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Monday, April 28, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 28, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The legend is true: E.T. Atari games unearthed in NM landfill
Documentary filmmakers on Saturday finally proved the urban legend true ­ game maker Atari dumped truckloads of failed E.T. video game cartridges in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. The haul was discovered Saturday near Alamogordo, N.M., as part of an effort by the documentarians to find truckloads of copies of the game so bad Atari had to dump its inventory in the trash. The game was created shortly after the release of Steven Spielberg's science-fiction hit, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1983. The game was expected to sell many millions of copies, but only sold about 1.5 million. Since then, an urban legend on par with Big Foot and the chupacabra has popped up, saying somewhere out there in the New Mexico desert lies all those unsold copies of the Atari 2600 game. Saturday, filmmakers discovered the legend is true. "We found something," one of the workers announced to a gathered crowd at the site. "We found an intact E.T., the video game."

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Viral video appears to show Florida father kicking son off ramp at skate park - 04/28/14
A video shot at a Florida skate park that appears to show a father kicking his son off of a large ramp has prompted a Department of Children and Families investigation. The video, which was uploaded to Instagram by user lilbubs, shows Marcus Crossland appearing to kick his 6-year-old son down a ramp at Kona Skate Park in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fla.

Man Arrested for Cyberstalking and Home Invasion - 04/27/14
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has arrested Patrick Allen Jackson, 23, 3940 Ridgement Dr., on charges of Home Invasion and Cyberstalking. According to a report, Jackson broke into the home of his ex girlfriend and beat her Friday night. He is also accused of sending text messages to the victim threatening to kill her.

Police hunt serial internet predator who harassed Firebirds netballer Romelda Aiken - 04/27/14
POLICE are on the trail of a serial internet predator who befriends women before posting naked photos of them on the internet. Detectives are continuing to gather evidence they hope will lead them to a man who has targeted women for up to six years using a stolen identity.

'Wake up baby!' The chilling words U.S. couple heard in the middle of the night from a man who had hacked their daughter's baby monitor and was WATCHING her sleep - 04/27/14
An Ohio couple awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of a man screaming 'wake up baby!', quickly realizing a hacker had hijacked the wirless baby monitor in their daughter's room and was watching the little girl sleep. Heather and Adam Schreck say they feel 'violated' after the midnight encounter, only worsened by the fact they have no way of working out who the online intruder was.

Man charged with cyber stalking, computer tampering - 04/26/14
A Joliet man has been charged with cyber stalking and computer tampering in a case involving a Naperville resident who said she was being harassed. On Friday, members of the Naperville Police Department’s High Technology Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of Paul Hantel, 37, in the 1300 block of Cambria Drive in Joliet.

Doctor faces ban for stalking ex-lover online - 04/25/14
A family doctor from Scotland who stalked his former lover online after the breakdown of their 12-year relationship is facing a ban from the profession. Dr Barry Rodgers, 53, spied on his ex-partner following their break-up in March 2011, keeping a record of almost all her internet activity.

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I'm Being Stalked And Terrorized Because Of My Fat Acceptance Movie - 04/25/14
There are times in your life when you foresee the ugliness that’s headed your way, so you muster your courage, batten down the hatches and prepare for the storm. Then there are other times when you should have known, when you should have seen the monsters on the horizon, but instead you skipped happily into quicksand, without the slightest inkling that something could go horribly wrong.

Great Neck Nude Photo Extortionist’s Victims Describe Relentless Stalking - 04/25/14
Some victims of a Republican presidential campaigner from Long Island who tried extorting nude photos from 15 women fled the country, sought therapy and hired private investigators to deal with the stalking. Those were among new details described in court documents when U.S. District Judge Marianna Battani this week sentenced 22-year-old Adam Savader of Great Neck to 2 ½ years in federal prison despite his attorneys’ blaming the hacking on mental health issues sparked by working on Newt Gingrich’s failed presidential campaign.

Death threat emailed to Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis - 04/25/14
Mayor Jim Ardis received an emailed death threat Friday. The threat also targeted Ardis’ wife and family, according to a copy the mayor emailed to the Journal Star. Ardis sent the email about five minutes after he received it from a city staff member. The city received it about noon, apparently through its website.

Author of threatening email could face federal charges - 04/25/14
Jeffrey Addicott, a terrorism expert at St. Mary's University, told KENS 5, the person or persons responsible for the threatening email sent last week, could face state, if not federal, terrorism charges. The emails contained an unspecified threat that set off a frenzy of concern from parents and students alike.

Shocking moment pregnant woman was shot in the belly over Facebook post – killing her unborn baby - 04/25/14
A pregnant Florida woman has lost her baby after she was shot in the stomach earlier this week, allegedly by a woman with whom she'd been feuding on Facebook. Police were called the scene - in the 9100 block of Castle Boulevard in Jacksonville - about noon Wednesday after there was a report of an argument and a shooting.

Murfreesboro Police Search For Cyber-Stalker Terrorizing Family - 04/24/14
Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department are investigating a case of a cyber-stalker terrorizing a local family. "I can reach out to you anytime I want to and it will be my pleasure:" That's one of the tamer text messages sent to a Murfreesboro woman, by someone she did not know.

Edmonton woman charged with a hoax regarding terrorist activity after Canadian Forces received threat - 04/23/14
An Edmonton woman is charged with a terrorism hoax. Canadian Forces in Toronto got an e-mail threat stating an Edmonton man was going to commit an act of terror on April 17. The Alberta RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) followed up and found it was nothing but a hoax.

Monday, April 21, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 21, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Lawsuit alleges that iPants slimming underwear doesn't slim
Two women from Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit claiming that undergarments they purchased which were supposed to slim their bodies and melt away fat didn’t work at all. Wacoal America claimed that the iPant, “hope on a hanger,” would “reshape your lower body in 28 days with lasting results.” In addition to Wacoal, Annique Bellot and Tara Stefani have named Maidenform Brands LLC as a defendant in their class-action lawsuit. The expensive undergarments were constructed with microcapsules containing caffeine, Vitamin E, fatty acids, and other ingredients that were said to “permanently change women’s body shape and skin tone.” “It’s very unfortunate that there are companies out there that are preying on people’s insecurities with claims that may not be supportable by science,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Mathew Pawa, told the Boston Globe. Wacoal vice president of marketing Susan Malinowski declined to comment on the suit. “Wacoal as a company and a brand is well known for creating and delivering quality products to women,” Malinowski said. “We have a very passionate following of women who wear our brand, so it’s an important part of our reputation.”

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Being stalked? There’s no law for that - 04/21/14
Cheng Yi-shin, 26, curates a Facebook page that has garnered fans from all over Taiwan, including a young admirer who tracked her down in real life last November while she was vacationing in Greater Tainan. The young man, surnamed Wang, located her homestay using a photograph she had posted on the Internet.

Teachers trolled with homophobic and racial abuse from pupils as young as primary school age - 21% said they had been abused online and 26% had photos posted - 04/21/14
School children of primary school age are using social media to bombard their teachers with vile homophobic and racist abuse, according to a teacher's union. The alarming trend, uncovered by the NASUWT teaching union, revealed that a growing number of children, some as young as four to seven years old, are targeting staff with offensive language and comments about their race, sexuality and appearance.

Charges laid against teen after death threats allegedly made against Rehtaeh Parsons' father - 04/20/14
Halifax police have charged a 19-year-old man with uttering death threats and criminal harassment on a pair of internet websites. Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons, confirmed to Metro Saturday that he was the victim of the alleged threats. He also says the accused is one of the two charged in his daughter’s case.

Man held over teen’s suicide after webcam strip - 04/19/14
A MAN has been arrested in the Netherlands in connection with the case of a teenage Canadian girl who took her own life after being blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. Amanda Todd, 15, killed herself after detailing her harass­ment on a YouTube video that was watched by millions around the world.

Yakima man held on suspicion of cyberstalking - 04/19/14
A Yakima man is being held on suspicion of felony cyberstalking after police said he sent text messages to a woman, including one threatening to rape her. According to police affidavit, the man tried to enter the woman’s north Yakima home on Thursday.

Man accused of stalking Venice Mayor Holic - 04/18/14
A North Port man has been charged with aggravated stalking against Venice Mayor John Holic. David C. Anderson, 46, of the 4000 block of Jaslo Avenue, began sending Holic threatening, profanity-laced text messages in December, according to a Venice Police Department report. The threats escalated, with Anderson saying he would “kill” the mayor. Anderson also placed “crudely” written signs in public places accusing Holic of adultery.

Scorned lover set up false profiles branding businessman a thief and con man - 04/18/14
A scorned gay lover of New Zealand businessman Daniel Evans, with whom he had an on-again / off-again relationship falsely labelled him a con man and fraudster, later emailing his business acquaintances and friends saying he was closing up business. 911 and Holocaust denier Dennis Smith, CEO of the non-profit organisation Samoa Swap, Camp Samoa and WWOOF Samoa, met Daniel Evans in New Zealand through a gay Internet dating site. The relationship between the parties lasted almost three years, despite Smith being married at the time.

Police investigate phony online profile - 04/18/14
It's called online impersonation. Someone makes a phony profile on a website in order to harass or intimidate someone else.

'Big Strong Man for Hire': Surrey woman faces charges after allegedly turning to Craigslist to harm rival - 04/18/14
A Surrey woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly trying to hire a man she found on Craigslist to tie up, beat and sexually violate someone with whom she was involved in a dispute over money. Tsui Yin Cherie Wong is charged with three counts of counselling to commit offences ­ aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon and forcible confinement ­ that were not committed.

Judge tells father to stop emailing his children in all capital letters - 04/17/14
A High Court judge in England told an “insensitive” father that he must stop emailing his children in all capital letters because it looks like he is yelling at them. The Israeli father is in a custody dispute involving his 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. During the dispute, the children have been moving back and forth between England and Israel.

IRS Stalks Taxpayers On Social Media To Determine Whom To Audit - 04/17/14
There’s government electronic surveillance, and then there’s government online stalking. In its mission to ensure the government gets every last dollar it can from people, the Internal Revenue Service is now resorting to the latter.

Amanda Todd Death: Dutch Man Arrested for Allegedly Extorting British Columbia Teen - 04/17/14
A 35-year-old man whose name has not been publicly released has been arrested in connection to the suicide of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl from British Columbia. Todd’s death came two years ago just weeks after she posted a video in which she explained that she was the victim of online stalking, bullying, and sexual exploitation.

Florida man busted after allegedly burglarizing business he follows on Instagram - 04/17/14
A Florida man was arrested on theft charges after the owner of the business he allegedly burglarized recognized him from his Instagram account. According to Nick Eddy, the co-owner of Florida E-cigs and Vapes in Boca Raton, the 18-year-old suspect follows his business on Instagram and is a regular customer at the store.

Missing boy existed only on Facebook - 04/17/14
Police searching for two-year-old Chayson Basinio knew it was a race against time to find the missing child, who had reportedly disappeared from a supermarket car park. The local judge opened an inquiry for kidnapping and sequestration and police divers dredged a lake, fearing the child may have drowned.

Woman Claims Twitter Gave Her PTSD: ‘Mean Comments and Cyberstalking Caused the Disease’ - 04/17/14
A Washington native claimed that Twitter gave her PTSD - a condition normally experienced by war veterans. Melody Hensley was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder 16 months ago, following online abuse, which she says is a result of her being an outspoken feminist.

WeHo Beauty Maven’s Alleged Scheme to Murder a Rival Takes a New Twist - 04/15/14
The already convoluted case in which West Hollywood beauty maven Dawn DaLuise has been arrested for soliciting the murder of a competitor has taken a strange new twist. In an interview with ABC News 20/20, Edward Feinstein, a young friend of DaLuise, says it was she who asked Feinstein to post Craigslist ads, send text messages and distribute paper flyers soliciting someone to rape her to act out her sexual fantasy.

Australian driver after hitting biker while texting behind the wheel: 'I just don’t care' - 04/15/14
An Australian driver who pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to dangerous driving after using her phone 44 times prior to hitting a cyclist has been fined $4500 and lost her license for nine months. Kimberley Davis’ sentence might have been more lenient had it not been for her comments to police officers following the accident.

Oregon mother sues school after son is suspended for saying teacher 'needs to be shot' on Facebook - 04/15/14
An Oregon mother has filed a lawsuit against her son’s school district after he was suspended for getting on social media and making a death threat against his health teacher because she gave him a C and got him grounded. When Veronica Bouck gave him the mediocre grade, 16-year-old Braeden Burge called her a "bitch" who "needs to be shot" on his Facebook page.

Monday, April 14, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 14, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'God' sues Equifax for reporting that he has no financial history
Even God has credit rating problems. A Brooklyn man is suing Equifax for reporting that he has no financial history because the credit-reporting agency’s system won’t recognize his first name. God Gazarov was named after his grandfather. Gazarov filed a federal lawsuit on Friday after more than two years of fighting with the agency. He claims that the agency’s refusal to accept his name as legitimate stopped him from buying an Infiniti car last year. According to the 26-year-old, an Equifax customer service employee suggested that he change his name to fix the problem. The owner of the Gold Hard Cash jewelry store claims he has scores of more than 720 with TransUnion and Experian. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Gazarov told the New York Post. “I worked hard to get good credit to look good to lenders and this happens.”

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Facebook, Google lobby on ‘revenge porn,’ other tech bills - 04/14/14
Facebook and Google have opposed or sought changes to a variety of legislative proposals in New York this session, including bills that would create criminal penalties for “revenge porn” and prohibit employers from demanding access to potential employees' digital accounts.

How Do You Know If You're Being Stalked? With Textual Harassment, Policies Need an Update - 04/14/14
Lauren* got home late one Friday night in March, feeling great after celebrating her friend’s birthday. She turned on her iPad as she got ready to relax in her Brooklyn apartment. But her feelings of happiness immediately turned to anxiety as she was bombarded with about 50 iMessages from her ex-boyfriend. He continued to text her the entire weekend.

Mind Your P’s & Q’s In the Age of Google - 04/13/14
“Is it love at first Google?” Are we letting technology dictate whom we should love or employ and, in turn, throwing good old-fashioned common sense out of the window? Jane, a 34-year-old marketing executive, enjoyed several dates with a guy she met at a conference until it slipped out that she had Googled him after their first meeting. Accusing her of cyber stalking, he severed ties with her immediately.

Suspected laptop thief busted after calling Apple customer support for help - 04/11/14
A New Hampshire man was arrested on burglary charges after police were able to track him down for stealing a laptop when he called technical support for help with the device. The computer’s rightful owner, Mike Witonis, received an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about the laptop even though he hadn’t had it for a year.

LA Salon Owner Discovers Rival’s Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot - 04/11/14
A West Hollywood esthetician says it was “scary” to find out he was the intended victim of an apparent murder-for-hire plot allegedly masterminded by a rival salon owner. “There's been no negative episodes between me and her,” Gabriel Suarez told ABC News’ “20/20.” “That's the … oddest thing, is that there's really nothing behind this … plot for her to really have reason enough ... to want to do this, just other than being in competition.”

Buffalo judge gives $53,000 engagement ring to woman dumped by text - 04/10/14
A Buffalo judge ruled that a woman who was dumped by her former fiancé via text could kept the $53,000, three-carat engagement ring because her ex’s message implied that it was a gift. “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house,” Louis Billittier, Jr. texted after breaking things off with Christa Clark.

Bunkie woman accused of threatening Cottonport school staff - 04/10/14
A Bunkie woman is being accused again of making threats through Facebook against a school staff, according to police. Shawntell Marie McKay, 30, of 704 Holly St., Apt. 1, was arrested after a complaint was filed with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office late Wednesday by Avoyelles School District Superintendent Dewayne Lemoine.

Gaming blogger discusses web harassment - 04/10/14
Anita Sarkeesian, author of the video blog “Feminist Frequency,” addressed topics such as internet harassment and portrayal of women in video games on Monday in Sage Hall. Sarkeesian explained the series of events that occurred during the time after her fundraising attempt and shared examples of the harassment she received via multiple websites such as YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr and Twitter.

Internet stalking is pretty easy once you have a name - 04/10/14
Buzzfeed asked a bunch of people to do an interview about online privacy. The people being interviewed didn’t know the interview was actually about their online privacy. A crew in a van took the information given to the street reporter and used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Tumblr, and more to find revealing info about the individual.

Woman distraught at losing out on her dream home made fake sex ads in name of new owner's wife telling johns to 'force their way in and take me while I say no' - 04/10/14
A San Diego woman has been charged with soliciting forcible rape and sodomy on a rival who, with her husband, bought a house she had her eye on. Kathy Rowe was so furious after she missed out on purchasing the Carmel Valley home, she decided to make the new owners' lives a living hell. According to a criminal complaint, she unleashed her fury by impersonating the woman in a sexually-explicit online advertisement that requested stranger men force their way into her house and 'take me while I say no.'

When social media in the workplace becomes a legal issue - 04/09/14
It goes without saying that social media is now ubiquitous and ever-changing, but with the law ruling that employers can be held vicariously liable for the actions of employees, what can businesses do to protect themselves from legal threat?

New Hampshire teacher resigns rather than 'unfriend' students on Facebook - 04/09/14
A 79-year-old substitute teacher chose to resign from teaching after a very unfriendly dispute with school administrators in Claremont, N.H. Carol Thebarge opted to give up her job after 35 year instead of “unfriending” her students on Facebook.

Rhode Island phone thieves send selfies to victim after theft - 04/08/14
When a Rhode Island woman had her phone stolen on Saturday night it was bad enough. Later on, when strange selfies of the suspected thieves began arriving in her inbox, it just added insult to injury. She decided to do something about it.

'I've been impersonated online for eight years': Meet the woman forced to legally change her name after being robbed of her own identity - 04/08/14
The thought of being impersonated and harassed online is a nightmare for many people, but for one New York woman, living alongside 'caricatures' of herself created by an 'obsessed, mentally ill stalker' is a daily reality. In a candid essay for Salon, Anna Katzen, the 25-year-old's pen name, reveals how for the past eight years she has lived with fake social media profiles, lurid blogs and embarrassing forum postings that use her pictures and full name.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Interesting Reaction to my True Crime Online Book

It’s always interesting to get feedback on your writing, but my newest book, True Crime Online has one chapter in it that either fascinates or disgusts people, or both! What is it, you ask? Why, the online cannibals chapter. I swear, every media outlet, especially the radio stations, ask me about that one chapter. Forget the rest of the book. They want to know how I found out about online cannibals and why.

I’ll tell you how and why: How was by researching online (duh). My publisher wanted me to come up with the most horrendous stories could find where the crime started online, then went offline. That’s how I found the first online serial killer, then a link to another site from that one pointed me to. . .an online cannibal. I was definitely curious and followed the link. I became more fascinated with the story, so pulled up more sites to get the whole story. So, the why as to writing the chapter is because it was so improbable that people wouldn’t believe it was real.

But it did really happen. Long story short – a man in Germany placed an online ad on a site similar to Craigslist looking for young, fit men who wanted to be killed and eaten. He actually got hundreds of responses, but most didn’t follow through when they found out he was serious about it. A few did take him up on an initial meeting, where he showed off his basement dungeon and some of those went so far as to let him hang them up, then draw what cuts of meat he would take from them. They didn’t return.

What’s funny is NO ONE reported him to authorities. Not one of them. Finally, a man did respond, went there for an initial visit, then came back and yep, allowed himself to be killed and eaten. The first part to go was the penis, which the German guy fried up with salt and olive oil, but it was so tough, he put it in the dogs dish (no word as to whether the dog ate it).

When he was finally caught, police took photos of the dungeon. And of course, the neighbors all said what a nice guy he was, the helped cut lawns, played with the kids, etc. Why is it that just about every serial killer appears to be a perfectly normal person to their neighbors?

When my book first came out in January of last year, I went to some libraries to do a reading and this was the chapter I read out loud. Most people thought it was disgustingly hilarious, but at the last one, one of the other authors spoke up, loudly, and said "That is enough!"

I guess it was too much for the poor woman!

But it’s the chapter I keep getting asked about, so that means my book is staying in people’s heads. Yes, maybe in a bad way, but they’re talking about it, right?

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Monday, April 07, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 7, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Busted for drinking and driving? There's an app for that

Although it would be preferable to never have to use it, motorists who get pulled over for drinking and driving can now rely on the "Oh Crap App" for help.

The app, which was created by an Iowa law firm, is designed to "educate the public regarding their legal rights when being investigated for a criminal offense."

The “DUI Defense App” also has “the emergency ‘Oh Crap’ button designed to be used in emergency situations where a person is being stopped or questioned by law enforcement.”

Pressing the button dispenses advice like "The less you say the better,” and also starts a voice recorder to tape any potentially incriminating conversations.

"One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that they know their rights," Bob Rehkemper, an attorney and co-creator of the smartphone app, told KCRG. "That initial interaction is documented and is recorded so it's not a matter of what somebody remembers, or he said, she said."

Any conversations the app captures are uploaded to a secure server for later access.

The app has been downloaded about 4,000 times already and is available for both Apple and Google smartphones.

"People end up in positions, and their rights become very important to them, to their family members, to their children. That's the purpose of this app, to understand what they do, and what they don't have to do," Rehkemper said.

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Ex-Yahoo Worker Says He Lost Job Because of Online Chats - 04/07/14
Ross Dmochowski lives online, where he engages in sometimes serious, sometimes juvenile, sometimes offensive political discussions about President Obama. But Dmochowski, a 42-year-old tech professional, was unprepared when his online chats resulted in a bomb threat under his name that brought FBI agents to his Livermore home - and contributed to his getting fired in September from his $120,000-a-year job at Yahoo.

TV actor Karan Kundra accused of cyber harassment by manager - 04/06/14
Television actor-host Karan Kundra, who hosted the youth based crime show Gumrah, has landed into trouble over harassment charges by his former manager. A complaint was filed against Karan and his two friends at the Malad police station on Friday by his ex- manager Sonia Singh. Sonia has accused him of harassment and defamation on social networking websites.

Ex-Tremonton officer charged in secret video recording of teen in her bedroom - 04/05/14
Former Tremonton police officer Jeremy Rose has been charged with 15 offenses in the collection of thousands of photos of a teenage girl in various stages of undress. Rose was arrested and booked into the Box Elder County Jail Thursday, said Utah Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Missy Larsen, and is scheduled for arraignment April 7 before 1st District Judge Ben Hadfield.

Revenge porn 'on the rise in the UK', campaigners warn - 04/05/14
Revenge porn, where a person uploads sexually explicit material of their ex-partner onto the internet without their permission, is on the rise in the UK according to charities and leading support groups. The UK Safer Internet Centre, The National Stalking Helpline and Women's Aid have all said the problem is escalating. Some victims have even reported having their personal details published linking them to explicit pictures online.

Court hammers operator of Internet intimidation sites - 04/05/14
A Valley man accused of running an Internet extortion racket was dealt a blow last month when a judge found he posted information on websites suggesting a decorated combat veteran with no criminal record was a child molester. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper imposed several sanctions against Charles "Chuck" Rodrick, saying evidence showed he controlled websites where operators demanded money from sex offenders and harassed those who complained.

Rock Falls Teens Arrested For Cyberstalking - 04/03/14
Rock Falls police have arrested two teenagers for cyberstalking. The charges stem from a Facebook page created in mid-March. Police say the page contained rude and disrespectful comments.

Murdered Teen’s Mother Says Other Son Receiving Death Threats - 04/02/14
A Tunica mother who witnessed her son’s brutal murder is terrified her other son is next. Seventeen-year-old Donterrius Jackson was shot and killed last month, reportedly by his classmate. “He was looking forward to graduation,” said Cassandra Odie.

Indiegogo allows upskirt photo gadget to remain on site - 04/02/14
Upskirt and downblouse photos ­ taking photos of a woman's body up her skirt or down her shirt without her knowledge or consent ­ is illegal in Australia and New Zealand, can be prosecuted in the UK under the Sexual Offences Act, has just been made illegal in Massachusetts, US, and is in the process of becoming illegal in New Jersey.

Japanese mobsters launch their own website - 04/02/14
Japan's biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. The clunky-sounding Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League website is an offering from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza grouping.

My online impostor: When that Facebook profile isn’t you - 04/01/14
Recently I received an invitation to connect on LinkedIn ­ from myself. Anna Katzen wants to connect with you, the message read, accompanied by a picture of me reading a copy of Russian Playboy when I was 17 years old. The photograph was taken in 2006, just months before I discovered that I was being impersonated and stalked online.

Art Dealer Pleads Guilty In Federal Cyberstalking Case - 04/01/14
The owner of a Temecula art gallery who stalked, harassed, and attempted to extort as much as $300,000 from art world professionals pleaded guilty today to two federal stalking charges. Jason White, 43, of Temecula, pleaded guilty today in the cyberstalking case before United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson. As a result of today’s guilty pleas, White faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 9.

Mexican teen stabbed best friend 65 times for posting naked selfies on Facebook - 04/01/14
A Mexican teenager has been accused of brutally killing her best friend after she posted naked selfies of the two girls posing together on Facebook. According to police, Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, 16, allegedly stabbed 16-year-old Anel Baez 65 times during a fatal attack on March 19.

Father hangs himself and his four-year-old son after criminals infect his computer with malware that said he had to pay £13,000 or face jail - 04/01/14
A Romanian man killed himself and his young son after a computer virus led him to believe he was going to jail. Marcel Datcu took his own life and that of his four-year-old son Nicusor after his computer became infested with a ransomware demanding that he pay £13,000 or he would go to prison.

Microsoft scam man is sentenced in 'landmark' case - 03/31/14
A man who ran a Microsoft computer scam tricking people into paying for free anti-virus software has received a suspended four-month jail sentence. Mohammed Khalid Jamil, 34, from Luton, hired people at an Indian call centre to falsely tell victims their computers had a serious problem.