True Crime Newsletter - December 24, 2012

I could't make this up if I tried. . .Robot seal brought to Swedish elderly home

Residents at a a southern Swedish elderly home will soon be able to cuddle up with a robotic seal from Japan, officials say.

The Japanese robots, which respond to touch and to show signs of appreciation, are used in therapeutic care for children and elderly people, The reported Saturday.

"The seal has appealing eyes and soft fur which is pleasant to touch," Berit Lundstrom, chair of the nursing home, told the local Skanskan newspaper. "It could bring comfort to elderly people who feel anxious."

Lundstrom said bringing in a robot has many advantages over a real cat or dog. A robot is easier to handle and to take care of and there are no risks for allergic reactions.

And, "If you put it in someone's lap it stays there," said Lundstrom.

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Teen made shooting post on FB 'to see what would happen' - 12/21/12
A teenage girl has been charged after making a post on Facebook about a shooting at Glen Este High School. Union Township police say the 15-year-old initiated a rumor on the social media site that hinted at a possible shooting on Dec. 21st.

Twitter Impersonators Could Face Charges After Sandy Hook Massacre - 12/21/12
With the speed and convenience of social media, it takes minimal time and effort to perpetrate a hoax online. But Internet pranksters may want to think twice before making their next fraudulent post, now that state and federal authorities in Connecticut have raised the possibility of criminal charges against those who impersonated Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza and others connected to the shooting.

Football coach charged with cyber stalking - 12/21/12
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 28-year-old Wilkes-Barre resident was recently charged in a superseding criminal information with producing and attempting to produce child pornography and interstate extortion. According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, the superseding information alleges that Joseph J. Ostrowski, a former football coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, persuaded and enticed, and attempted to persuade and entice, minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct and used the Internet to extort and attempt to extort nude photographs, images, and live transmissions of sexual conduct.

Notable author harassed by ex-wife, trial told - 12/21/12
The president of the Rotary Club of Windsor is on trial charged with criminally harassing her ex-husband, renowned children's author Christopher Paul Curtis, and his new wife, using email, Fa-cebook and even old-fashioned flyers to spread the word about their alleged affair.

Online games shut out US sex offenders - 12/20/12
Hundreds of accounts for online games used by registered sex offenders have been shut down in the US. More than 2,100 gaming accounts were closed as part of Operation: Game Over run by New York's attorney general.

Joke text leads to bank robbery response -12/20/12
A Chicago-area woman called 911 after her daughter texted, in what turned out to be a joke gone wrong, that she was being held by two escaped bank robbers.

Before a date, do a little 'social media stalking' - 12/20/12,-do-a-little-social-media-stalking
A new study has found that two thirds of single people "social media stalk" before agreeing to go a date. It is a rare occasion when the results of a "new online poll" (as one pops into my inbox nearly every hour of the working day) actually surprise me.

'King of Porn' arrested on charges of avoiding paying tax on the £60million profits from his online sex empire - 12/20/12
The owner of YouPorn faces charges of avoiding paying tax on the £60million his online sex empire is said to earn each year. 'King of Porn' Fabian Thylmann, 34, is being held in a police cell in Cologne, Germany, after he was extradited to his home country from Belgium, where he now lives.

The cruellest hoax: 30 years ago Katrice vanished. Last year a woman claiming to be her contacted the family. Now she's been exposed as a fantasist - 12/18/12
For more than 30 years they have been tormented by the mystery of what happened to their daughter. Curly-haired Katrice Lee simply vanished from a supermarket aisle on her second birthday as her mother turned away to get some crisps for the little girl’s party in 1981. Her family believe she was snatched, and have tirelessly led appeal after appeal for her whereabouts, convinced she is alive and is now a 33-year-old woman.

CYBER STALKER - ”Cruel & calculating” gets 10 years in prison - 12/18/12
A man who thought he could hide behind a computer and the Internet forever while he cyber stalked women and turned their lives into a nightmare, will be spending the next 10 years in prison. His name is Christopher Chaney and he made news by hacking into the email accounts of such movie stars as Scarlett Johansson and music stars like Christina Aguilera.

Teenagers riot over Instagram sex rumours: Swedish students ‘go berserk’ at police after hundreds of ‘slut’ photos posted online - 12/18/12
Riots broke out at a high school in Sweden today after a female student allegedly named and posted pictures of local 13 and 14-year-old girls, calling them 'sluts'. Running battles were fought with police as students gathered outside Plusgymnasiet high school in Gothenburg where the accused student is believed to study.


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