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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Garnier Olia Hair Color

I'm getting ready to try the new Garnier Olia hair color - it's supposed to make your hair look healthier, shinier and just all around better. I can't wait to try it - picked mine up today! Just in time for my book release party, too!

Monday, February 25, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 25, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman, 104, forced to lie about age online

A Facebook spokesman apologized for a Michigan woman's inconvenience in being unable to list her actual birth year -- 1908.

Gail Marlow said her grandmother, Marguerite Joseph, 104, of Grosse Pointe Shores, registered for Facebook two years ago and the furthest date back the social networking site would let her use was 1928, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Thursday.

Marlow, who reads and responds to the Facebook messages on her grandmother's behalf, said the woman is legally blind and hard of hearing.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said the company was unaware of the issue before learning of Joseph's difficulty.

"We are working on a fix for this and we apologize for the inconvenience," he said.

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Vietnamese bloggers face harassment - 02/25/13
Vietnam has the fastest growth in Facebook users anywhere in the world. It's just one sign of the explosion in internet use in Vietnam, where millions of blogs have popped up in recent years. But as web use grows, so does the government's intolerance of dissent. A major new report shows that political bloggers in Vietnam are routinely subjected to detention and harassment.

Pistorius tweet faked, says family - 02/24/13
A message purporting to be from Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius to his fans thanking them for their support was a fake, the Olympian's family has said. The athlete, released on bail on Friday after being charged with premeditated murder over the Valentine's Day death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has not issued any public comments.

British man, 24, arrested in Italy over murder of one man and the attempted murder of another after 'meeting them in gay internet chat rooms' - 02/23/13
A British man has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of killing one man and the attempted murder of another, according to reports. Jason Peter Marshall is the prime suspect in the murder of 68-year-old tour guide Vincenzo Iale who was strangled and stabbed to death in his flat on the outskirts of Rome. The 24-year-old was arrested last night after police traced him to a bus using his mobile phone signal.

Nine suspected kidney traffickers stand trial in China after 'recruiting 38 people via the internet to sell their organs for £3,200' - 02/22/13
Nine people have stood trial in China for allegedly selling their own kidneys on the black market and then recruiting others to sell theirs. Prosecutors allege the defendants, all of whom are under the age of 30, recruited people via the Internet to sell their kidneys in Hangzhou City. The kidney trafficking ring allegedly recruited 38 people dating back to November 2011, 11 of whom sold their kidneys before Hangzhou police made arrests in May 2012, Xinhua reported.

FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers - 02/22/13
Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers. One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.

Woman accused of cyberstalking testifies at trial - 02/22/13
An Apex woman on trial for cyberstalking denied sending her ex-boyfriend and his family harassing email, making harassing calls or using online services to cloak her phone number and email address.

Anger as internet trolls continue online harassment despite jail warning - 02/21/13
ANONYMOUS internet trolls behind the controversial web sensation Spotted Merthyr are continuing to harass people living in the borough – despite being warned they could face jail if caught. Less than a day after the Express revealed the despicable levels of online bullying in Merthyr Tydfil, local Facebook-users continued to post illicit comments about people they know via the social networking site.

'Four lions' gang were led by 23-stone jihadi nicknamed 'Chubbs' who stayed home researching 'anarchists' cookbook' online because he was too fat to carry weapons - 02/21/13
The 'four lions' gang that planned the biggest terrorist atrocity the UK has faced in a generation was led by a 23-stone chemist deemed too fat to be a suicide bomber. Nicknamed 'Chubbs' and 'Big Irfan' by his fellow plotters, it was Irfan Naseer's bulky frame that helped him to work on his bomb-making skills while at training camps in Pakistan.

US Sheriff vows to get spanking fetish Australian man - 02/21/13
A FLORIDA sheriff says he won't rest until an Australian man accused of instructing the ''spanking fetish'' sexual abuse of two girls with a leather paddle is extradited to the US and sentenced to a lengthy jail term. Perth man Christopher Lobban, 54, allegedly met online girlfriend Robin Pagoria, a 46-year-old Florida prison guard, on the Spank-O-Life social network.

More than a quarter of teens in relationships report "digital abuse," study says - 02/20/13
Teens in relationships may be susceptible to being digitally abused by their boyfriends or girlfriends, according to a new study by the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. The report examines the role technology plays in teen dating abuse and how abusers use tech - from social media to email and text - to intimidate, coerce and harass their partners.

Lawmaker's Facebook draws late night jokes - 02/20/13
A New Jersey lawmaker removed a pair of "likes" on his Facebook page after they were mocked by late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart.

Teens use iPhone to mimic police lights - 02/20/13
Florida police said they arrested a pair of teenagers accused of using an iPhone app to imitate police lights and pull over motorists near a mall. Naples police said an officer patrolling the parking lot of the Coastland Center Mall in Naples just prior to 7 p.m. saw a tan Ford Ranger pickup flashing red and blue lights behind another vehicle and recognized the driver as Ryan McMahon Schulze, 19, who is not in law enforcement, the Naples Daily News reported Wednesday.

Cyberstalking trial covers phone, Internet records - 02/20/13
Attorneys in the cyberstalking trial of a former High Point University student spent much of the morning going over phone and Internet records in Guilford County Superior Court. Meghan McCarthy, 25, of Apex is on trial on charges of cyberstalking, making harassing phone calls, computer trespass and identity theft.

Man Accused Of Cyber Stalking, Targeting Tennessee Woman - 02/19/13
All she did was answer her phone and suddenly her world turned upside down. "She was a complete and random victim," said Kristin Helm with the TBI. She is referring to Carrie Holt who lived more than six months in fear after police said a cyber stalker in Canada decided to target her.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

True Crime Online Book Release Party

I'm having a book release party for my new book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scammers, Stalkers, Murder and Mayhem The web site is and the Facebook page is Join us upstairs at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 4th at The Lobster Cove restaurant at 756 York Street in York, Maine for the book release party of True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem. $3.99 steamed mussels at the bar, plus a drink special just for this event! It's called the TCO for $6.99 - come mingle, enjoy the ocean view across the street and have some fun! Plus get a chance to win a bag full of goodies! The book will be available for $14.95 signed by the author, J.A. Hitchcock. A portion of each book sold will go to Working to Halt Online Abuse for their expenses.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Michael Dresser Show Audio

Listen to me talking with Michael Dresser on his show on February 19, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I'm on the radio live today - listen in!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 13, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Lock picking horse a hit online

The Michigan owners of an escape artist horse said a video of the animal's feats has been viewed more than 700,000 times on YouTube.

Sandy and Don Bonem, owners of Misty Meadow Farms in Midland, said 9-year-old Friesian horse Mariska has been nicknamed "Houdini Horse" for her ability to pick any lock they put on the door to her stall, the Saginaw News reported Friday.

"She would always play with things with her mouth as a baby, and she just kind of progressed from that," Sandy Bonem said. "She doesn't like to be locked in, so she would play with each new lock until she figured it out."

The couple said they made a video compilation of Mariska's lock picking and posted it to YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 700,000 times.

The couple said Mariska will escape her stall to go looking for grain, leading them to keep it chained up where she can't reach it. They said they have to take extra precautions to keep the horse safe.

"When we leave the barn, she will go around and check to see if any of our safeguards are missing, and if she finds one, she gets out," she said.

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AU girl student receives e-mail threat - 02/19/13
A student of the Allahabad University allegedly sent an e-mail to a classmate he was infatuated with, threatening her that she will meet “the same fate as the victim of the Delhi gangrape” if she spurned his advances, a varsity official today said.

Computer scam threatens prosecution for child porn, demands payment - 02/17/13
A Pike County family received an alarming message while browsing the Internet, accusing them of accessing child pornography and demanding they pay a fine to avoid prosecution. News 4's Mike Colombo traced the pop-up message back to online scam artists.

Secret shopper scam costs Abbeville grocery store $8,700 - 02/17/13
There is one Abbeville grocery store that is out $8,700 thanks to a secret shopper ad an Abbeville resident found on the Internet. An Abbeville lady answered the Internet ad about trying to find a secret shopper. The secret shopper, after being approved, was sent 10 United States Postal Service Money Orders for $870 each. Once she got the package with what looked like real money orders, she called a phone number in the Philippines with more instructions.

Saudi princess 'blackmailed by fake sheikh who wants £320,000 for video which shows her smoking and blowing a kiss with head uncovered' - 02/17/13
A Saudi Arabian princess is the victim of a blackmail attempt involving a video of her that could anger and shock the establishment in the hardline Islamic state. Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al Saud - more commonly known as Princess Basmah - is being held to ransom by a man who plans to embarrass her with a video - if she does not pay him £320,000.

Miranda Kerr: Back in L.A. After E-Mail Threats - 02/16/13
After a long flight from her home country of Australia, Miranda Kerr arrived at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Friday (February 15). The Victoria's Secret Angel smiled in a short-sleeved gray patterned top, blue jeans, and black high-tops as she made her way through the crowds.

Academic Study Examines The Link Between Gender Cues and In-Game Harassment - 02/15/13
Verbal abuse is a pandemic in the online gaming community. And while it affects all sorts of gamers, there’s a select brand of vitriol reserved for women who venture into voice chat. This is an oft-discussed issue, and we still don’t have a good understanding of the root causes, or of what we can do to alleviate it. But some recent academic research provides a interesting (and sobering) look at how persistent the problem is.

Portland Police officer sentenced in harassment case - 02/15/13
A Portland Police officer pleaded guilty in Clark County court to reduced charges and has been sentenced in a harassment case that resulted from an incident more than one year ago. Officer James Botaitis was accused of breaking into his estranged wife's apartment in October 2011 and threatening to kill her boyfriend, David Bacus. Botaitis and his wife were in the process of divorcing at the time. They have a son together who was seven when the incident occurred.

Who’s Sending Out Fake Lesbian Wedding Announcements to Small Papers? - 02/15/13
The only unusual aspect of the Collins-Johns engagement announcement that ran in yesterday's Le Mars Daily Sentinel was that the Iowan news concerned a same-sex marriage: Le Mars' own Candace Leigh Collins was set to marry Maria Ava Johns, a young woman she'd met as an undergraduate of Texas State University, this coming May in the progressive state of Massachusetts.

Women Are Targeted For Harassment In Online Gaming 'Roughly Three Times As Much', Says New Study - 02/14/13
With the efforts of sites like Fat, Ugly, or Slutty that exist to illustrate the atmosphere of hostility that often surrounds in-game gender dynamics, it's becoming something of a given that women generally are subjected to more harassment and negativity than their male counterparts when participating online. However, even with the abundance of blog posts, screen shots, and audio backing up the assertions of the female gaming community, they are still seen by some as merely anecdotal anomalies rather than a social norm.

Facebook sued over 'Like' button by Dutch firm that claims it patented by programmer in the 1990s - 02/14/13
The widow of a Dutch computer programmer is suing Facebook over its trademarked ‘like’ button, claiming her husband invented the technology back in the 1990s. The unnamed widow of Joannes Jozef Everadus van Der Meer claims that the social media giant used two of Mr van Der Meer’s patents without first obtaining her permission. She claims that her husband held the patents as early as 1998.

Will Google be forced to police online comments? Judge in libel case 'opens door' for internet giant being required to monitor users' posts - 02/14/13
Google was today facing the prospect of being forced to remove offending posts on the Blogger website after a judge ‘opened the door’ for the firm being required to monitor what users write. The California-based internet giant convinced London’s Court of Appeal in a libel case that Blogger is the equivalent of a blank wall and it cannot be held responsible for what is written there by people.

5 reasons you're stalking your ex online today - 02/13/13
Valentine's has arrived and while love may be in the air, it's much more interesting to follow its trail online. A day dedicated to romance usually sets a few hearts racing, but sends a lot more hearts toward Facebook and Google to find out what happened to their ex-girlfriends, boyfriends, wives or husbands. This, it turns out -- the day before Valentine's day -- is a prime day for using the Internet to learn a little more* about your old flames.

Playboy conman's 'victim' facing jail after revealing she was actually his lover - and helped him steal thousands from another woman - 02/13/13
The lover of a serial con artist who posed as a playboy Italian aristocrat has admitted how she helped him by collecting cash from one of his victims. Gail Heyworth, 51, lived a life of luxury thanks to the lies of Scott Travis despite claiming she was also one of his victims.

Cyberstalking with LinkedIn - 02/12/13
You just left cocktail hour or a networking event and forgot to grab a business card from the person you'd been chatting with. Don't kick yourself. Instead, log on to LinkedIn to do some cyberstalking. It's a much better resource than Facebook, because with just bits and pieces of information, you're still likely to be able to find your target. The big benefit of using LinkedIn to search for someone is that users generally want to be found, unlike some users on Facebook who exclude themselves from search or messaging. Many LinkedIn members also display a picture of themselves. With more than 200 million members, there's a good chance you will find the person you're seeking.

Dating scam results in ‘six figure’ loss for Orangville victim - 02/12/13
A relationship which blossomed on a popular online dating site has turned into a significant financial loss for an Orangeville resident. According to police, the victim was befriended and scammed of a large sum of money after being duped by the culprit’s fake story and promises of financial gain. “I’ll tell you it’s six figures,” Staff Sgt. Lindsay White said when asked how much money was wired to the fraudster. “The victim in all this is embarrassed enough.”

Bitter Barista loses job over snarky blog about customers, boss - 02/11/13
Meet Matt Watson, 30, who just lost his job at All City Coffee in Georgetown that he had for 2½ years. That’s what happens when you’ve become the Bitter Barista, start blogging snarky stuff about your customers, and it goes viral. For example: “If you remind me four times that you’ve ordered decaf, guess what you won’t be getting ... ” “I would remember your usual drink if you were a more memorable person.”

Online game leads to harassment, extortion for local teen - 02/11/13
Online bullying and Xbox extortion are new terms to dad Joe Ferreri. But allegations made to Federal Way police are no child's play. He wishes it was that way for his 13-year-old son Nicholas. "So he wanted the Xbox," Joe said of his son. "So now he's in the big league and he's got a lot of weirdoes out there in the big league with him."

Friday, February 15, 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 11, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman, 105, Facebook's oldest user

A 105-year-old California woman believed to be Facebook's oldest user said she is trying to get 105,000 likes for a charity's page.

Edythe Kirchmaier, who is also California's oldest licensed driver and the oldest living former student of the University of Chicago, said Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara-based medical charity where she has been a volunteer for 40 years, set up a Facebook page for her in honor of her birthday last month, ABC News reported Thursday.

"I've been contacted by such wonderful people and received such nice messages and pictures from people all over the world," Kirchmaier said. "I'm so humbled by all the interest in me."

Kirchmaier said she is hoping her new Facebook friends will help popularize Direct Relief's fan page.

"I'm hoping to get 105,000 likes for the page," she said.

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12-Year-Old Emails Threat To Shoot & Kill Teacher - 02/11/13
Crisis counselors and extra staff were assigned to a San Diego County school after a 12-year-old boy was taken into custody over the weekend for allegedly threatening to shoot 23 students and a teacher. The extra staff was assigned to help students and teachers Monday at Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway.

Ex-cheerleader tackles Facebook harassment via YouTube - 02/11/13
After an unofficial Chicago Bears Facebook fan page posted a photo of Green Bay Packers cheerleader Kaitlyn Collins with a rude message, Collins decided to fight back, taking to YouTube to ask fans to stop the bullying. She talks about the video that got the post deleted and earned her an apology.

Young woman who photo-shopped her way into Silicon Valley elite: How she fooled industry into believing she was top investor by inserting herself into images of stars - 02/11/13
Mixing with Hollywood geek heroes such as Avengers director Joss Whedon and Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Eliza Dushku, Hornstein's social chameleon act was exposed when she began to boast of working for Silicon Valley guru and Napster creator Sean Parker. Sean Parker's Founders Fund took legal action against the would-be tech investor to stop her from ever claiming that she worked for them according to Gawker.Com.

Malice Without Cause: James Lasdun’s Memoir of Being Stalked - 02/10/13
When novelist and professor James Lasdun found himself the victim of a vicious online stalker, he saw his reputation destroyed and with no way to stop it. Emma Garman on his terrifying and mesmerizing new memoir about having his life destroyed.

USJ-R to allow student in scandal to graduate; calls for protection of other students being ‘harassed’ - 02/09/13
No penalty will be imposed on the female student whose private sex video went viral on the Web in a scandal that had officials of a Catholic university showing compassion instead of anger. Officials of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) announced their support for the 24-year-old woman, saying she would be allowed to graduate next month once she completes all academic requirements. “The greater danger now is the one faced by all Josenians,” said Fr. Enrico Peter A. Silab, OAR, university president in a press conference yesterday.

Reece Elliott in court over threats to kill US children - 02/09/13
A British man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill 200 American schoolchildren. Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields, is alleged to have made the threat on Wednesday on a Facebook memorial to a Tennessee girl killed in a road crash.

Man jailed over extreme cyber harassment - 02/09/13
A US IT worker who posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend online and advertised her and her sixteen-year-old as prostitutes for mother and daughter sex has been jailed for seven years.

Phoenix stalker faces up to 5 years in prison - 02/08/13
A Phoenix man pleaded guilty Friday to stalking a woman in Maryland for nearly five years. David Charles Richards, 49, used the Internet, telephone, e-mail and U.S. mail to stalk the woman and threaten to kill her, according to the FBI. The two had previously had a romantic relationship. Richards faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Lorry driver texted a friend moments before he killed schoolgirl, 13, and deleted the messages as she lay dying - 02/08/13
A lorry driver who drove into a young girl as she tried to cross a road on her bike was texting a friend seconds beforehand. Darren Foster, 38, crushed Hope Fennell, 13, under the wheels of his HGV and then desperately deleted text messages he had sent from his phone in a bid to cover his tracks while the child lay dying.

18 years' jail for teen who stabbed parents and Googled how to get rid of a body - 02/08/13
A teenager who stabbed his brother to death before injuring his parents was jailed for life today. Andy Ho, who was then 16, broke two knives in the early morning attack at the family home. He was found guilty of murder and two counts of wounding with intent at the Old Bailey. Ho, who is now 18, was ordered to be detained during Her Majesty's Pleasure, with a minimum term of 18 years. Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, told him: "You were undoubtedly suffering from stresses in your life.

Virginia Woman Files $20 Million Cyber Harassment Suit Against Ex-Boyfriend Bruce Stimon - 02/08/13
A Virginia woman has filed suit against her ex-boyfriend, claiming that he posted photos of her and her teenage daughter on prostitution sites and sent dozens of men to their home. The woman also says that her ex gave nude photos of her to her co-workers, her daughter and even her daughter’s friends.

Instagram Scam Swindles Furby Fans Out of $200,000 - 02/07/13
A toy craze led to a woman's arrest after victims were scammed out of $200,000 through an Instagram ad. Police say a Thai woman was arrested in connection with the scam after more than 60 people complained. The victims were conned out of around 6 million baht ($200,000), according to the

Racist jibes prompt Saga to scrap its social network ‘Facebook for the over 50s’ - 02/06/13
Saga has closed the social networking website it set up as a rival to Facebook for the over fifties because of what it said were “racist, homophobic and anti-semitic comments”. Paul Green, a spokesman for the company, explained: “There were some particularly vicious exchanges recently about the Middle East and some people were banned after accusations of making anti-semitic or anti-arab comments.

Strippers sue to keep personal files away from man in jail - 02/06/13
How much is too much information? A Tacoma man is asking for a pile of personal information on adult dancers throughout Pierce County. Despite his criminal past, Robert Hill claims he is legally entitled to know what the dancers look like and potentially where they live.

Sergeant pleads not guilty to charges - 02/06/13
A Barrington police sergeant has pleaded not guilty to charges cyberstalking and obstruction charges. Sergeant Joseph Andreozzi was released on $10,000 personal recognizance after he enetered the plea Wednesday at his Superior Court arraignment.

The police laughed when I said I had a woman stalker. But she's cost me my home, my girlfriend and my sanity - 02/06/13
My home, my relationship, my peace of mind. I have lost all three in the past few years through no fault of my own. But if I admit the reason, I have no doubt your reactions will vary from incredulity to derision. This is part of the difficulty of being the male victim of a female stalker: people find it amusing. How can a 6ft 3in, 39-year-old man fear a woman? Surely, I should be flattered by the attention?

Cops say West Palm woman rented out neighbor’s foreclosed home, collected more than $13,000 in rent - 02/05/13
A West Palm Beach woman is accused of commandeering her neighbor’s empty and foreclosed-upon home, renting it through Craigslist and collecting more than $13,000 in rent before the owner discovered the ruse and called the cops.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Book Signing In Portsmouth, New Hampshire This Sunday + MORE

If you are in or near Portsmouth, NH, come see me at the Barnes & Noble on Sunday, February 10th at noon. The address is 45 Gosling Road, Newington, NH.

Check out the press release from my publisher for my new book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder & Mayhem

Monday, February 04, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 5, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Hemingway's gate for sale on eBay

A Florida charity is auctioning the original gate from Ernest Hemingway's Key West home on eBay.

The auction, which had a high bid of $2,877.99 with eight days left to go Thursday afternoon, states the gate was formerly a part of the brick wall built around the writer's home in 1935, which is now the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.

The museum replaced the gate because it allowed cats to escape the property and the relic was donated to Helpline, a non-profit Key West phone line aimed at giving information and referrals to people in crisis.

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College-cyber bullying, national concern - 02/04/13
When one thinks of bullying, one may imagine a defenseless kid rushing to his bike after school to avoid a group of tough tyrants. Rarely is bullying thought of in a university environment. In November 2012, the International Bullying Prevention Association sponsored a conference in Kansas City, with a session specifically about bullying on college campuses. Former board member for the UMKC Women’s Center, Trish Madsen, M.S., is now a community educator who has specialized in bullying prevention for 14 years, speaking to more than 80,000 students, parents and teachers.

Police study Facebook page of 16-year-old girl murdered in frenzied stabbing as 22-year-old man is charged with her killing - 02/03/13
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of Sasha Marsden, the 16-year-old who was found knifed to death in a back alley in Blackpool.. David Minto, 22, of Blackpool, has been charged with murder and has been remanded into custody to appear before Blackpool Magistrates Court tomorrow morning. The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Lancashire Constabulary to charge a man with the murder earlier today.

The Cyberstalking Epidemic: Worried? You Should Be - 02/01/13
In the movie "Silver Linings Playbook," Bradley Cooper plays a man with a restraining order obsessing over his estranged wife. He schemes to get a letter delivered to her, runs past her house, skulks around her workplace and acts like a full-fledged maniac. But he doesn't know how to use Facebook, apparently, because it's much easier to stalk online.

Theft victim failed by police turns detective to track down crook who stole £15,000 of farm equipment and tried to sell it on eBay - 02/01/13
When Craig Parkinson had thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen from his farmyard, the police took a statement, gave him a crime reference number, and drew up a list of the missing items. But when a week later they appeared no nearer to catching the culprit, Mr Parkinson decided to take matters into his own hands. The farmer and part-time mole catcher logged onto internet auction sites and searched first for a pressure washer similar to the one that had been stolen.

'Monday: Got stalked, again': Facebook fears of schoolgirl, 12, 'before she was abducted by two men' - 02/01/13
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of abduction after a 12-year-old girl who had complained of being stalked went missing from her home. Kerry Goddard vanished at 10pm last night and her family raised the alarm when she failed to return to her home in Fownhope, Herefordshire.

'Hacktivists' who caused multi-million pound losses to PayPal and other websites in cyber attacks walk free from court - 02/01/13
A man who hacked into PayPal and other major websites causing multi-million pound losses, has walked free from court today. Jake Birchall was just 16-years-old when he was part of a computer gang called Anonymous that launched a series of devastating cyber attacks dubbed Operation Payback that ‘caused unprecedented harm’ to Visa, MasterCard and the online payment firm PayPal.

We're tweeting live from HR... where we're being fired! Angry HMV staff hijack account as firm announces redundancies - 01/31/13
Its demise has been widely blamed on online shopping. And yesterday the internet caused further problems for struggling HMV – when staff hijacked the firm’s Twitter account to post a blow-by-blow account of mass sackings at head office.

Crime suspect on the run from police taunts them on Facebook with his own Wild West-style wanted poster - 01/31/13
A suspect who has been on the run from the police for more than two months is bragging about his fugitive status on Facebook. Anthony Swinburn, 28, boasts of enjoying a top-of-the-range Sky TV package and his girlfriend’s alleged cannabis habit. He has mocked police efforts to find him by posting his own ‘Wanted’ poster on the website.

Man arrested on charges of stalking Oviedo city manager - 01/31/13
After months of investigation, a man was arrested yesterday morning and charged with aggravated stalking - a stalking incident, officials say, that directly targeted Oviedo's city manager. William Breazeale, an east Orlando resident, was arrested yesterday on counts of aggravated stalking, cyber stalking, harassment and threats of death to a victim - a victim that happened to be William's wife and the current city manager of Oviedo, Kathryn Breazeale.

Conviction of cyberbully who harassed New York University professor and academic rival of his father mostly upheld by appeals court - 01/31/13
Raphael Golb, a disbarred attorney and son of Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Norman Golb, had one identity theft count of the 30 total charges, including criminal impersonation, forgery and aggravated harrasment, for impersonating NYU professor Lawrence Schiffman and sending phony emails.

Giovanna Plowman, 'Tampon Girl' Commits Suicide over Twitter, Facebook Cyber Bullying? Death Hoax Claims Infamous Viral Fame-Seeker - 01/31/13
Earlier this month, 15-year-old Giovanna Plowman became an instant internet sensation when she posted a rather disturbing video of herself sucking on a used, bloody tampon. Thousands of "haters" responded on Facebook and Twitter while Plowman continued to bask in her newfound 15-minutes of viral fame. Now, a shady report on the Internet Chronicle claims that Plowman recently committed suicide due to all of the "ceaseless" cyber bullying brought on by the "heartless masses."

Headmaster of £18,000-a-year girls' school 'was sacked for breaching his own social networking rules by commenting on Facebook group called BRAS' - 01/30/13
The sacked principal of an exclusive girls-only boarding school allegedly breached his own rules on social networking by commenting on an appreciation page dedicated to himself - called BRAS. Bernie Routledge commented on the page called the Bernie Routledge Appreciation Society - set up by pupils at another school - while head of the Howell's School in Denbigh north Wales, an employment tribunal has heard.

Sextortionist blackmailed 350 women to strip then took pictures of them via Skype - 01/30/13
A man accused of blackmailing hundreds of women into stripping for him as he watched over the internet could face a 105 year prison sentence. So-called 'sextortionist' Karen 'Gary' Kazaryan, 27, is said to have coerced more than 350 young women into showing him their naked bodies by hacking into their Facebook and e-mail accounts, posing as a friend, and coaxing them to strip as he watched via Skype - often capturing images of them shedding their clothes.

Prostitutes openly using Facebook and Twitter to sell sex 'are putting children at risk' - 01/30/13
New fears about the effect Facebook could have on children have arisen after it emerged that prostitutes have been using the site to advertise their services. Social media has been flooded with hundreds of pages operated by sex workers, visible to any web user. While it has always been difficult to avoid adverts for prostitutes in sites such as phone boxes, the rise of social networking has made it even easier to access explicit content.

Woman who impersonated Sask. beauty queen on Facebook to con men banned from using Internet - 01/30/13
A Saskatoon woman who created a fake Facebook profile using photos of a pageant contestant - and conned young men hoping for dates into giving her money - is banned from using the Internet for the next six months. Melissa D. Brandon, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Saskatoon provincial court to impersonating Brittany Bjerland by using Miss Saskatchewan photos that Brandon found online to create the fake Facebook page. She operated the page between June 2011 and January 2012.

Warson Woods Resident Reports Online Harassment - 01/29/13
A resident of the 1400 block of Frontenay Court called police to report phone harassment. Authorities said someone with the same last name as the reporting party had posted an inappropriate video online and other parties began posting the resident's name, address and phone number in posts and blogs on other sites alleging it was his daughter.

Instagram tool of alleged teen cyber-bully arrested in Colorado - 01/29/13
A 15-year-old Colorado boy is accused of cyber-bullying using Instagram, the photo-sharing app. Arvada police say the teen, a student at Ralston Valley High School, was charged with five counts of third-degree harassment, CBS Denver reports. The charges stem from a so-called "burn book" - like the one featured in the movie Mean Girls. In this case, the alleged bullying youth created postings on Instagram under the user name "anonymous."

Cyber-stalking, data mining, Spoof Cards .. oh my! - 01/29/13
Shopping online for a child’s birthday present. Sharing photos from a vacation. Downloading movies. Using Loopt on a cell phone to see if friends are nearby and want to meet up for coffee. Retuning a missed call from a Caller ID list.

Detroit man charged with cyberstalking 18 victims - 01/28/13
The number of victims linked to an accused cyberstalker from Detroit has increased to 18, and the defendant now faces additional charges of producing child pornography. James S. Allen was charged last year with cyberstalking 10 local women and girls, but a new federal indictment puts the number of victims at 18 and includes new allegations of producing child pornography.

The Digital Safety Gap and the Online Harassment of Women - 01/28/13
Men Who Hate Women was the original language name of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. When the book was to be published in English the name was changed. Which is why I have a "Dumb Cunt" folder on my computer. It's jarring to see it there next to "Kids Stuff" and "Work Docs." But, this is where I file away copies of misogynistic messages and threats that I get via email, Facebook, Twitter and comments.