True Crime Online Newsletter - September 7, 2015

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Kansas farmer goes drone fishing in viral video
A Kansas farmer shared video showing how he put his aerial drone to use as a long-range fishing pole -- and successfully caught a fish. Derek Klingenberg, who previously made viral waves with videos showing him playing trombone for his cows and using his truck to herd the cattle into "cow art," posted a video to YouTube showing how he attached a baited piece of fishing line to his drone and sent it out over the water. The video shows Klingenberg steer the drone sharply upward when his bobber indicates there's a fish on the line. The drone pulls the line out of the water, revealing a fish on the hook. The video then cuts to show the drone camera's perspective of the fish being pulled from the water. "My first drone fish!" Klingenberg says in the video.

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Burbank man charged with cyberstalking ex-girlfriend - 09/07/15
A 37-year-old man is accused of sending more than 150 threatening text messages, including a picture of a pistol, to his former girlfriend. James R. Bateman allegedly threatened to post online a video of the woman “in a compromising position” if she did not break up with her current boyfriend, according to court documents.

‘Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced’ group fight back against online harassers - 09/07/15
Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced (SVWBS) is a group of Sydney women campaigning for greater awareness and stronger policing of online abuse. Here, they explain how one screenshot of a Tinder profile lost a man his job. Last month, a man named Chris Hall publicly shared a screenshot of our friend Olivia’s Tinder profile on Facebook.Olivia’s Tinder bio references a lyric from Canadian singer Drake’s hit song Only. “Type of girl that will suck you dry and then eat some lunch with you,” her bio reads.

This Former YouTube Exec Is Taking On Internet Trolls - 09/07/15
Anyone who has spent time online, especially on social media or reading news reports or blogs, has likely encountered Internet trolls. The typically anonymous commenters range from those who stir the pot with provocative statements to engaging in name-calling and physical threats. They range from benign insults to serious threats of harm.

Cyberbullied in the 'most hated space' on the internet - 09/07/15
Standing in my bedroom, holding my iPhone at arm's length, with a handmade sign that read "Roast Me" in front of my chest, I snapped the strangest selfie I've ever taken. Because for the next 48 hours it would be at the mercy of over 72,593 people. No, not my number of social media followers (nowhere near). This is how many users subscribe to the "Roast Me" thread on the online forum Reddit - dubbed the internet's "most hateful space". It banned five of its own discussions boards in June, because they were dedicated to fat-shaming, transphobia, racism and harassment.

Jay incident hints at something more sinister - 09/07/15
The assault of a football referee by two Jay defensive backs Friday night goes beyond out-of-control kids and bad sportsmanship, hinting at something more troubling. Nationally, attacks on referees are becoming more common. In late April, a Georgia prep soccer player sucker-punched a referee after making a call the player didn’t like. A Massachusetts high school hockey coach shoved and bit a referee after a January loss.

Law to punish cyber- crimes on the cards - 09/07/15
Pakistan is inching closer to promulgating a strong cybercrime law, as a parliamentary committee has received the final draft of the law after a thorough review by legal experts, security agencies, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and a sub-committee of the National Assembly.

Suspended L’Auberge casino worker accused of threatening to gun down and bomb his co-workers, trying to run supervisor off road - 09/06/15
A Baton Rouge man accused of threatening to gun down and bomb his co-workers at a local casino after he was suspended from his job was arrested on Friday. Branden Marquise Albert, 27, sent threatening text messages to his supervisor at the L’Auberge Casino and attempted to run him off the road, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.

B.C. plus-size model fights back against bullies who Photoshopped her image - 09/03/15
A Vancouver plus-size model is speaking out about body shaming after she recently discovered that a photo of her had been retouched to make her appear thinner. It was posted to an online harassment Facebook page targeting plus-size women, and it turns out she was not alone.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Stalking 'Walking Dead' Star, Wife - 09/02/15
A Georgia woman has been given a long-term probation sentence for stalking a Hollywood actor and his wife. Roswell resident Kathryn Boykin, 25, on Monday pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking for harassing “The Walking Dead” actor Daniel May and his wife, Rachel May, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.

Teen used 'Fake a Baby' website for triplets pregnancy hoax - 09/02/15
Police in Michigan said a 16-year-old girl is under investigation after she allegedly faked a pregnancy with triplets using a website called "Fake a Baby." Wyandotte police said they are investigating after the girl spent 10 months claiming to be pregnant with triplets and backed up her story with fake pregnancy bellies and fake ultrasound pictures that were found to have come from prank website

Gonzales man booked on cyberstalking counts - 09/02/15
A Gonzales man wanted on counts of cyberstalking turned himself in Wednesday after he was accused of sending threatening messages and making threats to inflict bodily harm, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

Twitter tyrants and social justice warriors beware! The libertarians are coming for you - 09/01/15
The British writer Brendan O’Neill, an editor of online journal Spiked, has become quite congenial to News Corp’s stable of grumpy old men. Despite self-identifying as a Marxist, he’s recently become a kind of honorary member of the Australian right. O’Neill protests that he’s really a lefty but, as George Monbiot pointed out long ago, he “and his fellow travellers have sided with the toffs” in the class war. The Spiked editor begs to differ, yet he’s been showing up more regularly in the Australian and has earned repeat invitations to appear at conservative thinktanks and as the “contrarian” on the ABC’s Q&A program.

Job offer rescinded after applicant sends nude selfie - 09/01/15
An Illinois job applicant texted his way out of an offered position when he accidentally sent the human resources manager a nude selfie, police said. Elmhurst police said the human resources manager at a St. Charles company contacted authorities Aug. 14 to report receiving two nude pictures via text message Aug. 11 and 13 from a man who had been offered a position with the company.


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