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Lowlife of the week award.

mrposhman

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Oct 6, 2013
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Social media is a disgusting, vacuous cesspit. Despite the extra capabilities it has given the world, the negatives far outweigh the positives, for a net negative result.

Completely deranges the collective societal mind.

Not only does it it facilitate a grotesque, narcissistic competition of moral exhibitionism. It has injected steroids into silly little busybody, know-all gossip and Chinese whispers. Completely undermining the institutions we rely on to sustain our society. In this case, undermining Policing and justice. I am too young to remember the actual events around the Azaria Chamberlain disappearance (I was born around the same time as Azaria). But my understanding is that the Chamberlains were subjected to a media and gossip storm of immense scrutiny, rumour and innuendo. I can only imagine how this would have been pumped up beyond comprehension if the deranging effects of social media poured kerosene on that fire.

Stop sitting on the fence PT and tell us how you really feel :)
 
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TrialByVideo

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Another reason not to have a facebook account
Made a conscious decision all those years ago to never get one..... and every time I see or hear the pric who started it..... I feel pretty content with my choice!
 
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LeeToRainesToRoach

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But my understanding is that the Chamberlains were subjected to a media and gossip storm of immense scrutiny, rumour and innuendo. I can only imagine how this would have been pumped up beyond comprehension if the deranging effects of social media poured kerosene on that fire.
Used to work with someone from the NT who had family in the police force and reckoned police were convinced of Lindy's guilt. (This was before she was exonerated.)

The parents in this case were a bit lucky that someone had mobile phone footage placing the girl at the campsite in the brief time she was there, validated by police, otherwise they may have been suspected of staging the disappearance.
 
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MD Jazz

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Jacinta Franklin staking a claim for idiot of the week with an ill-timed instagram post
 
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BT Tiger

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Never been on Facebook, twitter and the like, family and friends are always saying that I should. I'm the opposite to you, I can't bring myself to open an account.

Thats a good move. I was like that when FB started becoming mainstream 10+ years ago but eventually caved to peer pressure and started one. I rarely login to look at people's posts but I do use it to keep in touch with people i know overseas.
 

Panthera Tigris

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Lowlife of the week for the dead boyfriend, not the dad.
The Dad deserves a medal, not the inside of a prison cell. That certainly would have thrown up a dilemma for right wing conservatives if the death penalty was still available in Washington State.
 
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mrposhman

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The Dad deserves a medal, not the inside of a prison cell. That certainly would have thrown up a dilemma for right wing conservatives if the death penalty was still available in Washington State.

Agree and I think all parents will agree. I hope he doesn't get anywhere near 1st degree murder, as you say he should be given a medal. If he does get sent down he'll get a very different response to what the boyfriend would have. The boyfriend would have had shower trips with Big Darrell and then beaten after, the Dad will get a standing ovation from all in their and the inmates will treat him like a king.

He did everything that pretty much every parent would do in that scenario.
 
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Panthera Tigris

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Got to say after listening to some of the analysis from forensic and criminology experts. The brilliant outcome of Cleo Smith being found alive and outwardly unscathed was extremely unlikely. Just astounding. Which makes it all the more relieving. In the case of a child being abducted by a stranger, they suggested the likelihood of them being discovered alive beyond a few hours is relatively low, much less days or weeks. In fact one forensic expert suggested she does not actually know of a case as such.

Mind you, one enormous mystery is solved, but the peculiarities around the event and the alleged abductor just adds another level of befuddlement to it.

Reading between the lines of the comments from forensic experts I outline above. In the rare event that children are abducted by strangers, generally it's predators who have inherent, sexual urges as their motivation. Paedo, child rapist murderers, such as Brett Cowan, who abducted Daniel Morcombe as an example. Hence why in these instances, the most likely outcome is the worst.

I could be wrong, but there seems on the face of it, to be no strong suggestion this alleged offender fits that profile. It has been eluded to that he is known to police, but not for anything serious like crimes of that nature. Perhaps just petty thieving or something of that nature.

Given the information filtering out, that he had an obsession with girl's toys and fake social media profiles falsely claiming to have children. The fact he is considered a strange loner, estranged from his large extended family. I just wonder if he is a bit of an oddball with psychological problems. Perhaps living in his own childlike fantasy world. Wanted a child playmate. Or deluded himself into thinking he could live out the fantasy world of having children (that he created in social media) by simply stealing one. Apparently when found, Cleo was clean, with clean brushed hair, fresh, clean PJs on. Wasn't malnourished or dehydrated.

WA Police have also suggested earlier in the piece that they don't believe the crime was planned (such as a stalking scenario). Simply opportunistic. Wondering whether maybe he was hanging around campsites burgling tents (might explain why he might be so good at opening tents undetected) and came across little Cleo and her sister sleeping. With all the other psychological delusions he has going on, he steals a child.

One would hope for Cleo's sake, this is the worst that it was.
 
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BT Tiger

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They need to do more than apologise, this sort of sloppy and irresponsible reporting needs consequences. How about $1 million fine or even more
I heard also that there were many social media posts and tweets essentially naming the parents as responsible. This sort of stuff also needs consequences

The wrongly identified man is suing channel 7 for damages and you'd have to say is totally justified, and i'm confident this will be settled as quickly and quietly as possible.

Channel 7 were clearly trying to beat their rivals in reporting on the perpetrator. If Front Line has taught me anything that was probably a conscious decision to report first and fact check later.

 
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Baloo

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The wrongly identified man is suing channel 7 for damages and you'd have to say is totally justified, and i'm confident this will be settled as quickly and quietly as possible.

Channel 7 were clearly trying to beat their rivals in reporting on the perpetrator. If Front Line has taught me anything that was probably a conscious decision to report first and fact check later.


the only surprising thing about this is that it wasn't Tom Browne who went with it first.
 

TigerForce

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Got to say after listening to some of the analysis from forensic and criminology experts. The brilliant outcome of Cleo Smith being found alive and outwardly unscathed was extremely unlikely. Just astounding. Which makes it all the more relieving. In the case of a child being abducted by a stranger, they suggested the likelihood of them being discovered alive beyond a few hours is relatively low, much less days or weeks. In fact one forensic expert suggested she does not actually know of a case as such.

Mind you, one enormous mystery is solved, but the peculiarities around the event and the alleged abductor just adds another level of befuddlement to it.

Reading between the lines of the comments from forensic experts I outline above. In the rare event that children are abducted by strangers, generally it's predators who have inherent, sexual urges as their motivation. Paedo, child rapist murderers, such as Brett Cowan, who abducted Daniel Morcombe as an example. Hence why in these instances, the most likely outcome is the worst.

I could be wrong, but there seems on the face of it, to be no strong suggestion this alleged offender fits that profile. It has been eluded to that he is known to police, but not for anything serious like crimes of that nature. Perhaps just petty thieving or something of that nature.

Given the information filtering out, that he had an obsession with girl's toys and fake social media profiles falsely claiming to have children. The fact he is considered a strange loner, estranged from his large extended family. I just wonder if he is a bit of an oddball with psychological problems. Perhaps living in his own childlike fantasy world. Wanted a child playmate. Or deluded himself into thinking he could live out the fantasy world of having children (that he created in social media) by simply stealing one. Apparently when found, Cleo was clean, with clean brushed hair, fresh, clean PJs on. Wasn't malnourished or dehydrated.

WA Police have also suggested earlier in the piece that they don't believe the crime was planned (such as a stalking scenario). Simply opportunistic. Wondering whether maybe he was hanging around campsites burgling tents (might explain why he might be so good at opening tents undetected) and came across little Cleo and her sister sleeping. With all the other psychological delusions he has going on, he steals a child.

One would hope for Cleo's sake, this is the worst that it was.
Totally agree PT. He'll get charged for kidnapping but that's probably all. He's obviously one with psychological problems but at least he fed Cleo for the 2+ weeks he held her as she doesn't look hungry, abused or distraught.
 
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