Author Archives: Trench Reynolds

What to do after a wreck

I wish I had this information when I got into my first car wreck a week after I first got my license.


Via: ZayedLawOffices.com

The Arapahoe High School shooter was either bullied or held a grudge. Which one was it?

Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis

Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis

I originally posted about the Arapahoe High School shooting in Centennial, Colorado here. That’s when, back in December of 2013. 18-year-old Karl Pierson stormed the school with a shotgun, shot and killed 17-year-old Clare Davis then turned the gun on himself. At the time of the shooting his motive was said to have been that he held a grudge against his debate team coach and was actively looking for him in order to kill him.

Recently the Arapahoe County Sheriffs Department released their report on the shooting. In the report it says that Pierson hoped the school shooting would start a conversation about bullying because Pierson claimed he was bullied in middle school. Too many people are willing to take that statement at face value. If you do you’re taking the word of a self-admitted psychopath. Let’s not forget that Pierson was said to have had this obsession with the need to always be right. You don’t develop that kind of personality trait overnight. While Pierson may have seen it as bullying it sounds more like that other people thought he was a jerk. Not to mention that I doubt Claire Davis was his bully. She probably didn’t even know him. And once again the conversation does not turns toward bullying. Every article I’ve read from about the report talks about identifying the next shooter before it happens. If anything school shooters just make the bullying problem worse.

Pierson was just another narcissistic, ego-maniacal coward who blamed everyone else for his own failings. To excuse his actions in any way is reprehensible.

The Death Metal craigslist creeper

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Recently 29-year-old death metal singer Lane Steele Kozloff was recently arrested in Torrance, California for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Investigators say that Kozloff placed an ad looking for a “lil girl”. Ew. Kozlofff is said to have arranged a meeting with the girl at a restaurant and that the back of his SUV was all laid out with a makeshift bed. Of course the 14-year-old girl was actually a federal agent. When you have a bed in the back of your ride you can’t really argue that you were just going to ‘hang out’.

I’m not going to mention his band or anything because the rest of the band probably had nothing to do with it however it is of interest that Kozloff has worked as a substitute teacher at a music school. I guess he can kiss that gig goodbye.

Another school employee another Snapchat arrest

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Again I’m left asking what is it with school teachers and coaches and Snapchat? This time 57-year-old Jeffrey M. Sirois has been arrested for allegedly sending a video of himself cranking it on Snapchat to a number of teens. Sirois was a girls soccer coach for a high school in Storrs, Connecticut and yes the video is said to have gone to some of the girls on his team.

Sirois claims that he meant to send the video to his girlfriend but accidentally sent it to some of the members of his team. I’m sorry but that’s not much better. No teacher or coach should ever be friends with their students or players on Snapchat. I can’t be the only one who thinks that is inappropriate. There’s a myriad of ways for faculty to get in touch with students these days, the disappearing picture app isn’t supposed to be one of them.

Crime in America stats

Here is a good infographic on the statistics of crime in the United States. Try to use these stats to better protect yourself.


Via: Criminal Lawyer Chicago

Return of The Trenchcoat Chronicles

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If you’re interested in my thoughts about things that aren’t crime related (Linux, comics, healthcare, etc.) please check out my personal blog at The Trenchcoat Chronicles.

How to stop foreclosure on your home

Here are some tips in case your home is underwater. Not actually underwater but underwater on your mortgage payments.


Via: ProtectYourFuture.org

There’s an online petition to pardon the West Memphis 3

Hey look, REM is in town.

Hey look, REM is in town.

I almost wasn’t going to post about this but it’s so comical I just had to comment.

Apparently an online petition has been started at change.org to pardon the West Memphis 3. The petition is directed at current Arkansas Governor Mike Bebee asking him to pardon the three calling their convictions a “travesty of justice” and “a sham”. By now you should know that I think the real travesty of justice is that these child killers are walking free.

Some of my fellow ‘nons’ have been up in arms about this but they really shouldn’t be worried at all. Firstly Gov. Bebee has said that “the appropriate place to seek exoneration of the men is the court system.” Secondly at the time the article from the Times Record was posted they only had 800 signatures. A week later they have about 1800. How many of those people do you think are even residents of Arkansas. If only a small minority of them are actually Arkansas voters than this isn’t even a blip on the Governor’s radar. The Last reason is that online petitions are a joke and no one takes them seriously. For all we know they could have been ‘signed’ all by the same person or bot. Considering the most successful online petition I can think of was the White House petition seeking the construction of the Death Star you can see how seriously they’re taken and that one had 25,000 signatures.

So good luck with that petition, you’re going to need it.

Minn. basement dweller charged in Omegle kidnapping and sex assaults

Casey Lee Chinn

Casey Lee Chinn

As I’ve mentioned before, the most popular search term for this website is “omegle arrests”. Not just when Omegle happens to be in the news but every day. Not a day goes by when dozens of people are landing on this website after searching for Omegle arrests which leads me to believe that there’s a lot more illegal activity going on at Omegle than what we’re hearing. For those of you who are still unfamiliar with Omegle it is a webcam chat site that anonymously pairs users with someone to chat to. There is no registration for the site and if there is an age restriction it doesn’t feel like it’s being enforced at all. They do occasionally report some cases of abuse to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) but for every one they report how many cases of predatory activity are going unreported.

Just recently police in Anoka, Minnesota, arrested 23-year-old Casey Lee Chinn for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assaults of two 13-year-old girls. Chinn is said to have met the girls on Omegle then arranged to pick up the girls and take them to his house. He told the girls to be quiet because he lived at home with his folks. Some reports say that Chinn’s room was located in the basement. Take that for what you will. Police found the girls the next morning by tracking one of their cell phones. Also not surprising is that Chinn is a high school volleyball coach. I’m not saying that all high school coaches are child molesters but there have been enough of them recently that it’s not a surprise anymore.

I know I’m probably preaching to the choir at this point but if you have teen age kids please make sure that you’re aware of their web habits especially with webcams. No one wants to find their child in the basement of a child predator.

ABC News gets the Columbine effect right, then gets it very wrong

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Please watch the following video from ABC News in its entirety. You can also watch it at their website.

This was a segment by correspondent Pierre Thomas for ABC News’ This Week With George Stephanopoulos. I thought Mr. Thomas did a great job at first discussing the copycat shootings that were inspired by Columbine. It said all the right things without glorifying the guilty. I greatly appreciated how it was pointed out that a lot of the shootings had to deal with mental illness. I wish they would have said something to make seeking mental health treatment less stigmatized but it’s a start. Then at about the 4:12 mark it goes completely off the rails.

At that point Mr. Thomas interviews one Dillon Cossey. Cossey pleaded guilty in 2007 to plotting an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School at the age of 14. At this point in the interview the bullying trope is brought out. It’s like there’s a mandate for all American media that if you’re talking about school shootings you have to mention bullying in the piece whether it’s factual or not. If Cossey was bullied it didn’t happen at the school he was attending at the time because Cossey was being home-schooled at the time of his arrest.

Another thing that should have been brought up about how to stop some of these shootings is parenting. I would say just about all the shootings that were committed by juveniles could have been prevented if the parents just paid closer attention to their kids, stopped trying to be their friend instead of their parent, and having a modicum of common sense. If your kid has an unhealthy obsession with mass murderers it’s not ‘just a phase’. It means they are in need of psychiatric help. As an example of what not to do we’ll go back to Dillon Cossey. His parents were both arrested after his arrest because they were the ones who bought him a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9-millimeter semiautomatic rifle.

You get an E for effort ABC News. Maybe next time how about a little more fact checking and a little less dissemination of misinformation?