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Thursday, May 30, 2013

True Crime Online Video Podcast #4: Cyberbullying

True Crime Online Video Podcast #4: Cyberbullying

Monday, May 27, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 27, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bully learns lesson from thrift-shop clothes

A Utah woman who found out her daughter was teasing a schoolmate about her clothes said she taught the girl a lesson using clothing from a thrift shop.

The Murray woman, identified only as Ally to protect the identity of the girl, Kaylee, said she devised the punishment for the elementary school student after receiving an email from the girl's teacher saying Kaylee had been bullying another girl, KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, reported Tuesday.

"She would take her out on the playground and call her names, and tell her she was a slob and tell her she dressed like a sleaze," Ally said. "Someone not wanting to go to school anymore based off of something that one other little person said to them -- I mean, that's huge, that's damaging."

Ally said she is not Kaylee's biological mother but is in a long-term relationship with the girl's father, who has custody. The father said Ally and Kaylee have a mother-daughter relationship.

Ally said she bought about $50 worth of clothing and sneakers she knew Kaylee would not like at a local thrift shop and made the girl wear the clothes to school for two days.

Kaylee said she heard other students talking about her behind her back when she wore the clothes. She said she learned her lesson.

"Because it's [teasing is] stupid and it's mean. It hurts them," she said.

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SUNY Student Faces Internet Extortion and Cyber Stalking Charges - 05/24/13
Adam Savader, a 21-year-old science student from the State University of New York Farmingdale and a former Republican Party campaign intern, was arrested late last month and charged with internet extortion and cyber stalking 15 young women.

New York man is granted bond in Michigan cyberstalking case - 05/24/13
A 21-year-old New York man has been released after a month in custody on cyberstalking charges filed in Detroit. Adam Savader (suh-VAH’-dur) of Great Neck, N.Y., is charged with cyberstalking and extortion through the Internet. He’s accused of threatening to release nude photos of young women unless they sent some to him. Many are college students who know him.

A New York City woman has been sentenced to probation for stalking actress Marion Cotillard on the Internet. Teresa Yuan was sentenced Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. She pleaded guilty last fall. Prosecutors said Yuan sent 504 emails and 120 webcam videos of herself to a Cotillard fan website in 2011.

Jump on a Manatee’s Back, Go to Federal Prison - 05/23/13
Of all the dumb things you can film yourself doing, jumping on top of a manatee is one of the dumbest. Yes, manatees sort of look like gigantic living sea pillows. But they’re not, and jumping on top of them will not result in a fluffy, comfortable experience. Instead, it will result in possible bodily harm for the manatee and a possible prison sentence for the thoughtless jumper.

Humor or harassment? Marine Corps leadership targets salty Facebook sites - 05/22/13
The trouble for Lance Cpl. H started when she checked her Facebook account one day last year to find nearly 50 new friend requests from male Marines she didn’t know. Her inbox started blowing up with messages, many of them overtly sexual, from users hitting on her or asking her for a date.

Freeport police arrest man for cyber stalking - 05/22/13
Freeport police on May 21, arrested Larry Stoops, 34, of Rockford on a felony charge of cyber stalking. Police allege that Stoops on Feb. 23, knowingly engaged electronic content that caused personal distress.

Smartphone images can reveal more than just pictures - 05/22/13
Most people know that cell phones can be used as a tracking device, but the advanced technology of many smartphones has given a whole new meaning to cyber-stalking. What many parents may not realize is that when they take a picture with their smartphone and post it to a social media site, they may be broadcasting more than just an image to the world.

Little Compton Man Charged With Cyberstalking - 05/22/13
Phillip Keefe, 36, of Little Compton, was arrested on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. after he turned himself in at police headquarters. Keefe was wanted by Little Compton police on an outstanding warrant. Following several months of investigation, police charged Keefe with three counts of cyberstalking.

Deputies search for gun-wielding cyberstalker - 05/21/13
Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a wanted man. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Michael Weathers, 26, of Baton Rouge is wanted on charges of cyberstalking, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Signing Today in Biddeford, Maine

TODAY!!! I'm doing a book signing! Hope some of you can make it! 25 May 2013 Nonesuch Books Book signing from 11am-1pm The Shops at Biddeford Crossing 403 Mariner Way Biddeford, ME 04005 Tel: 207-282-2638

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

True Crime Online Video Podcast #3: Scams, Hoaxes and Spam

Watch the latest edition of True Crime Online Video Podcast #3: Scams, Hoaxes and Spam

Monday, May 20, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 20, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bing adds Klingon to translation tool

U.S. software giant Microsoft has added "Klingon" to its Bing translator to celebrate this week's release of "Star Trek: Into Darkness."

The search engine partnered with Marc Okrand, the creator of the fictional language, to add the alien tongue to the translation tool, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Selecting Klingon on Bing causes a line to pop up indicating partnerships with Paramount and the non-profit Klingon Language Institute.

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Cyber bullying cases pass to private investigators - 05/21/13
POLICE are referring cases of Facebook cyber bullying to private investigators, telling them they neither have the time nor the expertise to deal with complaints from parents. Private investigators receive countless tip-offs from police through unofficial channels asking them to step in and solve cyber bullying crimes.

FBI arrests Puerto Rico man for Twitter threat against well-known gay activist on island - 05/20/13
A man has been arrested in Puerto Rico for a Twitter post that threatened a gay activist and made a reference to the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI said Monday. Joseph Morales Serrano was taken into custody at his home in San Juan on a charge of cyberbullying for allegedly posting the threatening message on May 6, according to Special Agent Moises Quinones, a spokesman for the FBI in the U.S. island territory.

Indian policeman says 23 fake Facebook profiles opened in his name - 05/20/13
A police officer in India says 23 fake Facebook profiles were created in his name by persons unknown and they have been flooded with marriage requests. The officer, Shivdeep Waman Lande, who is currently posted as aide-de-camp to the Bihar governor, filed a formal complaint with the office of senior superintendent of police in Patna Manu Maharaj Saturday, Gulf News reported.

Google Maps helps man find parents 23 years after he was abducted - 05/17/13
A Chinese man who was abducted as a child about 23 years ago said he was able to find his family with the help of Google Maps. Luo Gang said he was abducted at age 5 near his school and raised by adoptive parents in Sanming, Fujian province -- and all he could remember about his hometown was that it had two bridges, The Daily Telegraph, Britain, reported Friday.

Waitress fired for Facebook picture of deputies - 05/16/13
An Oklahoma Chili's said a waitress was fired for a Facebook photo of police dining at the eatery with a caption saying they "better hope I'm not their server." Piedmont Police and Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies said they were concerned when Ashley Warden posted a picture to her Facebook page of a group of deputies dining at the Oklahoma City restaurant, WFOR-TV, Oklahoma City, reported Thursday.

The ugly side of social media, school punishment for cyberbullying - 05/16/13
The method of punishment for bad behavior on social media, it's something a Charleston County school board member said needs to be addressed. This comes after the board had to intervene for the first time last week punishing a student for posting a racial slur on Twitter. The definition of cyberbullying sometimes depends on who you ask.

Howard Stern Threatens to "Go to War" With Cyberbullies Mocking His Family - 05/16/13
Howard Stern isn’t a man who minces words, so when cyberbullies started attacking his family, he was more than ready to fight back. Radar Online reports that some of the shock jock’s fans have turned against him for allegedly going soft and are taking to Twitter and other online forums to lash out against both Howard and his family.

Seen At 11: Adult Bullies Take Their Stalking Online - 05/16/13
Imagine being bombarded by threatening emails or text messages on a regular basis, or finding out that someone has been posting disturbing photos or lies about you on the Internet. Cyber stalking is a growing and dangerous trend that has many people living in fear.

Could 'trolling' constitute 'cyber-stalking?' - 05/16/13
Bad reviews are a potential deal breaker for any business, product or person. But what if that person who wrote the review never tried the product? Could there be legal consequences? That's the question an independent writer in Goodview is asking himself after a handful of bad reviews on his books. In one review, the person admits to never even reading his book. Do false reviews violate any laws? Rick Carufel thinks it does.

Internet Evolution Reports on Cyberstalking Victim's Campaign to Get LinkedIn to Protect Users - 05/16/13
More than 6 million Americans are victims of stalking every year. One of those victims wants LinkedIn to do more to help stop cyberstalkers. After being sexually assaulted at work, Anna Rihtar quit the job she loved to avoid her attacker. And, like many unemployed people, she turned to LinkedIn to find work. But Rihtar's attacker followed her online. In addition to phoning, emailing, and pursuing Rihtar on Facebook and Twitter, he began cyberstalking her on LinkedIn, leaving messages that were alternately flirtatious and threatening.

Revisiting ‘Star Wars Kid’: Story inspires debate on cyberbullying - 05/14/13
Ten years ago, he was known as the “Star Wars Kid” and the subject of unwanted media attention. Now the world knows him better as Ghyslain Raza. Since granting his first interview in a decade, Raza has emerged something of a hero as his story inspires debate about online bullying and the impunity of the message board. Raza’s story, which appears in the current print edition of Maclean’s and L’actualité, has spread to the U.S., U.K., France and Australia. It has been shared widely on Facebook and Twitter, sites that didn’t exist when he was thrust into the spotlight as the butt of a viral video joke. Now he’s drawing praise instead of laughter.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

River Run Bookstore and Documentary Filming

On May 14th, 2013, I was doing a talk and book signing at the River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. A film crew from a Massachusetts community TV station came to film me for a documentary they are doing. It was exciting and a lot of fun! Click on the link to see the photos.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

True Crime Online Video Podcast #2: Online Dating

True Crime Online Video Podcast #2: Online Dating

Book signing at River Run Bookstore Tonight

Tonight in Portsmouth, NH at 7 pm I'll be doing a talk and signing books at River Run Bookstore - please come and please share with your friends!

Monday, May 13, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 13, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Horse-riding goats common occurrence, owner says

A Canadian farm owner says horse-riding goats are a common sight on her farm.

Angie Power's horse-riding pygmy goats were recently featured riding her Arabian horse in a video put out by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, CBC News reported.

"The goats like to always, of course, be close to the horse, and when she lies down, they lie down on her back," Power said. "And, of course, goats being goats -- you know, they're pretty sure-footed little things -- [the horse] gets up and most of the time they'll just stay on and go for a ride around the farm."

Power said people from the tourism department happened to be driving by her farm and see one of the goats on the horse.

"They thought it was remarkable -- they had never seen anything like it," she said. "So they asked could they come in and spend the day filming and they did, it was wonderful."

To get the goats down, the horse gives them a gentle jostle, Power said.

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'A true stalker': Ex-Aston Villa goalkeeper, 32, condemned by judge for destroying ex-girlfriend's life with relentless emails, turning up at her office and even booking a holiday for them both - 05/13/13
A former Aston Villa goalkeeper relentlessly harassed his ex-girlfriend after she broke up with him, booking a holiday for them both and even turning up at her office, a court heard. Ex-England youth international Matthew Ghent was branded a 'true stalker' by a judge after he admitted harassing the probation officer, with whom he had a six-month relationship after meeting her on a dating website.

Woman, 51, stalked Metal Mulisha rider, police say - 05/11/13
Police say they have identified an online stalker who posted dozens of bizarre, threatening comments about Brian Deegan, a member of the Temecula-based freestyle motocross team Metal Mulisha. Riverside County sheriff’s officials said Friday, May 10, that they don’t expect the 51-year-old Menifee woman to face criminal charges because she appears to be mentally ill. Sgt. Kevin McDonald said the woman thought she was channeling the spirit of a dead motocross rider.

Husband, 36, murdered new bride, 44, just days after they married before embarking on 31-month round-the-world trip with £65,000 of her savings - 05/11/13
Smiling for the camera, they appear like any other happy newlyweds, ready to embark on their life together. But a week after this picture was taken, Jamie Starbuck had killed and dismembered wife Debbie, ready to embark on a £65,000 round-the-world trip paid for with her inheritance. Starbuck – who brazenly charted his globetrotting adventures in a blog entitled Diary of a Misanthrope – was yesterday starting a life sentence after admitting the murder of his 44-year-old wife.

Amazon drugs row: Fury as deadly 'legal highs' which can trigger psychotic episodes on sale online - 05/10/13
Deadly ‘legal highs’ are being sold on Amazon. Despite warnings from campaigners, the online shop is selling salvia and describing it as ‘more powerful than LSD’. Nitrous oxide and poppers, which can be similarly lethal, are on sale as well. Maryon Stewart, whose daughter Hester died after taking the drug GBL, wrote to Amazon last month, asking it to withdraw the products along with drug pipes, bongs and scales.

Trenton man found guilty of using Myspace to plan execution-style gang killing - 05/10/13
One down, three to go -- that was the message relayed by victorious Mercer County assistant prosecutors yesterday after a jury found Trenton man Keith Williams guilty of plotting a gang killing on social media site Myspace. Williams and three other men were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the 2008 shooting death of Arrell Bell, and Williams’ conviction marks the end of the first trial.

Hopkinton police arrest man on cyber stalking warrant - 05/10/13
Zachery M. Austin, of Westerly, was arrested May 4 on a cyber stalking warrant and transported to Hopkinton, where the complaint against him was made. Leslie R. Wright filed a complaint with Hopkinton police on March 22, stating that Austin had sent her a false text message stating that her daughter, Alexa, had fallen and was in the hospital.

Devastated father discovered his 13-year-old son had been killed in car accident when £30,000-a-year boarding school posted tragic news on its website - 05/10/13
A father learned that his 13-year-old son had been killed in a road accident when the boy’s public school announced it on its website. William Avery-Wright had been knocked down by a Land Rover as he crossed a main road on his way to rugby practice.

Lee David Clayworth, Lee Ching Yan [PHOTOS]: Former Canadian Teacher Cyber-Stalked & Harassed By Ex-Girlfriend, Can't Get Job Due to Leaked Photos - 05/09/13
Lee David Clayworth, a 35-year-old Canadian teacher, claims that his ex-girlfriend Lee Ching Yan has been ruthlessly cyber-stalking and harassing him after she stole his laptop. The two dated for several months in 2010 when Clayworth was working in Malaysia, but after they broke up he says she broke into his apartment, stole his computer, and started posting nude and personal photos online in an attempt to tarnish his name. As a result, Clayworth cannot get a job and he believes that his Internet identity has been compromised.

Sainsbury girls nab kidnap fugitive boss - 05/09/13
A US fugitive kidnapper lying low while working here as a Sainsbury’s boss was nailed ­ by two checkout girls he upset. They Googled Sean Lopes ­ to find he fled 15 years’ jail and was once among New York’s most wanted villains. Lopes, 47, used a gun and knife to hold his ex, 22, hostage but escaped before his 2005 conviction ­ initially to Trinidad.

Principal suspends teen for Instagramming her mug shot -05/09/13
I'm thinking of renaming this blog Technically HighSchoolWrecked. No sooner does one odd controversy erupt in our teen education centers than another appears like a tardy bus. The latest is a tale from Georgia. Please sit back. You may enjoy this. An enterprising young man named Keandre Varner thought he'd discover whether his high school principal was, or ever had been, a criminal. What joy, perhaps, for him to discover that there existed a mugshot of Jamille Miller Brown, principal of Riverdale High School, in Georgia.

Doctor accused of attacking girlfriend over Facebook post - 05/08/13
A South Florida doctor was accused Wednesday of aggravated battery on his girlfriend after an argument last month over a Facebook post. Orlando Llorente, 41, was charged with one count attempted murder and kidnapping after police say he abused Leeanne Sauma, 36, on April 21, for about 16 hours, water-boarding her continuously until she lost consciousness in their apartment near Southwest 12th Street in the Brickell area.

UL student charged with cyberstalking - 05/08/13
A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student has been arrested and charged with stalking and cyberstalking after UL police said he failed to heed warnings to stop following and texting a female student. Victor Manuel Bermudez-Silva, 20, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center before being released on a $5,000 bond.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

True Crime Online Podcast - Episode One

My first True Crime Online podcast is now up! Please watch, like and share!!!

Book signing event tonight in Stratham, New Hampshire

This is tonight! If you live in southern New Hampshire or Maine, I hope you can make it. Please share! The Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham will hold its annual Local Authors Night on Tuesday May 7 at 6:30 p.m. The panel of local authors will include mystery novelist K.D. Mason, author and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mimi White, gardening author and editor of Coastal Home Magazine Penelope O'Sullivan, cyber crime expert and author J.A. Hitchcock, young adult author Zoe Cannon, novelist Tim Horvath and columnist, poet and humorist Joann Snow Duncanson. For more information please contact the library at 772-4346.

Monday, May 06, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 6, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man called 911 80 times seeking 'Kool-Aid, burgers and weed'

Police in Florida said they arrested a man accused of calling 911 about 80 times because he wanted "Kool-Aid, burgers and weed" brought to his home.

St. Petersburg police said Jarvis Sutton, 34, allegedly called the emergency number about 80 times Sunday and the arrest report said he told officers he "wanted Kool-Aid, burgers and weed to be delivered to him," the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reported Wednesday.

Sutton, who was arrested on a charge of misusing the 911 system, allegedly chewed foam attached to the metal caging in the back of a police cruiser during his arrest.

Sutton was jailed in lieu of $150 bail.

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'I'm tired of hiding': Revenge porn victim speaks out about years of torment after her former boyfriend posted X-rated photos of her online and even sent them to her boss - 05/03/13
A Florida woman whose life was turned upside down when her ex-boyfriend posted naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website is picking up the pieces after the embarrassing ordeal. Holly Jacobs, who has changed her named from Holli Thometz, says her former boyfriend Ryan Seay distributed private intimate photos she had shared with him on the internet in 2009 after they broke up. Now she is on a crusade to help other women who have been victimized in cyber stalking schemes and trying to move forward with her life.

Stolen iPhone recovered after movie-style police chase - 05/03/13
An iPhone theft set off a chase reminiscent of the movie "The French Connection," with a car pursuing a suspect on a New York subway train, police say. The incident occurred April 15, in the borough of Queens, The New York Times reported Friday. Police Officer Haaris Hamid, who responded when a woman's phone was snatched from her hand, used Find My iPhone on his own phone and quickly realized the stolen phone -- and presumably the thief -- was on board a No. 7 train heading toward Manhattan on the elevated line that runs above Roosevelt Avenue.

Cyber pervert took intimate pictures of his neighbours using the webcams on their computers -05/03/13
A perverted computer expert took thousands of intimate pictures of his neighbours after infecting their computers with a virus that allowed him to spy on them through their webcams. Police in Zaragoza, Spain, arrested the 34-year-old man and confiscated his computer hard drive which contained images of hundreds of people who had absolutely no idea they were being spied on.

Conman's lover jailed after helping her boyfriend trick woman he met on the internet into handing over £12,000 - 05/03/13
The lover of a serial con artist who posed as a 'well-heeled' stockbroker has apologised to his latest victim after being jailed for helping him pull of the scam. Gail Heyworth, 51, lived a life of luxury thanks to the lies of Scott Travis despite claiming she was also one of his victims. However, she was found to be the person collecting cash from one of his victims when another woman came forward after being duped out of nearly £12,000 by Travis.

Joburg man's stalker from hell - 05/02/13
A man from Sandton has been harassed and stalked by an ex-girlfriend to such an extent that he has lost his job and many of his friends. His online profile is not his own and his house has been petrol-bombed. Now Duncan D’Ewes, 37, has become one of the first people to open a case with the police using the Protection from Harassment Act, which came into effect on Saturday – Freedom Day.

Warning on online harassment - 05/02/13
THE issue of harassment between school students via social media websites has raised its head again. All persons using social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Kick, etc., are reminded that sending anything on the internet or via telephone that is considered to be offensive or harassing to a person is a criminal offence under the Telecommunications Act.

UConn Student Accused Of Email Harassment - 05/01/13
A University of Connecticut law student faces charges of second-degree harassment and second-degree breach of peace after allegedly sending anti-Semitic, racist, sexual and threatening emails to students and faculty. Anya Bargh, 32, of Middletown, was arraigned Wednesday and given more time to hire a lawyer. She was arrested April 25 and posted $2,500 bail.

Man allegedly hid cameras in women's bathrooms at Paris bars - 05/01/13
Authorities in Paris said they arrested a man accused of hiding cameras in women's bathrooms at multiple bars in the city. Police said a bar manager told officers he suspected the 36-year-old man of being behind a mini video camera discovered in a cigarette box left on the floor of the women's restroom, and investigators caught him in the act of placing another camera in a similar way at another bar, The reported Wednesday.

Ronda mayor accused of cyberstalking by political opponent - 05/01/13
The political gamesmanship that has engulfed the small town of Ronda in recent months escalated Monday night. Charges were filed at the Wilkes County Courthouse accusing Ronda mayor Victor Varela and his wife, Teri, of cyberstalking. The complaint was filed by Kevin Reece, a Ronda resident and political opponent of Victor Varela. The couple was assigned a May 31 court date.

Parent's outrage after radio station 'posts offensive altered images of Down syndrome boy holding Retarded News sign' - 04/30/13
A media company is accused of using and altering a picture of a boy with Down syndrome on their website alongside captions like Retarded News and other offensive phrases. Pamela and Bernard Holland are suing Cox Media over a picture of their son Adam that was taken during an art class at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville in 2004. Adam, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, is proudly holding a picture he had just drawn. He was 17 at the time.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Internet Safety for Kids: 17 Cyber Safety Experts Share Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online

Internet Safety for Kids: 17 Cyber Safety Experts Share Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online -