Meddling Armchair Sleuths

For years while writing about true crime cases, my blog posts often turned to not the victims or the perpetrators, but to the behavior of some of the people who follow cases.  Some of these people cause great harm to the investigation with their tin foil hat theories and tips, and even greater harm to the families of victims who must endure their endless tripe and online abuse. During the Caylee Anthony case I made a mortal enemy of William Murtaugh aka Murtwitnessone because he was collecting donations for his personal use and claiming that they were for the “search” for Caylee Anthony.  He also did this when he was involved in the Trenton Duckett case.  During the Haleigh Cummings case I wrote about the bad behavior of the “true crime groupies” and have written more often than not about these types than the actual case itself. 

Bystanders & Blamers

When I first started writing about the Steubenville case, there was one thing that bothered me the absolute most.  It was not that law enforcement did a shoddy job — I never claimed that, and will never make that claim.  I know many of the officers at Steubenville PD and they are very fine and upstanding men.  What bothered me greatly was the number of bystanders (as evidenced by social media) who stood by and did nothing.  The complete and utter lack of empathy of anyone that night bothered me greatly. To be quite clear, RAPE was mentioned on August 11th as it pertains to the events that unfolded that night.  No one but those using social media to discuss what happened that night put those words on their keyboards.  They tweeted about “rape“.    It was they who initially identified what happened that night as rape, and later the … Continue reading →

Bloggers & First Amendment Issues

Tonight on Behind the Yellow Tape the discussion will be the Steubenville case and litigation against anyone who made commentary on the case.  Join Joey Ortega tonight at 10PM EST on Behind the Yellow Tape. blogtalkradio.com/behindtheyellowtape Also, you are encouraged to call in to voice your opinion.  When you call in, Joey will not be referring to the digits of your phone number so that there is anonymity and protection of identities, just start talking.  If he responds to you – you are on the air!   … Continue reading →

Are You a Stalker?

I have been very hesitant to discuss this subject publicly because I am the victim of  online stalking.  I have felt as though if I talked about it, I would be seen as a crybaby and someone who was playing the victim card, so I just kept my mouth shut.  TRUST that I will not name the perpetrators here.  I have not uttered the names for years publicly and will not do so now.  I have made police reports but really…what does that do?  Law enforcement refuses to see that there is a problem online when the victims are adults.  Their solution is to turn off your computer and shut up.  But, it’s not as easy as just turning off your computer.  The information that is out there can be seen by anyone. Recently photoshopped emails allegedly sent by me were posted online, but anyone with half a braincell  can … Continue reading →

#BOYCOTT Delusions

GREAT WORK CAYLEE WARRIORS! This is only the beginning! More is heading towards us…..be ready! BOYCOTT BACKLASH!!   Can someone please explain to me how this band of knuckle draggers are going to take down a multi-million dollar enterprise with their Twitter nonsense? It hasn’t worked so far.   In fact, if they weren’t still harping on about Casey – no one would interview her.  Two words:  SUPPLY and DEMAND.  Boycotts are effective when they hit the pocketbooks of advertisers, but since none of these people ever seem to leave their computers – it doesn’t look like this is going to be very effective for them.  Boycotts also don’t involve harassing the media, those who support Casey Anthony or individuals who were seated on the jury. @piersmorgan@PiersTonight You think your show will survive this?? You have no idea how powerful public is. #You are done@Thewendyfeldman I’d say that his rating spiked tonight with … Continue reading →

Twitter TOS Violator & Harasser

I have not said a lot about the Trayvon Martin case because quite frankly, the media is using their giant spoon to stir up a pot of frenzy with their very unbalanced reporting of this news item.  I am holding out for the FACTS based on EVIDENCE before forming a strong opinion one way or another.  However, I will point out the irresponsible and socially repugnant behavior of one Spike Lee. Spike Lee has been very vocal regarding where he stands on this case, and had been tweeting heavily.  But on March 23rd, he got in over his head.  He let his rage take control of his rationale and decided to retweet the home address of what he ASSumed was George Zimmerman’s home address. The original tweet was sent out by Marcus D. Higgins, @MACCAPONE a 33-year-old Los Angeles man. Lee was one of the people Higgins tweeted to get … Continue reading →

Freedom of Depravity

Yesterday one of the greatest voices of our time and a musical influence to many artists passed away.  Twitter was immediately flooded with the news of Whitney Houston‘s passing and the media clamored to post the details.  It’s what we expect and the media accommodates by trying to find the most salacious headlines.  If it bleeds…it leads. We live in a society that is titillated by the misery of others. The cause of her death is still unknown, but reading through some of the comments on CNN and other media sites, I am again absolutely astounded at the lack of self control and the utter depravity of some who feel that because their identity is unknown, it is acceptable to post some of the most disparaging and downright disgusting comments that have been posted.  Has the internet given permission for people to behave like this?  Surely they do not say … Continue reading →