True Crime Online Newsletter - October 6, 2014
Louisville police said a woman arrested for drunken driving was trying to order pizza from a website while behind the wheel. Police said Rosanna Heinrichs, 27, was pulled over just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday when officers noticed her swerving in and out of her lane. Heinrichs, who police said smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to drinking beer and half a bottle of wine before getting behind the wheel, had the Domino's Pizza website open on her phone's browser when she was pulled over. Police said Heinrichs admitted to trying to use the website to order pizza while she was driving. Heinrichs was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and a communications device violation for her attempted pizza order.
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The Age of Anonymous - 10/06/14
The far reaching abilities of the internet have opened many doors for all of us, but they have also exposed us to a new racist, classist, homophobic, and (especially) misogynistic rhetoric that endangers the progressive ideals we’ve spent decades working towards. Now, don’t get me wrong; I think the internet has been a great tool for spreading equality, and it has certainly been an excellent platform for women and other underrepresented groups around the world to make their voices heard. But increasingly, those who share their opinions and beliefs about injustice online are often met with a series of comments meant to shame them for speaking up.
Leicester police warn of increase in revenge porn cases - 10/06/14
A growing number of young people are sending naked pictures of themselves to their partners – leaving themselves open to humiliation when the relationship breaks down, police have warned. Leicestershire Police has reported it is investigating a growing number of cases of ‘revenge pornography’ – in which people maliciously post intimate pictures of their ex-partners online for the world to see.
Social media and the workplace: a legal minefield - 10/05/14
Less than a year ago, the Oxford English Dictionary, named ‘selfie’ as the winning Word of the Year 2013, with a 17,000 per cent increase in recorded usage over that year. Shorthand for ‘self-portrait photograph’, the word refers to self-portraits snapped with mobile devices and uploaded instantly to one’s social media network of choice. In just over a decade, social media portals have taken the world by storm, transforming and simplifying the way in which we interact with each other. Such a sudden change in the way we communicate has had drastic effects on many aspects of our daily lives, with the workplace being no exception.
Internet troll who targeted McCanns found dead in hotel room days after fleeing home when she was revealed to be behind online campaign of vitriol - 10/05/14
A church-going mother who was accused of trolling Madeleine McCann’s parents has been found dead in a hotel room. Brenda Leyland, 63, was found dead at a Marriott hotel on Saturday around 15 miles from her immaculately kept village home. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
James McCabe, charged with cyber stalking Sophie Monk, allegedly breached bail conditions and contacted her on social media - 10/04/14
JAMES McCabe, charged with cyber stalking Sophie Monk, allegedly breached his bail last week by contacting Monk via social media and asking the 2DAYFM star to call him. It’s claimed the breach occurred within 24 hours of McCabe’s scheduled reappearance in a Tasmanian court on September 25.
Halifax police react to The Coast's cyberstalking story - 10/03/14
Halifax Regional Police say they have made mistakes in dealing with allegations of cyberstalking. The admission follows an investigative story written by Hilary Beaumont of the Halifax weekly paper, The Coast. HRP Deputy Chief Bill Moore says the investigations were not up to snuff. "I guess the best thing I can say is that it's probably not our best effort. I don't think there was anything in there that an officer purposefully did but there were certainly areas that caused us some concern," he tells CBC's Information Morning.
Gamergate complaints cause Intel to buckle to pressure - 10/03/14
The so-called “Gamergate” scandal has claimed yet another victim, this one being Intel: the hardware giant has pulled its advertising from news website Gamasutra after being pressured by Internet users. In statements released after Intel had pulled the ads, the chip maker said that customer feedback is taken very seriously by the company. When it comes to ad placements and relevant content, Intel is even more careful, the company said.
CYBER STALKER TO VICTIM: “You’re the reason that mass shootings happen. I blame you.” - 10/03/14
For a victim of Cyber Stalking one of the most frightening elements of the crime is not knowing when the perpetrator might move from the non-violent phase into a very violent phase as part of a transition from angry acts in the virtual world to angry action in the real world. Because the crime of Cyber Stalking is relatively new, neither mental health specialists nor law enforcement experts have a clear handle on all of the triggers that move an Internet/email/phone based stalker from months or years of non violence toward a victim or victims, to horrendous violence against a victim sometimes leading to the victim's death.
Convicted cyberstalker: UCF coed was never in danger - 10/02/14
One of Central Florida’s first convicted cyber stalkers says he has proof his victim was never in danger. Macchione, convicted in 2012, says his YouTube rants, texts and Facebook messages to UCF coed Kristen Pratt were never made face-to-face.
KIRO 7 report leads to nationwide cyberstalking investigation - 10/02/14
On Thursday, new Seattle Police Department documents were filed in King County Superior Court that reveal, because the KIRO 7 report in late 2013 identified the suspect by name, a Philadelphia detective investigating the same man contacted the SPD to compare evidence. KIRO 7 Reporter Alison Grande was the first to report on a Seattle woman’s struggle with a cyberstalker last October.
The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up - 10/02/14
It sounds like science fiction. A lender sitting in an office who wants a payment clicks a button on a screen, and suddenly, the borrower’s car is disabled on the side of the road. “Pay now or you’ll never drive again,” is the clear message. It’s not a movie script. Car “ignition interrupt devices” are just the latest high-tech tool that debt collectors have deployed in their information war against borrowers.
Cell Phones Have Made Stalking Easier, Scarier - 10/01/14
Some 6.6 million people are stalked in this country each year, and that number has doubled in the last three years. Experts say something many of us own has contributed to the increase, and they are making stalking easier: cell phones. Our calls, texts, emails and apps can all be accessed if a stalker has your phone for five minutes. It’s something that happened to an Anoka County woman.
Technology Used As Weapon In Domestic Abuse Cases - 10/01/14
It is a sinister twist in cases of domestic abuse. Stalkers are distorting the intent of technology to follow their victims 24/7, often without the victim having any idea it’s happening. There can be threatening text messages around the clock. Bogus social media pages and endless phone calls as well.
How Publishing’s Biggest Troll Kept Harassing Women For So Long - 10/01/14
There’s a strange, magical little corner of Twitter and the rest of the Internet you may not have heard of unless you’re an author or an enthusiastic reader: the world of book bloggers. It’s where people get together for Twitter parties, hold cover reveals on their favorite blogs, and connect with readers on Tumblr. It’s also where some of most vicious, bizarre, and chilling wars of the Internet take place, all beneath a facade of politeness because everyone is too terrified to say anything for fear of jeopardizing their position in the publishing industry or their role in the book blogger hierarchy.
Change to Florida cyber threat law allows victims to fight back - 10/01/14
Did you catch the CBS premiere of the show "Stalker"? As a CBS12 investigation found, the crime of stalking happens more frequently than many people realize. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this crime affects more than 6 million people a year. One in 6 women and 1 in 9 men has experienced what the DOJ calls “serious stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime.” That is why, out of the 32 news laws passed by the 2014 Florida legislative session going into effect October 1st, one of those brings the crime of stalking into the Internet age.
Art Dealer Gets Prison Time for Cyberstalking - 10/01/14
An art dealer in Temecula, Calif., was handed a five-year sentence in federal prison for cyberstalking and threatening a Beverly Hills art dealer and artists. Jason White, 43, pleaded guilty in March to two federal counts of stalking and demanding $300,000 from his former employer. He sent dozens of emails and text messages to dealer Robert Bane, and made threats against the families of artists whom he worked with while at Bane's gallery.
Surrey 'revenge porn' victim speaks of six-month ordeal - 09/30/14
A woman whose ex-boyfriend posted explicit images of her online has spoken of her six-month campaign to have the pictures taken down. Emma, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, said she blamed herself after discovering the "revenge porn" on the man's blog. The 21-year-old, from Surrey, said she tried to reason with her ex, but he began posting new images.
Animal activist charged with cyberstalking, trespassing - 09/30/14
A woman accused by area horse activists of maltreating and starving her horses has struck back by filing charges of cyberstalking and trespassing against one of them. Judi Nichols, 2645 N.C. 43, who recently agreed to surrender eight horses to county animal control, filed charges of cyberstalking and second-degree trespass against Candy Rozo, 42, of 640 Butler Ford Road, Vanceboro. Rozo was presented with the cyberstalking charge on Sunday and the second charge Tuesday morning during her preliminary hearing in District Court.
Sophia Bush Reveals Terrifying Online Stalking and Rape Threats - 09/30/14
Actress Sophia Bush has revealed she’s the victim of a vicious Internet stalker. Not only has the stalker targeted the 32-year-old, but the person also went after her fans by posing as Sophia and sending hurtful and violent messages. Monday night the Chicago PD star exposed the disturbing situation by writing on Instagram,”For the past few months I have been harassed to the point of sheer horror by an online stalker. This person has taken to harassing and bullying many of my followers as well.”
Making Rape Threats on Twitter Lands London Man in Jail - 09/30/14
Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London made a landmark decision to jail a Twitter user for making violent and abusive rape threats against Stella Creasy, Labor MP for Walthamstow. The crime is outlined in section 127 of the U.K.’s Communications Act, which prohibits digital messages found to be “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”
Confronting My Cyberbully, 13 Years Later - 09/30/14
When I was thirteen, I had a falling-out with my best friend, after which she tortured me over the Internet for the next three years. We were so close that she knew the answer to my security question, so it didn't matter if I changed my password. Over the course of three years she would periodically go in and delete all of my emails, leaving only cruel notes for me, from my own account, as the sole messages in my inbox.