True Crime Online Newsletter - June 3, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .New York state selling used morgue refrigerator on eBay

The New York Office of Mental Health is selling on eBay a used morgue refrigerator from a Manhattan psychiatric ward, an official said.

About a day after the item was first posted on the auction website, the price was at $1,050.

The eBay listing describes the refrigerator as "used" with "signs of cosmetic wear" but "fully operational," the New York Post reported Saturday.

Heather Groll, a spokeswoman for the Office of General Services said she's never seen a government agency sell a morgue cooler.

"Every once in a while, we get an unusual item -- and this would be that," she said. "Whoever buys it would have to come pick it up, so he or she would have to have some familiarity with [refrigerators] like that."

She said the cooler would have to be dismantled to be removed from the room where it is currently housed in the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.

The auction ends in late June, the Post reported.

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7 apps your creepy stalker could be using right now - 06/03/13
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The fate of Nichole Cable, the 15 year old from Glenburn, Maine who was murdered on Mother’s Day, has caused many of her classmates and other young teen-agers to reconsider their use of Facebook and other social media. Over 300 people crowded into Bangor Baptist Church last week for Cable’s funeral. The Maine State Police now believes that Nichole Cable was lured away from her home by 20-year-old Kyle Dube, who created a fake Facebook account in the name of another young man, Bryan Butterfield.

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Could Facebook be held liable for an Italian teen’s suicide? If an Italian prosecutor has his way, the social networking giant could face criminal manslaughter charges. Carolina Picchio was a 14-year-old girl from Novara, Italy, near Milan, with an enviably pretty face and a bright future. Then, late on the night of January 4, she jumped out of her bedroom window from her family’s fourth-floor apartment. She died instantly when she landed headfirst on the pavement below. Before she jumped, she updated her status on Facebook with a chilling suicide note: “Forgive me if I’m not strong. I cannot take it any longer.”

How To Avoid Stalkers On The Internet - 05/31/13
We live in an ever-shrinking, ever-connected world, and lots of our information is online. Social media is a part of life now, and as we get more social, there are quite a few anti-social elements that resort to stalking. They’re everywhere - Facebook, Twitter, etc. Their incessant ways and innovative means of stalking baffle you just as much as they catch you off guard. Here are few tips and trips to avoid and get rid of stalkers on the internet.

Traffic stop leads to discovery of hundreds of stolen Apple devices - 05/31/13
New York police said a traffic stop near the site of a reported break-in led to the discovery "a virtual orchard of Apple products."

All's fair in love and cyberstalking - 05/31/13
Love is in the air - or, more precisely, in cyberspace. Eight of 10 Hong Kong women stalk potential dates on the internet, while 41 percent of residents go online to find love, a recent poll shows. The good news for men is that women "e-stalkers" are not that picky.

Secret court jails father for sending son 21st birthday greeting on Facebook after he was gagged from naming him - 05/31/13
A father has been jailed at a secret court hearing for sending a Facebook message to his grown-up son on his 21st birthday. Garry Johnson, 46, breached a draconian gagging order which stops him publicly naming his son, Sam, whom he has brought up and who still lives with him.

Bay High School senior lauded for using Twitter to foil cyberbully - 05/30/13
One Bay High School student is facing disciplinary action for cyberbullying, while school administrators and the student body are praising another student for supporting the victims. About May 16, a Bay High student created a Twitter account called @BayHighDirect, which has since been shut down. The account contained comments one school official called “very mean and terrible” about students based on their appearance, race and sexual orientation. The cyberbully even picked on special-needs students, school officials said.

Cops Probe Cyberbullying In Student Suicide - 05/29/13
Students at IS109 last week told reporters outside the Queens Village school that “most of the kids are sad and crying” about their classmate Gabrielle Molina’s decision to commit suicide. “But some of the kids are laughing,” the students said. Molina, 12, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at about 2:25 p.m. on May 22, inside her bedroom at the home she shared with her parents and siblings on 220th Street in Queens Village, police said.

Sex Offender Data Used by Arizona Internet Companies for Bribery and Harassment? - 05/28/13
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