True Crime Online Newsletter - March 24, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . . Candy Crush interruption prompted Canadian man to kill his neighbor's puppy
A Canadian judge found a man guilty of shooting his neighbor’s dog without a lawful excuse because he believes one of the reasons the puppy was killed was because it interrupted a game of Candy Crush Saga. Saskatoon Judge Marty Irwin didn’t buy Eugene Krawchuk's testimony that he shot Michael Price’s St. Bernard puppy, Bentley, just because it was attacking his livestock.In addition to the Candy Crush interruption, Irwin also reasoned that Krawchuk shot Bentley because the dog was trespassing and there were tensions between the Krawchuks and Prices. "I believe he had the sole intent of shooting the dog," Irwin said of Krawchuk. "I do not believe that he carefully went into the pasture and assessed the situation and then decided he had no other alternative." In 2013, Candy Crush Saga was the most downloaded free app on Apple’s Canadian iTunes store. “I don’t think they know how much they’ve destroyed our family,” Price told CTV News. “There’s been a lot of tears.” Krawchuk was also found guilty of possessing a firearm without a license and was sentenced to 12 months probation. “I’m just fed up with bullies,” Price said. “That’s all they are, they’re bullies.”

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Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking - 03/24/14
Singapore’s netizens have a new legal weapon to defeat the “trolls” of the Internet after Parliament recently approved an anti-harassment law. Under the new law, anti-social acts such as cyber harassment, bullying of children, sexual harassment in the workplace, and stalking are now deemed illegal. A person found guilty of unlawful stalking will get a fine of up to S$5,000 ($3922.00) or a jail term not exceeding 12 months. Repeat offenders may face a fine of up to S$10,000 and/or a jail term of not more than two years.

What the Yak is going on here? New social media app troubles Melrose - 03/24/14
Officials are working to tackle the latest form of cyber-bullying that’s cropped up in the district through a new social media application.The smartphone app, called Yik Yak, allows people to post anonymous comments to a Twitter-like feed that is visible to users in a close geographic range.Developers originally created the app as a way for students on college campuses to interact and share news, recommendations and thoughts freely. It is rated 17 and older.In the few months since its launch.

British teen tried to kill himself after failing to take the perfect selfie - 03/24/14
A British teen who was spending 10 hours a day taking selfies on his smartphone tried to commit suicide when he couldn’t take a perfect picture of himself. Danny Bowman, 19, was spending so much time taking selfies with his iPhone that he dropped out of school and eventually tried to overdose on pills.

Scrutiny suspends websites' dealings - 03/22/14
A shadowy network of Arizona-based Internet companies that used public records to demand money from sex offenders and harass those who complained has imploded amid lawsuits, court hearings and new standards enacted by banks, social media and technology companies. The websites, including, SORArchives and, in November stopped seeking payments from people in exchange for removing profiles, blaming the change on "many conflicts, threats, unreasonable requests and false accusations about this website."

Blackmail, child rape and death threats among 169 suspected crimes reported to police in Cambridge by Facebook 'friends' - 03/22/14
Facebook users have been reported by ‘friends’ to Cambridgeshire police for blackmail, child rape and grooming, as well as death threats. Users of the social networking site have flagged up 169 possible crimes to officers since 2011.

EEOC Reviews Top Social Media Conflicts in the Workplace - 03/22/14
Is it legal for a hiring manager to check someone’s Facebook page and Tweets before making a job offer? If an employee calls in sick and then posts a photo from the beach, can he be disciplined? What about someone who posts a racist comment about a coworker on her personal Facebook page? These are some of the scenarios the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) examined in a meeting with employment law experts March 12. Their testimony illustrates the increasing difficulty of separating the social space from the work space in a culture saturated with personal media.

In Union County, law enforcement takes student sexting seriously - 03/21/14
It’s hard for a parent to imagine that their child would be put on a sex-offender registry for the rest of his or her life, but that could happen, if the child decides to sext. “Sexting is sending sexually explicit photos or messages via cell phone,” said Susan Gleason, an assistant prosecutor and supervisor of the Juvenile Unit at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Vietnam promises new bridge after plastic bag video goes viral - 03/21/14
Vietnamese officials have pledged to build a bridge to a village following the release of an online video showing residents crossing a stream in plastic bags. Transport Minister Dinh La Thang announced Tuesday the Transport Ministry will construct a suspension bridge over the Nam Po stream in the village of Sam Lang, located in the northern highlands, after a viral video published by the Tuoi Tre newspaper depicted students and teachers in plastic bags being pulled across the stream by strong swimmers amid floodwaters, Thanh Nien reported Friday.

950 Lancs crimes committed on Facebook and Twitter - 03/21/14
In three years, police in the county have seen a huge surge in crimes committed online, with a total of 957 linked to social media websites. Offences ranged from harassment, sexual grooming and threats to murder – all connected to Facebook or Twitter.Police chiefs today said the figures demonstrated a new and increasing challenge – but warned the county’s online criminals “we will get you”.

Facebook Is About to Take Cyber Stalking to a Whole New Level of Creepy - 03/21/14
There's a special feeling of dread you get when you get the email or push notification on your cellphone that someone has tagged you in a picture on Facebook. Why is it that it's more often than not a terrible photo of you, and all you want to do is respond and say, "That's not me! It's my ugly twin!"?

Bridgeport police, FBI investigate case of Internet harassment against Leslie Wilborn - 03/20/14
Bridgeport police and the FBI are investigating a case of Internet harassment against a Bridgeport woman. Leslie Wilborn says an ex-boyfriend has been creating Facebook pages under her name, and then using them to damage her reputation.

Twitter harassment trial halted by surprise letter alleging ‘fraudulent’ conspiracy against accused - 03/20/14
The so-called Twitter case ­ likely the first time in Canada someone has been charged with criminal harassment based entirely on tweets ­ has taken an odd and unexpected turn.

Man who posted 'vile filth' about ex-girlfriend on the internet avoids jail term - 03/20/14
A MAN who destroyed an ex-girlfriend's life by posting "vile, repulsive filth" about her on a website seven years after she ended their brief relationship has avoided a jail term. But Paul Monaghan, from Cartron, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon, was warned that he will do jail time if he steps out of line again.

Crossing the line: YouTube community in crisis as sexual assault allegations are made public - 03/20/14
The YouTube community has been rocked by allegations of sexual assault, emotional manipulation and inappropriate behaviour made by fans against some of the more popular members of the community. It all began last week when a former girlfriend of Tom Milsom, Olga, wrote in a Tumblr blog post that during her six-month relationship with the blue-haired musician, Milsom was abusive and coerced her into having sex with him. She wrote: i’d say it was really painful and i ended up really sore and bruised for like days like literally everything hurt so bad and i told him that and it didn’t really matter i didnt [sic] stop anything

Temecula Art Dealer Will Plead Guilty to Federal Stalking, Extortion Charges - 03/20/14
The owner of a Temecula art gallery has agreed to plead guilty to federal stalking charges for attempting to extort an art publisher and its employees by creating disparaging websites and sending threatening messages demanding money to take them down, according to court papers obtained Thursday.

'Selfie'-taking burglar sentenced to more than 2 years in jail - 03/20/14
A British burglar whose mid-crime 'selfie' was mistakenly sent to his victim's work colleagues was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail. Ashley Keast, 25, of Rotherham, England, pleaded guilty to burglary and being in breach of a suspended sentence in Suffolk Crown Court and was sentenced Tuesday to 32 months in jail, the BBC reported Thursday.

'Antisocial network' Cloak helps users avoid their friends - 03/20/14
A pair of U.S. developers have created Cloak, an iPhone "antisocial network" to help users avoid running into their friends. Cloak, created by programmer Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, is billed as the "antisocial network" and uses check-in data from Foursquare and Instagram to allow users to see the locations of their friends on a map, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Breaking up is hard drive to do in the digital age... - 03/20/14
Break-ups hurt like hell. But breaking up in cyberspace is even harder to do. We're a generation so tech-obsessed that we are happy to vomit every cough, spit and relationship break-up to the internet. So many relationships begin online now. But they are also ending messily, publicly on the net. And what's so interesting about the whole ex and social networking thing is the fact we're still trying to work out the dynamic.

British company 'stole before-and-after weight-loss photos of a Kansas mom from gym to falsely advertise weight loss pill' - 03/20/14
A British-based company have been accused of falsely using an American bikini model to advertise their weight-loss supplement. Photographs of the stunning transformation of Brandi Wisdom from obese to a model figure have been used to promote a weight loss supplement. But the man who trained the 34-year-old mother-of-one has said that she had never used the weight loss supplement.

Boyfriend turns detective to track down swinger who used stolen photos of his partner to create a fake profile online... and discovers the culprit is his NEIGHBOUR - 03/20/14
A boyfriend turned detective discovered his neighbour had uploaded stolen photographs of his partner to create a profile on a swingers website, after creating a bogus account of his own. James Ward duped Steven Britchfield, who lives four doors from him in Felixstowe, Suffolk, into revealing he was the man behind the female profile Stow Slut, uploaded to

Google Relies On ‘Trusted Flaggers’ To Report YouTube Video Abuse - 03/18/14
The amount of video content uploaded to YouTube is overwhelming, and Google is looking to a community of about 200 people and organizations to aid its staffers by flagging videos with inappropriate content. Once videos are flagged by volunteers, YouTube’s team then makes a final ruling on what videos can remain on the site. YouTube has a team of staffers that regularly monitors the content in order to flag and take down offending videos. It also asks users to flag videos that are inappropriate, and posts community guidelines on the video sharing site.

Sleuthing in the cyber age - 03/18/14
The Madonna Inn, a historic spot right off of U.S. Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo, is well known for its amazing cakes. What isn’t as well known is that the inn’s restaurant and bakery leaves its doors unlocked even after closing time, so workers and local law enforcement agents can come and go, explained co-owner and general manager Connie Pearce. “For the majority of the people, they appreciate that late at night, if they have to run in and use the restroom, there is a safe and comfortable place to pop in and pop out,” she said. “And that’s what we’re all about.”

Courthouse shooter's family fights cyberstalking charges - 03/18/14
Attorneys for the family of New Castle County Courthouse shooter Thomas Matusiewicz are seeking to have the indictments against them tossed out as unconstitutional. Delaware federal public defender Edson Bostic, the attorney for David Matusiewicz, son of Thomas Matusiewicz, charges in court documents that the federal cyberstalking law that family members are charged with violating is constitutionally flawed.

Man Uses Social Media to Thank Oswego Couple ­ 20 Years Later - 03/18/14
It was an act of kindness more than two decades ago from a country more than 4,500 miles away ­ but Carlos Herrera never forgot it. The 29-year-old El Salvador man used social media to reach out to an Oswego couple who changed his life. At first, though, Scott Poling wasn't sure what to make of the messages he was getting from Herrera on his Instagram account.


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