Is Bulldozing most of a city a good idea?

Not Detroit.

Not Detroit.

It depends on the city in question.

There are reports coming out of Detroit that the city is looking to bulldoze 22 percent of city property that has been abandoned or blighted. The city is not looking to build on those properties either. They’re hoping that private companies and developers to rebuild, in theory.

So I’m sure you’re asking yourself what this has to do with crime. There’s a city in New Jersey that I think is worse off than Detroit even though they haven’t declared bankruptcy yet, surprisingly. Of course that city is Camden.

With less than half of the properties in Camden paying taxes it does no good to leave these properties dilapidated and as potential arson targets. Instead the taxes that are collected in the city can go towards bolstering its ‘metro’ police force rather than the infrastructure that’s being wasted by these properties.

Camden woman buried alive, covered in lime

Camden woman’s grisly death is detailed in court:

Fatima Perez

Fatima Perez

I’m kind of disgusted with humanity right now, I mean more so than usual.

41-year-old Fatima Perez of Camden, new Jersey was buried alive and covered in lime in a shallow grave and left to die in Monroe Township, New Jersey. She died from asphyxiation since here eyes and mouth were covered in duct tape. While she may have died in Middlesex County this crime has Camden written all over it. The same Camden, New Jersey that constantly competes with places like Detroit and Gary, Indiana, as one of the most dangerous places in the country. The same Camden that disbanded its police force and replaced it with a county police force except Camden is the only place it patrols, yet the state taxpayers foots the bill.

Ms. Perez was on her way to purchase a car. She had $8,000 in her possession. She was able to get a ride from a man who had done landscaping for her before, one 36-year-old Carlos Alicea-Antonetti of Camden. It seems that instead of trying to earn money like that honestly he decided he was just going to take it from Ms. Perez and dispose of her, allegedly. Alicea-Antonetti then picked up a co-worker, 57-year-old Ramon Ortiz. Ortiz claims that when he got in the vehicle Ms. Perez was already bound and gagged. So the pair allegedly took her to Monroe Township which is an hour drive away, dug a shallow grave, threw Ms. Perez in it and then covered her with lime, dirt and leaves, all while she was still bound, gagged and alive. She was reported missing this past Monday and unfortunately she was not found alive. Alicea-Antonetti was said to have been found with $7,000 of the money when the pair were arrested in Cherry Hill on Wednesday.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. Camden is a lost cause. While this story may be shocking to a lot of people it’s not shocking to me that this started in Camden. Inept government, the fact that less than half the city’s properties are tax paying and the fact that the city is basically being propped up by the state financially should signal the death knell for Camden. This could have happened over $800 or even $80.

No one will ever come into Camden to develop it. It’s been tried and it’s failed miserably. The state would be better off relocating whatever decent folk are left in Camden then razing the city and starting over. Otherwise it’s never going to get any better, ever.

Hey guys, I think I uh….dated a prostitue

A West Atlantic City motel after Hurricane Sandy. This is actually an improvement over what they looked like during the 80s.

A West Atlantic City motel after Hurricane Sandy. This is actually an improvement over what they looked like during the 80s.

The other night I was working on a story about the recent human trafficking arrest in West Atlantic City when it triggered a memory from my youth. It’s amazing how you can remember things differently with the wisdom of age and experience.

I wasn’t always the suave and debonair ladies man that I am today. In my youth I was a sheltered,gawky and awkward teen who had no self-confidence and no game at all when it came to the ladies. So imagine my surprise when a real live girl took a liking to me.

The year was 1987 and I was 18 at the time. Being under 21 at the South Jersey Shore during the off-season left us kids with very few recreational choices. Every once in a while my friends would drag me to an under 21 club. I hated this place because the music sucked and fights always broke out. I kind of lived in fear of everything back then.

At the club a friend of mine introduced me to a short and curvaceous girl with a beautiful face. A slow song came on and she asked me to dance. Of course I said yes. Dancing with her was a little cumbersome since I was 6’2” and she was 4’11”. I was staring out into space trying to act like I’ve been there before. She said something to me that I didn’t hear and when I looked down to ask her what she said I was met with ‘the look’. I leaned in for a kiss and for the first time in my life I didn’t screw it up. She put her arms around my neck and drew me in like she had been waiting for me all her life.
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Atlantic City man charged with being backpage sex trafficker

A.C. man charged with six counts of human trafficking:

 Donnie Bethea

Donnie Bethea

30-year-old Donnie Bethea of Atlantic City, New Jersey has been charged with allegedly trafficking women against their will on Backpage. Bethea is said to have lured women into West Atlantic City motels then forced them into prostitution with threats of physical violence or actual bondage.

If you’re not familiar with the area West Atlantic City is not part of Atlantic City at all. It’s actually part of a disjointed municipality known as Egg Harbor Township but that’s neither here nor there. Having grown up near West Atlantic City I can tell you it’s always been bad news. When the casinos moved into Atlantic City it became a haven of prostitution. West Atlantic City became part of that haven due to its numerous cheap motels. It has almost become quite the human trafficking hub since you have quick access to Atlantic City, an hour’s ride to Philly on the A.C. Expressway and a 2 hour trip to New York on the Garden State Parkway. West Atlantic City is also where a still at large serial killer dumped the bodies of four women in the marshes.

So to me it comes as no surprise that a backpage trafficker was busted in West Atlantic City. The bigger surprise is how come more aren’t caught.

NY man who lived in ‘a primitive encampment’ charged with being a Facebook predator

N.Y. man to be arraigned for allegedly trying to lure West Milford girl into performing sex act:

New York man used Facebook to sexually stalk teen girls, Passaic prosecutor says:

Clifford W. Wares

Clifford W. Wares

According to one of the articles I linked to 40-year-old Clifford W. Wares of Warwick, New York lived in a primitive encampment. I’m dying to know what they mean by that. Was he homeless? Was he squatting somewhere? Was he living in a Unibomber type shack? Inquiring minds want to know. Anyway that’s not the weirdest thing about this story.

Wares is accused of allegedly hacking the Facebooks of underage girls, making copies of their friends’ Facebook accounts in order to solicit underage girls for sex, gaining their cell phone numbers through Facebook in order to harass them into having sex with him and luring two victims to a public place in order to give them alcohol and try to have sex with them. Again we here at the Trench Reynolds blog, me mostly, call ‘having sex’ with an underage person child rape. So basically he went to some real extremes in order to try to rape some underage girls through Facebook.

He was arrested by authorities from Passaic County, New Jersey since one of the victims who went to her father about Wares was from Passaic County. He was arrested at a New York state campsite. That’s like a park isn’t it? AT the time of his arrest he had on his possession a black bag containing handcuffs, duct tape, a knife and latex gloves but I’m sure he was just going to hang out with the girls or just talk to them.

I wonder what kind of internet connection they get in primitive encampments? Do you think they have fiber?

Chris Christie hails new Camden police force

Chris Christie

Chris Christie

Christie hails Camden force:

This story is actually a few weeks old. I had saved it then forgot where I saved it.

Even though I don’t live in New Jersey anymore I’m actually a fan of Governor Chris Christie. I like his no-nonsense style and his willingness to reach across political boundaries for the people of New Jersey. While he would not be my first choice if he ran for president I might be inclined to vote for him. However with his endorsement of the new Camden, New Jersey police force he’s lost a little credibility in my eyes.

As I’ve posted before Camden disbanded its police force and replaced with the Camden County Police. That name is somewhat of a misnomer. The Camden County police are only patrolling Camden itself. None of the other communities in Camden County use this police force yet the taxpayers of Camden County are paying for this police force. But it’s not just the county that is footing the bill for this new police force, it’s the entire state.

According to the article I linked to at the Philadelphia Inquirer the state gives Camden $102M of the city’s $150M budget. As I’ve also mentioned before less than half of Camden’s properties are tax paying properties. So the taxpayers of New Jersey are keeping the disaster on the Delaware afloat.

There is only one thing that could save Camden and I have to attribute my brother for pointing this out to me. In most crime filled hellholes (Philly, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Houston, etc.) they have at least one ‘nice’ neighborhood (ie, rich). The only way for Camden to be self-sustaining again is to bring in businesses and people with money. Unfortunately you can’t get the people with the money to move in to a city that is constantly ranked in the top 3 of most dangerous cities in the country. Sort of a chicken and egg type of problem.

I think the state needs to look into why these properties are not taxpaying properties and what it would take to correct that. Then if it can’t be corrected the properties need to be razed.

NJ craigslist creeper posted more than 100 ads

Eric Fantau

Eric Fantau

Craigslist Posts Solicited Minors for Sex, FBI Says:

Last month the FBI arrested 31-year-old Eric Fantau for allegedly trying to meet a minor for sex at a mall in Wayne, New Jersey. If it’s not fast food joints it’s malls with these creeps. I bet they think it gives them some kind of plausible deniability. “I was just here to by some pants” or something like that.

Anyway the FBI says that Fantau posted more than 100 ads on craigslist looking for sex with minors. They even say that Fantau admits to meeting at least one minor for sex. Right. Just one? I doubt that. With over 100 ads posted I seriously doubt he only got one bite. The FBI must think that too because they believe they’re may have been other victims.

Anyone with information regarding Fantau or if anyone thinks they may be the victims of a crime, call the FBI New York’s tip line at 212-384-1000. All tips and information will remain confidential. Victim specialists will be available to assist victims.

How many of Fantau’s 100 alleged ads were flagged or pulled by craigslist? It wouldn’t surprise me if none of them were flagged. Yet craigslist still allows the casual encounters section to remain unmonitored. I wonder how many kids are molested in a week through craigslist in the New York metropolitan area alone. One is too many and craigslist refuses to do anything about and the media lets it slide. It’s not the story du jour anymore.

Jersey MeetMe perv sent pics of his junk to a 15-year-old girl

Paul Kleinman

Jersey City man charged with sending nude photos to teen:

33-year-old Paul Kleinman of Jersey City, New Jersey has been charged with allegedly sending explicit photos of himself to a 15-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe. He’s also accused of soliciting the girl for sex, or as I call it, child rape.

At least Kleinman kept his delusions more realistic as he posed as a 26-year-old on MeetMe as opposed to the 18-year-olds that most mid-30s MeetMe perverts pose as.

Kleinman is being held on $100K bail and the investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Paul Han at 908-965-3809 or Sgt. Ted Dima at 908-245-2300.

Camden dusthead slits the throats of two children

Oswaldo Rivera

Suspect arrested in Camden double stabbing; 1 child dead, 1 critically injured:

Osvaldo Rivera on $5M bail; possible rape, murder charges in Camden attack on boy, 6, and girl, 12:

As I’ve mentioned before I spent most of 2011 in South Jersey on family business. While I was there I was a short drive away from the crime infested suckhole that is Camden, New Jersey. During that time I wrote a lot about Camden and its ineffective government and its not so slow descent into hell.

Since I came back to North Carolina I haven’t really paid too much attention to Camden unless it somehow made national news. It did not too long ago with a Camden woman who killed her son and killed herself. I let that one slide because I thought it was just a fluke that it made the headlines and the fact that it was covered so well over at my other site Bad Breeders. Then this week a similar story also made national headlined which made me rethink my Camden writing policies. So from now on I will be keeping a sharper eye on the Disaster on the Delaware.

As a matter of fact I’m giving Camden its own category here. I know, I have like 1000 of them as it is but Camden truly deserves one. I’m calling it “A City Invincible” for two reasons. The first one is that’s the city’s motto (In a Dream, I Saw a City Invincible). Secondly it really is invincible kind of in the way that a cockroach is in a nuclear war. After decades of violent crime, corruption and an inept government, it still survives.

Today’s story is just more evidence that Camden needs to be put out of its misery.

31-year-old Osvaldo Rivera has been charged in the brutal murder of 6-year-old Dominick Andujar and the attack and possible rape on Dominick’s 12-year-old sister. It seems that Rivera was high on weed laced with PCP and decided to burst into a random house. The house he chose not only had Dominick and his sister in it bust also a 9-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl who was watching them. Dominick and his sister’s mother was in the hospital recovering from surgery and their father lives out of state.

Rivera allegedly slit Dominick’s throat then attacked his sister slitting her throat, stabbing her and possibly raping her. In what order that was done I don’t know. The girl survived her attack and managed escape to a neighbor’s home. Dominick was not so lucky. The girl was able to identify Rivera as the attacker by using the name “Poppy”. Rivera’s street name is “Popeye”. I guess we know what he considers his Spinach.

Police caught up with Rivera at a place he sometimes stays between a mattress and a wall. You know, the first place a cop would think to look. Police were also able to match the bloody sneakers Rivera had to bloody footprints at the scene.

Now because of this and the aforementioned murder-suicide Camden seems to think it has a PCP problem on its hands since the mother was supposedly high on PCP as well. They do, I won’t dispute that. The problem is what are they going to do about it? They have a skeleton crew of a police force due to layoffs and the new proposed Camden County Metro Department isn’t going to be much better.

No wonder the city is invincible, the city is in the control of criminals, the criminals are on PCP and the cops can’t do anything about it.

UPDATE 12/7/2014: This past week Rivera was sentenced to 110 years behind bars for the brutal murder of Dominick Andujar and the rape of Dominick’s then 12-year-old sister.

My hope is that Rivera spends every day of the rest of his un-natural life in the same kind of pain and fear he inflicted on his victims before he’s taken to hell.

Camden to disband police force

You won’t be seeing this much in Camden anymore

Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes:

For most of 2011 I wrote a lot about the crime infested cesspool on the Delaware River known as Camden, New Jersey. If you don’t know by my recollection Camden has been the number 1 or 2 most dangerous in the city since at least 2004. I wrote about it a lot last year since I spent most of 2011 not only in New Jersey on a family matter but I was but a stone’s throw from Camden. I haven’t written about it at all this year since I’m back in North Carolina and we don’t get much news from New Jersey down here. However this morsel of information happened to make the national news.

It seems that the fair city of Camden was satisfied with just laying off half of their police force. Now they’re considering plans to disband the police department as a whole. Now that doesn’t mean there won’t be a police presence in Camden. It means that it will be replaced by a Metro Police division of the Camden County Police Department. That means that cities and towns from all over Camden County like Berlin, Clementon, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Atco, etc. will have their tax money used to patrol Camden. Not surprising since over half of the properties in Camden are non-tax producing properties. Not to mention that where will these police officers be going. Not to any of the places I mentioned but probably mostly to Camden.

The Camden cops that will soon be out of jobs or have new non-union jobs on the Metro force are decrying that this is nothing more than union busting but when a city has no money it can’t pay its employees whether or not their union. However that makes me wonder how much Camden mayor Dana Redd is being paid by the city.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The only thing that would have half a chance of curbing crime in Camden at this point would be martial law and I’m not saying that for hyperbole. Camden is a cancer that could spread throughout the rest of the county where good people live if it is left unchecked. Short of razing it to the ground and starting over from scratch containment is the only possible way to keep the cancer from spreading.