True Crime Online Newsletter - March 9, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man's 365-day proposal video goes viral
Video of a man's elaborate, 365-day proposal to his girlfriend has gone viral. Dean Smith spent more than a year preparing to pop the question to his girlfriend, Jennifer Kessel, on her 26th birthday in Aruba. Smith videotaped himself each day for a year -- starting Jan. 8, 2014 -- holding up a sign declaring his love for Kessel. "For the next year, I'll show you how much I love you and that you're in my thoughts every day," he says at the beginning of the video. "I want to marry you." Smith then spliced the footage together in a video package for Kessel, who watches for the first time on the beach in Aruba. "The thoughtfulness that went into making this video is truly beyond any words that I have," Kessel told The Huffington Post. "When I turned around and saw Dean standing in front of me, we both broke down in tears." Smith said he decided to make his own proposal video because he saw how much Kessel loved watching them.

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Waiter seeks tab-skipping drinkers on Craigslist
A Missouri waiter's "Missed Connections" Craigslist post seeking two women who skipped out on their tabs is going viral. Stephen O'Laughlin, who said he does not want to identify the Kansas City bar and grill where he works, created a "Missed Connections" posting on the website featuring a picture of the empty glasses and unpaid tabs left behind by the two women.

Watch Emma Watson Perfectly Shut Down the Trolls Who Tried to Silence Her - 03/09/15
Emma Watson's portrayal of the brilliant Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise won the hearts of millions. Now it seems Watson is taking notes from her character's playbook, and channeling Hermione's fierce intelligence to fight online trolls and sexism. In honor of International Women's Day on Sunday, Watson participated in an hour-long Q&A at Facebook's London Headquarters. When asked about "the Fappening" ­ the infamous 2014 leaking of female celebrities' private nude photos, of which Watson was a threatened target ­ Watson noted that efforts to embarrass and silence her failed miserably.

It's Now Illegal to Share Non-Consensual 'Intimate Images' - 03/09/15
Bill C-13, an act to amend the Criminal Code, is now law. Under the new law, the non-consensual distribution of intimate images is illegal. In addition, the new law provides authorities the authorization to remove images from the internet, as well as acquire personal evidence, such as cell-phone usage and telecommunications data, that might be related to the unlawful distribution of intimate images.

DDoS attack targets Femsplain on International Women's Day - 03/08/15
Feminist blog Femsplain was taken offline earlier today by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, according to the site's founder, Amber Gordon. She tells The Verge that the site was offline for roughly three hours before service returned intermittently late Sunday afternoon on the East Coast. The timing seems far from random: today is International Women's Day.

Schilling: Women should fight back against online harassment - 03/08/15
On the afternoon of Feb. 25, a Wednesday, Gabby Schilling received a long-awaited piece of mail: her acceptance letter to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. She was also informed that she’d be pitching for the school’s softball team. Her dad, retired baseball great Curt Schilling, was elated. He wasn’t at the family home in Medfield, Mass., when Gabby got the news, but at 2:53 p.m., he took to Twitter and posted this:

Parents Face Ongoing Challenge To Keep Children Safe From Cyberbullying - 03/06/15
Keeping their children safe online is proving too much of a challenge for some parents, IT-Online reports. A new study by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has found that nearly a quarter (22%) of parents feel helpless to control their child's activities online - yet nearly half of them (48%) worry that their children may face cyberbullying.

York woman leads international cyber-bully investigation team - 03/06/15
Jayne Hitchcock remembers that time in 1997 when she was stalked online by someone who turned out to be an unscrupulous huckster ­ in the early days of the Internet after she joined an early form of message board called a “newsgroup.” “I went to the police, but law enforcement had no clue about the Internet. When I called them, they said, ‘What is a newsgroup?’ So I had to learn myself who was stalking me online,” she said.

Girl in Calvary threats mad she wasn’t part of Instagram account - 03/06/15
Parents of Calvary Christian Academy students took their children home after a 13-year-old girl threatened to kill everyone at the school because she was not included in a social media account, Ormond Beach police said. The girl made an Instagram account called “CCA UGLIEST” when she discovered she was not featured on the “CCA FINEST” account, according to a police report.

Stanley man arrested for 2014 sexual assault - 03/06/15
Lincoln County deputies have arrested a Stanley man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2014. Robert Anthony Douglas Waldrup, 23, of 1992 Cardinal Loop, was arrested on Wednesday by Detective Dan Renn on one felony count of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant more than six years older and one misdemeanor count of cyberstalking for an incident that deputies said occurred on Labor Day weekend in September 2014.

13-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Threatening To “Kill Everyone” At Calvary Christian Academy - 03/06/15
A 13-year-old girl at Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach was arrested Wednesday after posting threats to “kill everyone at CCA” on Instagram, her arrest report states. The girl, a Holly Hill resident, was charged with cyber-stalking, making written threats to kill or injure others, making a false report to law enforcement, and disrupting an educational institution. Calvary Christian is a private sectarian school with a K-12 enrollment of about 300, with some 60 to 70 students from Flagler County. Many parents on Wednesday pulled their children out of school when reports of the case began to spread, out of fear.

'Games were supposed to be a fun career choice: Now I'm afraid I'll get murdered' - 03/05/15
At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a panel of distinguished game developers and critics gathered for a very popular panel, the third annual #1ReasonToBe ­ as in, "the No. 1 reason to be" a woman who works in games and technology.

Man arrested after replying to sheriff's Facebook picture - 03/04/15
Authorities in Ohio said a man is in custody after he commented on a sheriff's department Facebook post asking for information about his location. The Butler County Sheriff's Office said Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, was being sought on multiple warrants when his picture was posted to the sheriff's department Facebook page Monday with a message asking for members of the public to help locate the suspect.


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