’t get it to load with the terminal saying that the iso file couldn’t be mounted. I searched all over Google on how to resolve the issue and I kept being directed to PCLinuxOS’ own USB installer. The problem with that was that you needed PCLinuxOS already running on one computer. Tried installing it on my test rig which is also an Asus, it still couldn’t mount the ISO. Tried it on my Asus laptop (Detecting a trend yet?) Still couldn’t boot it properly. So here’s what I did.

What you’ll need is a blank CD, a computer with an optical drive and at least two USP ports, and two USB drives of at least 2GB each.

So after downloading the ISO I burned it to a CD and I also put the ISO on one of the USB drives. I booted into the CD which worked like a charm. I then started PCLinuxOS’ USB installer. At the right prompt I put in the empty USB drive. It will then ask you for a cop of the ISO. At that point I attached the USB drive with ISO on it and selected the ISO. This installed the OS onto the empty USB drive which I was then able to use to install the OS to the Surf.

It works great for the limited processing power and leaves 700mb in free drive space. You can always remove any applications that you do not use, within reason. You must use the version with the LXDE desktop or it may not fit on the Surf 4G.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer sentenced

Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women:

Backpage.com killer stays in cell on sentencing day:

James Brown

James Brown

This past Tuesday 26-year-old James Brown, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28. If you haven’t been following the story Brown killed the women after answering their advertisements on Backpage. The four victims were working as prostitutes but that shouldn’t devalue their lives or Brown’s sentencing.

In pairs Brown left their bodies in abandoned cars in Detroit although the murders took place at his home. One of the cars he lit on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Like the coward that he is Brown stayed in his cell rather than go to court to face his sentence. I mean, how bad do you have to be for a Michigan judge to say that he wished that Brown could have been sentenced to more than just life. This coming from a state that has never had a death penalty since it was accepted into the Union.

Yet Backpage’s business continues unabated like the victims never existed or had family and friends that loved them. I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this but every penny they make from the prostitution ads is nothing but blood money. Hopefully one day there will be a reckoning for Backapge and its owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Police say that Franklin Regional stabber made threatening phone calls

Pennsylvania school stabber may have phoned threats to students:

Police: PA school stabber apparently behind threats:

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

According to reports police in Murrysville, Pennsylvania believe that Franklin Regional school stabber Alex Hribal made threatening phone calls to two other students prior to the attack. These two students were not injured in the attack. So I take back everything I said about Hribal possibly being mentally ill. It sounds like he’s just another entitled teen who thinks the world owes him everything.

What about the ‘rat face’ Facebook comment you ask? Here it is in its entirety…

“You rat looking peasant do not ever think you are an equal to me.”

Except here’s the thing about that. According to Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld the person who posted the Facebook message was not contacted by Hribal and was also not one of the victims. Additionally Chief Seefeld has stated that there’s no indication that the post was even referring to Hribal.

“It doesn’t have a direct connection at this point, but it’ll be looked at,” the chief said.

Of course now his lawyer is playing the bullying card, but what do you expect from a lawyer. To my knowledge that has never worked as a defense in a school violence trial yet lawyers keep hammering away thinking that they’re going to be the first to win that way. Personal responsibility be damned.

Remembrance of e-mails past

Late 90s me.

Late 90s me.

Today I was closing a paid e-mail account that I’ve used for the past 12 years. FastMail if you’re curious, I highly recommend it. It can do all the things G-Mail can without the specter of Google hanging over you. Right now it’s just not financially feasible for me, but I digress.

While I was cleaning out the account I came across some e-mails that I had saved from my previous e-mail account at Yahoo. These e-mails were from 1999, April of 1999 to be precise. If you’re not familiar with what happened then and what happened to me you can catch up on the About page.

Now this is in no way meant to imply what I went through was anywhere near the amount of tragedy and loss of what the victims and their families and friends went through. I just thought it would be an interesting story to share.

Anyway, it seems that I saved some of the e-mails that I received from journalists and those not deserving of the title. This was back before I even started blogging and I was not used to being thrust into any kind of spotlight. I’m not posting their names so the mutants don’t give them any grief.

This first one was from a writer at TIME magazine…

Subject: Trenhcoat Mafia?

Hi, my name is [redacted]. I’m a reporter at Time magazine, and I’m writing a story this week about the school shooting outside of Denver. Some students have said that the shooters are members of something called the Trenchcoat Mafia. Can you tell me what that is? It could well be a local group, but I found your site and thought I would “summon” you for an answer. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Feel free to e-mail me, or call 212-[redacted]. Thanks much.

Now we know how wrong that information was. I never did call him.

This next one was from a guy at the New York Post. He sent this after I had posted the disclaimer that my website at the time had nothing to do with the shootings…

Subject: Goth

Hey:

I realize I stumbled onto your site because I’m doing a story for the New York Post about kids who are into Goth and Gothic characters.

I understand that you are not in any way involved in the shooting in Colorado, but I do have some questions for you:

In your new home page, you wrote, “Yes I have problems. But instead of acting out violently I write.” What do you mean by that? What kind of problems? Are these “problems” shared by other people in your school? Are there people you know who consider themselves outcasts because they feel excluded from the traditional school cliques (athletes, science geeks, cheerleader types, brains, etc)?

Why “dark poetry,” as you call it? What attracts you to these types of lyrics?

Please, if you get a chance, email me back with your phone number and I’ll call you to discuss this further.

Thanks for your time.

[REDACTED]
NY POST REPORTER

At least he had more tact than the guy from TIME but still off base as it turned out that goths weren’t involved in the shooting either. I also like how he assumed I was school age. I’ll admit that my writing back then was pretty juvenile but there was also a stereotype back then that only kids knew how to use the internet, but it was probably my writing.

I actually responded to this one…

Actually I’m a 30-year-old man from the east coast. I have the same problems as everyone else. Money. Job stress. Family problems.

I call it dark poetry because it’s not very positive. I’ve always been a negative person. Everyone has a violent side in them, but those who choose to act on it have even bigger problems. Mentally and emotionally.

Thanks for checking with me first. Unlike The Washington Post who automatically assumed I was part of that organization.

Yeah, I was still pretty bitter at the Washington Post at the time and you have to remember I was suffering from severe depression and was not being treated for it at the time. However as John Astin once said, “I’m feeling much better now.” I eventually did do some interviews with the Post but it was about MySpace stuff if I remember correctly and it wasn’t with that particular ‘reporter’. I believe his actual title was ‘style editor’ back then, whatever the hell that means.

The next one was from a Canadian reporter. I don’t recall what his questions were to me. I guess they’ve been lost to the ages but I felt his response to me was special enough for me to save for 15 years.

Dear T.C.:

Thank you for the disclaimer. It’s important for a reporter to know whether he or she is on the right – or wrong – track when researching a story. And when one media outlet errs, the mistake is easily compounded because we sometimes rely on each other for leads. Hang in there.

[Redacted]
Reporter
The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ont.
Canada

Now that I think about it he may not have even asked me a question. He may have just been thanking me for not sending him on a wild goose chase that so many other news agencies pursued in the days following the tragedy. The Canadian media has always treated me well and fairly. They’re much better than the American media but they are hampered by law in what they can report when it comes to crime stories, but I’m digressing again.

That’s all I’ve got from back then. All the hate mail I received I deleted but I regret doing that now, except for the goatse one. If you don’t know what that is you’re better off not knowing. Oh, I still have the one from the Washington Post guy but I’ve discussed that one to death.

In a strange coincidence the paid e-mail account I mentioned before was due to expire this coming Sunday, April the 20th.

Kik, Facebook and Snapchat: Ohio man hits the creeper trifecta

Man arrested on sex charges involving girls:

Man Meets Girls on Social Media, Arrested on Sex-Related Charges:

Brian Scott Sibley

Brian Scott Sibley

Zippy the Pinhead’s even more brain addled cousin is 27-year-old Brian Scott Sibley of Vinton, Ohio. He was recently arrested by Scioto County Sheriffs for allegedly having sex (child rape) with an underage girl.

Police received a tip from the mother of a 15-year-old girl who said an older man was communicating with her daughter and her daughter’s 11-year-old friend through Facebook, Kik and Snapchat. Great, a creeper who employs redundancy measures. Further investigation revealed that not only did Sibley allegedly solicit explicit photos from the girls, which police say he received, but he also is said to have had sex with one of the girls. I want to say I hope it wasn’t with the 11-year-old girl but I don’t want the other girl to be the victim either.

Police posed as the girl and convinced Sibley they were going to have sex with him but instead was arrested at the arranged meeting place.

As I’ve said before parents, it’s not just your kids’ computers you have to monitor but their cell phones as well. Unfortunately you can’t watch over your kids shoulder while they’re using their cell phones away from home but you should be checking their phones for these apps and their attached friends list regularly.

Franklin Regional parent says ‘rat face’ caused school stabbing attack

Franklin Regional parent had bullying concerns before knife rampage:

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

Misleading headline is misleading.

Let me give you the rundown of the article. A man whose daughter was allegedly bullied at Franklin Regional says he went to the school about his daughter and he claims they did nothing about it. That’s the bullying concern.

However the same man says he has a screen shot, I’m assuming from Facebook, where some student referred to Alex Hribal as a ‘rat face’. As I’ve said before if this what is considered as bullying these days we are raising yet another generation of emotional marshmallows. Even if Hribal is one of these selfish and egotistical teens that usually carry out these kinds of attacks I doubt very much that ‘rat face’ would set him off to the point where he stabbed 20+ people.

Let’s also not forget that both the police and Hribal’s own attorney has said that bullying is not the cause of the attacks. The media won’t let that get in the way of writing salacious click bait.

Franklin Regional stabbing attacks not about bullying say police

Bullying not believed to be part of Pennsylvania high school stabbing rampage, police say:

Alex Hribal's yearbook picture

Alex Hribal’s yearbook picture

Well what do you know, a news article that says bullying was not a motive in a violent school attack. Now some of you may dismiss this article because it’s from Fox News. Do you really think they’re making up this quote from Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld?

“I know the issue of bullying has been brought up but his attorney has even said … that bullying is not part of this and we have no evidence or reason to believe that it is.”

Police are also saying that Alex Hribal did not target anyone in his rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School. Stabbing someone is a very personal and intimate act if those words can be used in this type of situation. If he didn’t have any specific targets in mind then this may be a legitimate case of mental illness. So far I haven’t read about any previous mental health issues on his part but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not there.

I know it’s cold comfort for his victims but thankfully no one died in the attack.

Man killed in Allentown, Pa. after trying to sell car on craigslist

A 2003 BMW 745i

A 2003 BMW 745i

Authorities link Craigslist ad for BMW to Allentown man’s homicide:

Allentown man killed over apparent car deal:

41-year-old Eric S. Ervin owned a car detailing service in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was trying to sell his 2003 BMW 745i on craigslist for a while. He was said to have met a potential buyer on Tuesday that saw his car on craigslist. Instead Ervin was found dead of a gunshot wound in a trailer at his business.

A man from New York was arrested in Reading, Pennsylvania, while driving a silver BMW with a handgun in the car. Police have not yet released this person’s name stating that the investigation is still ongoing.

Again while deaths of craigslist users is a very small minority of the people who use their site the number of people being killed is still pretty alarming. Has there been this many killings through Auto-Trader? I highly doubt it. For whatever reason craigslist is a magnet for criminals who want to prey on honest people. Don’t be a victim. Stop using craigslist.

UPDATE 4/10/2014: The man who was arrested is 27-year-old Tyrell R. Young of Reading and is in the process of being charged with Ervin’s murder. Prosecutors say that they will more than likely seek the death penalty.

Tyrell R. Young

Tyrell R. Young

Thanks to Tina for the tip.

20+ victims injured in Western Pennsylvania school knife attack

24 injured in knife attack at Franklin Regional High School:

Police identify suspect in Franklin Regional stabbings; 22 stabbed, 2 others hurt:

Alex Hribal's yearbook picture

Alex Hribal’s yearbook picture

Earlier today 16-year-old Alex Hribal allegedly went on a stabbing spree with two 8-inch kitchen knives in Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Before it was all over 21 students and a security guard received injuries. Two of the students are in critical condition with one student receiving a stab wound that barely missed his heart.

No motive has been released so far but it didn’t take long for the bullying excuse to be trotted out.

Alex is “sort of nerdy, short,” the student said. “I would assume that he was bullied and there was a good amount of depression.” The student said he never saw the suspect being bullied.

If there was anymore jumping to conclusions in that quote the article could qualify for the olympics. If no one saw the kid being bullied just don’t assume it because he stabbed a bunch of people at school. But let’s not let speculation get in the way of any facts or anything.

Reports are emerging that Hribal is being charged as an adult.

This story reminds me a lot of the story of James Lewerke who in 2004 attacked several of his classmates at Valparaiso High School in Indiana with a machete and a tree saw. In that case injuries were minor and limited to five students. Lewereke was tried as an adult but was sentenced to be held until his 21st birthday. He is currently released.

In Lewerke’s case I do believe there were legitimate mental issues that caused him to go on his attack. If that is also the case in Hribal’s attack that remains to be seen. I’ll post more as details become available.

Thanks to Steve Huff for the tip.