Strange twist in craigslist death of Wisc. teen

Aprina Paul

Aprina Paul

The death of 18-year-old Aprina Paul of Fitchburg, Wisconsin has been a strange one. Her burnt body was found in the fire pit of then 29-year-old Nathan Middleton. He claims that he met her through craigslist after offering weed in exchange for sex. He also claims that Aprina died of some kind of overdose from an unknown drug that he didn’t supply to her. He said he burnt her body because he was on probation and didn’t want to go back to jail. He ended up pleading guilty to hiding a corpse and mutilating a corpse and was sentenced to 22 1/2 years behind bars but was never charged with her murder. Due to the state of her remains police were never able to determine a cause of death.

Now recently the mother of Aprina Paul has received a letter by someone claiming to be Middleton. In it the letter writer states that he did not kill Aprina but another man did. Authorities aren’t saying who the other man is but they say that he was cleared in their investigation.

Nathan Middleton

Nathan Middleton

I wouldn’t be surprised if the letters did turn out to be from Middleton. He seems like a pathological liar to me. He lied to his fiance and convinced her to help him build the fire he used to burn Aprina’s body. I’m sure he’s lying to everyone about not killing her but he got lucky that there was no usable evidence and now he’s pushing his luck to see if he can get anyone to believe him about the ‘real killer’. My guess would be he’s trying to angle some kind of reduced sentencing. It also makes me wonder if he thinks police are getting closer to the truth.

Nice try OJ but no one is buying it.

UPDATE 10/25/2014: The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has confirmed that the letter was in fact sent from Nathan Middleton.

Missing Cal State student victim of craigslist killing

Abdullah Alkadi

Abdullah Alkadi

I originally posted about Abdullah Alkadi here. He was the 23-year-old student from Cal State-Northridge who went missing after selling his car on craigslist. I was hoping that he would be found alive but sadly that is not the case.

Police say that Abdullah was stabbed to death by 28-year-old Agustin Rosendo Fernandez of Long Beach. Fernandez is said to have killed him in order to steal the car. Fernandez was allegedly in possession of the car at the time of his arrest.

My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Abdullah Alkadi.

I’ll post more as additional details become available and as time allows.

The Tumblr child porn files

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Just some people who have been arrested for allegedly posting child porn to micro-blogging site Tumblr.

62-year-old Richard Comenzo, a public defender from Massachusetts using the screen name of ‘XBostonDad’ He’s also accused of soliciting children for sex. Tumblr reported him to the NCMEC.

47-year-old Billy Scott McGhee and 36-year-old Aaron N. Landers, both of Bristow, Virginia have also been arrested for allegedly posting child porn to Tumblr. Authorities were again notified by the NCMEC.

I don’t know what it is about Tumblr that attracts the pedos but this should serve as warning that they need to stop. As I’ve mentioned before Tumblr is owned by Yahoo which used to have a bad reputation when it came to dealing with predators in their chat rooms. They’re not making the same mistake with Tumblr and they will turn you in.

Kenny Bartley on the run from the law

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

In what is starting to be a routine occurrence Kenny Bartley is in trouble with the law yet again. Bartley pleaded guilty to the 2005 shooting death of Campbell County High Principal Ken Bruce. He was charged as an adult and his plea deal saw him sentenced to 45 years, However the plea was thrown out and a subsequent retrial saw Bartley getting time served.

Since his release from prison Bartley already had a few run ins with police. Now police are searching for him on charges that he allegedly assaulted a female relative. Bartley is currently considered a fugitive. If you’re in the Campbell County, Kentucky area police are asking that you call 911 if you see him.

Who would have thought that a released killer would re-offend said no one ever.

UPDATE 10/18/2014: Bartley turned himself into police. It seems the domestic violence issue was that he allegedly tried to choke his own mother after she refused to give him money for a cab.

“Kenneth put his arm around Rita’s neck and told her he would make her pass out if she did not give him the money,” according to the warrant.

Broyles said her son then took the cord from his headphones, twisted them around her neck and told her “she knew he could do it.”

Who is going to have to die this time before Bartley goes back to prison?

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.