True Crime Online Newsletter: May 19, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Godzilla Attack' sign warns San Francisco drivers to 'Turn Back'
A San Francisco prankster decided to warn city residents (and possibly issue a spoiler) by hacking into a traffic sign and making it read "Godzilla Attack" and "Turn Back." Some believed that the sign was simply a public relations stunt for the new film, but it ended up just being a joke.

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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)

Naperville man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend - 05/19/14
A west suburban man from is free on bond and awaiting trial on charges of stalking his former girlfriend, the Naperville Sun is reporting. Michael J. Lamb, 25, faces misdemeanor charges of attempted cyberstalking and electronic harassment, according to court records. He was arrested May 8 at his home in the 2500 block of Durango Lane in Naperville, after police began investigating him two months earlier, Naperville Police Sgt. Bill Davis said.

Hidden Covert Cameras found in Woman's Home - 05/19/14
Nicole Muscara’s alarm clock acquired an alarming feature: a hidden camera placed by a stalker. She discovered something odd when she one day set the alarm; it wasn’t her clock. Stories like this are happening more commonly. Recently a Kansas City, Missouri woman discovered 11 hidden cameras in her apartment­placed there by her landlord.

Kevin Spacey wants cyber-stalker jailed - 05/17/14
Linda Louise Culkin, 55, has said she would shoot, torture and disembowel the Oscar winner during a stalking campaign that has reportedly lasted more than two years. Spacey has asked that the woman, who has been convicted over the Twitter messages, be jailed.

10 People Who Want To Be Forgotten By Google, From An Attempted Murderer To A Cyberstalker - 05/16/14
Who wants things removed from Google under the newly declared “right to be forgotten” in the European Union? A convicted cyberstalker, an attempted murderer, a politician, a business with bad reviews and a pedophile are among those making such requests to Google. Yesterday, the BBC noted the first three of the cases listed below. Marketing Land has also learned of them directly from a source, along with seven other requests that Google has received.

Student held in school bomb threat faces more charges - 05/16/14
A student arrested Wednesday for threatening to blow up a bomb at Central Lafourche High faces other charges as well, authorities said Thursday. Kameron Matherne, 17, 211 Lake Long Drive, Bayou Blue, is charged with communicating false information of a planned bombing at a school, three counts of defamation, two counts of cyberstalking and two counts of online impersonation, the Lafourche Sheriff's Office said.

Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start - 05/15/14
“Fucking dumb bitch,” the message began, then went on to detail the manner in which Jenny Haniver should be sexually assaulted and murdered. Haniver (her gaming name, not her real one) found it in the voicemail of her Xbox account, left by a male competitor in the online combat game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Online death threat to prosecutor sends South Florida man to prison - 05/15/14
Mark Hillstrom admits that he has spent many hours during the last 13 years leaving long, harassing and threatening voicemails for prosecutors and judges, their secretaries and relatives, and anyone who irks him. But a threat to kill Broward State Attorney Mike Satz, which the South Florida man posted in a comment on a courthouse blog in November, had better be Hillstrom's last criminal act, a federal judge warned him Thursday.

Alleged V.A. shooter pleads not guilty by reason of insanity - 05/15/14
Deborah Lennon pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday to shooting her former supervisor at a U.S. Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis on Thursday declared that Lennon is mentally fit to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges, after Lennon’s defense attorney announced that his mental health expert found that she is able to assist in her own defense.

The Future of Crime: 8 Cyber-Crimes to Expect in Next 20 Years - 05/14/14
Forget everything you think you know about crime. In the next 20 years, “traditional” crime as we know it today will be largely replaced by cyber-crime. In fact, this is already happening. Take bank robberies: According to the American Bankers Association, bank robberies are being steadily replaced[] by ATM-skimming and other ‘cyber-heists.’ FBI statistics show bank robberies are down 60% since their peak in 1991, and they plummeted another 23% just between 2011 and 2012.

Your Right to Be Annoying Upheld by New York Court - 05/14/14
If you make a living on the internet, you’ve no doubt been exposed to harassing, annoying, correspondents and commenters who anonymously (or otherwise) seem to take enormous enjoyment from attacking you. But most of us have not been subjected to the kind of pathological attacks that some academics experienced at the hands of the the son of a scholar whose theories about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls were dismissed by the academy. The son began a campaign of internet harassment that included voluminous emails, blog postings, and even forgery and impersonating his father’s critics. This led to his arrest and conviction under a controversial statute ­ “aggravated harassment in the second degree” ­ which is defined as communicating with someone “in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm” and “with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm.”

Parents divided over underage children using social media - 05/14/14
Anagha Durve, mother of a 14-year-old from the city, had helped her son create an account on Facebook a couple of years ago. "At that time, it seemed like a harmless thing to do. But of late, I'm not sure," she says, worried about both content and people her son could be exposed to.


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