Author Archives: Trench Reynolds

Phiily women 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.

The bullied school shooter myth still needs busting even in 2014

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In the wake of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting Vox.com looked into the bullied school shooter stereotype. What did they come up with? I think the title of the article kind of gives it away.

“Think school shooters are usually bullied and unpopular? You’re wrong.”

It makes me wonder if people will read it with an open mind or just dismiss it so they can continue to live with a comfortable lie.

Anyway, friend of the site, and Columbine author, Dave Cullen was interviewed for the article and once again brought his A-game to the discussion when it came to discussing the Columbine cowards.

“Everybody knows who commits these kind of murders. They’re outcasts, typically goth or other sorts of kids that dress funny and live on the fringes,” Cullen said. “That’s well known. It’s also wrong.”

“It’s complete nonsense,” Cullen said. Both shooters had a healthy circle of friends. Their social calendars, which were released to the public, were “packed.” They went bowling every Friday, and they typically occupied four lanes — enough for 16 people.

There’s also “no compelling evidence,” Cullen explained, that the shooters were bullied more than anyone else or that bullying drove them to the shootings. “We have their journals and videos,” Cullen said, adding that they “never mention bullying” directed at the shooters.

The article goes on to state that depression and mental illness are the main causes of school shootings. It was suggested that schools should hand out questionnaires to students to monitor for signs of depression. I’m afraid that while it may assist in getting some kids some help there are definite flaws by doing this. The first that a lot of kids with problems at home will lie so their parents won’t be notified by the school. Another problem is that any kid with depression will be labeled a potential school shooter and that doesn’t help anyone. Lastly, I don’t want to see depression become an excuse at trial for criminal behavior like bullying and Asperger’s have become in the years since Columbine.

Getting back to the bullying aspect I also wanted to add that this article is a great example of how school shootings have actually done a disservice to the victims of bullying. As I’ve said before now people are more concerned about finding the next shooter than actually doing anything about bullying.

Solving crimes with social media

There used to be an old saying that there was 100 things that could go wrong with any crime if you can think of a dozen them you’re a genius. I think that with the proliferation of social networking those numbers have increased exponentially.


Via: NYCCriminalLawyers.com

NC teen killed in craigslist robbery

Jarrion Hood

Jarrion Hood

This past Tuesday night 18-year-old Jawad Ali Razai was shot and killed in Durham, North Carolina, after responding to a craigslist ad for a cell phone for sale. Instead, police say, that 18-year-old Jarrion Hood shot and killed Razai during an attempt to rob him. Somehow Hood was shot as well but unfortunately survived. Hood also has been previously charged with kidnapping and assault with intent to kill.

What can I say that I haven’t already said in the past 8 years since I’ve been tracking craigslist crimes? It’s not a safe way to do any kind of business no matter what side of the transaction your on, what time of day the transaction takes place or even how public the meeting place is. If someone is determined enough to try to take what you have nothing will stop them from getting it, including a possible murder charge.

Shooting at school in Estonia leaves teacher dead

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Recently there was a school shooting in the Baltic nation of Estonia that left a teacher dead. A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher in the middle of a class with his father’s legally owned handgun. According to the news this is the first of its kind in the country.

In Estonia guns can be legally purchased but each gun has to be registered. A little more restrictive than the US but not by much and very liberal by European standards.

So much like I did in my post about the Russian school shooting earlier this year and in my post about Tommy Guns I have to say that it’s not access to guns that are to blame for school shootings in the US but the sense of entitlement that too many parents are instilling into their kids. And I don’t even own a gun nor do I plan to.

Debt consolidation vs. Debt settlement

Here is an interesting infographic on how you can possibly get yourself out of debt.


Via: LiBankruptcyLawyers.com

Alleged serial killer met victim through Backpage

Afrikka Hardy

Afrikka Hardy

19-year-old Afrikka Hardy is believed to have been the victim of alleged serial killer Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana. She was working as a prostitute out of nearby Chicago and was advertised on Backpage. However just because she was a prostitute doesn’t mean she deserved to be strangled to death by a serial sex offender who has allegedly confessed to killing at least 7 victims. She had family and loved ones who cared about her.

This is more blood splashed on the pages of Backpage since they facilitated the murder in my opinion but they’re not going to stop unless they’re forced to stop. Congress needs to get off its ass and update the archaic Communications Decency Act before there are more Afrikka Hardy’s. Backpage isn’t going to stop on its own while there is blood money to be made.

UPDATE 10/31/2014: Vann has pleaded not guilty.