True Crime Online Newsletter - March 10, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Fishermen find century-old postcard in a bottle in Baltic
A postcard dated May 17, 1913, and found in a bottle by German fishermen appears to be the oldest such message ever found.

Konrad Fischer, captain of a fishing boat from Schleswig-Holstein, told Kieler Nachrichten, a local newspaper, that he was about to throw the bottle back in the sea when someone told him it was not empty, the reported.

"When I saw the date I got really excited," he said.

The postcard, from Denmark, had German stamps on it. It was signed by Richard Platz and addressed to his own home in Berlin with a message asking the finder to put it in the mail.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the oldest previous message in a bottle as 97 years, found in 2012.

Fischer said his previous finds during his 50 years as a fisherman have been more alarming, including mines, bombs, torpedoes and a body.

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‘Upskirts,’ creepshots & degradation - 03/10/14
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Fervent Oscar Pistorius Fans Take Defense Online - 03/07/13
This week, Charl Johnson, a former neighbor of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, learned what it’s like to get on the wrong side of the former Olympian’s fan club. Johnson was in the witness room waiting to testify at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, where Pistorius is on trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Johnson’s wife Michelle Burger was first up on the stand, vividly recalling the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year, when the couple awoke to hear terrifying screams and gunfire. At one point during Burger’s lengthy and intense cross-examination, defense lawyer Barry Roux read aloud her husband's phone number. Soon Johnson and Burger were being deluged with text messages and calls from around the world, some of them angry and intimidating. “Why are you lying in court?” one caller asked. Johnson finally stopped picking up the phone.

West Hollywood salon owner charged in alleged murder-for-hire plot - 03/07/14
A West Hollywood salon owner has been charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot on a competitor, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday. Dawn DaLuise, 56, was arrested Wednesday after the sheriff's department said they received information about a cyberstalking case out of West Hollywood.

Do you think should ban anonymous commenting/reviewing? - 03/07/14
Author Anne Rice is one of nearly 3,000 people who have signed an online petition calling on Amazon to do more to prevent bullying in comments. The petition urges to protect users and authors from "bullying and harassment." It asks the company to remove anonymity and require identity verification before commenters can participate in forums.

Man accused of cyberstalking; charge a first for police - 03/07/14;-charge-a-first-for-police
A Jacksonville man has been arrested on a charge of cyberstalking after threatening a woman he met online. It is the first known case of alleged cyberstalking in Jacksonville, authorities said. Dicky W. Holsman, 302 W. Douglas Ave. was booked into the Morgan County Jail about 8:10 p.m. Thursday on a charge of cyberstalking and a warrant for a parole violation.

Men plead guilty to charges related to video of man doing cannonball onto manatees - 03/07/14
Two men have pleaded guilty to charges related to an online video that shows a man jumping on two manatees. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando reports that 22-year-old Taylor Blake Martin and 22-year-old Seth Andrew Stephenson pleaded guilty Thursday to taking or harassing an endangered species. Each man faces up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

3 teens charged with posting nude photos of Prince William Co. students on Instagram - 03/07/14
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Stalker given suspended sentence for sending woman sexy books from Amazon - 03/07/14
AN internet stalker used Amazon's anonymous gift service to send a terrified woman sexually explicit books. Mark Willis, 28, used the online retailer's delivery service to secretly send a string of illicit books to his victim. A court heard his victim had no idea who sent the books when they turned up in the post.

Doxing: An Etymology - 03/06/14
Today, as it made its return as a print publication, Newsweek published a blockbuster story: It unveiled the identity of the founder of Bitcoin. This was a big deal. That founder, after all, had long been an enigma. It's been­in nerdier circles­something of a parlor game to speculate about who he or she might be. The writers of the show The Good Wife even adopted the mystery for several episodes' plot lines. In her Newsweek story, the writer Leah McGrath Goodman­via sleuthing largely conducted through searches of public records­revealed the Bitcoin founder's name. And his home address.

Cell phone messages from stalker terrify Forney woman - 03/05/14
A young North Texas woman says she is being stalked by someone through her cell phone. She says no matter what she does, she can't shake the person sending the threatening messages. Because she's been threatened, FOX 4 is not identifying her.

More hidden camera charges for alleged cyberstalking stepdad - 03/05/14
A Keizer man accused of logging into his stepdaughter's social media accounts and using hidden cameras to record women is now facing three more charges after another victim came forward saying she discovered a hidden camera in her bedroom. Keizer police charged Bryan Tilley with first-degree burglary, attempted invasion of personal privacy and criminal mischief on Tuesday. He was already in jail.


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