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Man killed in Allentown, Pa. after trying to sell car on craigslist

A 2003 BMW 745i

A 2003 BMW 745i

Authorities link Craigslist ad for BMW to Allentown man’s homicide:

Allentown man killed over apparent car deal:

41-year-old Eric S. Ervin owned a car detailing service in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was trying to sell his 2003 BMW 745i on craigslist for a while. He was said to have met a potential buyer on Tuesday that saw his car on craigslist. Instead Ervin was found dead of a gunshot wound in a trailer at his business.

A man from New York was arrested in Reading, Pennsylvania, while driving a silver BMW with a handgun in the car. Police have not yet released this person’s name stating that the investigation is still ongoing.

Again while deaths of craigslist users is a very small minority of the people who use their site the number of people being killed is still pretty alarming. Has there been this many killings through Auto-Trader? I highly doubt it. For whatever reason craigslist is a magnet for criminals who want to prey on honest people. Don’t be a victim. Stop using craigslist.

UPDATE 4/10/2014: The man who was arrested is 27-year-old Tyrell R. Young of Reading and is in the process of being charged with Ervin’s murder. Prosecutors say that they will more than likely seek the death penalty.

Tyrell R. Young

Tyrell R. Young

Thanks to Tina for the tip.

Suspect killed during craigslist robbery

Man fatally shoots Craigslist seller-turned-robber, police say:

Man Charged With Murder In Craigslist Robbery Gone Wrong:

Duwayne Lewis

Duwayne Lewis

Police in Coral Springs, Florida, say that 26-year-old Jason Mageau and 18-year-old Duwayne Lewis allegedly tried robbing a man after they posted a craigslist ad promising a good deal on a cell phone. After the victim showed up to make the deal Mageau allegedly produced a gun and pistol whipped the victim. The victim went back to his car where he got his gun and shot Mageau in the chest. Mageau later died at the hospital.

Have you ever heard the expression ‘never bring a knife to a gun fight’? I guess you can also say never bring a starter’s pistol to a gun fight because that’s what Mageau’s gun was. The victim on the other hand had a real gun with real bullets.

Lewis is said to have tried to tell police that he and Mageau were victims of the robbery but police say that the evidence provided by the victim shows otherwise. Lewis has been charged with murder in Mageau’s death as Florida law states a person who assists in a crime that leads to a death may be charged in that death.

So no matter what side of the craigslist robbery you’re on just by using craigslist you’re taking your life in your hands. Even the criminals are safer not using it.

Kenny Bartley wants his record cleared

Campbell Co. HS shooter wants chance to clear record:

Kenny Bartley in 2005

Kenny Bartley in 2005

I guess it just wasn’t enough for Kenny Bartley to be found not guilty in his retrial for Ken Bruce’s murder. Now he wants his record cleared entirely. Bartley shot and killed Principal Ken Bruce in Campbell County High In Kentucky back in 2005. He entered into a plea deal which saw him sentenced as an adult to 45 years. That plea was eventually thrown out and a new trial was ordered where Bartley was found not guilty this year.

You know what? Let’s just go ahead and clear Bartley’s record. I mean why should he be held responsible for anything? Let’s just go ahead and make Ken Bruce’s death even more pointless.

You can’t unring the bell though Kenny. As long as there is media and this website everyone will know what you have done and it will follow you for the rest of your life.

The hearing is scheduled for this coming Monday.

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.

Two women charged in Alabama craigslist killing

Saraya Shakai Atkins and Kymberli Elizabeth Lindsay

Saraya Shakai Atkins and Kymberli Elizabeth Lindsay

Deputies dig into suspects’ pasts after man dies protecting his stepdaughter during Coden robbery:

Mobile DA: Charges upgraded to capital murder:

Not too long ago a friend of mine asked me if Miranda Barbour was the first female craigslist killer. At first I said yes then I also remembered Korena Roberts. Now you can add two more women’s names to that list. 20-year-old Saraya Shakai Atkins and 25-year-old Kymberli Elizabeth Lindsay are accused in the craigslist shooting death of 66-year-old Robert Perry.

Perry and his step-daughter went to look at a car at a local Wal-Mart that was being advertised on craigslist. While Perry was inspecting the car his step-daughter went into Wal-Mart to cash her income tax check. The decision was then made that Perry and his step-daughter were not going to buy the car and drove off.

Police say that Atkins and Lindsay chased them down in their vehicle and ran them off the road in Coden, Alabama. Atkins was allegedly brandishing the gun and when she pointed it at Perry’s step-daughter Mr. Perry went for the gun and shots were fired in the ensuing struggle. One of the shots struck Perry fatally.

Atkins and Lindsay have been charged with capital murder which would make them eligible for the death penalty.

If you’d like you can make an online donation to help the Perry family with the funeral costs.

Pine Middle shooting survivor shares her story

Siobhan McAndrew: Life for one victim eight years after the Pine Middle School shooting:

James Scott Newman

James Scott Newman

In 2006 a then 14-year-old James Scott Newman took his parents’ .38 revolver to Pine Middle School in Reno, Nevada, where he opened fire striking two students. Luckily both students survived. Newman was tried as a juvenile and only received house arrest as a sentence. Also his parents were not charged for allowing their son access to the gun. The shooting was 8 years ago tomorrow and one of his victims recently told her story.

22-year-old Kenzie McKeon recently told her story to Siobhan McAndrew of the Reno Gazette-Journal. Mckeon says that she doesn’t let her life be ruled by the shooting and said that sometimes she doesn’t even remember that March 14th was the day it happened. She says that because of the shooting she’s getting ready to graduate from Appalachian State University in North Carolina with a degree in criminal justice. She also added that she was not happy about Newman’s sentence…

“It was the punishment that I don’t think was right because this is something I have to deal with the rest of my life,” McKeon said of Newman’s house arrest.

What really struck me as poignant is what Ms. McKeon said about what can be done about school shootings.

“We have to refocus efforts on the mental health of children,” she said.

My thoughts exactly however too many parents think taking their kids to get some kind of mental health is a stigma. Too many parents rely on pop culture pseudo science than actual medicine or they think they’re kids are just going through a phase. When I was a teen I tried killing myself on multiple occasions. That wasn’t just a phase.

Thank you Ms. McKeon for sharing your story with us and I wish you nothing but the best in your life.

Kenny Bartley free after jury finds him not guilty of murder

Bartley released; found not guilty of first-degree murder:

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Apparently the jury did buy Kenny Bartley’s line of crap at his trial because they found him not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2005 shooting death of Campbell County High assistant principal Ken Bruce. He was found guilty on the lesser charge of reckless homicide than was released on $7500 bond. I guess $7500 is how much Ken Bruce’s life was worth in the eyes of the court.

He was also found not guilty on charges of attempted first-degree murder for the shootings of Principal Gary Seale and Vice Principal Jim Pierce.

I thought that a new trial would have gotten him more time than his original 46 year plea. Obviously I thought wrong.

Cherish every day that you’re out Kenny for two reasons. The first is that Ken Bruce doesn’t have any of those days left because you were a selfish drug addict. The second reason is you’ll be back soon enough. Your type always is.

Kenny Bartley testifies at retrial. “I panicked while high on anti-anxiety meds”

Bartley describes what happened on day of school shooting:

Kenny Bartley in 2005

Kenny Bartley in 2005

Today Kenny Bartley testified in his own defense in his retrial for the school shooting death of Campbell County High assistant principal Ken Bruce in 2005. Bartley also shot and wounded Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce. Bartley was 14 at the time of the shooting and pleaded guilty and agreed to a plea that got him 45 years in prison. Last year a new trial was ordered.

In Bartley’s defense he claimed something that seemed contradictory to me. Please tell me if you agree or disagree. In his testimony Bartley claims that on the day of the shooting he snorted Valium and Xanax. Then when he was called into the office about possibly having a gun he said he panicked when he fired the gun. So which is it? Was he high on two different meds that are designed to prevent panic or did he panic because he was on Xanax like he claims? Seriously is it just me or should this testimony be considered insulting not only to the jury but to common sense? Yeah, I know. The two don’t always go hand in hand.

Closing arguments are tomorrow.

Will wonders never cease: Texas man confesses on the stand

Capital Murder Confession:

txlethal

Please check out the fascinating article by journalist Alex Wukman that I posted the link to above.

Do you know how I’m always saying just once I wish one of these murderous troglodytes would actually admit to their crimes? You know, like the ones who shoot several people in front of witnesses then please not guilty? Well it seems one man on trial for capital murder did just that.

Darrell Wayne Parker was facing a possible death sentence, in Texas no less, for the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather, Cathy Youngblood and Charles Youngblood. Parker seemed to be the type who couldn’t keep his nose clean and ended up having to live with his folks. He got into it with his stepfather when Parker didn’t do some chores that Mr. Youngblood asked him to so Parker gunned down Mr. Youngblood and his own mother who just happened to have breast cancer.

Parker pleaded not guilty but while testifying admitted to the crime.

“We all agree you are guilty of capital murder,” Nelson Barnes, prosecuting attorney, had asked Parker. A “yes, sir” then stumbled out of Parker’s mouth.

I would have paid good money to see the virtual aneurysm his defense attorney had. Subsequently Parker was sentenced to life without parole.

Not surprisingly there are plans to appeal but those plans seem to come from his attorney and not Parker himself at least that’s how it’s being portrayed in the press.

As usual I’m not doing the article justice so I urge you to go read it in its entirety.

Philly charter school shooter feared assault police say

Teenage boy who shot 2 classmates in Philadelphia school bought gun only moments before from a former student because ‘he was going to be assaulted’:

ppd

I hate using the Daily Mail as a source. 99% of the time they’re a fear mongering and pearl twisting tabloid. But in that 1% when they actually decide to practice journalism they’re really good at it.

Anyway Philadelphia police are saying that the gunman at the Delaware Valley Charter High School shooting, 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell, allegedly purchased the gun moments before the shooting took place. Police are also saying that Rochwell bought the gun because he feared he was going to be the victim of an after school assault. Except it was shortly after the gun traded hands when a shot was fired striking two other students. It’s not known if either of the two victims were his intended targets or if the gun went off accidentally.

Rochwell’s attorney is still proclaiming his client’s innocence…

Rochwell ‘is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act,’ said lawyer Amato Sanita, who added that anything that may have happened was not ‘intentional’.

It sounds like they’re going for the accidental discharge defense.

The man accused of selling Rochwell the gun, 18-year-old Donte Walker, has also been arrested. Walker is a former student of the school.