Mom seeks justice for slain honor student found in garbage bag:
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 8 years since the murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon of Brooklyn. In June of 2006 Chanel’s body was found in a garbage bag after having been strangled to death. At that time of her death police were looking into Chanel’s MySpace account for any possible clues. Since that time no one has been arrested for her murder.
The article I linked to does mention something that I had not had heard about until now. Police do have a person of interest in Chanel’s murder. On the day of Chanel’s disappearance she was supposed to meet a boy. When questioned the boy said that Chanel stood her up. That boy is now in prison for violating a restraining order taken out by a former girlfriend. He was also charged twice with rape but was acquitted both times. To me that sounds a lot like where there’s smoke there’s fire but police have not been able to physically connect him to the crime. That’s why police say they need the public’s help.
The Mayor’s office, NYPD, and Crime Stoppers have joined forces to offer a $22,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. The number to dial with a tip is 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are treated confidentially.
“There are people that have information,” Detective Scandole told PIX 11. “And they may believe that information is not important and it may seem inconsequential. But to us, it could be the one thing that ties it together. It’s like we’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle and we’re missing that one piece.”
I pray that the Nixon family will find justice and peace very soon.
Backpage murderer Brown convicted on all counts:
Yesterday James Brown of Sterling Heights, Michigan was convicted on four counts of murder. Brown killed Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28, after finding them advertising on Backpage. While these women may have been working as prostitutes it doesn’t change the fact that they had families and people who loved them as shown by their attendance in court.
After asphyxiating his victims in pairs at his home he would put their bodies in the trunk of the cars they arrived in and abandoned them near an interstate. He set the car on fire that Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary were found in.
Brown will receive a mandatory sentence of life without parole as Michigan has no death penalty. That’s right, the state that contains Detroit has no death penalty.
At the time of the murders Backpage almost broke their arms patting themselves on the back claiming they helped in the investigation rather than taking any kind of responsibility for the fact that the money they make from the ads of these four woman, and any other woman advertised on their site, is nothing but blood money.
Man Accused of Murdering Roommate He Met on Craigslist:
Man Indicted in Naperville Craigslist Murder:
Grant Van Muren
In Naperville, Illinois, Charles Clark posted an ad on craigslist looking for a roommate in mid to late January. Police say that the ad was responded to by 21-year-old Grant Van Muren. The pair signed a lease agreement and Van Muren moved in.
Eight hours later Van Muren allegedly strangled Clark to death, took his money and tried to burn down the house to cover up the crime scene. What struck me about this story was the way Van Muren tried to burn the house down.
Police say that Van Muren opened up the gas on the oven and placed their lease agreement in a toaster before fleeing. If that sounds familiar because it was what Matt Damon did in one of the Jason Bourne movies. Van Muren obviously diesn’t watch Mythbusters or else he would have known that particular way of causing an explosion was busted. It hasn’t stopped the police from charging him with arson in addition to Clark’s murder.
If you’re looking for a roommate I’d recommend using something that’s more reliable than craigslist. Granted there are millions of transactions that take place on craigslist every day without incident you have to keep the plane crash correlation in mind. What I mean by that is we always hear about the planes crashing but never hear about the number of planes that deliver their passengers safely every day. However if one airline had as many crashes as craigslist has had killings that airline wouldn’t be in business anymore.
UPDATE 3/6/2014: Van Muren has pleaded not guilty to the murder.
Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty:
Elytte and Miranda Barbour
When I last talked about Miranda Barbour and her satanic serial killer claims I said she might actually believe what she’s claiming. I thought that she might be mentally ill. After having read the linked article with her Dad’s interview I’ve done a complete 180 on that position. Sonny Dean says his daughter is a liar and a manipulator because of her heroin addiction which makes a lot of sense now. If you’ve ever lived or are close to a substance abuser you know the depths of lying and manipulation they will go to in order to get their fix and how they would sacrifice friend or family alike if it meant just one more high.
Mr. Dean also said that he believes she was involved in a killing in Alaska but not the 22+ victims she’s claiming. Surprisingly he also said that if his daughter got the death penalty not only would he go to the execution but would hold the hand of Troy LaFerrara’s widow at the execution. While I’m not celebrating the fact that Mr. Dean’s daughter killed another man this is a change of pace of the usual blood is thicker than water thinking we see with most parents.
So in conclusion if she’s so fond of needles the state of Pennsylvania should give her one.
Tyler Hadley: ‘Hammer Time’ killer pleads no contest, avoids trial:
In 2011 a then 17-year-old Tyler Hadley bludgeoned his parents, Mary Jo Hadley, 47, Blake Hadley, 54, to death with a hammer in their Port St. Lucie, Florida, home. Right after their murders Hadley went to Facebook and invited all his friends over for a party. The party took place while his parents battered bodies were still in their bedroom. Hadley even showed the bodies to one of his friends.
This past week Hadley pleaded no contest to first degree murder charges. I’m not that big a fan of the no contest plea. It means that the defendant does not admit any guilt but admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict them. Just another way for scumbags like Hadley to avoid taking any responsibility for their actions. The only good thing about it is that they’re sentenced like they had pleaded guilty.
Sentencing will begin in March. Hadley was charged as an adult and could receive life without parole. I wish this little twerp could face the death penalty since it’s been reported that he’s become somewhat of a prison celebrity. Hadley will probably be one of those jackasses who thrives in prison.
Mother doubts Craigslist killing suspect’s claims:
Elytte and Miranda Barbour
Miranda Barbour’s mother, Elizabeth Dean, lives in North Carolina and was recently interviewed by local media about her 19-year-old daughter’s claim about being a satanic serial killer. Ms. Dean says it’s not likely that her daughter is a serial killer considering how fast Miranda and her husband, Elytte Barbour, were caught for the murder of Troy LaFerrara.
Ms. Dean did have something interesting to say about the cult aspect if things though. She said that while they were living in Alaska that Miranda did join a cult and had a swastika carved in the back of her neck. To me and I’m sure to most people that sounds more like Miranda joined a hate group or gang.
Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Miranda Barbour had killed before but there is no way that she’s responsible for the murders of the 22 people she claims.
BODY COUNT AT 22?:
You remember the happy couple of Elytte and Miranda Barbour don’t you? There the pair who are accused of killing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, Pennsylvania after setting up a meeting with him on craigslist. Miranda Barbour allegedly stabbed LaFerrara repeatedly in his vehicle while her husband held basically a garrote around LaFerrara’s throat. The last we heard prosecutors stated that they would be seeking the death penalty for the pair.
Now Mrs. Barbour is back in the news because of a prison interview she gave this past Friday. Now she is claiming that she belonged to a satanic cult and has killed at least 22 people. She claimed that she started killing at 13 when she joined the cult and claims to have had victims in Alaska, North Carolina, Texas and California. Before everyone is proclaiming her the next Ted Bundy let’s look at the facts. If what she says is true that would make her the most stealthy serial killer ever and the most prolific female serial killer in the US. She would have to have killed these 22+ people in 5 years. Statistically female serial killers are more of the black widow type resorting to means that don’t get their hands dirty such as poisoning. Could she be a statistical anomaly? It’s possible but I don’t think it’s lightly. The real problem is I think she believes what she’s saying.
She had a messed up childhood. She was molested at the age of 4 by a relative who spent 14 years in jail for it. That could mess with anyone mentally. Do I think it was to the point that she engaged on a multi-state killing endeavor? No. LaFerrara may not have been her first kill but I doubt there’s as many bodies as she claims. Should we take pity on her? I don’t know. Ten years ago I would have said fry the bitch but I’ve gotten softer in my old age. If’s she’s genuinely insane and was used by Elytte Barbour (You don’t know how much I hate that name) as his instrument of murder then I think she should be spared the death penalty although she should never see the light of day again. Hubby should be executed just on that name alone.
Miranda Barbour says she plans on pleading guilty to LaFerrara’s murder.
Gay College Student From Ohio Is Latest Backpage.com Murder Victim:
Local man murdered in Portage County:
Convicted killer’s brother arrested after authorities find body in apartment:
John R. Fox
22-year-old Justin Earley was last seen December 30th leaving Alliance, Ohio, where he lived. His body was recently discovered at the home of 34-year-old John R. Fox of Kent, Ohio. While the cause of death has yet to be revealed what is known is that Earley was probably killed the same night he was last seen and his body had allegedly been in Fox’s house ever since. It’s believed that Justin Earley may have been cruising on either Backpage or craigslist depending on the news source.
Like I’ve said before, gay, straight or whatever I don’t care. If you’re looking for a date or no strings attached sex on craigslist you’re inviting trouble on yourself. Its userbase is no longer the friendly laid back San Francisco types that it started out as and backpage has always just been a home to predators and criminals. While the alleged killer is ultimately responsible for the murder, why put yourself in that situation to begin with?
Police: Alleged Craigslist robber killed accomplice for talking too much:
Here’s another story that I’m woefully behind on and yet another craigslist killing although this one is a little different.
Back in December William H. McRae of Long Pond, Pennsylvania was charged with the murder of 20-year-old Brandon Fraser. Back in July police say that the pair lured an unsuspecting man into a robbery using a casual encounters ad posing as an 18-year-old female looking for no strings sex. I’m beginning to feel that guys who respond to these ads get what they deserve but I digress. It wasn’t their victim that was killed although he was beaten and robbed of his cellphone, cash and what was left of his dignity.
They would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling kids…I mean Fraser’s mouth. According to reports Fraser was bragging about the robbery and McRae allegedly felt he needed to go. So McRae is said to have lured him to a secluded spot where he shot Fraser in the head. McRae is being held without bail.
So we have a few morals from this tale. The first is it doesn’t matter what side of the craigslist crime you’re on you can still end up dead, the hot girl from craigslist doesn’t really want you (or exist) and craigslist really needs to either moderate or get rid of the casual encounters section. They won’t though since they got rid of the erotic services section the casual encounters section is what drives the most traffic to the site and they won’t moderate it because they can’t be bothered.
East Asheville killing tied to Craigslist ad:
Christopher Jordan Johnson
Back in November 54-year-old Timothy Keith Radford was found shot to death inside his Asheville, North Carolina home. 22-year-old Christopher Jordan Johnson and 26-year-old Christina Marie Guffey have been charged with his murder while Johnson is the alleged triggerman.
Radford was said to have taken out an ad on craigslist requesting some kind of assistance. Instead of assistance police say that Johnson shot Mr. Radford then the pair stole several items from Radord’s home. Police were led to them when they discovered their hotel receipt in Mr. Radford’s home.
Asheville has a reputation of being a very friendly community. It’s known colloquially as the Berkeley of the Blue Ridge. Mr. Radford was probably reaching out to his community for help but instead was met with great tragedy. No matter how friendly the community there are going to be people on craigslist looking for victims. It is not a safe method of outreach. You’re better off contacting local charities or governmental resources. That way you have a much better chance of staying safe.