True Crime Online Newsletter - February 2, 2015
A Kansas cattle rancher posted a YouTube video showing how he used a camera drone, a feed truck and a herd of cattle to create a "cow art" smiley face. Derek Klingenberg, who previously made waves with a video of him using a trombone to serenade his cows with a rendition of Lorde's "Royals," used his feed truck to move the cows around a field until they formed the shape of a smiley face, a feat that took several minutes. Klingenberg had to double back at one point when the cows forming one of the eyes finished their snack and started to disperse.
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Evil eye: Stalkers use technology to track their targets' movements - 02/02/15
Stalkers use technology to track their targets' movements A shadowy figure drives up and down the street in front of her ex-husband's house. A man sends his former girlfriend a series of threatening text messages. A college student receives multiple letters and gifts from an unwanted admirer. Stalking can take many forms, but its goal is always the same, said Molly Woeltje, education outreach coordinator for Safe House for Women.
‘I live in fear’ stalking victim tells her story - 02/02/15
SARAH* is one of the estimated one in five Australian women who are stalked in their lifetime. She told News.com.au her story: JOHN* met me 10 years ago at my 16th birthday party. He turned up uninvited with mutual friends. We were briefly introduced, but didn’t speak. He was six foot tall and very quiet, but at the same time, creepy. I remember feeling uncomfortable about the exchange. But then without thinking too much about it, I quickly forgot about his existence.
Anti-stalking expert accused of STALKING by colleague who says he was 'obsessed' with her - 02/01/15
An anti-stalking campaigner has reported her former colleague to police - for alleged stalking. Laura Richards, 39, has accused Harry Fletcher, 68, of being 'obsessed' with her, calling her '50 times a day' after she spurned his advances. He strongly denies the allegations. The pair worked together on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, advising MPs and police. The act specifically outlawed stalking. They were also both directors of Paladin, a not-for-profit company, which advises victims and were both involved with the charity Protection Against Stalking.
Feminist blogger posts 157 abusive tweets from just one week - 01/30/15
Anita Sarkeesian, a blogger and critic, has faced a deluge of online hate on a daily basis ever since she began pointing out sexism in the video game industry two and a half years ago. But it can be hard to convey exactly what all that hate looks like. That's why Sarkeesian, who runs the blog Feminist Frequency, laid out the 157 abusive tweets that she received in the last week alone in one post on Tuesday.
US Law Firm Fights ‘Revenge Porn’ With Copyright Infringement Lawsuits - 01/30/15
The advent of “revenge porn” has placed a number of victims in an enormously difficult situation -- how to get their photographs off pornographic websites. The Internet is renowned for its inability to forget, after all. But getting websites to take down pictures of revenge porn victims is not always as hard as it seems, depending on the circumstances around the image. Revenge porn is the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit material, often of a former girlfriend or wife.
Teacher accused of pawning school laptops - 01/30/15
Authorities in Florida said they arrested a teacher accused of pawning laptop computers belonging to the school district. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Adam Seider, 36, an art teacher at Pine View School in Osprey, was arrested Tuesday on allegations of pawning three Hewlett-Packard Elite laptop computers on six different occasions between June and November 2014.
Why People Hate Tess Munster (and Other Happy Fat People) - 01/30/15
Unless you’re someone who refuses to use social media, I’m sure you’re aware that plus-size model Tess Munster/Holliday has rocked people’s worlds by becoming the first model “of her size: signed to an agency. Her size being: 5’5 and a size 22, which is a far cry from the industry’s standard of having traditionally hourglass-y figures that are a size 10. Plus models never wear above a 16/18, and are usually 5’8 or taller. Guys . . . Tess is super short and super fat and breaking all the motherfucking rules like the superhero she is.
Disturbing details: Stranger accused of stalking Overland Park woman - 01/29/15
What started as an odd delivery to a local law office turned into a nightmarish stalking case that left a Johnson County woman tormented with fear and has now put a Cass County man in jail. It started on Jan. 22 with an envelope. The suspect, a total stranger, came to the woman's Overland Park law office, handed it to her and walked away. What followed were a series of sexual and obsessive emails and voicemails. The five days of alarming run-ins are chronicled in the woman's petition for a protection order.
The Cops Don't Care About Violent Online Threats. What Do We Do Now? - 01/29/15
"Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid. The Twitter user was named "Davidkalac69," the photo a white egg on a purple background. Over the next few minutes, he tweeted at me a few more times: "Are you vegan/vegetarian?" "anna please respond these questions are very important" "for gods sake anna I'm not asking much" And finally: "lets trigger some bitches"
Man Sues Ford After Getting Fired For Publishing Homophobic Rant - 01/29/15
Ford, like most American car companies, is known for being pretty progressive. It's so progressive, in fact, that it was rated one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Human Rights Campaign. And working in such a place got one guy so upset, he vomited out a disgusting, hate-filled rant for which he was allegedly fired. And now he's suing.
9 Investigates: NC stalking laws leave victims at risk - 01/29/15
Melanie Johnson said she felt hopeless. For two years, she said she's been a virtual hostage, constantly harassed by a man she met online. “The calls were relentless. He would call my cellphone," she said. “If I wouldn't answer, he'd hang up and dial right back.” She said there were nearly 50 calls a day plus hundreds of texts, emails and hits on social media.
Johnson & Johnson worker hid bathroom camera - 01/28/15
New Jersey-based company Johnson & Johnson produces numerous products one might expect to find in a bathroom, but a pinhole spy camera is not among them. New York police said a Johnson & Johnson contractor was arrested on suspicion of placing a hidden camera in a company bathroom to record people using the toilet.
Haywood GOP insider charged with cyberstalking party volunteer - 01/28/15
Monroe Miller, a watchdog and critic of county government and member of the so-called “patriot faction” of the Haywood County Republican Party, was charged with the misdemeanor of cyberstalking last week. The charges were taken out by Savannah Tedesco, a 24-year-old woman. She was a volunteer precinct chair in the Haywood GOP but was in the mainstream of the party and not part of Miller’s faction.
Taryn Manning’s Former Friend Turned Stalker Sentenced To Jail For 45 Days - 01/28/15
Taryn Manning’s stalker has been sentenced to 45 days in jail, and is also ordered to take part in an inpatient psychiatric treatment program. These charges were made against Manning’s former friend-turned-stalker, Janine Heller, when Heller pleaded guilty to harassing the Orange is the New Black actress. According to E!, Heller’s inpatient psychiatric treatment will happen after she completes her 45 days in jail. Her treatment will last for 7-10 days and following her treatment, she will have to join an outpatient program for three weeks.
To snag a cyberstalker - 01/28/15
For most Americans, the Internet has moved from novelty to normal, but translating that shift in norms into law has required some innovation of its own. Since California became the first state to pass a law specifically addressing cyberstalking in 1999, a growing number of states have followed suit, including just one year after California North Carolina.
What's the Best Way to Deal With a Social Media Stalker? - 01/27/15
Online harassment comes in many forms. For each, there's developed a basic, comprehensible protocol for dealing with perpetrators. Abusive tweets can be muted. Gamer trolls can be reported. Your idiot cousin on Facebook who won't stop posting about politics can mercifully be blocked. The power to make these decisions evolved not too long ago and mostly out of necessity. Once we realized the awesomeness of the internet could be sullied by online jerks, it became necessary to shut them up.
Here's What Happens When a Woman Confronts Her Worst Online Troll - 01/27/15
When you write about feminism on the Internet, you're inevitably going to get abuse. Women who write about their own rights can face hate mail, Twitter tirades, and even threats against their personal safety. But what happens when the trolls get called out?
Coke's Super Bowl Campaign Takes On Internet Hate And Urges Viewers To #MakeItHappy Instead - 01/27/15
The Internet, as we all know, is terrible. Or, at least, people on the Internet are terriblea mass of harassment and bullying, racism and sexism and homophobia, designed to drive people who critique video games into seclusion, and to ensure that the unpopular kids at school can’t even avoid their tormenters when they’re at home in their own bedrooms. But let’s not dwell on the negative here: In Coke’s forthcoming Super Bowl spot, the negativity that dominates discourse on the Internet gets called out, and replaced with something a little more upbeat.