This local Philadelphia story is interesting because I just watched the most recent episode of Shameless where two gay thugs did almost the same thing to an unsuspecting older gay man they met in a hotel while soliciting sexual favors. In this case they got away with extortion and more.
But not in the Philadelphia case. A man tried to blackmail someone he met on Craigslist and in this case the victim only responded to the CL ad. He didn't actually do anything with the extortionist.
Beisher posted a personal ad on Craigslist soliciting homosexual sex. The victim responded to the ad in August 2012 and sent Beisher a naked photo of himself. Beisher found the victim’s telephone number and address and called him the following day, threatening to expose the victim to his wife and family if he did not pay Beisher money. Beisher called repeatedly to demand that the victim meet him at various locations in Philadelphia to make payments. The victim met Beisher seven times over the course of nine days, making payments ranging from $200 to $400. The victim paid Beisher a total of $1,950 before refusing to meet him again and reporting him to the State Police.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Ad_for_gay_sex_led_to_extortion.html#ZgjDLbOXUQkYXJFv.99
I only wish the victim had reported this creep sooner. I also wonder how many times this happens and isn't reported to anyone.
As for Shameless, Tony can't stand the storyline anymore. But I think it's authentic and portrays the characters well...and always in a shameless way.
Carnival American Horror Story
It was announced today, without great detail, the next theme for American Horror Story is going to be a Carnival.
American Horror Story writer Douglas Petrie confirms that the setting for the shows fourth installment will be a carnival theme. Read on for the full details.
Fan created posters depicting a creepy carnival tent and various circus performers took the internet by storm well before Ryan Murphy and company were willing to discuss the theme for American Horror Story‘s fourth season. However, writer Douglas Petrie may have confirmed the general theme for the fourth season is indeed a carnival of horrors.
It goes on to state this is a rough idea, probably subject to change. Evidently, a lot of people on facebook wanted to see this and it became almost an online campaign of sorts. One more reason why if you're interested in pop culture you shouldn't avoid facebook. It's not the place for the literary elite and the grandest of our times, however, pop culture reigns supreme as far as information goes.
Although I've never set a book in a carnival, I've always been interested in the carnival theme and I have written a few proverbial three ring circus erotic romance novels in my time. One had a burping penis...American Star.
You can read more here.
Photos and E-mail
I've posted about bloggers using photos in blog posts a few times, but I wanted to do it one more time because I think it's something we all need to think about and take seriously. This article give a far better explanation than I could.
For those of you who are super observant, you may have noticed some changes on my blog over the last few months. Tumblr posts went away. Fiction Groupie disappeared. I deleted most of my Pinterest boards. The Boyfriend of the Week has changed format. And all my previous posts from the past three years -- all 700 of them -- now have new photos on them.
Copyright laws are all over the place with this.
As for the e-mail part of this post, I'd like to make it clear that like many other people I've been hand picking which e-mails I open, which I delete, and which go directly to spam. And I don't think anyone can be too careful about this anymore either. Even though I back up all my files constantly, I'd rather not deal with some of the scary things happening all over the Internet now and if I can avoid something I will. In this case, it means taking certain precautions. One of which is never opening a suspicious looking e-mail.
So if you have e-mailed me about something and I haven't replied, please try it again and put something distinct in the subject line letting me know who you are. Or even better, pm me on facebook. I never miss a pm and I'm more likely to get back to you that way. I'm also on goodreads and twitter. I wish there were laws against this kind of spamming but there aren't.