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Accused killer and rapist of Danvers High teacher accused of new attack

Philip Chism, 15, charged with killing teacher, accused in assault:

Reports: Philip Chism, Accused of Killing a Danvers Teacher, Allegedly Attacked Youth Services Worker:

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Phillip Chism was 14 when he allegedly rapes his teacher with a tree branch then slashed her throat with a box cutter. He then left the body of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts, in the woods then went to a movie.

While the now 15-year-old Chism has been charged as an adult in her murder he’s only been charged as a juvenile in her rapes. I guess that’s why he’s in a Department of Youth Services facility. It’s now being reported that Chism attacked a female employee of the facility in Dorchester. He allegedly followed her into a locker room with what they’re calling a ‘pencil-like’ object. Other than that no details of the attack have been made public yet.

He should not be in a youth services facility, he should be in jail awaiting trial. The crimes that he’s accused of are no joke. He brutally raped and violated and murdered Colleen Ritzer and his latest attack sounds like he was trying for a repeat performance. An alleged murderer and rapist like this should be treated with kid gloves. He should be treated like the butcher and sadist he is.

Chardon High gunman has LWOP sentence upheld

Chardon school shooter T.J. Lane’s conviction is upheld by appeals court; judges say life sentence was just:

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane

In a unanimous decision the 11th District Court of Appeals of Ohio upheld the sentence of now 19-year-old T.J. Lane. Lane was sentenced to life without parole for the shooting deaths of Russel King Jr., Demetrius Hewlin and Daniel Parmentour at Chardon High School in Ohio. If you’ll recall, at his sentencing Lane gave the families of the victim’s the finger and made very disparaging remarks about the victims.

His lawyer was arguing that Lane should not have been given life without parole because Lane was 17 at the time and suffered from auditory hallucinations. The court didn’t buy it…

“Further, we cannot say (Lane’s) sentence of life in prison without parole is so disproportionate to the crimes he committed as to shock the community’s sense of justice,’’ the decision says.

“Although (Lane’s) sentence is severe, it is not disproportionately so. He shot six students in school, three of whom were killed and another paralyzed without provocation and in cold blood. The horrific and senseless nature of this homicide is compounded by the fact that, at sentencing, (Lane) showed no remorse and even contempt for his victims and their families.’’

The court’s decision even included how Lane was faking it when he claimed to have heard voices.

Lane is also being held in isolation. The article doesn’t say why but it sounds like he’s not being the model prisoner.

Franklin Regional stabber: “My work is not done. I have more people to kill”

Police: Franklin Regional suspect said he had ‘more people to kill’:

School Stab-Spree Suspect Alex Hribal Planned to Kill, Cops Say:

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

If there was any doubt in my mind that Alex Hribal wasn’t just another entitled and selfish kid using violence to deal with his own inadequacies, it’s been removed with the release of today’s news.

Newly released court papers today state that a handwritten note was found in Hriabal’s locker at Franklin Regional Senior High School. The note is said to have contained the following…

“I can’t wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the ‘best schools in Pennsylvania’ realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn’t a plebeian,”

Just another instant of an assailant in an attack against a school thinking that he’s superior to everyone else. People say that there is no real criminal profile of a school shooter, or in this case stabber. I tend to disagree as this ego-maniacal trait seems to be present in most of them.

Other information that was released today was when the assistant principal of the school, Sam King, managed to grab Hribal while he was still wielding the knives. When Mr. King asked Hribal to relinquish his weapons Hribal reportedly responded with…

“No, I am not dropping them, my work is not done, I have more people to kill,”

Because of those two factors prosecutors have upgraded the charges against Hribal to 21 counts of attempted homicide. Hribal has been charged as an adult so those charges seem like they could result in some hefty jail time. With the way things have been going in similar trials lately I doubt he’ll be held past his 21st birthday.

Police say that Franklin Regional stabber made threatening phone calls

Pennsylvania school stabber may have phoned threats to students:

Police: PA school stabber apparently behind threats:

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

According to reports police in Murrysville, Pennsylvania believe that Franklin Regional school stabber Alex Hribal made threatening phone calls to two other students prior to the attack. These two students were not injured in the attack. So I take back everything I said about Hribal possibly being mentally ill. It sounds like he’s just another entitled teen who thinks the world owes him everything.

What about the ‘rat face’ Facebook comment you ask? Here it is in its entirety…

“You rat looking peasant do not ever think you are an equal to me.”

Except here’s the thing about that. According to Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld the person who posted the Facebook message was not contacted by Hribal and was also not one of the victims. Additionally Chief Seefeld has stated that there’s no indication that the post was even referring to Hribal.

“It doesn’t have a direct connection at this point, but it’ll be looked at,” the chief said.

Of course now his lawyer is playing the bullying card, but what do you expect from a lawyer. To my knowledge that has never worked as a defense in a school violence trial yet lawyers keep hammering away thinking that they’re going to be the first to win that way. Personal responsibility be damned.

Franklin Regional parent says ‘rat face’ caused school stabbing attack

Franklin Regional parent had bullying concerns before knife rampage:

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

Misleading headline is misleading.

Let me give you the rundown of the article. A man whose daughter was allegedly bullied at Franklin Regional says he went to the school about his daughter and he claims they did nothing about it. That’s the bullying concern.

However the same man says he has a screen shot, I’m assuming from Facebook, where some student referred to Alex Hribal as a ‘rat face’. As I’ve said before if this what is considered as bullying these days we are raising yet another generation of emotional marshmallows. Even if Hribal is one of these selfish and egotistical teens that usually carry out these kinds of attacks I doubt very much that ‘rat face’ would set him off to the point where he stabbed 20+ people.

Let’s also not forget that both the police and Hribal’s own attorney has said that bullying is not the cause of the attacks. The media won’t let that get in the way of writing salacious click bait.

Franklin Regional stabbing attacks not about bullying say police

Bullying not believed to be part of Pennsylvania high school stabbing rampage, police say:

Alex Hribal's yearbook picture

Alex Hribal’s yearbook picture

Well what do you know, a news article that says bullying was not a motive in a violent school attack. Now some of you may dismiss this article because it’s from Fox News. Do you really think they’re making up this quote from Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld?

“I know the issue of bullying has been brought up but his attorney has even said … that bullying is not part of this and we have no evidence or reason to believe that it is.”

Police are also saying that Alex Hribal did not target anyone in his rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School. Stabbing someone is a very personal and intimate act if those words can be used in this type of situation. If he didn’t have any specific targets in mind then this may be a legitimate case of mental illness. So far I haven’t read about any previous mental health issues on his part but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not there.

I know it’s cold comfort for his victims but thankfully no one died in the attack.

20+ victims injured in Western Pennsylvania school knife attack

24 injured in knife attack at Franklin Regional High School:

Police identify suspect in Franklin Regional stabbings; 22 stabbed, 2 others hurt:

Alex Hribal's yearbook picture

Alex Hribal’s yearbook picture

Earlier today 16-year-old Alex Hribal allegedly went on a stabbing spree with two 8-inch kitchen knives in Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Before it was all over 21 students and a security guard received injuries. Two of the students are in critical condition with one student receiving a stab wound that barely missed his heart.

No motive has been released so far but it didn’t take long for the bullying excuse to be trotted out.

Alex is “sort of nerdy, short,” the student said. “I would assume that he was bullied and there was a good amount of depression.” The student said he never saw the suspect being bullied.

If there was anymore jumping to conclusions in that quote the article could qualify for the olympics. If no one saw the kid being bullied just don’t assume it because he stabbed a bunch of people at school. But let’s not let speculation get in the way of any facts or anything.

Reports are emerging that Hribal is being charged as an adult.

This story reminds me a lot of the story of James Lewerke who in 2004 attacked several of his classmates at Valparaiso High School in Indiana with a machete and a tree saw. In that case injuries were minor and limited to five students. Lewereke was tried as an adult but was sentenced to be held until his 21st birthday. He is currently released.

In Lewerke’s case I do believe there were legitimate mental issues that caused him to go on his attack. If that is also the case in Hribal’s attack that remains to be seen. I’ll post more as details become available.

Thanks to Steve Huff for the tip.

Memphis man killed in craigslist car deal

Three Charged With Murder Of Man Trying To Sell Car On Craigslist:

Third suspect charged in murder of man trying to sell car:

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The list of craigslist killers keeps growing at an alarming rate. This time three more names have been added to that list.

In Memphis, Tennessee, 37-year-old Larry Wilkins was trying to sell his 2006 Mustang on craigslist. Police say he met up with some potential buyers shortly before Midnight on March 9th. Instead of selling his car Wilkins was shot and killed and his car stolen. Those charged in his murder are Brandon Vance, 21, Martiness Henderson, 17, and Walter Collins, 17.

One day when the website is exactly the way I want it I’ll have list of all the craigslist killers and victims but if I had to take a guess I’d say we’re in the dozens of killers by now.

UPDATE 5/5/2014: Henderson and Collins have been charged as adults.

Teen who bludgeoned parents then held Facebook party pleads no contest

Tyler Hadley: ‘Hammer Time’ killer pleads no contest, avoids trial:

Tyler Hadley

Tyler Hadley

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.

Accused killer of Danvers High teacher gets additional rape charge

Chism Indicted on Additional Count of Rape in Ritzer Murder:

Philip Chism

Philip Chism

Previously 14-year-old Philip Chism was charged with the rape and murder of his teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. At that time the rape charge stemmed from accusations that Chism raped her with a tree branch. Now investigators are saying that Chism also raped her in the ‘traditional’ sense.

Chism has been charged as an adult in the murder but as a youthful offender in the rapes. Why? Is raping a woman once then again with a tree branch any less heinous than slashing her throat and leaving her to die? If you’re going to charge him as an adult, as he should be, try him as an adult for all his charges and not some half-assed blended charges.

UPDATE 1/30/2014: Chism has pleaded not guilty to the latest rape charge.