True Crime Online Newsletter - October 7, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Seized poodles become Facebook stars on Swedish police page

Police in a Swedish town find themselves in the unlikely position of adoption agents for 28 poodles seized from a boarding house in poor conditions.

After posting the need for adoptive homes for the pooches, police in Joenkoeping said their Facebook page has been inundated, with 2,000 people sharing a post about the dogs. The phone has been ringing off the hook at the station, as well, said.

Police said they were called to a boarding house after neighbors complained and found the dogs, many of which were malnourished and suffering from various ailments. The decision was made to take the dogs into police custody.

Since then, officers have stashed them at a kennel where one gave birth to two puppies -- bringing the number from an original 26 dogs to the 28 available for adoption.

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The New Pornographers - 10/07/13
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Cyberbullying in Oklahoma schools fueled by popularity of social media applications - 10/07/13
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'I jumped on his head myself!': Pregnant woman is jailed for organising gang beating of innocent man who was wrongly named as a paedophile on vigilante website - 10/07/13
A mother-to-be who masterminded a vicious gang beating of an innocent man after he was falsely accused by a group of vigilante 'paedophile hunters' has been jailed for 16 weeks. College student Rachel Ashworth, 28, was one of three people who launched a sustained assault on Antonio Cressoti, a vulnerable epileptic, after she saw his name on the controversial Predators Watch website.

Lubbock man sentenced for online harassment - 10/05/13
A Lubbock man is now serving time under a relatively new law that addresses a growing trend. Michael Todd Byerly, 39, was charged with online impersonation. As of 2009, it is a third-degree felony to create a fake Facebook or Craigslist account with the intent to harass or torment someone.

Advertisers' online stalking goes mobile with you - 10/05/13
Once, only hairdressers and bartenders knew people's secrets. Now, smartphones know everything ­ where people go, what they search for, what they buy, what they do for fun and when they go to bed. That is why advertisers, and tech companies like Google and Facebook, are finding new, sophisticated ways to track people on their phones and reach them with individualized, hypertargeted ads.

Woman cheated of $23,800 in online scam - 10/05/13
A woman from Serdang was cheated of RM60,000 (S$23,800) in an online scam, reported Sin Chew Daily. Known only as Tan, the 24-year-old woman said she befriended a smartphone agent named Annie Chin via Facebook in January and had joined to become a distributor. She said that she had since banked in RM67,360 via 14 transactions to Chin to buy 51 smartphones but did not receive the items.

Cyberstalking suspect told OKCupid victim he planned ‘killing spree’ - 10/04/14
A 24-year-old man is accused of stalking a victim on, telling her that he planned a “killing spree” if she didn’t date him. Adam Martin Carter-Campbell was recently charged in King County Superior Court for felony cyberstalking of a 22-year-old victim, court documents show. He is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

54% of extreme cyber-bullying takes place on Facebook - 10/03/13
Cyber-bullying is affecting the self-esteem and social lives of many young people, and is most-likely to be encountered on Facebook, according to a new report released by UK-based anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label.

Sexting and Slang: Detecting teens' risky secrets - 10/03/13
If you caught your teens texting about “red devils,” “Robo” or “Skittles,” would you know what they were talking about? What about Snapchat? The first three are all slang terms for getting high on cold or cough medicine (yes, teens do that). The second two are social media platforms popular among teens, but also associated with sexting and cyberbullying.

Dover man accused of harassment after making sexually suggestive phone calls to former boss, police say - 10/03/13
A Dover man has been charged with harassment after he allegedly called the boss who fired him and made sexually suggestive comments, according to court documents. James J. Lesesne Jr., 35, of the 3100 block of North Wynd Avenue, is accused of making three separate phones calls to his former boss in July and August.

Student Charged With Cyber-Bullying - 10/03/13
"There was a student at the school being harassed by other students," said Chief Deputy Bob Hetske of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. A 16-year-old Sodus High School student is accused of threatening a 14-year-old classmate. "The victim in this case received numerous tweets." Tweets, which police say included the line "If karma doesn't hit you I gladly will." "A threat is a threat, and no person should be influenced of altering their daily activities or things they have to do because of a threat."

Cyberbullying afflicts all ages - 10/03/13
There are a few things I expected to experience after I crossed the half-century threshold: wrinkles, gray hair and a certain calcification of attitude common to the middle-aged. What I did not expect to experience, well into my 50s, was cyberbullying. Surely by the time you are middle-aged, you and those you interact with are past the sort of posturing for social position that passes beyond mere inappropriateness into rudeness, and then degenerates complacently into snide abusiveness.

70 per cent of teens are victims of cyberbullying - 10/02/13
Levels of cyberbullying are much higher than previously thought, leading campaigners to call for changes in schools. A survey of 10,008 13-22-year-olds found that of the 69% who had experienced cyberbullying, a fifth rated it as extremely bad. The survey, by anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, found the number of people faced with cyberbullying is "seriously damaging the self-esteem and future prospects of young people".

LinkedIn introduces ‘Block’ button to address cyberstalking concerns - 10/02/13
Professional social network LinkedIn has announced that it is to introduce a ‘Block’ button to address concerns that it has been abused by cyberstalkers. The move follows a recent petition by a woman in Ohio who said she was harassed on LinkedIn via her boss, leading to a sexual assault.

'Growing trend' of cyberbullying on social networks - 10/02/13
Cyberbullying affects more young people than previously thought, a new survey suggests. More than two-thirds of people aged 13 to 22 have been bullied online with boys and girls equally affected, according to charity Ditch the Label. One in five of the 10,008 who responded said that the abuse had been "extreme". Liam Hackett, who set up the charity after being bullied, said: "It's having a massive impact on young people and it's heartbreaking to read."


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