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Friday, May 29, 2015

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog Goes in for Surgery Monday

We've raised $1500 towards her cataract surgery, but still need more money to pay the $5500 we owe. Please donate if you can - and please share the link to her fundraising page. I have been posting updates almost every day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Phoebe 'The Cyber Crime Dog' diagnosed with cataracts - WGME - Portland ME Top Stories - News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

Phoebe 'The Cyber Crime Dog' diagnosed with cataracts - WGME - Portland ME Top Stories - News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog Needs YOUR Help!

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog is the mascot for WHO@-KTD (Working to Halt Online Abuse - Kids/Teen Division) and goes with me to schools to teach students how to stay safer online. We also volunteer at York Hospital every week to visit patients (she is a certified pet therapy dog). WHO@ is an all-volunteer organization - we help online victims for free.

She was featured on WGME on May 13, 2015 and later that week suddenly developed cataracts. She has to go in for cataract surgery on Monday, June 1, 2015. It's going to cost us $5,465.00 total.

I have started a GoFundMe Page to help raise money for the surgery and associated costs (blood work, medicine, etc). Even $1 would help. If you don't want to donate through that, you can send a payment to my Paypal account using for the payment address or send a check or money order made out to Jayne Hitchcock, PO Box 782, York, ME 03909.

Some background on Phoebe - she used to be a sled dog in Canada for the first three years of her life. She was one of the lead dogs. They lived 24/7 outside in a chain link fenced in area chained to a big blue barrel. We think she was abused. When the couple who owned her team and two others divorced, three women from New Hampshire drove to Canada to rescue all three teams.

Only three from Phoebe's team, all named after the characters in the TV show, "Friends," were socialized enough to adopt out. My husband found Phoebe on Craigslist. My vet suggested I take her everywhere I could to socialize her more and I discovered she was not only extremely gentle, but patient. I got her certified as a pet therapy dog and the rest is history.

If you donate $100 or more, I will send you a signed copy of True Crime Online or Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition (for you or for someone else - Father's Day is coming up and that would make a great gift).

If you can't donate, it would be wonderful if you could share this post.

Here are the bills in total - we have paid for everything except for the surgery so far. We have to pay that in full on June 1st, so we are borrowing the money (thank you to that person) to pay it that day. I will keep the fundraising page up as long as possible so that I can pay this person back as soon as possible.


If we go over the amount needed, we will donate the remainder to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Maine.

Monday, May 18, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 18, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Boy bewildered by 'old fashioned' pay phone in viral video
A young boy named Jake became the physical embodiment of the generational divide when he came face to face with his first payphone and was utterly bewildered. The video shared on YouTube by AFV shows the young boy, addressed by the woman shooting the video as "Jake," puzzling over the 20th-century relic in an attempt to figure out the intended purpose of the anachronistic device. Only when the videographer explains the concept of a phone booth does the boy have a realization: "Is this an old fashioned phone?" The video has been viewed by nearly 300,000 users -- many of whom were likely using the pay phone's descendant, the modern cellphone.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

New York Starbucks worker out of a job after freakout video goes viral - 05/18/15
A New York Starbucks employee fired over a viral video of her berating a customer said she quit after being suspended by the coffee chain. Ruby Chen, a customer at a Starbucks location in New York's Queens borough, shared a video of the encounter on YouTube, which was originally recorded and posted to Facebook Thursday by fellow customer Pennapa Castro with the title, "too much attitude at Starbucks."

Girl’s Reply To Online Harassment Makes The Guy Delete His Account - 05/17/15
Harassing and bullying people on Facebook is very common nowadays and somewhere or the other we girls have faced it as well. Getting vulgar messages and multiple friend requests from different accounts is something that we are used to and have kind of learnt to ignore it. But unlike many of us who choose to ignore and bear such things, one brave girl decided to do something about it, so that no one can ever dare to even think about doing such a thing. Prerna Pratham Singh is that girl who refused to neglect it and this is what she did…

Woman charged with stalking ex-boyfriend - 05/15/15
Deputies say a woman was so upset about getting dumped, so she created chaos and terror as revenge.

Pawtucket man accused of stalking Providence woman - 05/15/15
A 45-year-old Pawtucket man is accused of sending underwear, unwanted letters and emails to a 20-year-old Providence woman he does not know.The Providence Journal reports police have charged 45-year-old George Gould with cyberstalking, a misdemeanor that carries a possible sentence of a year in prison.

Coquitlam teen admits to 'swatting' offences - 05/15/15
A Coquitlam teen who prompted numerous “swatting” incidents last year on families around Canada and the U.S. pleaded guilty today (Friday) to a dozen more charges. The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified under a publication ban because of his age, has now admitted to a total of 23 offences of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.

Reddit Clamps Down on Harassment of Its Users - 05/15/15
In the 10 years since Reddit launched, the Internet has become a dramatically different place, which is why the self-described "front page of the Internet" is changing its policies to expressly prohibit attacks and harassment of people using its site. The new policy is particularly noteworthy as it comes into being under the leadership of interim CEO Ellen Pao (pictured), who recently lost a $16 million gender discrimination case against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Man admits to cyberstalking for revenge, police say - 05/14/15
It's the first cyberstalking case the Daytona Beach Police Department has ever worked on, and investigators said the case has been going on for years. Christopher Daguanno, 45, is accused of using a man's identity to cyberstalk a woman for revenge. "Apparently, he asked her for a date some point in time, and she turned him down, and he said that she and the other gentleman, they were calling him fat," said Jimmie Flynt, with Daytona Beach Police Department.

Trolls still Trolling on Twitter, despite Anti-Harassment Policy - 05/14/15
Internet harassment is still a thing on Twitter. The company’s anti-abuse policy has been a consistent subject of praise from a lot of anti-discrimination groups since it was first announced. Truth be told, everyone who hated internet trolls loved the new approach, and who doesn’t hate trolls? But according to a recent study, a lot more work needs to be done. And Twitter says it is up for the challenge.

Oklahoma high school apologizes after students dance with dead cats in YouTube clip - 05/14/15
An Oklahoma high school apologized after a video emerged showing students dancing with dead cats intended for classroom dissection. The video, shared on YouTube by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, shows the Harding Charter Preparatory High School students performing a choreographed routine in a classroom to the tune of the Meow Mix cat food jingle while holding the dead cats.

Killed for being a feminist? Women's group complains of cyberstalking and harassment by sports team in weeks before college member was 'choked to death by roommate' - 05/13/15
A feminist group on the campus of the University of Mary Washington has accused the school of failing to act on sexual and violent cyberthreats made against its members. Feminists United said members received hundreds of anonymous, profane messages and death threats for their public opposition to Greek life and for speaking out against an offensive chant by the rugby team. The group was working on the complaint before the April 17 slaying of board member Grace Rebecca Mann, 20, of McLean.

This Is How Trolls Treat Women On The Internet - 05/13/15
A new Twitter hashtag shows just how rough it is being a woman on the Internet. Online harassment-reporting platform HeartMob asked Twitter users to share their stories using #MyTroll, and the results are truly staggering.

Man accused of cyberstalking ex-wife - 05/12/15
A Winn Parish man has been arrested by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies for cyberstalking and violating a protective order. Arrested Monday and booked into the parish detention center was Ricky Joseph Bergeron, 38, of Dub Bryant Road, Atlanta. His total bond on the two charges was set at $6,600.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog is on TV!

Take a look at this TV interview of Phoebe The Cyber Crime Dog and me from WGME TV in Portland, Maine.

Monday, May 11, 2015

True Crime Online newsletter - May 11, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Florida woman uses Pizza Hut app to request 911 assistance
A Florida woman being held hostage with her children used a Pizza Hut ordering app to ask store employees to call 911 on her behalf. The Pizza Hut in Avon Park received an online order about 3:40 p.m. Monday from regular customer Cheryl Treadway and Chef Alonia Hawk noticed the comments section for the order of a small hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni read, "Please help! Get 911 to me," and "911 hostage help." Manager Candy Hamilton printed the order and contacted police. "We've never seen that before," Hamilton told WFLA-TV. "I've been here 28 years and never, never seen nothing like that come through." Police said Treadway and her children were being held in their home at knife-point by the woman's boyfriend, Ethan Earl Nickerson, 26. A Highlands County Sheriff's Office negotiator arrived on the scene and Treadway came out of the home with one of the children, but two others remained inside with Nickerson. "She comes running toward us but two kids are still in the house with a person who's on narcotics and you don't know how their mindset with a knife, and we need to get them out," the negotiator, Lt. Curtis Ludden, told WTSP-TV. Nickerson was arrested without incident about 20 minutes later, police said. Treadway and her children were not injured. Treadway told police she and Nickerson had been arguing and he had taken her phone away after threatening her with the knife. Treadway said she convinced Nickerson to let her use the phone to order pizza and he took the phone back after the order. Nickerson was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.

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Woman starts website to bust New York subway perv - 05/11/15
A woman who created a website detailing her encounter with an upskirt photographer in the New York subway said she wanted to "raise awareness" and spur police action. The woman, who requested anonymity, said she was at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan Thursday morning when "the guy lifted up my skirt and put his phone under it to take a picture up my skirt."

Woman convicted for defying online ban - 05/09/15
A Mosgiel woman, who victims say bullied and abused them online, has been convicted for not adhering to her ban from Facebook. Susanne Frances Day (47) was convicted and fined $500 for breaching a restraining order when she appeared before Judge John Macdonald in the Dunedin District Court yesterday.

The Right Way to Handle Social Media Harassment and Bullying - 05/09/15
Before the dawn of the MacBook Air, a girl’s only experiences with harassment involved dodging kids in the schoolyard. What an innocent time. Now that we spend the bulk of our waking hours glued to social media, the chance of being targeted increase drastically­and unfortunately that’s especially true for teen girls.“By nature, girls are socialized not to be aggressive, so we’ve found more passive ways to deal with conflict,” says Corrie Sirota, a clinical social worker. “Boys punch each other, while girls use words, eye-rolling, shunning, and exclusion.”

When Trolls Attack: Feminist Deck’s Kiva Bay and Kickstarter Battle the Dark Forces Of Internet Bullshittery - 05/08/15
We recently had the pleasure of telling you about artist Kiva Bay’s awesome Feminist Deck project – a series of adorable cards depicting and celebrating living female feminists she admires. We are also honored to have two of our own – Sam Maggs and yours truly – depicted in the deck. This project has a Kickstarter, and it needs your help.

‘Put on your raping shoes and find this b*tch': Abby Martin is the latest target of crazed Chris Kyle sycophants - 05/08/15
Fans of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle have threatened to rape and kill former RT anchor Abby Martin for criticizing the deceased Navy SEAL and creating a T-shirt they find offensive. “Some psychotic Chris Kyle fan just doxxed me & my family’s personal information on a bunch of sniper forums. If anything happens to me or them you know who to blame. These are the real f*cking terrorists,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Hollaback! Creator Wants To Take On Twitter Trolls - 05/08/5
Online harassment is a widespread issue: According to data from Pew Research, a whopping 92% of 18 to 29 year olds have experienced it. But, there are no simple, reliable resources for reporting it, or learning how to deal with it. Hollaback! founder Emily May plans to change that with her new project, HeartMob.

JK Rowling suffers despicable Twitter backlash for voicing Labour support.. but Harry Potter author has the last laugh - 05/08/15
JK ROWLING has hit back against vile trolls who posted vile comments about her on Twitter. The Harry Potter author, a popular target for the nasty cyber bullies, was targeted for a barrage of online harassment in the wake of the General Election, with Tweets accusing her of being a “traitor to Scotland” and “Blairite scum”.

Millburn Police Department secretary arrested - 05/08/15
The secretary to the Millburn chief of police has been suspended following her arrest May 5 in connection with illegal cyber activities. According to Millburn Police Capt. Michael Mulligan, Nancy Maran, a 35-year-old Springfield resident and employee of the police department for seven years, was arrested by local police and charged with one count of cyber harassment and one count of identity theft.

Rio Ferdinand Receives Abuse on Twitter Following the Death of His Wife - 05/08/15
Rio Ferdinand has been the victim of an awful wave of abuse from Twitter users in the wake of his wife Rebecca Ellison’s death. Rebecca passed away on Friday, May 1st after a battle with cancer. As was unfortunately inevitable, among the outpouring of support from the football world and fans of the former England and Manchester United defender were a vocal minority who used the opportunity to spew forth hateful bile, because this is the Internet and being famous means even your most tragic moments won’t see you being granted a pass by the inexplicably angry.

Hacking baby monitors - 05/08/15
Baby monitors, they’re an electronic window into your home… that computer hackers can break into. You use it to check on your child. They use it to steal information from you. It`s happened all over the country. You hear a voice in your house and you don`t know who it is. Only to discover, it`s coming from the baby monitor. So how do computer hackers break in and take control?

Royal Palm Beach man stalked girlfriend, made phony 911 call - 05/08/15
A Loxahatchee man is in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly violated a restraining order held by his former girlfriend, then made a phony 911 call in which he stated an armed man was at the woman’s residence, according to an arrest report. Cody A. Linsinbigler is facing charges of contempt of court for violating an injunction, cyber-stalking and misuse of 911. Linsinbigler, 27, is being held in lieu of $12,000 bail.

MPs targets of violent harassment - 05/08/15
Nine out of 10 New Zealand MPs have been victims of harassment, which has sometimes included physical violence, a new study shows. The research paper by the University of Otago and Capital and Coast District Health Board is based on anonymous responses from 102 sitting MPs and finds 87 per cent of them have been targets of harassment, ranging from abusive emails to violence.

Complaint Claims University Where Student Was Killed Failed To Act On Relentless Yik Yak Threats - 05/07/15
The University of Mary Washington's campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hit by a spate of violent threats against a feminist student group for months leading up to the alleged murder of a group member in April. Documents provided to The Huffington Post show the administration was keenly aware of the continued harassment, which was posted on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak, but a federal complaint filed Thursday alleges the public university failed to act on this knowledge and permitted a hostile environment against female students.

'Polite' bank robbery suspect posted videos to Instagram - 05/07/15
A Virginia man accused of posting photos and videos of his bank robbery to Instagram said he didn't rob the bank, he just "politely" asked for money. Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca, 23, who was arrested Monday about 30 minutes after he allegedly used a note to rob the Townebank in Virginia Beach, posted two videos of his time inside the bank to Instagram along with a picture of the note he handed the teller.

Day 1 of second Facebook murders trial wraps up - 05/05/15 heard opening statements and testimony from witnesses in a Johnson County double murder case that's more than three years old Monday. Barbara and Janelle Potter are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth, and both are pleading not guilty. Payne and Hayworth were shot and killed at their home in front of their six-month-old son. Prosecutors said a dispute on Facebook, involving Janelle Potter, led to the murders.

Dial Dalfred: Cyber stalking - 05/04/15
It’s an issue that’s become more and more prevalent in this digital age, stripping its victims of privacy and security in their own homes. Most people utilize their webcams and online massaging to keep in touch with family and friends they can’t meet face to face. What was once a luxury for some Acadiana residents, is now being used as a tool a by outsiders to invade their privacy

Monday, May 04, 2015

Looking for victims and parents of cyberbullying for new book.

I am looking for kids/teens who are being cyberbullied or were in the past (you can be an adult now to talk about what happened when you were younger). I would also love to talk to parents of victims or bullies to get their perspective. This is for my new book - I need to get a finished manuscript to my publisher the end of this year and only have a few people right now. Inbox me, reply here, or email me at Please share.