Cleveland on High Alert After Killing Is Posted on Facebook

Police were alerted when Steve Stephens, 37, began threatening on Facebook to murder someone at random. He then did just that, saying on a video, “I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude, too.”

Cleveland was on tenterhooks as police searched for a man who uploaded to Facebook a video that showed him murdering a grandfather chosen at random on as he walked along a city street on Easter Sunday. The target of the manhunt was Steve Stephens, 37, who is accused of shooting Robert Godwin Sr., 74, at about 2 p.m. on East 93rd Street, just south of Interstate 90 in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. In the video, Stephens gets out of his car, walks up to Godwin, and tells him to speak the name of Stephens’ girlfriend. He tells Godwin that she is the reason for what was about to happen to him, and he then shoots the man in the head, according to the Plain Dealer.

Before the shooting, a number of people called police to say that Stephens was on Facebook ranting about his miserable life and threatening to kill someone at random. And then he did just that. In the videos, Stephens seemed calm and even laughed about the pain and fear he knew he would cause the city. Stephens’ Facebook page was deactivated about three hours after Godwin was killed, but the videos were grabbed and shared by news outlets across the world and posted on YouTube. As he prepared to approach Godwin, Stephens calmly says, “I found somebody I’m about to kill. I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude, too.”

from https://thecrimereport.org

Decreasing Criminality and Parole and Probation

Observations Offenders will not change until they are personally ready for change. Major events like parenthood, a job or treatment seemed to have little impact unless the offender was ready for change. Parole was not only a failed deterrent for many, but it was a direct impediment to successful reentry. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. […]

Observations Offenders will not change until they are personally ready for change. Major events like parenthood, a job or treatment seemed to have little impact unless the offender was ready for change. Parole was not only a failed deterrent for many, but it was a direct impediment to successful reentry. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. […]

from http://www.crimeinamerica.net

Percent of Arrests Not Prosecuted

Observations Federal Data: 16 to 50 percent of federal crimes are deferred from prosecution, per “Federal Justice Statistics.” State Data: 34 percent of state felony cases are not convicted (approximately nine percent involve a deferred adjudication or diversion outcome), per “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties.” Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking […]

Observations Federal Data: 16 to 50 percent of federal crimes are deferred from prosecution, per “Federal Justice Statistics.” State Data: 34 percent of state felony cases are not convicted (approximately nine percent involve a deferred adjudication or diversion outcome), per “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties.” Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking […]

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Richard Speck: The Queen Bee of Prison

Richard Speck: The Queen Bee of Prison

  • A violent binge drinker went on a killing spree in a dormitory for student nurses.
  • Came into the spotlight with his activities in the prison when the video tapes featuring Speck performing oral sex, doing cocaine, parading in silk panties and sporting female-like breasts surfaced.

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Richard Speck: The Queen Bee of Prison

  • A violent binge drinker went on a killing spree in a dormitory for student nurses.
  • Came into the spotlight with his activities in the prison when the video tapes featuring Speck performing oral sex, doing cocaine, parading in silk panties and sporting female-like breasts surfaced.

Richard Speck was a bizarre character. He went on a killing spree in 1966, when at the of 24, he massacred eight student nurses in South Chicago Community Hospital’s dormitory. All the victims had to endure torture and rape before they were strangled to death.

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The Strange Murder of Amber Creek

The Strange Murder of Amber Creek

  • A nearly two-decade mystery surrounding the disappearance and slaying of 14-year-old runaway Amber Creek.
  • Despite the prosecutors being certain they have found the killer, another unnamed man is also under investigation after having admitted that he engaged in choking acts while having sex with the teenager to get a high.

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The Strange Murder of Amber Creek

  • A nearly two-decade mystery surrounding the disappearance and slaying of 14-year-old runaway Amber Creek.
  • Despite the prosecutors being certain they have found the killer, another unnamed man is also under investigation after having admitted that he engaged in choking acts while having sex with the teenager to get a high.

Amber Creek was born on July 2, 1982 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Initially she lived with her mother, Elizabeth - a coke addict whose new boyfriend turned out to be a paedophile. When Amber revealed the abuse at age six, the state removed her from her mother’s care and sent her to live with her father, Robert, in nearby Palatine.

Though plagued by her horrible memories, Amber seemed to heal with time. But the peace she found was only to be temporary, a Band-Aid placed over a gaping wound in her soul that refused to heal. At age fourteen Amber was struck down by severe depression. She began to sneak out at night and at other times run away, desperately trying to fill the void in her life with booze, drugs and sex.

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Science, Evidence-Based Principles, Donald Trump And Crime Control

Observations Does everyone in the criminological community religiously adhere to scientific, evidence-based principals before suggesting or implementing policy? What we want and what we can prove are two different things. That applies to Donald Trump. It also applies to the rest of us. Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints-The […]

Observations Does everyone in the criminological community religiously adhere to scientific, evidence-based principals before suggesting or implementing policy? What we want and what we can prove are two different things. That applies to Donald Trump. It also applies to the rest of us. Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints-The […]

from http://www.crimeinamerica.net

Clever Physical ATM Attack

This is an interesting combination of computer and physical attack: Researchers from the Russian security firm Kaspersky on Monday detailed a new ATM-emptying attack, one that mixes digital savvy with a very precise form of physical penetration. Kaspersky’s team has even reverse engineered and demonstrated the attack, using only a portable power drill and a $15 homemade gadget that injects…

This is an interesting combination of computer and physical attack:

Researchers from the Russian security firm Kaspersky on Monday detailed a new ATM-emptying attack, one that mixes digital savvy with a very precise form of physical penetration. Kaspersky's team has even reverse engineered and demonstrated the attack, using only a portable power drill and a $15 homemade gadget that injects malicious commands to trigger the machine's cash dispenser. And though they won't name the ATM manufacturer or the banks affected, they warn that thieves have already used the drill attack across Russia and Europe, and that the technique could still leave ATMs around the world vulnerable to having their cash safes disemboweled in a matter of minutes.

"We wanted to know: To what extent can you control the internals of the ATM with one drilled hole and one connected wire? It turns out we can do anything with it," says Kaspersky researcher Igor Soumenkov, who presented the research at the company's annual Kaspersky Analyst Summit. "The dispenser will obey and dispense money, and it can all be done with a very simple microcomputer."

from https://www.schneier.com/blog/

Violent Crimes Are Not A Federal Priority

Observations Violent crime is not a major focus of federal law enforcement or prosecution. A small percentage of federal crimes are violent. It’s reasonable to conclude that it may be time for a new federal focus on violent crime. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

Observations Violent crime is not a major focus of federal law enforcement or prosecution. A small percentage of federal crimes are violent. It’s reasonable to conclude that it may be time for a new federal focus on violent crime. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

from http://www.crimeinamerica.net

"Operation Miranda"

  • Sick couple tried to pull off the sick and twisted operation called Miranda.
  • Part of the operation was having sex slaves, video equipment and vicious torture and mutilation.

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  • Sick couple tried to pull off the sick and twisted operation called Miranda.
  • Part of the operation was having sex slaves, video equipment and vicious torture and mutilation.

In 1985, a man named Charles Ng stole a vise from a hardware store in San Fransisco. The shopkeeper caught him on the act and alerted police. Charles ran away, but Leonard Lake, his closest friend at the time, decided later to go to the store and try to pay for the stolen vise. Police at the scene found Lake and his car suspicious — the license plates were registered to another vehicle, the ID he carried belonged to a missing man named Robin Stapley. He was arrested when the routine search revealed a gun with a suppressor lying in the trunk.

While in custody and true identity revealed, he swallowed cyanide pills hidden carefully beforehand in his clothes that sent him into convulsions and eventually killed him four days later. The strange incident led police to a ranch transformed into a house of horrors. The fortified bunker was with hoarded illegal weapons, dead bodies, video equipment and tapes with vicious torture and mutilation of women.

In his diary, filled with sexual fantasies of sex slaves he planned to keep in the nuker after a nuclear holocaust, he wrote:

“God meant woman for cooking, cleaning house and sex. And when they are not in use, they should be locked up.”

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Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

Turkish hackers are threatening to erase millions of iCloud user accounts unless Apple pays a ransom. This is a weird story, and I’m skeptical of some of the details. Presumably Apple has decided that it’s smarter to spend the money on secure backups and other security measures than to pay the ransom. But we’ll see how this unfolds….

Turkish hackers are threatening to erase millions of iCloud user accounts unless Apple pays a ransom.

This is a weird story, and I'm skeptical of some of the details. Presumably Apple has decided that it's smarter to spend the money on secure backups and other security measures than to pay the ransom. But we'll see how this unfolds.

from https://www.schneier.com/blog/