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Morbidology the Podcast – 16: Angela Allen

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The internet provides a cloak for monsters with nefarious thoughts and ideas. It provides these seedy characters easy access to freely consume our homes, thoughts, and lives. Social media is virtually an invisible world. A place where people can choose to be whatever – or whoever – they want to be. Of course, the internet can be a fantastic place for children and teenagers to explore their interests, learn and socialise with likeminded people but behind the veil of normalcy, sexual predators can be lurking.

In 2012, the city of Van, Buren, Arkansas, was rocked by the disappearance of a teenage girl. When it was discovered that she had been chatting online with a local sex offender, it forced parents to look with new suspicion at their children’s phones and computers.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 18 February, 2012 – “Remains Found in Search for Girl”[/note]

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 19 February, 2019 – “Body Found Is Female Remains Thought to be Teen’s”

CBS – 5 KFSM, 20 February, 2012 – “Candlelight Vigil Held for Missing Van Buren Teenager”

Associated Press, 21 February, 2012 – “Man Charged with Murder in Death of Ark Teen”

CBS-5 KFSM, 21 February, 2012 – “Autopsy Confirms Human Remains Belong to Missing Van Buren Teen”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 22 February, 2012 – “Parolee Charged in Slaying of Girl, 16”

Associated Press, 22 February, 2012 – “Ark. Man Plead Not Guilty in Death of Teen”

 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 18 March, 2012 – “Parents’ Caution Up After Slaying”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1 April, 2012 – “Caught in a Nightmare”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 1 April, 2012 – “Violence Awareness Event Planned”

CBS – 5 KFSM, 20 April, 2012 – “Students “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to End Violence”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 21 April, 2012 – “Van Buren Youths Honor Slain Friend Through Walk”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 16 May, 2012 – “Man Accused of Killing Teen Rejects Plea Deal of Life Term”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3 June, 2012 – “Two Women Went on Dates with Suspect”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 16 August, 2012 – “60 Years, No Parole for Killer of Girl, 16”

NWAOnline, 14 June, 2016 – “Man in prison for killing girl escapes, flees – Inmate left his work detail in Lee County, police say”

Associated Press, 27 June, 2016 – “Complacency Led to Inmate’s Escape”

CNN, 25 February, 2012 – “Slain Arkansas Girl was Trusting and Loving, Mother Says”

Audio Sources:

“Friends, Family Remember Missing Teen Angela Allen”

“Body Identified as Angela Allen”

“Angela Allen Laid to Rest”

“Web of Lies – Bittersweet 16”

“Angela Allen Family Shares Memories”

“Convicted Killer Lloyd Jones Recaptured After Escape”

“A Murdered Teen’s Family Supports New Bill, Angela’s Law”

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I’ve got a bunch of audio glitches. I’ll try from my laptop later.

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Angela’s story sounds all too familiar.

I remember when I first started working at a university Iibrary; our policy was that underaged kids needed to be accompanied by adults, yet many (mostly girls) would get caught in the building using our online services.

We even had one grandmother who had gotten rid of her modem, and wanted us to keep kicking her granddaughter out of the building because she was talking to older men.

The increased availability of online access has helped end the underaged kids coming in, but the danger is still there.

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