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Monday, June 30, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 30, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Sexy' felon Jeremy Meeks could reportedly receive modeling contract
-Jeremy Meeks, the felon who had his "sexy" mugshot go viral last week, may be able to enter the world of modeling upon his release. Blaze Modelz reportedly told TMZ that "gangster models" are currently in vogue and they could get him $15,000 to $30,000 a month contracts with top fashion houses like Versace and Armani. Another unnamed modeling agency said they are also interested in working with Meeks when he gets out of prison. The numerous tattoos don't seem to be a problem for either agency. Blaze said it even likes the teardrop tattoo below his right eye -- a symbol associated with gangs. Meeks is being held on $900,000 bail under serious weapons charges.

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Debt collectors turn to social media to track down delinquents - 06/30/14
After more than a decade of eluding phone calls, a Brighton Heights man said his experience with a third-party collection agency hired to recoup his student loan debt went from marginally annoying to borderline cyber stalking. Even for loan scofflaws there are rules collection agencies must follow, and two government agencies are working to make that better known.

Illinois trooper pulls over trucker who honked at him for speeding - 06/30/14
A truck driver allegedly saw an Illinois state trooper speeding on the highway while talking on his cellphone, so he decided to honk his horn in order to show his disapproval. After his judgmental toot, the trooper pulled Brian Miner over and threatened to give him a ticket for unlawful use of a horn. Miner taped the entire encounter and posted the clip on YouTube. The officer is aggressive at first, but he changes his tune after Miner informs him that their exchange is being recorded. The trooper eventually apologizes to Miner and declines to give him a ticket. "And that's what happens when they know you're recording," Miner says near the end of the clip.

Cyber-bullying is a crime, so why is it being ignored? - 06/30/14
Early last week a mother told the Dublin Coroner: "Every day we are losing teenagers. Does it get to a stage where you are above the law?" Elaine Hughes's story is every parent's worst nightmare come true. Two years ago her son Darren died by suicide. Elaine is convinced that he was bullied to death, citing "horrific" and "threatening" messages sent to him on Facebook, which have since been deleted.

Squatter nanny was homeless for nine years and sleeping in her car when hired through Craigslist, as it emerges she's now disappeared amid furor over her refusal to leave family home - 06/28/14
The California ‘nanny from hell’ who made headlines by refusing to leave after getting fired has finally gone as it emerged Friday that the 64-year-old woman was homeless before being hired as a caretaker. Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte, of Upland, said their children’s former babysitter, Diane Stretton, left the house early Thursday morning and never came back. Mrs Bracamonte, a mother of three, said when Stretton took off at around 7am, she gave no indication that she was not coming back since all of her belongings remained behind.

Lee’s Summit man sentenced for cyberstalking and possession of child pornography - 06/27/14
A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court Friday for cyberstalking a woman and possessing child pornography. August W. Jentsch, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to five years in federal prison without parole. In December, Jentsch pleaded guilty cyberstalking and possessing child pornography.

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts 06/27/14
It's been a groin-grabbingly bad week for US men when it comes to revenge porn. On Monday morning, one of Twitter's political sides exploded with revelations that a troll had leaked screen captures of a text message exchange and email, all of which suggested an extramarital affair between former NSA analyst John Schindler and a conservative Twitter user named Lesley.

Girl commits suicide over Facebook harassment - 06/27/14
Cyber bullying has taken the life of yet another young person. A 17-year-old schoolgirl committed suicide on Tuesday night after one of her friends uploaded a morphed picture of her on a social networking site. The victim, a student of a top south Kolkata school, left behind a six-page suicide note, which forms the basis of the police case, according to the Times of India.

Thousands of Scots live in fear of cyber STALKERS - 06/26/14
Statistics show one in 20 people has been stalked or harassed in the past year. And according to the statistics, three-quarters of all incidents involve “obscene, nuisance or threatening” approaches via social media or email. Others reported stalkers “waiting outside a home or workplace” or being “followed around or watched” during 2012/13.

We must stop making light of online abuse - 06/26/14
There's a new series starting on E4 next month called The 100. It’s one of those dystopian, post-apocalyptic dramas that teens (and teens-in-spirit like me) adore. After a nuclear holocaust makes Earth uninhabitable, the survivors are stuck in an orbiting space station. But then 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to the surface to see if they can survive. It asks the Lord of the Flies question: how would we behave in a world with no laws and no leaders?

Policing online abuse - 06/26/14
This week Chief Constable Alex Marshall, head of the College of Policing, told the BBC that complaints originating from social media now make up ‘at least half’ of calls passed on to frontline police officers. These typically comprise bullying, harassment, abuse and threats of assault posted via social media.

Sayreville teen charged with posting 'inappropriate' photos of girls on social media - 06/26/14
Authorities said an 18-year-old Sayreville man posted “inappropriate” pictures of underage female students at Sayreville War Memorial High School on social media sites. The teenager, whose identity was withheld because he was underage when the two-month-investigation began, is charged as a juvenile with multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child, invasion of privacy and cyber harassment, according to Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski and Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Heroin, cyber stalking arrests made in Southern Shores - 06/26/14
In a joint law enforcement operation, two arrests were made Monday in related to heroin distribution in the Southern Shores area. The Dare County Narcotics Task Force and Southern Shores Police Department were investigating a person who said to sell heroin in the area, according to Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

Online abuse victims will be able to use Facebook posts as evidence - 06/25/14
Online abuse and harassment will be made an offence under laws to crack down on bullying and harassment. Victims of online abuse will also be able to use examples of harassment on the internet, such as Facebook posts, as evidence in court under the proposals. The measures were announced yesterday following recommendations by the Internet Content Advisory Group to the Government, which was asked to look at bullying and harassment online.

Woman Shuts Down Creep With These Brilliant Text Messages - 06/25/14
We’ve all caught a fellow straphanger glancing over at what we’re reading or writing on the train. While the creep over our shoulder usually turns away in due time, there are those who just won’t let up. When one Tumblr user, Hostage Situation, was texting on a bus during rush hour, she realized that some rando squished next to her was creepin’ so hard on her text exchange, homie was practically the third group chat member. And so she got him good.

It's nearly impossible to get revenge porn off the internet. - 06/25/14
On Tuesday, Adam Kuhn, the chief of staff for Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers, was forced to respond after a woman he was involved with tweeted a picture of his penis. Some call the pic "revenge porn," a common term for explicit photos and video released publicly without the consent of one of the parties involved, especially when those photos/videos are posted to websites which specialize in such material. Experts disagree about how the law should handle revenge porn. Some favor criminalizing it, while others, like Sarah Jeong, have argued that criminalization does more harm than good, and that civil actions, such as copyright claims, can also be used to combat it.

Social media crimes account for HALF of police calls about abuse and anti-social behaviour, claims senior officer - 06/24/14
Online abuse is behind the majority of complaints to police about anti-social behaviour and harassment, a top officer has warned. Alex Marshall said comments on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are the basis for ‘at least half’ of calls about nuisance crimes. The chief constable, who leads the College of Policing, said low-level crime has moved online along with shopping and banking.

Suspected thief forgets to log out after checking Facebook during burglary - 06/24/14
Minnesota police arrested a burglary suspect who apparently forgot to log out of Facebook after checking his profile during a break-in at a St. Paul home. The homeowner came back to his house and found that credit cards, cash and a watch were missing. The thief had also left behind a pair of Nike tennis shoes, jeans and a belt that he apparently discarded because it had been raining outside.

Online and text message bullying to be criminalised - 06/24/14
Abuse sent via text message and through online communications, such as Tweets or Facebook messages, will become a criminal offence, under measures announced by the Government today. A report on the governance of internet content containing 30 specific recommendations was discussed by the Cabinet, and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the proposals will be implemented in the coming months.

Monday, June 23, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 23, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tennessee park ranger fired for dancing on the job
A Tennessee park ranger says he was fired for dancing on the job after a visitor to Coolidge Park in Chattanooga posted a video of him busting a move on Facebook.

According to Deryl Nelson, his supervisors were not impressed with the video and he was terminated for "conduct unbecoming of a public employee."

Melissa Parsons posted the video online after capturing it on her cellphone because she didn't think Nelson's moves were appropriate for children to see.

"As a parent and seeing all the parents that were covering their kids eyes and turning their heads away, it wasn't something you would expect to see in Coolidge Park or anywhere from a grown man, especially a man in uniform," Parsons told NewChannel 9 WTVC.

"He went all the way to the ground, he came back up from the ground, he was grabbing areas that you would see on a rated R movie."

According to city records, Nelson was suspended for five days for "addressing inappropriate remarks to a co-worker" in 2013.

Nelson started dancing at the park after he jumped in with a group of visitors who were doing the Macarena. The 51-year-old plans to keep grooving, with or without his job.

"It's all about enjoying what you do and that's the way I feel," Deryl told WRCB. "Clean fun. It's nothing like doing any bumping and grinding. People just have nothing else to do but bash people. No twerks, no jerking, no nothing."

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Staten Island cops to focus on stalkers - 06/20/14
Stalkers are about to be yanked out of the shadows and tossed into the light. A new crime initiative designed to prevent incidents of domestic violence in Staten Island will identify and arrest stalkers who may become abusers, batterers and ­ possibly ­ killers, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said Thursday. The new Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking (CAPS) Program will increase stalking arrests and prosecutions, identify incident

Law to tame online porn, hate speech in offing - 06/19/14
Online child pornography and hate speech will attract stringent punishment including six-year jail terms if a proposed Bill to tackle cyber crime is enacted into law. Under the Cybercrimes and Computer Crimes Bill, 2014, persons convicted of the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words to stir up ethnic hatred through a computer system will face a five-year jail term.

Debt collectors turn to social media to track down delinquents - 06/19/14
After more than a decade of eluding phone calls, a Brighton Heights man said his experience with a third-party collection agency hired to recoup his student loan debt went from marginally annoying to borderline cyber stalking. Even for loan scofflaws there are rules collection agencies must follow, and two government agencies are working to make that better known.

Social media safety when posting pictures - 06/19/14
Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, there can be a hidden danger parents should always be aware of, especially when posting pictures of children. One parent learned that the hard way. According to CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia, Ciara Logan posted an Instagram photo of her children during the Father’s Day weekend. Not long after, she discovered the picture had been copied from her account, and turned into a meme with derogatory hashtags.

Facebook hate campaign culminated in torching car of Truro teenager - 06/19/14
A man has been jailed after subjecting a Westcountry teenager to years of online abuse and torching his and his father’s car. Christopher Chynoweth from Truro used social networking site Facebook to wage a sustained attack on 19-year-old Jack Arthur. The victim’s family urged others to get help if they were subjected to online harassment.

What I learned about “myself” from Internet trolls - 06/19/14
In my nearly two decades as professional writer, I’ve never really written about my dating life until last month. I was inspired by Jeff Reifman’s post about the increase of men due to Amazon’s aggressive hiring­which confirmed many of my long-held suspicions about Seattle’s dating scene.

Free speech is a bad excuse for online creeps to threaten rape and murder - 06/18/14
Last weekend, a friend of mine was sitting on a park bench when she felt a presence sneaking up from behind – and noticed an older man taking pictures of her exposed back. When she told him to stop, he yelled back at her that it was his "First Amendment right to be a creep". Little did either of them know that he was articulating the foundation of new legal battle about the internet and, well, the right to be a creep.

People Harassed Online Have Few Legal Protections - 06/18/14
Lori Stewart started her blog, This Just In, as a way of writing about gardening and sharing stories about her family. She started a program and related website, Toys for Troops, to send toys to soldiers so they could distribute them to children overseas. All of which seems uncontroversial enough­but that did not protect Stewart from online harassment. A troll using the name JoeBob began leaving profane, vile comments on her blog, messages filled with curse words and violent fantasies about the death of her son.

Imagine this for a moment. You are arrested for cyberstalking a woman in a very public manner; a woman you had already told that you would ruin her life. Then to follow through on that threat you posted sexually explicit photos of the women on the Internet in an account in her name, according to one investigation and court documents. Photos her family, friends and members of her church saw.

Student Arrested for Plotting UCSB Copycat Crime - 06/17/14
University of Washington student Keshav Bhide was arrested for allegedly posting plans to copy USCB shooter Elliot Rodger (via The Huffington Post). According to HuffPost, court documents cite several YouTube and Google+ posts where Bhide states, “everything Elliot did is perfectly justified.”

Facebook Freedom of Speech or Harassment - 06/16/14
The Supreme Court is drawing the line between Facebook Freedom of Speech and Harassment. Monday the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to four years in prison for threatening his wife online. Anthony Elonis posted about his ex-wife and said “I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess.” His lawyer argued that he never actually intended to hurt her and that he was just using his freedom of speech. But the jury convicted him. Now the Supreme Court agreed to hear his argument. Forty-five years ago the Supreme Court ruled that making a threatening statement is not a crime unless there is a "true threat" with intent to follow through.

Cyberstalker jailed for posting pregnant woman's number on lurid sex date site - 06/16/14
A stalker has been jailed for posting a pregnant woman's number on an lurid dating site so that she was pestered with demands for sex - while giving birth. Robert Jeffery, 36, listed mum-to-be Sarah Sutton's details on the Craigslist adult classifieds page under the headline "Bubbly Cornish Maid".

Lost A Part of Me

When my late husband asked me to marry him, he didn't have a ring in his pocket. He wanted me to help him pick out what *I* wanted. So we went to DeMontigny Jewelers in Nashua, NH (a client of mine at the time) and created a special ring. Just under a half carat pear brilliant diamond flanked by a diamond and emerald on either side of the setting. It was beautiful. When he died in 2006 at the age of 40, I was devastated. I wanted to something with the ring and ended up having the pear diamond made into a pendant and got a 20" yellow gold chain with a lobster clasp made to wear. The rest of the ring was made into earrings. I wore that necklace every day, never taking it off except for once when I was in the emergency room earlier this year for x-rays for bronchitis.

I was in Portsmouth, NH this past Saturday (June 21st, the first day of Spring) to attend a book signing of a dear friend, the retired chief of police of Portsmouth, NH, David "Lou" Ferland. I met a friend at Starbucks in Market Square. I distinctly remembered moving the lobster clasp on the chain to the back of my neck (as I often did) before I left the house. My friend and I wandered around downtown, down some back streets then went to the Maine-ly New Hampshire gift shop on Deer Street. Lou gave us huge hugs, signed our books and took photos with us.

When I got home, my husband wanted to go to the flea market around the corner. We did and ran into a friend who was running one of the tables (she sells tools and such that my husband likes to purchase). I put my hand up to touch the pendant. . .it was gone. I panicked, thinking I lost it while walking from the car to my friend's table. I then remembered I had my photo taken with Lou. I looked on my iPhone and realized it was not on my neck. I didn't remember any tugging (the lobster clasp and chain were very sturdy). All I could think of is that Lou hugged me really hard and somehow it came off.

I also remembered a young couple with a puppy. The puppy entangled itself between my legs and I remember someone grabbing my arm (me thinking they were holding me up). I wonder if it was then, when everyone was distracted, that maybe someone snatched it off my neck. I would think I would have felt a tugging, but if they had something to snip the necklace off my neck, who knows?

I searched my car three times, the driveway, the walkway to the car, inside the house, retracing my steps up until leaving in the car. No necklace.

I called the gift shop, then we drove down to Portsmouth and went to the shop. We all looked around the store (store owner, Lou, my husband and me), then my husband and I began the task of retracing my steps through downtown Portsmouth - all of them that I had taken with my friend. I hadn't realized how much I'd walked and my husband said he was going to dream about red bricks (the sidewalks in downtown Portsmouth are pretty much all brick). No necklace. No diamond pendant.

I alerted the parking lot attendant, who wrote down my info, then when we got back to my car, I called the local police to file a report (as Lou suggested to me). Then we drove home. I placed two ads on Craigslist, one in Maine (where I live), one in New Hampshire and offered a reward. A friend on Facebook suggested calling local pawn shops. On Sunday, I called or emailed every pawn shop and jewelry store in Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. The ones that were not open on Sunday I called today. I placed a classified ad in the local paper.

No one has come in with my necklace so far.

I even looked on Craigslist in the Jewelry for sale sections in Maine, NH and Massachusetts. Nothing. I checked eBay. Nothing. I followed up with a phone call to the police officer on his voicemail.

The phone has been silent.

Just in case, it is a 20" yellow gold 14K chain with a .45 carat pear brilliant diamond in a 14k yellow gold setting. If it hadn't been something from my late husband, I wouldn't be so desperate to get it back.

So after a few people suggested this, I said a prayer to St. Anthony and I am posting it here as well, in the hopes the necklace turns up.

Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find my precious necklace with diamond pendant, which has been lost. As least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss.

To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 16, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Buy Matthew McConaughey's eternal soul for only $15 on Etsy
Anyone with $15 and access to the Internet can go on the web and purchase Matthew McConaughey's soul, providing they have an extra $5 to cover the shipping costs. The star's soul is being sold by SoulsRUs, an online Etsy shop which specializes in selling celebrity souls. The store is running low on inventory right now -- although Drake's eternal spirit is still available -- but SoulsRUs has previously sold the souls of celebs like Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Jennifer Lawrence. The owner of the store, Molly "The Happy Reaper" Gates, is happy to provide fans with the ultimate souvenir.

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Rise of the Internet Hate Machine - 06/14/14
Welcome to the age of Internet hate, when “it’s never been easier to send an anonymous death threat,” writes Jack Shafer for Reuters. “As with so many of life’s labors, advanced technology has removed most of the work and hazard from sending cowardly messages to people to frighten them.”

UWM police chief investigated for sending sexual messages to student - 06/14/14
An independent investigator has found that University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Marzion displayed "inappropriate and unprofessional" conduct when he traded Internet messages of a sexual nature with a student this spring. The investigator, former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Gary A. Gerlach, concluded on Thursday that Marzion did not violate school policies involving discriminatory conduct during the exchanges between April 7 and 15.

Indictment over hacking of Bush family emails - 06/14/14
A Romanian using the online moniker “Guccifer” was indicted Thursday on U.S. charges of hacking into email accounts of high-profile people including family of former presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. Marcel Lehel Lazar, 42, is accused of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, cyberstalking and obstruction of justice.

Cyberbullying Case’s Publication Ban under Question by Family - 06/14/14
The identity of a young woman has become a bone of contention between the government and the family amid ongoing struggle and several tragic consequences of persistent online harassment. The particular case involves an alleged sexual assault claims that resulted in child pornography charges currently that are currently before the court.

Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter? - 06/13/14
What follows is offensive. The facts are unattractive and there is no hero in this story. On 30 April, two days after teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by a pupil in Leeds, Jake Newsome, a 21-year-old man who had himself attended a secondary school on the other side of the city, posted on his Facebook page: "Personally im glad that teacher got stabbed up, feel sorry for the kid… he shoulda pissed on her too".

Police chief suspended over Internet harassment of tea party protester - 06/13/14
A small Wisconsin town's chief of police, who admitted to investigators that he harassed a tea party protester by signing him up for online dating, porn and other accounts, is now under criminal investigation and suspended from his job. Tim Keleman, chief of police in the Town of Campbell, near LaCrosse, told the investigators that he just wanted to get back at the man he said was causing much distraction and hassle for the town by suing over the town's ban on signs and banners from a pedestrian bridge where the tea party wanted to send its message.

College police seek man for questioning in email threats - 06/13/14
A former Riverside City College student is being sought for questioning about threatening emails that were sent to faculty whose classes he attended the past few years. Riverside Community College District Police Chief Jim Miyashiro on Monday, June 9, sent an email to district employees that described Jeffrey Wade as a “person of interest” in the case. The email said Wade attended RCC last summer.

Seattle cop who posted sex pics of ex-lover wants his job back - 06/13/14
In the first interview since his arrest last year, a Seattle police officer who was fired after posting sexually-explicit photos of an ex-lover online said he would like understanding, forgiveness, and his badge back. David Blackmer, 44, claims the city was in violation of his union contract when Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey fired him last month.

Email Threats: A Thing of the Past? - 06/12/14
There is no doubt cybercriminals continue to use personal and rented botnets to pump the Internet full of unwanted advertisements for fake or knock-off products, but its effectiveness as a money-making device is dwindling. Now in the cyber underbelly, email has turned from mischievous to outright malicious, with campaigns once utilizing trickery to fool recipients into spending money to simply taking it.

Suspected Facebook harasser hands himself in after manhunt - 06/12/14
A man alleged to have posted nude pictures of women on his Facebook profile has handed himself to the police after a manhunt was declared. Mohamed Ibrahim, 25 years, of Haa Dhaal atoll Kulhudhuffushi Island is also accused of posting profane comments and defaming government offices on his Facebook profile.

Learning to live with internet haters - 06/12/14
Judge me. Last night I watched VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta." When it comes to the image of black people on TV, it gets no worse than most ­ but not all ­ of the cast. (Exhibit A: This season's leading storyline involves an allegedly homemade sex tape that really resembles a slickly produced porno.)

Illinois motorcyclist who uploaded high-speed police chase to YouTube facing stiff sentence - 06/11/14
An Illinois motorcyclist who was found guilty of aggravated fleeing, eluding police and driving with a suspended license is set to be sentenced on Friday. The seven-minute video that Hamza Ali Ben Ali shot, while he was evading police and later uploaded to YouTube, could really come back to bite him in the butt as the state will be seeking a prison sentence of up to six years.

How serious are cyber death threats? - 06/11/14
In July 2009, blogger Hilath Rasheed broke news of an underage girl being kept as a concubine on his blog. Soon afterwards, he started receiving death threats online. He was accused of being an infidel and anonymous commenters sent him messages warning him against walking in dark alleyways. They threatened to slash his throat and behead him.

'Arrest threat scam' popping up again - 06/11/14!ZKdlg
The 8 On Your Side team says the "arrest threat scam" has popped up again in the Susquehanna Valley. Here's the e-mail that a News 8 viewer recently received: "Notice to Appear, the copy of the court notice is attached to this letter. Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence."

How Do We Stop Online Harassment? - 06/11/14
Folks, recently I launched a new infographic revealing the rise in online harassment with Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies.
Here's some important findings from the poll: Women report being personally harassed much more frequently than men - the gender gap's 57% women to 43% men across all age groups. Sexual harassment's the most common form of harassment - 44% of all incidences), followed by: Slurs on a person's professional ability (28%), Racial (23%), Religious (18%), and Political (16%) insults.

Woman asks man on Facebook to kill aunt; man's fake account was created by aunt - 06/11/14
An Alabama teen who was unknowingly speaking to her aunt on Facebook about killing her family was charged with the solicitation of murder and is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Marissa Williams' aunt created a fake Facebook account under the name Tre 'Topdog' Ellis so that she could chat with her niece online and see how she interacted with men.

Harassed on Facebook or Twitter? You're not the only one: poll - 06/11/14
Nearly half of cyber citizens under 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatened online, while women make up 57 percent of victims, according to a new survey by online advocacy groups. Sixty-two percent of the 1,007 people over 18 surveyed said the harassment happened on Facebook, while 24 percent was on Twitter, according to a poll conducted by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and Craig Newmark - the founder of the Craigslist classified ads site.

Forget nosy neighbours, it's the cyber world that none of us can hide from now - 06/10/14
One of the many problems with social media is the 'you can never take it back' aspect. What teenagers and indeed adults need to remember is, once you've posted something it is not possible to take it back.

Students to get classes in tackling cyberbullying - 06/10/14
A CONFIDENTIAL report is to recommend to the Cabinet that anti-cyberbullying lessons are introduced as a "core element" in primary and secondary school curriculums.

NY court strikes down ban on phone threats, cyberstalking, other 'alarming' behavior - 06/10/14
A state law prohibiting phone threats, cyberstalking and other frightening behavior was struck down last month as being unconstitutional. Aggravated harassment included any "annoying or alarming" behavior made by phone, letter or other written word. Over the years, that has extended to the Internet, text messaging and e-mail.

7 terrifying ways people are cyberstalking you straight into real life - 06/10/14
As a journalist and a Millennial, I’ve spent the past decade honing the skills with which I literally cyberstalk people. During the early days of true social media circa 2006-2010, I exercised boundaries and respect for privacy. But during my first relationship away from the safety and exposure of my hometown, I uncovered information about le leading man way too slowly and learned that doing your homework on an S.O. sometimes warrants a small invasion of privacy. Then, during my first experience in editorial, I was taught that boundaries were but a tiny inconvenience to be scoffed at and all bets were officially off.

Monday, June 09, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 9, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Google Street View cameras capture fake murder
A pair of pranksters who mocked up a murder scene, knowing their stunt would be captured by Google Street View cameras, have had a visit from police in Edinburgh after the images were spotted online. Garage owner Dan Thompson said he came up with the idea after spotting a Street View van. He told the BBC that officers who visited his garage knew it was a wind-up as one of his customers was a police officer who was already aware of the incident.

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Suburban school districts take action after sexting, porn incidents - 06/09/14
Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social media.

Trolling: The dark side of the net - 06/09/14
Earlier this year when Garry met Sally, Garry was asked a simple question - ''How are you coping with the trolling?'' He says it was a cathartic moment because he thought his campaign was the only one under attack. Garry Muratore is the public face of Melbourne activist group No Maccas in the Dandenong Ranges, set up to oppose a new McDonald's outlet in Tecoma. Sally McManus is from the national feminist campaigners Destroy The Joint. They met while speaking to youth leaders at a Melbourne NGO involved in helping poverty in the Asia-Pacific.

Young men being targeted in internet scam - 06/08/14
YOUNG men in Dorset are being blackmailed in a scam where fraudsters threaten to send explicit videos to friends and family. One man from Beaminster and another from Weymouth have both fallen victim to the scam in the past week – but there could be countless more victims who have not reported similar incidents, police say.

Bergdahl's family receives death threats - 06/08/14
The parents of Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier freed from Taliban captivity, has received death threats after hawks in the United States launched an offensive on the character of Bergdahl and his family. Jeff Gunter, the police chief of Hailey in Idaho state, said on Saturday that the first of the death threats sent to Bob Bergdahl, the soldier’s father, at his home near the city of Hailey was received on Wednesday.

Politicians go after smartphone GPS apps that could aid stalkers and abusers - 06/08/14
When Jacqueline Wisniewski was shot dead in the stairwell of a Buffalo hospital, police immediately considered her former boyfriend Timothy Jorden a suspect. Just two months before her 2012 murder, Wisniewski discovered a GPS device Jorden had secretly placed in her car so he could follow her everywhere. Jorden was arrested and convicted, and 10 days ago, with little fanfare, the New York State Senate sent Gov. Cuomo “Jackie’s Law,” which would make it a state crime to use a GPS device for stalking. The governor is expected to sign it.

Ohio mother blames knife attack by 13-year-old daughter on Slenderman obsession - 06/07/14
An Ohio woman, who was recently attacked by 13-year-old daughter with a knife, said she believes he daughter was inspired by internet horror meme Slenderman. The woman, who asked to not be identified, told WLWT that she made the connection after seeing reports of the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to stab their friend to death, hoping to make the fictional Slenderman appear.

Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties - 06/07/14
Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho. Rob Egan gave up a job with Hewlett-Packard in the six figures to enlist in the Army after 9/11 and was sent as a Ranger with the first wave of Americans deployed to Afghanistan. Years ago I’d often go on bicycle rides with both of them into the foothills outside of Lincoln, up the valley floor to Marysville and multiple day trips in the Sierra and even Death Valley.

Sex taunt couple claim computer was hacked - 06/07/14
A COUPLE jailed for a humiliating harassment campaign which saw a women hounded by men seeking sexual services claim their broadband connection was hacked. Richard and Amanda Holman, of Fox House Lane, Scorton, are appealing against their conviction and jail sentences at Preston Crown Court.

Campbell police chief under investigation - 06/07/14
The town of Campbell police chief is under investigation over accusations that he created online accounts on pornographic, dating and insurance websites for a tea party activist who sued him in federal court. Chief Tim Kelemen -- from the town and his personal computer -- used Greg Luce's email to establish profiles on and to generate harassing solicitations, according to police investigation reports.

No charges will be filed against woman over racist rant - 06/06/14
No criminal charges will be filed against the woman who became an Internet celebrity after video of her delivering a racist rant against a black motorist went viral earlier this week, Cheektowaga police said today. However, because of the emotional and sometimes threatening responses that people online had to the video, and because some individuals posted links containing the woman’s personal information and address, her children have been temporarily placed in the care of family members for their safety, police said.

Internet Urban Legends: 5 Other Wild Stories Like The Slender Man! - 06/06/14
In case you missed the horrifying news from earlier this week, two 12-year-old girls were accused of stabbing their friend 19 times during a game of sleepover hide-and-seek and then leaving her out in the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin to die ­ all because of a creepy internet character. Enter, Slender Man. While the story that played out is totally terrifying, what's even scarier is that there are more super awful web tales just like that one! We've dug deep to uncover 5 of the most violent, and down right odd internet urban legends ­ so *hopefully* these user driven stories can influence youngsters a bit less!

North Lauderdale man accused of cyber stalking - 06/05/14
A North Lauderdale man is accused of using social media to make death threats against an ex-girlfriend, Coral Springs police said. Daniel Wayne Cooley, 23, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with aggravated cyber stalking with bond set at $150,000, court records showed.

Internet troll jailed for harassing missing girl’s family - 06/05/14
AN internet troll from the North East who posed as a missing girl and then broke a court order by harassing the family has been jailed. Donna Wright, 34, of Oak Terrace, West Cornforth, County Durham, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison yesterday after earlier admitting harassing Hartlepool man Richard Lee, whose two-year-old daughter Katrice vanished from a Naafi store in Germany, in November 1981.

Cyberstalking: Al Franken’s deadly serious crusade - 06/05/14
It should come as absolutely no surprise that our ability to spy and track one another digitally is running amok in potentially deadly ways, especially for some women. So we can at least give Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) a shout out for trying to curb the noxious act of cyberstalking even if one fears that technology will override his good intentions. Franken chaired a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on his proposed “Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014” and adeptly used the anecdotal to quickly frame the discussion.

New Poll Details Widespread Harassment Online, Especially on Facebook - 06/04/14
Almost 50% of Americans under the age of 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatened online, or know somebody who has, according to a new poll published today exposing the ugly underbelly of social media. Women are targeted more often than men, and Facebook is by far the most common forum for such harassment.

Couples Walk on Thin Ice as Web Offers Free Password to Break-up - 06/04/14
Social networks have opened up new avenues of easy and hassle-free communication, but the new-found freedom, when coupled with the inability to safeguard private information can land users in trouble. This story from the case diary of a clinical psychologist illustrates one of the major pitfalls of social media: A couple of months back, a 43-year-old woman approached a counsellor after being harassed online and offline by a 22-year-old youth who made an acquaintance with her as a door-to-door salesman.

'Note to appear' email scam hitting area inboxes - 06/03/14
A new email threat is targeting people who respect the law, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Mary Swain. In recent weeks Butler County residents reported to Swain’s office that they received emails with subject lines declaring “Notice to appear.” In addition the sender line said “Pretrial Notice.”

Woman created fake baby, discrimination complaint - 06/02/14
A Saucier woman accused of cyberstalking harassed her victims by creating false e-mail accounts, creating a fake baby and filing a fictitious discrimination complaint, authorities said. Rebecca Anderson, 44, of the 18000 block of Rouse Road, was arrested Friday following an investigation by the Gulf Coast Cybercrime Task Force.