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.

Suspect arrested for Pa. craigslist killing in Sept.

 Chad Marshall Wilcox

Chad Marshall Wilcox

Yesterday police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania arrested 28-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox for allegedly killing 36-year-old Manuel Hakimian of Norristown in late September. Police say that Wilcox arranged a sexual meeting with Hakimian through craigslist and when they met at Hakimian’s home Wilcox bound his victim before slashing his throat. Wilcox then went on a multi-state spending spree using his victim’s bank and credit cards. Wilcox turned himself in to police in North Carolina because he had an outstanding warrant for child rape in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

To whomever out there hasn’t taken the hint yet. Whether you’re gay, straight or whatever, meeting people from craigslist for any kind of romantic or sexual encounter is the worst of ideas. While the odds are not likely that you’ll meet a throat slashing child rapist they’re good enough that meeting a stranger from craigslist is more akin to playing Russian Roulette. It only takes on meeting with a craigslist predator to change your life for the worse, or end it.

We get letters through Tumblr: You’re an asshole

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

I received this message through my Tumblr page the other day…

You’re an asshole leave Damien Echols alone wtf

Normally I would have dismissed this as just being from another chalupa. (Side note: Thrice convicted child killer Damien Echols refers to his fans as chupacabras so I call them chalupas which I’ve been told is an insult to chalupas but I digress.) But before I clicked on the delete icon I curiously clicked on this person’s Tumblr name. Now I’m not going to divulge the account in question because I don’t want to invite harassment on someone who is obviously a confused child.

Turns out this girl was not just a fan of Echols but also Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes, Columbine cowards Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and non-repentant school shooter T.J. Lane. I was greeted by animated gifs of school shooters while a lot of the posts were doe eyes tributes to Damian Echols. This girl feels about mass murderers like most girls would gush on about their favorite group or celebrity.

What you’re doing is not normal, not even by counter-culture standards. It is an indication of a deeper-rooted mental illness and you should get help. I’m telling you this because it’s obvious your parent(s) either don’t know or don’t care or both. If this kind of activity carries into adulthood you could end up being one of those women who end up marrying death row inmates, also not normal by any standard. Not to mention that by idolizing these mass killers you’re enabling future killers.

Be an individual, don’t let yourself be defined by a Tumblr hashtag.

Shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Zoe Galasso

Zoe Galasso

As I’m sure most have you have heard there has been a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. What’s being reported so far is that one person and the gunman are both dead with varying reports stating that multiple people have been injured. The gunman reportedly took his own life.

In these types of situations it’s better to wait until the dust settles so we have all the information. Usually in school shootings early information turns out to be misinformation. Having said that it probably won’t be until at least tomorrow before I post more about the shooting.

This is not the first school shooting to happen in the Seattle area this year as in June of this year Aaron Ybarra opened fire at Seattle Pacific University killing student Paul Lee.

Sometimes these shooters are looking for fame or infamy with their actions. With the increased frequency that these kind of shootings keep happening more than likely their names will be lost to history.

UPDATE: The dead gunman has been identified as Jaylen Fryberg.

UPDATE 10/25/2014: Fryberg was a popular athlete who was even named his school’s homecoming prince. Reports are stating that the girl he shot and killed was a romantic interest who spurned his advances. Somehow I get the feeling we’ll still here how he was ‘bullied’ somehow. The deceased girl’s identity has not yet been made public.

Two of Fryberg’s victims that were wounded were two of his own cousins, Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14. Both were shot in the head and are in serious and critical condition respectively. It’s one thing to have to deal with when there’s a killer in your family, it’s another when the victims are your family as well.

UPDATE II 10/25/2014: The female victim who was fatally shot by Fryberg has been identified as Zoe Galasso. A GoFundMe page has been set up in order to help with her funeral costs.

The two girls who were wounded are 14-year-olds Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano. Both are still in Intensive care after also being shot in the head.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of the victims involved.

UPDATE 10/27/2014: I was saddened to read that 14-year-old Gia Soriano passed away yesterday. If anyone knows of a charity or fund that has been set up in her name please let me know in the comments.

UPDATE 11/3/2014: 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died from her injuries this past Friday.

Also here is a list of all the GoFundMe sites for the victims to help deal with either medical or sadly, funeral expenses…

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit: www.gofundme.com/shayleeadellechuck

Andrew Fryberg: www.gofundme.com/gakcno

Zoe Raine Galasso: www.gofundme.com/ga9oao

Nate Hatch: www.gofundme.com/gbkdg4

Gia Soriano: www.gofundme.com/giasoriano

UPDATE 11/8/2014: More sadness to relay as 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg died on Firday. The remaining victim, Nate Hatch, was released from the hospital earlier this week.

Speaking of victims I’m sick of media reports referring to the shooter as a victim. Someone who kills 3 people before taking the coward’s way out doesn’t get to be called a victim.

Private attorney vs. Public Defender.

Thankfully I’ve never had to make this choice but this infographic provides you with great information in case you need to.


Via: Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers Farar Law Group