True Crime Online Newsletter - August 3, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man accused of decapitating wife, dogs and self-mutilation leaves hospital for jail cell
A man accused of decapitating his wife and their pet dogs before mutilating himself has gone from a hospital bed to a jail cell. Phoenix police identified the man as Kenneth Dale Wakefield. Police say he was in a county lockup Sunday on $2 million bail after being booked on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty. Investigators say Wakefield killed Trina Heisch and their two dogs and stashed the bodies in a closet. They say he then gouged out one of his own eyes and cut off his left hand at the forearm. The grisly scene was discovered July 25 by a neighbor who went to check on Heisch and said Wakefield came to the door naked, covered in blood. It wasn't immediately clear if Wakefield had an attorney who could comment on the case.

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Physical Security Industry Adopts Social Media Monitoring - 07/30/15
Private security professionals and law enforcement personnel are leveraging social media as a physical security tool to identify security threats and prevent crime. “Knowledge is power, and we’re all learning to cyber-sleuth to keep up with the bad guys,” says Wendy Patrick, JD, PhD, Deputy District Attorney, special operations division, San Diego District Attorney’s office and president of the Association of Threat Assessment

Phony Poster Who Made Inflammatory Comments About Lacey Prom King And Queen Still Unknown - 07/30/15
Just who posted nasty online comments about the selection of two special needs students as the Lacey Township High School 2015 prom king and queen back in June remains a mystery. Although an investigation was launched shortly a furor erupted on social media about the comments made on a Lacey Patch article, there is “nothing new” about just who the actual poster was, Police Chief David A. Paprota said recently.

‘All feminists should be gang-raped’: Inside the disturbing world of online misogyny - 07/30/15
“YOU look like a tart desperate for c**k ... All feminists should be gang-raped to set them right. Plus work in a hore (sic) house for year or so.” That was an email typical of the type Emma Jane received on a weekly, daily and sometimes hourly basis in response to articles she wrote about feminist and social justice issues.

Galveston County judge to decide whether to reduce former judge's 600K bond - 07/30/15
A Galveston County judge will decide if she will reduce a former judge's $600,000 bond. The mother of former Galveston County Judge Christopher Dupuy said she could not afford to get her son out of jail. She said two bonds of $20,000 would be affordable. But she said the two current bonds of $300,000 each were too much.

Reign of terror - 07/29/15
How an online troll destroyed a family’s offline life Sharon and Richard Moreno were awakened by a phone call from a police negotiator around 2.30am one night last May. He told them to get out of their home immediately and leave their adult son behind. Officers with rifles greeted the couple on their front lawn in Sterling, Virginia, and tackled their son William on the porch. They had been drawn by a chilling post attributed to William on a popular local Web forum: “I JUST SHOT MY PARENTS NOW I WILL KILL MY SISTER.”

Facebook banned from enforcing its real name policy in Germany - 07/29/15
A German privacy watchdog ordered Facebook Inc. Wednesday to allow users to have accounts under false names on the social network. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority's Commissioner Johannes Caspar said that Facebook could not change accounts under false names to their real names or block them, according to Reuters.

What newsrooms and journalists can do about doxxing - 07/30/15
Doxxing – the sharing of an individual's personal information by which to harass them – is a growing and particularly malicious trend in some darker corners of the internet. And journalists are often the target. Occasional online harassment is part and parcel of discussing contentious issues on social media, but having the same behaviour follow you home can leave victims feeling powerless and terrified. People who take issue with a story may find out the reporter's home address or contact information and send them anything from fast food deliveries and empty boxes to pictures of dead bodies and rape threats.

Army set to crack down on cyber bullying - 07/29/15
Cyber bullying among service members is getting out of hand, and Army leaders are calling on soldiers to straighten up ­ or face some career-ending consequences. In an All-Army Activities message issued Monday, the service reminded soldiers about maintaining a professional presence on and off line.

NC private investigators could be banned from using GPS tracking - 07/28/15
Private investigators in North Carolina fear they are about to lose a vital tool in their industry – GPS tracking. A bill moving through its final stages in the state House would include secretive GPS tracking of another person under the umbrella definition of cyberstalking, a class 2 misdemeanor. House Bill 238 allows some exemptions, such as for various law enforcement officers, the owner of a vehicle fleet or a parent tracking their child’s location. The bill is expected to go before the full House on Wednesday.

ON GUARD ONLINE: Local man a ‘sextortion’ target - 07/28/15
A few months ago, Mineral Wells police received a report in which a man claimed someone online threatened to release sexually explicit photos of him to friends on social media if he didn’t pay out $500. This ordeal began when the man made contact online with someone he thought was a woman and began an explicit conversation and exchange of photos on apps like Facetime and other chat media, said police spokesman Lt. Randy Wright.


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