True Crime Online Newsletter - September 2, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Carpet section from MTV Video Music Awards for sale on eBay

A New York bodega is trying to sell a piece of the red carpet from the MTV Video Music Awards on eBay with a starting bid of $500.

Workers at the Dubai Mini Mart said they were able to grab a 12-foot-by-12-foot section of the carpet, which stretched in front of the store in the lead-up to the awards show Sunday, and the owner of the store is now attempting to sell the carpet on eBay with a starting bid of $500 or a Buy It Now price of $5,000, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"You never know," store worker Abdul Ibrahim. "People buy weird things all the time."

The owner of the store said he will cut the carpet into pieces for his kids to use if it fails to sell by Monday.

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Florida teen wins fight over bright red hair - 08/31/13
A Florida teen says she won a fight to be allowed to have fire-engine red hair in school after the principal determined the hair color was not disruptive. Tavares High School student Mabry Anderson, 16, had been told by Principal Janice Boyd Tuesday her choice of hair color violated the school district's policy forbidding "unnatural" hair color and she could not return to campus until the problem was remedied, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. Mabry took her fight to social media website Facebook where her "Team Mabry" page received more than 800 "likes."

Celebrate Labor Day by Cyber-Stalking Your Ex With This Handy New Program - 08/30/13
Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have offered users the ability to tag their locations with each new post for a while now–and one group of researchers has created a tool that will allow people to use that information to their advantage by stalking the shit out of friends and arch nemeses alike.

Why do we Facebook stalk? - 08/30/13
It starts the same way every time. A status update indicating someone broke off an engagement; a selfie showing off a 30 pound weight fluctuation; 80 tagged pictures of a raucous Cabo trip. These tantalizing, tempting tidbits of information are just begging to be clicked. “Just this album,” we say. “Just a peek at the wall to see what’s going on,” we claim. These cries fall on deaf ears, because everyone knows they are dirty, dirty lies.

Secret Service visit Maine senior citizen for posting racially charged threat to Obama on his Facebook page - 08/30/13
A Maine man who used a racial slur and suggested shooting President Barack Obama in a Facebook posting has resigned from all boards and committees on which he serves in the town of Sabattus. David Marsters, 68, submitted his resignation in an email. The Sun Journal said he apologized for his remarks.

Deception, stalking charges filed against man arrested near Danielsville - 08/30/13
A 46-year-old man sought on a charge of stalking his ex-wife in Oconee County and trying to defraud a businessman in Franklin County was arrested Thursday in Madison County, authorities said. David Goss Brooks is charged with felony theft by deception in Franklin County, while warrants charging him with aggravated stalking and violating a temporary protection order were obtained Wednesday in Oconee County.

Michigan man convicted of cyberstalking in phony romance scheme - 08/29/13,0,3288434.story
A 29-year-old Michigan man was convicted of interstate stalking for plotting to kill a woman and her boyfriend after the woman's picture was used to engage him in a phony romance over the Internet. Brian Curtis Hile of Fremont, Mich., had been duped in a so-called cat-fishing scheme to believe he was having an online romance with a woman. "Romantic communications and explicit photographs" were exchanged, according to federal prosecutors. Among the photographs were pictures of his penis.

Million-dollar dating scam mum and daughter jailed - 08/29/13
A mother and daughter who used an internet dating scam to steal $1.1m (£700,000) have been jailed for a total of 27 years. Denver-based Karen Vasseur, 63, and daughter Tracy, 42, tricked victims into thinking they were talking to US service personnel looking for love. The prolific scammers duped 374 victims in the US and 40 other countries.

6 Insidious Ways Social Media Can Be Used to Silence Women - 08/28/13
Online harassment is a prolific, largely a gendered problem. A University of New Hampshire study found that 72% of online harassment victims are women. As the prolific, self-described "troublemaker" Laurie Penny wrote in the Independent a few years back, "a woman's opinion is the mini-skirt of the Internet." Cyberharassment isn't limited to women who critique gender roles, either. Audrey Watters, an ed-tech writer disabled comments on her blog in an effort to stem similar issues.

NSA Analysts Use Surveillance for Cyberstalking Crushes - 08/28/13
Of all the revelations about how the National Security Agency collects, sorts, filters, reviews and catalogs the personal information of Internet users, none have been as downright creepy as what the Wall Street Journal reported last Friday.

TripAdvisor row between chef and customer viewed thousands of times - 08/28/13
When a diner felt aggrieved by the level of service and quality of food at a Berkshire restaurant, he decided to post his feelings, and some words of advice, in an anonymous online complaint. What the man could not have expected however was that owner Kiren Puri would reply, mounting a staunch 1,000-word defence of his staff and accusing the customer of being a habitual complainer who lies to try to get free food.

Man who showed off marijuana growing on YouTube gets jail time 08/28/13
A New Hampshire man who chronicled his marijuana-growing operation on YouTube was sentenced to a year in jail with four months suspended. Kyle Berry of Auburn pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled drug after he was arrested by authorities tipped off to his marijuana-growing operation by a series of videos he posted to YouTube, WMUR-TV, Manchester, reported Wednesday.

The War Over Free Speech, Harassment, and Trolls Hits Another Social-Media Site - 08/27/13
A notorious internet troll­known for allegedly harassing feminists on Twitter and uploading YouTube clips edited to depict women saying degrading things­has forced a major social-media site to choose between free speech and punishing an alleged harasser. This latest controversy has heightened the online debate about whether tech giants are doing enough to protect victims of harassment.

Kent State student victim of stalking and image used in catfish scheme - 08/27/13
Allyssa Griffiths is a junior this year at Kent State University and will have many stories to tell. Having her identity stolen for the past five years and used in a catfish scam is not one she planned on. While reading her Twitter page one day in Dec. 2011, she decided to click on her hashtag after her name. That one click opened her up to a world she never thought of - stalking and catfish.


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