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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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)
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.


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