True Crime Online Newsletter - March 30, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Girl, 12, tried to poison mom twice for taking away iPhone
Authorities in Colorado said a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody on allegations she tried to poison her mother twice as revenge for taking away her iPhone. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said the girl's mother noticed the smell of bleach coming from her smoothie shortly after she took away her 12-year-old daughter's iPhone. "It's pretty scary." Cmdr. Heidi Prentup told KDVR-TV. "She thought that her daughter had maybe just cleaned the glass and that there was still bleach left in it. Then she started feeling sick." Prentup said the woman's sickness passed, but a couple weeks later she discovered another bleach odor coming from a carafe of water in her bedroom. "When she smelled the bleach in the carafe she confronted her daughter and her daughter told her that she was trying to kill her for taking her iPhone," Prentup said. Prentup said the girl was booked into the Boulder County juvenile center on two charges of attempted first degree murder.

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How to keep your emails from being tracked - 03/30/15
Most people receive dozens of emails each day without realizing they could be giving away personal information simply by clicking ‘open.' Email tracking software allows big companies, and even just the little guy, to send emails and not only find out when the recipient opened it, but their location as well.

Digital Culture: CreepyPMs and the Women Who Receive Them - 03/30/15
It’s no secret that women suffer for their gender on the Internet. As Amanda Hess detailed here last year, women are more likely to report online harassment and bullying even as the Internet becomes increasingly central in everyone’s social and professional lives.

Firms need social media policy for staff - 03/30/15
AN INCREASING number of people are engaging on social media platforms and they are also used by companies to promote their businesses. People are connected and are engaging with others around the world in a way that has never been possible before. However, the inappropriate use or abuse of social media has also led to several legal battles, in SA and around the world. There have been many arrests for cybercrimes and an increase in the number of employees dismissed for social media misconduct.

GA Supreme Court rules online criticisms were 'free speech,' not cyberstalking - 03/29/15
Anyone who has been the victim of a stalker can describe what it's like to live in constant fear. A Marietta woman, whose name is known to millions, says she was the victim of a cyberstalker. But the state's supreme court disagreed, ruling on Friday that the man she accused of stalking her had every right to post what he did about her on the internet.

Technology aids 'peeping Toms,' makes trauma worse for victims - 03/29/15
Emma Shulevitz said she wonders whether she's being watched whenever she uses a public restroom. The 28-year-old Rockville resident was among the women who used a changing room at the National Capital Mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath in Washington, D.C., where Rabbi Barry Freundel admitted last month to secretly recording women with a hidden camera.

Man charged with cyberstalking couple - 03/29/15
An Asheville man has been charged with cyberstalking after allegedly threatening to kill a couple in emails and repeated cell phone calls, warrants show. Robert Stephen Wright, 56, of Abby Circle has been charged with three counts of sending threatening emails, three counts of communicating threats from November through March, according to warrants filed with the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Court.

I Wasn't Prepared for the Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black - 03/28/15
I try to remind myself that no one ever said online dating would be a wholly pleasant experience. There is an inherent awkwardness that comes with entering the world of swipes and algorithms, and it's simply unavoidable. I grew up and into an era during which the Internet has basically informed much of my identity and sparked many of my most important relationships -- I've met some of my closest friends via sites like LiveJournal and Tumblr.

13-year-old Minecraft player confesses to swatting, police say - 03/27/15
A 13-year-old Southern California boy has confessed to three different swattings, one in which he threatened to blow up a house with hostages in a suburban neighborhood, police said Friday."The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house," Det. Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said in a telephone interview with Ars. "Whenever there is a hostage situation, we activate specialized units to respond."

How to defeat Internet bullies - 03/27/15
Effective solutions for ending – or even lessening – the abuse and online harassment that happens on the Web have been elusive to say least. But the cause did receive a strong endorsement recently when Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook all took harder stances against deplorable behavior on their platforms. What's more, over the past 18 months, 14 states have criminalized so-called "revenge porn," the act of posting online nude images without someone's consent.

Queens Man Charged With Cyber Harassment After Masturbating On Unsolicited Video Chats - 03/25/15
The Bergen County Prosecutor announced the arrest of Marty Napoleon, 33, of Queens, New York, on charges of Stalking and Cyber Harassment. Napoleon was arrested in Queens, New York on Wednesday March 25, 2015 without incident. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit after an investigation revealed that Napoleon was using a social media application to make video telephone calls over Wi-Fi to randomly contact numerous victims in Bergen County.

How to Try to Get Your Nude Photos Removed From the Internet - 03/24/15
One of the most frustrating parts of being a victim of revenge porn is how hard it is to get justice. Although sixteen states have laws protecting victims from revenge porn ­loosely defined as private photos posted online by an angry ex­Massachusetts is not among them. Victims need to navigate a murky collection of laws as they try to get their most private moments removed from the Internet.

Police sgt. accused of harassment demoted - 03/24/15
Citizens demanded Tuesday that the El Cajon City Council take stronger action against a police sergeant who was demoted after a female officer accused him of sexual harassment, but the city manager stood by his decision. Speakers claimed the recent allegations are a symptom of “institutionalized sexism” at the El Cajon Police Department and called for the officer to be fired or placed on administrative leave for the claims against him.


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