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True Crime Online Newsletter - July 21, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Eat your face: Selfie-toasters from the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation are real
"If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself? I know I would! I'd cover myself in brown mustard and relish. I'd be delicious," – Will Ferrell as Cubs announcer Harry Caray. Ferrell/Caray's dream is now a reality thanks to Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, except people will have to settle for toast instead of hot dogs. The company has a new line of toasters that allow customers to take a selfie and then have that image burned onto a piece of toast, providing it's not too complicated. "You don't have to be famous or Jesus to have your face on toast!" the company says on its site. "Give us a hi rez photo of a face or pet and let our toast engineers create fun breakfast memories! We are good but remember fine detail is darn near impossible to achieve with heat and toast." The toasters retail for $75 and they ship free of charge. "I've been doing novelty toasters for four years now," company founder Galen Dively told ABC News. He came up with the selfie-toaster after cooking up a photo of his son. "It came out great," said Dively. "He loved it! And then he ate it."

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Women arrested for shoplifting after posting Facebook selfie while wearing stolen dress - 07/21/14
An Illinois woman who allegedly stole a dress from a West Frankfort store was arrested after she posted a selfie of herself wearing the pilfered garment on Facebook. Danielle Saxton allegedly swiped a leopard-print dress from Mortie's Boutique and then posted four photos of herself wearing the ill-gotten garb just hours later. Saxton even made one of the snaps her profile picture.

Man accused of stalking and threatening to post 'revenge porn' online - 07/21/14
A man is to stand trial accused of stalking a woman and threatening to post "revenge porn" pictures of her on the internet. Stewart Black is alleged to have bombarded the woman with phone calls, text messages and emails at addresses across Dundee.

Funny Facebook video scam leaves unamusing Trojan - 07/21/14
A new funny video spreading on Facebook leaves a not-so-hilarious Trojan in its wake on users’ computers, according to research by Bitdefender. The malware, believed to originate from Albania, can access a large amount of data from the user’s internet browser.

Jilted lovers upload explicit pictures but police can't do anything - 07/20/14
The House of Lords will debate a change to the law that could make it an offence to publish a sexually explicit or pornographic image without consent With trembling hands, 21-year-old Hannah Thompson typed in the web address and hit enter.

Chromecast Leaves Local Wi-Fi Networks Open to Cracks - 07/20/14
This week, security researcher and all-around prankster Dan Petro debuted his new Chromecast-pwning device ­ labeled the “Rickmote” ­ after the famous Rick Astley prank which plagued the Internet for years before everyone finally got themselves in on the joke and learned to be a little more careful the next time they opened an unrecognized link.

Indentifying cyber-criminals is No. 1 challenge, high-profile lawyer says - 07/19/14
A hacker known as “Track2” helped steal more than 200,000 credit card numbers from small retailers across the United States and sold them online to other criminals for more than $2 million, according to a federal indictment. “This is a very, very famous hacker,” said Arkady Bukh , a Brooklyn-based defense attorney. “... That person deserves to be sentenced to a very, very long jail time. It's not a question.”

Ex-Fairfield official illegally posted 'scandal' videos - 07/19/14
Another former top official at the Fairfield Housing Authority is facing criminal charges within less than two years. Michael L. Gurge, the FHA's former deputy director, was charged with second-degree harassment and fifth-degree computer crime for posting agency documents on YouTube under video headings of "Fairfield Housing Authority Scandal Part 1" and "Fairfield Housing Authority Scandal Part 2."

Palmdale kidnapping, assault actually a hoax - 07/19/14
A call reporting a kidnapping in Palmdale early Saturday morning that resulted in a massive response by the sheriff's department turned out to be a hoax. An alleged woman called a sheriff's dispatcher at about midnight and said she had been kidnapped by two men, assaulted and then left at a Palmdale home.

17-year-old boy held in Gujarat for harassing woman via FB - 07/18/14§ion=international
A 17-year-old boy made a desperate bid to extort Rs2,000 from a woman by portraying her as a prostitute on social media but fell flat on his face. The teenager residing in Gadhda village near Bhavanagar, 170 km from Ahmedabad, was arrested after the Surat-based woman’s husband, a doctor, complained to the police who collared the mischief-monger by tracing his cellphone number.

This Guy Is Cyberstalking the World's Cats in the Name of Privacy - 07/17/14
If you have posted a picture of your cat online, data analyst and artist Owen Mundy, and now, the rest of the world, knows where it lives. And, by that logic, he knows where you live, too. That should probably creep you out a little bit, and that's really the point. Developed by Mundy, I Know Where Your Cat Lives is meant as part art project, part wake up call to people to scrub their photos of the EXIF metadata stored on every photo you take.

Former St. Louis police officer pleads guilty to harassing a transgender man - 07/17/14
A former St. Louis police officer has pleaded guilty of harassing a transgender man by yelling slurs and posting a picture of his home and a gay pride flag on the Internet.

Police chief charged after signing tea party leader up on gay dating sites - 07/17/14
A western Wisconsin police chief is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly signing a tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen and La Crosse Tea Party leader Greg Luce have been at odds with each other since last fall.

The 16-Year-Old Girl Whose Rape Went Viral Is Reclaiming Her Power - 07/17/14
Last week, images of 16-year-old Jada’s rape went viral on social media, as her peers mocked her unconscious body with the hashtag #Jadapose ­ an act of cyberbullying that horrified Americans across the country. Since then, there’s been an outpouring of public support for Jada, who has taken control of the story and refused to let the online harassment silence her.

Lawyer accused of threatening foe in battle over French Quarter music - 07/17/14
A lawyer at the center of efforts to draft stricter noise regulations for the French Quarter faces a misdemeanor charge after allegedly sending a threatening text message to the owner of a Bourbon Street strip club at the height of the battle over sound levels in the Quarter.

Stalking complaints up 60% in five years - 07/17/14
Complaints of stalking in Devon and Cornwall have risen by more than 60% over the past five years, according to figures obtained by the BBC. There were more than 1,220 reports to police in 2013 - more than 100 a month. That was up from 753 in 2009, according to a response under the Freedom of Information Act. The figures also showed prosecutions related to stalking had gone up by about 50% in the last five years, from 236 in 2009 to 354 last year.

Bus company owner charged with online harassment - 07/16/14
The owner of a local bus company has been charged in northern Illinois after allegedly harassing a customer online. Highland Park Deputy Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter said Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen is due in Lake County court on Aug. 1 on two charges of electronic harassment.

Google Drops Its ‘Real Name’ Policy, but Has Plans to Stomp Out ‘Wretched Hive of Scum’ Internet Trolls - 07/16/14
“Over the years … we steadily opened up this policy … Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use,” Yonatan Zunger, chief architect at Google+, said in a blog post. Privacy advocates had petitioned the company for years, insisting the restrictions on false names especially harmed “marginalized” society members, such as rape survivors or victims of stalking, who want to remain anonymous but still yearn to get a message out to hungry audiences who could share in their life lessons.

Male nurse, 57, 'bought an axe from Homebase and went to Eurostar terminal to meet 14-year-old girl he planned to have sex with, kill and eat' - 07/16/14
A nurse told a 14-year-old girl he planned to kill and eat her as he groomed her for sex online, a court heard. Dale Bolinger, 57, even went to a local DIY shop and bought an axe the day before he was due to meet his victim. But she did not turn up and he was arrested after his sick boasts were discovered by investigators on a sinister internet chat room.

I Quit Social Media For a Week: Here’s What Happened - 07/15/14
One week ago, I decided to make a pretty epic decision by today’s standards: I was going to quit social media for seven days. There were a number of factors influencing my decision, but mainly I was feeling overwhelmed with my social media habits and thought it would be useful and interesting to take a step back. Some of the results were expected (reaching for my phone every few minutes in the beginning), but there were a few pleasantly surprising realizations as well.

Ex-rated: The total scandal of revenge porn - 07/15/14
Break-ups are tough. There's the pain of accepting the relationship isn't working, the awkward return of keys, clothes, albums and box-sets, and, for some, the worrying question of what happens to items of a more personal nature. In today's digital world it shouldn't be surprising that more couples are bringing technology into the bedroom, using mobile phones for sexy selfies and iPads to record intimate moments.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .New Jersey woman lives life with a Bradley Cooper cardboard cutout as her companion
A New Jersey woman who met actor Bradley Cooper while they were in a play together at Villanova University has started living her life with a cardboard cutout of the popular Hollywood star. Danielle Davies launched a website called "My Life With Bradley Cooper" and also has an accompanying Instagram account. Why? "Because, friends, this is America. So why not?" the 39-year-old wrote on her site. "The fact is, while most of us don't actually live our lives with movie stars, many of us wish we did. If I want a life with Bradley Cooper, well, then...I'll just make one up." Davies is married to "possibly the most patient husband in the world" and also has a son and daughter. She reflected about the different directions that her and Cooper's lives have taken since college. "Since then, he's become startlingly famous and I ... not so much," Davies told TODAY. "(The pictures are) a way for me to poke fun at how I ended up, where I am and how/why my one-time stage equal has gone on to become an Academy Award nominee." Davies plans to turn her project into a book. "Sometimes, people just stare and then totally avert their eyes," Davies said. "That's definitely the weirdest ... maybe they don't get that it's a joke? I don't know, but they are clearly uncomfortable!"

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'Stalker' collapses in court - 07/08/14
A man who was "essentially stalking" his former partner collapsed in Blenheim District Court yesterday and was taken to hospital. Michael Federico Daum, 44, pleaded guilty to and was convicted of five charges of breaching a protection order and one of wilful trespass. After Judge John Walker's decision to remand Daum in custody until sentencing, Daum threw himself to the ground, and complained of chest pains. St John ambulance staff attended and treated him, before he got up and walked to the ambulance.

'Orange Is the New Black' actress Taryn Manning is being stalked by ex-friend - 07/05/14
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Taryn Manning has a little problem on her hands. Manning has gained a lot of popularity since the Netflix original series began airing last year. Since the show was such a phenomenon, the entire cast gained a huge following. According to a July 3 report from E! Online, Taryn Manning has received an order of protection against a former friend.

Texas Teenager Cyber Attacked After Posting Hunting Photos - 07/04/14
A 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader is the latest female hunter to be attacked by animal rights groups after she posted photos of her successful African safari on Facebook. Kendra Jones, from Cleburne, Texas has been hunting with her father since she was a child, including being on a safari when just six years old. Her latest hunt however has brought her a wave of Facebook attacks, including death threats.

Athletes, Coaches Deal With Online Harassment - 07/04/14
A light rain is falling outside Charleston’s football fieldhouse. Inside, players are lifting weights, wiping sweat from their eyes and doing the summer grunt work that has made the Tigers one of the state’s premier 3A programs. Clad in shorts and a T-shirt, quarterback Ty Storey is grimacing while doing a series of leg lifts. He is athletically gifted and soft-spoken. He already mastered coach-speak, something he learned from sitting at his parents’ kitchen table from his dad, Shane.

Seattle ‘a*shole’ threatened to rape woman after smearing her on ‘revenge porn’ site - 07/03/14
Seattle police accused a 31-year-old self-described “a*shole” and tech worker of stealing a female client’s photos, posting them on a “revenge porn” website, and threatening to rape her if she did not “play along” with his scheme, KCPQ-TV reported. Jeremy Scott “Silo” Walters was charged with computer trespass and cyberstalking for harassing the woman, who paid him $60 in June 2011 to transfer files from an old computer ­ including several nude photographs ­ to a new one.

Man Charged with Cyberstalking - 07/02/14
The Moore County Sheriff's has charged a Robbins man with cyberstalking a Moore County teen according to a release from the department. Timothy Joel Vest, 21, of 207 Reynolds Mills Road, was arrested on June 27 and charged with one count of felony disseminating obscenity, and one count of misdemeanor cyberstalking.

Revenge Porn: Why We Need to Criminalise Non-Consensual Pornography - 07/02/14
With the click of a button, an intimate photograph taken by an ex can be uploaded without your consent onto websites and forums and viewed countless times over. The picture can be shared on social media, and appear on Google search. It can be seen by family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. This is revenge porn, and so far, there is no law against it in the UK. In the US, nine states have laws against revenge porn. In Britain, ministers have stated the need to address the problem of non-consensual pornography - but nothing has been done as yet.

Beware of Scams on Facebook - 07/01/14
Social media is becoming more and more like spam in your email box. Facebook was developed as an outlet to let people see what is going on in their community. However, scams and fake posts tend to show up in newsfeeds as opposed to reliable information about what is going on.

Ex-boyfriend who changed his former lover’s Facebook status to 'whore' who would take 'any offers' is found guilty of causing criminal damage - 07/01/14
An Irish man who posted an offensive status update using his former partner’s Facebook account has been fined £1,600. The 30-year-old from Donegal used his ex-girlfriend’s account to post that she was a ‘whore' who would 'take any offers’, a court heard. The man admitted to taking the woman’s phone and accessing her Facebook account after he had gone to her home to confront her over an alleged infidelity in June 2011.

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 30, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Sexy' felon Jeremy Meeks could reportedly receive modeling contract
-Jeremy Meeks, the felon who had his "sexy" mugshot go viral last week, may be able to enter the world of modeling upon his release. Blaze Modelz reportedly told TMZ that "gangster models" are currently in vogue and they could get him $15,000 to $30,000 a month contracts with top fashion houses like Versace and Armani. Another unnamed modeling agency said they are also interested in working with Meeks when he gets out of prison. The numerous tattoos don't seem to be a problem for either agency. Blaze said it even likes the teardrop tattoo below his right eye -- a symbol associated with gangs. Meeks is being held on $900,000 bail under serious weapons charges.

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Debt collectors turn to social media to track down delinquents - 06/30/14
After more than a decade of eluding phone calls, a Brighton Heights man said his experience with a third-party collection agency hired to recoup his student loan debt went from marginally annoying to borderline cyber stalking. Even for loan scofflaws there are rules collection agencies must follow, and two government agencies are working to make that better known.

Illinois trooper pulls over trucker who honked at him for speeding - 06/30/14
A truck driver allegedly saw an Illinois state trooper speeding on the highway while talking on his cellphone, so he decided to honk his horn in order to show his disapproval. After his judgmental toot, the trooper pulled Brian Miner over and threatened to give him a ticket for unlawful use of a horn. Miner taped the entire encounter and posted the clip on YouTube. The officer is aggressive at first, but he changes his tune after Miner informs him that their exchange is being recorded. The trooper eventually apologizes to Miner and declines to give him a ticket. "And that's what happens when they know you're recording," Miner says near the end of the clip.

Cyber-bullying is a crime, so why is it being ignored? - 06/30/14
Early last week a mother told the Dublin Coroner: "Every day we are losing teenagers. Does it get to a stage where you are above the law?" Elaine Hughes's story is every parent's worst nightmare come true. Two years ago her son Darren died by suicide. Elaine is convinced that he was bullied to death, citing "horrific" and "threatening" messages sent to him on Facebook, which have since been deleted.

Squatter nanny was homeless for nine years and sleeping in her car when hired through Craigslist, as it emerges she's now disappeared amid furor over her refusal to leave family home - 06/28/14
The California ‘nanny from hell’ who made headlines by refusing to leave after getting fired has finally gone as it emerged Friday that the 64-year-old woman was homeless before being hired as a caretaker. Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte, of Upland, said their children’s former babysitter, Diane Stretton, left the house early Thursday morning and never came back. Mrs Bracamonte, a mother of three, said when Stretton took off at around 7am, she gave no indication that she was not coming back since all of her belongings remained behind.

Lee’s Summit man sentenced for cyberstalking and possession of child pornography - 06/27/14
A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court Friday for cyberstalking a woman and possessing child pornography. August W. Jentsch, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to five years in federal prison without parole. In December, Jentsch pleaded guilty cyberstalking and possessing child pornography.

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts 06/27/14
It's been a groin-grabbingly bad week for US men when it comes to revenge porn. On Monday morning, one of Twitter's political sides exploded with revelations that a troll had leaked screen captures of a text message exchange and email, all of which suggested an extramarital affair between former NSA analyst John Schindler and a conservative Twitter user named Lesley.

Girl commits suicide over Facebook harassment - 06/27/14
Cyber bullying has taken the life of yet another young person. A 17-year-old schoolgirl committed suicide on Tuesday night after one of her friends uploaded a morphed picture of her on a social networking site. The victim, a student of a top south Kolkata school, left behind a six-page suicide note, which forms the basis of the police case, according to the Times of India.

Thousands of Scots live in fear of cyber STALKERS - 06/26/14
Statistics show one in 20 people has been stalked or harassed in the past year. And according to the statistics, three-quarters of all incidents involve “obscene, nuisance or threatening” approaches via social media or email. Others reported stalkers “waiting outside a home or workplace” or being “followed around or watched” during 2012/13.

We must stop making light of online abuse - 06/26/14
There's a new series starting on E4 next month called The 100. It’s one of those dystopian, post-apocalyptic dramas that teens (and teens-in-spirit like me) adore. After a nuclear holocaust makes Earth uninhabitable, the survivors are stuck in an orbiting space station. But then 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to the surface to see if they can survive. It asks the Lord of the Flies question: how would we behave in a world with no laws and no leaders?

Policing online abuse - 06/26/14
This week Chief Constable Alex Marshall, head of the College of Policing, told the BBC that complaints originating from social media now make up ‘at least half’ of calls passed on to frontline police officers. These typically comprise bullying, harassment, abuse and threats of assault posted via social media.

Sayreville teen charged with posting 'inappropriate' photos of girls on social media - 06/26/14
Authorities said an 18-year-old Sayreville man posted “inappropriate” pictures of underage female students at Sayreville War Memorial High School on social media sites. The teenager, whose identity was withheld because he was underage when the two-month-investigation began, is charged as a juvenile with multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child, invasion of privacy and cyber harassment, according to Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski and Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Heroin, cyber stalking arrests made in Southern Shores - 06/26/14
In a joint law enforcement operation, two arrests were made Monday in related to heroin distribution in the Southern Shores area. The Dare County Narcotics Task Force and Southern Shores Police Department were investigating a person who said to sell heroin in the area, according to Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

Online abuse victims will be able to use Facebook posts as evidence - 06/25/14
Online abuse and harassment will be made an offence under laws to crack down on bullying and harassment. Victims of online abuse will also be able to use examples of harassment on the internet, such as Facebook posts, as evidence in court under the proposals. The measures were announced yesterday following recommendations by the Internet Content Advisory Group to the Government, which was asked to look at bullying and harassment online.

Woman Shuts Down Creep With These Brilliant Text Messages - 06/25/14
We’ve all caught a fellow straphanger glancing over at what we’re reading or writing on the train. While the creep over our shoulder usually turns away in due time, there are those who just won’t let up. When one Tumblr user, Hostage Situation, was texting on a bus during rush hour, she realized that some rando squished next to her was creepin’ so hard on her text exchange, homie was practically the third group chat member. And so she got him good.

It's nearly impossible to get revenge porn off the internet. - 06/25/14
On Tuesday, Adam Kuhn, the chief of staff for Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers, was forced to respond after a woman he was involved with tweeted a picture of his penis. Some call the pic "revenge porn," a common term for explicit photos and video released publicly without the consent of one of the parties involved, especially when those photos/videos are posted to websites which specialize in such material. Experts disagree about how the law should handle revenge porn. Some favor criminalizing it, while others, like Sarah Jeong, have argued that criminalization does more harm than good, and that civil actions, such as copyright claims, can also be used to combat it.

Social media crimes account for HALF of police calls about abuse and anti-social behaviour, claims senior officer - 06/24/14
Online abuse is behind the majority of complaints to police about anti-social behaviour and harassment, a top officer has warned. Alex Marshall said comments on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are the basis for ‘at least half’ of calls about nuisance crimes. The chief constable, who leads the College of Policing, said low-level crime has moved online along with shopping and banking.

Suspected thief forgets to log out after checking Facebook during burglary - 06/24/14
Minnesota police arrested a burglary suspect who apparently forgot to log out of Facebook after checking his profile during a break-in at a St. Paul home. The homeowner came back to his house and found that credit cards, cash and a watch were missing. The thief had also left behind a pair of Nike tennis shoes, jeans and a belt that he apparently discarded because it had been raining outside.

Online and text message bullying to be criminalised - 06/24/14
Abuse sent via text message and through online communications, such as Tweets or Facebook messages, will become a criminal offence, under measures announced by the Government today. A report on the governance of internet content containing 30 specific recommendations was discussed by the Cabinet, and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the proposals will be implemented in the coming months.

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 23, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tennessee park ranger fired for dancing on the job
A Tennessee park ranger says he was fired for dancing on the job after a visitor to Coolidge Park in Chattanooga posted a video of him busting a move on Facebook.

According to Deryl Nelson, his supervisors were not impressed with the video and he was terminated for "conduct unbecoming of a public employee."

Melissa Parsons posted the video online after capturing it on her cellphone because she didn't think Nelson's moves were appropriate for children to see.

"As a parent and seeing all the parents that were covering their kids eyes and turning their heads away, it wasn't something you would expect to see in Coolidge Park or anywhere from a grown man, especially a man in uniform," Parsons told NewChannel 9 WTVC.

"He went all the way to the ground, he came back up from the ground, he was grabbing areas that you would see on a rated R movie."

According to city records, Nelson was suspended for five days for "addressing inappropriate remarks to a co-worker" in 2013.

Nelson started dancing at the park after he jumped in with a group of visitors who were doing the Macarena. The 51-year-old plans to keep grooving, with or without his job.

"It's all about enjoying what you do and that's the way I feel," Deryl told WRCB. "Clean fun. It's nothing like doing any bumping and grinding. People just have nothing else to do but bash people. No twerks, no jerking, no nothing."

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Staten Island cops to focus on stalkers - 06/20/14
Stalkers are about to be yanked out of the shadows and tossed into the light. A new crime initiative designed to prevent incidents of domestic violence in Staten Island will identify and arrest stalkers who may become abusers, batterers and ­ possibly ­ killers, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said Thursday. The new Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking (CAPS) Program will increase stalking arrests and prosecutions, identify incident

Law to tame online porn, hate speech in offing - 06/19/14
Online child pornography and hate speech will attract stringent punishment including six-year jail terms if a proposed Bill to tackle cyber crime is enacted into law. Under the Cybercrimes and Computer Crimes Bill, 2014, persons convicted of the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words to stir up ethnic hatred through a computer system will face a five-year jail term.

Debt collectors turn to social media to track down delinquents - 06/19/14
After more than a decade of eluding phone calls, a Brighton Heights man said his experience with a third-party collection agency hired to recoup his student loan debt went from marginally annoying to borderline cyber stalking. Even for loan scofflaws there are rules collection agencies must follow, and two government agencies are working to make that better known.

Social media safety when posting pictures - 06/19/14
Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, there can be a hidden danger parents should always be aware of, especially when posting pictures of children. One parent learned that the hard way. According to CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia, Ciara Logan posted an Instagram photo of her children during the Father’s Day weekend. Not long after, she discovered the picture had been copied from her account, and turned into a meme with derogatory hashtags.

Facebook hate campaign culminated in torching car of Truro teenager - 06/19/14
A man has been jailed after subjecting a Westcountry teenager to years of online abuse and torching his and his father’s car. Christopher Chynoweth from Truro used social networking site Facebook to wage a sustained attack on 19-year-old Jack Arthur. The victim’s family urged others to get help if they were subjected to online harassment.

What I learned about “myself” from Internet trolls - 06/19/14
In my nearly two decades as professional writer, I’ve never really written about my dating life until last month. I was inspired by Jeff Reifman’s post about the increase of men due to Amazon’s aggressive hiring­which confirmed many of my long-held suspicions about Seattle’s dating scene.

Free speech is a bad excuse for online creeps to threaten rape and murder - 06/18/14
Last weekend, a friend of mine was sitting on a park bench when she felt a presence sneaking up from behind – and noticed an older man taking pictures of her exposed back. When she told him to stop, he yelled back at her that it was his "First Amendment right to be a creep". Little did either of them know that he was articulating the foundation of new legal battle about the internet and, well, the right to be a creep.

People Harassed Online Have Few Legal Protections - 06/18/14
Lori Stewart started her blog, This Just In, as a way of writing about gardening and sharing stories about her family. She started a program and related website, Toys for Troops, to send toys to soldiers so they could distribute them to children overseas. All of which seems uncontroversial enough­but that did not protect Stewart from online harassment. A troll using the name JoeBob began leaving profane, vile comments on her blog, messages filled with curse words and violent fantasies about the death of her son.

Imagine this for a moment. You are arrested for cyberstalking a woman in a very public manner; a woman you had already told that you would ruin her life. Then to follow through on that threat you posted sexually explicit photos of the women on the Internet in an account in her name, according to one investigation and court documents. Photos her family, friends and members of her church saw.

Student Arrested for Plotting UCSB Copycat Crime - 06/17/14
University of Washington student Keshav Bhide was arrested for allegedly posting plans to copy USCB shooter Elliot Rodger (via The Huffington Post). According to HuffPost, court documents cite several YouTube and Google+ posts where Bhide states, “everything Elliot did is perfectly justified.”

Facebook Freedom of Speech or Harassment - 06/16/14
The Supreme Court is drawing the line between Facebook Freedom of Speech and Harassment. Monday the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to four years in prison for threatening his wife online. Anthony Elonis posted about his ex-wife and said “I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess.” His lawyer argued that he never actually intended to hurt her and that he was just using his freedom of speech. But the jury convicted him. Now the Supreme Court agreed to hear his argument. Forty-five years ago the Supreme Court ruled that making a threatening statement is not a crime unless there is a "true threat" with intent to follow through.

Cyberstalker jailed for posting pregnant woman's number on lurid sex date site - 06/16/14
A stalker has been jailed for posting a pregnant woman's number on an lurid dating site so that she was pestered with demands for sex - while giving birth. Robert Jeffery, 36, listed mum-to-be Sarah Sutton's details on the Craigslist adult classifieds page under the headline "Bubbly Cornish Maid".

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 16, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Buy Matthew McConaughey's eternal soul for only $15 on Etsy
Anyone with $15 and access to the Internet can go on the web and purchase Matthew McConaughey's soul, providing they have an extra $5 to cover the shipping costs. The star's soul is being sold by SoulsRUs, an online Etsy shop which specializes in selling celebrity souls. The store is running low on inventory right now -- although Drake's eternal spirit is still available -- but SoulsRUs has previously sold the souls of celebs like Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Jennifer Lawrence. The owner of the store, Molly "The Happy Reaper" Gates, is happy to provide fans with the ultimate souvenir.

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Rise of the Internet Hate Machine - 06/14/14
Welcome to the age of Internet hate, when “it’s never been easier to send an anonymous death threat,” writes Jack Shafer for Reuters. “As with so many of life’s labors, advanced technology has removed most of the work and hazard from sending cowardly messages to people to frighten them.”

UWM police chief investigated for sending sexual messages to student - 06/14/14
An independent investigator has found that University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Marzion displayed "inappropriate and unprofessional" conduct when he traded Internet messages of a sexual nature with a student this spring. The investigator, former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Gary A. Gerlach, concluded on Thursday that Marzion did not violate school policies involving discriminatory conduct during the exchanges between April 7 and 15.

Indictment over hacking of Bush family emails - 06/14/14
A Romanian using the online moniker “Guccifer” was indicted Thursday on U.S. charges of hacking into email accounts of high-profile people including family of former presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. Marcel Lehel Lazar, 42, is accused of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, cyberstalking and obstruction of justice.

Cyberbullying Case’s Publication Ban under Question by Family - 06/14/14
The identity of a young woman has become a bone of contention between the government and the family amid ongoing struggle and several tragic consequences of persistent online harassment. The particular case involves an alleged sexual assault claims that resulted in child pornography charges currently that are currently before the court.

Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter? - 06/13/14
What follows is offensive. The facts are unattractive and there is no hero in this story. On 30 April, two days after teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by a pupil in Leeds, Jake Newsome, a 21-year-old man who had himself attended a secondary school on the other side of the city, posted on his Facebook page: "Personally im glad that teacher got stabbed up, feel sorry for the kid… he shoulda pissed on her too".

Police chief suspended over Internet harassment of tea party protester - 06/13/14
A small Wisconsin town's chief of police, who admitted to investigators that he harassed a tea party protester by signing him up for online dating, porn and other accounts, is now under criminal investigation and suspended from his job. Tim Keleman, chief of police in the Town of Campbell, near LaCrosse, told the investigators that he just wanted to get back at the man he said was causing much distraction and hassle for the town by suing over the town's ban on signs and banners from a pedestrian bridge where the tea party wanted to send its message.

College police seek man for questioning in email threats - 06/13/14
A former Riverside City College student is being sought for questioning about threatening emails that were sent to faculty whose classes he attended the past few years. Riverside Community College District Police Chief Jim Miyashiro on Monday, June 9, sent an email to district employees that described Jeffrey Wade as a “person of interest” in the case. The email said Wade attended RCC last summer.

Seattle cop who posted sex pics of ex-lover wants his job back - 06/13/14
In the first interview since his arrest last year, a Seattle police officer who was fired after posting sexually-explicit photos of an ex-lover online said he would like understanding, forgiveness, and his badge back. David Blackmer, 44, claims the city was in violation of his union contract when Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey fired him last month.

Email Threats: A Thing of the Past? - 06/12/14
There is no doubt cybercriminals continue to use personal and rented botnets to pump the Internet full of unwanted advertisements for fake or knock-off products, but its effectiveness as a money-making device is dwindling. Now in the cyber underbelly, email has turned from mischievous to outright malicious, with campaigns once utilizing trickery to fool recipients into spending money to simply taking it.

Suspected Facebook harasser hands himself in after manhunt - 06/12/14
A man alleged to have posted nude pictures of women on his Facebook profile has handed himself to the police after a manhunt was declared. Mohamed Ibrahim, 25 years, of Haa Dhaal atoll Kulhudhuffushi Island is also accused of posting profane comments and defaming government offices on his Facebook profile.

Learning to live with internet haters - 06/12/14
Judge me. Last night I watched VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta." When it comes to the image of black people on TV, it gets no worse than most ­ but not all ­ of the cast. (Exhibit A: This season's leading storyline involves an allegedly homemade sex tape that really resembles a slickly produced porno.)

Illinois motorcyclist who uploaded high-speed police chase to YouTube facing stiff sentence - 06/11/14
An Illinois motorcyclist who was found guilty of aggravated fleeing, eluding police and driving with a suspended license is set to be sentenced on Friday. The seven-minute video that Hamza Ali Ben Ali shot, while he was evading police and later uploaded to YouTube, could really come back to bite him in the butt as the state will be seeking a prison sentence of up to six years.

How serious are cyber death threats? - 06/11/14
In July 2009, blogger Hilath Rasheed broke news of an underage girl being kept as a concubine on his blog. Soon afterwards, he started receiving death threats online. He was accused of being an infidel and anonymous commenters sent him messages warning him against walking in dark alleyways. They threatened to slash his throat and behead him.

'Arrest threat scam' popping up again - 06/11/14!ZKdlg
The 8 On Your Side team says the "arrest threat scam" has popped up again in the Susquehanna Valley. Here's the e-mail that a News 8 viewer recently received: "Notice to Appear, the copy of the court notice is attached to this letter. Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence."

How Do We Stop Online Harassment? - 06/11/14
Folks, recently I launched a new infographic revealing the rise in online harassment with Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies.
Here's some important findings from the poll: Women report being personally harassed much more frequently than men - the gender gap's 57% women to 43% men across all age groups. Sexual harassment's the most common form of harassment - 44% of all incidences), followed by: Slurs on a person's professional ability (28%), Racial (23%), Religious (18%), and Political (16%) insults.

Woman asks man on Facebook to kill aunt; man's fake account was created by aunt - 06/11/14
An Alabama teen who was unknowingly speaking to her aunt on Facebook about killing her family was charged with the solicitation of murder and is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Marissa Williams' aunt created a fake Facebook account under the name Tre 'Topdog' Ellis so that she could chat with her niece online and see how she interacted with men.

Harassed on Facebook or Twitter? You're not the only one: poll - 06/11/14
Nearly half of cyber citizens under 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatened online, while women make up 57 percent of victims, according to a new survey by online advocacy groups. Sixty-two percent of the 1,007 people over 18 surveyed said the harassment happened on Facebook, while 24 percent was on Twitter, according to a poll conducted by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and Craig Newmark - the founder of the Craigslist classified ads site.

Forget nosy neighbours, it's the cyber world that none of us can hide from now - 06/10/14
One of the many problems with social media is the 'you can never take it back' aspect. What teenagers and indeed adults need to remember is, once you've posted something it is not possible to take it back.

Students to get classes in tackling cyberbullying - 06/10/14
A CONFIDENTIAL report is to recommend to the Cabinet that anti-cyberbullying lessons are introduced as a "core element" in primary and secondary school curriculums.

NY court strikes down ban on phone threats, cyberstalking, other 'alarming' behavior - 06/10/14
A state law prohibiting phone threats, cyberstalking and other frightening behavior was struck down last month as being unconstitutional. Aggravated harassment included any "annoying or alarming" behavior made by phone, letter or other written word. Over the years, that has extended to the Internet, text messaging and e-mail.

7 terrifying ways people are cyberstalking you straight into real life - 06/10/14
As a journalist and a Millennial, I’ve spent the past decade honing the skills with which I literally cyberstalk people. During the early days of true social media circa 2006-2010, I exercised boundaries and respect for privacy. But during my first relationship away from the safety and exposure of my hometown, I uncovered information about le leading man way too slowly and learned that doing your homework on an S.O. sometimes warrants a small invasion of privacy. Then, during my first experience in editorial, I was taught that boundaries were but a tiny inconvenience to be scoffed at and all bets were officially off.

I apologize for not doing a newsletter the past two weeks. I was out of town on business, but I am BACK!

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Google Street View cameras capture fake murder
A pair of pranksters who mocked up a murder scene, knowing their stunt would be captured by Google Street View cameras, have had a visit from police in Edinburgh after the images were spotted online. Garage owner Dan Thompson said he came up with the idea after spotting a Street View van. He told the BBC that officers who visited his garage knew it was a wind-up as one of his customers was a police officer who was already aware of the incident.

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Suburban school districts take action after sexting, porn incidents - 06/09/14
Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social media.

Trolling: The dark side of the net - 06/09/14
Earlier this year when Garry met Sally, Garry was asked a simple question - ''How are you coping with the trolling?'' He says it was a cathartic moment because he thought his campaign was the only one under attack. Garry Muratore is the public face of Melbourne activist group No Maccas in the Dandenong Ranges, set up to oppose a new McDonald's outlet in Tecoma. Sally McManus is from the national feminist campaigners Destroy The Joint. They met while speaking to youth leaders at a Melbourne NGO involved in helping poverty in the Asia-Pacific.

Young men being targeted in internet scam - 06/08/14
YOUNG men in Dorset are being blackmailed in a scam where fraudsters threaten to send explicit videos to friends and family. One man from Beaminster and another from Weymouth have both fallen victim to the scam in the past week – but there could be countless more victims who have not reported similar incidents, police say.

Bergdahl's family receives death threats - 06/08/14
The parents of Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier freed from Taliban captivity, has received death threats after hawks in the United States launched an offensive on the character of Bergdahl and his family. Jeff Gunter, the police chief of Hailey in Idaho state, said on Saturday that the first of the death threats sent to Bob Bergdahl, the soldier’s father, at his home near the city of Hailey was received on Wednesday.

Politicians go after smartphone GPS apps that could aid stalkers and abusers - 06/08/14
When Jacqueline Wisniewski was shot dead in the stairwell of a Buffalo hospital, police immediately considered her former boyfriend Timothy Jorden a suspect. Just two months before her 2012 murder, Wisniewski discovered a GPS device Jorden had secretly placed in her car so he could follow her everywhere. Jorden was arrested and convicted, and 10 days ago, with little fanfare, the New York State Senate sent Gov. Cuomo “Jackie’s Law,” which would make it a state crime to use a GPS device for stalking. The governor is expected to sign it.

Ohio mother blames knife attack by 13-year-old daughter on Slenderman obsession - 06/07/14
An Ohio woman, who was recently attacked by 13-year-old daughter with a knife, said she believes he daughter was inspired by internet horror meme Slenderman. The woman, who asked to not be identified, told WLWT that she made the connection after seeing reports of the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to stab their friend to death, hoping to make the fictional Slenderman appear.

Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties - 06/07/14
Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho. Rob Egan gave up a job with Hewlett-Packard in the six figures to enlist in the Army after 9/11 and was sent as a Ranger with the first wave of Americans deployed to Afghanistan. Years ago I’d often go on bicycle rides with both of them into the foothills outside of Lincoln, up the valley floor to Marysville and multiple day trips in the Sierra and even Death Valley.

Sex taunt couple claim computer was hacked - 06/07/14
A COUPLE jailed for a humiliating harassment campaign which saw a women hounded by men seeking sexual services claim their broadband connection was hacked. Richard and Amanda Holman, of Fox House Lane, Scorton, are appealing against their conviction and jail sentences at Preston Crown Court.

Campbell police chief under investigation - 06/07/14
The town of Campbell police chief is under investigation over accusations that he created online accounts on pornographic, dating and insurance websites for a tea party activist who sued him in federal court. Chief Tim Kelemen -- from the town and his personal computer -- used Greg Luce's email to establish profiles on and to generate harassing solicitations, according to police investigation reports.

No charges will be filed against woman over racist rant - 06/06/14
No criminal charges will be filed against the woman who became an Internet celebrity after video of her delivering a racist rant against a black motorist went viral earlier this week, Cheektowaga police said today. However, because of the emotional and sometimes threatening responses that people online had to the video, and because some individuals posted links containing the woman’s personal information and address, her children have been temporarily placed in the care of family members for their safety, police said.

Internet Urban Legends: 5 Other Wild Stories Like The Slender Man! - 06/06/14
In case you missed the horrifying news from earlier this week, two 12-year-old girls were accused of stabbing their friend 19 times during a game of sleepover hide-and-seek and then leaving her out in the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin to die ­ all because of a creepy internet character. Enter, Slender Man. While the story that played out is totally terrifying, what's even scarier is that there are more super awful web tales just like that one! We've dug deep to uncover 5 of the most violent, and down right odd internet urban legends ­ so *hopefully* these user driven stories can influence youngsters a bit less!

North Lauderdale man accused of cyber stalking - 06/05/14
A North Lauderdale man is accused of using social media to make death threats against an ex-girlfriend, Coral Springs police said. Daniel Wayne Cooley, 23, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with aggravated cyber stalking with bond set at $150,000, court records showed.

Internet troll jailed for harassing missing girl’s family - 06/05/14
AN internet troll from the North East who posed as a missing girl and then broke a court order by harassing the family has been jailed. Donna Wright, 34, of Oak Terrace, West Cornforth, County Durham, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison yesterday after earlier admitting harassing Hartlepool man Richard Lee, whose two-year-old daughter Katrice vanished from a Naafi store in Germany, in November 1981.

Cyberstalking: Al Franken’s deadly serious crusade - 06/05/14
It should come as absolutely no surprise that our ability to spy and track one another digitally is running amok in potentially deadly ways, especially for some women. So we can at least give Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) a shout out for trying to curb the noxious act of cyberstalking even if one fears that technology will override his good intentions. Franken chaired a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on his proposed “Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014” and adeptly used the anecdotal to quickly frame the discussion.

New Poll Details Widespread Harassment Online, Especially on Facebook - 06/04/14
Almost 50% of Americans under the age of 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatened online, or know somebody who has, according to a new poll published today exposing the ugly underbelly of social media. Women are targeted more often than men, and Facebook is by far the most common forum for such harassment.

Couples Walk on Thin Ice as Web Offers Free Password to Break-up - 06/04/14
Social networks have opened up new avenues of easy and hassle-free communication, but the new-found freedom, when coupled with the inability to safeguard private information can land users in trouble. This story from the case diary of a clinical psychologist illustrates one of the major pitfalls of social media: A couple of months back, a 43-year-old woman approached a counsellor after being harassed online and offline by a 22-year-old youth who made an acquaintance with her as a door-to-door salesman.

'Note to appear' email scam hitting area inboxes - 06/03/14
A new email threat is targeting people who respect the law, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Mary Swain. In recent weeks Butler County residents reported to Swain’s office that they received emails with subject lines declaring “Notice to appear.” In addition the sender line said “Pretrial Notice.”

Woman created fake baby, discrimination complaint - 06/02/14
A Saucier woman accused of cyberstalking harassed her victims by creating false e-mail accounts, creating a fake baby and filing a fictitious discrimination complaint, authorities said. Rebecca Anderson, 44, of the 18000 block of Rouse Road, was arrested Friday following an investigation by the Gulf Coast Cybercrime Task Force.

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 19, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Godzilla Attack' sign warns San Francisco drivers to 'Turn Back'
A San Francisco prankster decided to warn city residents (and possibly issue a spoiler) by hacking into a traffic sign and making it read "Godzilla Attack" and "Turn Back." Some believed that the sign was simply a public relations stunt for the new film, but it ended up just being a joke.

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Naperville man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend - 05/19/14
A west suburban man from is free on bond and awaiting trial on charges of stalking his former girlfriend, the Naperville Sun is reporting. Michael J. Lamb, 25, faces misdemeanor charges of attempted cyberstalking and electronic harassment, according to court records. He was arrested May 8 at his home in the 2500 block of Durango Lane in Naperville, after police began investigating him two months earlier, Naperville Police Sgt. Bill Davis said.

Hidden Covert Cameras found in Woman's Home - 05/19/14
Nicole Muscara’s alarm clock acquired an alarming feature: a hidden camera placed by a stalker. She discovered something odd when she one day set the alarm; it wasn’t her clock. Stories like this are happening more commonly. Recently a Kansas City, Missouri woman discovered 11 hidden cameras in her apartment­placed there by her landlord.

Kevin Spacey wants cyber-stalker jailed - 05/17/14
Linda Louise Culkin, 55, has said she would shoot, torture and disembowel the Oscar winner during a stalking campaign that has reportedly lasted more than two years. Spacey has asked that the woman, who has been convicted over the Twitter messages, be jailed.

10 People Who Want To Be Forgotten By Google, From An Attempted Murderer To A Cyberstalker - 05/16/14
Who wants things removed from Google under the newly declared “right to be forgotten” in the European Union? A convicted cyberstalker, an attempted murderer, a politician, a business with bad reviews and a pedophile are among those making such requests to Google. Yesterday, the BBC noted the first three of the cases listed below. Marketing Land has also learned of them directly from a source, along with seven other requests that Google has received.

Student held in school bomb threat faces more charges - 05/16/14
A student arrested Wednesday for threatening to blow up a bomb at Central Lafourche High faces other charges as well, authorities said Thursday. Kameron Matherne, 17, 211 Lake Long Drive, Bayou Blue, is charged with communicating false information of a planned bombing at a school, three counts of defamation, two counts of cyberstalking and two counts of online impersonation, the Lafourche Sheriff's Office said.

Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start - 05/15/14
“Fucking dumb bitch,” the message began, then went on to detail the manner in which Jenny Haniver should be sexually assaulted and murdered. Haniver (her gaming name, not her real one) found it in the voicemail of her Xbox account, left by a male competitor in the online combat game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Online death threat to prosecutor sends South Florida man to prison - 05/15/14
Mark Hillstrom admits that he has spent many hours during the last 13 years leaving long, harassing and threatening voicemails for prosecutors and judges, their secretaries and relatives, and anyone who irks him. But a threat to kill Broward State Attorney Mike Satz, which the South Florida man posted in a comment on a courthouse blog in November, had better be Hillstrom's last criminal act, a federal judge warned him Thursday.

Alleged V.A. shooter pleads not guilty by reason of insanity - 05/15/14
Deborah Lennon pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday to shooting her former supervisor at a U.S. Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis on Thursday declared that Lennon is mentally fit to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges, after Lennon’s defense attorney announced that his mental health expert found that she is able to assist in her own defense.

The Future of Crime: 8 Cyber-Crimes to Expect in Next 20 Years - 05/14/14
Forget everything you think you know about crime. In the next 20 years, “traditional” crime as we know it today will be largely replaced by cyber-crime. In fact, this is already happening. Take bank robberies: According to the American Bankers Association, bank robberies are being steadily replaced[] by ATM-skimming and other ‘cyber-heists.’ FBI statistics show bank robberies are down 60% since their peak in 1991, and they plummeted another 23% just between 2011 and 2012.

Your Right to Be Annoying Upheld by New York Court - 05/14/14
If you make a living on the internet, you’ve no doubt been exposed to harassing, annoying, correspondents and commenters who anonymously (or otherwise) seem to take enormous enjoyment from attacking you. But most of us have not been subjected to the kind of pathological attacks that some academics experienced at the hands of the the son of a scholar whose theories about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls were dismissed by the academy. The son began a campaign of internet harassment that included voluminous emails, blog postings, and even forgery and impersonating his father’s critics. This led to his arrest and conviction under a controversial statute ­ “aggravated harassment in the second degree” ­ which is defined as communicating with someone “in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm” and “with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm.”

Parents divided over underage children using social media - 05/14/14
Anagha Durve, mother of a 14-year-old from the city, had helped her son create an account on Facebook a couple of years ago. "At that time, it seemed like a harmless thing to do. But of late, I'm not sure," she says, worried about both content and people her son could be exposed to.

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 5, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Ohio grandfather calls 911 about 'lazy' grandson
An Ohio grandfather became so frustrated when he couldn’t get his “lazy” grandson to do his chores that he called 911 to report him to authorities.

Edward Friel called emergency dispatchers in South Amherst after his 17-year-old grandson Justin allegedly punched a hole in the wall because the Internet got shut off.

Friel, 72, apparently cut the house’s Internet cord because he couldn’t get the teen to stop playing games on his computer and help out around the house.

When police arrived, Friel told them that his grandson called him names and stormed out after he disabled the Internet. According to Friel, his grandson is “lazy and does nothing around the house.”

“Mr. Friel stated he had asked Justin to do some work around the house but [he] continued to play on the computer,” according to a police report. Friel “cut the Internet cable cord since he was not listening to him.”

No charges were filed in the case and Friel said he “would handle the discipline” himself.

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Cyber 'sextortion' ring on the prowl - 05/03/14
Malaysians are advised to be wary of a “sextortion” scam where perpetrators pose as beautiful women online and coerce Netizens into performing cybersex. The suspects then secretly record their lewd activities to blackmail their victims later, said CyberSecurity Malaysia. The cyber security agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) said the victims were usually teenagers or middle-aged men, who would be approached on social media by “beautiful, sexy women purportedly from the Philippines, Japan and Korea”.

Philippines police arrest webcam extortion suspects - 05/02/14
Philippines police, backed by Interpol, have arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate who duped hundreds of victims into exposing themselves in front of webcams, including a Scottish teenager who killed himself after being blackmailed, officials have said. At least 58 Filipino suspects in the capital, Manila, and other cities were arrested after investigators from Interpol, the US homeland security department and other police agencies traced online chats from some of the victims' computers, said the Philippines national police chief, Alan Purisima.

Teen charged with online threats - 05/02/14
Parents need to be kept up to date with what their teens are doing online. That was part of the message Lethbridge Regional Police Service Sgt. Dan Walton had after the LRPS charged a 14-year-old boy in connection with a three-month investigation into online harassment and threats.

Anonymous Member Facing 440 Years in Jail for Cyber-Stalking and Hacking - 05/02/14
A hacker affiliated with Anonymous and its offshoot AntiSec is facing 44 charges related to cyber-stalking and hacking. With each charge carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, 27-year-old Fidel Salinas could be facing a total sentence of 440 years. Salinas, from Texas, was arrested by the FBI in September and indicted on one charge of attempting to gain unauthorised access to the Hidalgo County web server, causing damage and loss of more than $5,000 (£3,000). He pleaded not guilty.

Man charged for second time with stalking Naperville woman - 05/02/14
A man who was arrested three years ago and put on trial for stalking a woman from Naperville ­ only to later be declared not guilty by reason of insanity in that case ­ has been charged with stalking her again. Fouzan A. Quaiser is a recent student of Benedictine University in Lisle. The 28-year-old Roselle man has a criminal record that includes convictions for domestic violence, battery and drug possession, according to court documents. Written Naperville police reports indicated Quaiser was arrested about 6:29 p.m. Wednesday, at or near the woman’s home in the Preserves of Naperville area of the city’s far southwest side. Bail was set Thursday at $50,000 for Quaiser, who faces trial in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet on two felony counts of cyberstalking, court records showed.

Joliet man accused of cyber stalking his ex-girlfriend - 05/02/14
After a six-month investigation, police arrested a southwest suburban Joliet man Friday for cyber stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend. Paul Hantel, 37, faces two Class 4 felony counts of cyber stalking, one Class 3 felony count of intimidation and a misdemeanor charge of computer tampering, according to a statement from Naperville police.

Savader gets 30 month jail sentence - 05/01/14
Adam Savader, a Great Neck native and former Mitt Romney intern, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison last Wednesday for extorting several females for nude pictures, according to the Associated Press. Savader pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit in November to threatening to release nude photographs of women in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Long Island unless they sent him additional nude photographs of themselves.

Arizona governor signs law banning ‘revenge porn’ - 05/01/14
Residents in Arizona can now be hit with felony charges if they post sexually explicit images or videos online without consent from the person depicted in the content. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed the bill into law Wednesday, which penalizes people in the state for knowingly posting such intimate images – often referred to as “revenge porn” – without written permission, according to Reuters.

Cyberstalking, just how dangerous is it? - 04/29/14
Almost everyone these days has a social media profile, but are your posts putting you in danger? Law enforcement believe trends show that stalkers are targeting their prey online. Sheriff Steve Kessler told 59News cyberstalking is a serious crime that involves serious dangers. "You see it everyday, the stuff that people do to other people. And especially with females, putting on there where they're at and where they're going to go makes them vulnerable to being attacked and abducted," Sheriff Kessler said.

Woman Suing Soros Fund Manager In Relationship Gone Bad - 04/29/14
In a lawsuit Marta Billenci said she dated Soros employee Taye Famm for four months and then after they broke up tried to get rid of him for three years while Famm stacked her, including online harassment using the handle “Orgyman.” Famm would send Billenci “internal emails from his employer marked ‘confidential,” the suit says. Confidential e-mails from the Soros fund, informing her of positions being established by large funds, as well as sending numerous unsolicited text messages.

Filmmaker behind fat-shaming documentary hit with rape and death threats - 04/29/14
'Fattitude' filmmaker Lindsey Averill didn't think twice when internet trolls sent her a mean email about her weight, or mocked her movie, but she never expected to get death threats. She was told by fellow 'body-positive' filmmakers and writers that once she launched a Kickstarter for a doc on body image, she should expect her share of criticism. 'Fattitude's' film description calls it a 'feature-length documentary that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking.'

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 28, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The legend is true: E.T. Atari games unearthed in NM landfill
Documentary filmmakers on Saturday finally proved the urban legend true ­ game maker Atari dumped truckloads of failed E.T. video game cartridges in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. The haul was discovered Saturday near Alamogordo, N.M., as part of an effort by the documentarians to find truckloads of copies of the game so bad Atari had to dump its inventory in the trash. The game was created shortly after the release of Steven Spielberg's science-fiction hit, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1983. The game was expected to sell many millions of copies, but only sold about 1.5 million. Since then, an urban legend on par with Big Foot and the chupacabra has popped up, saying somewhere out there in the New Mexico desert lies all those unsold copies of the Atari 2600 game. Saturday, filmmakers discovered the legend is true. "We found something," one of the workers announced to a gathered crowd at the site. "We found an intact E.T., the video game."

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Viral video appears to show Florida father kicking son off ramp at skate park - 04/28/14
A video shot at a Florida skate park that appears to show a father kicking his son off of a large ramp has prompted a Department of Children and Families investigation. The video, which was uploaded to Instagram by user lilbubs, shows Marcus Crossland appearing to kick his 6-year-old son down a ramp at Kona Skate Park in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fla.

Man Arrested for Cyberstalking and Home Invasion - 04/27/14
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has arrested Patrick Allen Jackson, 23, 3940 Ridgement Dr., on charges of Home Invasion and Cyberstalking. According to a report, Jackson broke into the home of his ex girlfriend and beat her Friday night. He is also accused of sending text messages to the victim threatening to kill her.

Police hunt serial internet predator who harassed Firebirds netballer Romelda Aiken - 04/27/14
POLICE are on the trail of a serial internet predator who befriends women before posting naked photos of them on the internet. Detectives are continuing to gather evidence they hope will lead them to a man who has targeted women for up to six years using a stolen identity.

'Wake up baby!' The chilling words U.S. couple heard in the middle of the night from a man who had hacked their daughter's baby monitor and was WATCHING her sleep - 04/27/14
An Ohio couple awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of a man screaming 'wake up baby!', quickly realizing a hacker had hijacked the wirless baby monitor in their daughter's room and was watching the little girl sleep. Heather and Adam Schreck say they feel 'violated' after the midnight encounter, only worsened by the fact they have no way of working out who the online intruder was.

Man charged with cyber stalking, computer tampering - 04/26/14
A Joliet man has been charged with cyber stalking and computer tampering in a case involving a Naperville resident who said she was being harassed. On Friday, members of the Naperville Police Department’s High Technology Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of Paul Hantel, 37, in the 1300 block of Cambria Drive in Joliet.

Doctor faces ban for stalking ex-lover online - 04/25/14
A family doctor from Scotland who stalked his former lover online after the breakdown of their 12-year relationship is facing a ban from the profession. Dr Barry Rodgers, 53, spied on his ex-partner following their break-up in March 2011, keeping a record of almost all her internet activity.

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I'm Being Stalked And Terrorized Because Of My Fat Acceptance Movie - 04/25/14
There are times in your life when you foresee the ugliness that’s headed your way, so you muster your courage, batten down the hatches and prepare for the storm. Then there are other times when you should have known, when you should have seen the monsters on the horizon, but instead you skipped happily into quicksand, without the slightest inkling that something could go horribly wrong.

Great Neck Nude Photo Extortionist’s Victims Describe Relentless Stalking - 04/25/14
Some victims of a Republican presidential campaigner from Long Island who tried extorting nude photos from 15 women fled the country, sought therapy and hired private investigators to deal with the stalking. Those were among new details described in court documents when U.S. District Judge Marianna Battani this week sentenced 22-year-old Adam Savader of Great Neck to 2 ½ years in federal prison despite his attorneys’ blaming the hacking on mental health issues sparked by working on Newt Gingrich’s failed presidential campaign.

Death threat emailed to Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis - 04/25/14
Mayor Jim Ardis received an emailed death threat Friday. The threat also targeted Ardis’ wife and family, according to a copy the mayor emailed to the Journal Star. Ardis sent the email about five minutes after he received it from a city staff member. The city received it about noon, apparently through its website.

Author of threatening email could face federal charges - 04/25/14
Jeffrey Addicott, a terrorism expert at St. Mary's University, told KENS 5, the person or persons responsible for the threatening email sent last week, could face state, if not federal, terrorism charges. The emails contained an unspecified threat that set off a frenzy of concern from parents and students alike.

Shocking moment pregnant woman was shot in the belly over Facebook post – killing her unborn baby - 04/25/14
A pregnant Florida woman has lost her baby after she was shot in the stomach earlier this week, allegedly by a woman with whom she'd been feuding on Facebook. Police were called the scene - in the 9100 block of Castle Boulevard in Jacksonville - about noon Wednesday after there was a report of an argument and a shooting.

Murfreesboro Police Search For Cyber-Stalker Terrorizing Family - 04/24/14
Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department are investigating a case of a cyber-stalker terrorizing a local family. "I can reach out to you anytime I want to and it will be my pleasure:" That's one of the tamer text messages sent to a Murfreesboro woman, by someone she did not know.

Edmonton woman charged with a hoax regarding terrorist activity after Canadian Forces received threat - 04/23/14
An Edmonton woman is charged with a terrorism hoax. Canadian Forces in Toronto got an e-mail threat stating an Edmonton man was going to commit an act of terror on April 17. The Alberta RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) followed up and found it was nothing but a hoax.

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 21, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Lawsuit alleges that iPants slimming underwear doesn't slim
Two women from Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit claiming that undergarments they purchased which were supposed to slim their bodies and melt away fat didn’t work at all. Wacoal America claimed that the iPant, “hope on a hanger,” would “reshape your lower body in 28 days with lasting results.” In addition to Wacoal, Annique Bellot and Tara Stefani have named Maidenform Brands LLC as a defendant in their class-action lawsuit. The expensive undergarments were constructed with microcapsules containing caffeine, Vitamin E, fatty acids, and other ingredients that were said to “permanently change women’s body shape and skin tone.” “It’s very unfortunate that there are companies out there that are preying on people’s insecurities with claims that may not be supportable by science,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Mathew Pawa, told the Boston Globe. Wacoal vice president of marketing Susan Malinowski declined to comment on the suit. “Wacoal as a company and a brand is well known for creating and delivering quality products to women,” Malinowski said. “We have a very passionate following of women who wear our brand, so it’s an important part of our reputation.”

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Being stalked? There’s no law for that - 04/21/14
Cheng Yi-shin, 26, curates a Facebook page that has garnered fans from all over Taiwan, including a young admirer who tracked her down in real life last November while she was vacationing in Greater Tainan. The young man, surnamed Wang, located her homestay using a photograph she had posted on the Internet.

Teachers trolled with homophobic and racial abuse from pupils as young as primary school age - 21% said they had been abused online and 26% had photos posted - 04/21/14
School children of primary school age are using social media to bombard their teachers with vile homophobic and racist abuse, according to a teacher's union. The alarming trend, uncovered by the NASUWT teaching union, revealed that a growing number of children, some as young as four to seven years old, are targeting staff with offensive language and comments about their race, sexuality and appearance.

Charges laid against teen after death threats allegedly made against Rehtaeh Parsons' father - 04/20/14
Halifax police have charged a 19-year-old man with uttering death threats and criminal harassment on a pair of internet websites. Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons, confirmed to Metro Saturday that he was the victim of the alleged threats. He also says the accused is one of the two charged in his daughter’s case.

Man held over teen’s suicide after webcam strip - 04/19/14
A MAN has been arrested in the Netherlands in connection with the case of a teenage Canadian girl who took her own life after being blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. Amanda Todd, 15, killed herself after detailing her harass­ment on a YouTube video that was watched by millions around the world.

Yakima man held on suspicion of cyberstalking - 04/19/14
A Yakima man is being held on suspicion of felony cyberstalking after police said he sent text messages to a woman, including one threatening to rape her. According to police affidavit, the man tried to enter the woman’s north Yakima home on Thursday.

Man accused of stalking Venice Mayor Holic - 04/18/14
A North Port man has been charged with aggravated stalking against Venice Mayor John Holic. David C. Anderson, 46, of the 4000 block of Jaslo Avenue, began sending Holic threatening, profanity-laced text messages in December, according to a Venice Police Department report. The threats escalated, with Anderson saying he would “kill” the mayor. Anderson also placed “crudely” written signs in public places accusing Holic of adultery.

Scorned lover set up false profiles branding businessman a thief and con man - 04/18/14
A scorned gay lover of New Zealand businessman Daniel Evans, with whom he had an on-again / off-again relationship falsely labelled him a con man and fraudster, later emailing his business acquaintances and friends saying he was closing up business. 911 and Holocaust denier Dennis Smith, CEO of the non-profit organisation Samoa Swap, Camp Samoa and WWOOF Samoa, met Daniel Evans in New Zealand through a gay Internet dating site. The relationship between the parties lasted almost three years, despite Smith being married at the time.

Police investigate phony online profile - 04/18/14
It's called online impersonation. Someone makes a phony profile on a website in order to harass or intimidate someone else.

'Big Strong Man for Hire': Surrey woman faces charges after allegedly turning to Craigslist to harm rival - 04/18/14
A Surrey woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly trying to hire a man she found on Craigslist to tie up, beat and sexually violate someone with whom she was involved in a dispute over money. Tsui Yin Cherie Wong is charged with three counts of counselling to commit offences ­ aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon and forcible confinement ­ that were not committed.

Judge tells father to stop emailing his children in all capital letters - 04/17/14
A High Court judge in England told an “insensitive” father that he must stop emailing his children in all capital letters because it looks like he is yelling at them. The Israeli father is in a custody dispute involving his 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. During the dispute, the children have been moving back and forth between England and Israel.

IRS Stalks Taxpayers On Social Media To Determine Whom To Audit - 04/17/14
There’s government electronic surveillance, and then there’s government online stalking. In its mission to ensure the government gets every last dollar it can from people, the Internal Revenue Service is now resorting to the latter.

Amanda Todd Death: Dutch Man Arrested for Allegedly Extorting British Columbia Teen - 04/17/14
A 35-year-old man whose name has not been publicly released has been arrested in connection to the suicide of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl from British Columbia. Todd’s death came two years ago just weeks after she posted a video in which she explained that she was the victim of online stalking, bullying, and sexual exploitation.

Florida man busted after allegedly burglarizing business he follows on Instagram - 04/17/14
A Florida man was arrested on theft charges after the owner of the business he allegedly burglarized recognized him from his Instagram account. According to Nick Eddy, the co-owner of Florida E-cigs and Vapes in Boca Raton, the 18-year-old suspect follows his business on Instagram and is a regular customer at the store.

Missing boy existed only on Facebook - 04/17/14
Police searching for two-year-old Chayson Basinio knew it was a race against time to find the missing child, who had reportedly disappeared from a supermarket car park. The local judge opened an inquiry for kidnapping and sequestration and police divers dredged a lake, fearing the child may have drowned.

Woman Claims Twitter Gave Her PTSD: ‘Mean Comments and Cyberstalking Caused the Disease’ - 04/17/14
A Washington native claimed that Twitter gave her PTSD - a condition normally experienced by war veterans. Melody Hensley was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder 16 months ago, following online abuse, which she says is a result of her being an outspoken feminist.

WeHo Beauty Maven’s Alleged Scheme to Murder a Rival Takes a New Twist - 04/15/14
The already convoluted case in which West Hollywood beauty maven Dawn DaLuise has been arrested for soliciting the murder of a competitor has taken a strange new twist. In an interview with ABC News 20/20, Edward Feinstein, a young friend of DaLuise, says it was she who asked Feinstein to post Craigslist ads, send text messages and distribute paper flyers soliciting someone to rape her to act out her sexual fantasy.

Australian driver after hitting biker while texting behind the wheel: 'I just don’t care' - 04/15/14
An Australian driver who pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to dangerous driving after using her phone 44 times prior to hitting a cyclist has been fined $4500 and lost her license for nine months. Kimberley Davis’ sentence might have been more lenient had it not been for her comments to police officers following the accident.

Oregon mother sues school after son is suspended for saying teacher 'needs to be shot' on Facebook - 04/15/14
An Oregon mother has filed a lawsuit against her son’s school district after he was suspended for getting on social media and making a death threat against his health teacher because she gave him a C and got him grounded. When Veronica Bouck gave him the mediocre grade, 16-year-old Braeden Burge called her a "bitch" who "needs to be shot" on his Facebook page.

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