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Monday, July 29, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 29, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Prancercise creator releases 'X-Rated' workout video
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/07/25/Prancercise-creator-releases-X-Rated-workout-video/5111374758486/?spt=sec&or=on
Horse-inspired fitness enthusiast Joanna Rohrback is at it again, this time with a disclaimer that the video is "X-rated." After her first video hit more than 7.5 million views, Rohrback was brought on to make a John Mayer music video. Now, she's getting back to making videos of her own. Her newest clip, called "Uninhibited Fitness," encourages viewers to take their horselike gait into the open, releasing their "inner horse." "I’m uninhibited as I’ve already exhibited, so let them stare and gawk -- I’m gonna do my Prancercise walk!” Rohrback says, galloping along a path. The video itself is not really X-rated, despite the caveat. Instead, Rohrback says it's a response to the comedians that call her clothing "too revealing." Rohrback has amassed a cult following thanks to her ever-present spandex pants. "If my camel toe doesn't embarrass me, why would this? I'm not embarrassed at all," Rohrback said.

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Treat Twitter trolls the same as stalkers - 07/29/13
http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/treat-twitter-trolls-the-same-as-stalkers-8736786.html
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has become the latest woman to attract the attention of aggressive stalkers on Twitter after supporting Caroline Criado-Perez, who bore the brunt of a succession of unpleasant and threatening tweets after campaigning for Jane Austen to feature on Bank of England £10 notes, hardly a contentious cause. Would-be anonymous internet users abused both women in an intimidatory fashion, including threats of rape.

Twitter abuse: Why cyberbullies are targeting women - 07/29/13
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23488550
Does it matter whether this article was written by a man or a woman? The politically correct answer may be no, but for some readers it could be an important factor. The threats of sexual violence which Caroline Criado-Perez received online following her campaign for a woman to be featured on British bank notes has highlighted the prevalence of gender-based bullying across social media.

Facebook parenting group slams door on haters - 07/29/13
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1668027/facebook-parenting-group-slams-door-on-haters/?cs=2388
Vicious cyber bullying by mothers towards other mothers has prompted the managers of one of the largest Facebook communities for parents to tell the mama trolls to shut up or get off. Babyology's decision to take a stand against vicious and personal comments on its 113,000 strong parenting group on Facebook seems to have won support. By Sunday night, the post announcing the decision had nearly 2500 likes and close to 100 comments. Member Hilda McBrien agreed, saying there was no place for ''negative abusive comments. Well done, Babyology, for taking a stance.''

Caroline Criado-Perez Twitter abuse case leads to arrest - 07/29/13
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23485610
A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a feminist campaigner was deluged on Twitter with abuse and threats of rape, Scotland Yard has confirmed. He was detained in the Manchester area on suspicion of harassment offences. Caroline Criado-Perez faced abuse after successfully campaigning for a woman's face to appear on UK banknotes.

The vigilante paedophile hunters: They claim to be good citizens exposing sex predators by posing as underage girls online. Police say they're recklessly jeopardising official investigations. Who's right? - 07/29/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2380523/Vigilante-paedophile-hunters-Good-citizens-exposing-sex-predators-recklessly-jeopardising-official-investigations.html#ixzz2aRhDBOmB
Holding up his smartphone, the founder of an organisation called Letzgo Hunting scrolls through a long series of tiny internet profile pictures of men. Some are in their 20s and grinning inanely, others are middle-aged with blank expressions. A few are pensioners. All of these men, says Jamie ­ or ‘Scumm Buster’ as he likes to be known ­ are paedophiles grooming under-age girls in chatrooms and on social networking and dating sites such as ‘badoo’ and ‘tagged.com’, each of which have more than 100 million members worldwide. ‘We are currently in online contact with about 30 such men who are talking to us in a sexually explicit way as we pose as teenage girls on the web,’ Jamie says.

DBPD chief gift wraps nude sgt. to media while shielding supervisor who harassed her with 500 text messages - 07/28/13
http://headlinesurfer.com/content/412428-union-dbpd-chief-gift-wraps-nude-sgt-media-while-shielding-supervisor-who-harassed-he
There's the deeper story inside the sex scandal story that Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood kept from the media in "gift wrapping the news" of the resignation of Sgt. Penny Dane. So says the union head of the 46-year-old female sergeant who was forced out after admitting to posting online semi-nude photos of herself in uniform as well as nude shots onto a virtual adult sex network via city-owned computers while on duty.

Internet dating firms entice lonely hearts with faked profiles based on real people - 07/28/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2380535/Internet-dating-firms-entice-lonely-hearts-faked-profiles-based-real-people.html#ixzz2aRhNXQZv
Internet dating firms are using the details of real people without their permission to create fake profiles designed to entice lonely customers into paying to find love. Investigators also found some matchmaking sites were buying the personal data of members of the public to artificially boost the number of people who appeared to be using their services, thereby helping the sites attract more customers.

Sperm donor ordered to pay £300,000 after affair with client he met on a website where he said he was available for 'breeding parties' - 07/26/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2378822/Sperm-donor-fathered-30-children-pay-paternity-costs-court-decides-mother-affair.html#ixzz2aRhYJjK5
A prolific sperm donor who advertised himself for ‘breeding parties’ has been ordered to pay £300,000 after fathering a child with a married client during a fling. The man, who claims to have sired 30 children, was ruled the legal parent of a two-year-old boy conceived after an affair. His claim that conception was the result of artificial insemination rather than ‘ordinary sex’ was rejected by the court, which heard he used his fertility to get women into bed.

Cop in cyberstalking case allowed to go to treatment - 07/26/13
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130726/NEWS01/707269814
A Seattle cop being investigated for cyberstalking, identity theft and fourth-degree domestic-violence assault was released from jail Friday so he can go to a treatment center in Florida. Seattle detective David Blackmer, 43, lives in the Everett area. Seattle investigators allege that he created a fake Facebook page for his ex-mistress, 31, and posted sexual pictures of her without her consent. He also reportedly assaulted her during an argument the two had near his home.

Pittsburgh man modifies his toaster to tweet 'toasting' and 'done' - 07/26/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/26/Pittsburgh-man-modifies-his-toaster-to-tweet-toasting-and-done/UPI-93181374873972/#ixzz2aRkswa8z
A Pittsburgh says he's wired his toaster into Twitter so it to automatically sends him a tweet when it's toasting every morning.Hans Scharler glued a switch to the outside of his toaster that detects when the slider is down and the toaster is on, or when it's up and finished toasting -- and connected in to the Internet to automatically tweet "Toasting" and "Done Toasting," boston.com reported Friday.

Email threats against Cuccinelli investigated - 07/26/13
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/email-threats-against-cuccinelli-investigated/article_e4027c7e-f5df-11e2-80de-0019bb30f31a.html
State and local authorities are investigating threatening emails sent to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Search warrants obtained by NBC4 Washington Thursday reveal the sender of the emails threatened the Republican candidate for governor and his family.

Self-shot cellphone photo helps identify teen robbery suspects - 07/25/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/25/Self-shot-cellphone-photo-helps-identify-teen-robbery-suspects/UPI-57461374786808/#ixzz2aRl8bdXZ
Police said a pair of teen girls accused of a restaurant robbery were identified in part thanks to a picture they took of themselves before the crime. Investigators in Halmstad, Sweden, said two masked girls robbed a local restaurant and threatened staff with a large kitchen knife, and police dogs followed their scent to a home, The Local.se reported Thursday.

Pa. police chief says he expects to be fired for vulgar video - 07/25/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/25/Pa-police-chief-says-he-expects-to-be-fired-for-vulgar-video/UPI-32451374782026/#ixzz2aRlI5QXh
A Pennsylvania police chief said he expects to lose his job because of online posts in which he calls liberals "libtards" and tells critics "[expletive] you." Gilberton, Pa. Police Chief Mark Kessler is seen in a YouTube clip firing federally restricted weapons along an old strip-mining road while unleashing a stream of vulgarity -- referring at one point to an earlier clip that had drawn criticism for its vulgar content, the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call reported.

Twitter faked user opinions for ad campaign - 07/25/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/10201337/Twitter-faked-user-opinions-for-ad-campaign.html
TV ad targeting is the network's latest service designed for marketers to champion their programmes' adverts through Twitter. An image created for the campaign featured three accounts praising an advert for US coffee chain Barista Bar was posted on the company's blog page in May. The tweets may have been mocked up, but the users' accounts were real and used without their knowledge.

FOX 29 Explores Cyber Stalking - 07/24/13
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/22926663/fox-29-explores-cyber-stalking
Email, instant messaging, Facebook and Twitter. Just some of the ways cyber stalkers can harass someone. Common characteristics: false accusations, rumors or threats that are usually unwanted, obsessive and menacing. "Cyber stalking is essentially creating an online ID and using it to harass someone," defines Anthony Mongeluzo, the President of Pro Computer Service. "A lot of times it will happen where people will spread rumors or do different things either to make money, hurt a reputation, or just personal dislike."

Animals frontman Eric Burdon withdraws from Israel concert after email threats - 07/24/13
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/animals-frontman-eric-burdon-withdraws-from-israel-concert-after-email-threats-8729358.html
He once sang, ‘You Gotta Get Outta This Place,’ but now Eric Burdon is not even turning up at all having deciding to withdraw from a planned concert in Israel, following what his management said were threatening emails. The Animals frontman, whose hits include ‘House of the Rising Sun’, and ‘San Franciscan Nights,’ had been due to perform alongside local Israeli bands in Binyamina, in the north of the country.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Comic Con 2013 - I was there!

You need to have a Facebook account to see all the photos, but here they are!

Monday, July 08, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 8, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Teacher wears same outfit on picture day for 40 years

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/04/Teacher-wears-same-outfit-on-picture-day-for-40-years/UPI-45711372969450/#ixzz2YT5r7K9n

A retired teacher from Dallas who wore the same outfit for yearbook picture day for 40 years says he started the trend by accident and kept it up on a dare.

Dale Irby, 63, said the whole stunt started out in 1974, when he wore the same outfit for picture day as he did the year before, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year," said Irby, an elementary school gym teacher.

Then, his wife dared him to wear the outfit -- a patterned polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater -- again for a third year in a row.

"After five pictures," he said, "it was like: 'Why stop?'"

Irby wore the same outfit every year until he retired from Prestonwood Elementary this year.

"He took his job so seriously in teaching good sportsmanship -- both in athletics and in life," Prestonwood principal Pam Aitken said. "He taught a lot of kids to be fair and respectful of others. That's a great legacy to leave."

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Real-life dates turn shady for online gamers - 07/08/13
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/games/8888034/Real-life-dates-turn-shady-for-online-gamers
Online gamers are leaving themselves vulnerable to blackmail and extortion as increasing numbers of stalkers use the sites to trawl for potential victims. An Auckland private investigator has laid two restraining orders against New Zealand gamers in the past week, after internet relationships spilled into the real world and turned sour.

Beware of These 7 Internet Lies - 07/06/13
http://techpp.com/2013/07/06/internet-lies/
Internet is one of the coolest inventions by mankind. It’s a great place to be at, full of awesome services and resources. But just like we have bad people in real world, there are culprits present at the labyrinth of your internet browser too. Not everything you see there is real. If it looks to too good to be true, then it probably isn’t. We have complied a list of such lies, so next time when you come across any of them, you will know how you are supposed to deal with it.

The hoaxer who breaks women's hearts - 07/06/13
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/07/hoaxer-who-breaks-womens-hearts
When Claire met Seb online she thought she'd found true love, but slowly it became clear that Seb was not who he said he was. Then the other women began to get in touch. In a remarkable investigation, Tom Lamont unpicks an unsettling tale of hope, secrets and dishonesty

Vancouver women out thousands of dollars after online date scam - 07/05/13
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-women-out-thousands-of-dollars-after-online-date-scam-1.1355538#ixzz2YT32PB9p
Two Vancouver women scammed out of thousands of dollars by a man they met through online dating are sharing their cautionary tale. Liz Charyna and Lisa Dwyer said they were both wooed by the same man, unbeknownst to each other, on popular internet dating site Plenty of Fish. “He really came across as somebody who has a good job; he mentioned that he was a site supervisor for construction, plus he had a renovation business on the side,” Charyna said. “He seemed legitimate.”

Victim Narrowly Avoids Craigslist Scam - 07/05/13
http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/Victim-Narrowly-Avoids-Craigslist-Scam-214355181.html?ref=181
Making a deal online is common, but using the Internet can provide scammers with a way to fool people out of their money. Drew and his band almost got caught in one con-man's snare. Drew put a music mixer on Craigslist for $250, but the buyer sent a check for more than $1,600.

Police seek warrant for boy, 18, in high school porn case - 07/05/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/05/Police-seek-warrant-for-boy-18-in-high-school-porn-case/UPI-17851373058168/#ixzz2YT4Hk86b
Police in Florida said they were seeking an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old boy in the case of a 15-year-old girl charged with taking a pornographic picture. Pasco County sheriff's deputies said they were working to obtain an arrest warrant for the 18-year-old boy accused of posting a picture to Twitter depicting a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl engaged in oral sex, WTSP-TV, Tampa Bay, Fla., reported Friday.

Tribune survey: 34% respondents say they have been harassed online - 07/05/13
http://tribune.com.pk/story/572915/tribune-survey-34-respondents-say-theyve-faced-harassment-online/
A recent online survey conducted by The Express Tribune revealed that 65% of the users had been victims of online harassment either themselves, or knew someone who had been harassed online. With an increasing use of social media services throughout Pakistan, all kinds of people have started using these services for all kinds of reasons.

Prof accused of cyber sex stalk bailed out at Rikers - 07/05/13
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/prof-accused-cyber-sex-stalk-bailed-article-1.1390802#ixzz2YT1Ku6XT
The pretty Dutch number cruncher accused of sexual cyber-stalking was set to leave Rikers Island after a jailhouse visit Thursday from a top diplomat. Heleen Mees, 44, had her bail posted, clearing the way for her release from Rikers, where she met with Rob de Vos, the Dutch consul general in New York.

Ex-boyfriend arrested on stalking charges - 07/04/13
http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20130704/NEWS01/307040027/Ex-boyfriend-arrested-stalking-charges
Willie L. Johnson, 51, of 3203 Lee Ave., was arrested Wednesday night on charges of cyberstalking, damage to property and stalking. According to an arrest affidavit, Johnson and his live-in girlfriend, the victim, separated on Tuesday. He then located where she moved to, went to the location and damaged the back door of her van by putting a large dent in it.

Is LinkedIn Soft On Stalkers? Blocking Someone On Social Network Should Be Easier, Says Change.org Petition - 07/03/13
http://www.ibtimes.com/linkedin-soft-stalkers-blocking-someone-social-network-should-be-easier-says-changeorg-petition#
Ever since the advent of the first friend request, online social networks have been plagued by a stubbornly immutable adage: If you build it, stalkers will come. Internet companies constantly struggle to balance the privacy needs of their users with the out-in-the-open ethos that drives social media. The results are not always pretty, as Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) recently learned when its users demanded a crackdown on gender-based hate speech.

Calls amid Zimmerman trial witness' Skype testimony elicit laughter - 07/03/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/03/Calls-amid-Zimmerman-trial-witness-Skype-testimony-elicit-laughter/UPI-42391372902697/#ixzz2YT5Ud7JU
An attempt to have a witness testify via Skype in the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida elicited laughter when numerous incoming calls interrupted him. Scott Pleasants, a professor at Seminole State College, was trying to testify from Colorado about his contact with Zimmerman as one of his students in 2010 when a slew of incoming calls from the public to Pleasants' Skype account made it impractical, WFTV, Orlando, reported.

Greensboro woman charged with cyberstalking - 07/03/13
http://www.news-record.com/news/crime/article_bc40f642-e451-11e2-9014-001a4bcf6878.html
A Greensboro woman was arrested and charged with cyberstalking after creating a fake profile for another woman, according to Guilford County arrest reports. Stacy Davis, 30, of 2915 Liberty Road created an online profile for a McLeansville woman using her real name and phone number on March 10, reports state.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Our Marlboro Ranch/Crazy Mountain Ranch Adventure - June 28-July 1, 2013

Yes, there really is a Marlboro Ranch. And yes, it's that Marlboro. My husband smokes their cigarettes, much less than he did when he first met me. He told me about the Marlboro web site, so I registered him and me and began entering their contests. Over the years we have won a boatload of things, from ashtrays to horseshoes to customized tee shirts and pint glasses and a NASCAR Hot Laps Experience (we got to ride shotgun around the track and drifting in brand new Mustangs - the cars, not the horses). I began entering us every day to possibly win a trip to the Marlboro Ranch, which always seemed like a fantasy place to me.

Well, we won in May 2013. A Fedex envelope came two days after the "You won" notification on their web site, with documents for us to sign. They would be paying for everything, from travel to food and lodging and more. All we had to pay was taxes on the trip, estimated to be almost $5,000. That's doable, considering neither of us have had a vacation in years and we never had a honeymoon when we got married in 2008. So this would be our belated honeymoon. Turned out my husband's drivers license was due for renewal, so we went to the local bureau. The Internet was down (yes, we live in a very small town), so we had to drive to the closest division. But, his photo ID wouldn't come to him for a week or so, so that meant that some of the activities he wanted to take part in would have to wait until his license arrived and he could fax it to them. We next got a packet with our travel documents, preliminary activities list for the two full days we'd be there, plus two debit cards for $25 each that would pay for one checked bag. Travel days were June 28th and July 1st. We had selected fly fishing, skeet shooting, off-roading and I wanted to do the cattle drive (my husband won't get on a horse) and were told in the letter that we could add activities when we got there. Cool beans!

We were flying Delta from Boston, so I went online to get the full itinerary and seat assignments to make sure we were seated together. We were. One note - my husband, Chris, has never flown in a plane before in his entire life, so he was terrified. I've flown many times and kept trying to reassure him. We got his license, faxed it to Marlboro and then a package came with suitcases (oversized duffel bags) in red and black and two black hats with "RH" embossed on them. The "RH" stands for Ranch Headquarters. We were asked to wear those on the plane so that when we landed in Bozeman, Montana, the Marlboro folks could identify us.

We were getting really excited. I did some research online about other folks who had been at the ranch and it sounded like a dream come true. Finally, Friday, July 1st arrived. We had to be at the bus station at 530 am. As we just got onto the highway, I realized I'd left my iPhone at home, so I sped back to get it, kinda freaking out. But we go to the bus station early, got on the bus and were headed for Logan Airport in Boston finally! At the airport, we checked our two bags curbside, then went to wait at the gate. My husband was starting to panic:

I gave him a Xanax. We boarded. He had his headphones and music on his iPhone. I relaxed with a magazine and an audiobook. The takeoff was a bit jarring for him, but once we were airborne, he seemed okay. He wasn't crazy about the landing, but hey, we were almost in Montana! Our flight landed in Minneapolis a little late, so we ran to the gate. They were already boarding the flight. I saw folks with the "RH" hats and nodded to a few. I guess we were all too shy to get to know each other yet. No worries! We were now seated across the aisle from each other. Chris seemed a bit more relaxed:

We landed in Bozeman without incident and were immediately met by Marlboro cowboys dressed in red and black with white Stetsons:

We were told to go upstairs for a private lunch and Chris got five $1 coupons redeemable for five packs of Marlboro cigarettes in the store downstairs. After a quick lunch and getting the cigarettes, guess what almost everyone did? Smoke their cigarettes, of course!

Once on the bus, Security Jim gave us the legal mumbo jumbo about drugs, alchohol and weapons, then we were on our way to the Marlboro Ranch!

The ride was about an hour and then we were there - some cowboys on horses rode alongside the bus:

Here's a short video of the cowboys alongside us.

Here is a map of the town:

When we got the Stage Stop, we were assigned our rooms. We got the Jackson room at the Rock Creek Bank. There were presents on our bed! We walked through town, attended the horse orientation, then it was Happy Hour, then time to eat dinner at the Saloon. Talk about way too much food! Also plenty of water and Powerade. Plus the booze was free from 530-closing (around 2 am) as long as you didn't overindulge. We were overwhelmed! There are no phones or TV in the rooms, but there is a community phone to call home if you wanted to. And there was wifi in the Saloon and Livery to post photos or go online.

The photo booth was fun - you can see we had a good time with it:

They did have a cool setup in the Saloon for their fans and a 360 degree view of the Saloon:

Here's a video I took of this.

You can see all the photos on my Facebook page at Day One. You must be on Facebook to view them unfortunately.

Day Two at the Ranch: We went to the Stage Stop in the morning to get our activities straightened out. We ended up choosing fly fishing, canoeing and the sunset hike for the day. That was in addition to everything else scheduled:

We ended up adding the Wagon Ride while we were wandering around after fly fishing, then went to the Saloon for some water and sat outside talking with some of the staff for quite a while. Everyone was so nice there! There was a big thunderstorm, so we were forced to stay in the Saloon and drink. Haha. We had a little bit too much to drink this night, but it was a blast!

Here's the album for Day Two on my Facebook page

Day Three I did the cattle drive, which include an orientation to make sure we could steer our horses, then two hours to herd the cows and their calves to another pasture. That was more than fun! My horse, Doc, was a bit ornery, but we did pretty well rounding up those doggies. Afterwards, one of the wranglers said we did a great job and I told him I bet he said that to everyone. He got really serious and told me no, they don't say that to everyone and we really did do a great job. Wow! That made my day. After lunch, we did the Ranch Tour for two hours, then off-roading in military grade Hummers, then it was Happy Hour and dinner again. They had Kowboy Kal who has the Guinness Record for the largest lasso hoop, a magician, cattle roping (not on real cattle) and putting a brand on a piece of leather. They had a scavenger hunt during our stay and we won a horseshoe from one of the horses on the ranch! Considering the ranch is 18,000 acres, we saw most of it between the Ranch Tour and the off-road. And on the off-road, YOU get to drive. If you do this, be driver #2 - that was the most fun drive of the adventure (in my honest opinion).

Here's the actual drive and yes, we did have to drive that slow. Here's the schedule for Day 3:

Here are a few photos from that day:

If you want to see the rest of the photos, go to my Facebook album.

Day Four. Time to say goodbye to the Ranch and everyone there. At the airport, our bags were checked in and we didn't have to pay for them, plus we were given vouchers for lunch from the restaurant so that we good take lunch with us on the plane. We made some great friends with others who won the trip and with the staff. We were sad to leave the blue skies of Montana, but glad to be headed home. Maybe I'll win a trip to the Ranch next time! Here's to hoping!

View all the photos from Day Four on my Facebook page

For those who have won a trip to the Ranch:

If it's the summer trip, pack jeans, especially if you plan on doing any horsebackriding. Pack shorts, tees and some light long-sleeved shirts to wear in layers. Tank tops are okay, too. You don't need to dress up. This is basically like a cruise, except it's on land. You don't need to tip or pay for anything at all. You don't have to do an activity if you don't want to. You can go anywhere in town on your own, but not outside of it, unless you're on a hike or other activity, but believe me, you'll be so busy you won't need to wander. Relax, enjoy and have a wonderful time like we did!

The following photos are copyright The Marlboro Ranch:

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 2, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man put ex-roommate's nude photos on grandma's car
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/06/28/Police-Man-put-ex-roommates-nude-photos-on-grandmas-car/UPI-72411372446426/#ixzz2XuV7FMZF
Florida authorities said they arrested a man accused of giving nude pictures of his former roommate to the other man's co-workers, girlfriend and grandmother.

Lake County sheriff's deputies said Samuel Otero, 37, allegedly placed nude photos of his former roommate on cars belonging to the other man's coworkers and grandmother, Central Florida News 13 reported Friday.

The alleged victim told deputies he allowed Otero to take nude photos and videos of him in lieu of payment for room and board.

The man, who left Otero's home in August, said his former roommate has been texting him ever since and threatened Monday to shoot the victim and himself if they couldn't be together romantically.

Otero was arrested on a stalking charge Tuesday and released from jail after posting $5,500 bond.

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The Instagram 'slut shaming' which sparked a riot: Teenage girls who set-up account are jailed and fined £55,000 after hundreds took to streets of Gothenburg in violent protest - 07/01/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2348959/Teenage-girls-setup-slut-shaming-Instagram-account-sparked-Gothenburg-riots-jailed-fined-55-000.html#ixzz2Xu2boyDK
Two teenage girls who incited riots in Sweden by posting insults about about their classmates online and calling them 'sluts' have been found guilty of defamation. The defendants, aged 15 and 16, set up an Instagram page on which they posted photographs of other girls and boys annotated with derogatory remarks. They were ordered to pay more than £55,000 in compensation to their victims, while the younger girl was sentenced to juvenile detention and the elder to community service.

JFK airport worker accidentally emails genital photo - 07/01/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/07/01/JFK-airport-worker-accidentally-emails-genital-photo/UPI-97871372706066/
A security supervisor at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was fired for accidentally sending nude photo to colleagues, officials said. FJC Security confirmed Gerard Robson, a project manager for the company, was fired after the picture of him nude from the waist down was accidentally included in a June 21 email containing photos of a fender bender in the airport's parking lot, the New York Post reported Monday.

'Vegan Sellout List' outs and shames ex-vegans online - 07/01/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/07/01/Vegan-Sellout-List-outs-and-shames-ex-vegans-online/2281372688889/?spt=sec&or=on
Do you know any meat-eaters who used to be vegan? If so, they might appear on the Vegan Sellout List at exvegans.com, where vegans can post details about "traitors" to the cause.

'By the end, she was simply broken': Burnaby mom goes public after teenage daughter attacked online - 06/29/13
http://www.theprovince.com/news/simply+broken+Burnaby+goes+public+after+teenage+daughter+attacked+online/8589796/story.html#ixzz2XuOKddrP
“You’re fat. You’re ugly. Your life is so worthless that you should commit suicide.” Those were the words written to a 13-year-old Burnaby girl by an anonymous user on ask.fm, a social-media website making headlines after being linked to several teen suicides around the world. After enduring two months of relentless taunts on the site, the teen started to contemplate taking her own life, said her tearful mom, Jane, whose name has been changed to protect her family’s identity.

Facebook Tests Chat Room Feature Perfect For Tween Cyberbullying - 06/28/13
http://betabeat.com/2013/06/facebook-tests-chat-room-feature-perfect-for-tween-cyberbullying/
Have a hankering for the sluggish simplicity of Web 1.0? Facebook is here to sate your cravings with a “new” chat room feature reminiscent of ’90s AOL, according to a report from TechCrunch. Facebook is testing the feature now with a small amount of users, TechCrunch reports. It would enable people to host chats revolving around topics, events, projects or nothing at all. Any of the host’s friends can join the chat without being invited.

Vancouver mom pleads guilty to soliciting murder of lover's wife - 06/28/13
http://tdn.com/news/state-and-regional/washington/vancouver-mom-pleads-guilty-to-soliciting-murder-of-lover-s/article_aa898732-e02a-11e2-998c-0019bb2963f4.html
A Vancouver mother of three pleaded guilty Friday to solicitation to murder her lover’s wife and to stalking another victim. Lori Lyn Goulet, 40, sent an anonymous letter Oct. 29 to her estranged brother, Kevin Newsom, asking him to kill Carmady Perez, 26, of Vancouver, according to a probable cause affidavit. Perez was never harmed. In the letter, Goulet falsely accused Perez of child abuse, court documents say. Investigation of the crime, which included perusing Goulet’s computer, led to the discovery of at least one other victim and to additional charges against Goulet. Goulet pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree solicitation to commit murder, misdemeanor stalking, cyberstalking and filing a false report of child abuse or neglect.

Teen commits suicide after being cyber bullied on Facebook by police - 06/28/13
http://www.examiner.com/article/teen-commits-suicide-after-being-cyber-bullied-on-facebook-by-police
A teenager is dead after committing suicide on June 22, KTLA5 News reported on June 28. Andrew Cain, 19, an Idaho teen, recently missed a court appearance on charges for driving without privileges. This put the Latoh County (Idaho) Sheriff's Office in the position of having to issue a warrant for failure to appear in court. This is a job all police officer's have to perform, but the officer in charge of Cain's warrant went one step further by posting a photo of the teenager of the Latoh County Sheroff's Office Facebook page with the message

Canadian cop claims he didn't know cyber-stalking was illegal - 06/28/13
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/06/28/canadian-cop-claims-he-didnt-know-cyber-stalking-was-illegal/
A Canadian police officer who pleaded guilty to planting spyware on his wife's BlackBerry has been sentenced to demotion, after two years' paid suspension. According to local news sources, a mitigating factor in his sentencing was that he didn't know that planting the cyber bug was a crime.

Paris Jackson 'Destroyed' By Facebook; Michael Jackson Daughter Was Victim Of Cyberbullying - 06/26/13
http://www.hollywoodtake.com/paris-jackson-destroyed-facebook-michael-jackson-daughter-was-victim-cyberbullying-report-9519#
Paris Jackson's recent suidice attempt may have been a result of cyberbullying. Jackson attempted to commit suicide on June 5. And while she reportedly had suicidal tendencies before such as acts of “cutting,” it’s now believed that vicious comments left on her Facebook page “destroyed” the daughter of Michael Jackson and helped contribute to her suicide attempt.